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Christopher Fee, MD; February-March 2009
Interrupted during a telephone handoff, an ED physician, despite limited information, must treat a patient in respiratory arrest. The patient is stabilized and transferred to the ICU with a presumed diagnosis of aspiration pneumonia and septic shock. Later, ICU physicians obtain further history that leads to the correct diagnosis: pulmonary embolism.
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Ackerman T. Houston Chronicle. November 23, 2012.
This newspaper article describes challenges that may precipitate underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis of Alzheimer disease and conditions with similar presenting symptoms.