Bronchospasm is a tightening of the smooth muscle that lines the airways (bronchi or bronchioles) in the lung. This tightening can contribute to a worsening of asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing.
Bronchospasm can usually be relieved with medicines called bronchodilators.
This condition is also called bronchoconstriction or bronchial spasm.
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
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