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Related to orthopnea: paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, platypnea, orthopneic position, Trepopnea

orthopnea, orthopny

a respiratory ailment in which the sufferer can breathe only when standing upright. — orthopneic, adj.
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Noun1.orthopnea - form of dyspnea in which the person can breathe comfortably only when standing or sitting erect; associated with asthma and emphysema and angina pectoris
dyspnea, dyspnoea - difficult or labored respiration


n. ortópnea, dificultad para respirar excepto en posición erecta.
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A 70-year-old woman was admitted for progressive effort dyspnea and palpitation of 5 years' duration and orthopnea and paroxysmal dyspnea for 6 months.
The signs and symptoms of this type of heart failure are typically identical to other types of systolic failure (shortness of breath, orthopnea, pulmonary edema, peripheral edema, fatigue).
Symptoms may include shortness of breath, persistent cough, dyspnea on exertion, orthopnea, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, and abdominal discomfort (eg, hepatic congestion).
Our patient was a 56 years old African American female, who presented to the emergency room with a two week history of progressive exertional dyspnea, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, orthopnea and bilateral lower extremity edema.
7) Direct compression of the trachea and esophagus by goiters has long been known to also cause orthopnea, obstructive dysphagia, and dyspnea.
This information demonstrates that the patient experiences orthopnea.
While still in post-anesthetic care unit (PACU), she felt better and pulmonary auscultation showed basilar crackles and mild cyanosis (pulse oximetry showed a SPO2 of about 80-83%) with moderate dyspnea and orthopnea after receiving furosemide, aminophylline and oxygen through facemask for two hours.
She denies orthopnea or paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea.
The patients presented with a wide variety of symptoms including embolic phenomenon (50%), shortness of breath, or orthopnea (30%), though some were asymptomatic (10%).