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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925655/pleuritic-chest-pain-sorting-through-the-differential-diagnosis
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Brian V Reamy, Pamela M Williams, Michael Ryan Odom
Pleuritic chest pain is characterized by sudden and intense sharp, stabbing, or burning pain in the chest when inhaling and exhaling. Pulmonary embolism is the most common serious cause, found in 5% to 21% of patients who present to an emergency department with pleuritic chest pain. A validated clinical decision rule for pulmonary embolism should be employed to guide the use of additional tests such as d-dimer assays, ventilation-perfusion scans, or computed tomography angiography. Myocardial infarction, pericarditis, aortic dissection, pneumonia, and pneumothorax are other serious causes that should be ruled out using history and physical examination, electrocardiography, troponin assays, and chest radiography before another diagnosis is made...
September 1, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923845/high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-i-as-a-gatekeeper-for-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-and-stress-testing-in-patients-with-acute-chest-pain
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Maros Ferencik, Thomas Mayrhofer, Michael T Lu, Pamela K Woodard, Quynh A Truong, W Frank Peacock, Fabian Bamberg, Benjamin C Sun, Jerome L Fleg, John T Nagurney, James E Udelson, Wolfgang Koenig, James L Januzzi, Udo Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: Most patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergo noninvasive cardiac testing with a low diagnostic yield. We determined whether a combination of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) and cardiovascular risk factors might improve selection of patients for cardiac testing. METHODS: We included patients from the Rule Out Myocardial Infarction/Ischemia Using Computer Assisted Tomography (ROMICAT) I and II trials who presented to the ED with acute chest pain and were referred for cardiac testing...
September 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923678/a-case-report-on-gastric-volvulus-of-a-17-years-old-boy-from-bangladesh
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M Tasdik Hasan, S M Tajdit Rahman, Hasan M Shihab, Hassan Rushekh Mahmood, Tanni Chowdhury, Quamrul Akhtar Sanju
INTRODUCTION: Gastric volvulus is a rare and true surgical emergency which is life threatening if not recognized and treated quickly. There have been approximately 300 reported cases globally till now. This condition most often occurs during 5th decade of life but there are over 100 reported pediatric cases also. This following rare incidence was such a case of a young patient in Bangladesh. It was the first case of gastric volvulus managed by the surgery department of the concerned hospital...
September 7, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920034/the-use-of-intraoperative-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-thoracic-aortic-dissection-due-to-chronic-cocaine-abuse
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Ali Dabbagh, Mohammad Kazem Arabnia, Mahnoosh Foroughi, Mehran Shahzamani, Hassan Rahmian
INTRODUCTION: Aortic dissection is a life threatening disease and is usually accompanied by a high rate of mortality and morbidity. Here we present a case report in which intraoperative tranesophageal echocardiography was used for intraoperative assessments of thoracic aortic dissection due to cocaine abuse. CASE PRESENTATION: A 45- year- old male was admitted to a university hospital due to severe chest pain. He was suffering from severe excruciating chest pain that had started after a psychological stress, leading to heavy cocaine abuse...
February 2017: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913001/methamphetamine-use-and-emergency-department-utilization-20-years-later
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John R Richards, Sheiva Hamidi, Connor D Grant, Colin G Wang, Nabil Tabish, Samuel D Turnipseed, Robert W Derlet
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine (MAP) users present to the emergency department (ED) for myriad reasons, including trauma, chest pain, and psychosis. The purpose of this study is to determine how their prevalence, demographics, and resource utilization have changed. METHODS: Retrospective review of MAP patients over 3 months in 2016. Demographics, mode of arrival, presenting complaints, disposition, and concomitant cocaine/ethanol use were compared to a 1996 study at the same ED...
