What are the risks of mortality for status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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The mortality risk is also particularly high in patients who delay medical treatment, especially treatment with systemic corticosteroids. Patients with other preexisting conditions (eg, restrictive lung disease, congestive heart failure, chest deformities) are at particular risk of death from status asthmaticus. Patients who smoke regularly have chronic inflammation of the small airways and are also at greater risk of death from status asthmaticus. Data also suggest higher mortality in persons of lower socioeconomic status, with psychiatric illness, with recent poorly controlled asthma, or with a history of prior intubation. One study links exposure to the common mold Alternaria alternata and mortality in asthma. [7]


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