About this Series

Adult-onset asthma is on the rise, and the reasons for increased prevalence are not well understood. Years can pass before patients are correctly diagnosed because many conditions, such as allergies and even gout, can masquerade as asthma.

What has become increasingly evident in the past decade is that asthma is a heterogeneous condition and covers a wide spectrum—from mild disease to severe, refractory disease that begins in adulthood (approximately 10% of patients).

Experts at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who work at the frontlines of asthma research, discuss the complex differential diagnosis in moderate to severe asthma as well as the need to customize and carefully manage treatment for long-term relief from asthma symptoms.

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