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<< Dyspnea: Fear, Loathing, and Physiology

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Patients with dyspnea may have causes that range from the benign to catastrophic. In most cases of dyspnea, the history and physical examination, as well as a few bedside tests such as chest x-ray and pulse oximetry, will drive the scope of this evaluation. A dangerous pitfall is the failure to consider pulmonary embolism. Fortunately, several easily available tests can obviate the need for a lung scan, such as the new-generation D-dimer test in combination with the respiratory rate and/or the A-a gradient.
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Authors

Jeffrey A. Kline

Publication Date

August 1, 1999

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