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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.


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