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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638667/the-semantics-of-priapism-and-the-first-sign-of-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
#1
Michael R Minckler, Ellie Conser, Javier J Figueroa, Aaron J Scott, Joshua Gaither, Richard Amini
Priapism is defined as an erection that persists beyond four hours, lasting beyond or unrelated to sexual stimulation (Salonia et al., 2014). Because the risk of ischemic damage and impotence is high with priapism (35%), management guidelines are directed towards rapid treatment of this condition (Salonia et al., 2014). This report describes the rare case of an 18-year-old male who presented to the Emergency Department (ED) three times with recurrent and worsening episodes of sustained penile erections. On the patient's third visit, he presented with priapism of greater than six-hour duration that was found to be the result of chronic myeloid leukemia...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630774/lead-poisoning-can-be-easily-misdiagnosed-as-acute-porphyria-and-nonspecific-abdominal-pain
#2
Ming-Ta Tsai, Shi-Yu Huang, Shih-Yu Cheng
Lead poisoning (LP) is less commonly encountered in emergency departments (ED). However, lead exposure still occurs, and new sources of poisoning have emerged. LP often goes unrecognized due to a low index of suspicion and nonspecific symptoms. We present a case of a 48-year-old man who had recurring abdominal pain with anemia that was misdiagnosed. His condition was initially diagnosed as nonspecific abdominal pain and acute porphyria. Acute porphyria-like symptoms with a positive urine porphyrin test result led to the misdiagnosis; testing for heme precursors in urine is the key to the differential diagnosis between LP and acute porphyria...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596923/unilateral-dilated-pupil-and-spontaneous-cardiac-arrest-with-successful-bystander-resuscitation
#3
James M Hancox, Julian Spiers, Nicholas Crombie, David N Naumann
A 75-year-old man collapsed on a golf course and received cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a bystander, including the use of a public automated external defibrillator (AED). The AED was discharged once, with return of spontaneous circulation. An air ambulance crew found the patient haemodynamically stable, with no acute abnormalities on a 12-lead ECG. He had reduced consciousness and a dilated left pupil. On contacting the patient's wife by telephone, she said that he had fallen and hit his head earlier that day...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593057/clomiphene-associated-inferior-stemi-in-a-young-female-due-to-right-coronary-artery-dissection
#4
Feras Husain Abuzeyad, Eltigani Seedahmed Ibnaouf, Mudhaffar Al Farras
Nonatherosclerotic spontaneous coronary artery dissection (NA-SCAD) is an uncommon cause of myocardial infarction. It most commonly affects females in the perimenopausal age. NA-SCAD has been associated with many predisposing factors including pregnancy and hormonal therapy for both contraception and ovulation induction. The presented case is a previously healthy 41-year-old woman diagnosed with inferior ST-elevation myocardial infarction due to right descending coronary artery dissection associated with recent use of clomiphene monotherapy for ovulation induction (a previously fertile woman), which was not previously reported...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555165/tissue-hypoperfusion-hypercoagulopathy-and-kidney-and-liver-dysfunction-after-ingestion-of-a-naphazoline-containing-antiseptic
#5
Yuko Ono, Nozomi Ono, Kazuaki Shinohara
Naphazoline is a peripheral α2-adrenergic receptor agonist commonly used as a topical decongestant. In Japan, over-the-counter antiseptics often contain naphazoline to effect local hemostasis. We present the first case involving the development of hypercoagulopathy, with kidney and liver dysfunction, following a naphazoline overdose. A 22-year-old Japanese woman with a history of depression ingested 160 mL of a commercially available antiseptic containing 0.1% naphazoline. Three days later, she was brought to the emergency department because of general fatigue, nausea, and vomiting...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540092/anti-musk-positive-myasthenic-crisis-in-a-7-year-old-female
#6
Harrison J Matthews, Apisadaporn Thambundit, Brandon R Allen
A seven-year-old African American female with anti-MuSK-positive Juvenile Myasthenia Gravis collapsed while at school from progressively worsening weakness and dyspnea. On initial emergency department presentation, she required 15 liters per minute of supplemental oxygen to maintain oxygen saturation above 92%. Initial pulmonary function tests and venous blood gas led to the decision to place her on noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV) with BiPAP in the emergency department. Due to worsening hypercarbia, she later required mechanical intubation in the PICU and underwent IVIG therapy followed by plasmapheresis in order to achieve a stable discharge from the hospital...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480086/vertebral-arteriovenous-fistula-an-unwelcome-thrill
#7
Matthew K Edwards, Erica N Christenson, Brian M Corliss, Adam J Polifka, Brandon R Allen
Cervical vertebral AV fistulae are uncommon vascular lesions involving abnormal communication between the extradural vertebral artery and surrounding venous structures. We examine the case of a female evaluated in the emergency department with a vertebral AV fistula presenting classically as pulsatile tinnitus and later successfully treated with standard endovascular techniques. A discussion on the etiology, pathophysiology, and management of vertebral AV fistulae follows.
