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Question 2. Does combined oral dexamethasone and epinephrine inhalation help infants with bronchiolitis to recover faster?

Academic Medical Center, Emma Children's Hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Archives of Disease in Childhood (Impact Factor: 3.05). 06/2011; 96(6):606-8. DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2011-300067
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