Learning Goal: I’m working on a microbiology case study and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
A lethargic 21-month old black female was presented by her mother to the
emergency room at 2:15am on a Sunday. The child had a history of a runny
nose, hoarse cough and low-grade fever (~99F) for the past 48 hours. The
mother was concerned about the forced and noisy breathing of the child. The
pediatrician examined the child and found cloudy eyes and mild inflammation of
the ears, but no overt signs of bacterial infection (no significant changes in the
eardrums). The throat of the child was red and coated with mucus. The larynx
was swollen and raw.
The physician performed a rapid Strep test and found it was negative. Throat
swabs were taken for culture. The physician placed the child in a room with a
warm vaporizer for about 30 minutes. This dramatically improved the breathing of
1. What type of infection/illness do you believe the patient has?
2. What Type of treatment would you give the patient?
3, How did you come to that conclusion? According to the symptoms.,,
4. From the history, which of the information confirmed your choice?