There is a broad differential for patient’s presenting with joint pain. Many different disease processes lead to these symptoms. In this review we will break up the various etiologies of arthralgias by the number of joints they impact.
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 64M with history of opioid use disorder, HCV, HTN presented to the ED with left knee pain and swelling 10 days after mechanical fall onto that knee. He was unable to bear weight. His knee was extremely swollen with an effusion, warm, and he had severe pain with any ROM of the joint. His X-ray negative for fracture. What else could be causing this patient's swollen painful knee?