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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 116-119

Use of clinical parameters other than respiratory rate in predicting pneumonia in under five children in Enugu, Nigeria


1 Institute of Child Health, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
2 Department of Radiology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
3 Department of Paediatrics, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

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Beckie N Tagbo
Institute of Child Health, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
Nigeria
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Aim: To identify clinical parameters other than respiratory rate which are simple and equally predictive of pneumonia in under five children. Patients and Method: One hundred and one children with respiratory symptoms ≤ 28 days were studied. Detailed history, physical examination and chest radiography were done on each child. Data was analyzed using the EPI-INFO version 5 software. Results: A combination of history of difficult breathing and/or observation of chest in-drawing was the best predictor of pneumonia in all age groups studied (75% sensitivity, 80% positive predictive value). Conclusion: We suggest that the current WHO guideline on the use of respiratory rate to predict pneumonia be expanded to include history of difficult breathing and/or observation of chest in-drawing as major criteria for predicting pneumonia in under five children.


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