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A 67-year-old male presents to the emergency department with a productive cough and dyspnea that started 1 week ago. He has a past medical history of hypertension that is appropriately managed with chlorthalidone. Social history and family history are unremarkable. Vital signs are temperature 38.9° C (102° F), blood pressure 128/82 mmHg, pulse 93 beats/minute, and respirations 22/minute. The patient is 71 inches and weighs 198 pounds. Physical examination reveals mild tachypnea and rhonchi at the left lung base. Chest x-ray reveals a left lower lobe consolidation.

Based on the patient’s clinical picture, which of the following cells is most likely to be damaged?

  • A) Club cells
  • B) Dust cells
  • C) Goblet cells
  • D) Type 1 pneumocytes
  • E) Type 2 pneumocytes


Philip Khoury


Dr. Ted O'Connell

Last updated

Oct 24, 2023

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