The Coexistence of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Prevalence and Risk Factors in Young, Middle-aged and Elderly People from the General Population

Roberto de Marco, Giancarlo Pesce, Alessandro Marcon, Simone Accordini, Leonardo Antonicelli, Massimiliano Bugiani, Lucio Casali, Marcello Ferrari, Gabriele Nicolini, Maria Grazia Panico, Pietro Pirina, Maria Elisabetta Zanolin, Isa Cerveri, Giuseppe Verlato

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Background:The joint distribution of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has not been well described. This study aims at determining the prevalence of self-reported physician diagnoses of asthma, COPD and of the asthma-COPD overlap syndrome and to assess whether these conditions share a common set of risk factors.Methods:A screening questionnaire on respiratory symptoms, diagnoses and risk factors was administered by mail or phone to random samples of the general Italian population aged 20-44 (n = 5163) 45-64 (n = 2167) and 65-84 (n = 1030) in the frame of the multicentre Gene Environment Interactions in Respiratory Diseases (GEIRD) study.Results:A physician diagnosis of asthma or COPD (emphysema/chronic bronchitis/COPD) was reported by 13% and 21% of subjects aged

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere62985
JournalPLoS One
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 10 2013

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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de Marco, R., Pesce, G., Marcon, A., Accordini, S., Antonicelli, L., Bugiani, M., Casali, L., Ferrari, M., Nicolini, G., Panico, M. G., Pirina, P., Zanolin, M. E., Cerveri, I., & Verlato, G. (2013). The Coexistence of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Prevalence and Risk Factors in Young, Middle-aged and Elderly People from the General Population. PLoS One, 8(5), [e62985]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0062985