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Acute asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that is associated with airway hyperresponsiveness and leads to recurrent episodes of dyspnea, wheezing, chest tightness and coughing. Acute asthma is a life-threatening condition requiring hospitalization. It responds badly to basic treatment. Because of the constantly increasing number of patients with asthma, it is important to know, how to deal with this difficult condition.¨

Author: MUDr. Roman Štoudek, MUDr. Martina Kosinová, Mária Bačíková, Monika Bendíková

Institution: Faculty of Medicine at Masaryk University in Brno

Medical discipline: Emergency Medicine

Keywords: asthma | pneumotorax | bronchodilatation

Educational evel: Undergraduate level | Graduate

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that is associated with airway hyperresponsiveness and leads to recurrent episodes of dyspnea, wheezing, chest tightness and coughing. Acute asthma is a life-threatening condition requiring hospitalization. It responds badly to basic treatment. Because of the constantly increasing number of patients with asthma, it is important to know, how to deal with this difficult condition.¨


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Review

Reviewer:

Jan Chlumský, M.D., Ph.D.; Centre for severe or difficult to treat asthma Department of Pneumology of the 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Thomayer Teaching Hospital

Educational algorithm "Acute asthma" is a very nice interactive tutorial on how to proceed in case of prolonged severe asthma attack. The algorithm clearly performs key steps in therapeutic process while highlighting the most serious mistakes that can be made by physician and how to avoid them. Each step is followed by multimedia and appropriate therapeutic responses which clarifies whole procedure and make it more educational. Although pharmacologically refractory asthma attacks during the extended prophylactic therapy of inhalation corticosteroid (ICS) have been relatively rare clinical situations, it is necessary to know that kind of process.

publikováno: 26.6.2014 | last modified on: 16.5.2018