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Pulmonary Hypertensive Crisis

We have previously discussed critical presentations involving hypertension (ex, Hypertensive Crisis, Eclampsia, Pheochromocytoma, Thyroid Storm), but there is another that involves the lungs that we need to add to the library. Let’s review Pulmonary Hypertensive Crisis


EM@3AM: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

32-year-old male presents to the ED with vomiting and abdominal cramping. He has Crohn's disease and has been poorly compliant with his medications. His current episode began as right lower abdominal pain 1 week ago with several episodes of watery diarrhea daily. He developed diffuse cramping, nausea and vomiting 2 days ago and has been unable to tolerate oral intake. He has not passed stool or flatus in 2 days. His abdomen is distended with hyperactive, high-pitched bowel sounds, increased tympany to percussion, and diffuse mild tenderness to palpation without rebound or guarding. What is the most likely diagnosis?