Definition and Classification of Asthma

  • N. G. M. Orie


The history of the semantics of generalized reversible airway obstruction, “asthma,” is rather complex, but perhaps this is not so surprising. There are few conditions in which so many variables, endogenous and exogenous in nature, are involved, and these can provoke an immense variability in the phenotype of asthma.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Respiratory Syncytial Virus Chronic Bronchitis Obstructive Airway Disease Bronchial Obstruction 
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  • N. G. M. Orie
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  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of GroningenThe Netherlands

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