The significance of dry cough, breathlessness and muscle weakness

Paintal, A.S. (1986) The significance of dry cough, breathlessness and muscle weakness. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 33 (2). pp. 51-55.

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Abstract

In conclusion, the symptoms of dry cough, breathlessness and muscle weakness have now acquired special significance in view of the fact that all three can be produced by J receptors and they can, therefore, be used as indices of interstitial oedema. Further, one might be able to use the combination of symptoms in order to differentiate between certain pathophysiological conditions involving the upper airways from pathophysiological conditions at the alveolar level. For example, the dry cough arising exclusively from the throat or the trachea would not be accompanied by obvious breathlessness on exertion and muscle weakness, where- as either or both would feature in conditions involving the alveolar interstitium. Again, in patients with left ventricular or congestive heart failure the appearance of dry cough could serve as a guide to the onset of interstitial oedema.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Breathlessness, Dry Cough, Muscle Weakness, J Receptors, Interstitial Oedema, Pathophysiological Conditions, Trachea, Health Failure, Left Ventricular Failure
Subjects:Musculoskeletal System > Muscles
Respiratory Tract Diseases > Respiration Disorders > Cough
Pathological Conditions, Signs and Symptoms > Signs and Symptoms > Signs and Symptoms, Respiratory
Musculoskeletal Diseases > Muscular Diseases > Muscle Weakness
Respiratory System > Trachea
Nervous System > Peripheral Nervous System
Cardiovascular Diseases > Heart Diseases > Ventricular Dysfunction
Circulatory and Respiratory Physiology > Respiratory Physiology
Cardiovascular Diseases > Heart Diseases
Pathological Conditions, Signs and Symptoms > Signs and Symptoms > Edema
ID Code:3000
Deposited By:Mrs Naina Pandita
Deposited On:22 August 2008

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