SepticArthritis

Septic Arthritis

We have discussed several entities that may lead to a child limping. We have covered osteomyelitis, plantar punctures, and toddler’s fractures. We have also touched upon Osgood Schlatter’s Disease, SCFE, osteosarcoma and even Growing Pains. Now let us review a topic that always crosses our minds when considering the painful extremity: Septic Arthritis.

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DIC in the ED: What can you do about it?

Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) is a serious complication of some critical illnesses. Patients are very ill and can present with a multitude of symptoms. While treatment of the underlying illness is key, there are some key interventions that can be initiated in the emergency department (ED). This is a brief review of the the underlying pathophysiology of DIC and the interventions that can be initiated in the ED.

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Drug Rashes: Not always so simple…

Drug reactions are commonly managed in the ED. Approximately 90-95% of all drug rashes are “drug-induced exanthems”, or morbilliform or maculopapular drug eruptions. Widespread erythematous macules or papules appearing a week after drug exposure are usual. However, drug rash severity varies drastically. This post will cover conditions ranging from the simple drug rash to the deadly DRESS and TEN.

Emergency Medicine Education