Reactive airway disease
What is Reactive airway disease?
Reactive airway disease is a group of conditions that include reversible airway narrowing due to an external stimulation. These conditions generally result in wheezing.
Conditions within this group include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, viral upper respiratory infections, among others.
The term sometimes is misused as a synonym for asthma. Current medical use of the term reactive airway disease is used in pediatrics to describe an asthma-like syndrome in infants, that may later be confirmed to be asthmatics when they become old enough to participate in diagnostic tests such as the bronchial challenge test.