Home oxygen for children: who, how and when?

Bolfour-Lynn, I. M.; Primhak, R. A.; Show, B. N. J.
January 2005
Thorax;Jan2005, Vol. 60 Issue 1, p76
Academic Journal
This article focuses on specific requirements of home oxygen therapy in children. The prognosis in infancy is usually good; many children only need oxygen for a limited period, although this may be for some years. Almost all children receiving long term oxygen therapy (LTOT) also require ambulatory oxygen therapy. Chronic neonatal lung disease (CNLD) is the main indication for LTOT in children. The term bronchopulmonary dysplasia has come to signify the need for supplemental oxygen at various postnatal or postmenstrual ages, and the definition has changed with time. Other neonatal lung conditions include pulmonary hypoplasia, congenital pneumonia and meconium aspiration syndrome but, compared with CNLD, these cases are rare.


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