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Chest Pain and Cough in a 33-Year-Old Postpartum Woman*

Doran Ksienski, MD; Samir Malhotra, MD; Blair Walker, MD; Robert D. Levy, MD, FCCP
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*From the Departments of Medicine (Dr. Ksienski) and Respiratory Medicine (Dr. Malhotra), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; and the Departments of Pathology (Dr. Walker) and Respirology (Dr. Levy), St. Pauls Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Correspondence to: Doran Ksienski, MD, University of British Columbia, Department of Medicine, Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, 11th Floor, 275 Laurel St, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 1M9; e-mail: doran.ksienski@gmail.com



Chest. 2007;132(4):1389-1392. doi:10.1378/chest.07-0480
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A 33-year-old woman presented with central pleuritic chest pain and a nonproductive cough. She was normally physically active without exercise limitation, but for the past 2 days she had felt short of breath with any exertion. Five months earlier, she had delivered a healthy baby boy; her pregnancy and delivery had been uncomplicated. She was a reformed IV drug user and had a 20-pack-year smoking history. The patient was raised in New Mexico, but for the previous 2 months had been visiting her mother in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Occupational and family histories were unremarkable.

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