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28 April 2021

European Respiratory Society clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis of asthma in children aged 5–16 years

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European Respiratory Society clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis of asthma in children aged 5–16 years
A task force supported by the European Respiratory Society has recently developed the first evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis of asthma in children aged 5 to 16 years.

Nine PICO (Population, Intervention, Comparator and Outcome) questions were used. The task force then developed a diagnostic algorithm based on the critical appraisal of the PICO questions, preferences expressed by lay members and test availability. The algorithm applies to all children and adolescents presenting with symptoms of asthma.

Spirometry, bronchodilator reversibility testing and FeNO were recommended as first line diagnostic tests in children under investigation for asthma. In particular, the developed diagnostic algorithm is of crucial importance to ultimately allow clinicians to diagnose or refute the diagnosis of asthma in all children presenting with relevant respiratory symptoms.

 

Article details:

- Title: European Respiratory Society clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis of asthma in children aged 5–16 years
- Authors: Erol A. Gaillard, Claudia E. Kuehni, Steve Turner, Myrofora Goutaki, Karl A. Holden, Carmen C.M. de Jong, Christiane Lex, David K.H. Lo, Jane S. Lucas, Fabio Midulla, Rebeca Mozun, Giorgio Piacentini, David Rigau, Bart Rottier, Mike Thomas, Thomy Tonia, Jakob Usemann, Ozge Yilmaz, Angela Zacharasiewicz, Alexander Moeller
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- Linkhttps://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.04173-2020