Case of the Week
A three-month-old girl is brought in by her parents for decreased intake by mouth and “breathing fast”. The parents know that she was “born with a problem with her heart”, but are unable to explain further – “all of her information is in the computer” – except that computer is in another tertiary hospital, miles away.
Parents are unaware of any fevers; there has been no vomiting, diarrhea, change in urinary output, or change in behavior, other than increasing fussiness and refusing to take her bottle.  On examination, you see a small-for-age infant in mild respiratory distress, with intercostal retractions and nasal flaring; she has bibasilar rales and trace hepatomegaly.  
T 37.9 HR 160 RR 40 80/60 SpO2 88%
You reposition her and place her on high-flow nasal cannula and repeat her vital signs:

HR 150 RR 38 SpO2 90%
Which of the following is an example of this physiology?

    A.    Cyanotic congenital heart disease
    B.    Bronchial circulation
    C.    Blood flow through atelectatic lung segments
    D.    Thebesian circulation
    E.    All of the above

In the meantime, a few quotes – 

“The axiom of medicine is that natural science is its mother.”


“Widespread experience in the field of pathological anatomy must be the foundation, unless the whole procedure is to eventuate in deception.”
Karl von Rokitansky (1804-1878)
Viennese pathologist


04/29/2013 11:23am

Great topic, once again, Dr. Horeczko!! Thank you!


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