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Profile of pediatric patients with dengue fever/dengue hemorrhagic fever over a five-year period (2000-2004)


Jonathan G. Lim,
Salvacion R. Gatchalian,
Ma Rosario Z. Capeding

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Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines
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Objectives: This study was conducted to determine the clinico-demographic profile of pediatric patients who were admitted for dengue infection at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) from 2000 to 2004.

Methods: This is a retrospective, descriptive study. Charts of patients who were less than 19 years of age and were admitted at the RITM due to confirmed dengue (using paired dengue HI titer results) were reviewed.

Results: Two hundred patients qualified for the study. The mean age of the patients was ten years ± four years SD with an equal sex distribution. The most common chief complaint was fever while petechiae were the most common evidence of bleeding. The mean hematocrit among patients was 42 ± 5 vol % and platelet count of 129 ± 53/mm3. Fifty-one percent of the patients had Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever grade II. All subjects were discharged with improved condition. Among the patients, 49% had acute secondary dengue infection, 32% had recent secondary dengue infection, and only 13% had acute primary dengue infection.

Conclusion: The clinico-demographic profile of patients involved in the study was very similar to that of other studies done, both locally and abroad. By using Spearman's correlation of ranks, the study showed that there was no significant relationship between the severity of dengue infection based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Grade and whether it was a primary or secondary infection with r=.018, p-value=.025.


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