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Medical Term:

paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea

 

Definition: acute dyspnea appearing suddenly at night, usually waking the patient from sleep; caused by pulmonary congestion with or without pulmonary edema that results from left-sided heart failure following mobilization of fluid from dependent areas after lying down.

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