Every month, I try to read an open access article. Then, I share the title and the associated link with my followers. This is to encourage clinicians to read articles, stay up to date, and continue to grow.
The aim of this month’s article is to investigate “the association between the full range of gestational ages (GA) and obstructive airway disease (asthma and/or COPD) in early and middle adulthood, using national data from two Nordic countries” (p2).
Premature birth and asthma and COPD in adulthood: a national registry study from two Nordic countries
By: Anna Pulakka, Kari Risnes, Johanna Metsälä, Suvi Alenius, Katriina Heikkilä, Sara Marie Nilsen, Pieta Näsänen-Gilmore, Peija Haaramo, Mika Gissler, Signe Opdahl and Eero Kajantie.
European Respiratory Journal 2023 61:2201763; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.01763-2022
Link to article: https://erj.ersjournals.com/content/61/6/2201763
n=(Finland, born in 1987-1998: 706,717 and Norway, born in 1967-1999: 1,669,528)
“Adults born preterm are more often treated with specialist care for obstructive airway diseases, including asthma and COPD, compared to people born at term. The higher risk is extended to those born prematurely and at early term and is higher for those diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia in infancy or who were born with SGA. Premature birth should be recognized as a risk factor for obstructive airway disease in adulthood, and a complete medical history of people with respiratory symptoms should include key perinatal data such as birth weight, gestational age, and major pregnancy conditions.
As always, take the time to study the article and learn about all the results and findings.
Happy reading and learning,
July 18, 2023