The respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract (GIT) share common embryologic origins, and an intriguing and commonly revisited question is the following: “Do processes occurring somewhere along the length of the GIT cause asthma symptoms?” Gastroenterologists have been known to remind their pulmonology colleagues that the lungs are actually the larger of 2 appendices of the GIT. Might it be feasible that processes taking place in the GIT can cause respiratory symptoms?
- gastrointestinal tract
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy
Hansen, R., Gerasimidis, K., & Turner, S. (2019). Asthma causation and the gastrointestinal microbiome and metabolome: Might there be a signal, or is it just noise? Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 144(2), 401-403. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaci.2019.04.026