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The Asthma Predictive Index: early diagnosis of asthma

Castro-Rodriguez, Jose A

Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology: June 2011 - Volume 11 - Issue 3 - p 157–161
doi: 10.1097/ACI.0b013e3283464c4a
Outcome measures: Edited by Henry Milgrom and Ralph Mösges

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.

Departments of Pediatrics and Family Medicine, School of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Correspondence to Jose A. Castro-Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Lira 44, 1er Piso, Casilla 114-D, Santiago, Chile Tel: +56 2 354 8111; fax: +56 2 354 8122; e-mail:

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