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INVITED ARTICLE

Asthma in Pregnancy: A Concise Review

Raghavendra Deshpande, Ajith Kumar A K, Nishchitha Shetty, Narayana S Moola

Keywords : Asthma, Critical asthma syndrome, Near fatal asthma, Pregnancy

Citation Information : Deshpande R, A K AK, Shetty N, Moola NS. Asthma in Pregnancy: A Concise Review. Indian J Respir Care 2023; 12 (2):169-174.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11010-1041

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 30-06-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Abstract

Respiratory disorders affect pregnancy; asthma is the common cause of respiratory disorders. It affects maternal and fetal outcomes when not managed properly. Pregnancy also influences the course of asthma through physiological respiratory, immune, and hormonal changes. Asthmatic exacerbations are an important feature of asthma; some may need intensive care admission. Managing critical asthma syndrome (CAS) and near-fatal asthma (NFA) remains challenging. Immediate and prompt intervention with medications and supportive care will reduce exacerbations and symptoms of asthma. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of asthma in pregnancy and summarize the current knowledge. This review aims to create awareness among patients and physicians on the importance of managing asthma during pregnancy. To conclude, early and prompt detection of asthma and its exacerbations, optimal control of asthma, and prevention of its adverse effects will help both mother and fetus. Educating mothers on the importance of antiasthmatic therapy, avoiding triggers, and frequently monitoring symptoms are sine qua non for good asthma management.


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