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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-14

The rising trend of asthma prevalence in urban school children of Jaipur: A questionnaire based study


Department of Pediatrics, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Dr. Jyoti Patodia
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijaai.ijaai_13_17

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Objective: The objective of this study is to assess the current prevalence of asthma and other allergies in urban school children of Jaipur and further to assess the increasing trend. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 2925 urban school children (5–15 years) of Jaipur using a modified school-based-allergy and asthma screening questionnaire. Results: Among 2925 children screened, 24% (702) were labeled as probable asthmatics of which 18.2% (532) were diagnosed to have asthma, and only 6.2% had previously diagnosed asthma by physician. Conclusion: The current prevalence of asthma is 18.2% which is on a rapidly rising trend and despite its high prevalence; the disease still remains highly underdiagnosed in children.


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