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AbstractThe patient presented is a 44-year-old female treated for cavitary changes in the lung apexes. Due to suspected tuberculosis, treatment began with anti-tuberculosis (AT) drugs, despite negative sputum smears for acid-fast bacilli. During hospitalization, the patient was febrile (up to 38°C), hypotensive, extremely cachectic (32 kg), had a dry cough, increased nitrogen products, hypokalemia and anemia. Because of poor response to the applied AT therapy, bronchoscopic tests were repeateddoi:10.2478/s11536-011-0109-y fatcat:lozshouavba55i57iczsyrrm74