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I am not a doctor but shouldn`t asthma be on this list? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Andycjp (talkcontribs)

Well spotted Andy. I've put it in. The list is very incomplete and lacks structure as well. SARS is a bit less common than asthma as well. JFW | T@lk 10:11, 12 December 2005 (UTC)
somebody should put in something about the pathophysiology of Dyspnea. Here's link to get folks started (I'd do it myself, but I'm really busy studying right now ;P ) 03:15, 22 June 2007 (UTC)GMM


now that asthma is listed, I think there should be something to distinguish Dyspnea from asthma.
Actually - speaking as both a layman and one who suffers from both asthma and COPD (emphysema) - as I understand "dyspnea," (or "breathlessness," as it's perhaps better known to the lay public), asthma is a medical disorder. Dyspnea is a symptom. Please see paragraph 1 of the article:
"Dyspnea or dyspnoea ... is a debilitating symptom that is the experience of unpleasant or uncomfortable respiratory sensations.[2] It is a common symptom of numerous medical disorders, particularly those involving the cardiovascular and respiratory systems; dyspnea on exertion is the most common presenting complaint for people with respiratory impairment.[3]" -- Ranger Jim (talk) 06:30, 28 August 2010 (UTC)


I am a young woman who has asthma, COPD and and other health problems. but I also have Bronchiectasis, which I can not even say. but shouldn't it be listed here if asthma is. It also causes a lot of trouble too? Thanks. - Jen

The thing is, Dyspnea is possible and not uncommon in Bronchiectasis. However, it is not typical presentation but the article can still be inclusive, as by default most lung problems do present with dyspnea at one time or another.--PrinceA 03:04, 29 June 2006 (UTC)


How about the common cold as a cause?

its not a cause. its a possible trigger. i experience dyspnea like 20 times every hour, no matter what action i'm doing, whether I've been sitting down for hours or walking, and whenever i have the common cold, i never experience dyspnea until i'm getting healthy again, i can even bicycle 5 km without stopping and it wont bother me. i suffer asthma. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:45, 17 March 2013 (UTC)


This article doesn't even mention Hypopnea. It should, if only to explain the difference. — Randall Bart (talk) 20:33, 9 April 2007 (UTC)


Also not a doctor, but shouldn't TB be on the list? Also it would be great to have a pronunciation key (for all difficult Med terms for that matter) (JR)

No idea, if you are sure it should be, feel free to add both to the page. WLU 18:23, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
Added pronunciation key. Josh 23:14, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
It'd be nice if the key was in the phonetic alphabet rather than English, but I don't know how to write it. An on-line dictionary says it's d-i with an concave dash over it-sp-dash-e with a dash over it-apostrphe-upside down e.[1] I don't think my browser will even let me type in the characters :) WLU 15:49, 16 August 2007 (UTC)


At the moment the article is a laundry list, so I didn't add a section on symptomatic treatment yet. Breathlessness is very common in the final stages of many lung diseases, and apart from oxygen, morphine-related drugs may be used to help with this even if there is no associated pain.

A useful source I found:

Jennings AL, Davies AN, Higgins JP, Gibbs JS, Broadley KE (November 2002). "A systematic review of the use of opioids in the management of dyspnoea". Thorax 57 (11): 939–44. PMC 1746225. PMID 12403875. 

JFW | T@lk 10:30, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

I'm a cardiovascular surgery PA. The last sentence in the first paragraph states that DOE "is considered medically normal and does not warrant the ICD-9 786.09." Although it may or may or not warrant that specific coding I would not state that it is "medically normal." New or progressive dyspnea on exertion can be indicative of serious cardiopulmonary dysfunction. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Gschimma (talkcontribs) 19:01, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

Citation Needed[edit]

Just a small point. At the beginning of the article, it says that this is common in many medical conditions, citation needed, while the rest of the article states all these medical conditions. Is this necessary, Wikipedia?


I'm both a newcomer to the Wikipedia community of editors and (most importantly in this instance) a medical layman (abet one who suffers from COPD/emphysema). My question is this: Would you medical professionals here take umbrage if I added a section on the Modified Borg scale as a diagnostic tool - particularly in the case of ER (and other triage personnel)? My reference is Usefulness of the modified 0-10 Borg scale in assessing the degree of dyspnea in patients with COPD and asthma, and the URL is .

And for that matter, I'd like to get some feedback from current or former ER people about your thoughts as to this proposed tool. As a sufferer, I find it quite useful in describing my degree of dsypnea, and I'm trying to get my local VA to adopt it. -- Ranger Jim (talk) 06:50, 28 August 2010 (UTC)

Would be best to use review articles such as the ones I have listed below. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:25, 8 October 2010 (UTC)


  • West RL, Hernandez AF, O'Connor CM, Starling RC, Califf RM (August 2010). "A review of dyspnea in acute heart failure syndromes". Am. Heart J. 160 (2): 209–14. doi:10.1016/j.ahj.2010.05.020. PMID 20691823. 
  • Wills CP, Young M, White DW (February 2010). "Pitfalls in the evaluation of shortness of breath". Emerg. Med. Clin. North Am. 28 (1): 163–81, ix. doi:10.1016/j.emc.2009.09.011. PMID 19945605. 
  • Maher TM, Wells AU (March 2007). "Acute breathlessness". Br J Hosp Med (Lond) 68 (3): M40–3. PMID 17419463. 
  • Beattie S (July 2007). "Bedside emergency. Respiratory distress. 2". RN 70 (7): 34–8; quiz 39. PMID 17695980. 
  • Torres M, Moayedi S (May 2007). "Evaluation of the acutely dyspneic elderly patient". Clin. Geriatr. Med. 23 (2): 307–urtrthrthdrtryhsbht6hh6t6fghytjsjsdgjdjdgjῥ25, vi. doi:10.1016/j.cger.2007.01.007. PMID 17462519. 
  • Saracino A (October 2007). "Review of dyspnoea quantification in the emergency department: is a rating scale for breathlessness suitable for use as an admission prediction tool?". Emerg Med Australas 19 (5): 394–404. doi:10.1111/j.1742-6723.2007.00999.x. PMID 17919211. 
  • Shiber JR, Santana J (May 2006). "Dyspnea". Med. Clin. North Am. 90 (3): 453–79. doi:10.1016/j.mcna.2005.11.006. PMID 16473100. 

Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:25, 8 October 2010 (UTC)