If you have moderate to severe
asthma, you are at higher risk of having problems
during and after surgery than people who do not have asthma. Careful asthma
control in the weeks before surgery may help you reduce the risk of having
complications. Some people with severe asthma may need a short treatment with
corticosteroids by mouth to improve lung function
before surgery and prevent complications.1
Complications that may occur during and after surgery include:
National Institutes of Health (2007). National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (NIH
Publication No. 08–5846). Available online:
February 13, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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