International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Open Access

ISSN: 2329-9096

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Takafumi Ooka

Takafumi Ooka
Department of Restorative and Biomaterials Sciences,
1-1 Keyakidai, Sakado, Saitama, 350-0283

  • Short Communication
    Changes of Oral Pathogens in Children with Respiratory Disease

    Author(s): Takafumi OokaTakafumi Ooka

    Respiratory disease occurs frequently in children. The nasal cavity, trachea, and oral cavity are considered the primary routes of infection. We aimed to investigate the types of microbial pathogens present in the oral cavities of children with respiratory disease. In addition, we compared the detection rates of different pathogens between the oral cavity and the nasopharynx according to Hellman dental age. We included 32 children who were hospitalized for respiratory disease and classified them according to Hellman dental age. Specimens were collected using 2 palate swabs: one taken at hospital admission and the other at discharge. The culture results of the samples were compared with those of nasopharyngeal cultures. The following 6 bacterial strains were detected in both the palate and nasopharynx: α-Streptococcus, Corynebacterium, Haemophilus influenzae, Hae.. View More»


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