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September 2014 Pulmonary Case of the Month: A Case for Biblical Scholars

Lewis J. Wesselius, MD

Department of Pulmonary Medicine

Mayo Clinic Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ


History of Present Illness

A 66-year-old man was seen in consultation. He had been followed since 1998 for bronchiectasis. He had a prior history of multiple skin infections with abscess formation requiring drainage beginning when he was in his 20's. He presented with increased recent sputum production, greenish in color.


He had a history of multiple skin infections, multiple pneumonias and osteomyelitis in addition to the bronchiectasis. There was a positive family history of coronary artery disease and childhood cancer in a sister. He had smoked cigars in the remote past, but none since the age of 25.

Physical Examination

  •       General: short stature, scoliosis, SpO2 98% on RA.
  •       Chest: few scattered crackles, no wheezes.
  •       Cardiovascular: regular rate and rhythm with no murmur noted.
  •       Extremities: No clubbing, cyanosis or edema.


      FVC 69% of predicted; FEV1 76% of predicted.

Which of the following should be performed at this time? (Click on the correct answer to proceed to the next panel)

  1. Immunocompromised evaluation
  2. Sputum culture
  3. Thoracic CT scan
  4. 1 and 3
  5. All of the above

Reference as: Wesselius LJ. September 2014 pulmonary case of the month: a case for biblical scholars. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2014;9(3):146-50. doi: PDF

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