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Croup study findings – earlier treatment benefits

Children with croup can be treated with corticosteroids and benefit from these drugs much earlier than
previously thought, and much earlier than the Cochrane Collaboration and other reviews suggest.

This is the finding of a study by Clinical Professor Gary Geelhoed and Dr Milana Dobrovoljac from the
Emergency Department at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth.

They conducted a double blind study of 70 children aged over six months who presented to a paediatric
emergency department with croup.

Professor Geelhoed will present findings of the research at the annual scientific meeting of the Australasian
College for Emergency Medicine at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on 24 November.

He will tell the conference that children with croup – including those with only mild croup – can benefit in just 30
minutes, much shorter than the 4-6 hours previously thought.

Moreover, the dose required is much less – 0.15 mg/kg rather than 0.6 mg/kg.

Just 10 minutes after treatment with 0.15 mg/kg of dexamethasone, an oral corticosteroid, benefit was
observed.

“This result might encourage doctors to treat more children with all severities of croup and be less worried
about potential side-effects and delayed benefit,” Professor Geelhoed said.



FURTHER INFORMATION

Professor Gary Geelhoed, phone 0414 931 098



Conference media contact: Marilyn Bitomsky, phone 0412 884 114

Conference convenor: Dr Susan Hertzberg, Acting Director, Emergency Department, Prince of Wales Hospital,
Randwick, phone 0407 500 680

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, phone 03 9320 0444

								
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