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diagnosis for 76yrs old man

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  • Posted By: zetang
  • November 17, 2010
  • 06:44 PM

76yrs old man has sypmtoms of:

cough
fever
sputum production, with pleurity

on physical exam, shows:

tachypnea (rapid breathing)
consolidation (irregualr breathing)

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  • It sounds like respiratory distress of some sort. Possibilities may include: COPD (emphysema and/or asthma), ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome), hypoxia, pneumonia, etc. Was a chest X-ray done? Was pulse oxygen saturation taken (on finger probe)? Was/is this person a smoker? More information is needed for an accurate diagnosis. Also, I'm not a doctor, just a nurse, and I have been searching in my critical care nursing book for an answer, but it could be many things based on what you gave. Hope I can be of help!76yrs old man has sypmtoms of:coughfeversputum production, with pleurity on physical exam, shows:tachypnea (rapid breathing)consolidation (irregualr breathing)
    RN2010 5 Replies
    • November 17, 2010
    • 08:06 PM
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