Flashcards in *Resp. Infections 1 (lecture 1) Deck (42):
What infections tend to affect the upper respiratory tract?
Common cold (coryza)
What infections tend to affect the lower respiratory tract? (4)
Acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis
What is coryza?
The common cold - acute viral infection of nasal passages
How is the common cold spread/
Droplets and fomites
Complications of the common cold? (2)
What 3 organisms tend to cause your common cold?
Respiratory syncytial virus
Treatment of acute sinusitis?
Most are viral and therefore self limiting resolving in about 10 days but some need antibiotics
What is a quinsy?
Abscess between tonsil and wall of throat (complication of tonsillitis)
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
What is epiglottitis?
A life threatening inflammation of the epiglottis that can cause obstruction
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
Clinical features of acute bronchitis?
Preceded by a common cold
Fever in the minority of cases
Normal chest examination
Normal chest x-ray
May have a transient wheeze
Treatment of acute bronchitis?
Self limiting in normal meaning antibiotics are not required
Can lead to significant morbidity in patients with chronic lung disease
Incubation period for rhinovirus?
Incubation time for group A streptococci?
Incubation time for influenza and parainfluenza viruses?
Incubation time for RSV?
Incubation time for pertussis?
7 -21 days
What is pertussis?
Incubation time for diphtheria?
Incubation time for EBV?
Types of pathogens that tend to cause URTI?
Group A strep
Influenza and parainfluenza
Clinical features of an acute exacerbation of COPD?
Usually preceded by an upper respiratory tract infection
Increased sputum production
Increased sputum purulence
May be cyanosed
In advance disease - ankle oedema
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
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
What is pneumonia?
acute inflammation with an intense infiltration of neutrophils in and around the alveoli and the terminal bronchioles.
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)
What is it called when the lungs become engorged with blood cells (usually due to pneumonia) and resemble liver tissue?
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.
What are the symptoms of pneumonia?
General symptoms e.g. sweats, rigors, malaise, myalgia
Signs of pneumonia?
Herpes labialis (cold sores due to reactivation of herpes simplex virus due to alteration in the immune system)
Do the lips show central or peripheral cyanosis?
Investigations for pneumonia? (7)
What scoring system is used to determine the severity of CAP?
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
How much greater is the mortality for a patient with COPD compared to a patient without with CAP?
10% increased mortality
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
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%
What is a cause of pneumonia in patients with parrots?
Treatment of CAP? (5)
Antibiotics (amoxicillin if mild/ moderate, co-amoxiclav and clarithromycin if severe)
Complications of pneumonia?
Empyema (gets drained)