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Wheezing for weeks: respiratory distress in an infant
  1. Rebecca Wiersma1,
  2. Rahul Kaila2
  1. 1 Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  2. 2 Pediatric Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rebecca Wiersma, Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA; wiers061{at}

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Clinical introduction

A previously healthy infant presented to the ED with 1 day of respiratory distress following 2 weeks of wheezing. Review of systems was negative for cough, congestion, fever and difficulty feeding. He had subcostal and intercostal retractions, grunting, shallow chest rise, tachypnoea (RR 70–80), HR of 157, BP 127/100 and normal temperature. He became lethargic, tachycardic (230) and BP dropped to 74/35. Left needle decompression was attempted without air return. BP and HR improved, but the patient remained tachypnoeic. CXR was performed (figure 1).

Figure 1

Initial CXR.


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  • Contributors RW was the primary author, who obtained images and submitted the final manuscript. RK edited and submitted the final manuscript.

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