Severe Asthma in School-Age Children: Evaluation and Phenotypic Advances

  • Andrea Coverstone
  • Leonard B. Bacharier
  • Anne M. Fitzpatrick
Allergens (RK Bush and JA Woodfolk, Section Editors)
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Although the majority of children with asthma have a favorable clinical response to treatment with low to moderate doses of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), a small subset of children have “severe” asthma characterized by ongoing symptoms and airway inflammation despite treatment with high doses of ICS and even oral corticosteroids. Although there is symptom heterogeneity in the affected children, children with severe asthma share the risk for adverse outcomes, including recurrent and potentially life-threatening exacerbations, which contribute to substantial economic burden. This article reviews current knowledge of severe asthma in school-age children (age 6–17 years) with a focus on recent literature published after January 2012. Clinical management approaches for children with severe asthma are discussed as well as current phenotyping efforts and emerging phenotypic-directed therapies that may be of benefit for subpopulations of children with severe asthma in the future.


Severe asthma Children Asthma diagnosis Asthma treatment Asthma evaluation Asthma phenotype 



American Thoracic Society


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


European Respiratory Society


Forced expiratory volume in one second


Forced vital capacity


Inhaled corticosteroid


Immunoglobulin E


T helper type 2


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Conflict of Interest

Leonard B. Bacharier reports consultancies from Aerocrine, GlaxoSmithKline, Genentech/Novartis, Merck, Schering, Cephalon, DBV Technologies, and Teva. Anne M. Fitzpatrick reports consultancies from MedImmune, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Genentech, and Boehringer Ingelheim. Andrea Coverstone declares no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Coverstone
    • 1
  • Leonard B. Bacharier
    • 1
  • Anne M. Fitzpatrick
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Center for Cystic Fibrosis and Airways Disease ResearchChildren’s Healthcare of AtlantaAtlantaUSA

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