Respiratory diseases

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These include diseases of the lung, pleural cavity, bronchial tubes, trachea, and upper respiratory tract and of the nerves and muscles of breathing. Respiratory diseases range from mild and self-limiting, such as the common cold, to threatening, such as bacterial pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, tuberculosis, damage to lungs due to cigarette smoke (chronic obstructive airways disease) and lung cancer.

Symptoms: loss of weight, loss of appetite, night sweat, chest pain, shortness of breath, haemoptysis (coughing up blood), cough (dry or wet).

Diagnosis & Treatment: see your doctor for a clinical examination and special investigations e.g. ECG, lung function and chest X-ray.

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