If you have moderate to severe asthma, you are at higher risk of having problems during and after surgery than people who do not have asthma. Careful asthma control in the weeks before surgery may help you reduce the risk of problems. For some people with severe asthma, a short treatment with corticosteroids may improve their lung function before surgery and prevent problems.1
Problems that may occur during and after surgery include:
Sudden airway narrowing. This can be triggered by placement of a breathing tube into the airway before surgery.
National Institutes of Health (2007). National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (NIH Publication No. 08-5846). Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/index.htm.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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