Open Access Research Article Article ID: OJA-2-108

    Effects of Khat (Catha Edulis) on Bronchial Asthma

    Eden Yitna*, Andualem Mossie and Alemeshet Yami

    Introduction: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways. It is always being a health burden across the globe. The active chemical present in Khat could have a bronchodilator effect like that of catecholamine. The present study aims at determining the effect of khat chewing on bronchial asthma and lung function.

    Methods: A comparative cross-sectional study was conducted in Jimma University Specialized Hospital (JUSH) Adult Chest Clinic on 170 asthmatic patients with a 1.4 to 1 ratio of non-chewer to chewer. The interviewer-administered questionnaire, patient history and pulmonary function test using Spirometer were used to collect data.

    Keywords: Bronchial asthma; Khat; Cathine; Cathinone; Asthma control

    Published on: May 18, 2018 Pages: 5-10

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/oja.000008
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