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Childhood Asthma Deaths in North Carolina: 1999-2012

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Asthma is chronic reversible obstruction of the small- an d medium-sized airways of the lung. It is caused by inflammation of the airway mucosa coupled with spasm of the circumferential smooth muscles that may be triggered by v iral infections, environmental allergens, or other irritants. Early in the disease pr ocess, this leads to airway obstruction and impaired airflow, which can be reversed with medica l therapy. With exacerbations of asthma, the goblet cells of the airway mucosa also relea se mucous secretions into the airways, which can further obstruct the airway lumen. Severe exacerbations of asthma with significantly reduced airflow can potentially compr omise gas exchange in the alveoli. Over time, remodeling of the airway occurs wi th more chronic inflammation, and irreversible obstructive changes can occur. Once these chang es have taken place, the disease may be less responsive to treatment.
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Gower, William Adam (author)
Meyers, Deborah (committee chair)
Beavers, Daniel (committee member)
Mirabelli, Maria (committee member)
Bertoni, Alain (committee member)
date
2016-08-25T08:35:23Z (accessioned)
2018-08-19T08:30:11Z (available)
2016 (issued)
degree
Clinical and Population Translational Sciences (discipline)
embargo
2018-08-19 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/62645 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
Childhood Asthma Deaths in North Carolina: 1999-2012
type
Thesis

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