Quiz of the Week: What Audible Finding is Consistent With This Presentation?
Created September 22, 2017 by Figure 1
A 40-year-old male presents to the emergency department with sharp chest pain and palpitations. He says the pain is worse when he lies down and is exacerbated by coughing, but improves when he moves to a seated position. He was recently diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) after investigation for recurrent cyanotic discoloration and numbness of his fingers following exposure to the cold, as well as small joint polyarticular arthritis. Which of the following heart sounds on auscultation is most consistent with his history?
A) Pericardial friction rub
B) S3 gallop
C) Muffled heart sounds
D) Pansystolic murmur
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