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July 2016 Pulmonary Case of the Month

Kashif Yaqub, MD

Robert Viggiano, MD

Imran S. Malik, MD

Zayn A. Mian


Department of Pulmonary Medicine

Mayo Clinic Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ USA


Pulmonary 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): Kashif Yaqub, 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 at Banner University Medical Center Tucson

Current Approval Period: January 1, 2015-December 31, 2016

Financial Support Received: None


History of Present Illness

A 53 year-old woman presented to the emergency department with dyspnea over 3 weeks. There was no cough, wheezing or other complaints.

Past Medical History, Social History and Family History

She has no significant past medical history. She was a nonsmoker. Family history was unremarkable.

Physical Examination

Decreased breath sounds over the left lower chest but otherwise unremarkable.

Laboratory Evaluation

  • Elevated white blood cell count with a left shift
  • Na+ 130 mEq/L
  • 10-20 RBCs on urinalysis

Radiographic Evaluation

A CT angiogram of the chest was performed for possible pulmonary embolus (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Representative images from the thoracic CT in lung windows (A) and soft tissue windows (B).

Which of the following is appropriate at this time? (Click on the correct answer to proceed to the second of six panels)

  1. Biopsy of left pleural mass
  2. Bone marrow aspiration
  3. Diuretics for congestive heart failure
  4. Empiric antibiotics for empyema
  5. Thoracentesis

Cite as: Yaqub K, Viggiano R, Malik IS, Mian AZ. July 2016 pulmonary case of the month. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2016;13(1):1-8. doi: PDF

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