A 44 yo male who works as a construction worker presents with 2 days of lower back pain. Having seen literally hundreds of cases of benign musculoskeletal pain in the last year, you are pretty sure you can handle one more. But is there danger lurking behind this well appearing patient with normal vitals? Well, yes of course. Otherwise we wouldn't be covering it on EM Daily....Read more
Submitted by Richard Byrne, MD
A patient comes into the ED with a high fever, shortness of breath, mild headache, diarrhea, and general malaise. It’s 2021… so naturally, the ‘COVID alarms’ start sounding in our heads. But if it were that simple, we probably wouldn't be posting about it, would we?Read more
Submitted by Abagayle Renko M.D.
A 27 yo M with a PMHx of osteosarcoma s/p R hip disarticulation and numerous lung metastases s/p L upper lobe wedge resection (1 year prior) presents to ED with DOE and "abnormal findings on outpatient CT scan." On ED arrival he is tachycardic w/ HR 135, RR is 18 and SpO2 is 93% on RA.Read more
Submitted by Eric Chavis, MD
A 44 yo male presents complaining of abdominal pain. As your basic differential for abdominal pain swirls through your head, you are a bit surprised to walk in the room and see the patient sitting upright, vomiting bright red blood all over himself. Time to shift gears doc.....Read more
Submitted by Zach Athing M.D.
A boy, otherwise healthy, is rushed into the emergency room by his mom because she thinks he had a seizure. His mom states he was sitting on the ground playing a game on his iPad when he suddenly started having jerking movements of his entire body that eventually after around 2 minutes. He has never had a seizure before. He is up to date on vaccines and had an unremarkable birth history.
On exam, the child is not actively seizing at this time, he just seems slightly drowsy and confused. It is noted that he is febrile to 38.2 C, otherwise vitals are stable. The rest of the exam is .
What should you be thinking about? What are your next steps?
Submitted by Katherine Billings MD