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Is intrinsic asthma synonymous with infection?

Rackemann described the &;intrinsic asthma&; population over 50 years ago as a unique subgroup that was characterised by onset of progressive loss of lung function beginning later in life, possibly after a respiratory infection. It has also been associated with a female predominance, aspirin-sensitive bronchospasm, and nasal polyposis. While the aetiology is not understood, the researchers propose that persistent respiratory infections play a central role in the development of intrinsic asthma. Clin Exp Allergy. 2009;39(9):1324-9. Epub 2009 Jul 23.

Author: Dahlberg PE, Busse WW

Published: 23/07/2009

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Clinical and Experimental Allergy