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Pulmonary hypertension often misdiagnosed

A heart abnormality was identified in an ultrasound but it was weeks after the baby was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. The condition means that constricted lung blood vessels cause high blood pressure in the lungs. This results in shortness of breath and the heart continually increases in size. A heart and lung transplant is the only cure. The condition is extremely rare (less than 200,000 cases in the US) and is underdiagnosed. It is often misdiagnosed as asthma or bronchitis.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by News-Bulletin – Valencia County

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About: Pulmonary hypertension often misdiagnosed

Date: 6 November 2004

Source: News-Bulletin – Valencia County

Author: Brandy Slagle


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