ASTHMA  

 
 

Symptoms: Dyspnea, cough, wheezing. Occasionally non productive cough or exertional dyspnea
Special signs: Prolonged expiration, wheezes, rhonchi, use of secondary muscles of respiration, pulsus paradoxus; terminal cough which produces thick mucus
Special investigations: Charcot-Leyden crystals in mucus; eosinophils in mucus.

SHORT DESCRIPTION:
A disease of variable or often paroxysmal dyspnea caused by narrowing of bronchioles. It arises from chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory epithelium as a result of hypersensitivity to agents which include allergens, pharmacologic, environmental, occupational, infectious, occupational and emotional and exercise.

 

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