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J Asthma. 1999 Aug;36(5):409-17.

The impact of severe asthma on schoolchildren.

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Faculty of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Episodic airway obstruction and hypoxia are potentially life-threatening to children with asthma and may account for neuropsychological impairment. Moreover, living with this chronic disease may severely disrupt children's emotional functioning. The general functioning of 25 children with severe asthma aged 10-13 years was tested by a comparison with 25 matched normal controls. Testing included variables with relevance to normal daily functioning: memory, concentration, school performance, physical condition, subjective symptoms after exercise, and negative emotions. The results showed that children with asthma did not significantly deviate from controls. They reported more dyspnea after physical exercise, which could not be attributed to lung function. Differences in school performance were not significant. It was concluded that children may generally adapt well to living with asthma.

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