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Adolescent and young adult allergic asthma treatment challenges
  1. Vesna Vukičević Lazarević1,2,
  2. Ivan Marković2 and
  3. Ana Marija Šola2
  1. 1MSc Allergy, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK
  2. 2Special Hospital for Pulmonary Diseases, Zagreb, Croatia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vesna Vukičević Lazarević; vukicevic_vesna{at}yahoo.com

Abstract

The transition from paediatric care to adult care is often difficult, especially in children with chronic diseases like asthma. A significant number of children reach remission throughout puberty; consequently, they are not tracked down for subsequent follow-ups and are not included in transition programmes to adult care. This case report focuses on a young adult with asthma that began in childhood and went into remission during adolescence, only to experience a recurrence when the patient was a young adult. Due to failing to complete the transition process into adult care services, she had poor adherence to therapy and asthma control.

Adherence and asthma control significantly improved after a multidisciplinary approach in an adult care setting. In conclusion, appropriate transition and a multidisciplinary approach are critical for the effective management of asthma in young adults.

  • healthcare improvement and patient safety
  • asthma
  • respiratory system

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Footnotes

  • Contributors VVL is the first and corresponding author. IM and AMS reviewed the case and helped with writing.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.