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Status asthmaticus is a long-lasting and severe asthma attack that
does not respond to standard treatment. It occurs when asthma
symptoms—difficulty breathing, wheezing, and coughing—fail to improve with
emergency medicine treatment.
Status asthmaticus is an emergency situation
that can lead to death. A person with this condition needs to immediately see a
doctor or go to a hospital's emergency department.
Treating an asthma attack as soon as or before it begins may
prevent status asthmaticus or reduce its severity.
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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