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Challenges in the management of severe allergic asthma in the elderly

Authors Ozturk AB, Iliaz S

Received 27 November 2015

Accepted for publication 27 January 2016

Published 17 March 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 55—63


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Amrita Dosanjh

Ayse Bilge Ozturk,1 Sinem Iliaz2

1Department of Allergy and Immunology, 2Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Koç University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Abstract: Little is known about the features of asthma and allergy in the elderly. A significant number of elderly patients with asthma have uncontrolled and severe asthma. This review aims to provide an analysis of the literature on the assessment and phenotype of severe allergic asthma in the elderly. Gaps and pitfalls in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, as well as management of severe allergic asthma in the elderly, are also discussed.

Keywords: allergy, asthma, elderly, severe, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, atopy

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