The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2006 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

OUTCOME OF CHILDHOOD ASTHMA IN 205 ASTHMATIC CHILDREN

Dr Mohammed Herrag, DrĀ  Fouad Nia, Dr Hassan Essbai, pulmonology- allergology service, Ibn sin university hospital, Rabat; Morocco

The aim of this study was to investigate the outcome of childhood in asthma. 205 asthmatic children aged 2 to 14 years seen between the years 1990-91 were followed prospectively till 2005. The severity of asthma was classified: mild, moderate or severe. The severity was evaluated every three years by changes in respiratory symptoms and spirometry. Initially 32p.100 of children had mild asthma, 25p.100 moderate asthma and 43p.100 were considered as severe asthma. 67p.100 of children who had initially mild asthma had the same severity ten years later, 21p.100 had moderate asthma and 2p.100 had severe asthma. 70p.100 of children who had mild asthma did have mild asthma ten years later. 60p.100 of children who had severe asthma were considered severe ten years later. The final prognosis was influenced by the initial severity of the asthma and presence of associated atopic disease.

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