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Emergency Outpatient Treatment of Asthma

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The therapeutic aims in the treatment of severe asthma are to relieve bronchospasm, mobilize secretions and maintain alveolar ventilation. In emergency situations, adrenergic agonists by aerosol are the drugs of choice because of their speed of onset and potency. Intravenous aminophylline produces much less effect and data are accumulating that suggest that for most patients combined therapy with methylxanthines and sypathomimetics may not produce a greater response over that seen with sympathomimetics alone. Anticholinergics may be useful adjuncts, but their rate of onset is too slow to be used as first time therapy.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 1987

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

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    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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