Links between hospital diagnoses of bronchiectasis and asthma

Allergy. 1997 Nov;52(11):1120-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.1997.tb00186.x.


In view of the conflicting notions of the relationship between bronchiectasis and asthma, we have analysed the use of hospital services by bronchiectasis and asthma patients and evaluated the links between these diseases, employing data from the Finnish Hospital Discharge Register of over 21 million hospitalization periods recorded in 1972-92. We conclude that asthma is common in hospitalized bronchiectasis patients and appears to be consequent upon this disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / complications
  • Asthma / diagnosis*
  • Bronchiectasis / diagnosis*
  • Bronchiectasis / etiology
  • Finland
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Retrospective Studies