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Feb012018

February 2018 Pulmonary Case of the Month

Lewis J. Wesselius, MD

Department of Pulmonary Medicine

Mayo Clinic Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ USA

 

History of Present Illness

A 75-year-old woman was diagnosed with a thymic carcinoid tumor in April, 2015 (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Representative image from the preoperative CT scan performed in April 2015 showing an anterior mediastinal mass (arrow).

This was treated with surgical resection followed by radiation therapy.

She began having cough and dyspnea 1 to 2 months later and in August, 2015 had a thoracic CT scan of her chest (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Representative image in lung windows from the second thoracic CT scan performed in August 2015.

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

  1. Bronchoscopy should be performed
  2. She should be given an empiric course of antibiotics
  3. The most like diagnosis is radiation pneumonitis
  4. 1 and 3
  5. All of the above

Cite as: Wesselius LJ. February 2018 pulmonary case of the month. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2018;16(2):55-61. doi: https://doi.org/10.13175/swjpcc020-18 PDF 

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