One of my patients recently returned from a trip to Hong Kong and now has a cough. With the recent outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), what steps are appropriate in evaluating this patient?
From a primary care physician, Oregon
SARS should be suspected in patients who have both a compatible clinical picture and one of two risk factors for exposure. The clinical features include high fever (temperature, >38°C [100.4°F]), headache, myalgia, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, hypoxia, and an abnormal chest radiograph. The radiographic findings may be compatible with either pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome.
To learn more of the risk factors, read the full article from Postgraduate Medicine