Severe Asthma During Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood

  • Erick FornoEmail author
  • Sejal Saglani


In prior chapters of this book, we have reviewed the epidemiology of severe asthma and have discussed important considerations in the preschool years. Adolescents comprise another important and vulnerable population, in whom asthma severity may vary and many other factors, especially social influences, may affect asthma control. In this chapter we will discuss current knowledge of the natural history of severe asthma during adolescence, risk factors for poor outcomes, and important issues to consider when we manage patients in this age group and help them prepare for the transition to young adulthood – when patients are expected to become responsible for managing their disease.


Severe asthma Difficult-to-treat asthma Asthma in adolescence Asthma disparities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Pulmonary MedicineChildren’s Hospital of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Paediatric Respiratory MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Department of Respiratory PaediatricsRoyal Brompton HospitalLondonUK

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