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Born small for gestational age: relation to future allergy and asthma

Journal article
Authors Bill Hesselmar
Jovanna Dahlgren
Göran Wennergren
N. Aberg
Kerstin Albertsson-Wikland
Published in Acta Paediatrica
Volume 91
Issue 9
Pages 992-4
ISSN 0803-5253
Publication year 2002
Published at Institute for the Health of Women and Children, Dept of Paediatrics
Pages 992-4
Language en
Keywords Adolescent, Adult, Asthma/*epidemiology/immunology, Case-Control Studies, Child Development/physiology, Comparative Study, Confidence Intervals, Disease Susceptibility/*epidemiology/immunology, Female, Gestational Age, Humans, Hypersensitivity/*epidemiology/immunology, Incidence, Infant, Newborn, Infant, Small for Gestational Age/*immunology, Male, Odds Ratio, Prognosis, Reference Values, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Risk Assessment, Risk Factors, Sweden/epidemiology
Subject categories Medical and Health Sciences


AIM: To evaluate whether intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) protects against the development of allergy. METHODS: A case-control study of 1515 subjects (15-25 y), of whom 430 were cases (birthweight/length below -2 SD for gestational age). Birth data were from the national birth register. The frequencies of allergic diseases were evaluated by questionnaire. RESULTS: For the 950 who replied, the frequencies of allergic diseases were similar in cases and controls. CONCLUSION: IUGR does not protect against the development of allergy.

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