Review: the pulmonary manifestations of childhood obesity. - GreenMedInfo Summary
[Pulmonary manifestations in childhood obesity].
Rev Med Chir Soc Med Nat Iasi. 2008 Jul-Sep;112(3):590-7. PMID: 20201237
Facultatea de Medicină, Clinica a II-a Pediatrie, Universitatea de Medicină si Farmacie "Gr.T. Popa" Iaşi.
Obesity has an increasing incidence throughout the world, inducing a complex and multisystemic pathology. The respiratory manifestations are: restrictive respiratory physiology, reduced respiratory compliance, altered ventilation/perfusion index, bronchial hyperresponsiveness. Increases in body mass index (BMI) are associated with increases in prevalence, incidence and severity of bronchial asthma. The mechanic effects of obesity remain important, but the adipocites have many influences by the hormones, leptines, cytokines and other proinflammatory agents.