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Gaceta Médica Boliviana

Print version ISSN 1012-2966On-line version ISSN 2227-3662


LOZANO BELTRAN, Daniel Franz et al. Relationship between toxocariasis and asthma in pediatric patients in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Gac Med Bol [online]. 2011, vol.34, n.2, pp.76-79. ISSN 1012-2966.

Objectives: to identify the relationship between asthma and toxocariasis and risk factors for each of these diseases. Methods: case-control study. Patients aged 2-13 years old, of whom 41 are patients with a diagnosis of asthma (cases) and 41 children (controls) without asthma who were matched for age and sex. Results: there was not a statistically significant relationship between asthma and Toxocariasis. The factors to be a risk for asthma patients was having a family history of asthma, history of previous allergiesand frequent playing with dogs at home. Toxocariasis seroprevalence was low in the study series (6%). Most children have dogs at home, usually play in parks and squares and have courtyards and gardens with soil and grass at home, in fewer cases of children have pica. Conclusions: the data were limited existing information on animal and human toxocariasis, as well as interaction with asthma warrants expanding epidemio-logical research in our midst.

Keywords : asthma; toxocariasis; parasitic diseases; toxocara canis.

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