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#27 Sedation Emergencies


Bronchospasm is a lower airway obstruction resulting from contraction or spasm of bronchial smooth muscle. Laryngeal edema is a common characteristic. Bronchospasm can result from an anaphylactic reaction or from a hyperactive airway as found with asthmatic patients. Dyspnea and wheezing are common characteristics of bronchospasm due to obstructions in the chest; not the throat or mouth. Stress may trigger an asthmatic attack and bronchospasm.