Small Airway Disease in Asthma
Small airways disease is present patients with asthma across all severity levels.1 Moreover, studies in patients with asthma have shown that the involvement of small airways represents a crucial step in the progression of the disease.2 In his presentation, Dr Richard Russell describes the importance of small airway disease in asthma, in terms of disease pathophysiology and patient outcomes, and how timely diagnosis is key for effective patient care. The impact of small airways disease on patients’ overall phenotype is also a key focus of this talk.
The different tools and measures available for the diagnosis of small airways disease and the feasibility of their use in clinical practice are also discussed.
Dr Russell contextualises the findings from the ATLANTIS study with real-world case studies, highlighting the importance of early and accurate diagnosis of small airways disease.
- 1. Postma et al. Unmet needs for the assessment of small airways dysfunction in asthma: introduction to the ATLANTIS study. 2015. European Respiratory Journal: 45(6): p 1534-1538.
- 2. Bjermer, L. The role of small airway disease in asthma. 2014. Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine: 20(1): p 23-30.
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Dr Richard Russell
Consultant, Clinical Director & Respiratory Clinical Lead