There’s little indication that children with persistent asthma will achieve remission by adulthood, reports MD Magazine.

A new study from the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital reported that baseline pediatric lung function metrics may serve as a valuable clinical prognostic indicator for eventual asthma remission. They also found that asthmatic children aren’t very likely to show promising remission prognosis.

The team, led by Alberta L. Wang, MD, sought to determine predictors of asthma remission in adults through a multiethnic population of pediatric patients with mild to moderate persistent asthma.

Wang and colleagues established early adulthood asthma remission by 2 varying clinical and strict definitions. Both definitions included a standard of normal lung function and the absence of symptoms, exacerbations, and use of therapy. Strict definition also included normal airway responsiveness.