Respiratory Tract Infections and Asthma

  • Ketan K. Sheth
  • William W. Busse


For many patients with asthma, especially children, respiratory infections provoke wheezing. Initial attention focused on bacteria as the etiological agents; however, prospective studies conclusively indicated that viral, not bacterial, respiratory infections triggered asthma. Less well established is the possibility that respiratory infections are a pivotal event in the pathogenesis of asthma. This chapter will focus on the role of respiratory tract infections, particularly viral illnesses, and asthma. Three major areas will be covered:
  1. 1.

    The epidemiology of respiratory infections and asthma;

  2. 2.

    Respiratory syncytial virus bronchiolitis as a model for respiratory infections and asthma; and

  3. 3.

    Mechanisms of virus-induced asthma.



Respiratory Infection Respiratory Syncytial Virus Airway Smooth Muscle Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection Respiratory Virus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ketan K. Sheth
    • 1
  • William W. Busse
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Wisconsin Medical SchoolMadisonUSA

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