Treatment of status asthmaticus with halothane

JAMA. 1984 May 25;251(20):2688-9.


We describe two patients with status asthmaticus who did not improve with conventional treatment and remained severely bronchospastic when mechanically ventilated. Each had a prompt bronchodilator response to the administration of halothane. We discuss the potential benefits and the possible risks of this mode of therapy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anesthesia, General*
  • Asthma / physiopathology
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Bronchi / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Halothane / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Male


  • Halothane