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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Identifying True Asthma
What does it mean when you have been tested for asthma and they say it is not true asthma?
Without knowing the details of your evaluation, it could mean your symptoms are similar to those an asthma patient would experience but are caused by a different process. For instance, patients with acid reflux or post-nasal drainage can have asthma like symptoms. Patients with chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema can have respiratory symptoms suggestive of asthma. The definitive test to diagnose or exclude asthma is a methacholine challenge test. You should see an allergy or pulmonary specialist for further evaluation.
Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati