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Asia Pac Allergy. 2014 Apr;4(2):75-85. doi: 10.5415/apallergy.2014.4.2.75. Epub 2014 Apr 29.

Epidemiology of adult asthma in Asia: toward a better understanding.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 110-799, Korea. ; Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul 110-799, Korea.
2
Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 110-799, Korea. ; Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul 110-799, Korea. ; Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam 463-707, Korea.

Abstract

Asia is the world's most dynamic area. Asthma is a major chronic disease in Asia, like other continents. However, unlike childhood asthma, the epidemiological burden of asthma in Asian adults has been unclear. Here we reviewed the currently available literatures on the epidemiology of adult asthma in the Asian community populations. Adult asthma prevalence was generally lower in Asian than in Europe, but the increasing trends suggested the disease burden to rise in the near future. However, for better understanding, it may be essential to prepare for the Asian multinational network for the standardization and collaboration of research.

KEYWORDS:

Asia; Asthma; Epidemiology; Review

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