Management of the pregnant asthmatic patient

E. S. Turner, Paul Allen Greenberger, R. Patterson

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Abstract

Asthma is not an uncommon medical problem during pregnancy. Various physiologic alterations of pregnancy may theoretically affect asthma. Fetal oxygenation is affected more by maternal alkalosis than by hypoxemia, both of which can occur during uncontrolled asthma. Clinical studies suggest a variable effect of pregnancy on asthma and increased maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality associated with severe asthma. Most antiasthmatic drugs are safe to use during pregnancy. Medications used during delivery by the obstetrician may affect asthma, and some antiasthmatic medications may alter labor. We review here a rational approach to the management of steroid preparation for delivery in steroid-dependent asthmatic patients. Asthmatic mothers may breast-feed with minimal risk of adverse drug effects on the infant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)905-918
Number of pages14
JournalAnnals of Internal Medicine
Volume93
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

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Asthma
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Pregnancy
Mothers
Steroids
Fetal Mortality
Alkalosis
Breast
Morbidity
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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Turner, E. S. ; Greenberger, Paul Allen ; Patterson, R. / Management of the pregnant asthmatic patient. In: Annals of Internal Medicine. 1980 ; Vol. 93, No. 6. pp. 905-918.
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Management of the pregnant asthmatic patient. / Turner, E. S.; Greenberger, Paul Allen; Patterson, R.

In: Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 93, No. 6, 01.01.1980, p. 905-918.

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