What is the prognosis of status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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In general, unless a complicating illness such as congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is present, status asthmaticus has a good prognosis if appropriate therapy is administered. A delay in initiating treatment is probably the worst prognostic factor. Delays can result from poor access to health care on the part of the patient or even delays in using corticosteroids. Patients with acute asthma should use corticosteroids early and aggressively.


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