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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Exp 50 years

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What causes chest pain and shortness of breath?

My son, age 17, has been having chest pains and shortness of breath lately. He has had 2 episode where he suddenly rises and his chest is in pain and he has difficulty breathing and the other where he was playing basketball in the school gym briefly and his chest started hurting and he had difficulty breathing. He just had a doctor's visit 2 weeks ago and his doctor said to monitor this. The pain is usually short lasting less than a minute with the difficulty breathing lasting the same. My son also has epilepsy, but we have never seen this symptom with a seizure. My son never lost conscience during these 2 episodes.
Mon, 19 Sep 2016
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi welcome to health care magic...

Your son having problem of chest pain and dyspnea episode for two times..

Here work up needed with...
-Blood pressure measurement
-Chest x ray if needed
-Echocardiography if needed
-Spirometry only if needed

According to cause further specific treatment can be guided ...

If it comes congenital heart problem than according to etiology sometime surgical correction required ..

If it is infective bronchitis like condition than suitable antibiotic needed

Take care

Advise : Consult nearby pulmonologist for examination and further work up
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