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Desaturating, but Why?

Nattapong Jaimchariyatam and Minai Omar

in A Case a Week: Sleep Disorders from the Cleveland Clinic

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Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780195377729
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322985 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195377729.003.0023
Desaturating, but Why?

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Case 21 introduces a 50-year-old woman referred to the pulmonary clinic for evaluation of dyspnea, who reported frequent snorting, symptoms of GERD, symptoms of RLS, and gradually worsening dyspnea over the previous 6 months that had begun to interfere with daily functioning. Medical history included coughing, wheezing, and dyspnea on exertion, shortness of breath with minimal activity, daytime easy fatigability, morning headaches, wheezing, and bilateral pedal edema. Dyspnea occurred when ambulating around the house, showering, and even combing her hair, and climbing stairs had become increasingly difficult, and she had recently found herself abstaining from daily activities. Current medications included albuterol and fluticasone/salmeterol inhalers, montelukast 10 mg daily, and esomeprazole 40 mg daily. She was a lifetime nonsmoker.

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Subjects: Neurology ; Sleep Medicine

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