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Sudden Death in Adolescent Asthma

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There has been an increase in mortality from asthma in the adolescent age group in the past several years. Although the exact cause of this is not known, a number of factors probably contribute. We have identified four areas of major concern which we believe place adolescents with asthma at high risk. These include physiological factors such as night-time worsening of disease (or "dipping"), non-compliance with the medical regimen, stress associated with daily living and parental expectation, and depression/suicide with asthma as the modality. Identification of those individuals who are at risk and intervention into the contributory factors may reduce asthma deaths.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 1986

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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.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    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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