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Title: Small airways in asthma
Authors: Vujanac K.
Lazic Z.
Novkovic, Ljiljana
Cekerevac, Ivan
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: © 2016, Serbian Medical Society. All rights reserved. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease characterized by reversible obstruction of airways and bronchial hyperresponsiveness. In recent years there has been a growing interest in the role of the small airways in asthma and there is increasing evidence that they contribute significantly to the clinical expression of asthma. Numerous studies have shown that inflammation is present in the small airways of patients with asthma and that it may be more intense than that found in the large airways, particularly in severe asthma, nocturnal asthma, coexisting asthma and obesity and asthma in smokers. Currently there is no accepted single lung function parameter to detect small airways dysfunction. Recent data show that impulse oscillometry is a promising diagnostic tool to assess the involvement of the small airways. The use of corticosteroids in extrafine formulation, whether alone or in fixed combinations with long-acting b2 agonists, improves drug distribution throughout the bronchial tree, enhancing the therapeutic effect with lower doses of drugs.
Type: article
DOI: 10.5937/mckg50-13270
ISSN: 0350-1221
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-85018716444
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kragujevac

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