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The Waiting Room

Devan Kansagara, MD, MCR
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From Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Portland, OR 97239.

Requests for Single Reprints: Devan Kansagara, MD, MCR, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, P3 Med, 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239; e-mail, kansagar@ohsu.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(2):164-165. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-156-2-201201170-00017
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Roman had been in the hospital for 7 days, and no one had visited him. He had been diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer after losing pounds from an already thin frame. He had not been very active since retirement, but the cancer left him even more sedentary, and he had to move into a nursing home. He was admitted to us on this occasion with pneumonia. Because the infection was located in his upper lung, we uncovered a distant history of tuberculosis exposure and moved him to a negative-pressure isolation room.





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