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BMJ Case Reports 2018; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-224098
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Respiratory symptoms of an abdominal origin

  1. Elsa Gaspar2
  1. 1Department of Nephrology, Centro Hospitalar e Universitario de Coimbra EPE, Coimbra, Portugal
  2. 2Internal Medicine, Centro Hospitalar e Universitario de Coimbra EPE, Coimbra, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Filipe Santos Mira, filipemira{at}netcabo.pt
  • Accepted 31 January 2018
  • Published 12 February 2018

Description

A 75-year-old, fully dependent woman was sent to the emergency department due to a sudden onset of fever (38°C), polypnoea and dyspnoea. The patient had a history of Parkinson’s disease and vascular dementia, making it impossible to cooperate in the medical interview. She was feverish, breathing rapidly, although haemodynamically stable and with peripheral oxygen saturation of over 95%. Blood tests showed increase in C-reactive protein (8.51 mg/dL), leucocytosis (13×109/L, 67% neutrophils and 23.1% lymphocytes) and slight hypokalaemia (3 mmol/L), without respiratory insufficiency in the arterial blood. …

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