2017: Journal of Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904706/-when-the-denture-becomes-dangerous
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Nouzha Sadak, Laila Herrak, Leila Achachi, Mustapha El Ftouh
Although rare in adults, foreign body aspiration (FBA) is a serious accident which can be potentially life threatening or lead to significant sequelae. We report the case of a 50 year old patient without previous pathological history, presenting to the emergency department with chest pain, intermittent cough and exertional dyspnea occurring six days after the accidental aspiration of his plastic dental prosthesis during a meal. Clinical examination was unremarkable. Chest X-ray as well as abdominal x-ray requiring no prior preparation showed no abnormalities...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900525/a-case-of-legionella-pneumophila-evaluated-with-ct-and-ultrasound
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Alessio D'Angelo, Chiara De Simone, Marco Pagnottella, Stefano Rossi, Raffaele Pepe, Giacomo Ruggieri, Giulio Cocco, Cosima Schiavone
A 36-year-old man was admitted to the emergency department of "SS Annunziata" hospital in Chieti complaining of a sharp chest pain arisen some hours before admission. On examination, the patient looked sweaty; his vital signs showed tachycardia and augmented breath rate; sinus tachycardia and normal ventricular repolarization were observed on ECG, and no abnormalities were observed in the echoscan of the hearth. According to the clinical and electrocardiographic findings, and to previous episode of DVT in anamnesis, a thorax CT scan was performed in order to rule out pulmonary embolism...
September 2017: Journal of Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900071/a-case-of-non-islet-cell-tumor-hypoglycemia-nicth-associated-with-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumor-gist
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John M Wilson, Jessica Ginsberg, Karen Cutts, Steve Urban
BACKGROUND Non-islet cell tumor hypoglycemia (NICTH) is a newly recognized, but uncommon, paraneoplastic syndrome that is associated with tumors of mesenchymal origin. We report a case of NICTH associated with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). CASE REPORT A 60-year-old man presented to the emergency department of our hospital after being found unconscious in his home. His serum blood glucose on hospital admission was 40 mg/dL. He reported a three-month history of diffuse abdominal pain, fatigue, and blurred vision...
September 13, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895038/a-retrospective-external-validation-study-of-the-heart-score-among-patients-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-with-chest-pain
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Matthew Jay Streitz, Joshua James Oliver, Jessica Marie Hyams, Richard Michael Wood, Yevgeniy Mikhaylovich Maksimenko, Brit Long, Robert Michael Barnwell, Michael David April
Emergency physicians must be able to effectively prognosticate outcomes for patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) with chest pain. The HEART score offers a prognostication tool, but external validation studies are limited. We conducted an external retrospective validation study of the HEART score among ED patients presenting to our ED with chest pain from 1 January 2014 to 9 June 2014. We utilized chart review methodology to abstract data from each patient's electronic medical record. We collected data relevant to each of the five elements of the HEART score: history, electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation, patient age, patient risk factors, and troponin levels...
September 11, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889147/acute-coronary-syndrome-risk-prediction-of-rapid-emergency-medicine-scoring-system-in-acute-chest-pain-an-observational-study-of-patients-presenting-with-chest-pain-in-the-emergency-department-in-central-saudi-arabia
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Tahir Mehmood, Mohammad S Al Shehrani, Muhammad Ahmad
To assess the diagnostic validity of the rapid emergency medical score (REMS) for the risk stratification of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) from non-cardiogenic chest pain. Methods: An observational cross-sectional study was carried out among patients presenting with chest pain to the Emergency Department of Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for 6 months from January to June 2016. All patients, included through non-probability convenience sampling, were assessed using standard protocols for the physiological parameters of the REMS, and ACS was confirmed through electrocardiography, cardiac enzyme testing, and angiography (if needed)...
