Diagnostic Evaluation of Infants with Recurrent or Persistent Wheezing

Publication Date: August 3, 2016

Key Points

Key Points

“Persistent infant wheezing” is herein defined as recurrent or persistent episodes of wheezing in infants <24 months old.

Wheezing occurs commonly during infancy. In most cases, wheezing episodes are mild and easily treated. However, some infants will develop persistent or recurrent wheezing, which is often severe.

Guidelines for diagnostic testing are lacking for wheezing infants.

These guidelines address diagnostic tests that are frequently considered by pediatric pulmonologists and other clinicians when evaluating infantile wheezing, but are either controversial or a frequent source of uncertainty.

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