Best Estimates of Asthma Control in Children

  • Megan E. Partridge
  • William K. Dolen
Part of the Allergy Frontiers book series (ALLERGY, volume 5)

Asthma is a disease caused by the chronic inflammation with resulting airway hyper-responsiveness and reversible obstruction. Although the underlying pathophysiology of the condition is similar in adults and children, differences exist between these two populations because the pediatric lung is not just a smaller version of the adult lung. Because of a narrower airway, children may have asthma symptoms when exposed to stimuli that an adult may tolerate without symptoms. Since the pediatric lung is still developing, chronic inflammation may result not only in current asthma symptoms, but also in a permanent decrease in lung function [1]. On the global level, asthma prevalence is increasing at a disproportionate rate in children, compared to adults. Asthma has become the most common chronic disease of childhood, affecting approximately 9 million children less than 18 years of age [2].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Megan E. Partridge
    • 1
  • William K. Dolen
    • 1
  1. 1.Allergy-Immunology Section, Departments of Pediatrics and MedicineMedical College of GeorgiaAugustaUSA

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