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Evaluation of severe asthma in adolescents and adults

Sally Wenzel, MD
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Bruce S Bochner, MD
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Helen Hollingsworth, MD


Severe asthma afflicts 5 to 10 percent of the asthma population, but drives the majority of the morbidity and costs of the disease [1]. The clinician must first determine that a patient with severe and/or frequent respiratory symptoms suggestive of severe asthma has been given the correct diagnosis. Alternative possibilities include the following:

Asthma that is exacerbated by uncontrolled triggers

Asthma that is poorly controlled because of nonadherence

An alternative disorder/disease that mimics asthma

Asthma that is exacerbated by a comorbid condition

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