Risk factors associated with hospital admission among healthy children with adenovirus infection

Punkaj Gupta, Sunali Goyal, Joseph D. Tobias, Parthak Prodhan, Prashant Purohit, Jeffrey M. Gossett, Vinca Chow, Natan Noviski

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Adenovirus infections mimic bacterial infections on initial presentation in healthy children, leading to higher likelihood of hospital admission. The objective of this study was to identify risk factors associated with hospital admission in previously healthy children with adenovirus infection. This is a retrospective study of 125 previously healthy children, who tested positive with direct immunofluorescence assay (DFA) for adenoviral infection at our center between January 2001 and October 2007. The primary outcome of the study was the need for hospital admission. The relationship between clinical variables at initial emergency room (ER) presentation and need for hospital admission were explored using univariate and multivariate logistic regression models. The model's predictive value was investigated by calculating the area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve and Hosmer-Lemeshow test. On stepwise multivariate logistic regression analysis, the presence of respiratory distress (odds ratio [OR]: 5.6; p=0.014), acute gastroenteritis (OR: 3.8; p=0.019) and wheezes at initial presentation (OR: 6.5; p=0.003) at the time of initial presentation in the ER were associated with need for hospital admission. For this model, the area under the ROC curve was 0.79, and there was no evidence of lack of fit on Hosmer-Lemeshow goodness-of-fit test (p=0.56). Our study identifies three risk factors, namely, respiratory distress, wheezing and acute gastroenteritis, associated with hospital admission for healthy children with adenoviral infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-603
Number of pages7
JournalTurkish Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute gastroenteritis
  • Adenovirus
  • Hospital admission
  • Respiratory distress
  • Wheezing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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