Patient lost to follow-up sues for necrosis of hip

A young, breastfeeding mother presented to a GP with an acute on chronic cough. She was a non-smoker, and had no past history of respiratory problems until she moved to Sydney, 18 months before.

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The cough troubled her throughout the pregnancy and she now presented with persistent coughing and wheezing with shortness of breath.

She had a mild wheeze and reduced air entry. Her spirometry revealed an FVC of 55% of predicted value and an FEV1 of 50% of predicted value. The FEV1 improved by 25% with inhaled salbutamol.

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