What is the role of genetics in the etiology of asthma?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: John J Oppenheimer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Genetic differences may alter susceptibility to asthma, as well as responsiveness to asthma medications. [1] Significant genetic variation exists between and within racial and ethnic groups, but the issue is confounded by important coexisting economic, cultural, and environmental differences, including geography (place of birth). [2]

Go to Pediatric Asthma, Status Asthmaticus, Exercise-Induced Asthma, and Asthma in Pregnancy for complete information on these topics.


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