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ICU Protocols pp 691-696 | Cite as

Acute Severe Asthma

  • Krishan Chugh
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Abstract

Acute severe asthma results from reversible airway obstruction mostly expiratory, with main reason of obstruction being bronchospasm due to various trigger factors (such as allergens or viral upper respiratory infection) and inflammation of the bronchi and smaller airways. This leads to progressive hypoxemia and hypercarbia requiring bronchodilator nebulizer therapy, systemically administered anti-inflammatory agents (steroids), and sometimes mechanical ventilation.

Keywords

Status Asthmaticus Acute Severe Asthma Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure Rapid Sequence Intubation Reversible Airway Obstruction 
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© Springer India 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Institute of Child HealthSir Ganga Ram HospitalNew DelhiIndia

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