Pneumococcal Pneumonia


CK is a 53-year-old female who experienced the sudden onset of chills, a fever of 102°F, and coughing that produced watery sputum. She continued going to work and her illness progressed. The character of the sputum changed becoming rust colored and purulent. In addition, she developed a sharp pleuritic pain that was severe during respiratory movements. She went to her doctor who ordered a chest x-ray. It was observed that CK had significant pulmonary infiltrate in both lungs. She was diagnosed with streptococcal pneumonia and was prescribed penicillin. Continue Reading >

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