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465845/bilateral-pulmonary-embolism-after-a-short-haul-flight-in-a-man-with-multiple-risk-factors-including-sickle-cell-trait
#8
Kamille Abdool, Kanterpersad Ramcharan, Antonio J Reyes, Nadiene Lutchman, Adrian Alexander
We report a case of pulmonary embolism (PE) in an Afro-Caribbean man following a short commercial flight of less than 5,000 kilometers (Km) in economy class with a 1-month interval between journeys. He had an elevated body mass index (BMI) and sickle cell trait (SCT) with hyperhomocysteinemia. No other preexisting source of venous thrombosis was found. We posit that venous thromboembolism (VTE) and/or PE may have been a complication of SCT in an individual with other multiple risk factors. We discuss the possible interaction of these risk factors for VTE and/or PE and the implications for travelers at risk...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458933/an-exceptional-case-of-diabetic-ketoacidosis
#9
Celine Van de Vyver, Jorn Damen, Carl Haentjens, Dominique Ballaux, Benoit Bouts
We present a case of diabetic ketoacidosis, known as one of the most serious metabolic complications of diabetes. We were confronted with rapid neurological deterioration and unseen glycaemic values, which reached almost 110 mmol/L, subsequently resulting in hyperkalaemia and life-threatening dysrhythmias. This is the first reported live case with such high values of blood glucose and a favourable outcome.
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392950/diffuse-subcutaneous-emphysema-and-pneumomediastinum-secondary-to-a-minor-blunt-chest-trauma
#10
Maximilian Andreas Storz, Eric P Heymann, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos
Full medical evaluation is paramount for all trauma patients. Minor traumas are often overlooked, as they are thought to bear low injury potential. In this case report, we describe the case of a 48-year-old man presenting to our Emergency Department with mild to moderate right-sided shoulder and scapular pain following a fall from his own height ten days previously. Clinical and paraclinical investigations (CT) revealed diffuse right shoulder pain, with crepitations on palpation of the neck, right shoulder, and right lateral chest wall...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337350/seat-belt-compression-appendicitis-following-motor-vehicle-collision
#11
Muhammad Faisal Khilji, Qazi Zia Ullah
Appendicitis and trauma both present in emergency department commonly but their presentation together in the same patient is unusual. We present a case of a middle-aged man brought by emergency medical services (EMS) to the emergency department with complaints of abdominal pain after he was involved in motor vehicle collision. He was perfectly fine before the accident. His primary survey was normal. Secondary survey revealed tenderness in right iliac fossa with seat belt mark overlying it. Computerized tomography (CT) of the abdomen and pelvis was performed which showed 8 mm thickening of appendix with minimal adjacent fat stranding...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321343/knee-dislocation-a-case-report-diagnostic-vascular-work-up-and-literature-review
#12
Matthijs R Douma, Michael D Burg, Björn L Dijkstra
Knee dislocation is an uncommon, potentially limb-threatening, knee injury. Most often caused by high-velocity trauma, it can also result from low- or even ultra-low-velocity trauma. Rapid identification of the injury, reduction, and definitive management are necessary to minimize neurovascular damage. We present a case of rotatory anterolateral knee dislocation sustained during a twisting sports-related event. Special emphasis is placed on diagnosing vascular injuries associated with knee dislocations.
