Aspirin-sensitive asthma: tolerance to aspirin after positive oral aspirin challenges

J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1980 Jul;66(1):82-8. doi: 10.1016/0091-6749(80)90143-8.


Two aspirin-sensitive asthmatic patients underwent oral aspirin challenges for investigative purposes. Folowoing the expected respiratory reaction to aspirin, the patients became refractory to the further adverse effects of aspirin. Additionally they began taking 325 mg aspirin per day, and after 6 and 8 mo aspirin dosage was increased to 650 mg per day. We have noted an improvement in their rhinitis and asthma during this open drug trial. Furthermore, maintenance systemic corticosteroids have been reduced in one patient and discontinued in the other without a decline in lung function values. If these intitial observations are found in a larger number of aspirin-sensitive asthmatic patients, changes in our understanding of the pathogenesis of rhinosinusitis-asthma-aspirin syndrome would follow, and treatment for such asthmatic patients might be improved.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use
  • Adult
  • Aspirin / administration & dosage
  • Aspirin / adverse effects*
  • Asthma / chemically induced*
  • Asthma / drug therapy
  • Desensitization, Immunologic
  • Drug Tolerance
  • Female
  • Forced Expiratory Volume
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Time Factors


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Aspirin