Journal article

Bronchiectasis in indigenous children in remote Australian communities.

Anne B Chang, Keith Grimwood, E Kim Mulholland, Paul J Torzillo, undefined Working Group on Indigenous Paediatric Respiratory Health

Med J Aust | Published : 2002

Abstract

The rates of bronchiectasis for Indigenous children from remote Australian communities are unacceptably high, with one study showing 14.7/1000 Aboriginal children. Children with bronchiectasis need to be identified early for optimisation of medical treatment. Under-reporting of cough is common. Bronchiectasis should be suspected in children with recurrent bronchitis or pneumonia, and when, despite appropriate therapy, pulmonary infiltrates or atelectasis persist 12 weeks beyond the index illness. During acute infective episodes, oral antibiotics and chest physiotherapy to clear the airways should produce prompt resolution; otherwise, hospitalisation is necessary. Management follows the cysti..

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