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Wheeze and dyspnoea 

Wheeze and dyspnoea
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Wheeze and dyspnoea
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10.1093/med/9780199202447.003.0003
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date: 20 October 2019

Introduction 20

Causes of wheeze and dyspnoea 20

History and examination 21

Investigations 21

Initial management 22

A wheeze is a continuous musical sound that may be mono- or polyphonic in nature, depending on its cause, and may originate from an airway of any size. It is produced by oscillation of opposing walls of a narrowed airway and is typically described in expiration. Stridor is the term used for an inspiratory noise, most commonly over the central airways, and is discussed in ...

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