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A 57-Year-Old Woman With Obesity, Respiratory Insufficiency, and Slowed Mental StateWoman With Obesity and Respiratory Insufficiency

Natascha Troester, MD; Michael Palfner, MD; Gabor Kovacs, MD; Horst Olschewski, MD, FCCP
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From the Division of Pulmonology (Drs Troester, Palfner, Kovacs, and Olschewski), Department of Internal Medicine; and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Lung Vascular Research (Drs Olschewski and Kovacs), Medical University Graz, Graz, Austria.

Correspondence to: Natascha Troester, MD, Division of Pulmonology, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 15, A-8036 Graz, Austria; e-mail: Natascha.troester@klinikum-graz.at


This case was presented as the “Case of the Year 2009” at the Austrian Respiratory Society 19th Annual Conference, September 12-16, 2009, Vienna, Austria.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians. See online for more details.


Chest. 2013;144(1):347-348. doi:10.1378/chest.12-2295
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This case was presented as the “Case of the Year 2009” at the Austrian Respiratory Society 19th Annual Conference, September 12-16, 2009, Vienna, Austria.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians. See online for more details.

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