Asthma

Key Information

Appropriate Tests

Short of breath (asthma) - see Guideline on Pathology testing in the Emergency department: Appendix 2.

The diagnosis of asthma is made by clinical assessment and lung function testing.

In acute asthma, Blood gas arterial and Haemoximetry may be required.

Consider Urea, Electrolytes, Glucose, Full blood count, Blood gas arterial, NPS for respiratory virus PCR.

Atopic diathesis

The factors precipitating asthma should be identified by history, together with Skin prick allergen testing and/or Allergen specific Immunoglobulin E.

See also Occupational lung disease.

Eczema.

Rhinitis/rhinorrhoea.

Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis

See under Aspergillosis.

Vasculitis, especially

 

  • Churg-Strauss syndrome