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Tastes so good, hurts so bad

tastes so good, hurts so bad Chief Complaint: Esophageal Foreign Body HPI: 31-year-old male presents to emergency department with reports of an esophageal foreign body. He states that he was eating chicken and had a large piece of chicken get stuck in his chest. He is vomiting up liquid after attempts of swallowing water, not…

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Podcast 767: Transaminitis and Rhabdomyolysis

 Contributor: Sam Killian, MD Educational Pearls: Transaminitis refers to the elevation of transaminases, enzymes of the liver (AST and ALT) Elevation of ALT is relatively specific to the liver, but AST is found in more organs than the liver including the muscle If AST is significantly greater than ALT, consider a musculoskeletal origin such…

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Atraumatic Spleen Rupture

Atraumatic Spleen rupture Chief Complaint: Abdominal Pain HPI 41-year-old male presents to the emergency department with reports of the same exact abdominal pain as prior episodes of pancreatitis described as beginning last night, progressively worsening, 10 out of 10, epigastric, sharp, and stabbing. It is the same as pancreatitis pain he has had in the…

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Podcast 747: Food Impaction

Contributor: Ricky Dhaliwal, MD Educational Pearls: Esophageal food impaction can be managed in the ED prior to calling GI for endoscopy Coca-cola, glucagon, benzodiazepines, calcium channel blockers, and dissolved nitroglycerin are all options to try For pediatric patients, weighted bougies can be used under sedation to attempt retrieval of the food bolus  Always evaluate airway…

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A Painful Twist

a painful twist Chief Complaint Abdominal Pain HPI 47-year-old female presenting to the emergency department with approximately 2 hours of right upper quadrant pain described as sharp, constant, worse with movement, and associated with nausea. Patient self-induced emesis x1. She has never had this before. It did not change with 2 tablets of Tylenol at…

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Podcast 738: Acute Mesenteric Ischemia

Contributor: Ian Gillman, PA-C Educational Pearls: Acute mesenteric ischemia is a condition where bowel loses blood supply from an acute occlusion of the mesenteric arteries A frequent sign is abdominal pain that is out of proportion to the exam Atrial fibrillation is one risk factor for mesenteric ischemia Treatment includes anticoagulation and possible surgical intervention…

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Podcast 727: Antibiotics for Diverticulitis

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD Educational Pearls: Classically, diverticulitis is diagnosed via CT scan and patients are discharged home on antibiotics if they are without complication The DINAMO study is a multicenter open-label RCT that evaluated if it is safe to not give antibiotics to patients with mild acute diverticulitis Found no difference in readmission, return…

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Podcast 721: Blakemore & Minnesota Tubes: Part II

Contributor: Dylan Luyten, MD Educational Pearls: To place a Blakemore/Minnesota Tube: Insert into esophagus under visualization Inflate gastric port with 60 cc of air and obtain a chest xray to ensure the balloon below the diaphragm Once confirmed, place a total of 500cc of air into the gastric balloon via the gastric port Tie a…

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Podcast 720: Blakemore & Minnesota Tubes: Part I

Contributor: Dylan Luyten, MD Educational Pearls: Minnesota Tube has an extra port for suctioning otherwise is the same as a Blakemore Tube Indicated in MASSIVE upper GI bleeding often due to esophageal varices Esophageal varices are dilated, tortuous vessels in the esophagus due to increased portal venous pressure that can bleeding into the upper GI…

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Podcast 708: Diagnostic Paracentesis

Contributor: Peter Bakes, MD Educational Pearls: Paracentesis is a procedure where fluid is removed from the peritoneal cavity by needle Indications for paracentesis include: large volume paracentesis (5-6L), diagnosis of transudative or exudative ascites, evaluation for spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) Infection of ascitic fluid is more likely in transudative processes due to the increased frequency…

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