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Sleep Med. 2009 Oct;10(9):1035-9. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2008.11.004. Epub 2009 May 8.

Rhinitis symptoms and habitual snoring in Ecuadorian children.

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Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVES:

To determine the prevalence of habitual snoring (HS) and its association with symptoms of rhinitis in a Latin American country and, secondarily, to assess how commonly physicians address rhinitis in the community.

PATIENTS OR PARTICIPANTS:

Six- to twelve-year-old school-aged children.

POPULATION AND METHODS:

We designed a cross-sectional, community-based study of the pediatric population, centered in schools of Guayaquil, Ecuador. The study was evaluated and approved by the ethical committee of the Hospital Luis Vernaza as a local institution.

MEASUREMENTS AND RESULTS:

A 15.1% prevalence of HS was reported among 806 responders out of 1193 surveys. The frequency of HS was associated with the number of rhinitis symptoms and a previous diagnosis of rhinitis, with those reporting 2 rhinitic symptoms being more likely to report HS (p=0.01). Only a small minority of caregivers reported being aware of either HS or rhinitis as health problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

HS is a highly prevalent symptom among Ecuadorian children, and the prevalence is further increased if the diagnosis of rhinitis or even >1 rhinitis symptom is concomitantly present. Since few caregivers of HS children are informed about the causes and consequences of this condition, increased health education about this condition is needed.

PMID:
19427812
DOI:
10.1016/j.sleep.2008.11.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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