Respiratory Distress in a 32-Year-Old Woman

Yasmine S. Ali, MD


November 14, 2016

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A 32-year-old white woman with a history of severe mitral stenosis presents to the emergency department with sudden onset of acute, severe respiratory distress. Other than her history of severe mitral stenosis, she has no other significant past medical history. She states that she noted the onset of palpitations prior to becoming acutely short of breath at rest.


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