Table 36.1Historical Information in Dyspnea

 Exertion (quantify)
  Orthopnea (dyspnea lying flat)
  Trepopnea (dyspnea in lateral position)
  Platypnea (dyspnea when upright)
 Other precipitating factors
  Emotional state
 Diurnal and seasonal variations
 Constant or intermittent
Relieving factors
 Medications (physician and self-prescribed)
Predisposing factors
 Cigarette smoking
 Occupational and environmental exposures
Associated medical diseases and symptoms
Family history

From: Chapter 36, Dyspnea

Cover of Clinical Methods
Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition.
Walker HK, Hall WD, Hurst JW, editors.
Boston: Butterworths; 1990.
Copyright © 1990, Butterworth Publishers, a division of Reed Publishing.

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