The evaluation and management of children and adolescents with respiratory allergies and asthma is a common daily occurrence in a busy pediatrìe practice. This issue of Pediatrie Annals is comprised of several review articles that offer practical guidelines and stepwise approaches to the treatment of asthma and anaphylaxis, and includes guidelines on specific dosages and drug management protocols in easy-to-read charts and algorithms.
HOW TO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
Pediatricians can receive Category I credits for the Physician's 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 Pretest below has been prepared to assist you 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. Asthma is currently considered to be primarily a:
A. Bronchospastic disease.
B. Inflammatory disease.
C. Infectious disease.
2. Asthma and allergies affect what percentage of school children in the United States?
A. One out of 15.
B. One out of 10.
C. One out of 5.
D. One out of 3.
3. Anaphylaxis in children fs Initiated by the release of potent chemical mediators from mast cells and basophils.
4. Recurrent reversible episodes of cough and wheezing - In both children and adults - are almost always due to asthma.
Answers to the Pretest:
1.B 2.C 3 A 4.A