Symptom: Shortness of breath


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Shortness of breath: The feeling of being short of breath
Introduction: Dyspnea is the medical term for breathing difficulty or breathlessness. Related symptoms include wheezing and stridor (noisy breathing). Shortness of breath needs immediate professional medical diagnosis and treatment. It may indicate numerous severe medical conditions, although there are also various less serious causes of breathlessness.
Detailed cause information for symptom: Shortness of breath:
  • Possible causes of symptom: Shortness of breath (195 conditions)
  • Medications or substances causing symptom: Shortness of breath (3 listings)
  • Medical conditions causing symptom: Shortness of breath (81 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing complication: Shortness of breath (3 conditions)

    Medical articles on symptoms: These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Types of Shortness of breath: shortness of breath from exercise (81)
    Shortness of breath type of: Breathing difficulties (158), Shortness of breath from exercise (81), Exercise symptoms (86)
    Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions

    Possible causes of symptom: Shortness of breath: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Shortness of breath as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

    Medications or substances causing Shortness of breath: The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Shortness of breath as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

    Conditions listing symptoms: Shortness of breath: The following list of conditions have 'Shortness of breath' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

    A

  • Acute rheumatic fever ... shortness of breath
  • Anemia ... shortness of breath after exercise
  • Angina ... breathlessness
  • Aortic coarctation ... shortness of breath
  • Aortic valve disease ... shortness of breath, breathlessness
  • Aplastic anemia ... shortness of breath
  • Asbestosis ... breathlessness
  • Asthma ... shortness of breath, Shortness of breath after exertion
  • Atrial Fibrillation ... breathlessness

    B

  • Bronchiectasis ... breathlessness
  • Bronchitis ... breathlessness

    C

  • Cardiomyopathy ... breathlessness
  • Chronic Bronchitis ... breathlessness, breathlessness on exertion
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ... Shortness of breath on exertion, breathlessness after exertion, mild shortness of breath
  • Congestive Heart Failure ... breathless with exertion, breathlessness
  • Cor pulmonale ... shortness of breath on exertion

    D

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy ... shortness of breath

    E

  • Emphysema ... shortness of breath, breathlessness after exercise
  • Endocarditis ... shortness of breath

    F

  • Familial emphysema ... shortness of breath, breathlessness after exercise
  • Friedreich's ataxia ... shortness of breath

    G

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding ... shortness of breath
  • Graves Disease ... breathlessness

    H

  • Heart attack ... Shortness of Breath
  • Heart block ... breathlessness with exertion, breathlessness, breathlessness caused by fever
  • Heart disease ... shortness of breath
  • Heart failure ... shortness of breath, breathless with exertion, breathlessness
  • High altitude pulmonary edema ... shortness of breath on exercise, progressive shortness of breath
  • HIV/AIDS ... shortness of breath
  • Hodgkin's Disease ... shortness of breath
  • Hyperthyroidism ... breathlessness
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ... breathlessness
  • Hyperventilation ... shortness of breath

    I

  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis ... dyspnea (shortness of breath)

    L

  • Leukemia ... shortness of breath
  • Lung cancer ... Shortness of breath
  • Lung conditions ... shortness of breath
  • Lyme disease ... shortness of breath
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis ... shortness of breath (dyspnea) with physical activity, shortness of breath at rest

    M

  • Malabsorption ... shortness of breath
  • Malaria ... shortness of breath
  • Marfan syndrome ... shortness of breath
  • Melioidosis ... shortness of breath
  • Menorrhagia ... shortness of breath
  • Mesothelioma ... breathlessness
  • Methahemoglobinemia ... breathlessness
  • Mitochondrial diseases ... breathlessness
  • Mitral regurgitation ... breathlessness
  • Mitral-valve prolapse ... shortness of breath
  • Motion sickness ... shortness of breath
  • Mountain sickness ... shortness of breath
  • Multiple Myeloma ... shortness of breath
  • Myocarditis ... breathlessness

    N

  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma ... shortness of breath

    P

  • Panic attack ... breathlessness
  • Panic disorder ... breathlessness
  • Pericarditis ... shortness of breath
  • Pernicious anemia ... shortness of breath
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia ... Shortness of breath
  • Pneumoconiosis ... breathlessness
  • Pneumonia ... breathlessness
  • Polycythemia ... breathlessness
  • Psittacosis ... breathlessness
  • Pulmonary edema ... shortness of breath, shortness of breath worse on lying down
  • Pulmonary embolism ... shortness of breath
  • Pulmonary hypertension ... shortness of breath, progressive shortness of breath
  • Pulmonary valve stenosis ... breathlessness

    R

  • Rapid gastric emptying ... shortness of breath
  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy ... breathlessness
  • Rheumatic fever ... shortness of breath

    S

  • Sarcoidosis ... Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
  • SARS ... shortness of breath
  • Scleroderma ... shortness of breath
  • Sickle Cell Anemia ... shortness of breath
  • Silicosis ... breathlessness

    T

  • Tachycardia ... shortness of breath
  • Temporal arteritis ... shortness of breath
  • Thalassemia ... shortness of breath
  • Tuberculosis ... shortness of breath, progressive shortness of breath

    W

  • Wegener's granulomatosis ... shortness of breath
  • Whipple's Disease ... shortness of breath
    Conditions listing complications: Shortness of breath: The following list of conditions have 'Shortness of breath' or similar listed as a complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

    A

  • Achalasia ... breathlessness

    B

  • Botulism food poisoning ... chronic shortness of breath

    T

  • Tuberculosis ... Progressive shortness of breath


    Last revised: Nov 20, 2003

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