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EM@3AM: Pheochromocytoma

A 23-year-old male presents with recurrent episodes of global headache, flushing, sweating, and palpitations. These episodes first started 1 month ago. They occur several times per day and last less than one hour. He has also noted a 10-pound weight loss since these episodes started. Exam reveals blood pressure 183/108 mm Hg, HR 1114 beats per minute, RR 18, temperature 98.4 C, saturation 98% on room air. His skin is flushed. Your cardiovascular, pulmonary, abdominal, and motor and sensory exams are otherwise normal. What is the likely diagnosis?

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EM Cases: Liver Emergencies

We clear up the confusing balance between thrombosis and bleeding in liver patients, the elusive diagnosis of portal vein thrombosis, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis diagnosis and treatment and some tips and tricks on paracentesis