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Infectious Comorbidities of Asthma in the Upper Airway 

Infectious Comorbidities of Asthma in the Upper Airway
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Infectious Comorbidities of Asthma in the Upper Airway
Author(s):

Claus Bachert

and Griet Vandeplas

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199918065.003.0020
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date: 08 May 2021

The link between the upper and lower airways is no longer a matter of debate. Acute or chronic disease of the upper airways and colonization by microorganisms such as Staphylococcus aureus leads to worsening of asthma symptoms. Asthmatic patients also are known to be more prone to developing chronic rhinosinusitis. Proper treatment of upper airway pathology, both medically and surgically, results in objective and subjective improvement of asthma. Understanding upper airway disease and its impact on asthma will provide new insights, not only in the pathogenesis of asthma, but also its treatment.

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