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The Role of Glucocorticoids in the Management of Asthma

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Glucocorticoids (GCs) are a highly effective class of medication used in the treatment of airway inflammation associated with chronic asthma. Nevertheless, there remain concerns regarding potential adverse effects accompanying the use of systemic and high-dose inhaled GC therapy. Recent studies also suggest that there is high variability in airway response to GCs. Indeed, the immunopathogenesis of a subset of asthmatics poorly responsive to glucocorticoid therapy have been studied and may provide new insights into mechanisms by which glucocorticoids act in chronic asthma. The current review will examine a number of these issues, particularly mechanisms by which GCs act in asthma, the immunology of steroid resistance, and adverse effects associated with GC treatment.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1996-11-01

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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.

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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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