COMMON WHEEZING CAUSE
ANCHOR LEAD: PREVENTING A COMMON CHILDHOOD INFECTION WOULD REDUCE WHEEZING EPISODES FOR INFANTS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Respiratory syncytial virus or RSV infection is a very common cause of wheezing in infants, but such episodes may result in hospitalizations everyone would like to avoid. Michael Crocetti, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins, says the best case scenario would be development of a vaccine to prevent RSV infection.
CROCETTI: In the end, where are we headed with the treatment of RSV? And I like to think that we could develop a vaccine that could prevent serious RSV disease and that’s been a tricky thing to do over the years. Cause right now we’re stuck with managing after the fact, so once these kids get RSV. If we could develop a vaccine that could prevent serious RSV disease in these young infants that would be more powerful than any treatment regimen. :27
A new regimen combining epinephrine and steroids for treatment does seem to reduce hospitalizations, however. Crocetti would like to see more study before widespread adoption. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.