Table 5—

Differential diagnosis of bronchial asthma and obstructive (spastic, asthmatoid) bronchitis in Bulgaria

CriteriaObstructive bronchitisBronchial asthma
BeginningGradualAcute and abrupt
Infectious syndromeWell manifestedUsually lacking
Allergic symptomsRareFrequent
Family historyRareFrequent
Laboratory testsNonspecificEosinophilia and high IgE
ComplicationsRelatively frequent, pneumoniaRare
PrognosisGood50% recover at puberty
  • IgE: immunoglobulin E