oa South African Family Practice - Asthma in adults : review article

Volume 46, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2004;46(5) 46 CDL - guidelines at a glance Asthma in adults Diagnosis Made on symptoms and signs Objective measurement: ? FEV1 improvement possible > 15% ? [& 200ml increase after short acting ?2 agonist (400?g MDI and spacer)] Aims of Management: Control symptoms and prevent exacerbations Achieve best possible peak flow Minimise adverse effects Stepwise Approach 1. Start treatment at step most appropriate to initial severity 2. Achieve early control 3. Maintain stepping up or stepping down therapy CLASSIFICATION OF SEVERITY Management of Chronic Asthma in Adults Classify Severity at Presentation START TREATMENT AT MOST APPROPRIATE STEP ..

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