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May 25, 1984

Treatment of Status Asthmaticus With Halothane

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, Pulmonary Medicine Section, St Paul-Ramsey Medical Center, St Paul, Minn.

JAMA. 1984;251(20):2688-2689. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340440046026

We describe two patients with status asthmaticus who did not improve with conventional treatment and remained severely bronchospastic when mechanically ventilated. Each had a prompt bronchodilator response to the administration of halothane. We discuss the potential benefits and the possible risks of this mode of therapy.

(JAMA 1984;251:2688-2689)