Asthma in Adults
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It is estimated that more than 15 million Americans currently have asthma (Table 1) and that the incidence has increased by about 60% in the past decade, not only in the United States but worldwide. Asthma was estimated to cost approximately $9.5 billion in 1997, to be the cause of the most pediatric hospitalizations, to be the sixth most common cause for all hospitalizations, and to cause more than 5000 deaths/yr (an increase of nearly 80% in the past decade).
KeywordsMast Cell Allergic Rhinitis Peak Flow Severe Asthma Airflow Obstruction
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