Predictive Factors for Exacerbation Outcome in Severe Refractory Asthmatics (EXPRESA)
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00721097
Recruitment Status :
(Number of included patients is sufficient.)
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease, affecting up to 10 % of the general population in developed countries. Corticosteroids are necessary to control symptoms, but induce adverse events sometimes intolerable. In severe asthma, which represent 5 to 10% of global asthma, corticosteroids frequently fail to prevent severe exacerbations, leading to emergency care, hospitalization and sometimes death. The aim of this study is to identify predictive factors specific for exacerbation outcome which will lead to a minor increase in treatment in order to prevent exacerbations, while minimizing drug adverse effects.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 90 Years (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Patients with severe asthma
Inclusion criteria :
Male or female adults aged ≥ 18 years, who have signed an Inform Consent Form prior to initiation of any study-related procedure
Patients with severe asthma with at least 2 exacerbations during the last 12 months that necessitated oral cortico-therapy or increase in oral cortico-therapy
Exclusion criteria :
Pregnant or nursing women
Patients with other chronic inflammatory lung disease
Current smoker or a smoking history of 10 pack years or more