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303200/atypical-neuroleptic-malignant-syndrome-associated-with-use-of-clozapine
#13
Quevedo-Florez Leonardo, Granada-Romero Juliana, Camargo-Arenas Juan Fernando
The Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) is a medical emergency of infrequent presentation in the emergency department, which is associated with the use of psychiatric drugs, such as typical and atypical antipsychotics. Our case addresses a 55-year-old patient diagnosed with undifferentiated schizophrenia for 10 years, who had been receiving clozapine and clonazepam as part of their treatment. This patient presents the symptoms of Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome without fever, which improves with treatment especially with the withdrawal of clozapine...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299211/epistaxis-as-a-common-presenting-symptom-of-glanzmann-s-thrombasthenia-a-rare-qualitative-platelet-disorder-illustrative-case-examples
#14
Michael Recht, Meera Chitlur, Derek Lam, Syana Sarnaik, Madhvi Rajpurkar, David L Cooper, Sriya Gunawardena
Children often present to emergency departments (EDs) with uncontrollable nose bleeding. Although usually due to benign etiologies, epistaxis may be the presenting symptom of an inherited bleeding disorder. Whereas most bleeding disorders are detected through standard hematologic assessments, diagnosing rare platelet function disorders may be challenging. Here we present two case reports and review diagnostic and management challenges of platelet function disorders with a focus on Glanzmann's thrombasthenia (GT)...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280639/delayed-stroke-following-blunt-neck-trauma-a-case-illustration-with-recommendations-for-diagnosis-and-treatment
#15
Best Anyama, Daniela Treitl, Jeffery Wessell, Rachele Solomon, Andrew A Rosenthal
Blunt cerebrovascular injury (BCVI) to the carotid artery is a relatively rare injury that is difficult to identify even with imaging. Any symptoms or neurological deficits following blunt neck injury mandate evaluation and consideration of BCVI. In an effort to highlight this issue, we report the case of a 31-year-old male patient who presented with left-sided weakness consistent with transient ischemic attack (TIA) and concussion. The patient's symptoms occurred within 24 hours of a blunt neck injury sustained by a knee strike during a basketball game...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255471/intracerebral-bleeding-and-massive-pericardial-effusion-as-presenting-symptoms-of-myxedema-crisis
#16
M Kirsch, C Rimpau, C H Nickel, P Baier
The endocrinological emergency of a fully blown myxedema crisis can present as a multicolored clinical picture. This can obscure the underlying pathology and easily lead to mistakes in clinical diagnosis, work-up, and treatment. We present a case of an unconscious 39-year-old patient with a medical history of weakness, lethargy, and findings of hyponatremia, intracerebral bleeding, and massive pericardial effusion. Finally, myxedema crisis was diagnosed as underlying cause. Replacement therapy of thyroid hormone and conservative management of the intracerebral bleeding resulted in patient's survival without significant neurological impairment...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255470/ultrasound-utility-in-the-diagnosis-of-a-morel-lavall%C3%A3-e-lesion
#17
Scott LaTulip, Rameshwar R Rao, Alan Sielaff, Nik Theyyunni, John Burkhardt
Morel-Lavallée lesions are uncommon injuries that can be associated with significant comorbidities if not detected early. Rapid diagnosis in the Emergency Department could significantly improve patient outcomes. We describe the diagnosis of such a lesion through the use of ultrasound imaging in the Emergency Department to utilize a fast, cost-effective imaging technique that does not subject the patient to radiation exposure. Our patient received surgical consultation but improved with conservative management...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246563/pseudoaneurysm-of-the-profunda-femoris-artery-following-blunt-trauma-treated-by-endovascular-coil-embolization-review-of-two-cases-and-relevant-literature
#18
Saptarshi Biswas, Patrick McNerney, Paul Kiproff
Profunda femoris artery (PFA) pseudoaneurysm after blunt trauma without associated femur fracture is a rare occurrence. Most of the reported cases of PFA pseudoaneurysm in the English literature developed after penetrating trauma, surgical procedures, and femur fractures. We present two such cases following blunt trauma and without any associated long bone injury. After initial imaging failed to show any long bone fracture, CT angiography confirmed pseudoaneurysm of the branch of the PFA. Both patients were then treated with emergent coil embolization of the bleeding vessel...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203466/idiopathic-renal-infarction-mimicking-appendicitis
#19
Marco Di Serafino, Rosa Severino, Chiara Gullotto, Francesco Lisanti, Enrico Scarano
Renal infarction is a rare cause of referral to the emergency department, with very low estimated incidence (0.004%-0.007%). Usually, it manifests in patients aged 60-70 with risk factors for thromboembolism, mostly related to heart disease, atrial fibrillation in particular. We report a case of idiopathic segmental renal infarction in a 38-year-old patient, presenting with acute abdominal pain with no previous known history or risk factors for thromboembolic diseases. Because of its aspecific clinical presentation, this condition can mimic more frequent pathologies including pyelonephritis, nephrolithiasis, or as in our case appendicitis...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194285/cerebral-salt-wasting-syndrome-caused-by-minor-head-injury
#20
Toshiki Fukuoka, Yuko Tsurumi, Arihito Tsurumi
A 34-year-old woman was admitted to hospital after sustaining a head injury in a motor vehicle accident (day 1). No signs of neurological deficit, skull fracture, brain contusion, or intracranial bleeding were evident. She was discharged without symptoms on day 4. However, headache and nausea worsened on day 8, at which time serum sodium level was noted to be 121 mEq/L. Treatment with sodium chloride was initiated, but serum sodium decreased to 116 mEq/L on day 9. Body weight decreased in proportion to the decrease in serum sodium...
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