Asthma is a frightening experience for both patient and parents. The pediatrician can intervene on several levels to reduce the confusion surrounding the condition. After a thorough review of the presentations in this continuing medical education offering, the participant will have a greater familiarity with: the wheezing infant status asthmaticus, office evaluation and management of pediatrie asthma, and asthma self-management programs and education.
HOW TO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
Pediatricians can receive Category I credits for the Physicians Recognition Award of the American Medical Association by reading the following articles and successfully completing the quiz at the end of the issue. Complete instructions are given on the quiz pages.
The Pre-Test below has been prepared to assistyou in studying the following material. It indicates some of the areas to be covered, and will make it possible for you to challenge your present knowledge of the material before reading further.
1. Mechanisms causing wheezing In Infancy do not Include:
A. Constriction of peribronchial smooth muscle.
B. Excess mucous accumulation.
C. Congestive heart failure.
D. Peribronchial edema accumulation.
2. The following exercises/sports are encouraged for asthmatic patients:
B. Cross-country running.
C. Broad and high jump.
D. None, children with asthma should be excused from gym class and participation in sports.
3. Which of the following statements are true?
A. Theophylline is more effective in breaking an asthmatic attack than metaproterenol by inhalation.
B. Sympathomimetics are more rapidly effective in treating an asthmatic attack than is theophylline.
C. Steroids are the most rapid acting agents we have to treat asthma.
D. Cromolyn is an effective agent for acute asthma.