A 29-year-old female was referred to hospital with progressive asthmatic complaints. On presentation, the patient had been experiencing orthopnoea, an audible wheeze during daily activities, and sporadic coughing without sputum production. The patient had a history of recurrent airway infections and a 5-kg weight loss during the previous year, and had stopped smoking several years before. She was known to have oculo-auriculo-vertebral (OAV) syndrome, i.e. Goldenhar syndrome, which is a developmental disorder involving mainly first and second branchial arch anomalies.
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