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Published: 2016-06-15

Bronchial asthma in the elderly patient

Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy
Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy
Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy
Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy
Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy
Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy
Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy
Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy
Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy
Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy
Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy
Division of Pneumology, AORN Dei Colli “Monaldi Hospital”, Naples, Italy
Asthma Elderly Late-onset

Abstract

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.

Affiliations

L. Longobardi

Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy

A. Di Giorgio

Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy

F. Perrotta

Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy

A. Costigliola

Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy

F.S. Cerqua

Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy

G. Cioffi

Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy

I. Forzano

Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy

M. Flora

Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy

A. Cennamo

Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy

C. Iadevaia

Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy

C.M.E. Tranfa

Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy

F. Stefanelli

Division of Pneumology, AORN Dei Colli “Monaldi Hospital”, Naples, Italy

Copyright

© Società Italiana di Gerontologia e Geriatria (SIGG) , 2016

How to Cite

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Longobardi, L., Di Giorgio, A., Perrotta, F., Costigliola, A., Cerqua, F., Cioffi, G., Forzano, I., Flora, M., Cennamo, A., Iadevaia, C., Tranfa, C. and Stefanelli, F. 2016. Bronchial asthma in the elderly patient. JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS. 64, 2 (Jun. 2016), 55-65.
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