Angela Ugorets, MD
Last week we discussed PUD and gastritis. We touch on H. Pylori as a leading cause of PUD, but it deserves it's own slot for review. While we don't usually diagnose or treat this in the ED ourselves, it is useful to know so we can discuss this important disease with our patients!
In the next several posts, we review some of the common GI disorders we see in the ED, starting with peptic ulcer disease and gastritis. Read on for a good overview and some pearls of wisdom from Dr. Ugorets!
A patient boarding in the emergency department begins decompensating after a profound fit of retching and vomiting. Blood pressure is dropping and o2 sats are falling...you eyeball the patient from the door and he looks severely ill. No time to page the floor team...time to dive in and resuscitate!
A 2 yo female presentes with parents with complaints of "whole body swelling" noted over days. You panic slightly as you reach for possible differentia diagnoses to explain this perplexing symptom and are struck by a distant memory of your peds rotation from medical school, or perhaps a flash of a memory staring at your Robbins textbook of pathophysiology.....
EMS calls ahead to report a 73 yo female with active CPR in progress after being pulled from a housefire. As you run to prepare you resus room, you wrack your brain for everything you know about smoke inhalation victims. Aren't there some toxicology concerns here? Good thing you read this quick refresher on EMDaily!
An intubated 32 year old female is brought to the ED in cardiac arrest. Family was suspecting that this was an overdose.\ given a recent hospitalization for acetaminophen overdose. EMS reports that on arrival the patient had a bluish discoloration to the skin, and she is now extrememly pale with the appearance of a cadaver. What could have caused this clinical picture? Read on for a discussion of a very rare but extremely deadly poisoning...