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Bronchospasm

Bronchospasm (also called bronchoconstriction or bronchial spasm) is a tightening of the smooth muscle that lines the airways (bronchi or bronchioles) in the lung. This tightening can contribute to a worsening of asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing.

Bronchospasms can usually be relieved with medicines called bronchodilators.

Last Revised: February 13, 2011

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology

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