Case 50: Introduction

Case Published: October 2020

History of Present Illness (HPI)


A 59 year-old woman with a past medical history of hypertension presents to the Emergency Department (ED) with 2 days of fever, shortness of breath and productive cough. She tells you that her roommate was also recently sick with similar symptoms. In the ED, a nasopharyngeal swab for SARS-CoV2 is performed and a few hours later is positive. Over the next 12 hours, she experiences worsening respiratory distress and is intubated for hypoxic and hypercapnic respiratory failure.

You’re called for an elevated creatinine…from a baseline of 0.7 mg/dL two months ago.

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