Hong Kong Med J 2003;9:39-42 | Number 1, February 2003
All that wheezes is not asthma
CY Wong, TT Shum, GTS Law, KY Wong, YC Chan
Tuberculosis and Chest Unit, Wong Tai Sin Hospital
Asthma is a common disease. Wheezing is not pathognomonic of asthma, however. One must be alert when appropriate asthmatic treatment does not provide adequate control. Other causes of airway obstruction must be considered, especially when stridor is heard. This report describes an elderly patient who had been managed as having asthma but had an endotracheal tumour.
Key words: Asthma; Carcinoma; Lung neoplasms; Nasopharyngeal neoplasms
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