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Systematic review and meta-analysis
Epinephrine for acute bronchiolitis, but not steroids alone, reduces hospital admissions
  1. Shawn Ralston
  1. Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to Shawn Ralston
    Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229, USA; ralstons{at}uthscsa.edu

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Finding an effective therapy for acute viral bronchiolitis continues to be a major priority for paediatricians. Despite repeated efforts to analyse the ever-growing literature in order to discern a significant therapeutic effect, we still lack consensus that anything actually works.1,,3 Hartling and colleagues have contributed to this debate with a Herculean effort, bringing a newer methodology to the topic which has not been applied in the past and may further a consensus that epinephrine is the preferred agent for short-term management of acute viral bronchiolitis.

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This study analysed the available literature (regardless of language) on acute bronchiolitis therapy, …

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