Archive for the 'dyspnea' Category


Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Dyspnea or shortness of breath (SOB), air hunger, is the subjective symptom of breathlessness. It is a normal symptom of heavy exertion however becomes pathological if it occurs in unexpected situations. In 85% of cases it is due to either: asthma, pneumonia, cardiac ischemia, interstitial lung disease, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or psychogenic causes. Treatment typically depends on the underlying cause.