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What infections tend to affect the upper respiratory tract?

Common cold (coryza)
Pharyngitis
Sinusitis
Epiglottitis

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What infections tend to affect the lower respiratory tract? (4)

Acute bronchitis
Acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis
Pneumonia
Influenza

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What is coryza?

The common cold - acute viral infection of nasal passages

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How is the common cold spread/

Droplets and fomites

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Complications of the common cold? (2)

Sinusitis
Acute bronchitis

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What 3 organisms tend to cause your common cold?

Adenovirus
Rhinovirus
Respiratory syncytial virus

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Treatment of acute sinusitis?

Most are viral and therefore self limiting resolving in about 10 days but some need antibiotics

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What is a quinsy?

Abscess between tonsil and wall of throat (complication of tonsillitis)

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What is diphtheria?

Diphtheria is a potentially fatal contagious bacterial infection that mainly affects the nose and throat, and sometimes the skin -causes a pseudo-membrane to form over the thought and is life threatening due to toxin production - not seen in Uk due to vaccination

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What is epiglottitis?

A life threatening inflammation of the epiglottis that can cause obstruction

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What is acute bronchitis?

also known as a chest cold, is short-term inflammation of the bronchi (large and medium-sized airways) of the lungs

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Clinical features of acute bronchitis?

Preceded by a common cold
Productive cough
Fever in the minority of cases
Normal chest examination
Normal chest x-ray
May have a transient wheeze

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Treatment of acute bronchitis?

Self limiting in normal meaning antibiotics are not required
Can lead to significant morbidity in patients with chronic lung disease

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Incubation period for rhinovirus?

1-5 days

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Incubation time for group A streptococci?

1-5 days

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Incubation time for influenza and parainfluenza viruses?

1-4 days

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Incubation time for RSV?

7 days

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Incubation time for pertussis?

7 -21 days

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What is pertussis?

Whooping cough

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Incubation time for diphtheria?

1-10 days

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Incubation time for EBV?

4-6 weeks

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Types of pathogens that tend to cause URTI?

Rhinovirus
Adenovirys
Group A strep
Influenza and parainfluenza
RSV
Pertussis
Diptheria
EBV

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Clinical features of an acute exacerbation of COPD?

Usually preceded by an upper respiratory tract infection
Increased sputum production
Increased sputum purulence
More wheezy
Breathless
On examination:
Respriatory distress
Wheeze
Coarse crackles
May be cyanosed
In advance disease - ankle oedema

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What are acute exacerbations of COPD?

a sustained worsening of the patient's symptoms from his or her usual stable state, which is beyond normal day-to-day variations and is acute in onset

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Management of acute exacerbation of COPD?

Manage in primary care with antibiotics (amoxicillin or doxycline), bronchodilator inhalers, short course of steroids in some cases
Refer to hospital if evidence of respiratory failure, not coping at home
Management in hospital = same as before + measure arterial blood gases, CXR to look for other disease, oxygen if respiratory failure

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What is pneumonia?

acute inflammation with an intense infiltration of neutrophils in and around the alveoli and the terminal bronchioles.

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What is the difference between pneumonia and pneumonitis?

Pneumonia is inflammation of the lung tissue due to infection where as pneumonitis is inflammation of the lungs general (usually used to describe non-infectious causes)

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What is it called when the lungs become engorged with blood cells (usually due to pneumonia) and resemble liver tissue?

Red hepatisation

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What is pleurisy?

inflammation of the pleurae, which impairs their lubricating function and causes pain when breathing. It is caused by pneumonia and other diseases of the chest or abdomen.

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What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

General symptoms e.g. sweats, rigors, malaise, myalgia
Cough
Confusion
Pleurisy
Haemoptysis
Dyspnoea
Preceding URTI
Abdo pain
Diarrhoea

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Signs of pneumonia?

Fevers
Rigors
Herpes labialis (cold sores due to reactivation of herpes simplex virus due to alteration in the immune system)
Tachypnoea
Crackles
Rub
Cyanosis
Hypotension

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Do the lips show central or peripheral cyanosis?

Central

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Investigations for pneumonia? (7)

Blood culture
Serology
Arterial gases
FBC
Urea
Liver function
Chest x-ray

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What scoring system is used to determine the severity of CAP?

CURB65

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What each part of the CURB65 stand for?

C = new onset confusion
U = urea greater than 7
R = respiratory rate greater than 30/min
B = blood pressure systolic less than 90 or diastolic less than 61
65 = age 65 years or older

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How much greater is the mortality for a patient with COPD compared to a patient without with CAP?

10% increased mortality

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Apart from CURB65, what are the other severity marker of pneumonia? (4)

Temperature less than 35 or greater than 40
Cyanosis PaO2 less than 8kPa
WBC less than 4 or greater than 30
Muti-lobar involvement

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What are the pathogens which cause CAP?

Commonest cause = streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcal)
Haemophillus pneumoniae and mycoplasma pneumoniae are the next most common causes
Staph. aureus, moraxella catarrhalis, legionella sp, and chlamydia account for most of the rest
Gram negative bacilli, coxiella burnetti and anaerobes are rarer
Viruses account for up to 15%

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What is a cause of pneumonia in patients with parrots?

Chlamydia psitacci

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Treatment of CAP? (5)

Antibiotics (amoxicillin if mild/ moderate, co-amoxiclav and clarithromycin if severe)
Oxygen
Fluids
Bed rest
No smoking

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Complications of pneumonia?

Respiratory failure
Pleural effusion
Empyema (gets drained)
Death

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How is pneumonia prevented?

Influenza and pneumococcal vaccines for over 65s, chronic chest or cardiac disease, diabetes, immunocompromised
Influenza vaccine for health care workers