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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303297/acute-calcific-tendinopathy-of-the-popliteus-tendon-a-rare-case-diagnosed-using-a-multimodality-imaging-approach-and-treated-conservatively
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Cédric Doucet, Akshat Gotra, Santhosh Mauvva Venkatesh Reddy, Mathieu Boily
Acute calcific tendinopathy of the popliteus tendon is a rare medical entity associated with significant patient discomfort. We present the case of a previously healthy 48-year-old female who presented to the emergency department with acute onset of left knee pain. Initial radiographs revealed calcifications within the posterolateral compartment of the knee. Ultrasound imaging demonstrated a swollen and hypoechoic popliteus tendon with an increased color Doppler signal at the periphery of the tendon as well as calcification in the tendon and adjacent soft tissues...
March 16, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294095/the-simple-query-do-you-want-more-pain-medication-is-not-a-reliable-way-to-assess-acute-pain-relief-in-patients-in-the-emergency-department
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Jean-Marc Chauny, Martin Marquis, Jean Paquet, Gilles Lavigne, Alexis Cournoyer, Christiane Manzini, Raoul Daoust
OBJECTIVE: The management of acute pain constitutes an essential skill of emergency department (ED) physicians. However, the accurate assessment of pain intensity and relief represents a clinically challenging undertaking. Some studies have proposed to define effective pain relief as the patient's refusal for additional analgesic administration. The aim of this study was to verify whether such a refusal is effectively indicative of pain relief. METHODS: This prospective cohort study included ED patients who received single or multiple doses of pain medication for an acute pain problem...
March 15, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285863/low-dose-ketamine-use-in-the-emergency-department-a-new-direction-in-pain-management
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A Pourmand, M Mazer-Amirshahi, C Royall, R Alhawas, R Shesser
There is a need for alternative non-opioid analgesics for the treatment of acute, chronic, and refractory pain in the emergency department (ED). Ketamine is a fast acting N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist that provides safe and effective analgesia. The use of low dose ketamine (LDK) (<1mg/kg) provides sub-dissociative levels of analgesia and has been studied as an alternative and/or adjunct to opioid analgesics. We reviewed 11 studies using LDK either alone or in combination with opioid analgesics in the ED...
March 2, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279542/the-use-of-ketamine-for-acute-treatment-of-pain-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Billy Sin, Tamara Tatunchak, Mohammad Paryavi, Maria Olivo, Usman Mian, Josel Ruiz, Bupendra Shah, Sylvie de Souza
BACKGROUND: Pain is one of the most common reasons for emergency department (ED) visits in the United States. Ketamine is a sedative with N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonism. Recent literature has suggested that the use of subdissociative dose ketamine (SDDK) may be safe and effective for acute pain. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to evaluate ketamine in subdissociative doses as an adjunct for acute pain in the ED. METHODS: This was a single-center, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that evaluated the use of SDDK in adult patients who presented to the ED with acute pain...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262338/differences-in-presentation-management-and-outcomes-in-women-and-men-presenting-to-an-emergency-department-with-possible-cardiac-chest-pain
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Lorcan Ruane, Jaimi H Greenslade, William Parsonage, Tracey Hawkins, Christopher Hammett, Carolyn Sp Lam, Thomas Knowlman, Shaela Doig, Louise Cullen
BACKGROUND: Research suggests that female patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) experience delays in emergency department (ED) management and are less likely to receive guideline-based treatments and referrals for follow-up testing. Women are often found to have poorer clinical outcomes in comparison to men. This study aimed to assess current sex differences in the presentation, management and outcomes of patients with undifferentiated chest pain presenting to a tertiary ED. METHODS: Data were analysed from two prospective studies conducted at a single Australian site between 2007 and 2014...
February 17, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243008/a-descriptive-study-of-hand-injuries-presenting-to-the-adult-emergency-department-of-a-tertiary-care-center-in-urban-india
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Murtuza N Ghiya, Shakuntala Murty, Naren Shetty, Rodney D'Cunha
BACKGROUND: Despite having a dedicated Plastic Surgery Unit, emergency physicians (EPs) manage many of the acute, traumatic hand injuries. Further very minimal information exists about the extent to which tetanus recommendations as per Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices are followed in emergency departments (EDs). Furthermore, the management of pain is often neglected. OBJECTIVES: To provide a clinical description of hand injuries with etiology and mechanism; and describe the trends of ED management, including analgesia and tetanus prophylaxis...
