Sudden Shortness of Breath

In case you didn’t encounter a sudden shortness of breath today!

A 23-year-old male patient presented with sudden onset SOB and chest pain. BP: 121/68 mmHg, HR: 102 bpm, RR: 22/min, T: 37, SpO2: 93% in room air. He has no history of disease. On the exam, you appreciated a decreased breath sound on the left and checked the thorax with bedside ultrasound. Here are the ultrasound findings of the patient.

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Assessing Pneumothorax Size

Selected Pulmonary Emergencies

Pulmonary/Respiratory Emergencies selected from SAEM and IFEM undergraduate curriculum are uploaded into the website. You can read, all these chapters freely. More specific disease entities are on the way.


by Ayse Ece Akceylan Case Presentation A 50-year-old male with a history of asthma presents to the emergency department (ED) with shortness of breath, tachypnea,

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

by Ramin Tabatabai, David Hoffman, and Tiffany Abramson Case Presentation A 68-year-old male presents to the emergency department (ED) with audible wheezing, and he is

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by Mary J. O. Case Presentation A 74-year-old male with a history of hypertension and diabetes presented to the emergency department with a cough productive

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Spontaneous Pneumothorax

by Mahmoud Aljufaili Introduction Pneumothorax refers to the presence of air in the pleural cavity. It can impair oxygenation/ventilation. There are two types of spontaneous pneumothorax

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