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Arch Emerg Med. Jun 1992; 9(2): 157–161.
PMCID: PMC1285853
Plasma catecholamine responses in acute severe asthma.
T R Parke, D J Steedman, C E Robertson, R A Little, and P F Maycock
Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.
Abstract
Twenty patients presenting to an A&E department with acute severe asthma were studied. Despite clinically severe airway obstruction few had raised catecholamine levels. However several patients with impending respiratory arrest had markedly elevated catecholamine levels, and relationships are demonstrated between these levels and other measures of disease severity.
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