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    Default Medical question about asthma

    What is uncomplicated asthma? I’ve searched high and low but to no avail I can not find any info.

    I was born prematurely and required life support way back when due to not having developed lungs. On my medical rec. it says uncomplicated mild asthma because of that. I don’t have asthma but guess I did when first born + scar tissue, but what is the EXCACT medical definition of uncompicated asthma? Thanks.


    I know that the Diagnosis Code is J45.20 but what I want is an explanation of said diagnosis.
    Last edited by LordFluffybuttz; 12-Jan-2018 at 03:29.

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    Uncomplicated means that your asthma isn't affected (complicated) by another condition. :-)

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    So is it kinda like having asthma that just doesn’t have any symptoms and doesn’t affect you?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordFluffybuttz View Post
    So is it kinda like having asthma that just doesn’t have any symptoms and doesn’t affect you?...
    Kinda- That would be an asymptomatic asthma... (and, the affect could be a predisposition.)

    And, since we aren't permitted to offer you medical advice; for liability, safety, and ethical concerns - You would need to speak to a qualified clinician; to have a personal interpretation of your medical-condition.

    According to various information, that I found in a general web search of your indicated 'ICD-10' as "J45.20" (ICD-10=International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (10th edition))

    Code Information

    Diagnosis Code: J45.20
    Short Description: Mild intermittent asthma, uncomplicated
    Long Description: Mild intermittent asthma, uncomplicated
    Code Classification:

    • Diseases of the respiratory system (J00–J99)
      • Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40-J47)
        • Asthma (J45)
          • J45.20 Mild intermittent asthma, uncomplicated

    Code Version: 2017 ICD-10-CM

    Definition of asthma

    : a chronic lung disorder that is marked by recurring episodes of airway obstruction (as from bronchospasm) manifested by labored breathing accompanied especially by wheezing and coughing and by a sense of constriction in the chest, and that is triggered by hyperreactivity to various stimuli (such as allergens or rapid change in air temperature)
    I believe that tiny is correct - "uncomplicated" meaning that it isn't complicated by any other disease-process...

    You say, that you "don't have asthma". Well, it appears, that you do (or may)... though, you don't experience asthma-attacks/episodes/distress; related to asthma...

    I'm assuming that you're fairly young (18-23)... and, as this is a congenital (since birth) condition; you're not likely going to be able to appreciate anything short of an obvious, acute difficulty in breathing; issue...

    "the EXCACT medical definition of uncomplicated asthma" (for you) is - go see your doctor/talk with a qualified, licensed, professional... They may refer you to a specialist of the airway (pulmonologist).

    "Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways. You may be more sensitive to stimuli such as cold air, exercise, dust mites, pollutants in the air, and even stress and anxiety." -

    You may need to take greater precautions with the air that you breathe and; avoid greater stress and anxiety, too... (more than most people; to remain asymptomatic).

    Out with the bad air,

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    Thank you both so much, a lot of information that’s really useful.

    The main reason for inquiry was due to recruitment requirements for the military as well as other similar prospects, going by their guidelines if a person has not displayed asthma symptoms past age 13 then by their standards the person does not have asthma can is allowed to join.

    Really the only reason it’s marked as that is due to scar tissue that hasn’t been a problem since before I was 5 so really my lungs are fine but the mark still concerned me not in a medical fashion but in a professional sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordFluffybuttz View Post
    So is it kinda like having asthma that just doesn’t have any symptoms and doesn’t affect you?...
    No, if you have "mild, uncomplicated asthma", you still have asthma. It's just not complicated by other conditions, like COPD, emphysema, lung cancer, tuberculosis, or anything else.

    The fact that it's mild doesn't mean that you don't have any symptoms -- it means that those symptoms are mild. If you had no symptoms, you wouldn't be given any diagnosis.

    It's possible to "grow out" of asthma (often as a teen or young adult), so it may be that the diagnosis of "mild uncomplicated asthma" is no longer relevant.

    Hope that helps... :-)

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    I had that when I was 18- though it was officially undiagnosed. I managed to squeak by and join the Marines, and with all the physical training I managed to actually cure it! So that is possible.

    Though thanks to a car wreck I developed a neurogenig dyyssynergia cough that triggered my mild asthma again. Oh well.

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