Bronchial asthma in the elderly patient
Asthma is a heterogeneous chronic inflammatory lung disease originating from a complex interaction between
individual and environmental factors. As consequence of world population ageing an increase of chronic
diseases prevalence, including asthma, has been documented. Late-onset asthma may have more complex
pathogenic mechanisms other than Th2-mediated pattern. Diagnosis in older subjects is not straightforward
as consequence of poor symptoms perception; in adults co-morbidities are associated with different asthma
outcomes. A careful assessment and management of all potential concurrent disorders is essential to achieve
a better disease control and an adequate response to treatment in elderly asthmatic patients.
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