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Mechanisms of dyspnoea

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0006

Series: Supportive Care Series

Mechanisms of dyspnoea

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This chapter examines the mechanisms of the respiratory disease called dyspnoea. It reviews the known physiology of respiratory system receptors and their relation to uncomfortable breathing, and discusses theories pertaining to the primary and secondary processing of respiratory receptor signals. The chapter analyses the application of receptor signals and processing in explaining dyspnoea in particular disease states, and highlights the importance of language in disease-specific diagnosis and management.

Keywords: dyspnoea; respiratory disease; disease mechanism; respiratory system; receptor signals; disease-specific diagnosis; disease management

Chapter.  13080 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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