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Free Content Pneumonia in severely malnourished children in developing countries – mortality risk, aetiology and validity of WHO clinical signs: a systematic review

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Objectives  To quantify the degree by which moderate and severe degrees of malnutrition increase the mortality risk in pneumonia, to identify potential differences in the aetiology of pneumonia between children with and without severe malnutrition, and to evaluate the validity of WHO‐recommended clinical signs (age‐specific fast breathing and chest wall indrawing) for the diagnosis of pneumonia in severely malnourished children.
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Keywords: Etiología; aetiology; chest indrawing; desnutrición; especificidad; fast breathing; malnutrition; mortalidad; mortality; mortalité; neumonía; pneumonia; pneumonie; respiración rápida; respiration rapide; rétraction thoracique; sensibilidad; sensibilité; sensitivity; specificity; spécificité; tiraje intercostal; étiologie

Language: English

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-10-01

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