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LINJIE ZHANG, SíLVIO O.M. PRIETSCH, ANA PAULA MENDES, ANDREA VON GROLL, GICELLE PORTO ROCHA, LILLIAN CARRION and PEDRO EDUARDO ALMEIDA DA SILVA Inhaled corticosteroids increase the risk of oropharyngeal colonization by Streptococcus pneumoniae in children with asthma Respirology 18

Version of Record online: 25 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2012.02280.x

This study shows that children with persistent asthma taking ICS are nearly four times as likely to have oropharyngeal colonization by S. pneumoniae as those not receiving ICS. These findings highlight the need for further studies to investigate the possible link between ICS and risk of respiratory infections in these patients.

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