Category Archives: Thoracic

The Meaning of B-Lines

Case: A 66 year-old man presented with 2 weeks of increasing cough, generalized weakness, and decreased oral intake. He has a past medical history of a tonsillar squamous cell carcinoma for which he had received both chemo and radiation therapy. His last treatment was months prior. He was followed by the palliative care service who […]

‘Tis the Season

It’s flu season…how can you tell if your patient presenting with cough and fever has pneumonia? 1. The Clinical Exam: decreased air entry on one side? crackles? dullness to percussion? increased tactile fremitus? whispered pectoriloquy? egophony? (yikes) 2. The CXR: there may be some fluffy white stuff? Keep calm, there is a tool that can […]