Severe Asthma During Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood
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.
KeywordsSevere asthma Difficult-to-treat asthma Asthma in adolescence Asthma disparities
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