Tag Pulmonary Puzzler
Pulmonary Puzzler 340

Pulmonary Embolus pondering

A 52 year old bricklayer is transferred from another hospital with an acute episode of dizziness, palpitations and tachycardia. 2 days prior, he had bilateral total knee replacements for osteoarthritis.
Pulmonary Puzzler 340

Above the clouds

Environmental Enigma: One of your colleagues tells you he is going to climb Mt Kilimanjaro next month. He has never been to altitude before and asks you how he can prevent altitude sickness while on his trek...
Pulmonary Puzzler 340

Puzzling out the PERC rule

A patient has chest pain and shortness of breath. Is there a way to rule out pulmonary embolism without further investigation? Can you use the PERC rule?
Pulmonary Puzzler 340

Bronchospastic BP Badness

A young man has been intubated for severe asthma. Now his blood pressure is heading for the floor. What are you going to do about it? Think you can save a life?
Pulmonary Puzzler 340

Is resistance futile?

An elderly man with a nasty looking chest x-ray is treated with penicillin. Should the antibiotic be changed in light of his sputum MCS?
Pulmonary Puzzler 340

Extraordinary Cries

aka Pulmonary Puzzler 010 A 13 year-old boy with a history of allergic rhinitis is sent in to the emergency department by his family doctor. Three days previously he was exposed to smoke from a bushfire and has been having…

Pulmonary Puzzler 340

Rapid descent

A 30 year old male presents with a 3 day history of fevers and increasing breathlessness. On presentation he is noted to be severely hypoxic with sats of 80% on room air. The following chest X-ray is obtained:
Pulmonary Puzzler 340

Collapse and recruit

A 19 year old male is admitted after a severe traumatic brain injury. Due to refractory intracranial hypertension he is intubated and receiving 20mg an hour of morphine, 20mg an hour of midazolam and 200mg an hour of propofol.
Pulmonary Puzzler 340

A Case of CO2 Narcosis

A 67 year old gentleman with a BMI of 45 was waiting for his respiratory outpatient clinic appointment. While waiting, he fell asleep. A medical emergency was called because he could not be woken up.