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The World in Medicine
June 16, 2004

Microbes and Asthma

JAMA. 2004;291(23):2809. doi:10.1001/jama.291.23.2809-c

Infection with Mycoplasma pneumoniae appears to play a role in the onset of asthma in predisposed children, report a team of French researchers from Saint Vincent de Paul-Cochin Hospital, in Paris, France (Clin Infect Dis. 2004;38:1341-1346).

The researchers studied 170 children hospitalized for severe asthma, including 119 with an exacerbation of previously diagnosed asthma and 51 who were experiencing their first asthma attack. The control group included 152 children with stable asthma or rhinitis. Nasopharyngeal aspirates were tested for various respiratory viruses, M pneumoniae, and Chlamydia pneumoniae.

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