open access

Vol 79, No 3 (2011)
ORIGINAL PAPERS
Published online: 2011-04-21
Submitted: 2013-02-22
Get Citation

Variability in clinical profile of asthmatic child referred from allergy clinic - ten years of observation

Ewa Bąk-Walczak, Joanna Jerzyńska, Iwona Stelmach, Jan Krakowiak, Włodzimierz Stelmach
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2011;79(3):189-195.

open access

Vol 79, No 3 (2011)
ORIGINAL PAPERS
Published online: 2011-04-21
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract


Introduction: Asthma is the most frequent chronic respiratory disease in children. Underdiagnosis is frequent, which results in undertreatment and, consequently, in rising asthma morbidity and mortality rates. The delay in the diagnosis of asthma seems to precisely reflect problems with a proper realization of the goals of the diagnostic part of the Global Initiative for Asthma guidelines. We attempted to assess the clinical profile of children who were referred to allergy clinic followed by asthma diagnosis, we consider especially demographic and social data.
Material and methods: We analyzed the group of 907 children with diagnosis of asthma between 2000 and 2009. This was cross-sectional study assessing demographic, social and clinical characteristic. All variables were tested over time.
Results: We observed change in clinical profile of children checking into the clinic over time. The new profile includes: younger age of patient, higher frequency of recurrent infections, lower frequency of wheezes and atopy.
Conclusions: New clinical profile of patients referred to allergist reveals the need of costly differential diagnosis of asthma in specialized centers. This should be included in new strategies in the health care system in Poland.
Pneumonol. Alergol. Pol. 2011; 79, 3: 189-195

Abstract


Introduction: Asthma is the most frequent chronic respiratory disease in children. Underdiagnosis is frequent, which results in undertreatment and, consequently, in rising asthma morbidity and mortality rates. The delay in the diagnosis of asthma seems to precisely reflect problems with a proper realization of the goals of the diagnostic part of the Global Initiative for Asthma guidelines. We attempted to assess the clinical profile of children who were referred to allergy clinic followed by asthma diagnosis, we consider especially demographic and social data.
Material and methods: We analyzed the group of 907 children with diagnosis of asthma between 2000 and 2009. This was cross-sectional study assessing demographic, social and clinical characteristic. All variables were tested over time.
Results: We observed change in clinical profile of children checking into the clinic over time. The new profile includes: younger age of patient, higher frequency of recurrent infections, lower frequency of wheezes and atopy.
Conclusions: New clinical profile of patients referred to allergist reveals the need of costly differential diagnosis of asthma in specialized centers. This should be included in new strategies in the health care system in Poland.
Pneumonol. Alergol. Pol. 2011; 79, 3: 189-195
Get Citation

Keywords

asthma; children; clinical profile

About this article
Title

Variability in clinical profile of asthmatic child referred from allergy clinic - ten years of observation

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 79, No 3 (2011)

Pages

189-195

Published online

2011-04-21

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2011;79(3):189-195.

Keywords

asthma
children
clinical profile

Authors

Ewa Bąk-Walczak
Joanna Jerzyńska
Iwona Stelmach
Jan Krakowiak
Włodzimierz Stelmach

Important: This website uses cookies.tanya dokter More >>

The cookies allow us to identify your computer and find out details about your last visit. They remembering whether you've visited the site before, so that you remain logged in - or to help us work out how many new website visitors we get each month. Most internet browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can change the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer.

Czasopismo Pneumonologia i Alergologia Polska dostęne jest również w Ikamed - księgarnia medyczna

Wydawcą serwisu jest "Via Medica sp. z o.o." sp.k., ul. Świętokrzyska 73, 80–180 Gdańsk

tel.:+48 58 320 94 94, faks:+48 58 320 94 60, e-mail: viamedica@viamedica.pl