Praveen Buddiga, MD; Zab Mosenifar, MD
Asthma is a common, chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways characterized by shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, variable airflow limitation, and tissue remodeling. Nearly 400 million people around the world have asthma, and up to 10% of them may have severe asthma or asthma that is uncontrolled despite adherence to maximal optimal therapy. Patients with severe asthma experience a substantial burden of symptoms, exacerbations, and side effects from certain medications as well as an increased risk for asthma-related mortality. Prompt diagnosis and effective management are essential to improve patients’ quality of life and improve outcomes.
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