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We note the paper on near-patient testing (NPT) for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in cases of bronchiolitis by Walsh et al 1 It is an interesting paper, but we suggest it fails to acknowledge one of the main uses of this particular test methodology. The test analysed also has a poorer performance than the one we use.
Bronchiolitis is a common respiratory disease in early childhood and infancy. The diagnosis is a clinical one and should never rely on a diagnostic …