Case Study 1

A 64-year old male with fever, malaise, and cough.

There are six questions to answer in this case study

Patient's history
A 64-year old urbanite male reports to your practice with fever, malaise and a cough. His vaccinations are up-to-date, including DPT. His condition worsens over several days, with his temperature increasing to 40.4° C and development of dyspnea (difficulty of breathing). You have him admitted to a nearby hospital, where laboratory analysis reveals abnormal liver and kidney function. His lungs show signs of mild inflammation with thin, watery secretion.

The patient is given antibiotics and Gram stains are made of a bronchial lavage.

Question 1 of 6
What do you know about the organism from examination of the Gram stain?
A. Gram-positive
B. Gram-negative

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University of Arizona
Tuesday, August 4, 1998
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