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Asthma 

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Asthma
DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199202447.003.0020
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date: 17 October 2019

Definition 118

Symptoms and signs 118

Diagnosis 119

Management of acute asthma 120

Asthma in pregnancy 125

Discharge planning 125

‘Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways in which many cells and cellular components play a role. The chronic inflammation causes an associated increase in airway hyper-responsiveness that leads to recurrent episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing, particularly at night or in the early morning. These episodes are usually associated with widespread but variable airflow obstruction that is often reversible either spontaneously or with treatment.’...

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