Sumaya Mekkaoui, MD
To wrap up our toxicology module, Dr. Sumaya Mekkaoui reviewed serotonin syndrome. This can be a challenging diagnosis to make and is often misinterpreted as other psychiatric or medical syndrome. Look ahead for a quick review on the clinical presentation, drugs implicated in serotonin syndrome, and comparing/contrasting similar toxidromes.
Debating about discharging a patient from the ED with newly diagnosed PE? For her critically appraised topic, Dr. Sumaya Mekkaoui reviewed some literature on the safety of early outpatient treatment for patients with a low-risk pulomary emobolism.
Ever wonder where the the current American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) guidelines for thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke come from? Included is a summary of the landmark studies that have contributed to these recommendations (NINDS& ECASS III) as well as a review of IST-3.
The rare diagnosis of thyroid storm can be difficult to distinguish between thyrotoxicosis. Use the Burch-Wartofsky scoring system to help identify patients with thyroid storm! A score >45 is highly suggestive of thyroid storm.
Ankle sprains are one of the most common traumatic injuries encountered in the Emergency Department. The pathophysiology of an ankle sprain occurs when there is abnormal movement of the talus within the ankle mortise leading to disruption of the surrounding ligaments.