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What does status asthmaticus mean in medical terms?

What does status asthmaticus mean in medical terms?

Status asthmaticus is a condition in which severe airway obstruction and asthmatic symptoms persist despite the administration of standard acute asthma therapy. 6 It can present with little warning and progress rapidly to asphyxiation.

When to use a peak flow meter for asthma?

To prevent life-threatening sequelae, it is important to identify patients with severe asthma who will require aggressive management of exacerbations. Objective monitoring of pulmonary status using a peak flow meter is essential in patients with persistent asthma.

What are the symptoms of an asthma exacerbation?

Initial findings during an asthma exacerbation typically include hypoxemia and hypocapnia. Hypercapnia is usually a later finding that reflects increasing airflow obstruction and fatigue because of the increased work of breathing; it may indicate impending respiratory failure.

What are the pathologic findings of fatal asthma?

Pathologic findings in fatal asthma include bronchial lumen occlusion by mucus, hyperplasia of submucosal glands, basement membrane thickening, and tissue eosinophilia.

What does Kendig mean by acute severe asthma?

Carolyn M. Kercsmar MS, MD, Karen M. Mcdowell MD, in Kendig’s Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children (Ninth Edition), 2019 Status asthmaticus, or acute severe asthma that is resistant to appropriate outpatient therapy, is a significant medical emergency that requires prompt, systematic, and aggressive management in the hospital.

What should a family physician DO for asthma?

In patients who deteriorate despite usual therapeutic efforts, evidence supports individualized use of parenteral beta 2 agonists, magnesium sulfate, aminophylline, leukotriene inhibitors, or positive pressure mask ventilation before intubation. Asthma is one of the most common chronic disorders managed by family physicians.