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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Medknow Publications on behalf of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine
ISSN: 0972-5229
EISSN: 1998-359x
Vol. 9, No. 4, 2005, pp. 225-234
Bioline Code: cm05035
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2005, pp. 225-234

 en Acute respiratory failure in asthma
Soubra SaidH, Guntupalli KalapalathaK

Abstract

Although asthma is a condition that is managed in the outpatient setting in most patients, the poorly controlled and severe cases pose a major challenge to the health-care team. Recognition of the more common insidious and the less common rapid onset acute asphyxic asthma are important. The intensivist needs to be familiar with the factors that denote severity of the exacerbation. The management of respiratory failure in asthma, including pharmacologic and mechanical ventilation, are discussed in this article. Two important complications of the positive-pressure ventilation, the dynamic hyperinflation and barotrauma, may be life-threatening. Interventions with helium-oxygen mixtures, anesthesia, and paralysis may be considered in certain situations.

Keywords
Asthma, Intensive care, Mechanical ventilation, Severe asthma

 
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