The Asthma Predictive Index: early diagnosis of asthma

Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Jun;11(3):157-61. doi: 10.1097/ACI.0b013e3283464c4a.


Purpose of review: Recurrent wheezing is a common problem in young children.

Recent findings: Approximately 40% of children wheeze in their first year of life. However, only 30% of preschoolers with recurrent wheezing still have asthma at the age of 6 years. Nevertheless, asthma, the most prevalent chronic disease in children, is difficult to diagnose in infants and preschoolers.

Summary: We review the importance of determining at early age which infant/preschoolers will develop asthma later on life and discuss the utility of the Asthma Predictive Index.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / diagnosis*
  • Asthma / epidemiology*
  • Asthma / physiopathology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Disease Progression
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Prevalence
  • Prognosis
  • Respiratory Sounds
  • Severity of Illness Index*