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Recalcitrant Asthma: An Allergist's Approach

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Patients with asthma who have incomplete control of their symptoms or require regular systemic steroidal therapy are said to have recalcitrant asthma. A systematic approach may significantly improve quality of life. Factors that should be evaluated include living with an antigen, occupational exposure, use of (-adrenoreceptor blockers, use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, sensitivity to dietary chemicals, endocrinopathies, gastroesophageal reflux, sinusitis, bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, and noncompliance. Other diseases may mimic asthma or exacerbate nonspecific bronchial hyperreactivity. These include congestive heart failure, chronic infectious bronchit is resulting from cystic fibrosis, ciliary dysfunction syndrome, and immunodeficiency syndromes, upper airway obstruction, pertussis syndrome, psychogenic coughs, bronchiolitis obliterans, chronic eosinophilic pneumonia, and vasculitides. A systematic approach to the evaluation of coexisting factors and potential exacerbating diseases is presented.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1990-11-01

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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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