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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.001.0001

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Mechanisms of dyspnoea

Mechanisms of dyspnoea

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(p.93) Chapter 6 Mechanisms of dyspnoea
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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
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Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0006

This chapter examines the mechanisms of the respiratory disease called dyspnoea. It reviews the known physiology of respiratory system receptors and their relation to uncomfortable breathing, and discusses theories pertaining to the primary and secondary processing of respiratory receptor signals. The chapter analyses the application of receptor signals and processing in explaining dyspnoea in particular disease states, and highlights the importance of language in disease-specific diagnosis and management.

Keywords:   dyspnoea, respiratory disease, disease mechanism, respiratory system, receptor signals, disease-specific diagnosis, disease management

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