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When assessing patients with chronic conditions we often assign new symptoms to their underlying disorder. We describe the story of a “known asthmatic” presenting with respiratory distress.
A 15-year-old boy with asthma suffered severe polytrauma after being hit by a car. He required a tracheostomy to facilitate management of his mandibular fracture. He recovered well following admission and was successfully decannulated prior …
Competing interests TS has received one fee for speaking at a British Oxygen Company sponsored conference. TS is the recipient of an Inspire Award Research Grant, given by Linde Gas Therapeutics.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.
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