Diagnose This #2

Hey friends, and welcome back bloodbonesandbodies and Diagnose This, a fantastically fun medical quiz to help build upon your skills and test your knowledge of all things medical-esque.

Now, the answer to last week’s question were Kayser-Fleischer rings and Wilson’s disease (a.k.a. hepatolenticular degeneration), a very rare condition that basically prevents the body from metabolising copper resulting in a build up in the body and causing neurological and psychiatric symptoms, and liver disease. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact bloodbonesandbodies.


Now then, onto to today’s scenario;

A 58 year old Nepalese man presents with haemoptysis of 3 months duration and ‘significant weight loss’ over the same period of time. A culture was obtained and 4 weeks later the results have come back.

What is the most likely spot diagnosis (using a Monash University approach ūüėČ ), the treatments available, and the type of stain¬†used to identify¬†the pathogen?

Tune in next week for the answer!

– This pathogen has been found in Egyptian mummies! What an old little bugger this guy is.
Mummy at British Museum”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mummy_at_British_Museum.jpg#/media/File:Mummy_at_British_Museum.jpg

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