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Difficult asthma

Claire A. Butler and Liam G. Heaney

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/9780199638918.003.0014

Series: Oxford Respiratory Medicine Library

Difficult asthma

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• Always consider whether patients do actually have asthma; consider further tests to help confirm the diagnosis if necessary • Consider whether patients may have a co-existent condition • Determine whether any aggravating factors may be present • Always ask about adherence to treatment • Consider checking blood theophylline, prednisolone or cortisol levels when indicated • Assess inhaler technique at every opportunity.

Chapter.  2627 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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