What is asthma in bipolar disorder?

Asthma has been initially believed to be a disorder of inflammation. In asthmatic patients, inflammatory cytokines are altered with asthma exacerbation. People with bipolar disorder are also found to have dysfunction of inflammation during various emotional states. As such, some researchers suggest that these two disorders may share similar mechanisms in their pathophysiology.

What is the evidence for the co-occurrence of asthma and bipolar disorder?

Moderate to high quality evidence finds a small increased risk of bipolar disorders in people with asthma. Lower quality evidence also found a small increased risk of asthma in those with bipolar disorders.

October 2021

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