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January 17, 2017

Asthma—Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Pulmonary Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Associate Editor, JAMA
JAMA. 2017;317(3):262-263. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.19676

Childhood asthma is a chronic health condition that often improves or resolves during adolescence or adulthood. Prospective cohort studies have indicated that as many as 75% of school-aged children with asthma “outgrow” this condition by some point in adulthood, although children with more severe symptoms, more impaired pulmonary function, and a higher degree of allergic sensitization to common aeroallergens are less likely to experience resolution of asthma.1 There is less evidence, however, about the rate of remission of asthma among adults, and the available data suggest a lower remission rate than among children.2