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Asthma

Identifying True Asthma

05/01/2001

Question:

What does it mean when you have been tested for asthma and they say it is not true asthma?

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Jonathan   Bernstein, MD Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati