A 6-month-old boy presented with a dry cough and intermittent wheezing. The chest radiograph, slightly rotated as evidenced by the clavicles, shows a normal heart contour with an upper border merging with thymic tissue, a right middle lobe infiltrate, and peribronchial cuffing. The diagnosis was reactive airway disease. Clinicians must recognize the initial symptoms and eliminate other causes before making a diagnosis of asthma, which should be differentiated from disorders that may not respond well to asthma therapy.
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