Diagnosed with Asthma
Dion, a 6 year-old boy, presents to the emergency department with worsening shortness of breath alongside a high pitched audible wheeze, and is unable to speak. Since the start of winter Dion has experienced sleeplessness and an ongoing dry cough at night, although the cough occasionally appears with chest tightness after vigorous exercise. Besides a peanut allergy and some bouts of hay fever in spring, Dion has an unremarkable medical history. Dion’s older brother, was diagnosed with asthma five years ago when the family moved to Australia, but it has rarely been problematic since their father stopped smoking around the family.After subsequent diagnostic testing, Dion is diagnosed with asthma.
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