Atopy in preschool Italian children with recurrent respiratory infections.

Rosa Maria Dellepiane, Paola Pavesi, Maria Francesca Patria, Emanuela Laicini, Giancarla Di Landro, Maria Cristina Pietrogrande

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Recurrent respiratory infections (RRI) are a common problem mainly in pre-school age, due to the presence of unfavourable environmental conditions, including early socialization, as well as the immaturity and inexperience of the immune system. The relation between atopy and RRI has been evaluated in several studies, but the results were not conclusive. This study sought to determine the impact of atopy, the immunological and clinical profile in 297 Italian children with RRI, younger than 6 years. All children were assessed for blood leukocyte count, serum immunoglobulin level, IgG subclasses, lymphocytic subpopulations, total and specific IgE levels for common food and inhalant allergens. A total of 218 children (73.4%) provided a positive family history of atopic disorders. Atopy was found in 150 out of 297 children (50.5%). Early onset (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-164
Number of pages4
JournalPediatria Medica e Chirurgica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery

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    Dellepiane, R. M., Pavesi, P., Patria, M. F., Laicini, E., Di Landro, G., & Pietrogrande, M. C. (2009). Atopy in preschool Italian children with recurrent respiratory infections. Pediatria Medica e Chirurgica, 31(4), 161-164.