Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Breathing Difficulty Underlying Cause

Breathing difficulty in adults can be caused by a wide variety of problems. When breathing difficulty is accompanied by other symptoms it can provide an important clue to the underlying cause.

Causes of breathing difficulty in adults by associated symptoms:


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Breathing Difficulty Less Serious

Causes of breathing difficulty that are rarely serious include:

Breathing Difficulty Potentially Serious

Breathing Difficulty Serious

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Last Updated: Jan 26, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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