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EM@3AM: Small Bowel Obstruction

A 63-year-old female presents with abdominal pain, decreased bowel movements, nausea, three episodes of vomiting, and abdominal distension. She has a history multiple abdominal surgeries. Exam shows abdominal distension and generalized tenderness, but no peritoneal signs. What are your next steps?

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Cholangitis: Pearls & Pitfalls

Cholangitis is a potentially deadly disease. Before procedures including ERCP, mortality reached 100%. Rapid recognition and treatment are essential, which can decrease mortality to less than 10%. This post discusses updates in evaluation and management of the patient with cholangitis.

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Cholangitis: Deadly Cause of Right Upper Quadrant Abdominal Pain

Cholangitis should be considered in patients with undifferentiated sepsis. Ruling in or out the diagnosis of cholangitis is no longer based on clinical exam alone. The addition of imaging and bloodwork to the clinical exam are much more reliable. Resuscitation, antibiotics and consultation for early biliary decompression are the mainstays of cholangitis treatment.