What is pediatric asthma?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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Asthma, which occurs in adult and pediatric patients, is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways characterized by an obstruction of airflow. Among children and adolescents aged 5-17 years, asthma accounts for a loss of 10 million school days annually and costs caretakers $726.1 million per year because of work absence. [1]


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