Original Articles

The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 50, Issue 6, pp 635-637

First online:

Estimation of total and vacuolated eosinophil counts in childhood asthma

  • U. AcharyaAffiliated withDepartment of Pediatrics, Jay Kaylon Mother & Child Health Institute
  • , S. SaxenaAffiliated withDepartment of Pediatrics, Jay Kaylon Mother & Child Health Institute

Rent the article at a discount

Rent now

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access


Total eosinophil count (TEC) and vacuolated eosinophil count (VEC) alone with stool examination were done in 300 bronchial asthma patients and 50 age matched healthy control children. In fifty normal children TEC ranged from 75–250/cu mm. while VEC was nil and stool examination was also normal of the 300 cases of bronchial asthma absolute eosinophil count of more than 400/cu. mm was noted in 45.3 percent and vacuolated eosinophil count of more than 10 percent was present in 23 percent cases. It concluded that vacuolated eosinophil count is more significant as compared to absolute eosinophil count. Fifty percent cases of bronchial asthma had ascarids and ten percent has mixed parasitic infestation, These cases reponded to the treatment and repeate TEC and VEC was normal and children were symptom free. This suggested close association of parastic infestation and asthma in childhood.

Key words

Bronchial asthma total eosinophil counts (bdTEC) vacuolated eosinophil count (VEC) parasitic infestation