Which clinical subgroups within the spectrum of child asthma are attributable to atopy?
Anne-Louise Ponsonby, Paul Gatenby, Nicholas Glasgow, Raymond Mullins, Tim McDonald, Mark Hurwitz
Chest | Published : 2002
STUDY OBJECTIVES: The contribution of atopy to childhood asthma has been debated. We aimed to examine the relationship between atopy and asthma, taking into account differences in respiratory symptoms and disease severity. DESIGN: A cross-sectional asthma survey involving the following: (1) a population sample of 758 (81% of eligible) school children aged 8 to 10 years from randomly selected schools in the Australian Capital Territory in 1999, and (2) a hospital-based sample of 78 (70% of eligible) children attending the hospital for asthma. Skin-prick test results to 10 common aeroallergens were available on 722 children and 77 children, respectively. Baseline spirometry was obtained on a s..View full abstract