Asthma: clinical assessment

December 2004
Thorax;Dec2004 Supplement, Vol. 59, p50
Academic Journal
The article presents some papers related to clinical assessment of asthma. There is currently great interest in developing non-invasive measures of airway inflammation in asthma. Proposed markers of airway inflammation and or oxidative stress in asthma include the exhaled gases, nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide, and exhaled breath condensate pH and nitrite levels. 17 asthmatic subjects were studied during an exacerbation (defined as a clinical deterioration in asthma symptoms warranting treatment with oral corticosteroids). Comparisons were made against serial peak expiratory flow rates(PEFR). There was a significant increase in PEFR over time, reflecting a clinical improvement.


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