REBEL Cast – Basics of EM – Cough

Take Home Points

  • Be aware of the red flags – fever, HIV, hemoptysis, TB risk factors
  • Is the onset acute or chronic
  • Characterize sputum production – spoon full, cup full, bucket full-
  • Hemoptysis – most can have streaking and thats normal with bronchitis
  • Always fall back on your H&P – your dx will be in there somewhere
  • Immunocompromised pts present atypically – keep a broad differential
  • Check medication history! Look for those on ace-inhibitors

REBEL Core Cast – Basics of EM – Cough

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Anthony Sielicki, MD
Assistant Program Director
Einstein Medical Center
City/State: Philadelphia, PA
Twitter: @sielickimd

Post Peer Reviewed By: Anand Swaminathan, MD (Twitter: @EMSwami)

Cite this article as: Ellsworth Wright, "REBEL Cast – Basics of EM – Cough", REBEL EM blog, June 1, 2022. Available at:
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Ellsworth Wright

Emergency Physician at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center

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