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Eosinophils best marker of steroid response
  1. Neil Martin1,
  2. Chris E Brightling1,
  3. Ian D Pavord2
  1. 1Institute for Lung Health, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK
  2. 2Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Neil Martin, Institute for Lung Health, Glenfield Hospital, Groby Road, Leicester LE3 9QP, UK; nmartin{at}

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There are important aspects of the study design that cast doubt on the claim of Cowan et al that ‘modified responses’ to corticosteroids occur in patients with non-eosinophilic asthma.1

First, the population recruited was more likely to include patients who experienced loss of control of their asthma after steroid withdrawal than those who remained stable …

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