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News in childhood asthma therapy

Author(s): Živković Zorica | Cerović Sofija | Vukašinović Zoran | Jocić-Stojanović Jasmina

Journal: Srpski Arhiv za Celokupno Lekarstvo
ISSN 0370-8179

Volume: 137;
Issue: 9-10;
Start page: 558;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: children | asthma | therapy

Research in the field of pediatric pulmonology, especially asthmology, has been intensified for the last couple of years. A large number of studies describe early wheezing episodes, risk factors, natural course of early childhood asthma. Besides this, literature shows a growing interest in epidemiology, genetics and virusology as predictive factors for development and clinical course of childhood asthma. In this paper, the authors are providing a review of recently published articles on asthma therapy based on phenotypes in terms of better understanding of asthma and asthma-like syndromes. Pediatric respiratory experts worldwide are equally positive in the following statements: real diagnosis leads to real therapy as soon as possible; inhaled corticosteroids are not recommended in very young infants especially if a positive effect is missing; long-term therapy with inhaled corticosteroids has to be scrutinized.
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