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Asthma management across the life span: the childbearing woman with asthma.
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PMID:  14763368     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Asthma can pose a serious threat to the pregnant mother and her fetus if not treated appropriately. Studies analyzing the causes of death in severe asthma have shown that most occur outside of the hospital with neither the physician nor the patient appreciating the seriousness of the symptoms [31]. For this reason, a pregnant woman with a diagnosis of asthma must be evaluated thoroughly and managed aggressively by an obstetrician and pulmonary specialist or a maternal-fetal medicine specialist trained in high-risk pregnancies. Any evaluation or assessment of the pregnant asthmatic must be interpreted in light of pregnancy-induced changes. Treatment must be focused on set goals to correct maternal hypoxia, relieve bronchospasm, ensure adequate ventilation, and optimize uteroplacental exchange preventing fetal hypoxia.
Karen L Weis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Nursing clinics of North America     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0029-6465     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs. Clin. North Am.     Publication Date:  2003 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-02-06     Completed Date:  2004-03-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0042033     Medline TA:  Nurs Clin North Am     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  665-73     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; N    
Maternal-Child Department, Wilford Hall Medical Center, 859th Medical Operations Squadron 2200, Bergquist Drive, Suite 1, Lackland AFB, TX 78236, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Asthmatic Agents / therapeutic use
Asthma / drug therapy,  physiopathology,  therapy*
Labor, Obstetric
Patient Education as Topic
Pregnancy Complications / drug therapy,  physiopathology,  therapy*
Prenatal Care
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Asthmatic Agents

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