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29-Year-Old Man Presenting With Progressive Dyspnea, Oculocutaneous Albinism, and EpistaxisDyspnea, Oculocutaneous Albinism, and Epistaxis

Golriz Asefi, BA; Arta Lahiji, MD, MPH; Nader Kamangar, MD, FCCP
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From the Department of Medicine (Ms Asefi) and Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr Kamangar), Olive View Medical Center, University of California at Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; and the Department of Medicine (Dr Lahiji), Division of General Medicine, Section of Hospital Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Nader Kamangar, MD, FCCP, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UCLA-Olive View Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 14445 Olive View Dr, Room 2B-182, Sylmar, CA 91342; e-mail: kamangar@ucla.edu


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Chest. 2015;147(6):e224-e227. doi:10.1378/chest.14-1540
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A 29-year-old man with a history of oculocutaneous albinism presented to the ED complaining of progressive dyspnea on exertion. One month prior to admission, the patient had begun to experience worsening dyspnea provoked by routine household activities. Additionally, he had developed a nonproductive cough, exacerbated by cold weather. He denied associated chest pain, hemoptysis, fever, chills, or night sweats. He denied any new exposures or sick contacts in the recent past. A review of systems was significant for a history of epistaxis and frequent bruising. Born in Honduras, he had immigrated to the United States approximately 10 years prior to his presentation to our facility. Furthermore, there was no family history of albinism, bleeding disorders, or pulmonary disease.

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