Orthopnea: Definition, Causes & Symptoms


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Orthopnea can be described as:

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1. What is paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea?

2. A symptom of orthopnea that a nurse may observe is:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many symptoms and causes of orthopnea. This combination quiz and worksheet will measure your understanding of these causes and symptoms. The quiz will ask you to define orthopnea and paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet quiz your knowledge of the following:

  • Symptom that may be observed by a nurse
  • Sound heard over the lungs which may indicate the presence of fluid
  • Medical condition that may cause orthopnea

Skills Practiced

These tools will allow you to use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about the causes and symptoms of orthopnea
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as orthopnea and paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a possible cause of orthopnea
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the sound that may indicate fluid in the lungs

Additional Learning

Learn more details about this condition by studying the lesson titled Orthopnea: Definition, Causes & Symptoms. The following objectives are covered:

  • Follow a hypothetical patient through symptoms and possible cause
  • Identify when symptoms will disappear
  • Understand the importance of noticing changes in a patient's environment and behavior