Diagnosis of Asthma
This module provides an overview of the diagnosis of asthma, including:
- diagnostic algorithms for asthma,
- spirometry and airflow obstruction, and
- challenge and FeNO testing
No advice given in this module is intended to be a substitute for your own professional judgment in the clinical management of your patients.
Which of these is the correct order for the diagnostic approach for patients with a high probability of asthma?
Clinical assessment – trial of treatment – objective measures – follow-up review – Diagnosis is based on clinical assessment, followed by a trial of treatments, objective measures and a follow-up review.
Not quite. Diagnosis is based on clinical assessment, followed by a trial of treatments, objective measures and a follow-up review.
Which of these are examples of direct challenge testing?
Histamine challenge & Methacholine challenge – That’s it! Histamine challenge and Methacholine challenge are examples of direct challenge testing.
Almost! Only one of these is a form of direct challenge testing.
Which of the following reasons for referral of a patient to a specialist would also be a "red flag"?
Your assessments show some unexpected clinical findings – If your tests show something abnormal or unexpected, you may need to refer the patient to the necessary specialist.
Not quite. This isn’t a red flag to suggest something more serious just yet. Please try again.
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