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What is bronchial asthma?

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When people talk about bronchial asthma, they are really talking about asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that causes periodic "attacks" of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.

From: Bronchial Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Smolley, L , New York, Dell, 1998. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR 3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma." Global Initiative for Asthma Management and Prevention. NHLBI/WHO Workshop Report, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, 1995; Pub #95-3659. CDC: FastStats: "Asthma." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Trends in Allergic Disease."





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SOURCES: Smolley, L , New York, Dell, 1998. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR 3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma." Global Initiative for Asthma Management and Prevention. NHLBI/WHO Workshop Report, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, 1995; Pub #95-3659. CDC: FastStats: "Asthma." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Trends in Allergic Disease."





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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

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