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Asthmaa 

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Asthmaa
Author(s):

Gerald W. Volcheck

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199948949.003.0042
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date: 26 September 2020

The pathologic features of asthma have been studied chiefly in fatal cases; some bronchoscopic data are available for mild and moderate asthma. The histologic hallmarks of asthma include mucous gland hypertrophy, mucus hypersecretion, epithelial desquamation, widening of the basement membrane, and infiltration by eosinophils. This chapter has three goals: recognize the pathophysiology and triggers of asthma, categorize asthma by severity, and define testing and treatment strategies for asthma patients.

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