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Shortness of breath: Introduction

Breathing difficulty of any kind (or any kind of "shortness of breath") is a potentially life-threatening emergency. It can indicate numerous dangerous causes such as heart attack, pneumonia, or pulmonary embolism. There are other less serious causes, but these highly dangerous conditions need to be considered. Refer to the causes of breathing difficulty or causes of chest pain. These symptoms need to be diagnosed immediately by a medical professional because they can represent a life-threatening emergency....more »

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Causes of Shortness of breath:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Shortness of breath. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Shortness of breath

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Causes of Types of Shortness of breath:

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Shortness of breath Treatments

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Stories from Users for Shortness of breath

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Message Boards for Shortness of breath

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Shortness of breath or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Shortness of breath:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Shortness of breath. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature
    • Inspect for blueness of tongue and skin, reduced alertness and distress due to breathing problems
    • Lung examination to listen to breath sound quality, intensity and for added sounds. Crackles suggest congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, lung fibrosis or bronchiectasis. Wheezes suggest asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema
    • Abdominal examination for enlarged liver which may be a sign of congestive heart failure
  • more tests...»

Medications or substances causing Shortness of breath:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Shortness of breath as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Drug interactions causing Shortness of breath:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Shortness of breath as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Dymelor and alcohol interaction
  • Diabinese and alcohol interaction
  • Amaryl and alcohol interaction
  • Glucotrol and alcohol interaction
  • Glucotrol XL and alcohol interaction
  • more interactions...»

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Shortness of breath

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Shortness of breath. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Shortness of breath: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Shortness of breath

Heart attack can be over-diagnosed: Although heart attack is often undiagnosed, leading to fatality, it can also be over-diagnosed. People become concerned that a condition is a heart attack, whereas there are various less dangerous...read more »

Chronic lung diseases hard to diagnose: Some of the chronic lung diseases are difficult to diagnose. Even the well-knowns conditions such as asthma or lung cancer often fail to be diagnosed early....read more »

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Hospitals & Clinics: Shortness of breath

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Shortness of breath: Related Rare Diseases

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Shortness of breath: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Causes of Shortness of breath listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Shortness of breath as a symptom include:

Definitions of Shortness of breath:

Labored or difficult breathing associated with a variety of disorders, indicating inadequate ventilation or low blood oxygen.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

A dyspneic condition
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Organs affected by Shortness of breath:

The list of organs typically affected by Shortness of breath may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Shortness of breath

The list below shows some of the causes of Shortness of breath mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Shortness of breath?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Shortness of breath. Of the 1528 causes of Shortness of breath that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 21 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 21 causes are "common" diseases
  • 10 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 2 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 42 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 1471 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Shortness of breath:

The following list of conditions have 'Shortness of breath' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Shortness of breath:

The following list of medical conditions have Shortness of breath or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Shortness of breath Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Shortness of breath based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Shortness of breath?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Shortness of breath, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Shortness of breath:

    DIB, Difficulty breathing, Dyspnoea, Respiration difficult, Respiratory distress, SOB, Breathlessness
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Shortness of breath:

    Subtypes of Shortness of breath:

    Shortness of breath from exercise (1320 causes), Difficulty breathing when lying down (30 causes), Acute Dyspnoea (8 causes), Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnoea (10 causes), Hypoventilation (61 causes), Breathlessness on exertion (30 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Shortness of breath:

    Breathing difficulties (2922 causes), Shortness of breath from exercise (1320 causes), Exercise symptoms (1392 causes), Breath symptoms (3023 causes), Breathing symptoms (3381 causes), Respiratory symptoms (5166 causes), Mouth symptoms (6864 causes), Respiratory tract symptoms (5166 causes), Lung symptoms (3280 causes), Movement symptoms (6001 causes), Throat symptoms (3410 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Muscle symptoms (7251 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Musculoskeletal symptoms (6264 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes)

    Symptoms related to Shortness of breath:

    Difficulty breathing (2922 causes), Noisy breathing, Slow breathing (11 causes), Rapid breathing (411 causes), Anthrax, Pnuemonia, Fibrosing alveolitis, Atelectasis (22 causes), Hypersenstivity reactions, Interstitial lung disease, Sarcoidosis

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