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Severe Asthma Clinic

The Severe Asthma Clinic at Children’s Hospital New Orleans is a multidisciplinary clinic specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of children and adolescents with severe or difficult-to-treat asthma. The Severe Asthma Clinic team includes providers, respiratory therapists, and nurses from the Allergy and Immunology and Pulmonology Divisions who collaboratively evaluate the patient’s needs and make recommendations for care.

What is severe asthma?

Children and adolescents are considered to experience severe asthma if they require one of the following treatments:

  • High-dose inhaled corticosteroid plus a second controller such as a long-acting beta agonist or leukotriene inhibitor
  • Systemic corticosteroids for more than 50% of the year
  • Biologic therapy for asthma

And the child or adolescent’s asthma remains uncontrolled as defined by one of the following criteria:

  • Two or more exacerbations requiring systemic corticosteroids in the previous year
  • Serious exacerbation(s) (≥1 hospitalization, intensive care unit stay, or episode requiring mechanical ventilation in the past year)
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