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Arch Hellen Med, 28(5), September-October 2011, 630-637


The correlation of rhinitis with asthmatic symptoms in children

A. Papadopoulou,1 K. Tsoumakas2
1Asthma and Allergy Unit, Pediatric Department, "KAT" General Hospital, Athens,
2Pediatric Clinic, "Aglaia Kyriakou" Children's Hospital, Faculty of Nursing, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

The co-morbidity of rhinitis with asthma symptomatology in children gives rise to the "one disease of the airways" theory, for which three explicatory pathophysiological mechanisms have been proposed. Although the diseases of the upper and lower airway system have common etiology, epidemiology and immunology, there are important differences related to the cytology, immunity and genetics, and the age and environmental biology of the affected children, substantiating the thesis that the relationship between rhinitis and asthma is multifactorial.

Key words: Asthma, Children, Rhinitis.

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