Under the conditions of the study outlined above, 22 patients with bronchiolitis treated with corticosteroids did not show any statistically significant difference from an equal number of patients treated with a placebo. This included hospital course, 2-week or 4-week follow-up, as judged by clinical, radiological, and biochemical means. There was no evidence that the patients on steroids had a less favorable course or outcome. There were no complications or deaths in the entire study. The use of uniform criteriae for diagnosis and follow-up of these patients is discussed. A bronchiolitis scoring system is suggested.
- Received June 1, 1965.
- Accepted July 27, 1965.
- Copyright © 1966 by the American Academy of Pediatrics