RISK OF VARICELLA COMPLICATIONS IN CHILDREN TREATED WITH INHALED STEROIDS: A POPULATION STUDY

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Abstract

Abstract:

We have studied the complications of varicella in children treated with inhaled steroids. From 1995 to 2005, 3/213 (1.4%) children hospitalized on the island of Mallorca, Spain, for varicella had received inhaled steroids. The rate of hospitalization for varicella complications in children receiving inhaled steroids was 17/100,000 children taking inhaled steroids, a rate similar to the rest of the children's population (18.2/100,000). Inhaled steroids did not increase the risk of varicella complications (relative risk 0.94; 95% confidence interval: 0.3–2.89).

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