A 64-Year-Old Man With Throat Swelling

Patricia Ayuk Noumedem, PharmD; Marissa Tabile; Ermias Shikur; Bini Mathews; Anthony L. Huynh; Tracy Kwaku


August 08, 2018

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A 64-year-old black man is admitted to the emergency department with throat swelling, difficulty swallowing, and drooling (Figure).

Figure 1.

His past medical history is significant for hypertension, diabetes mellitus, substance abuse (heroin), depression, schizophrenia, and alcohol abuse. He also has a past medical history of tongue swelling and airway compromise.

No history of home medications is reported; however, he was alleged to have ingested lisinopril that was prescribed for his mother. Upon admission, he is administered dexamethasone, diphenhydramine, a fentanyl drip, a versed drip, a propofol drip, a phenylephrine drip, amlodipine, carvedilol, hydralazine, albuterol sulfate, dextrose sodium, heparin, famotidine, and acetaminophen, as well as mechanical ventilation.


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