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Aspirin induced asthma

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1076

Authors' reply

  1. Christine Jenkins, head, asthma group (,
  2. John Costello, clinical director of medicine,
  3. Linda Hodge, dietitian
  1. Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Camperdown, NSW 2050, Australia
  2. King's College Hospital, London SE5 9RS
  3. Clontarf, NSW 2093, Australia

    EDITOR—We agree with Sivanandan and Robinson that the recommendation to organise a test before administration of aspirin would be difficult in routine clinical practice. Our advice regarding formal provocation testing and medical supervision for the first dose is simply to maximise safety. When this is not possible, clear advice should be given about the risks, and the availability …

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