February 2017 Pulmonary Case of the Month

Abdalla Fadda, MD

Phoenix VA and Banner University Medical Center Phoenix

Phoenix, 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): Abdalla Fadda, 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

A 45-year-old man presented with weight loss, copious amounts of light green sputum, low grade fever and chest discomfort on the right. He had moved to Arizona 8 months ago. Two months later he developed hemoptysis and had increased cough with copious phlegm. He denied any fever, chills, malaise or fatigue.

Past Medical History, Social History and Family History

He has a history of tuberculosis in 2010 treated with 4 drug therapy for a year. The tuberculosis was not drug resistant. He had been treated with a 6-month course of voriconazole about 2 years ago.

Physical Examination

He was afebrile and his vital signs were unremarkable. He had decreased breath sounds in his right lower chest.


His CBC, electrolytes and urinalysis were unremarkable.

Chest Radiography

His admission chest x-ray is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Admission PA of chest.

In regards to the chest x-ray which of the following are true? (Click on the correct answer to proceed to the second of six pages)

  1. There are cavities in the right lung
  2. There is a large right pleural effusion
  3. There is volume loss in the right lung
  4. 1 and 3
  5. All of the above

Cite as: Fadda A. February 2017 pulmonary case of the month. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2017;14(2):45-53. doi: PDF

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