A 5-Year-Old Girl With Fever and Cough

Nicholas J. Bennett, MB BChir, PhD


October 11, 2016

Physical Examination and Workup

Upon physical examination, the patient is a slightly ill-appearing young girl in no acute distress. Her temperature is 102.6°F, respiratory rate is 28 breaths/min, heart rate is 152 beats/min, and blood pressure is 103/62 mm Hg. The pulse oximetry reading is 98% while she is breathing room air. Her lungs sound clear bilaterally, with normal percussion and no areas of decreased breath sounds, rales, or wheezing.

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The patient has normal heart sounds without any murmur, a soft abdomen without organomegaly, mild cervical adenopathy, and no rashes. Her extremities are warm and well-perfused, with a capillary refill time of 2 seconds. No other lymph nodes are palpable in her axillae or groin.

Because of the recurrent fever and cough, a chest radiograph is obtained (Figure 1), which reveals a right upper-lobe opacification and an area of increased lucency. CT of the chest clarifies the diagnosis (Figures 2 and 3).


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