Pulmonary Medicine Cases & Quizzes

  • A 72-Year-Old Woman With Dyspnea: USMLE Question A 72-year-old woman presents with fatigue and progressive dyspnea despite optimal medical treatment for heart failure. What is responsible?
  • Patients with 'severe asthma' are a subset with specific treatment concerns and associated conditions. How much do you know about key aspects? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz.
  • Status asthmaticus is an exacerbation of asthma that is unresponsive to initial treatment with bronchodilators. Test yourself on key aspects of presentation, workup, and treatment with this quiz.
  • Asthma affects around 24 million persons in the United States and is the most common chronic disease in childhood. How much do you know about this condition? Test yourself with this short quiz.
  • A 19-year-old man presents with chief symptoms of morbid obesity and oozing skin ulcers. Can you identify the cause of his obesity and related conditions?
  • A 14-year-old boy presents with a 10-day history of progressive weakness. The patient reports rhinorrhea, cough, and malaise approximately 3 weeks before admission. What's the diagnosis?
  • Heart failure is a worldwide problem and affects around 6.5 million Americans aged 20 years and older. Do you know key aspects of presentation, workup, and treatment? Test yourself with this quiz.
  • Although much remains under investigation about probiotics, are you aware of their current uses, from common gastrointestinal disorders to other conditions? Test your knowledge with our short quiz.
  • A 67-year-old woman presents for evaluation of progressive bilateral lower extremity edema. Can you identify the correct diagnosis?
  • Atrial fibrillation is associated with a 1.5-fold to 1.9-fold higher risk for death, partly due to thromboembolic events. What do you know about this condition? Test yourself with our quick quiz.
  • A 43-year-old, obese woman with a history of respiratory infections, dyspepsia, hypertension, and breathing problems during childhood presents to her primary care physician. What's the diagnosis?
  • Health Proverbs: A Kernel of Truth or Just Plain Corny? If health proverbs aren't true, why have they hung around for so long? See what you think of these long-standing aphorisms.
  • A 42-year-old man presents with dyspnea that has been worsening for the past 2 years and is associated with decreased exercise tolerance. CT angiography of the chest is performed. What is the diagnosis?
  • Systemic inflammatory response syndrome is not always related to infection and can be caused by ischemia, inflammation, trauma, or several factors. Test yourself on key aspects with this short quiz.
  • Iron deficiency anemia occurs when stores of iron are too low to support normal red blood cell production. Are you familiar with this condition? Test your knowledge with our quick quiz.
  • A 36-year-old woman is dropped at a hospital entrance, minimally responsive, with a note that read, 'I picked her up at a hotel. She said she was sick.' Can you make this challenging diagnosis?
  • A 32-Year-Old Woman With Fatigue and Shortness of Breath A 32-year-old woman presents with fatigue and shortness of breath. Can you identify the best estimate of the mean physiologic pressure in the affected portion of the cardiovascular system?
  • A 13-year-old athletic boy with no past medical history is transferred for inpatient management of a complication associated with pneumomediastinum. Do you know how best to help him?
  • Five weeks after polytrauma from multiple gunshot wounds, a 19-year-old man is experiencing diffuse right-sided chest pain and shortness of breath. Can you make the diagnosis?
  • A 62-year-old man presents with shortness of breath, fatigue, and weight loss. He underwent heart transplantation for ischemic cardiomyopathy 26 months ago. What's the most likely diagnosis?

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