Your 8-year-old daughter wakes you up in the middle of the night complaining of severe coughing. You bring the child to the doctor the next day and upon examination, the following is revealed: noisy breathing on inspiration, flaring of the nostrils, marked retractions of the chest wall, and a severe barking cough. She has also developed an upper respiratory tract infection.
What would be the best diagnosis for the patient?
C- Foreign body stuck in the main bronchus
D- Viral croup
The child is suffering from a viral croup. A barking cough is the most common symptom of a viral croup. A viral croup is also an infection of the upper respiratory tract, thus best-fitting the symptoms the child is having.
The correct answer is D