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August 2017 Pulmonary Case of the Month

Lewis J. Wesselius, MD

Department of Pulmonary Medicine

Mayo Clinic Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ USA


History of Present Illness

The patient is a 60-year-old woman with dyspnea on exertion when she had a pulmonary embolism following knee surgery 3 years earlier. She smoked 1 pack per day for the past 40 years. She was seen at another hospital and had pulmonary function testing which showed only a DLco which was 66% of predicted. Serologic studies were negative for a rheumatologic disorder. A CT scan was also performed (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Representative images from thoracic CT scan in lung windows.

The CT scan was interpreted as showing a few small nodules and possible very early interstitial lung disease.

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

  1. A pulmonary embolism can reduce the DLco
  2. Her CT scan is characteristic of Langerhans cell histiocytosis
  3. Smoking can reduce the DLco
  4. 1 and 3
  5. All of the above

Cite as: Wesselius LJ. August 2017 pulmonary case of the month. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2017;15(2):54-60. doi: PDF 

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