recent articles


EM@3AM: Proctitis

A 42-year-old male undergoing recent radiation therapy for colorectal cancer presents with pelvic and anal pain and pain with defecation. He experiences extreme pain prior to and during defecation. He has had mucous and blood in his stool. He denies a history of hemorrhoids. Pertinent physical examination findings include fever, tachycardia, and lower abdominal pain to palpation. Rectal exam reveals reveals tenderness. What’s the next step in your evaluation and treatment?

In the Literature

Laryngeal Fracture

Few things are more synonymous with pediatric emergency care than “throat pain” and “trauma.” If you are seeing children in the ED right now, I’m sure there is one complaining of sore throat and another has had a recent traumatic injury.