One in three asthma cases misdiagnosed

"One in three asthma cases is misdiagnosed, with thousands risking side-effects by taking medication they do not need, as others gamble with death by leaving more serious illness unaddressed. 

Woolcock asthma researcher Professor Helen Reddel said “it is common to find patients who have been given an asthma diagnosis but their symptoms are due to some other condition.”

Professor Reddel said the problem was exacerbated by the low use of lung function testing. A recent report found that fewer than 20 per cent of people diagnosed with asthma had their lung function measured within a year before or after they started preventer treatment.

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