Diagnosis and management of asthma in the elderly

N. Antic, P. A. Frith

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Abstract

• Asthma in the elderly tends to be underdiagnosed but, once it is considered, simple and safe tests may aid diagnosis. • Management of elderly patients with asthma should vary little from that of younger patients. The National Asthma Campaign's Six Step Asthma Management Plan provides a proforma for asthma management across all ages. • Inhaled corticosteroids (for stabilising the underlying inflammatory response) and short-acting beta agonists (for control of symptoms) remain the cornerstone of therapy. • It is important to ensure the patient has a current action plan and is using medication correctly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-27
Number of pages8
JournalMedicine Today
Volume2
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2001
Externally publishedYes

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