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Definition, Evaluation and Treatment of Severe Asthma

American Thoracic SocietyEuropean Respiratory Society
Published: February 2014
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  • Key Points 
  • Tables 
    • Definition of Severe Asthma for Patients Aged ≥6 Years
    • Definition of High Daily Dose of Various Inhaled Corticosteroids in Relation to Patient Age
    • Diagnosis
    • Diseases Which Can Masquerade as Severe Asthma
    • Diseases Which Can Masquerade as Severe Asthma
    • Comorbidities and Contributory Factors 
    • Recommended Therapies 
    • Quick-Relief Medicines 
    • Inhaled Corticosteroids 
    • Combined Long-Acting Beta Agonist Plus Inhaled Corticosteroid – Comparative Daily Dosages
    • Long-Term Control Medications
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The roots of the American Thoracic Society reach back to 1905, when a small group of physicians decided that the best way to improve care for tuberculosis patients was to share their experiences and discoveries. Today, the ATS has grown into an international society with more than 15,000 members. In this introductory section, you will find information about the people and programs that make the ATS the world's leading medical association dedicated to advancing our clinical and scientific understanding of pulmonary diseases, critical illnesses and sleep-related breathing disorders.

The European Respiratory Society, or ERS, is a non-profit organization with offices in Lausanne, Brussels and Sheffield.


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