Independently interpreting plain film imaging is an essential skill for the Emergency Medicine provider. Among the most notorious of injuries likely to be missed is the Maisonneuve fracture. In this post we demonstrate the "can't miss" imaging findings to ensure that you don't make the mistake of thinking this is "just an ankle sprain!"
· Aka Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease (CPPD)
o Deposits of calcium pyrophosphate crystals within the joint space-> seen as chondrocalcinosis (calcification of the cartilage) on x-ray
· Affected Groups:
o Age >50 years
o Both genders impacted equally
A 55 year old male presents to the ED with complaints of anterior chest pain radiating through to the thoracic area X 2 days...you mentally run through a check list of the potential "red flag" signs/symptoms for serious back pain before you enter the room. Will this be another benign musculoskeletal pain or something more sinister?
A 45 year-old male with no medical history presents with Right knee pain after a mechanical fall causing him to land onto his right knee. Exam reveals moderate swelling and tenderness. He is unable to extend the knee.
A 24 year old male presents to your emergency department with severe hand pain after a fall while snowboarding. The patient states that he fell onto an outstretched left hand. On exam the patient has dorsal radial wrist tenderness with decreased range of motion. His XRAY is below. What is the diagnosis?
A 63 yo male presents complaining of severe pain to the right shoulder. He has markedly restricted range of motion in the shoulder, without any overlying erythema, edema, or warmth. You take a cursory glance at the xray as you gather supplies to perform an arthrocentesis for suspected septic arthritis...