Think just because you are a young, healthy physician that you are invinceable? Read this post and remember that we are vulnerable too...even more so because we often refuse to acknowledge when we are sick. This week's Advanced Practice topic comes to us courtesy of a Cooper EM alum. The story is told with full permission from the patient, his wife, though names are omitted to prevent any possible HIPPA entanglements!
A 37 year old male is brought to the ED for acute onset of confusion and agitation. He is combative and only intermittently following commands. Read on to discover the ultimately obvious, and yet cryptic, diagnosis!
A healthy 32 yo unvaccinated male presents with shortness of breath. "Easy, it's Covid" you think as you head for the room. But what about this other complaint? Abdominal pain? What's that about?
A 36 year old male presents with complaints of swelling his his hands and forearms, as well as severe fatigue and muscle aches. He is in no distress and vital signs are unremarkable. "Time to put on my internal medicine cap!" you think as you sit down to take your history and puzzle out the differential diagnosis.....