Thursday, March 8, 2018

New study contradicts Asthma Guidelines: How efficient is escalating inhaled glucocorticoids for prevention of asthma exacerbations?

Evidence indicates that substantial escalation of regularly used inhaled glucocorticoids, fails to prevent most asthma exacerbations. A small subgroup of adults and adolescents with asthma may have a response to an escalation strategy; however, their baseline and exacerbation characteristics remain to be defined.
New study was published in NEJM on Quintupling Inhaled Glucocorticoids to Prevent Childhood Asthma Exacerbations.
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1710988?query=recirc_curatedRelated_article

In children with mild-to-moderate persistent asthma treated with daily inhaled glucocorticoids, quintupling the dose at the early signs of loss of asthma control did not reduce the rate of severe asthma exacerbations or improve other asthma outcomes and may be associated with diminished linear growth.
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