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Mr. Farmer is 68, has a history of copd, and is complaining of increased shortness of breath and nasal congestion. What is it?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Go to ER..,

There are many possible causes of these symptoms.
But, increasing shortness of breath is potentially life-threatening and should always be evaluated by a doctor asap! this person could have acute bronchitis, bronchospasm from any etiology, pulmonary embolus, sinus infection, etc. Any of these could worsen his respiratory status and can result in acute respiratory failure in a COPD patient.

In brief: Go to ER..,

There are many possible causes of these symptoms.
But, increasing shortness of breath is potentially life-threatening and should always be evaluated by a doctor asap! this person could have acute bronchitis, bronchospasm from any etiology, pulmonary embolus, sinus infection, etc. Any of these could worsen his respiratory status and can result in acute respiratory failure in a COPD patient.
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