Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses of asthma in adults?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: John J Oppenheimer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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In adults, the following conditions can also mimic asthma:

With regard to the last item above, reactive airways dysfunction syndrome is a distinct entity caused by exposure to a single, large, inhaled agent (i.e. chlorine or acute smoke inhalation) leading to asthma symptoms within 24 hours and lasting 3 months or longer.

Elderly patients frequently have medical conditions that can mimic asthma.


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