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Brittle Asthma

In this article, we will discuss about Brittle Asthma. So, let’s get started.

Brittle Asthma

Brittle asthma is a rare but severe form of asthma and is characterized by anarchic variation in the lung function despite appropriate treatment it is distinguished with other forms of asthma by severe recurrent attacks. There are two sub-types type 1 is characterized by sustained and chronic variability of PEFR (Peak expiratory flow rate) and type 2 is characterized by sudden unpredictable drops in PEFR while lung function test remains normal or near normal and symptoms also remains well controlled.

Type 1 is managed by oral steroids or infusion of beta2- agonists while type 2 is managed by allergen avoidance, subcutaneous adrenaline administration.

Patients with type 2 should wear MedicAlert bracelet for identification of the issue and should also carry epinephrine autoinjector.

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