Bronchial Asthma

  • G. Krishna Prasad
  • Prakash E. George
  • Jebu A. Thomas


  • A clinical diagnosis of asthma should be suspected in patients with intermittent symptoms of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and breathlessness.

  • Objective measurements of lung function, preferably using spirometry or peak flow meters, are needed to confirm the diagnosis.

  • All asthma patients presenting with an acute episode should be given a rapid-acting bronchodilator for rapid relief of symptoms.

  • Other add-on therapies for acute management include systemic corticosteroids, ipratropium bromide, etc., which should be instituted according to the severity of bronchial asthma.

  • Close monitoring and reassessment at frequent intervals holds the key in the proper management of acute asthma.


Airflow Obstruction Acute Asthma Peak Expiratory Flow Rate Magnesium Sulphate Ipratropium Bromide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Krishna Prasad
    • 1
  • Prakash E. George
    • 1
  • Jebu A. Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.Emergency DepartmentPushpagiri Medical College HospitalThiruvallaIndia

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