What Sounds Like Asthma Isn’t Always Asthma: Getting the Diagnosis Right

Kids can present with noisy respiration for many reasons, so pediatric pulmonologist Ruth Siew, MD, offers a useful review of breathing mechanics and testing tips to help providers distinguish between asthma and similar-sounding conditions. She explains when to suspect exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, foreign body inhalation and aspergillosis; appropriate treatment for various disorders; and when urgent evaluation is warranted.

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Ruth Siew, MD

Ruth Siew, MD

Pediatric pulmonologist

Dr. Ruth Siew is a pediatric pulmonologist who cares for children with a variety of lung and breathing concerns, including asthma, recurrent respiratory infections, chronic lung disease, congenital lung abnormalities (those present at birth), respiratory

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