What is the role of heliox in the treatment of status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Other treatments have been used in patients with severe acute asthma, but none is well proven. A combination of helium and oxygen known as heliox (ie, 30/70 mixture) has been studied, but this treatment should only be considered in patients who are able to take deep breaths, because the treatment is dependent on inspiratory flow. [66]


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