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Semin Perinatol. 2013 Aug;37(4):234-45. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2013.04.003.

Severe acute asthma.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Mail Stop 610, Houston, TX 77030, USA.

Abstract

Asthma is common among women of reproductive age and affects between 4% and 8% of pregnant women. Pregnancy outcomes are correlated to the degree of asthma severity and control. Approximately one-third of pregnant women with asthma remain stable, a third will have improvement of their asthma, and a third will have worsening of the disease. Pregnant women with severe asthma are at markedly increased risk of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality, preeclampsia, low-birth weight infants, and preterm delivery. A severe asthma exacerbation in a pregnant woman may be clinically daunting, however immediate intervention with appropriate supplemental oxygenation, medical therapy, and intubation if necessary can be life-saving. A focus on maternal well-being and pulmonary function in a pregnant asthmatic is essential to ensure optimal outcomes for both mother and her fetus. This article will provide an overview of asthma management, particularly in the acute care setting.

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KEYWORDS:

Acute exacerbation; Asthma; Management; Outcome; Pregnancy

PMID:
23916022
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