Case 16

John Stradling, Andrew Stanton, Najib Rahman, Annabel Nickol and Helen Davies

in Oxford Case Histories in Respiratory Medicine

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Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199556373
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753299 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Case Histories

Case 16

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A 37-year-old woman had several years’ history of slowly progressive breathlessness, and a cough productive of small volumes of sputum. She had obstructive spirometry (FEV1 1.06L, 36% of predicted, and FEV1/FVC ratio 38%) with no reversibility (FEV1 improvement less than 15% after nebulized salbutamol). She had been on maximal therapy for asthma for several years. She was a smoker with an 18-pack year history, and worked as a shop assistant. Her father had died in his 50s from a respiratory condition.

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Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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