Diagnosis & natural history

February 2003
Thorax;Feb2003 Supplement 1, Vol. 58, pi3
Academic Journal
The clinical diagnosis of asthma is not simple and the absence of an agreed definition of the disease is a problem, with many descriptions existing. Some of the symptoms of asthma are shared with diseases of other systems. Even when the symptom of breathlessness is thought to be due to lung disease, there are numerous relative common lung disease and differentiation of an airway disorder needs to be made from both infections, and pulmonary thomboembolic disease and restrictive lung disorders. To avoid misdiagnosis, it is essential to remember that people with asthma may suffer from a variety of symptoms, none of which is specific for asthma.


Related Articles

  • COPD diagnosis worry. Hairon, Nerys // Pulse;3/30/2006, Vol. 66 Issue 13, p8 

    The article discusses a research which revealed the scale of misdiagnosis and underdiagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The researchers from Aberdeen, Scotland and the U.S. assessed 600 patients aged over 40 with respiratory problems. More than 50% of patients with COPD are...

  • COPD treatment based on invalid trial findings.  // Pulse;11/30/2006, Vol. 66 Issue 45, p21 

    The article provides information on the wrong medication given to patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and asthma in Great Britain. It is inferred that 90 percent of patients with the diseases who take medication do so on the basis of trials where they were not qualified. A study...

  • Discrepancies Between Clinical And Post-Mortem Diagnoses In Jamaica: An Evaluation Of Clinical Over Diagnoses. Gibson, Tracey N.; Shirley, Suzanne E.; Escoffery, Carlos T.; Reid, Marvin // Internet Journal of Pathology;2007, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p1 

    We previously documented that, at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), overdiagnoses (clinical diagnoses uncorroborated at autopsy) comprised a significant proportion of clinical discrepancies. In order to analyze these overdiagnoses and attempt to determine the diseases for which...

  • Antibiotic consumption in children prior to diagnosis of asthma. Marra, Fawziah; Marra, Carlo A.; Richardson, Kathryn; Lynd, Larry D.; FitzGerald, Mark J. // BMC Pulmonary Medicine;2011, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p32 

    Background: Asthma is difficult to diagnose in children and at times misdiagnosis of an infection can occur. However, little is known about the magnitude and patterns of antibiotic consumption in children with asthma relative to those without asthma. Methods: Using population-based data, 128,872...

  • Report cites problems in asthma assessment.  // Medical Technology & Devices Week;9/10/2007, Vol. 5 Issue 36, p4 

    The article reports on the clinical guidelines issued regarding the diagnosis and management of asthma. The guidelines emphasize the importance of asthma control and introduce new approaches for monitoring asthma. It also suggests the difficulties in the exact identification of asthma since its...

  • Risk misdiagnosis for obese patients.  // Biomedical Market Newsletter;8/23/2011, Vol. 21, p183 

    The article offers information on the increasing prevalence of physician-diagnosed asthma in which obese patients may be more at risk for asthma misdiagnosis.

  • Peak expiratory flow rate does not predict asthma exacerbations.  // Journal of Family Practice;Aug2004, Vol. 53 Issue 8, p608 

    This article seeks to determine whether measurement of peak expiratory predict asthma exacerbations. 36 pharmacies spread over a wide geographic area were enrolled to study the effect of care provided by pharmacists to patients with asthma. These patients were evaluated at enrollment and at 6...

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Beyond Respiratory System. Gupta, Barkha; Kant, Surya; Pant, Neeraj // Internet Journal of Pulmonary Medicine;2008, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p2 

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is defined as set of breathing related problems i.e. chronic bronchitis, expectoration and exertional dyspnea characterized by presence of airflow obstruction that is not fully reversible. However, COPD is a preventable and treatable disease with some...

  • Diagnosis and Management of Spontaneous Pneumothorax. Kirchner, Jeffrey T. // American Family Physician;09/15/2000, Vol. 62 Issue 6, p1398 

    Presents information on a study by S. Sahn and J.E. Hefner that reviewed the clinical condition of spontaneous pneumothorax. Description of the study and its results; Recommendation for preventive interventions after a second ipsilateral pneumothorax.


Read the Article


Sign out of this library

Other Topics