What is AERD?

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , /

(light marimba music) – [Narrator] AERD stands for aspirin-exacerbated
respiratory disease, formerly known as Samter’s
triad, aspirin triad, aspirin-sensitive, and
aspirin-intolerant asthma. AERD is typically
developed in adulthood. And because it is an
acquired condition, patients who previously
had no issues taking non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs may now experience
a host of symptoms. The three primary
symptoms of AERD are chronic sinus inflammation
with nasal polyps, asthma, and respiratory reactions
to aspirin and other NSAIDs, causing an asthma attack
or other allergic symptoms. Even while avoiding aspirin, patients will still
experience asthma, nasal congestion, nasal
polyps, loss of sense of smell, intolerance to alcohol,
and chronic sinusitis. It is common for AERD patients to undergo multiple
unsuccessful sinus surgeries and/or polypectomies
without properly coordinated surgical and medical management. The Penn AERD Center
is designed to provide optimal care for
patients with AERD. Our combined medical and
surgical AERD expertise makes the Penn AERD Center one of the leading AERD
centers in the world. The medical and surgical
members of the team realize that in order to accomplish our
goals for our AERD patients, it takes a combination
of our skillsets. We work together
as a cohesive unit and communicate with your
local physicians to determine the best individualized
treatment plan for our patients. We understand that AERD
is a difficult condition and can’t be underestimated. That’s why we’ve made it our
mission to provide optimal, long-lasting relief for
each of our patients.

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