Asthma is an inflammatory lung disease that can lead to mild to severe symptoms. In most cases, asthma symptoms can be controlled by avoiding triggers, the use of daily medications, and other treatment options. The term "severe asthma" refers to asthma that remains uncontrolled despite this treatment, including asthma in patients who stopped treatments or therapies owing to a lack of response. Severe asthma is a heterogeneous condition that consists of such phenotypes as eosinophilic asthma.
The World Health Organization puts severe asthma into three different categories:
The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) was established in 1993 by the World Health Organization, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the National Institutes of Health. The GINA report "Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention" has become a valuable resource for healthcare professionals around the world who seek the latest recommendations on how to manage asthma.
Are you up-to-date on new therapies and the 2019 GINA guideline recommendations for severe asthma? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz.
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Cite this: Zab Mosenifar. Fast Five Quiz: Severe Asthma - Medscape - Mar 18, 2020.