Status asthmaticus

Derek S. Wheeler*, Riad Lutfi

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Status asthmaticus is one of the most common admission diagnoses in the PICU. While studies suggest that the overall prevalence of asthma in children has leveled offin recent years, these same studies suggest that the severity of asthma is getting worse. Given the increasing prevalence of obesity and its association with asthma severity, the number of patients admitted to the PICU with status asthmaticus is likely to increase. A stepwise, but aggressive approach to management of these patients is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Critical Care Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 2: Respiratory, Cardiovascular and Central Nervous Systems
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781447163565
ISBN (Print)9781447163558
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute exacerbation
  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Asthma
  • Auto-PEEP
  • Dynamic hyperinflation
  • Lower airway obstruction
  • Obstructive lung disease
  • Status asthmaticus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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