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Asthma 

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Asthma
Author(s):

A.J. Newman Taylor

and Paul Cullinan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1807

A relevant case history from Oxford Case Histories in Respiratory Medicine has been added to this chapter.

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date: 22 July 2017

Case History—An obese 51 yr old woman with breathlessness and swelling.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the bronchial airways that is characterized pathologically by a desquamative eosinophilic bronchitis and clinically by reversible airway narrowing and increased airway responsiveness to nonspecific provocative stimuli. The condition is common, frequently disabling, and can cause death. In the Western world it now affects more than 10% of children and more than 5% of adults, and in England and Wales it is the cause of more than 100 000 hospital admissions and is the certified cause of death of 1500 to 2000 people each year....

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