Cough and Fever

  • Nikolaos A. KarantaglisEmail author

Practical Points

  • Whether localized or associated with consolidation and/or hyperinflation in CXR, Foreign body aspiration should always be included in differential diagnosis of wheezing in children.

  • Fever is not a reliable differentiating symptoms as foreign body aspiration might lead to lobar pneumonia and alternatively asthma exacerbation might associate with a febrile viral infection.


Foreign body aspiration Wheezing Hyperinflation Asthma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pediatric Pulmonology Unit, 3rd Pediatric Department, Hippokrateion HospitalAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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