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A 54-year-old heavy smoker was admitted with a 2-week history of pleuritic chest pain, cough, shortness of breath and weight loss. He had not improved despite a course of antibiotics from his general practitioner.
He was commenced on intravenous antibiotics for presumed pneumonia based on his chest X-ray, which seemed to show left middle zone opacification (figure 1), and after 2 days, he was discharged with a further oral antibiotic course.
Contributors ZA: Principal author (study concept and design, drafting and revising the manuscript for content, including medical writing for content). GT and AJ: revising the manuscript for content, including medical writing for content.
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