Differentiating Asthma from its mimics

  • Zeeshan Waheed | szwaheed@gmail.com Department of Medicine, Armed Forces Hospital Southern Region, Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia.
  • Muhammad Irfan Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Mohammad Salih Section of Gastroenterology, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Ali Bin Sarwar Zubairi Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan.

Abstract

All that wheezes is not asthma this adage accredited to Chevalier Jackson emphasizes the importance of differentiating asthma from its mimics, particularly if the patient is not responding to usual therapy. The above statement also warrants further diagnostic evaluation and management of non-asthma conditions that mimic asthma. We present here a case of a middle aged female who presented with severe bronchospasm, initially labeled as asthma but was resistant to usual anti-asthma therapy. After further workup she was eventually diagnosed to have esophageal achalasia.

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Published
2011-10-26
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Keywords:
asthma, bronchspasm, esophageal achalasia.
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Waheed, Z., Irfan, M., Salih, M., & Sarwar Zubairi, A. B. (2011). Differentiating Asthma from its mimics. Chest Disease Reports, 1(1), e17. https://doi.org/10.4081/cdr.2011.e17