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Ludwig’s Angina

Ludwig’s Angina Chief Complaint: Neck and jaw pain HPI: 32-year-old female with a history of IV drug use, last injected methamphetamine 2 days ago, presents for 1 day of right-sided neck and jaw pain with associated swelling. She denies trauma, dental pain and sore throat. She states the pain started around lunchtime yesterday and that…

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A Hidden Twist

a hidden twist Chief Complaint Abdominal Pain HPI 5-year-old male presents to the emergency department for abdominal pain, which started this morning. Mother reports the pain woke the patient up from sleep. Reports the pain is crampy and patient has been crying since he woke up at 9:00. Mother reports she thinks this happened one…

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Mr. Freeze

mr. freeze Chief Complaint: Painful wounds on skin for months HPI: 32-year-old male with past medical history of alcohol use disorder and general anxiety disorder presents with painful skin wounds to the right thigh for approximately four months. He curbed his cravings for EtOH with inhalant use. He uses keyboard duster cans several times a…

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STEMI or STEMI mimic? That is the question.

stemi or stemi mimic? that is the question Chief Complaint: Chest Pain HPI 24-year-old male with no past medical history presents to the ER with left-sided chest pain since 7 AM. The pain started while he was riding his bike, reliably when his heart rate was above 130 on self-monitoring. He reports pain then radiated…

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Don’t Pick Your Brain

don’t pick your brain Chief Complaint: Generalized Weakness HPI: 69-year-old male with a self-diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) presents to the ED via EMS for being “sick”. The patient reports he has not been able to get up so he has not eaten in 4 days. The patient reports he has not seen a doctor…

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The Invisible Bleed

the invisible bleed Chief Complaint: Hematemesis HPI: 43-year-old woman with a history of gastroparesis and seizures suddenly vomited blood about 4 hours prior to arrival to the ED. She has never vomited blood like this before. She describes copious hematemesis with clots. She has a history of esophagitis with mild hematemesis several years in the…

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COVID-19 Vaccines

COVId-19 vaccines Introduction COVID-19 has emerged to be the most challenging pandemic faced in the 21st century. With total cases as of April 2021 at about 147 million worldwide and 32 million in the US, this virus has demanded our attention since 2019. International efforts have shifted from limiting the spread of the virus to…

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The Silent Killer Strikes

the silent killer strikes Chief Complaint: Stroke Alert HPI: 68 year old female with past medical history of coronary artery disease status post stent, hypertension, hypothyroidism, hyperlipidemia is brought in by EMS as a stroke alert after being found unresponsive in bed by family prior to arrival. Last known normal is 10pm last night when…

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Should have ordered in

should have ordered in Chief Complaint: Hand Burn HPI: 23-year-old right hand dominant male presenting to the emergency department for a burn to the left hand which he sustained just prior to arrival. He reports that he was frying chicken when the oil started on fire. In a panic, he ran with the pan outside…

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Pneumatosis Intestinalis

pneumatosis intestinalis Chief Complaint: Generalized Weakness HPI: 55-year-old male with a past medical history of hypertension, diabetes mellitus type II, hypothyroidism and testicular cancer in remission presents to the Emergency Department with the chief complaint of shortness of breath and generalized weakness. He reports he was in his normal state of health the day prior….

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