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Status Asthmaticus is a severe episode of Asthma that is not helped (or only partially helped) by inhaled bronchodilators, and that threatens a person's ability to breathe altogether. May require intensive bronchodilator therapy, systemic corticosteroids (oral or IV), or even intubation. Status Asthmaticus is a life-threatening asthma attack requiring immediate treatment. Complications include cardiac and respiratory arrest.

Status Asthmaticus symptoms include chest tightness, rapidly progressive dyspnea or shortness of breath, dry cough, use of accessory muscles, labored breathing and extreme wheezing. Status Asthmaticus does not respond adequately to nebulised treatment alone therefore the intravenous treatments such as those above sometimes in addition to Intravenous Magnesium Sulphate are also given.

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