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Peripheral eosinophil counts as a marker of disease activity in intrinsic and extrinsic asthma.

Authors
  • Ulrik, C S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical and experimental allergy : journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1995
Volume
25
Issue
9
Pages
820–827
Identifiers
PMID: 8564720
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study showed a relationship between eosinophil count and severity of asthmatic symptoms, level of pulmonary function, histamine responsiveness and diurnal variation in PEF in both intrinsic and extrinsic asthma; suggesting that the peripheral eosinophil count reflects asthmatic activity, and possibly the degree of inflammation in the airways, in both children and adults. Furthermore, a low number of eosinophils in childhood might be related to a relatively favourable prognosis with regard to symptoms of asthma in early adulthood.

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