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An article on the many nuances to care of the critically ill hypothermic patient.

Intussusception

A brief article on intussusception.

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Episode 156.0 – Updates in Community Acquired Pneumonia

This week we dive into a recent article highlighting a major update in the treatment of community acquired pneumonia (CAP)

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Digital Nerve Block

This is a brief video detailing how to do regional anesthesia for the fingers.

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How to Apply a Pelvic Binder

This post discusses the application of both a commercial pelvic binder as well as a sheet for pelvic stabilization.

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Sep252018

“What’s your airway plan, Michelle?”

To be quite frank, I don’t think I actually listened to what my junior said in response. Without much thought, I promptly replied (in my big boy voice), “Awesome, I’m going to help you set up.”

Since July, I’ve been told that I’m a “senior resident.” I’ve also been told (by Uncle Ben),
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Jul272018

For most of this site’s readers, first year of med school is well in the past. You’ve moved on from the monotony of books and PowerPoints to the revelation of actual cases. You see the subtle connections between text and reality, develop pattern recognition, and learn how medicine actually works. If you entered medical school expecting to heal the world,
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May042018

Teaching on a clinical shift can sometimes be difficult: it’s busy, everyone’s running around and it’s hard to capture a trainees attention. Recently, on twitter, Amal Mattu (@amalmattu) has been posting pictures of his white board teaching: discrete pearls written down and shared with anyone who walks by. The pearls are often prompted by patients presenting during that shift but they don’t have to be.
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: Predicting Escalated Care in Infants With Bronchiolitis

Predicting Escalated Care in Infants With Bronchiolitis. Pediatrics, 2018

Bronchiolitis is the most common lower respiratory tract infection and the most common cause of admission in infants. Approximately 10% will require some airway support.
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: Delayed Fluid Resuscitation for Hypotensive Patients with Penetrating Torso Injuries

Immediate versus delayed fluid resuscitation for hypotensive patients with penetrating torso injuries NEJM, 1994

Prior to this study, the preoperative approach to hypotensive patients with trauma included prompt intravenous infusion of isotonic fluids – the rationale being to sustain tissue perfusion and vital organ function while diagnostic and therapeutic procedures were underway.
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Case: July 2018

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Aphasia and R-sided hemiparesis

HPI

29yo FTM on testosterone cypionate, no other sig pmh, presents with worsening headache, expressive aphasia, and R sided hemiparesis. Pt had been having moderate L sided headache x 1 week prior to this presentation. No hx of headaches or migraines. Pt was at the theater with his sister, noticed some R sided hand weakness, but then was noted to have expressive aphasia by sister and brought to ED.

In ED pt had aphasia, R sided hand numbness, clumsiness, initial head CT negative, given tPA, and admitted to stroke unit. Over next 24 hours, pt had CT angiogram, MRI brain, MRV brain without evidence of ischemia, mass, or bleed. By this time aphasia and motor symptoms had resolved, although still with some headache.

Physical Exam

HR 45 BP 164/87 RR 22 SpO2 100% T 101.2˚
General Appearance: Alert, in no acute distress
ENMT: Atraumatic, moist mucus membranes
Cardiovascular: RRR no RMG
Pulmonary: CTABL
GI: No tenderness or guarding, no masses or hepatosplenomegaly on palpation
Extremities: Palpable pulses.  No edema, clubbing, or cyanosis
Skin: No evident rash or skin breakdown, normal temperature on palpation
Psych: Appropriate affect
Neurologic: AAOX3,  PERRLA, EOMI, Visual fields are intact to finger counting. There is no dysarthria.  Hesitation with word finding, naming (able to say knuckle, not watch or pen), Difficulty following complex commands. Facial strength and sensation are symmetric and intact.  Strength is 5/5 throughout without pronator drift. Sensation to temperature is symmetric. Finger-nose-finger is intact. There is no neglect.

Labs

CBC 9.7> 11.5/38<376 BMP 144/4.5/107/26/18/0.94<113 LFT 7.7/0.2/4.5/36/49/0.4/29 INR 1.1 Troponin 0.0 VBG: 7.325/51/37/26 lactate 4.37 CT head without IV contrast: No acute intracranial findings CT angio head and neck: no evidence of aneursym MRI brain with and without IV contrast: No evidence of acute infarction, intracranial hemorrhage or mass, no abnormal intracranial enhancement. MRI head: great cerebral veins, vein of galen, major dural sinuses are patent

Questions

  1. What is your differential?

  2. What other labs or studies would help you confirm this diagnosis?