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A 54-year-old woman with rheumatic heart disease is ...

Intra-alveolar transudates

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Is it intra-alveolar transudates because this patient might have HF d/t a. fib and left atrial enlargement-> inc hydrostatic pressure-> transudate pleural effusion?

sajaqua1  Basically. +1  
medschul  Why can it not be arterial hypertension? +  
meningitis  I think Arterial HTN is referring to Pulmonary Artery HTN which would be present in LT HF in the long run with RT HF and edema. Pulm HTN would cause a backflow, and doesn't really answer the question "explain the patients Dyspnea". At least, that's how I saw it. Hope this helped. +2  
sugaplum  the question has 2 murmurs, so does she have aortic stenosis too? i guess it is not relevant since it asked for what is causing her SOB +  
nukie404  I guess pulmonary HTN would happen in response to increased pressure after the edema happens, and would cause backflow (to the RV) over pulmonary edema. +  

Old dudette have Aortic stenosis. Atrial contraction become essential for this patient. so AS + AFIb is dangerous because this reduces the LV preload significantly and this patient develops HF. So AFib in AS patient need to correct immediately

aisel1787  she's not so old! stupid comment +  

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submitted by dentist(6),

rheumatic hrt dz = mitral stenosis = pulmonary edema (bilateral crackles) = dyspnea

it is normal irradiation to the RIGHT neck? what does it mean?

krewfoo99  @kimcharito Aortic stenosis radiates to the carotids FA pg. 285 (2018) +