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A 56-Year-Old, Otherwise Healthy Woman Presenting With Light-headedness and Progressive Shortness of Breath

J. Alberto Neder, MD; Daniel M. Hirai, PhD; Joshua H. Jones, BSc; Joel T. Zelt, BSc; Danilo C. Berton, MD; Denis E. O’Donnell, MD
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aLaboratory of Clinical Exercise Physiology and Respiratory Investigation Unit, Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

bRespiratory Division, Department of Medicine, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

CORRESPONDENCE TO: J. Alberto Neder, MD, Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital, Richardson House, 102 Stuart St, Kingston, ON, K7L 2V6, Canada


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(1):e23-e27. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.02.672
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A 56-year-old white woman was referred to the pulmonary clinic for evaluation of unexplained shortness of breath. She enjoyed good health until 3 months prior to this visit when she reported experiencing recurrent episodes of shortness of breath and oppressive retrosternal chest discomfort with radiation to the neck. Episodes lasting 5 to 10 min often occurred at rest and were inconsistently related to physical activity. These symptoms became progressively worse and were often associated with light-headedness and presyncope. Her past medical history was uneventful apart from a prior diagnosis of breast cysts and suspected prolactinoma. Her symptoms escalated to such a level that she was forced to seek urgent medical attention at our institutional ED on two separate occasions in the preceding weeks. These visits precipitated a number of investigations and, eventually, a referral to the pulmonary clinic.

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