Monster Bellyache

Monster Bellyache

MONSTER Bellyache This month’s monster case involves a 29-year-old woman who initially saw her primary care physician early in the day and who complained of abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Her PCP examined her and diagnosed her as having...
Missing the (Vital) Signs

Missing the (Vital) Signs

Note: The circumstances describing the following case have been slightly changed to protect the identities of the physicians and make for clearer lessons learned. This month we discuss the unfortunate case of a 29-year-old man brought into the emergency department by...
Stroke of Bad Luck

Stroke of Bad Luck

When an ER patient’s chief complaints are weakness and dizziness, it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause. The differential diagnosis includes everything from anemia to drug or medication side effects to psychiatric issues to stroke. This month’s case involves a...
The Devastating Popcorn Kernel

The Devastating Popcorn Kernel

Choking is a leading cause of death under 4 years of age. On average, one child dies every five days from choking on food. In addition, children also frequently choke on coins and toys. In this month’s case, a mother brought in her 14-month old daughter with a history...

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