Search Results for: chest pain


EM@3AM: Tetanus

A 38-year-old male with a history of injection drug use presents with one day of progressively worsening, pressure-like chest pain radiating to his back. He appears diaphoretic and in moderate distress. He has had new difficulty opening his mouth. On exam, he is tachycardic, diaphoretic, and in acut...


EM@3AM: Nephrotic Syndrome

A 25-year-old female with no significant past medical history presents with progressive periorbital and lower extremity edema for one week. She denies recent fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, allergies, or recent travel. Vitals include BP 120/90, HR 90, RR 18, Temp 98.7F. Exam shows a developm...

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Journal Feed Weekly Wrap-Up

Journal Feed Wrap-Up is all cardiology this week: myocarditis, modified Sgarbossa criteria for ventricular paced rhythms, and guidelines for patients with recurrent chest pain.


EM@3AM: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

A 66-year-old male presents via EMS in respiratory distress. For the past several days he has had worsening productive cough, chest pain, dyspnea, and fever. He appears fatigued, is sitting up in bed, and has increased work of breathing. On exam there is no JVD, 1+ edema, and crackles bilaterally. V...


EM@3AM: Pneumothorax

A 30-year-old male presents after a motor vehicle accident with chest pain and shortness of breath. He is alert, speaking in 1-2 word responses, and appears in moderate respiratory distress. He has normal left sided breath sounds, but none on the right. No lung sliding is seen with ultrasound examin...


EM@3AM: Pericarditis

A 52-year-old male presents to the ED with chest pain that is left sided, sharp, and worse at night when he is resting flat. It is different from his prior angina. Physical exam is normal, and ECG shows diffuse ST elevations and PR segment depressions. What is the diagnosis?



A 28-year-old female presents with right lower leg swelling and redness. She just returned from an overseas flight. She denies chest pain or shortness of breath. VS are normal, and her right lower leg is swollen, with diameter > 3 cm compared to her left. What’s the next step in your evaluation and treatment?