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Declines of more than 20% from usual low recordings can alert the patient to the need for more intensive pharmacologic therapy. Other patients manipulate spirometric measurements to make a convincing case for occupational asthma. Thus, the physician must correlate pulmonary physiologic values with the clinical assessment. A complete set of pulmonary function tests should be obtained in other situations, such as in assessing the degree of reversible versus nonreversible obstruction in patients with heavy smoking histories. Such tests should be obtained after 2 to 4 weeks of intensive therapy to determine what degree of reversibility exists. He had been taking prednisone, 60 mg daily for 6 weeks; salmeterol, 2 puffs twice a day; and budesonide, 800 g twice a day. B: A 47-year-old man with adult-onset asthma and intermittent sinusitis, nonallergic rhinitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. First, the hemoglobin and hematocrit provide status regarding anemia, which if associated with hypoxemia can compromise oxygen delivery to tissues. Conversely, an elevated hematocrit is consistent with hemoconcentration such as occurs from dehydration or polycythemia. The white blood count may be elevated from epinephrine (white blood cell demargination from vessel walls), systemic corticosteroids (demargination and release from bone marrow), or infection. In the absence of prior systemic corticosteroids, the acutely ill patient with allergic or nonallergic asthma often has peripheral blood eosinophilia. However, in the management of most patients with asthma, both those with acute symptoms and long-term sufferers, eosinophil counts are not of value. The presence of eosinophilia in patients receiving long-term systemic corticosteroids should suggest noncompliance or possibly rare conditions, such as Churg-Strauss syndrome, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, or chronic eosinophilic pneumonia ( 136). Usually, the eosinophilia in asthma does not exceed 10% to 20% of the differential. Sputum examination reveals eosinophils, eosinophils plus polymorphonuclear leukocytes (asthma and purulent bronchitis or bacterial pneumonia), or absence of eosinophils. In severely ill patients with asthma, the sputum is thick, tenacious, and yellow or green. Dipyramidal hexagons from eosinophil cytoplasm may be identified and are called Charcot-Leydon crystals. Curschmann spirals are expectorated yellow or clear mucus threads that are remnants or casts of small bronchi. Expectorated ciliated and nonciliated bronchial epithelial cells can also be identified that emphasize the patchy loss of bronchial epithelium in asthma. On a related basis, high-molecular-weight neutrophil chemotactic activity has been identified in sera from patients with status asthmaticus ( 137). Serum electrolyte abnormalities may be present and should be anticipated in the patient presenting to the emergency department. Recent use of oral corticosteroids can lower the potassium concentration (as can b 2-adrenergic agonists) and cause a metabolic alkalosis. Oral corticosteroids may raise the blood glucose in some patients, as can systemic administration of b-adrenergic agonists. Because intravenous fluids will be administered, it is necessary to determine the current status of electrolytes and serum chemistry values. After prolonged high-dose corticosteroids, hypomagnesemia or hypophosphatemia may occur. Rarely, a patient younger than 30 years of age may be thought to have asthma when the underlying condition is a 1-antitrypsin deficiency. A properly performed sweat chloride test is essential, as is proper performance of other laboratory tests. In the outpatient management of asthma, determination of the presence or absence of antiallergen IgE is of value. For decades, skin testing for immediate cutaneous reactivity has been the most sensitive and specific method. One cannot emphasize enough the need for high quality control for both skin testing and in vitro testing. The experienced physician should use either method of demonstration of antiallergen IgE as adjunctive to, rather than a substitute for, the narrative history of asthma. More patients have immediate cutaneous reactivity or detectable in vitro IgE than have asthma that correlates with exposure to the specific allergen. Some patients develop psychological abnormalities because of the burden of a chronic illness such as asthma. Ineffectively treated asthma in children can result in chest wall abnormalities, such as pigeon chest, because of sustained hyperinflation of the chest. In general, long-term asthma does not result in irreversible obstructive lung disease. However, an occasional patient with long-term asthma develops apparently irreversible disease in the absence of cigarette smoking, a 1-antitrypsin disease, or other obvious cause ( 141). Usually, these patients have childhood-onset asthma and are dependent on oral corticosteroids. Nevertheless, pulmonary physiologic studies do not reveal return of parameters to the expected normal ranges. Asthma patients are not deficient in antiproteases that can be measured, and they do not have bullous abnormalities on chest radiographs. Pneumomediastinum or pneumothorax can occur in patients presenting in status