Geo-Distinctive Comorbidity Networks of Pediatric Asthma

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2018;247:436-440.


Most pediatric asthma cases occur in complex interdependencies, exhibiting complex manifestation of multiple symptoms. Studying asthma comorbidities can help to better understand the etiology pathway of the disease. Albeit such relations of co-expressed symptoms and their interactions have been highlighted recently, empirical investigation has not been rigorously applied to pediatric asthma cases. In this study, we use computational network modeling and analysis to reveal the links and associations between commonly co-observed diseases/conditions with asthma among children in Memphis, Tennessee. We present a novel method for geo-parsed comorbidity network analysis to show the distinctive patterns of comorbidity networks in urban and suburban areas in Memphis.

Keywords: Comorbidity networks; Health disparities; Health geography; Pediatric asthma; Population health surveillance.

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / complications*
  • Child
  • Comorbidity
  • Humans
  • Tennessee