Volume 6 Supplement 1

2nd WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2012), Abstracts

Open Access

Allied health – 3003. The relation of cachexia to the risk of hospitalization with fixed airway obstruction

  • June-Hyuk Lee1,
  • An-Soo Jang2,
  • Sung-Woo Park2,
  • Dojin Kim1 and
  • June-Hyuk Lee1
World Allergy Organization Journal20136(Suppl 1):P180

https://doi.org/10.1186/1939-4551-6-S1-P180

Published: 23 April 2013

Background

Body mass index (BMI) have suggested to be related with obstructive lung diseas. BMI was associated with the extent of emphysema distribution, but has still not been known about the association to degree of airway obstruction. Wetried to determine whether cachexia or BMI is risk factor of hospitalization in asthma with fixed airway obstruction.

Methods

245 asthmatic patients were enrolled. Cachexia was defined as BMI < 18. The severity of asthma was classified into grade based on GOLD criteria.

Results

BMI was significantly associated with the severity of airway obstruction. BMI was significantly associated with lung function. The severity of airway obstruction was significantly associated with the frequency and duration of hospitalization (P = 0.02, P = 0.007 respectively). The cachexia was not associated with the frequency of hospitalization (P = 0.21), while it was significantly associated with the duration of hospitalization (P = 0.019).

Conclusions

Cachexia can be a risk factor for the longer duration of hospitalization being independent of degree of fixed airway obstruction.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Respiratory and Allergy, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital
(2)
Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital

Copyright

© Lee et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2013

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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