Critical Care and Shock

MRSA pneumonia mucus plug burden and the difficult airway

An 80-year-old female with a past medical history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, and hypertension was initially admitted to the hospital for surgical repair of an incarcerated inguinal hernia. She underwent successful herniorrhaphy with mesh placement. Her post-operative course was complicated by a pelvic hematoma requiring evacuation during an exploratory laparotomy. The patient subsequently developed worsening hypoxia and increased work of breathing. She was placed on supplemental oxygen and as part of her work-up, underwent chest-computed tomography (CT) (Figures A and B). Subsequently, she was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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