8. The Breathless Patient

  1. David Vaughan,
  2. Neville Robinson,
  3. Nuala Lucas and
  4. Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Published Online: 16 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323948.ch8

Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care

Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care

How to Cite

Vaughan, D., Robinson, N., Lucas, N. and Arulkumaran, S. (2010) The Breathless Patient, in Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323948.ch8

Author Information

  1. Harrow and London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 22 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405178211

Online ISBN: 9781444323948

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Keywords:

  • breathless patient;
  • oxygen diffusion - across lungs to blood;
  • tachypnoea, good indicator of critical illness from any cause;
  • respiratory changes in pregnancy;
  • differential diagnosis of acute breathlessness - cardiac or respiratory;
  • causes of breathlessness - and rate of onset;
  • pleuritic pain, common type of chest pain - respiratory disease, localised, sharp, stabbing pain aggravated by coughing and inspiration;
  • common and rare causes - of breathlessness;
  • causes of ‘sharp’ chest pain - in obstetric patients;
  • oximetry, chest X-ray, arterial blood gases - treatment principles, improving oxygenation in hypoxic patient

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Respiratory changes in pregnancy

  • Differential diagnosis of acute breathlessness – cardiac or respiratory

  • Pleuritic chest pain

  • Investigations

  • Treatment principles