How does the clinical presentation of pediatric asthma vary?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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The clinical picture of pediatric asthma varies. Symptoms may be associated with upper respiratory infections (URTIs), nocturnal or exercise-induced asthmatic symptoms, and status asthmaticus.

Status asthmaticus, or an acute severe asthmatic episode that is resistant to appropriate outpatient therapy, is a medical emergency that requires aggressive inpatient management. This may include admission to an ICU for the treatment of hypoxia, hypercarbia, and dehydration and possibly for assisted ventilation because of respiratory failure.

Physical findings vary with the absence or presence of an acute episode and its severity.


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