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Asthma in pregnancy: pathophysiology, diagnosis and management.
Obstetrics and gynecology clinics of North America
  • Abbey J. Hardy-Fairbanks, University of Iowa
  • Emily R. Baker
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Asthma is a common, potentially serious, even life-threatening, chronic medical condition seen amongst nearly all groups of patients, regardless of ethnicity and socioeconomic circumstances. This article addresses the group of pregnant women with symptomatic asthma as well as those whose asthma is asymptomatic as a result of good control. The incidence, the pathophysiologic changes of pregnancy, and the interplay between these changes and asthma are reviewed in this article. The classification of these patients and appropriate management strategies are discussed.
  • Administration,
  • Inhalation,
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones,
  • Adrenergic beta-2 Receptor Agonists,
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents,
  • Asthma,
  • Cromolyn Sodium,
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System,
  • Delivery,
  • Obstetric,
  • Female,
  • Humans,
  • Labor,
  • Obstetric,
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.),
  • Patient Education as Topic,
  • Pregnancy,
  • Pregnancy Complications,
  • Respiration,
  • Severity of Illness Index,
  • Theophylline,
  • United States
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

Citation Information
Abbey J. Hardy-Fairbanks and Emily R. Baker. "Asthma in pregnancy: pathophysiology, diagnosis and management." Obstetrics and gynecology clinics of North America Vol. 37 Iss. 2 (2010) p. 159 - 172 ISSN: 1558-0474
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