Airway Remodeling

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Peter H. Howarth, John William Wilson, Jean Bousquet, Sabina Rak, Romain Pauwels
Taylor & Francis, Jan 16, 2001 - Medical - 328 pages
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This landmark volume discusses the characteristics and impact of the remodeling process on airway function and clinical disease expression within the airway in asthma, covering pharmacological therapies and possible future targets relevant to regulating the remodeling process.

Emphasizes the importance of treating underlying airway inflammation and the relevance of structural alterations to the airway wall, including glandular increases, enhanced collagen deposition within the submucosa, increased vasculature, smooth hypertrophy, and hyperplasias!

Tracing the development and maintenance of bronchial hyperresponsiveness, decline in lung function, and loss of reversibility evident in chronic asthma, Airway Remodeling
  • describes the contribution of inflammatory cells in the development of airway structural changes
  • examines how pharmaceutical agents act and whether existing treatments modify or prevent remodeling in chronically inflamed asthmatic airways
  • considers whether neural pathways initiate as well as contribute to the airway inflammatory cascade that leads to remodeling
  • reviews the action of cytokines and growth factors on ASM signaling
  • outlines novel approaches to regulating smooth muscle growth
  • clarifies whether permanent ventilatory incapacity in asthma is caused by the uncoupling of the airway and the role of the lung parenchyma
  • details high-resolution computerized tomography scan to measure the internal size of the airway at baseline, during challenge, or after bronchodilatation
  • and more!
    Improving lung function and quality of life by reducing the need for emergency care, hospital admissions, and systemic steroid administration, Airway Remodeling is a superb reference for pulmonologists and respiratory system specialists; physiologists; pneumologists; allergists; pharmacologists; molecular, cellular, and lung biologists; and graduate and medical school students in these disciplines.
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