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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
In this summary of therapy for severe asthma there is no mention of etiologic factors. The author presumes that if infection is the primary factor in the progression to severe asthma that this will be recognized and appropriately treated. A chest x-ray must be an initial laboratory study for the recognition of pneumonia or complicating pneumothorax. However, unlike respiratory failure due to emphysema, here the specific therapy of the altered pulmonary physiology is of paramount importance.
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