In a retrospective review of a single intensive care unit (ICU) trauma center in New York, 3.4% of adult patients admitted for severe asthma exacerbations had symptomology that could also be diagnosed as anaphylaxis, according to a study published in the Emergency Medicine Journal.
As respiratory symptoms are a dominant feature of both asthma and , being able to distinguish between the two becomes crucial for appropriate treatment. Researchers sought to determine what percentage of adult patients admitted to intensive care at Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, New York for asthma exacerbations between January 2012 and December 2014 may also have met the criteria for anaphylaxis.
Do you have asthma and severe allergies? Would you know how to tell the difference between an asthma attack and anaphylaxis?