Refractory Asthma Diagnosis

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , /

>Dr. Benjamin tell us a little bit more
about this because how often do you see what is known as refractory or the tough
to treat asthma?>I see it a lot Ed. It’s common, it’s probably under
recognized, it’s pro… It’s definitely under treated because there are new treatments
that are still getting traction, and I think there’s is two aspects to this, you
know. The first aspect is pretty simple and let’s talk about that to get out of
the way is that not everybody that wheezes has asthma. You can wheezes because
you’re in heart failure, obesity can cause wheezing because of low lung
volumes from the restriction of obesity, people would sleep apnea can wheeze
because of constriction in the throat that sounds like wheezing you bet it
isn’t and you can wheeze because the problems with the vocal cords with the
vocal cords making the sounds and knots not coming from inflammation of the
bronchial tubes, and I think the key with those conditions is if it’s not apparent
in the beginning if you start to treat the astronaut it’s not getting better
it’s either that that it’s not asthma — don’t self diagnose, it’s it’s a good
question, it’s a good thing to tell people — and your doctors need
to be aware of the fact that if it’s not getting better with the usual stuff, that
it’s either not asthma or it is refractory asthma and refractory asthma
is really important.

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