Teenage Boy with Sighing Respirations

What is causing this 14-year-old boy’s “shortage of breath"? Watch the video for clues and choose your diagnosis.


A 14-year-old boy is seen for what he describes as “a shortage of breath” that he has been experiencing for approximately 1 week. He appears anxious, and intermittently takes gasp-like breaths. He has a Hx of asthma but reports no recent use of his inhaler. Observe his behavior on the accompanying video.

What’s your diagnosis?

A. Anxiety
B. Asthma
C. Pneumothorax
D. Upper respiratory tract infection
E. Lower respiratory tract infection
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