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Emergencies in advanced respiratory disease 

Emergencies in advanced respiratory disease
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Emergencies in advanced respiratory disease
Author(s):

Anna Spathis

, Helen E. Davies

, Sara Booth

, and Max Watson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199564033.003.007
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date: 23 August 2019

Introduction 138

Acute pulmonary embolism 140

Superior vena cava obstruction 144

Pleural effusion 148

Airway obstruction 152

Massive haemoptysis 156

Secondary spontaneous pneumothorax 158

Hypercalcaemia 162

Syndrome of inappropriate ADH secretion 164

In any patient with advanced respiratory disease, deterioration as a consequence of one of many acute medical emergencies can occur. Although most events will be completely unexpected, a proportion can be predicted. Unless the patient is very close to death, a failure to recognize and treat reversible symptomatology can cause distress and will increase patient morbidity....

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