January 2017 Pulmonary Case of the Month

Jamie Bering, MD

Lewis J. Wesselius, MD


Department of Pulmonary Medicine

Mayo Clinic Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ


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): Jamie Bering, 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, 2017

Financial Support Received: None


History of Present Illness

The patient is a 53-year-old woman transferred for acute respiratory failure and hemoptysis. She has a prior history of antiphospholipid syndrome and recurrent diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH). She was admitted to another hospital about 2 weeks prior to transfer with hypoxic respiratory failure which ultimately required intubation. Bronchoscopy revealed a bloody aspirate raising concerns for recurrent DAH. She was started on high-dose solumedrol and extubated after 4 days. One week later, her respiratory status decompensated and her chest x-ray showed worsening diffuse bilateral opacities concerning for recurrent DAH. She was transferred to the Mayo Clinic Arizona for further evaluation. Upon arrival, she required 50% FiO2 by face mask to maintain adequate oxygenation and was started on broad-spectrum antibiotics. Her corticosteroids were tapered to 20 mg prednisone daily.

Past Medical History, Social History and Family History

She has a history of a mitral valve replacement with a St. Jude’s mechanical mitral valve and was on chronic anticoagulation with warfarin. In addition, there was a history of moderate aortic stenosis with moderate aortic insufficiency.

She had a history of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome and possible systemic lupus erythematosus.


  • Dapsone 100mg daily
  • Ethacrynic acid 75mg daily
  • Gabapentin 900mg QHS
  • Lisinopril 20mg daily
  • Meropenem 1g Q8 hrs
  • Metoprolol 50 mg BID
  • Prednisone 20mg daily
  • Simvastatin 40mg QHS
  • Vancomycin 1.5g Q12 hrs
  • Warfarin 4mg T,F; 3mg SMWRSa

Physical Examination

  • Vitals: T 36.3 C; HR 79 beats/min; BP 100/63 mm Hg; RR 26 breaths/min; SpO2 99% face mask
  • Gen: no acute distress
  • HEENT: hematoma on chin
  • Lungs: clear to auscultation and percussion
  • Cardiac: Mechanical valve click


  • CBC: WBC 15,900 cells per microliter (mcL); Hemoglobin 9.1 g/dL; hematocrit 29%; platelet count 156,000 cells per microliter.
  • Electrolytes: within normal limits.
  • BUN and creatinine: within normal limits.
  • Blood sugar: 220 mg/dL.


Her initial chest x-ray is shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1. Initial chest radiograph.

Which of the following best describes the chest x-ray? (Click on the correct answer to proceed to the second of four pages)

  1. Diffuse lung consolidation
  2. Previous median sternotomy
  3. Previous mitral valve replacement
  4. 1 and 3
  5. All of the above

Cite as: Bering J, Wesselius LJ. January 2017 pulmonary case of the month. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2016;14(1):1-5. doi: PDF

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