Smoothing out the breathlessness
An estimated one in 10 Australians has asthma. In 2010, the burden of disease for asthma was ranked 7th highest for the overall population in Australasia. A less well-known condition that also affects breathing, is vocal cord dysfunction (VCD).
People with asthma and VCD can both present with similar symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing and throat tightness. Asthma and VCD attacks also share similar triggers such as breathing in lung irritants, exercising or having an upper respiratory infection. Asthma and VCD frequently coexist. They affect different parts of the respiratory system and appear to have separate aetiologies. Asthma is essentially a condition of airway inflammation, even though the most prominent clinical presentation is bronchoconstriction. which is responsible for symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath. The cause of VCD is not well understood, though the abnormal closing of the vocal cords during breathing does not appear to involve an immune reaction, or the lower airways...
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500) > Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (111502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
|Deposited On:||22 Dec 2014 00:41|
|Last Modified:||15 Jan 2015 04:00|
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