• Alpaslan Kılıçarslan Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Seha Akduman, [MD] Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Department of Chest Diseases
  • Emir Charles Roach, [MD] Cleveland Clinic Department of Chest Diseases
Keywords: Asthma, risk factors,, pathogenesis,, treatment


Asthma is an airway obstruction characterized by restriction in airflow accompanied
by wheezing and coughing and attacks of difficulty in breathing.
The most significant pathological finding is chronic inflammation, and
many inflammatory cells and mediators play a role in this process. Although
it is known that there are genetic and environmental factors that play role in
asthma, the exact etiopathogenesis has not been established. It is known that
asthma effects 300 million people world wide, and is the cause of 250.000
deaths annually. This entity is an important school and work force loss.
The main purpose of asthma treatment is to clinically control disease and
its progression.


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How to Cite
Kılıçarslan, A., Akduman, S., & Roach, E. (2014). Asthma. Acta Medica, 45(1), 2-9. Retrieved from