March 2017 Critical Care Case of the Month

Kyle J. Henry, MD

Banner University Medical Center Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ USA


Critical Care Case of the Month CME Information

Members of the Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and California Thoracic Societies and the Mayo Clinic are able to receive 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for each case they complete. Completion of an evaluation form is required to receive credit and a link is provided on the last panel of the activity. 

0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Estimated time to complete this activity: 0.25 hours 

Lead Author(s): Kyle J. Henry, MD.  All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of this activity I will be better able to:

  1. Correctly interpret and identify clinical practices supported by the highest quality available evidence.
  2. Will be better able to establsh the optimal evaluation leading to a correct diagnosis for patients with pulmonary, critical care and sleep disorders.
  3. Will improve the translation of the most current clinical information into the delivery of high quality care for patients.
  4. Will integrate new treatment options in discussing available treatment alternatives for patients with pulmonary, critical care and sleep related disorders.

Learning Format: Case-based, interactive online course, including mandatory assessment questions (number of questions varies by case). Please also read the Technical Requirements.

CME Sponsor: University of Arizona College of Medicine

Current Approval Period: January 1, 2015-December 31, 2017

Financial Support Received: None


History of Present Illness

A 50-year-old man presented to the emergency room via private vehicle complaining of 5 days of intermittent chest and right upper quadrant pain. Associated with the pain he had nausea, cough, shortness of breath, lower extremity edema, and palpitations. 

Past Medical History, Social History, and Family History

He had a history of hypertension and diabetes mellitus but was on no medications and had not seen a provider in years. He was disabled from his job as a construction worker. He had smoked a pack per day for 30 years. He was a heavy daily ethanol consumer. He had an extensive family history of diabetes.

Physical Examination

  • Vitals: T 36.4 C, pulse 106/min and regular, blood pressure 96/69 mm Hg, respiratory rate 19 breaths/min, SpO2 98% on room air
  • Lungs: clear
  • Heart: regular rhythm without murmur.
  • Abdomen: mild RUQ tenderness
  • Extremities: No edema noted.


His electrocardiogram is show in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Admission electrocardiogram.

Which of the following are true regarding the electrocardiogram? (Click on the correct answer to proceed to the second of seven pages)

  1. The lack of Q waves in V2 and V3 excludes an anteroseptal myocardial infarction
  2. The S1Q3T3 patter is diagnostic of a pulmonary embolism
  3. There are nonspecific ST and T wave changes
  4. 1 and 3
  5. All of the above

Cite as: Henry KJ. March 2017 critical care case of the month. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2017;14(3):94-102. doi: PDF

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