IMR Press / FBE / Volume 7 / Issue 3 / DOI: 10.2741/E743

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Perception of dyspnea in children with asthma
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1 3rd Department of Paediatrics, “Attikon” Hospital, University of Athens School of Medicine, Athens, Greece
2 Department of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

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Academic Editor: Kostas N. Priftis

Front. Biosci. (Elite Ed) 2015, 7(3), 469–477; https://doi.org/10.2741/E743
Published: 1 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The wheezing illness in children)
Abstract

The subjective experience of discomfort in breathing, termed dyspnea (or breathlessness), is a symptom with multifactorial causes of highly complex and largely undefined psycho-physiologic mechanism(s). There are at least three discrete qualities of dyspnea likely corresponding to different types of respiratory stress and separate underlying mechanisms. Perception of dyspnea can be measured by diverse means; however, none of these scales has been standardized in children. In general, the same degree of bronchoconstriction causes various levels of perception of dyspnea in different patients. There are large discrepancies among patients in subjective rating of the severity of dyspnea and objective measurement of lung function. Since reporting symptoms is an integral part of therapeutic management of asthma, poor perception of dyspnea may lead to delayed diagnosis and undertreatment of the disease.

Keywords
Dyspnea
Dyspnea Scales
Asthma
Children
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