Halothane in status asthmaticus

Crit Care Med. 1982 May;10(5):341-3. doi: 10.1097/00003246-198205000-00013.


The authors administered halothane anesthesia to treat a child with status asthmaticus that was refractory to conventional pharmacological therapy and mechanical ventilation. Halothane is an inhalation anesthetic with potent bronchodilator properties. Marked improvement in gas exchange occurred in this patient after 10 min of treatment with halothane. The pharmacology of halothane is reviewed and a possible role for its use in childhood asthma is proposed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Asthma / drug therapy*
  • Halothane / therapeutic use*
  • Heart / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Intubation, Intratracheal
  • Lung / drug effects
  • Male
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / drug therapy


  • Halothane