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EM@3AM – Ectopic Pregnancy

A female patient, with a previous history of an ectopic pregnancy, presents to the ED with abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding following a positive home pregnancy test. What is the likelihood that the patient is experiencing a second ectopic pregnancy? Read this week's review to find out.

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Tachycardic Arrhythmias in Pregnancy: Management

Cardiac arrhythmias are not common in pregnancy, but they can occur. While the workup and management is quite similar to the non-pregnant patient, there are subtle differences. This is a brief review of the ED management of unstable and stable tachycardic arrhythmias in pregnancy.

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Pearls and Pitfalls

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is an important complication of sexually transmitted diseases. Adequate treatment is important to prevent complications such as infertility and systemic disease. This is a brief overview of PID , its workup and management in the emergency department.

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Intraabdominal Catastrophes in the Pregnant Patient

Though many obstetric complications occur during pregnancy, the pregnant woman is still a woman with all her other organs that can be at risk, regardless of her pregnancy status. Typically, patients with obstetric complications will complain of uterine tenderness, vaginal bleeding and may have abnormal fetal heart tones on monitoring. When signs and symptoms do not support an obstetric cause for the patient’s abdominal pain, it is imperative that the differential is still wide for all other causes.


The Bleeding Pregnant Patient in the Third Trimester: Pearls and Pitfalls

Third trimester pregnant patients are not seen commonly in the emergency department, but when they are, they have the potential for severe complications such as hemorrhagic shock. This article reviews the most serious causes of bleeding in the third trimester of pregnancy and also discusses management options.


Recent Elective Abortion

Patients who undergo elective abortions may present to the emergency department for various symptoms and complications due to their recent procedures. This is a brief article of the complications of elective abortion. Workup and management of these complications are also reviewed.

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Postpartum (within 1st month) Emergencies and their Management

Common postpartum emergencies include hemorrhage, infections, hypertension, preeclampsia/eclampsia, and headache. HELLP and peripartum cardiomyopathy are rare postpartum complications. This article reviews the presentation of these emergencies and how they are properly diagnosed and managed in the emergency department.