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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2010 Feb;28(1):163-81, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2009.09.011.

Pitfalls in the evaluation of shortness of breath.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Alameda County Medical Center-Highland Hospital, 1411 East 31st Street, Oakland, CA 94602, USA. cwills@acmedctr.org


This article illustrates the challenges practitioners face evaluating shortness of breath, a common emergency department complaint. Through a series of patient encounters, pitfalls in the evaluation of shortness of breath are reviewed and discussed.

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