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World J Clin Pediatr. Aug 8, 2015; 4(3): 38-40
Published online Aug 8, 2015. doi: 10.5409/wjcp.v4.i3.38
Blunted perception of dyspnea in asthmatic children: A potential misleading criterion
Konstantinos Douros, Barbara Boutopoulou, Kostas N Priftis
Konstantinos Douros, Barbara Boutopoulou, Kostas N Priftis, 3rd Department of Pediatrics, “Attikon” Hospital, University of Athens School of Medicine, 12462 Athens, Greece
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Correspondence to: Kostas N Priftis, Assistant Professor, 3rd Department of Pediatrics, “Attikon” Hospital, University of Athens School of Medicine, 1 Rimini Str, 12462 Athens, Greece. kpriftis@otenet.gr
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Received: March 23, 2015
Peer-review started: March 25, 2015
First decision: April 10, 2015
Revised: May 2, 2015
Accepted: June 15, 2015
Article in press: June 16, 2015
Published online: August 8, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Children’s awareness of dyspnea is variable and there is only a poor correlation between the objective respiratory distress measurements and the subjectively awareness of dyspnea. Children with asthma vary in their perception of dyspnea for the same degree of bronchoconstriction. Therapeutic decisions should not be taken solely on patients’ perception and description of dyspnea.