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Jornal de Pediatria
Print version ISSN 0021-7557
CONSTANT, Carolina et al. Respiratory disease screening in school-aged children using portable spirometry. J. Pediatr. (Rio J.) [online]. 2011, vol.87, n.2, pp.123-130. ISSN 0021-7557. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0021-75572011000200007.
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of respiratory disease in school-aged children and to determine the value of field spirometry. METHODS: Data on 313 1st and 4th graders from four public schools in Lisbon were analyzed. A respiratory self-answered questionnaire and standard spirometry were performed. Descriptive and bivariate analysis was followed by multiple logistic regression. RESULTS: Thirty-five percent of the children presented at least one episode of wheezing (18% > 2 episodes), and 4% had asthma. Wheezing was more frequent with family history of atopy (adjusted OR = 2.7; 95%CI 1.4-5.1), maternal smoking during pregnancy, lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) (adjusted OR = 2.8; 95%CI 1.2-6.2), bronchiolitis (adjusted OR = 3.3; 95%CI 1.3-8.2), and allergy to aeroallergens (adjusted OR = 3.2; 95%CI 1.4-7.2). Asthma was more frequent with previous history of LRTI (adjusted OR = 14.6; 95%CI 1.7-122.9) and allergy to aeroallergens (adjusted OR = 8.2; 95%CI 2.0-34.2). Fifty-five percent of spirometry measurements met the acceptability criteria of the American Thoracic Society and of the European Respiratory Society. Wheezers presented mean lower z scores for forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1), ratio between FEV1 and forced vital capacity (FVC) (FEV1/FVC), and forced expiratory flow between 25 and 75% (FEF25-75) (p < 0.05), as well as higher percentage of abnormal FEV1, FEV1/FVC and FEF25-75 (FEF25-75, p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: This pilot study showed a high prevalence of obstructive airway symptoms in school-aged children in Lisbon. Symptoms assessed by the questionnaire showed good correlation with spirometric values. The small prevalence of asthma leads us to speculate that asthma is under-diagnosed in this population.
Keywords : Questionnaire; wheezing; asthma; portable spirometry.