1,506 Possible Causes for Dyspnea in USA

    • Upper Respiratory Infection

      Dyspnea and increased work of breathing may be worse at night in patients with whooping cough, because of changes in airway mechanics while the patient is recumbent. … Tachypnea and dyspnea are also signs of lower respiratory involvement.[1] [2]

    • Influenza

      Primary influenza pneumonia is characterized by progressive cough, dyspnea, and cyanosis following the initial presentation. … There can also be tachycardia and dyspnea but with hypotension.[3] [4]

    • Acute Bronchitis
    • Sinusitis

      Respiratory stertor, open-mouth breathing, and inspiratory dyspnea occur when the nasal passages are narrowed from inflamed mucosa, glandular elements, and secretions. … Clinical Findings: Acute rhinitis is characterized by nasal discharge, sneezing, pawing at the face, respiratory stertor, open-mouth breathing, and/or inspiratory dyspnea.[5]

    • Pneumonia

      The most common symptoms of pneumonia include productive cough, fever, dyspnea and chest pain.[6]

    • Malignant Neoplasm

      Source: Medical Disability Advisor History: Individuals may report persistent cough, coughing up blood ( hemoptysis ), shortness of breath ( dyspnea ), chest pain , loss of[7]

    • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

      Most patients present with exertional dyspnea and a nonproductive cough. … Dyspnea, which is the most prominent symptom in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, usually begins insidiously and is often progressive. … […] before the diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is established is one to two years. [11] Most patients are referred to a cardiologist for evaluation of exertional dyspnea[8]

    • Pleurisy

      ‘Most cases are asymptomatic, but some present with hemoptysis, cough, chest pain, dyspnea, and pleurisy.’ … Pain with respiration may cause patients to complain of shortness of breath or dyspnea. … Pain that worsens while the patient is supine and lessens while the patient is upright should prompt consideration of pericarditis. 8 , 21 Dyspnea associated with the pain[9] [10]

    • Hookworm Infection

      As nematodes migrate to the lungs, cough, wheezing and exertion dyspnea appear; if symptoms are severe and accompanied by pleurisy, hemoptysis, and low fever, Löffler syndrome … As iron deficiency anemia develops and worsens, the patient may become indolent and have weakness, palpitations, fainting, dizziness, dyspnea, mental apathy and headache. … […] by blood loss constipation congestive heart failure decreased rate of growth and mental development in children (caused by protein and iron deficiency) diarrhea dizziness dyspnea[11] [12] [13]

    • Hypereosinophilic Syndrome

      Common symptoms in these phases include chest pain, dyspnea, or orthopnea. … Patients often have recurrent angioedema A chronic, persistent cough, usually nonproductive, is the most common respiratory symptom reported in hypereosinophilic syndrome Dyspnea … Patients usually complain of chest pain, dyspnea and orthopnea.[14] [15]


    Dyspnea (shortness of breath) is the subjective experience of breathlessness. The differential diagnosis is composed of four general forms: cardiac, pulmonary, mixed and noncardiac or nonpulmonary.

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