When should a UTI or pneumonia be considered as the cause of a brief resolved unexplained event (BRUE) (apparent life-threatening event) (ALTE)?

Updated: Feb 28, 2019
  • Author: Patrick L Carolan, MD; Chief Editor: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP  more...
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Altman et al (2007) noted that signs or symptoms indicative of acute infection are typically present among infants with apparent life-threatening events who are subsequently shown to have bacterial infection. [13] However, in this study, some infants with urinary tract infection or pneumonia lacked conventional signs or symptoms, suggesting the need to consider these types of infections in infants with apparent life threatening events.


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