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EM@3AM: Bacterial Meningitis

A 21-year-old male is brought to the ED via EMS after a reported seizure. As per girlfriend, the patient began complaining of a headache yesterday, and today he is confused. He is febrile and tachycardic. He is confused and has nuchal rigidity. However, Kernig and Brudzinki signs are negative. CT is negative. What is most likely diagnosis, and what is the next step in diagnosis?

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EM@3AM: Cushing’s Syndrome

A 60-year-old female with diabetes and hypertension from skilled nursing facility presents with worsening mental status, shortness of breath, and muscle weakness. Vital signs include BP 175/100, HR 105, RR 22, SpO2 95% on room air, T 100.7F, and blood glucose of 275. Physical exam is remarkable for ...

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EM@3AM: Acute Hemolytic Anemia

A 3-year-old male with G6PD deficiency presents to your ED by ambulance with shortness of breath, found to be hypoxic with SpO2 80% on 15L NRBM. He appears pale and dyspneic. The child is placed on HFNC with no improvement of saturation. Given his persistent hypoxia on noninvasive methods, a decisio...

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EM@3AM: Rabies

A 13-year-old male presents to the ED for aggressive behavior which progressed to confusion and decreased level of consciousness. He initially was very agitated and aggressive and refused to drink any water. He then became disoriented and is now difficult to rouse. The parents note that he had recen...

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EM@3AM: Bartholin’s Abscess

A 36-year-old female presents to the ED with vaginal pain. She initially noticed a small bump one week ago that was only painful with sexual intercourse, but it has grown and now causes discomfort even when walking. Her temperature is 98.9oF, heart rate 78, and blood pressure 126/84. On exam she has...

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EM@3AM: Infectious Mononucleosis

A 17-year-old male with history of asthma presents to the ED with a chief complaint of sore throat for the past 3 days, associated with decreased oral intake. He denies sick contacts. Vital signs include Temp 100.6F, BP 124/78, HR 92, RR 16, 96% on RA. On exam the patient has swollen, erythematous t...

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EM@3AM: Sigmoid Volvulus

A 75-year-old male with 4 days of abdominal distention, constipation, and decreased PO intake due to nausea. He reports that his symptoms are worse after eating or drinking and that he is able to pass gas but has not had a bowel movement in the past 4 days.  On initial presentation to the ED, he a...

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EM@3AM: Splenomegaly

A 20-year-old female presents to the ED with "abnormal results" found on a CT scan. She was feeling well until approximately 2 weeks ago when she began to have fatigue, malaise, loss of appetite and abdominal discomfort. She saw her primary care doctor who ordered an outpatient CT scan of her abdome...