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What is aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD)?

Tanya M. Laidlaw, MD
Allergy & Immunology
Aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) is a syndrome caused by three symptoms coming together. In this video, Tanya Laidlaw, MD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, describes these symptoms and explains how common AERD is for adults with asthma.
Aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) is the term used to describe a condition in which an individual who has both asthma and nasal polyps has an allergic-type reaction to aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It affects both the upper and lower airways. 

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