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A 39-Year-Old Postpartum Woman With Foot Drop and Shortness of Breath

Atul K. Mehta, MD; Carol A. Langford, MD, MHS; David O. Taylor, MD; Michael Bolen, MD; Anita J. Reddy, MD
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CORRESPONDENCE TO: Atul K. Mehta, MD, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave, NA10, Cleveland, OH 44114


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;149(2):e61-e64. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2015.10.051
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A 39-year-old white woman with a history of adult-onset asthma, chronic sinusitis, and nasal polyposis presented to the ED with dyspnea and left lower extremity weakness and pain. Three months prior to her presentation she had an uncomplicated delivery of her second child, but during her pregnancy she experienced increasing asthma symptoms and nasal congestion. These symptoms progressed after delivery despite treatment with albuterol inhalers and antibiotics.

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