What is status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Status asthmaticus is considered a medical emergency. It is the extreme form of an asthma exacerbation that can result in hypoxemia, hypercarbia, and secondary respiratory failure. In practice, the role of the physician is to prevent this from happening through patient compliance with controller medications (eg, steroid inhalers) in an outpatient setting.


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