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What causes status asthmaticus?

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Status asthmatics” is a medical term for the most severe form of an asthma attack. Doctors don’t know why some people get severe asthma attacks. It may be more likely if:

  • You don’t often see your doctor, so your asthma isn’t under good control.
  • You come in contact with your asthma triggers or things you’re allergic to.
  • You don’t use your peak flow meter and asthma medicines as directed by your doctor in your asthma action plan

From: What Is Status Asthmaticus? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Smolley, L. and Bruce, D. Random House, 1998. Breathe Right Now,

American Family Physician , 2003.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "The Crashing Asthmatic." Expert Panel report 2: guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma.

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 1997; NIH publication no. 97-4051.

Guidelines 2000 for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Part 8: advanced challenges in resuscitation: section 3: special challenges in ECC.

The American Heart Association in collaboration with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. 2000. Circulation,

UpToDate: “Management of asthma exacerbations: Emergency department and hospital-based care.”

Medscape: “Status Asthmaticus.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 20, 2017

SOURCES:

Smolley, L. and Bruce, D. Random House, 1998. Breathe Right Now,

American Family Physician , 2003.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "The Crashing Asthmatic." Expert Panel report 2: guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma.

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 1997; NIH publication no. 97-4051.

Guidelines 2000 for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Part 8: advanced challenges in resuscitation: section 3: special challenges in ECC.

The American Heart Association in collaboration with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. 2000. Circulation,

UpToDate: “Management of asthma exacerbations: Emergency department and hospital-based care.”

Medscape: “Status Asthmaticus.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 20, 2017

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