Sudden death from asthma in childhood, is it preventable? Academic Article uri icon


  • Sudden death from asthma is rare but occurs in the young age group. We recently faced this rare situation when 3 asthmatic children were dead on arrival at the local emergency room. All 3 had been treated with beta-2 agonist inhalation on a regular basis, without anti-inflammatory treatment, 2 of the children died while inhaling the beta-2 agonist. It is important that there be clear guidelines and full education about the management of asthma, during and between exacerbations, to prevent such deaths.

publication date

  • May 1, 1998