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Creighton Offers Special Clinic for Asthma Sufferers

Creighton Offers Special Clinic for Asthma Sufferers

The Creighton University Center for Allergy, Asthma & Immunology will hold a once-a-month clinic to diagnose and treat patients with the latest therapeutic options for asthma. The clinic will focus on patients whose asthma is not well-controlled or who are having adverse effects from current medications.

Called the Airway Center, the clinic will be open 1-4 p.m. the last Friday of each month to patients 12 years and older. The purpose of the clinic is to assist primary-care physicians in treating patients with severe or “refractory” asthma. While all asthma patients suffer from the same symptoms – shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and chest tightness – “refractory” asthma is more difficult to treat and may be worsened by other disease states.

The center will be staffed by board-certified specialists in pulmonary medicine and allergy/immunology, allowing patients to determine in one visit whether their symptoms are the result of asthma or other diseases with similar symptoms, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Both specialists will evaluate the patient during the same clinic visit.

Patients seen at the Airway Center may also be eligible to participate in Creighton clinical trials on asthma diagnosis and treatment.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact the Creighton University Center for Allergy, Asthma & Immunology at (402) 280-4403. The center is located in the Creighton University Medical Center, 601 N. 30th St.

Posted: 2/16/07