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Causes Of Status Asthmaticus
Airway constriction: With any asthma attack, the airway is constricted, which increases the flow velocity and causes the noise, which we call wheezing. Of course the real problem is the increased work of breathing and decreased oxygenation. Medications open the airway, decreasing the flow velocity, reducing the noise and allowing you to breath easier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get to ER: Get the patient to their doctor or an uc/er asap for treatment. ...Read more
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Had critical illness polymyopathy from status asthmaticus...Now emg normal could I have type 2 muscle fiber damage and thats why normal emg?
How do you FEEL?: The best way to tell how well you have recovered from this complicated illness is by how you feel. Since long-term there's no specific treatment and conditioning is important, you are the one to answer the question. And you're right -- a normal EMG does not rule anything in or out. Hope it's a good recovery, best of luck. ...Read more
For a kid who normally sats at 97-100 overnite, what saturation level should I call the doc? We just left hospital post status asthmaticus today. :(
Given the recent...: Care provided for asthma exacerbation, and particularly if still on steroids and/or albuterol, its reasonable to maintain a higher degree of vigilance. I generally use a cutoff of 92% o2 sat. That being said, i try to treat patients, not numbers. Parental concern, or physical exam findings like wheezing, flaring, retractions and tachypnea reflect respiratory distress and should prompt an eval. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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