Question of the Week # 187

187) A 34 year old obese man presents with complaints of cough of 3 months’ duration. His cough is non-productive and occurs daily. It is worse in the night. He also reports a need to clear his throat constantly. He denies any nasal congestion. He denies smoking or alcohol. He also reports a chronic history of heart burn for which he uses over the counter antacids intermittently. He works as a nurse in a health care facility. He denies any fever or night sweats or weightloss. On examination, throat is normal in appearance with out any exudate or eythema. Lungs are clear to auscultation. A Chest X-ray is normal. The most appropriate initial diagnostic step in evaluating his cough is :

A) Tuberculin skin test

B) Methacholine challenge

C) Albuterol trial

D) Omeprazole trial

E) 24 Hour esophageal  pH monitoring

7 Responses

  1. D , GERD

  2. d

  3. A..nurse and works at a healthcare facility, nighttime cough..could be a latent Tuberculosis without signs of active disease on CXR.

  4. A…..
    Cough for 3 month. Do PPD first, Omeprasol after. Latent TB is my first answer.

  5. ???

  6. D

  7. What is the answer to this question Dr Red?
    is it due to GERD?

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