Objectives. To review the definition of asthmaTo examine recent epidemiologic trendsTo describe the pathophysiology of asthmaTo discuss the diagnostic criteria for asthmaTo review the outpatient management of asthma as outlined by the EPR-3. . Definition of Asthma. A chronic inflammatory disorder of the airwaysMany cells and cellular elements play a roleChronic inflammation leads to an increase in airway hyperresponsiveness with recurrent episodes of wheezing, coughing, and shortness of br20
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