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Prednisone, dexamethasone likely equivalent for hospitalized kids with asthma

Key clinical point: A 2-day regimen of dexamethasone appears to be as good as a 5-day regimen of prednisone for hospitalized children with asthma.

Major finding: The mean Clinical Respiratory Score of about 4.3 points on admission fell to about 0.5 at 32 hours, around the mean length of stay, with either dexamethasone or prednisolone.

Study details: A single-center review of 284 children admitted for asthma.

Disclosures: There was no external funding, and the lead investigator didn’t report any disclosures.