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Asthma 

Chapter:
Asthma
Author(s):

Stephen Chapman

, Grace Robinson

, John Stradling

, Sophie West

, and John Wrightson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198703860.003.0018
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date: 22 September 2018

A comprehensive review of all aspects of modern asthma care, including diagnosis, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and appropriate investigations. This chapter covers both acute and chronic disease, including the specific areas of refractory asthma, occupational asthma, and asthma in pregnancy. The emergency management of acute severe asthma is covered, including the latest British Thoracic Society guidelines. The tricky area of vocal cord dysfunction and other conditions often confused with asthma is discussed. New methods of monitoring asthma with biomarkers to aid exacerbation management are covered (exhaled nitric oxide, sputum and blood eosinophil measurement).

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