Status asthmaticus

status asthmaticus is an acute exacerbation of asthma that does not respond to standard treatments of bronchodilators (inhalers) and steroids.[1] Symptoms include chest tightness, rapidly progressive dyspnea (shortness of breath), dry cough, use of accessory respiratory muscles, labored breathing, and extreme wheezing. It is a life-threatening episode of airway obstruction and is considered a medical emergency. Complications include cardiac and/or respiratory arrest.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_severe_asthma

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