asthmaticus. Neck, shoulder, or chest pain is common, and crepitations can be detected in the neck or supraclavicular fossae. Rupture of distal alveoli results in dissection of air proximally through bronchovascular bundles. The air can then travel superiorly in the mediastinum to the supraclavicular or cervical areas. At times, the air dissects to the face or into the subcutaneous areas over the thorax. Fatalities from asthma are unnecessary because asthma is not an inexorably fatal disease. Uncontrolled asthma can lead to mucus plugging of airways and frank collapse of a lobe or whole lung segment. Cough syncope or cough associated cyanosis occurs in patients whose respiratory status has deteriorated and in whom status asthmaticus or need for emergency therapy has occurred. During severe airway obstruction from asthma, during inspiration, intrathoracic pressure is negative because the patient must generate very high negative pressures to apply radial traction on bronchi in an attempt to maintain their patency. During expiration, the patient must overcome severe airway resistance and premature airways collapse. Increases in intrathoracic pressure during expiration with severe coughing, as compared with intraabdominal pressure, causes a decline in venous return to the right atrium. There may also be increased blood flow to the lung during a short inspiration, but that is accompanied by pooling in the pulmonary vasculature from the markedly elevated negative inspiratory pressure. There will be reduced blood flow to the left ventricle with temporary decreases in cardiac output and cerebral blood flow. Pulsus paradoxus is present when there is greater than a 10-mm Hg decline in systolic blood pressure during inspiration. The most frequent electrocardiographic findings during acute asthma are sinus tachycardia followed by right axis deviation, clockwise rotation, prominent R in lead V1 and S in lead V5, and tall peaked P waves consistent with cor pulmonale (151). Administration of oral corticosteroids is indicated to prevent repeated hospitalizations and frequent episodes of wheezing dyspnea. Alternate-day prednisone and recommended doses of inhaled corticosteroids do not result in growth retardation, especially when the dose is 30 mg on alternate days or less. Even high alternate-day doses in children can be tolerated reasonably well as long as status asthmaticus is prevented. Similarly, depot corticosteroids given every 2 to 3 weeks in high doses may result in growth retardation. The use of depot corticosteroids should be considered only in the most recalcitrant children in terms of asthma management. Ineffective parental functioning or poor compliance usually accompanies such cases in which reliable administration of prednisone and inhaled corticosteroids is impossible. The term malignant, potentially fatal asthma has been suggested for such patients (153). Psychological Factors Asthma has evolved from a disorder considered to be psychological to one recognized as extremely complex ( 127) and of unknown etiology. Psychological stress can cause modest reductions in expiratory flow rates such as occur during watching a terrifying movie ( 154). Laughing and crying or frank emotional upheaval, such as an argument with a family member, can result in wheezing. Usually, if the patient has stable baseline respiratory status, severe asthma necessitating emergency hospital care does not result. Nevertheless, some fatal episodes of asthma have been reported as associated with a high level of emotional stress. In an absence of how to quantitate stress and determine whether there is a dose-response effect in asthma, such information must be considered speculative. The patient with asthma may develop strategies to function with the burden of asthma as a chronic, disruptive, and potentially fatal disease. Some patients display hateful behavior toward physicians and their office staff personnel ( 155,156). Psychiatric care can be of value in some cases, but often patients refuse appropriate psychiatric referrals. Indeed, a psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker may help identify what the patient might lose should asthma symptoms be controlled better. Suicidal attempts are recognized from theophylline overdosage and unjustified cessation of prednisone. Repeated episodes of life-threatening status asthmaticus are difficult to avoid in the setting of untreated major psychiatric conditions. The presence of factitious asthma indicates significant psychiatric disturbance ( 158). Abrupt referral of the patient to a psychiatrist can result in an unanticipated suicidal gesture or attempt. Psychiatric care can be valuable if the patient is willing to participate in therapy. It is helpful to categorize the type of asthma because treatment programs vary depending on the type of asthma present. The National Institutes of Health Expert Panel Report 2 has suggested assessing signs and symptoms of asthma in association with spirometry or peak flow measurements (2). Asthma severity is classified as intermittent (implying mild asthma) or persistent (mild, moderate, or severe). It can be helpful to determine that patients have moderate persistent allergic asthma and use the classifications from Table 22. An asthma classification system Allergic Asthma