Infectious asthma: A re emerging clinical entity? / 18

Hahn DL
J Fam Pract 1995; 41:153-157*** The first report documenting the high frequency with which asthma began after a remembered acute respiratory illness, and the apparent dramatic loss of lung function in patients with this “infectious asthma” syndrome. Reference #39 documents that “infectious asthma” is also associated with C. pneumoniae antibodies, suggesting that chlamydial infection in asthma can cause lung remodelling (i.e., permanent lung damage via scarring, also called COPD).

Others have confirmed the association of C. pneumoniae antibodies and accelerated loss of lung function in non-atopic adult-onset asthma: ten Brinke et al.; Pasternaket al.

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