COMMENTS TO SPECIALIST
A 37-year-old female patient presenting for asthma. The patient reports that she developed asthma as an adult five years ago and that her asthma is not well-controlled. A cough wakes her from sleep five nights per week. Symptoms have not improved after multiple medications. In the clinic, she has slight wheezing upon auscultation, a hoarse voice, and partial pressure of oxygen (PO2) is 94%.
I think the next step would be to add a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA), but I am concerned that the patient has not seen improvement after adding medications. Do you recommend additional testing?
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