Allergic asthma is caused by inhalation of allergen that interacts with IgE present in high-affinity receptors on bronchial mucosal mast cells. Allergic asthma often occurs from ages 4 to 40 years but has been recognized in the geriatric population ( 159) and in adult patients attending a pulmonary clinic for care ( 160). Some physicians believe that many patients with asthma must have some type of allergic asthma because of elevated total serum IgE concentrations ( 161), antiallergen IgE (162) and the frequent finding of peripheral blood or sputum eosinophilia. The use of the term allergic asthma implies that a temporal relationship exists between respiratory symptoms and allergen exposure and that antiallergen IgE antibodies can be demonstrated or suspected. Respiratory symptoms may develop within minutes or in an hour after allergen exposure or may not be obvious when there is uninterrupted allergen exposure. IgE-mediated occupational asthma is considered under the category of occupational asthma. Allergen particle size must be less than 10 m to penetrate into deeper parts of the lung because larger particles, such as ragweed pollen (19 m), impact in the oropharynx. However, submicronic ragweed particles have been described that could reach smaller airways ( 163). Fungal spores, such as Aspergillus species, are 2 to 3 m in size, and the major cat allergen (Fel d 1) has allergenic activity from 0. Another study demonstrated that 75% of Fel d 1 was present in particles of at least 5 m and that 25% of Fel d 1 was present in particles of less than 2. Cat dander allergen can be present in indoor air, on clothes, and in schoolrooms where no cats are present ( 166). The potential severity of allergic asthma should not be minimized because experimentally, after an antigen-induced early bronchial response, bronchial hyperresponsiveness to an agonist such as methacholine or histamine can be demonstrated. In addition, fungus-related (mold-related) asthma may result in a need for intensive antiasthma pharmacotherapy, including inhaled corticosteroids and even alternate-day prednisone in some patients. In children undergoing long-term evaluation for development of atopic conditions who have one parent with asthma or allergic rhinitis, asthma by age 11 years was associated with exposure to high concentrations of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, a major mite allergen (169).

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In the outpatient management of asthma, determination of the presence or absence of antiallergen IgE is of value. For decades, skin testing for immediate cutaneous reactivity has been the most sensitive and specific method. One cannot emphasize enough the need for high quality control for both skin testing and in vitro testing. The experienced physician should use either method of demonstration of antiallergen IgE as adjunctive to, rather than a substitute for, the narrative history of asthma. More patients have immediate cutaneous reactivity or detectable in vitro IgE than have asthma that correlates with exposure to the specific allergen. Some patients develop psychological abnormalities because of the burden of a chronic illness such as asthma. Ineffectively treated asthma in children can result in chest wall abnormalities, such as pigeon chest, because of sustained hyperinflation of the chest. In general, long-term asthma does not result in irreversible obstructive lung disease. However, an occasional patient with long-term asthma develops apparently irreversible disease in the absence of cigarette smoking, a 1-antitrypsin disease, or other obvious cause ( 141). Usually, these patients have childhood-onset asthma and are dependent on oral corticosteroids. Nevertheless, pulmonary physiologic studies do not reveal return of parameters to the expected normal ranges. Asthma patients are not deficient in antiproteases that can be measured, and they do not have bullous abnormalities on chest radiographs. Pneumomediastinum or pneumothorax can occur in patients presenting in status asthmaticus. Neck, shoulder, or chest pain is common, and crepitations can be detected in the neck or supraclavicular fossae. Rupture of distal alveoli results in dissection of air proximally through bronchovascular bundles. The air can then travel superiorly in the mediastinum to the supraclavicular or cervical areas. At times, the air dissects to the face or into the subcutaneous areas over the thorax. Fatalities from asthma are unnecessary because asthma is not an inexorably fatal disease. Uncontrolled asthma can lead to mucus plugging of airways and frank collapse of a lobe or whole lung segment. Cough syncope or cough associated cyanosis occurs in patients whose respiratory status has deteriorated and in whom status asthmaticus or need for emergency therapy has occurred. During severe airway obstruction from asthma, during inspiration, intrathoracic pressure is negative because the patient must generate very high negative pressures to apply radial traction on bronchi in an attempt to maintain their patency. During expiration, the patient must overcome severe airway resistance and premature airways collapse. Increases in intrathoracic pressure during expiration with severe coughing, as compared with intraabdominal pressure, causes