What is the progression of consciousness in patients with status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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The patient’s level of consciousness may progress from lethargy to agitation, air hunger, and even syncope and seizures. If untreated, prolonged airway obstruction and marked increase in the work of breathing may eventually lead to bradycardia, hypoventilation, and even cardiorespiratory arrest.


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