January 2017: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238384/abdominal-pain-in-the-post-menopausal-female-is-ovarian-torsion-in-the-differential
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Jason M Rotoli
BACKGROUND: Ovarian torsion is often thought of as a disease process of reproductive-aged women; however, it is also seen in the extremes of age. In post-menopausal women, it can be both a challenge to diagnose and associated with increased morbidity. CASE REPORT: We present a case of a 68-year-old woman with sudden onset of lower abdominal pain 6 h before arrival at the emergency department (ED). She was diagnosed with ovarian torsion, secondary to an ovarian mass, and underwent a full malignancy evaluation...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235546/non-traumatic-rhabdomyolysis-background-laboratory-features-and-acute-clinical-management
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Gianfranco Cervellin, Ivan Comelli, Mario Benatti, Fabian Sanchis-Gomar, Antonella Bassi, Giuseppe Lippi
Rhabdomyolysis is a relatively rare condition, but its clinical consequences are frequently dramatic in terms of both morbidity and mortality. Although no consensus has been reached so far about the precise definition of this condition, the term rhabdomyolysis describes a rapid breakdown of striated, or skeletal, muscle. It is hence characterized by the rupture and necrosis of muscle fibers, resulting in release of cell degradation products and intracellular elements within the bloodstream and extracellular space...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228138/current-management-practices-for-patients-presenting-with-low-back-pain-to-a-large-emergency-department-in-canada
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Matthew L Nunn, Jill A Hayden, Kirk Magee
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) is one of the leading causes of disability. Presentations to the emergency department (ED) are common and consume significant healthcare resources. However, treatment of patients with LBP is variable and highly physician dependent. Our study objective was to describe the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients presenting to the ED with LBP, the diagnostic strategies employed by ED physicians, and the subsequent management. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study using clinical and electronic health data at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Center's Charles V...
February 23, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196622/non-cardiac-chest-pain-a-review-for-the-consultation-liaison-psychiatrist
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Kirsti A Campbell, Elizabeth N Madva, Ana C Villegas, Eleanor E Beale, Scott R Beach, Jason H Wasfy, Ariana M Albanese, Jeff C Huffman
BACKGROUND: Patients presenting with chest pain to general practice or emergency providers represent a unique challenge, as the differential is broad and varies widely in acuity. Importantly, most cases of chest pain in both acute and general practice settings are ultimately found to be non-cardiac in origin, and a substantial proportion of patients experiencing non-cardiac chest pain (NCCP) suffer significant disability. In light of emerging evidence that mental health providers can serve a key role in the care of patients with NCCP, knowledge of the differential diagnosis, psychiatric co-morbidities, and therapeutic techniques for NCCP would be of great use to both consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatrists and other mental health providers...
December 9, 2016: Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186860/traumatic-rib-injury-patterns-imaging-pitfalls-complications-and-treatment
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Brett S Talbot, Christopher P Gange, Apeksha Chaturvedi, Nina Klionsky, Susan K Hobbs, Abhishek Chaturvedi
The ribs are frequently affected by blunt or penetrating injury to the thorax. In the emergency department setting, it is vital for the interpreting radiologist to not only identify the presence of rib injuries but also alert the clinician about organ-specific injury, specific traumatic patterns, and acute rib trauma complications that require emergent attention. Rib injuries can be separated into specific morphologic fracture patterns that include stress, buckle, nondisplaced, displaced, segmental, and pathologic fractures...
March 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177940/emergency-department-pain-management-in-children-with-appendicitis-in-a-bi-ethnic-population
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Ron Jacob, Baruch Krauss, Gal Twito, Ronit Leiba, Itai Shavit
OBJECTIVES: Our goal was to examine factors associated with the administration of ED analgesia (any analgesia, opioid analgesia) in patients with acute appendicitis in a tertiary children's hospital in Israel, and to examine ethnic differences. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of children evaluated in the ED, who had ICD-9 diagnosis of acute appendicitis. Regression analysis was used to test the effect of multiple variables on the provision of analgesia. Medications were administered according to a nurse-driven pain protocol...
February 7, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139353/suspected-acs-patients-presenting-with-myocardial-damage-or-a-type-2-myocardial-infarction-have-a-similar-late-mortality-to-patients-with-a-type-1-myocardial-infarction-a-report-from-the-australian-and-new-zealand-2012-snapshot-acs-study
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Aisha Etaher, Derek Chew, Julie Redfern, Tom Briffa, Chris Ellis, Christopher Hammett, Jeffrey Lefkovits, John Elliott, Louise Cullen, David Brieger, John K French
BACKGROUND: Cardiac troponin (T and I) are considered the standard markers for detection of myocardial damage and the diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) among patients who present to an emergency department with chest pain. However, these markers can be released in other situations and may be associated with short- and long-term clinical outcomes. In this study, we examine late mortality rates among patients presenting with a suspected ACS due to an unstable coronary plaque and those patients having a non-ACS...
