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Acute severe asthma
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acute asthma agonist airflow obstruction airway narrowing allergen allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis aminophylline arterial Aspergillus fumigatus assessment associated asthma attack attack of asthma blood breathlessness bronchodilator bronchus cause cent changes chest xray chronic bronchitis cough develop disease diurnal variation drug eczema effect emphysema eosinophilia epithelium exercise expiration FEV1 flow rate flow volume loop grass pollen histamine house dust mite hyperinflation increased infections infiltration inflammatory inhaled bronchodilator inhaled corticosteroids inhaled steroids inspiration intravenous lead leukotriene levels litres/min management of asthma mast cell mediators metered-dose aerosol methacholine methylxanthines monitoring mucus plugging nebuliser nedocromil normal occupational asthma occur oedema oral steroids oxygen patient peak flow measurements peak flow meter PEFR precipitating factors prednisolone prevalence problems produce pulmonary reaction reduced respiratory response salbutamol selective beta stimulant severe asthma shortness of breath shown side-effects skin tests smooth muscle sodium cromoglycate sputum steroids sympathomimetics symptoms Table theophylline total lung capacity trachea ventilation wheezing