I have no literature to prove this statement.
This is a purely anecdotal comment.
I have seen kids wheezing with and without RSV respond to albuterol at
It is not clear to me that all kids with bronchiolitis do not respond to
I routinely inform parents that it is more likely that their child may be
asthmatic since they are responding to albuterol.
(e.g. first time wheezer and RSV positive)
How does one separate out the true asthmatics and the true bronchiolitics?
Now that would be a good study!
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From: Martin Herman [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, March 24, 2000 2:43 AM
To: Chris Ritchey; [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: RSV management survey
Chris, This raises up agood point re: albuterol and bronchiolitis.
In the past there were numerous articles that clearly failed to show any
salient effect of albuterol ( salbutamol) on bronchiloitis. What is your
As an aside I have observed that , if a wheezing child has a family history
for reactive airway disease ie Asthma, then their chance of responding to
albuterol is good. Perhaps the cases of bronchiolitis that you feel respond
to albuterol were actually bronchospam/asthmatic and not actually
Looknig forward to seeing some articles here to support or refute my
supposition that albuterol in true bronchiloitis is futile.
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