Which findings are essential to a diagnosis of asthma?

Updated: Jan 07, 2019
  • Author: Michael J Morris, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Answer

The guidelines from the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program highlight the importance of correctly diagnosing asthma, by establishing the following [1] :

  • Episodic symptoms of airflow obstruction are present

  • Airflow obstruction or symptoms are at least partially reversible

  • Exclusion of alternative diagnoses.


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