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Paediatric evaluation of difficult asthma

Paediatric evaluation of difficult asthma
Paediatric evaluation of difficult asthma

There are no easy solutions to difficult childhood asthma, but therapeutic interventions are more likely to be successful if they are based on the results of a carefully structured process of evaluation. Accurate diagnosis can be difficult in young patients. Misunderstandings about terminology and inappropriately attributing symptoms to asthma can lead to overprescribing and unrealistic expectations. Evaluation beyond a detailed history and thorough examination should include a period of symptom monitoring, a home visit, exercise challenge and tests to identify provoking allergens. Investigations to exclude diagnoses such as gastro-oesophageal reflux, immunodeficiency, middle lobe syndrome, sinusitis and cystic fibrosis should be considered. Response to a therapeutic trial of oral steroids might usefully identify a small number of patients with steroid-resistant asthma. Increasing evidence has shown that adverse psychosocial factors affect asthma morbidity and a therapeutic approach that addresses the extent to which environmental stressors impact on asthma symptoms might be of benefit in some cases.

Difficult asthma
0905-9180
40-44
Connett, G.
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Connett, G.
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Connett, G. (2000) Paediatric evaluation of difficult asthma. European Respiratory Review, 10 (69), 40-44.

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Abstract

There are no easy solutions to difficult childhood asthma, but therapeutic interventions are more likely to be successful if they are based on the results of a carefully structured process of evaluation. Accurate diagnosis can be difficult in young patients. Misunderstandings about terminology and inappropriately attributing symptoms to asthma can lead to overprescribing and unrealistic expectations. Evaluation beyond a detailed history and thorough examination should include a period of symptom monitoring, a home visit, exercise challenge and tests to identify provoking allergens. Investigations to exclude diagnoses such as gastro-oesophageal reflux, immunodeficiency, middle lobe syndrome, sinusitis and cystic fibrosis should be considered. Response to a therapeutic trial of oral steroids might usefully identify a small number of patients with steroid-resistant asthma. Increasing evidence has shown that adverse psychosocial factors affect asthma morbidity and a therapeutic approach that addresses the extent to which environmental stressors impact on asthma symptoms might be of benefit in some cases.

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Published date: 2000
Keywords: Difficult asthma

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Local EPrints ID: 419564
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/419564
ISSN: 0905-9180
PURE UUID: e11efed4-002d-41ba-ae32-44d5a5acd033
ORCID for G. Connett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1310-3239

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Date deposited: 13 Apr 2018 16:30
Last modified: 14 Mar 2019 01:22

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