December 31, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092325/persistent-pain-after-motor-vehicle-collision-comparative-effectiveness-of-opioids-vs-nonsteroidal-antiinflammatory-drugs-prescribed-from-the-emergency-department-a-propensity-matched-analysis
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Francesca L Beaudoin, Roee Gutman, Roland C Merchant, Melissa A Clark, Robert A Swor, Jeffrey S Jones, David C Lee, David A Peak, Robert M Domeier, Niels K Rathlev, Samuel A McLean
Each year millions of Americans present to the emergency department (ED) for care after a motor vehicle collision (MVC); the majority (>90%) are discharged to home after evaluation. Acute musculoskeletal pain is the norm in this population, and such patients are typically discharged to home with prescriptions for oral opioid analgesics or nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The influence of acute pain management on subsequent pain outcomes in this common ED population is unknown. We evaluated the effect of opioid analgesics vs NSAIDs initiated from the ED on the presence of moderate to severe musculoskeletal pain and ongoing opioid use at 6 weeks in a large cohort of adult ED patients presenting to the ED after MVC (n = 948)...
February 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998315/acute-abdominal-pain-caused-by-hematometra-in-an-adolescent-female-a-case-report
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Benjamin Chou, Jacqueline Ann Bohn, Robert Mairs
BACKGROUND: Hematometra is a pathologic collection of blood in the uterus. It is a rare condition that is most commonly associated with congenital anomalies or prior surgical procedures causing an obstruction of the genitourinary outflow tract. We present an unusual case of hematometra in a healthy and active adolescent female with no prior risk factors. This is a rare and important case report due to the complexity of diagnosis when a young female presents with an acute abdomen. In addition, for a patient who presents with no prior risk factors for hematometra, such as in our patient, the diagnosis and workup may become overly complicated, adding strain to patient care and health care cost...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993418/comparison-of-intravenous-ketorolac-at-three-single-dose-regimens-for-treating-acute-pain-in-the-emergency-department-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sergey Motov, Matthew Yasavolian, Antonios Likourezos, Illya Pushkar, Rukhsana Hossain, Jefferson Drapkin, Victor Cohen, Nicholas Filk, Andrew Smith, Felix Huang, Bradley Rockoff, Peter Homel, Christian Fromm
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used extensively for the management of acute and chronic pain, with ketorolac tromethamine being one of the most frequently used parenteral analgesics in the emergency department (ED). The drugs may commonly be used at doses above their analgesic ceiling, offering no incremental analgesic advantage while potentially adding risk of harm. We evaluate the analgesic efficacy of 3 doses of intravenous ketorolac in ED patients with acute pain...
December 16, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988456/acute-gastric-volvulus-a-vicious-twist-of-tummy-case-report
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Basudev Kumar, Tarun Kalra, Ratnakar Namdeo, Rajesh Kumar Soni, Ajit Sinha
INTRODUCTION: Gastric volvulus is an uncommon disorder and can present either in the acute or chronic setting with variable symptoms. A robust blood supply of the stomach from different sources does not allow ischemia to develop early. When it occurs in the acute scenario, patients present with severe epigastric pain and retching without vomiting. Together with inability to pass nasogastric tube, they constitute Borchardt's triad. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a case which presented in the emergency department with severe abdominal pain, abdominal distension and vomiting and a previous history of pulmonary tuberculosis...
December 11, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905910/is-standardized-care-feasible-in-the-emergency-setting-a-case-matched-analysis-of-patients-undergoing-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Fabian Grass, Matthieu Cachemaille, Catherine Blanc, Nicolas Fournier, Nermin Halkic, Nicolas Demartines, Martin Hübner
BACKGROUND: Immediate laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the accepted standard for the treatment of acute cholecystitis. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility of a standardized approach with tailored care maps for pre- and postoperative care by comparing pain, nausea and patient satisfaction after elective and emergent laparoscopic cholecystectomy. METHODS: From January 2014 until April 2015, data on pain and nausea management were prospectively recorded for all elective and emergency procedures in the department of visceral surgery...
December 1, 2016: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903774/-they-shouldn-t-be-coming-to-the-ed-should-they
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Emilie Green, Sarah Ward, Will Brierley, Ben Riley, Henna Sattar, Tim Harris
BACKGROUND: Patients with palliative care needs frequently attend the emergency department (ED). There is no international agreement on which patients are best cared for in the ED, compared to the primary care setting or direct admission to the hospital. This article presents the quantitative phase of a mixed-methods service evaluation, exploring the reasons why patients with palliative care needs present to the ED. METHODS: This is a single-center, observational study including all patients under the care of a specialist palliative care team who presented to the ED over a 10-week period...
January 1, 2016: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899166/pain-management-of-acute-appendicitis-in-canadian-pediatric-emergency-departments
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Andrea L Robb, Samina Ali, Naveen Poonai, Graham C Thompson
OBJECTIVES: Children with suspected appendicitis are at risk for suboptimal pain management. We sought to describe pain management patterns for suspected appendicitis across Canadian pediatric emergency departments (PEDs). METHODS: A retrospective medical record review was undertaken at 12 Canadian PEDs. Children ages 3 to 17 years who were admitted to the hospital in February or October 2010 with suspected appendicitis were included. Patients were excluded if partially assessed or treated at another hospital...
November 30, 2016: CJEM
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