Bronchial Asthma. Rucci Copian Clar Coronado Kayson Credo. Objectives . Identify pertinent findings from the history and physical examination that would contribute to the diagnosis of asthma Provide an approach in diagnosing patients with ashtma Learn how to manage patients with ashtma.
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*maybe worse at night; patients typically awake in early morning hours
-difference b/w the max and min value for the day, averaged for 1-2 weeks
-minimum morning pre-bronchodilator PEF over 1 week is measured
-best PEF index of airway lability
- (+) in allergic asthma but (-) in intrinsic ashtma
-not helpful in the diagnosis but is the primary diagnostic tool in determinning allergic status
-Main Limitation: a positive test does not necessarily mean that the disease is allergic in nature or that it is causing asthma