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Children with exercise-induced respiratory symptoms may get conflicting diagnoses

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Pediatric Pulmonology
Reuters Health - 24/11/2020 - Children referred to outpatient clinics for exercise-induced respiratory symptoms often get a diagnosis that differs from the one they received from their primary care provider, a Swiss study suggests. Researchers examined data on a cohort of 214 children up to 16 years old who were referred from primary care to specialists for exercise-induced respiratory symptoms. Overall, the final diagnosis after outpatient clinic consultations differed from the original diagnosis in primary care in 115 (54%) of the cases. "Exercise-induced respiratory symptoms can have different underlying causes, and the distinction is often not easy, because signs and symptoms overlap," said senior study author Dr. Claudia Kuehni of the Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Several problems can co-exist in the same child, such as asthma and dysfunctional breathing, Dr. Kuehni said by email. "A definit...


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