Body Region: Chest
Author: Michele Anzidei, Rome, Italy
1. Patient presentation
- A 52-year-old woman presented with acute shortness of breath and bilateral chest pain.
- Medical history indicated that she had stage IIIb colon cancer under chemotherapy with oxaliplatin and 5-fluorouracil.
- Clinical examination revealed normal body temperature and non-productive cough.
- O2 desaturation (70%). Blood exams were unremarkable apart from a slight increase in D-dimer, 280 ng/mL.
- Chest radiography performed in the emergency department showed bilateral lung consolidations.
- Contrast-enhanced chest CT was performed to rule out acute pulmonary embolism and pneumonia.