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Praxis (Bern 1994). 2013 Feb 13;102(4):211-8. doi: 10.1024/1661-8157/a001189.

[Asthma phenotypes and phenotyp-specific treatment].

[Article in German]

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Innere Medizin & Pneumologie, Zürcher Höhenklinik Davos, Klinikstrasse 6, 7272 Davos Clavadel. thomas.rothe@zhd.ch

Abstract

Asthma is not a homogenous disease but a bundle of different phenotypes producing common symptoms due to swelling of bronchial mucosa and constriction of the airway smooth muscle. Beyond the treatment with a combination of topical steroids and long-acting beta agonists, new therapeutic options arise with the knowledge of different phenotypes. One option, specifically in allergic asthma, is the long known allergen immunotherapy. To identify the individual phenotype a diagnostic work up is warranted when the asthma is diagnosed and whenever asthma control cannot be maintained.

PMID:
23399604
DOI:
10.1024/1661-8157/a001189
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