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  • Writer's pictureThe Communiqués

Clinical Communiqué Volume 10 Issue 4 December 2023

In this edition

  • Editorial

  • Case #1: Something in the air

  • More on the Matter: In the blink of an eye

  • Expert Commentary: Thunderstorm asthma: what causes the “perfect storm”?

In this edition we reflect on the key learnings from the coroner’s inquest into the November 2016 thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne in which ten patients tragically lost their lives. We reflect on the terrifying rapidity with which their conditions changed from mildly short of breath to being in extremis, highlighting that it can be a matter of minutes between life and death in thunderstorm asthma.


Melbourne-based respiratory physicians, Associate Professor Matthew Conron and Associate Professor Eve Denton, bring their clinical experience and research wisdom to the expert commentary in this edition with an overview of the clinical and environmental aspects of Thunderstorm Asthma Events.

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