This was the second Ohio State University Hospitals admission for this 28-year-old woman admitted with one week of increasing dyspnea and wheezing. She reported a history of asthma dating back to childhood, with many hospital admissions up to the age of thirteen. Since that time, she remained in good health, with the exception of a single hospitalization for an acute exacerbation two years prior to admission. She had never required mechanical ventilation. She was in her usual state of health until two weeks prior to admission, when she noted symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection and a nonproductive cough. During the week prior to admission, she noted increasing dyspnea, especially with exertion, and audible expiratory wheezing. There had been no fever, chills, or chest pain. There was neither a history of sensitivity to aspirin nor a history of hay fever.
KeywordsForce Vital Capacity Airway Smooth Muscle Allergy Clin Immunol Total Lung Capacity Acute Asthma
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