Nursing Pharmacology Clinical Case


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  • A 29 year-old woman with a history of asthma since childhood was admitted for arthroscopic repair of an injured knee.

  • For years she had been on maintenance doses of cromolyn sodium and theophylline, was well-controlled, not having had any exacerbation of her asthma during the past three years.

  • The preoperative workup did not reveal any evidence of bronchospasm.

  • case author: Hugh S. Mathewson, M.D., Professor Emeritus, School of Allied Health, Department of Nurse Anesthesia,
    University of Kansas Medical Center case editor: Michael Gordon, Ph.D. Associate Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center