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A 46-Year-Old Woman With Persistent Asthma and Lung MassesPersistent Asthma and Lung Masses

Thomas Waring, MD; Danae Delivanis, MD; Electra Kaloudis, MD; Debapriya Datta, MD, FCCP
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From the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Drs Waring and Datta), the Department of Internal Medicine (Dr Delivanis), and the Department of Radiology (Dr Kaloudis), University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT.

Correspondence to: Debapriya Datta, MD, FCCP, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of CT Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT 06030; e-mail: ddatta@uchc.edu


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Chest. 2014;145(5):1166-1169. doi:10.1378/chest.13-2208
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A 46-year-old woman presented with difficulty breathing with exertion for the last few months. She had recently been diagnosed with asthma and was prescribed inhaled bronchodilators without significant improvement. She was using rescue bronchodilators three times a day. She denied fevers, chronic cough, hemoptysis, chest pain, nasal congestion, or postnasal drip. There was no history of nocturnal symptoms, heartburn, weight loss, or loss of appetite. She had previously never had a chest radiograph. Her past medical history was otherwise negative. She was using an albuterol metered-dose inhaler as needed. She did not smoke or use any illicit substances. She was unemployed and had no pets. Family history was unremarkable.

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