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Current Opinion in Allergy & Clinical Immunology:
doi: 10.1097/ACI.0b013e3283464c4a
Outcome measures: Edited by Henry Milgrom and Ralph Mosges

The Asthma Predictive Index: early diagnosis of asthma

Castro-Rodriguez, Jose A

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Abstract

Purpose of review: Recurrent wheezing is a common problem in young children.

Recent findings: Approximately 40% of children wheeze in their first year of life. However, only 30% of preschoolers with recurrent wheezing still have asthma at the age of 6 years. Nevertheless, asthma, the most prevalent chronic disease in children, is difficult to diagnose in infants and preschoolers.

Summary: We review the importance of determining at early age which infant/preschoolers will develop asthma later on life and discuss the utility of the Asthma Predictive Index.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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