alexa Is asthma in the elderly really different?
Pulmonology

Pulmonology

Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine

Author(s): Quadrelli SA, Roncoroni AJ

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Abstract To examine the nature of asthma in the elderly, we compared older (group 1: 65 years or older, n = 50) with younger patients (group 2: <40 years, n = 99) and to determine the influence of long-standing disease, elderly asthmatics with early onset (group A: onset before 40, n = 22) were compared with patients developing symptoms later in their lives (group B: onset after 40, n = 22). Blood eosinophilia and IgE value >/=100 IU/l were more frequent in younger patients. Short symptom-free periods were more frequent among older asthmatics (78.5 vs. 45.4\%, p < 0.001). Only 31.2\% of older patients had only mild symptoms. Requirement of systemic steroids was higher in the elderly population. The worst FEV1 was lower in older patients (54.4 +/- 17.3 vs. 71.8 +/- 18.5\%, p This article was published in Respiration and referenced in Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine

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