Case 43

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 43

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An 89–year-old woman presented with increasing shortness of breath over a 4-week period. This was associated with an irritable dry cough and lethargy, but no chest pain or constitutional symptoms. She had an extensive background history including ischaemic heart disease, myocardial infarction 2 years previously, left ventricular failure, mild and well-controlled asthma, and treated hypertension. She also suffered with short-term memory loss, which had been worsening for the last 2 years, and had been diagnosed as vascular dementia.

Chapter.  1853 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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