A 65- year-old man was brought in to the pulmonology clinic to see Dr. Strait.


A 65- year-old man was brought in to the pulmonology clinic to see Dr. Strait. He had experienced shortness of breath for 3 weeks and now has difficulty breathing if sleeping flat in the bed. He also has a history of empyema last year, and he had a right lobectomy 2 years ago. Dr. Strait reports that the patient has tachypnea.
What term could you use to describe the patient’s condition in regards to his difficult breathing in bed?
Describe his previous surgery.
Describe the patient’s rate of breathing.
What was present in his lungs last year?


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