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The Pediatric Forum
April 2004

Nomina Sunt Consequentia Rerum: Time for a Change in the Definition of Bronchiolitis?

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Copyright 2004 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2004

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(4):403. doi:10.1001/archpedi.158.4.403-a

We believe that a critical issue has been missed in the articles of Hartling et al1 and Christakis and Lehmann2 about epinephrine and the treatment of bronchiolitis. Both articles considered studies involving children younger than 2 years, which meets the North American definition of bronchiolitis; however, bronchiolitis morbidity and finding an effective treatment concern mainly infants (younger than 1 year).