Fever and dyspnoea in a tracheostomised patient

Alida Benfante, Anna Martorana, Stefania Principe, Nicola Scichilone, Daniela Cabibi, Alba La Sala, Laura Serafino Agrusa, Paolo Solidoro

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A 65-year-old man was referred for evaluation of acute onset of fever, productive cough and dyspnoea. He had previously received a diagnosis of laryngeal carcinoma, which had been treated with laryngectomy and bilateral laterocervical lymphadenectomy, followed by chemotherapy. He underwent plastic surgery of the laryngocutaneous fistula, and a positron emission tomography (PET)- computed tomography (CT) examination performed during follow-up showed 18-FDG (2-fluoro-2-deoxyd- glucose) lung uptake in the apical right portion. He had a smoking history and his regular medications included dexamethasone, metoclopramide, omeprazole, furosemide, cholecalciferol and pregabalin. He had a history of chronic kidney failure and thyroid goitre, no family history of pulmonary disease or malignancy, nor of drug allergies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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