PANCE Blueprint Pulmonary (12%)

Respiratory syncytial virus infection (ReelDX)

REEL-DX-ENHANCED-PAID-MEMBERS-ONLY

RSV

Patient will present as → a 5-month old infant with a three-day history of a mild respiratory track infection with serous nasal discharge, fever of 38.5 C, and decreased appetite. Physical exam reveals a tachypneic infant with audible wheezing and a respiratory rate of 65. Flaring of the alae nasi, use of accessory muscles, and subcostal and intercostal retractions are noted. Expiratory wheezes and a cough are present.

Primarily an illness of young children, caused by RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) 

Nasal washing for RSV, CX and AG assay

Indications for hospitalization include moderate tachypnea with feeding difficulties, visible retractions and oxygen desaturation

Supportive measures include, albuterol via nebulizer, antipyretics and humidified oxygen

IM_NUR_RSV_v1.2_ RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a viral infection that infects upper airway epithelial cells, leading to copious secretions, coughing, sneezing and wheezing in patients. It primarily affects infants and young children with peak incidence between 2 to 7 months of age. It affects more male than female infants; occurs less frequently in breast-fed infants; and has a peak incidence during winter and spring. Most cases of bronchiolitis are caused by RSV.

Question 1
A 3 month-old male presents with a hoarse cough and thick purulent rhinorrhea for the past 2 days. The mother noted that yesterday he appeared to get worse and seemed to have increasing problems breathing and trouble feeding. Examination reveals a temperature of 100.2 degrees F and respiratory rate of 80/minute with nasal flaring and retractions. Lung examination reveals a prolonged expiratory phase with inspiratory rales. He is tachycardic. Pulse oximetry reveals oxygen saturation of 89%. Chest x-ray reveals hyperinflation with diffuse interstitial infiltrates. Which of the following is the most appropriate intervention?
A
antibiotics
Hint:
Antibiotics are utilized to treat bacterial, not viral, illnesses.
B
hospitalization
C
inhaled corticosteroids
Hint:
The use of corticosteroids in children with bronchiolitis has not been studied and does not appear to be helpful.
D
Racemic epinephrine
Hint:
Racemic epinephrine is not indicated in the treatment of bronchiolitis.
Question 1 Explanation: 
This infant most likely has bronchiolitis. While most cases are mild and can be treated at home, hospitalization is recommended for infants with hypoxia on room air, moderate tachypnea with feeding difficulties and marked respiratory distress with retractions. Additionally hospitalization is recommended for infants less than 2-3 months of age, a history of apnea or an underlying chronic cardiopulmonary disease.
Question 2
Which of the following is an indication for hospitalization in a patient who has acute bronchiolitis?
A
pulse oximetry of 94% on room air
Hint:
A pulse oximetry reading of 94% on room air is equivalent to a PaO2 of approximately 80 mm Hg which indicates the child is not in severe respiratory distress.
B
children between 4-6 months of age
Hint:
Children less than 2 months of age require hospitalization.
C
moderate tachypnea with feeding difficulties
D
hyperinflation and interstitial infiltrates on chest x-ray
Hint:
Hyperinflation and interstitial infiltrates on chest x-ray are frequently seen with acute bronchiolitis and by themselves are not an indication for hospitalization.
Question 2 Explanation: 
Indications for hospitalization include moderate tachypnea with feeding difficulties.
Question 3
A previously healthy 8 month-old boy is hospitalized for acute bronchiolitis. He has no known significant past medical or family history. On admission, he exhibits nasal flaring and retractions with a respiratory rate of 68, axillary temperature of 102.0 degrees F and O2 saturation of 86%. Which of the following medications is indicated?
A
Prednisolone
Hint:
Corticosteroids are not indicated for the treatment of previously healthy infants with bronchiolitis.
B
Oxygen
C
Ceftriaxone (Rocephin)
Hint:
Antibiotics are not indicated in the treatment of bronchiolitis unless there is a secondary bacterial infection.
D
Palivizumab (Synagis)
Hint:
Palivizumab is used only for prevention of RSV infection.
Question 3 Explanation: 
Oxygen is an important supportive therapy for hypoxemic infants with bronchiolitis. Bronchodilators would also be initiated in this patient.
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