Dyspnea: Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management – 3rd Edition

Published: January 20, 2014 by CRC Press
Content: 256 Pages | 52 Illustrations
Donald A. Mahler, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA
Denis E. O’Donnell, Professor of Medicine, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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Dyspnea: Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management – 3rd Edition has been translated into Polish.


  • Presents a state-of-the-art review of the features and impact of dyspnea on patients with chronic respiratory disease
  • Addresses the challenging problem of breathlessness experienced by patients with different respiratory diseases
  • Contains focused treatment strategies for relieving the severity of breathlessness
  • Studies the various mechanisms that cause dyspnea in patients with COPD
  • Details the various instruments available to measure the intensity of dyspnea
  • Reviews the use of bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids for the relief of dyspnea in patients with COPD


With the high prevalence of chronic pulmonary diseases, such as asthma, COPD, and interstitial lung disease, it is important to understand the mechanisms, measurement, and management of dyspnea, which is the patient’s primary complaint. Physicians need to recognize the cause of dyspnea and know how to treat it, ensuring that patients can cope effectively with this distressing symptom. Dyspnea: Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management, Third Edition has been completely updated and revised to help pulmonologists and all those interested in lung disease understand the complex nature of dyspnea.

Key features:

  • Presents comprehensive coverage of dyspnea in chronic pulmonary diseases
  • Offers the insight of international experts and key opinion leaders who provide trusted, authoritative information
  • Includes key guidelines on the multi-dimensional measurement, assessment, and management of dyspnea to ensure best practice
  • Details the developments and key treatment methods to ensure that the best possible treatment and management can be performed
  • Contains new chapters on dyspnea based on gender, with the aged, in pregnancy and obesity, and in palliative care settings—providing guidance for these challenging special populations

With three sections spanning the mechanisms of dyspnea, measurement and assessment strategies, and management techniques, this book provides the vital information needed to understand this complex symptom and will be invaluable to pulmonologists and all healthcare professionals who care for patients with this distressing and disabling problem.

Table of Contents

Mechanisms of Dyspnea
  • Neurobiology of Dyspnea: An Overview; Donald A. Mahler and Denis E. O’Donnell
  • Neuroimaging of Dyspnea; Karleyton C. Evans and Robert B. Banzett
  • Aging and Sex Differences; Jordan A. Guenette and Dennis Jensen
  • Pregnancy/Obesity; Dennis Jensen and Denis E. O’Donnell
  • Mechanisms of Dyspnea during Exercise in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Denis E. O’Donnell and Katherine A. Webb
  • Dyspnea in Asthma and Restrictive Lung Disease; Pierantonio Laveneziana and Giorgio Scano
  • Measurement and Assessment
  • Domains of Dyspnea Measurement; Mark B. Parshall and Richard M. Schwartzstein
  • Longitudinal Changes in Dyspnea; Toru Oga and Koichi Nishimura
  • Measurement of Dyspnea in Clinical Trials; Asha Hareendran and Nancy Kline Leidy
  • Anxiety, Depression, and Panic; Andreas von Leupoldt, Omer Van den Bergh, and Paul W. Davenport
  • Chronic Dyspnea; Alex H. Gifford and Donald A. Mahler
  • Management
  • Effect of Bronchodilators and Inhaled Corticosteroids on Dyspnea in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Denis E. O’Donnell, Katherine A. Webb, and Donald A. Mahler
  • Oxygen; Deborah Casey and Roger Goldstein
  • Effect of Pulmonary Rehabilitation on Dyspnea; Suzanne Lareau, Paula Meek, and Richard ZuWallack
  • Other Treatments for Dyspnea; Donald A. Mahler
  • Palliative Care; Amy P. Abernethy and David C. Currow