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Who Is Affected by Croup

Croup causes the airway to swell and narrow and makes you have a harsh, barking cough and trouble breathing. It usually develops a day or two after the start of an upper respiratory infection.

Croup most commonly occurs during the late fall and early winter in children 6 months to 36 months of age.1 Adults rarely get croup because their breathing passages are stronger and larger than children's.

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General Information About Unusual Cancers of Childhood

Unusual cancers of childhood are cancers rarely seen in children. Cancer in children and teenagers is rare. Since 1975, the number of new cases of childhood cancer has slowly increased. Since 1975, the number of deaths from childhood cancer has decreased by more than half. Unusual cancers are so rare that most children's hospitals might see less than a handful of some types in several years. Because the unusual cancers are so rare, there is not a lot of information about what treatment works best...

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Citations

  1. Johnson D (2009). Croup, search date June 2008. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Last Revised June 7, 2010

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Last Updated: June 07, 2010
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