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Prevalence of hyperventilation syndrome in an allergy clinic, compared with a routine ENT clinic

Ogata, N; Bapat, U; Darby, Y; Scadding, G; (2006) Prevalence of hyperventilation syndrome in an allergy clinic, compared with a routine ENT clinic. Journal of Laryngology and Otology , 120 (11) 924 - 926. 10.1017/S0022215106001691. Green open access

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Abstract

Objectives: A high prevalence of chronic hyperventilation syndrome in patients with asthma has been reported. We examined whether this phenomenon extended to allergy clinic patients in general and whether the prevalence was higher in patients attending a general allergy clinic compared with those attending a routine ENT clinic in our hospital.Methods: We examined the prevalence of hyperventilation syndrome in unselected, consecutive patients (n = 100) seen in an allergy clinic. The validated Nijmegen questionnaire was completed by patients in the waiting room. We also administered the questionnaire to unselected, consecutive patients (n = 100) in a routine ENT clinic.Results: There was no significant difference in prevalence of hyperventilation between allergy clinic and routine ENT clinic patients (25/100 vs 23/100).Conclusion: The result indicates a high prevalence of hyperventilation amongst hospital attendees in general. Consideration should perhaps be given to the possible role of hyperventilation in symptomatology.

Type: Article
Title: Prevalence of hyperventilation syndrome in an allergy clinic, compared with a routine ENT clinic
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0022215106001691
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022215106001691
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright Cambridge University Press 2006
Keywords: Hyperventilation, Hypersensitivity, Outpatients, Questionnaires, Otolaryngology, Panic disorder, Asthma
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Infection and Immunity
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1305652
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