a decline in venous return to the right atrium. There may also be increased blood flow to the lung during a short inspiration, but that is accompanied by pooling in the pulmonary vasculature from the markedly elevated negative inspiratory pressure. There will be reduced blood flow to the left ventricle with temporary decreases in cardiac output and cerebral blood flow. Pulsus paradoxus is present when there is greater than a 10-mm Hg decline in systolic blood pressure during inspiration. The most frequent electrocardiographic findings during acute asthma are sinus tachycardia followed by right axis deviation, clockwise rotation, prominent R in lead V1 and S in lead V5, and tall peaked P waves consistent with cor pulmonale (151). Administration of oral corticosteroids is indicated to prevent repeated hospitalizations and frequent episodes of wheezing dyspnea. Alternate-day prednisone and recommended doses of inhaled corticosteroids do not result in growth retardation, especially when the dose is 30 mg on alternate days or less. Even high alternate-day doses in children can be tolerated reasonably well as long as status asthmaticus is prevented. Similarly, depot corticosteroids given every 2 to 3 weeks in high doses may result in growth retardation. The use of depot corticosteroids should be considered only in the most recalcitrant children in terms of asthma management. Ineffective parental functioning or poor compliance usually accompanies such cases in which reliable administration of prednisone and inhaled corticosteroids is impossible. The term malignant, potentially fatal asthma has been suggested for such patients (153). Psychological Factors Asthma has evolved from a disorder considered to be psychological to one recognized as extremely complex ( 127) and of unknown etiology. Psychological stress can cause modest reductions in expiratory flow rates such as occur during watching a terrifying movie ( 154). Laughing and crying or frank emotional upheaval, such as an argument with a family member, can result in wheezing. Usually, if the patient has stable baseline respiratory status, severe asthma necessitating emergency hospital care does not result. Nevertheless, some fatal episodes of asthma have been reported as associated with a high level of emotional stress. In an absence of how to quantitate stress and determine whether there is a dose-response effect in asthma, such information must be considered speculative. The patient with asthma may develop strategies to function with the burden of asthma as a chronic, disruptive, and potentially fatal disease. Some patients display hateful behavior toward physicians and their office staff personnel ( 155,156). Psychiatric care can be of value in some cases, but often patients refuse appropriate psychiatric referrals. Indeed, a psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker may help identify what the patient might lose should asthma symptoms be controlled better. Suicidal attempts are recognized from theophylline overdosage and unjustified cessation of prednisone. Repeated episodes of life-threatening status asthmaticus are difficult to avoid in the setting of untreated major psychiatric conditions. The presence of factitious asthma indicates significant psychiatric disturbance ( 158). Abrupt referral of the patient to a psychiatrist can result in an unanticipated suicidal gesture or attempt. Psychiatric care can be valuable if the patient is willing to participate in therapy. It is helpful to categorize the type of asthma because treatment programs vary depending on the type of asthma present. The National Institutes of Health Expert Panel Report 2 has suggested assessing signs and symptoms of asthma in association with spirometry or peak flow measurements (2). Asthma severity is classified as intermittent (implying mild asthma) or persistent (mild, moderate, or severe). It can be helpful to determine that patients have moderate persistent allergic asthma and use the classifications from Table 22. An asthma classification system Allergic Asthma Allergic asthma is caused by inhalation of allergen that interacts with IgE present in high-affinity receptors on bronchial mucosal mast cells. Allergic asthma often occurs from ages 4 to 40 years but has been recognized in the geriatric population ( 159) and in adult patients attending a pulmonary clinic for care ( 160). Some physicians believe that many patients with asthma must have some type of allergic asthma because of elevated total serum IgE concentrations ( 161), antiallergen IgE (162) and the frequent finding of peripheral blood or sputum eosinophilia. The use of the term allergic asthma implies that a temporal relationship exists between respiratory symptoms and allergen exposure and that antiallergen IgE antibodies can be demonstrated or suspected. Respiratory symptoms may develop within minutes or in an hour after allergen exposure or may not be obvious when there is uninterrupted allergen exposure. IgE-mediated occupational asthma is considered under the category of occupational asthma. Allergen particle size must be less than 10 m to penetrate into deeper parts of the lung because larger particles, such as ragweed pollen (19 m), impact in the oropharynx. However, submicronic ragweed particles have been described that