Idiopathic Clubbing Confined to Lower Limb Digits and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: An Unusual Association

Magazine, Rahul and Shetty, Ranjan and Goneppanavar, Umesh and Mohapatra, Aswini K (2012) Idiopathic Clubbing Confined to Lower Limb Digits and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: An Unusual Association. Case Reports in Pulmonology.

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Abstract

A 62-year-old housewife presented to the chest outpatient department with a history of exertional breathlessness of fourmonth duration. On general physical examination, clubbing of toes was present with sparing of fingers. Chest examination revealed bilateral basal end inspiratory fine crepitations. A diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis was made on the basis of clinical, spirometric, and high-resolution computed tomography findings. Extensive evaluation could not reveal any cause for the differential clubbing. The unusual distribution of clubbing in a clinical condition, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, where generalized clubbing is expected can lead to a diagnostic confusion. This can lead to a further burden of investigations on the patient as clubbing being a significant finding cannot be ignored.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Anaesthesiology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Cardiology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Pulmonary Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2013 07:18
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2013 07:18
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/79583

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