Asthma

Last updated: Thursday, 11, November, 2010
Key InformationAppropriate Tests

The diagnosis of asthma is made by clinical assessment and lung function testing.

In acute asthma, blood gases and haemoximetry may be required.

Atopic diathesis 

The factors precipitating asthma should be identified by history, together with skin prick allergen testing and/or allergen specific immunoglobulin E.

See also Occupational lung disease
Eczema
Rhinitis/rhinorrhoea

Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis 

See under Aspergillosis.

Vasculitis, especially

  • Churg-Strauss syndrome