This page is dedicated to covering the differential diagnosis for dyspnea. This differential will be organized by diagnostic modality.
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR CATEGORIES OF DIAGNOSTIC MODALITIES THAT ARE USED?
When thinking about the differential for dyspnea the following diagnostic modalities come to mind:
- History and Physical
- Chest X-Ray
- Pulmonary Function Testing
DIAGNOSIS MADE WITH THE HISTORY AND PHYSICAL
Some causes of dyspnea might not really require much a of a clinical workup (and are really more of a “clinical diagnosis” largely made from the history). With this in mind a clinical workup may still inform the diagnosis and can help rule out other causes of the patient’s presentation. Examples of these types of conditions that can cause dyspnea are listed below.
Page Updated: 12.08.2016