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NURS 6501: Advanced Pathophysiology Week 6- Response 1 Jeanine, Thank you for your post, it was very informative. I also decided to discuss Kevin, the 6 year old patient presenting with a “barking” cough lasting approximately one week. As the lungs have a unique exposure to the outside environment, there is ongoing risk of toxic, infectious, and inflammatory insults (Hammer & McPhee, 2014). The “barking” cough that he is presenting with is indicative of croup. Croup is an acute laryngotracheitis, caused by a virus, most commonly parainfluenza (Huether & McCance, 2017). The clinical manifestations of croup include: rhinorrhea, sore throat, and low-grade fever for a few days, and then a harsh barking cough, inspiratory stridor, and hoarse voice (Huether & McCance, 2017). Kevin has a few risk factors for respiratory illness such as age, unknown vaccination status, and history of travel. As croup is most commonly caused by the parainfluenza virus, it is important that children remain current on their vaccinations (Huether & McCance, 2017). Other causes of