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Difference between DIB & SOB

Posted In: Repiratory conditions 4 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 9, 2010
  • 05:08 AM

I was told that there is a difference between DIB (difficulty in breathing) and SOB (shortness in breath). I thought they were the same. Does anyone know what the difference is? And how you can tell them apart?

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  • I am sure they are the same, Im a second year adult nursing student and I cant work out any difference although SOB can be secondary to another condition either chronic or acute
    marcevans 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Maybe the difference is, SOB is usually to do with the lungs or lung conditions, where as DIB can be due to the throat problems, mouth problems, chest injury etc, not sure:confused:
    Missymexxx 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Maybe the difference is, SOB is usually to do with the lungs or lung conditions, where as DIB can be due to the throat problems, mouth problems, chest injury etc, not sure:confused: for example : if some-one has tonsilitous and their throat is very swollen they would have difficulty breathing not SOB. but at the same time if you are SOB it may cause you to have DIB I think ;)
    Missymexxx 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • those are nonspecific terms, usually the "chief complaint" as expressed by the patient. For more accurate medical profesional comunication there are many more specific terms such as stridor, tachypnea, hypooxygenation, dyspnea, etc.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 16, 2010
    • 08:14 AM
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