Biological therapies in children and adolescents with severe uncontrolled asthma: A practical review

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Abstract

Severe uncontrolled asthma is a complex and heterogeneous disease. A multidisciplinary assessment is required to correctly identify and manage children and adolescents with severe asthma because they may require strict monitoring and additional treatment with advanced targeted therapies. Recent research efforts have focused on identifying epidemiologic, clinical, and molecular mechanisms that underlie severe asthma, lead-ing to the recognition of different phenotypes and endotypes and identifying biomarkers able to predict the response to biologic therapies. Additional progress has occurred by introducing biological therapies that have revolutionized the care of chronic allergic diseases in the adult and pediatric population. In this review, we briefly summarized the current literature on biological therapies to treat severe asthma in children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-142
Number of pages10
JournalBiologics: Targets and Therapy
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Biological therapy
  • Children
  • Endotype
  • Phenotype
  • Severe asthma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Oncology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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