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Asthma in special circumstances

Pratheega Mahendra, John F.W. Baker and Graeme P. Currie

in Asthma

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199638918
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740893 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199638918.003.0008

Series: Oxford Respiratory Medicine Library

Asthma in special circumstances

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• During pregnancy, the clinical control of asthma is said to improve in one-third, remain the same in one-third and deteriorate in one-third • The general principles of asthma management are the same in pregnant as in non-pregnant women • Drugs used in the management of acute and chronic asthma are generally safe for use in pregnancy • During an acute exacerbation of asthma in pregnancy, hypoxia and hypotension should be aggressively managed; early obstetric and intensive care advice should be obtained where necessary • Individuals with features of active asthma should avoid underwater diving • Most patients with asthma can fly in commercial aircraft without risk of adverse event; some hypoxic patients with advanced disease may require supplemental in-flight oxygen.

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Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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