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Sample Topic: Asthma

Asthma : Last revised in December 2013

What else might it be in adults?

  • In adults, alternative diagnoses can be classified according to the presence or absence of airways obstruction:
  • Conditions without airways obstruction:
    • Chronic cough syndromes
    • Hyperventilation syndrome
    • Vocal cord dysfunction
    • Rhinitis
    • Gastro-oesophageal reflux
    • Heart failure
    • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Conditions with airways obstruction:
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Bronchiectasis†
    • Inhaled foreign body†
    • Obliterative bronchiolitis
    • Large airway stenosis
    • Lung cancer†
    • Sarcoidosis†

† May also be associated with non-obstructive spirometry.