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This retrospective study describes the epidemiology and risk factors associated with severe complications in lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in a population of infants hospitalized in a tertiary care hospital in a tropical region of Colombia. RSV was detected in 193 (46.3%) of 417 patients with LRTI. The average hospital stay lasted for 5.9 days. Severe hypoxemia (SpO2 ≤90% in the emergency department) was present in 57.5% of the patients. After controlling for potential confounders, comorbidities bronchopulmonary dysplasia, congenital heart disease, length of hospital stay, and alveolar infiltrates in X-ray were independent predictors of severe complications in RSV LRTI.



Indian Pediatr

Publication Date





1091 - 1092


Child, Colombia, Hospitalization, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Oxygen Saturation, Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Human, Respiratory Tract Infections, Retrospective Studies, Risk Factors