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Asthma

Alhassan, Sulaiman MD; Hattab, Yousef MD; Bajwa, Omar MD; Bihler, Eric DO; Singh, Anil C. MD, MPH, FCCP

doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000104
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Asthma is one of the most frequent chronic respiratory diseases worldwide, with an increase in its prevalence in the last decade. Ongoing studies continue to search for better diagnostic tools and advanced treatment options in an effort to decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with it. Unfortunately, many asthmatic patients still suffer from poorly controlled asthma, which may lead to life-threatening situations. This article reviews the basics of asthma and highlights the current guidelines in making accurate diagnosis and initiating therapeutic plan.

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Correspondence: Sulaiman Alhassan, MD, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital, 320 East North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (sulaiman.alhassan.md@gmail.com).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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