Early Manifestations of Airways Obstruction at the Child Age

Authors: P. Pohunek
Authors‘ workplace: Pediatrická klinika UK 2. LF, FN Motol, Praha přednosta prof. MUDr. J. Lebl, CSc.
Published in: Čes-slov Pediat 2007; 62 (10): 582-585.
Category: Postgraduate Education


Early obstructive respiratory disorders are a very frequently encountered problem in pediatric practice. Up to 30% children in preschool age experience at least one episode of bronchial obstruction. This may be associated with viral respiratory infections; however, it may be also a first episode of bronchial asthma. Appropriate and early diagnosis of early obstructive symptoms is therefore very important for introduction of long-term management plan.

Main component of proper diagnostics is a very thorough evaluation of medical history, assessment of risk factors and clinical presentation. Very important is also detailed differential diagnosis.

Early commencing of preventative anti-asthma treatment after confirmation of the diagnosis may significantly improve prognosis of asthma and prevent long-term irreversible sequelae in the bronchial wall.

Key words:
bronchial asthma, children, diagnostics, remodeling, therapy

Neonatology Paediatrics General practitioner for children and adolescents
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