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July 2018 Pulmonary Case of the Month

Anjuli M. Brighton, MB, BCh, BAO

Mayo Clinic Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ USA


Pulmonary Case of the Month CME Information

Completion of an evaluation form is required to receive credit and a link is provided on the last page of the activity. 

0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Estimated time to complete this activity: 0.25 hours

Lead Author(s): Anjuli M. Brighton, MB. 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 completing this activity, participants will be better able to:

  1. Interpret and identify clinical practices supported by the highest quality available evidence.
  2. Establish the optimal evaluation leading to a correct diagnosis for patients with pulmonary, critical care and sleep disorders.
  3. Translate the most current clinical information into the delivery of high quality care for patients.
  4. Integrate new treatment options 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, 2017-December 31, 2018

Financial Support Received: None


History of Present Illness

An 81-year-old gentleman was admitted for syncope. He had felt unwell for one month. His recent illness started with the “flu”. He had lingering productive cough, low volume hemoptysis and felt very fatigued. After a coughing episode he apparently lost consciousness and was taken to the emergency department.

Past Medical History, Social History and Family History

He has a past medical history of hypertension, glaucoma, diverticulosis and COPD. He was taking only antihypertensives including a diuretic. He has a 30 pack-year history of smoking but quit 10 years ago.

Physical Examination

  • Normotensive
  • Tachypneic
  • SpO2 96% on 2L NC
  • Afebrile
  • Diffuse wheezing, diminished at L base
  • Irregularly irregular heart rate

Which of the following are indicated at this time? (Click on the correct answer to be directed to the second of six pages)

  1. Chest x-ray
  2. Complete blood count (CBC)
  3. Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  4. 1 and 3
  5. All of the above

Cite as: Brighton AM. July 2018 pulmonary case of the month. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2018;17(1):1-6. doi: PDF 

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