Not Everything That Wheezes Is Asthma

This course provides learners with a comprehensive review of the possible causes of wheezing in the pediatric patient.

Target Audience

Pediatricians, Infectious Disease Pediatricians, Pediatric Pulmonologists, ED Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and other interested healthcare practitioners.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how abnormalities in the anatomy and physiology of the airway lead to wheezing.
  • Perform differential diagnosis to identify or rule out the most common causes of wheezing in the pediatric patient.
  • Determine the appropriate time to refer to a specialist.
  • Prescribe appropriate treatment for the wheezing patient after careful consideration and discussion of side effects from commonly used medications.
Additional information
  • Weinberger, M., & Abu-Hasan, M. (2007). Pseudo-asthma: when cough, wheezing, and dyspnea are not asthma. Pediatrics, 120(4), 855-864.
  • Weiss, L. N. (2008). The diagnosis of wheezing in children. American Family Physician, 77(8).
  • Chietero, Michael, MD…Published January 1, 2013. Pages 319-321. 2013
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
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Kunjana Mavunda, M.D., MPH, DTM&H
Pediatric Pulmonologist
Baptist, South Miami and Homestead Hospitals
Miami, Florida

Kunjana Mavunda, M.D., MPH, DTM&H, indicated that she is on the speakers bureau for Astra Zeneca. She will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in her presentation or discussion.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
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