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Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension misdiagnosed as asthma.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17365199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH) is a rare disorder that is progressive and often leads to right heart failure if left untreated. Because of the vague nature of symptoms at presentation, IPAH may take several months to diagnose. The most common presenting complaint in patients with IPAH is dyspnea with exertion, which is also commonly seen with asthma. This report describes an adult female with refractory exertional dyspnea who was diagnosed with asthma 2 years earlier but was ultimately diagnosed with IPAH. Exclusion of other etiologies is a necessity for refractory dyspnea in the setting of asthma.
Don Hayes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0277-0903     ISO Abbreviation:  J Asthma     Publication Date:    2007 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-16     Completed Date:  2007-04-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8106454     Medline TA:  J Asthma     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, J410 Kentucky Clinic, Lexington, Kentucky 40536, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asthma / diagnosis*
Diagnosis, Differential
Dyspnea / diagnosis
Hypertension, Pulmonary / diagnosis*,  radiography
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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