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British Thoracic Society guidelines for the management of community acquired pneumonia in children: update 2011
  1. Michael Harris1,
  2. Julia Clark2,
  3. Nicky Coote3,
  4. Penny Fletcher4,
  5. Anthony Harnden5,
  6. Michael McKean6,
  7. Anne Thomson1 On behalf of the British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Committee
  1. 1Oxford Children's Hospital, The John Radcliffe, Headington, Oxford, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Old COPD, Great North Children's Hospital, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  3. 3Children's Ambulatory Unit, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  4. 4Pharmacy Department, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St Mary's Hospital, London, UK
  5. 5Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford, Headington, Oxford, UK
  6. 6Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  1. Correspondence to Anne Thomson, Oxford Children's Hospital, The John Radcliffe, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK; anne.thomson{at}


The British Thoracic Society first published management guidelines for community acquired pneumonia in children in 2002 and covered available evidence to early 2000. These updated guidelines represent a review of new evidence since then and consensus clinical opinion where evidence was not found. This document incorporates material from the 2002 guidelines and supersedes the previous guideline document.

  • Atypical mycobacterial infection
  • empyema
  • immunodeficiency
  • paediatric physician
  • pneumonia
  • tuberculosis
  • cystic fibrosis
  • paediatric asthma
  • paediatric lung disaese
  • paediatric physician
  • respiratory infection
  • asthma guidelines
  • cystic fibrosis
  • exhaled airway markers
  • lung physiology
  • COPD mechanisms
  • asthma
  • asthma mechanisms
  • COPD exacerbations
  • cough/mechanisms/pharmacology

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