Children with Asthma Symptoms Increase Risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Adulthood

A recent study suggests that the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD increases among individuals who had asthma-like symptoms during childhood years.

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The study covered 3,290 mother-children pairs who underwent examinations during pregnancy and when the child was aged 1, 3, and 6 years. The primary result was COPD defined from the data registries or lung function measures, which was completed by 930 group participants at around 50 years old.


Out of the 3,290 children participants, 25.1 percent had asthma-like symptoms during the first 6 years of life. Most of such symptoms, around 61.5%, were only detected during one test; while 9.9% had asthma symptoms all throughout the three examinations facilitated.


For those with history of asthma-like symptoms during their childhood years almost doubled the possibility of being hospitalized with a COPD diagnosis. A similar effect was used for the result of using any asthma or COPD control medication.


The asthma-like symptoms also showed a dose-response correlation with COPD risk, such that children displaying symptoms at all three early-life examinations saw the highest COPD risk in adulthood.


Furthermore, asthma-like symptoms during childhood years increased the risk of hospital diagnosis of asthma past the age of 30.

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