A 39-Year-Old Man With Diabetes, Pleuritic Chest Pain, and Multiple Cavitary Lung Nodules

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Abstract

CASE PRESENTATION:

A 39-year-old male presented to the ED with a 2-day history of fever (Temperature-Maximum 39°C), nonbloody productive cough, and worsening right-sided pleuritic chest pain. The patient denied shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, sinus symptoms, and abdominal pain. His medical history included type 2 diabetes mellitus (glycated hemoglobin, 11.1), hyperlipidemia, and depression. He smoked marijuana but denied tobacco or illicit drug use. He reported no recent travels. He reported a 1-week history of left molar pain that began after he siphoned stagnant water with a straw from a refrigerator drip pan. He lived in Ohio all of his life. He denied any sick contacts. His medications include Lantus insulin at night, metformin, glimepiride, pravastatin, and Remeron.

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