oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - The management of Chronic Asthma : ABC of allergy

Volume 27, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



Dr Do-a-lot noticed that one of her students appeared weary. She asked her about her night on call in the hospital. The student looked upset and said that she would rather not discuss it. On further probing, it was discovered that a family had brought their five year old asthmatic daughter to the emergency unit at 5 am. The child was lying limply in her father's arms in the resuscitation room, her damp, curly hair falling about her pale face. There were tears at the corners of her closed eyes, but she was not crying. Her lips were dry and faintly blue. Her respiration was irregular, slow and laboured, and she sometimes coughed listlessly. There was very little chest movement.

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