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Diagnostic imaging for establishing bronchial asthma

Diagnostic imaging as a method of diagnosing bronchial asthma has not been confirmed as the most effective process to use.

This is according to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), which has conducted a study into testing for bronchial asthma in children aged between two and five-years-old.

Although carried out by the IQWiG, the report was commissioned by the Federal Joint Committee.

The aim of the research was to establish the best way in which youngsters with the condition could be identified and given the appropriate treatment.

However, the scientists conducting the study came to the conclusion that it was not possible to ascertain the precise benefits of diagnostic procedures.

Bronchial asthma is an inflammatory condition that comprises of sudden and temporary obstruction of the airways.

Symptoms are sudden and consist of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and a cough.

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