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Respiratory infection rates differ between geographically distant paediatric cystic fibrosis cohorts.

Kathryn A Ramsey, Emily Hart, Lidija Turkovic, Marc Padros-Goossens, Stephen M Stick, Sarath C Ranganathan

ERJ Open Research | Published : 2016

Abstract

Respiratory infections are a major cause of pulmonary decline in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). We compared the prevalence of infection in early life at geographically distant CF treatment centres participating in the same surveillance programme in Australia. Lower airway microbiology, inflammation and structural lung disease at annual review were evaluated for 260 children 0-8 years old with CF at 1032 visits to CF treatment centres in Melbourne or Perth. Melbourne patients were more likely to be culture-positive for common respiratory pathogens at all age groups (odds ratio (OR) 1.85, 95% CI 1.33-2.58). Subjects 5 years old. Patients at both centres had a similar rate of hospitalisati..

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