could reach smaller airways ( 163). Fungal spores, such as Aspergillus species, are 2 to 3 m in size, and the major cat allergen (Fel d 1) has allergenic activity from 0. Another study demonstrated that 75% of Fel d 1 was present in particles of at least 5 m and that 25% of Fel d 1 was present in particles of less than 2. Cat dander allergen can be present in indoor air, on clothes, and in schoolrooms where no cats are present ( 166). The potential severity of allergic asthma should not be minimized because experimentally, after an antigen-induced early bronchial response, bronchial hyperresponsiveness to an agonist such as methacholine or histamine can be demonstrated. In addition, fungus-related (mold-related) asthma may result in a need for intensive antiasthma pharmacotherapy, including inhaled corticosteroids and even alternate-day prednisone in some patients. In children undergoing long-term evaluation for development of atopic conditions who have one parent with asthma or allergic rhinitis, asthma by age 11 years was associated with exposure to high concentrations of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, a major mite allergen (169). Similar results seem likely when children of atopic parents are exposed to animals in the house. The diagnosis of allergic asthma should be suspected when symptoms and signs of asthma correlate closely with local patterns of pollinosis and fungal spore recoveries. For example, in the upper midwestern United States after a hard freeze in late November, which reduces (but does not eliminate entirely) fungal spore recoveries from outdoor air, patients suffering from mold-related asthma note a reduction in symptoms and medication requirements. Cockroach allergen ( Bla g 1) is an important cause of asthma in infected buildings, usually in low socioeconomic areas. High indoor concentrations of mouse urine protein (Mus d 1) have been identified with volumetric sampling, and monoclonal antibodies directed at specific proteins suggested additional indoor allergens. The physician should correlate symptoms with allergen exposures, support the diagnosis by demonstration of antiallergen IgE antibodies, and institute measures when applicable to decrease allergen exposure. Some recommendations for environmental control have been made ( 170,171), but these may not be practical to implement for many patients and their families. Detection of cat allergen ( Fel d 1) in homes or schools never known to have cat exposure is consistent with transport of Fel d 1 into such premises and sensitivity of immunoassays for cat allergen. The removal of an animal from a home and covering a mattress and pillow properly are interventions known to decrease the concentration of allergen below which many patients do not have clinical asthma symptoms. Although food ingestion can result in anaphylaxis, persistent asthma is not explained by food ingestion with IgE-mediated reactions. Nonallergic Asthma In nonallergic asthma, IgE-mediated airway reactions to common allergens are not present. Nonallergic asthma occurs at any age range, as does allergic asthma, but the former is generally more likely to occur in subjects with asthma younger than 4 years of age or older than 60 years of age. Episodes of nonallergic asthma are triggered by ongoing inflammation or by upper respiratory tract infections, purulent rhinitis, or sinusitis. In some patients, skin tests are positive, but despite the presence of IgE antibodies, there is no temporal relationship between exposure and symptoms. Often, but not exclusively, the onset of asthma occurs in the setting of a viral upper respiratory tract infection. Virus infections have been associated with mediator release and bronchial epithelial shedding, which could lead to ongoing inflammation and asthma symptoms. Chronic sinusitis can be identified in some patients with asthma, as can nasal polyps with or without aspirin sensitivity. Some experimental data exist on the presence of antiviral IgE antibodies and asthma ( 176). As our knowledge of mast cell activation grows, antiviral IgE antibodies or viral infection of lymphocytes causing cytokine production with triggering of asthma may be considered nonallergic. Indeed, the T H2 theory of asthma was supported in part by a study finding that protection against developing asthma in children aged 6 to 13 years was associated with day care attendance during the first 6 months of life or with having two or more older siblings at home ( 177). The protected children by age 13 years had a 5% incidence of asthma, compared with 10% in children who had not attended day care or who had 1 or no sibling ( 177). Of note is that at 2 years of age, the ultimately protected children had a 24% prevalence of wheezing, compared with 17% in nonprotected children. Allergen immunotherapy is not indicated and will not be beneficial in patients with nonallergic asthma despite any presence of antiallergen IgE antibodies. Mixed Asthma The term mixed asthma characterizes combined allergic and nonallergic triggers of asthma. These patients experience both classic IgE-mediated asthma and nonallergic asthma that may or may not be explained by recent viral upper respiratory tract infections, purulent rhinitis, or sinusitis.

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