Management of Asthma during Pregnancy

Karl M. Altenburger, François Bonnici, Charles H. Scoggin, Paul A. Greenberger, Roy Patterson

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To the Editor: Greenberger and Patterson's review of the physiologic basis of the treatment of asthma during pregnancy (April 4 issue)1 contains several errors that require comment. Their statement that subcutaneous epinephrine is the treatment of choice for acute asthma during pregnancy is incorrect. Studies linking epinephrine to congenital malformations and decreased uterine blood flow2 should make one more cautious. Although the effects of the new beta2-agonists need to be monitored carefully, terbutaline has not been implicated as a teratogen,3 does not adversely affect uterine blood flow,4 and is a better choice. Although the authors note correctly that.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-518
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 22 1985

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