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Allergic Rhinitis in Children with ADHD

On : 29 March, 2013

In : Allergy

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Allergic rhinitis in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Ashley Brawley, MD et al

Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Volume 92, Issue 6, Pages 663-667, June 2004

Background

Both allergic rhinitis and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are common pediatric conditions associated with learning difficulties and sleep disturbances. There are conflicting research data regarding the association between ADHD and atopic disorders.

Objective

To determine the prevalence of allergic rhinitis in patients with physician-diagnosed ADHD.

Methods

Patients 5 to 18 years of age who presented with a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition diagnosis of ADHD to an outpatient pediatric psychiatry clinic were screened for allergic rhinitis with focused history, physical examination, and skin prick testing to common aeroallergens.

Results

Thirty patients were interviewed, with 23 of these undergoing physical examination and skin prick testing. Eighty percent reported allergic rhinitis symptoms, whereas 61% had at least 1 positive prick skin test result. Forty-three percent showed typical physical signs of allergic rhinitis, 100% had a positive atopic family history, and 53% had other associated atopic disorders.

Conclusions

Most children with ADHD displayed symptoms and skin prick test results consistent with allergic rhinitis. Nasal obstruction and other symptoms of allergic rhinitis could explain some of the cognitive patterns observed in ADHD, which might result from sleep disturbance known to occur with allergic rhinitis.

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