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clinical cases

A Case of Non-bacterial Thromboembolic Endocarditis

A 59 year-old male presented to the emergency department with a chief complaint of difficulty concentrating and loss of vision. He had presented to the same facility the day prior for chest pain, chills, and a cough. During his prior visit, the patient underwent a chest x-ray which demonstrated a co...

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Atypical STEMI Patterns and STEMI Equivalents

Looking deeper into the art of EKG reading...Atypical STEMI patterns and STEMI equivalents to consider when the triage nurse hands you an EKG and says "chest pain", "dizziness", or "syncope"


The Multiple Layers of Diagnostic Uncertainty

The young female with lower abdominal pain. The middle-aged male with atypical chest pain. The elderly female that presents with vague symptoms of dizziness. These are just the tip of the iceberg of chief complaints we will see in our emergency medicine careers. Those with symptoms that don’t ...

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Missed Myocardial Infarction in the Emergency Department

Two cases, where patients return with crushing chest pain to a different ED, and both patients’ ECGs show ST elevation with reciprocal changes. What was missed on the first visit? Could the initial ED physician have done anything differently?


Outpatient Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism

A 64 year-old woman with past medical history of diabetes mellitus type 2 that is well-controlled on insulin, hypertension, and asthma presents with 1 week of shortness of breath and cough productive of blood-tinged sputum. The shortness of breath became suddenly worse about an hour ago as she was w...

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To the HEART of the matter

The HEART score is an invaluable adjunct to emergency physicians when deciding which chest pain patients are appropriate for early discharge.

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Don't be RASH: Emergency Physician's Approach to the Undifferentiated Lesion

Editor's note: This post was listed in both the #FOAMED Review from EM Curious AND in the LITFL Review 154 "Best of #FOAMed" section. As an EM physician, it is difficult to have working knowledge of the hundreds of different types of rashes that exist. However, I argue that it is not the job of the ...