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J R Soc Health. 1990 Jun;110(3):98-100.

Asthma patterns in Saudi Arabian children.

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  • 1College of Medicine and King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


In a study of 2006 school children living in two urban areas of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we used a questionnaire to collect details of age, sex, areas of residence, occupation, education, social class, parental history of asthma and information relating to parental smoking habit. The relative importance of these factors on the likelihood of children having bronchial asthma was assessed using a linear modelling analysis. The extent to which these factors affected the severity of bronchial asthma was also examined. A number of statistically significant associations between bronchial asthma and 'breathlessness' (P less than 0.0087), 'Father smoker' (P less than 0.0001), 'usually cough' (P less than 0.0001), 'pets' (P less than 0.0067) and 'Family history of allergy' (P less than 0.007), were found.

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