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No asthma is found in third of adults with previous diagnosis

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 18 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j282
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

A third of adults who had had asthma diagnosed in the previous five years showed no evidence of current asthma, a study in JAMA has found.1

The study authors said that this could be due to spontaneous remission or initial misdiagnosis. They recommended that doctors review patients to see whether treatment can be stepped down or discontinued and that they order objective tests such as spirometry before and after bronchodilator administration to avoid unnecessary treatment or …

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