Clinical Problem-Solving: Too Old for What?

Molly L. Osborne, Michael Wall, George E. Thibault

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To the Editor: In the Clinical Problem-Solving feature (April 1 issue),1 an 87-year-old woman with no known heart or pulmonary disease went to see her physician because she was short of breath. The article does not address the inappropriate treatment for asthma that the patient was given early in her clinical evaluation – theophylline (Theo-Dur), erythromycin, and bed rest. There are at least two reasons not to institute asthma therapy with a theophylline preparation and erythromycin. First, as outlined in the National Asthma Expert Panel Report, inhaled beta2-agonists should be the initial treatment for episodic asthma2. Second,…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-510
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 12 1993
Externally publishedYes

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