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BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-007728
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Shortness of breath and chest discomfort in a young woman: panic disorder is not always a case

  1. Erwin Velasquez Kho
  1. Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Aibek E Mirrakhimov, amirrakhimov1{at}gmail.com

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A 27-year-old, non-obese, non-smoker Caucasian woman with no medical history came to the emergency department, because of vague chest discomfort, shortness of breath and palpitations. Family history was significant only for lung cancer in her father at age 72. ECG showed sinus tachycardia with a rate of 112/min; chest x-ray did not show any evidence of pulmonary or chest pathology. Troponins …

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