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In this lecture, Professor Zach Murphy will discuss Asthma. We will focus on the following main objectives:

1. Introduction to Asthma

- Gain foundational knowledge of asthma as a chronic respiratory disease.

2. Pathophysiology of Asthma

- Understand the underlying mechanisms of asthma, focusing on airway inflammation, bronchoconstriction, and hyperresponsiveness.

- Learn about different asthma phenotypes, such as allergic, non-allergic, and exercise-induced asthma.

3. Clinical Presentation

- Recognize the cardinal symptoms of asthma, including wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath.

- Explore the variations in clinical presentations across age groups and severities.

4. Diagnostic Criteria and Tools

- Familiarize yourself with the diagnostic criteria based on the latest clinical guidelines, including spirometry and peak flow measurements.

- Explore the utility of bronchoprovocation tests and imaging studies.

5. Management Strategies for Asthma

- Delve into the stepwise approach to asthma management based on the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guidelines.

- Discuss pharmacological interventions, including short-acting and long-acting bronchodilators and anti-inflammatory medications.

6. Asthma Exacerbations

- Understand the triggers and signs of an asthma exacerbation.

- Learn about the evidence-based management of acute exacerbations, including the role of corticosteroids and hospitalization criteria.

7. Asthma in Special Populations

- Discuss asthma management in special groups such as pregnant women, children, and the elderly.

- Examine the complications and considerations unique to these populations.

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Table of Contents:

0:00 Lab

0:07 Asthma Introduction

0:38 Pathophysiology

11:28 Complications | Respiratory Failure

20:28 Complications | Pneumothorax

22:29 Diagnostic Approach

27:01 Treatment

31:37 Asthma Exacerbation Treatment

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