Which ENT findings are characteristic of asthma?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: John J Oppenheimer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Nasal mucosal swelling, discharge, polyps, or sinus percussion tenderness may suggest associated allergic rhinitis or sinusitis. Wheezing heard only or mostly over the neck may suggest vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) or other laryngeal abnormality, although VCD can be present without a localizing wheeze. Increased jugular venous distension may point to an alternative explanation, such as heart failure, for the patient’s dyspnea and wheezing. Similarly, palpation of cervical or supraclavicular adenopathy would suggest malignancy, sarcoidosis, or infection.


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