Did an antibiotic cause respiratory failure in five teens?

This case series is the first to suggest there may be a link, authors say

A case series suggests there may be a link between trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole treatment and the development of acute respiratory failure in five previously healthy adolescents.


However, even if confirmed, the complication would still be a very rare occurrence, an expert says.

The patients in the case series were identified after a story about one of them was published in a news outlet.

Dr Jenna Miller, of Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, US, had cared for the patient and was subsequently contacted