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[The significance of viral infection in asthma].

Authors
  • Szulakowski, P
  • Pierzchała, W
Type
Published Article
Journal
Wiadomości lekarskie (Warsaw, Poland : 1960)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1998
Volume
51
Issue
3-4
Pages
196–201
Identifiers
PMID: 9658997
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The aim of the paper was to systematize, according to recent literature data, the processes taking place in respiratory tract in the course of viral infections and to emphasize their relevance to the development of bronchial hyperreactivity and the pathogenesis of asthma. Furthermore, the pathophysiological mechanisms which may be responsible for chronic infection and successively for nonspecific bronchial hyperresponsiveness were reported. Viral pathogens which are suggested to initiate bronchial asthma, its exacerbations and induce dyspnoea were mentioned.

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