Table 6

Risk of adult onset wheeze and atopy according to serological tests: adjusted odds ratios (95% confidence intervals)

Wheeze6-150
(n=84)
Wheeze +
asthma6-150
(n=19)
Wheeze + cough/phlegm6-150 (n=26) Atopy positive6-151(n=146)
Seropositive to:
Hepatitis A1.1 (0.6 to 2.0)0.5 (0.2 to 1.6)2.4 (0.7 to 7.5)1.6 (0.9 to 2.6)
H pylori 1.2 (0.7 to 2.2)0.5 (0.2 to 1.5)2.5 (0.8 to 7.7)0.9 (0.6 to 1.6)
T gondii 1.6 (0.7 to 2.5)0.8 (0.2 to 4.1)1.8 (0.5 to 6.3)0.7 (0.3 to 1.4)
Sum of seropositivity:
One positive0.7 (0.3 to 1.5)0.9 (0.3 to 3.3)0.9 (0.1 to 5.4)1.4 (0.7 to 2.8)
Two positive0.9 (0.4 to 2.2)0.2 (0.04 to 1.4)6-152 1.9 (0.3 to 10.9)1.5 (0.7 to 3.3)
Three positive2.3 (0.6 to 8.4)7.8 (0.98 to 62.4)0.9 (0.3 to 2.8)
p for trend = 0.027
  • 6-150 Odds ratios are adjusted for sex, social class based on subject's own occupation, smoking habit, atopy, and family history of atopic disease.

  • 6-151 Odds ratios are adjusted for sex, social class based on subject's own occupation, smoking habit, and family history of atopic disease.

  • 6-152 Due to small numbers, the final two categories of the variable were combined.