A 55-Year-Old Man With Cough and Hematochezia
A 55-year-old man presented to the ED with a 3-week history of worsening cough and shortness of breath. He had blood-tinged sputum, fever, night sweats, and a 2.7 kg weight loss within the same period. For the past few days, he had taken amoxicillin-clavulanate for presumed sinusitis. Despite this, his symptoms persisted, prompting him to seek further evaluation. His medical history was significant for ulcerative colitis and he had some bloody diarrhea for the past few weeks. Medications included aspirin, mesalamine, multivitamins, folic acid, and herbal supplements including gingko biloba, ginseng, and turmeric-ginger. He never smoked and drank alcohol occasionally. Family history was notable for stroke and myocardial infarction.
Kut C, Sabath BF. A 55-Year-Old Man With Cough and Hematochezia. Chest. 2020 Apr;157(4):e121-e125. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2019.10.027. PMID: 32252936.