Cough and shortness of breath

L. E. Swischuk

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This 10-year-old girl presented to the emergency department with a nonproductive cough of two or three days duration. She had a mild fever and had complained of some lethargy and general malaise over the last week or two. Her appetite was just slightly diminished. She had no other complaints but did relate that she had had a sore throat some two or three weeks prior to her visit to the emergency department. She was completely immunized as an infant and until this episode was an active girl in good health. On physical examination, the patient appeared a little pale and showed slight puffiness in the face, especially under the eyes. There also was some suggestion of pitting edema over the tibiae. No masses were palpable in the abdomen, but she did have a slight tachycardia of about 87 beats per minute. Auscultation of the heart was unremarkable except for the tachycardia, but there were scattered rales over the lung bases. There were, however, no focal findings on auscultation. The patient's throat was slightly injected over the posterior pharyngeal wall, and there was minimal prominence of the tonsils. Ear examination was normal, but the patient did have a few moderately enlarged but soft lymph nodes in the neck on both sides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-146
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Volume6
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990

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Cough
Dyspnea
Tachycardia
Hospital Emergency Service
Heart Auscultation
Auscultation
Lethargy
Pharyngitis
Palatine Tonsil
Respiratory Sounds
Appetite
Pharynx
Tibia
Abdomen
Physical Examination
Ear
Edema
Fever
Neck
Lymph Nodes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Nursing(all)

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Swischuk, L. E. (1990). Cough and shortness of breath. Pediatric Emergency Care, 6(2), 145-146.

Cough and shortness of breath. / Swischuk, L. E.

In: Pediatric Emergency Care, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1990, p. 145-146.

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Swischuk, LE 1990, 'Cough and shortness of breath', Pediatric Emergency Care, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 145-146.
Swischuk, L. E. / Cough and shortness of breath. In: Pediatric Emergency Care. 1990 ; Vol. 6, No. 2. pp. 145-146.
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