[Medical White Paper] Functional Respiratory Disorders in Children

FUNCTIONAL DYSPNEA DISORDERS

Exercise-induced Dyspnea in the Absence of Respiratory, Cardiac, or Neuromuscular Disease

Vocal Cord Dysfunction

Hyperventilation Syndrome

Functional Dyspnea without Hyperventilation

Sigh Syndrome, also known as Habit Sighing

Functional Component of Asthma

SUMMARY OF FUNCTIONAL RESPIRATORY DISORDERS

CLINICAL CARE POINTS

  • Morbidity from functional disorders can match or exceed organic disorders.
  • Functional disorders have clinical characteristics that enable identification — they are not diagnoses of exclusion.
  • Recognize when symptoms encountered are different from organic diseases with which you are familiar.
  • When unusual symptoms are encountered, do not just treat what you know; search the literature for what you don’t know.
  • Recognizing that a disorder is functional requires skillful application of the art of medicine.
  • Make the correct diagnosis before beginning treatment.

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store