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Differential diagnoses for asthma should include mediastinal masses

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 03 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:302
  1. Andrew Peet, specialist registrar (,
  2. Richard Grundy, senior lecturer,
  3. Bruce Morland, consultant paediatric oncologist,
  4. Michael Stevens, consultant paediatric oncologist
  1. Birmingham Childrens Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6NH

    EDITOR—The article by Payne et al emphasised the need to challenge the diagnosis of asthma in children whose symptoms of airways obstruction persist on treatment.1 The authors presented a table entitled “Diagnoses that may mimic or coexist with asthma.” We have had many experiences of children …

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