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A large subgroup of mild-to-moderate asthma is persistently non-eosinophilic
Date:1/5/2012

intense combined treatment seen in patients with persistently non-eosinophilic asthma suggests that these patients have a unique disease phenotype for which new treatments need to be developed. Treatment responses in patients with intermittent eosinophilia were similar to those of patients with persistent eosinophilia.

"A large subgroup of patients with mild-to-moderate asthma do not have the usual eosinophilic subtype that is responsive to steroid treatment," concluded Dr. Fahy. "In addition to the implications for the care of these patients, our results have important implications for future asthma research. In clinical studies, the eosinophil phenotype of patients should be characterized to better understand treatment responses and disease mechanisms. In addition, appropriate in vitro and animal models for the study of the mechanisms of non-eosinophilic airway disease need to be developed."


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