Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Cases

Editor: V. Dimov, M.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago


When to Use Xolair (Omalizumab) in Asthma?

A female with asthma and allergic rhinitis who is trying to become pregnant: what medication changes may be needed?

Treatment Devices for an Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis Patient with Arthritis and Stroke

A Boy with Moderate Asthma with Poor Response to Therapy. What to Do?

More than a "runny nose" - allergic rhinitis and asthma

Steroid inhaler induced laryngitis

Anaphylactic Reaction to Omalizumab (Xolair) in a Patient with Severe Asthma

Cyclosporine Use in Severe Steroid-dependent Asthma

Vocal cord dysfunction masquerading as "asthma" for 20 years

Asthma exacerbation with carbon dioxide retention

Pneumonia and Effusions

Pneumonia and Metabolic Acidosis in a 35-kilogram Man

Hemoptysis in a Patient with Lingular Pneumonia

Massive Left-Sided Pleural Effusion

Hepatic Hydrothorax – An Uncommon Complication Of Cirrhosis

COPD and Other Chronic Lung Diseases

COPD vs. CHF Exacerbation

Polycythemia due to COPD and Smoking

Early Asbestosis in a Retired Pipe Fitter

Bullous Emphysema

Pneumoconiosis or Sarcoidosis? Or Both?

Non-Functioning Pituitary Adenoma In A Patient With Multiorgan Involvement Sarcoidosis

Amiodarone-Induced Pulmonary Toxicity

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), sleep study and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine settings

Bariatric Surgery Patient After the Roux-En-Y Operation

Acrocyanosis in Pickwickian Syndrome

Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary Embolism and Thoracic Aorta Dissection

Hampton Hump in Pulmonary Embolism

A classic respiratory case. Life in the Fast Lane.

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Presenting with Shortness of Breath for 2 Months and Hemoptysis

Bronchoalveolar Cell Carcinoma

Lung Cancer Presenting with RML Mass

Finger Clubbing due to Lung Cancer


Tension Pneumothorax

Pneumothorax after Central Line Placement

Spontaneous Primary Pneumothorax

Sarcoidosis Patient with Hemoptysis due to Aspergillosis

Pulmonary Coccidiomycosis

Critical Care Medicine

Mechanical Ventilation

ARDS after Full Arrest due to Cocaine

Atelectasis due to Hypoventilation and Mucus Plug

Right lung collapse in a ventilated patient due to mucus plug

Weaning and Extubation Criteria in Septic Shock and Respiratory Failure

Respiratory Alkalosis in a Ventilated Patient, Lines and Tubes on CXR

Complications of Central Line Placement - Pneumothorax, AFib, etc.


Salicylate Toxicity presenting with Weakness and Slurred Speech

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning due to a Suicide Attempt

Lactic Acidosis due to Metformin Overdose

Respiratory Failure due to Inpatient Treatment with Narcotics for Chronic Pain

Respiratory Depression due to BDZ Overdose in a COPD Patient

Respiratory Failure due to Opioid and Benzodiazepine Overdose

Images in Clinical Medicine

More Cases

Critical Care Cases by the American Thoracic Society.
Kartagener's syndrome. Clinical Picture, The Lancet, Volume 373, Issue 9679, Page 1973, 6 June 2009.
Is It Asthma or Allergies? An Interactive Case. Medscape, June 5, 2007.
Pulmonary Roundtable.blogspot. Interesting or befuddling cases related to pulmonary medicine.

Related Reading

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). AllergyCases.org.
Desperate to Cry, Desperate Not To. NYTimes.
APDIM E-Learning Task Force: Cardiac Auscultation, Chest X-Rays, Electrocardiograms, Patient Images (Dermatology), Pulmonary Function Tests, 2009.
Cleveland Clinics shares their Algorithms for Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Published: 02/14/2005
Updated: 01/24/2012

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