September 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888269/depression-is-associated-with-recurrent-chest-pain-with-or-without-coronary-artery-disease-a-prospective-cohort-study-in-the-emergency-department
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Yeunjung Kim, Morgan Soffler, Summer Paradise, Qurat-Ul-Ain Jelani, James Dziura, Rajita Sinha, Basmah Safdar
BACKGROUND: Only a small fraction of acute chest pain in the emergency department (ED) is due to obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). ED chest pain remains associated with high rates of recidivism, often in the presence of nonobstructive CAD. Psychological states such as depression, anxiety, and elevation of perceived stress may account for this finding. The objective of the study was to determine whether psychological states predict recurrent chest pain (RCP). METHODS: We conducted a prospective cohort study of low- to moderate-cardiac risk ED patients admitted to the Yale Chest Pain Center with acute chest pain...
September 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875096/narrow-complex-ventricular-tachycardia
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Murtaza Sundhu, Mehmet Yildiz, Sajjad Gul, Mubbasher Syed, Idrees Azher, Robert Mosteller
Myocardial infarctions are frequently complicated by tachyarrhythmias, which commonly have wide QRS complexes (QRS duration > 120 milliseconds). Many published criteria exist to help differentiate between ventricular and supraventricular mechanisms. We present a case of a 61-year-old male with a history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia and coronary artery disease with prior stenting of the right coronary artery (RCA). He had been noncompliant with his antiplatelet medication and presented with cardiac arrest secondary to in-stent thrombosis...
July 4, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874298/survival-and-resource-utilization-in-patients-with-chest-pain-evaluated-with-cardiac-troponin-t-compared-with-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-t
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Nadia Bandstein, Anna Wikman, Rickard Ljung, Martin J Holzmann
BACKGROUND: It is uncertain how the implementation of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) has affected the survival of patients with chest pain in the emergency department (ED). We studied prognosis and resource utilization in terms of coronary angiographies and revascularizations (percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass grafting) in patients evaluated with hs-cTnT compared with conventional troponin T (cTnT). METHODS: All patients >25years presenting with chest pain and at least one troponin level analyzed in the ED at the Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden, were included...
October 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871936/xanthoma-like-skin-changes-in-an-elderly-woman-with-a-normal-lipid-profile
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Piotr Nockowski, Zdzisław Woźniak, Adam Reich, Joanna Maj
Dear Editor, An 83-year-old woman developed yellow-brownish infiltrates, nodules, and tumors mimicking xanthomas, mostly involving the periorbital and chest area within three months (Figure 1). She had no abnormalities in serum cholesterol or triglycerides levels. A detailed laboratory analysis revealed the presence of mild monoclonal gammopathy with a presence of immunoglobulin G (IgG) kappa light chains; however, according to hematologist consultation, it did not require medical intervention. Imaging assessment and ultrasound examination did not show any specific involvement of internal organs...
July 2017: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870847/bundle-of-care-for-blunt-chest-trauma-patients-improves-analgesia-but-increases-rates-of-intensive-care-unit-admission-a-retrospective-case-control-study
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Cédric Carrie, Laurent Stecken, Elsa Cayrol, Vincent Cottenceau, Laurent Petit, Philippe Revel, Matthieu Biais, François Sztark
INTRODUCTION: This single-centre retrospective case-control study aimed to assess the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary clinical pathway for blunt chest trauma patients admitted in emergency department (ED). PATIENTS AND METHODS: All consecutive blunt chest trauma patients with more than 3 rib fractures and no indication of mechanical ventilation were compared to a retrospective cohort over two 24-month periods, before and after the introduction of the bundle of care...
September 1, 2017: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870390/how-do-we-balance-the-long-term-health-of-a-patient-with-the-short-term-risk-to-the-physician
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Michael B Weinstock, Amal Mattu, Erik P Hess
BACKGROUND: There is a wide variation in practice patterns among emergency medicine physicians; many factors weigh into the medical decision-making process including the health of the patient as well as short-term risk to the physician. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our discussion is to illustrate specific scenarios where medical decisions are focused on the physician's short-term risk, then to propose an approach to shifting the balance to the patient's long-term health...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868102/a-novel-electrocardiographic-sign-of-an-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-equivalent-de-winter-syndrome
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Mustafa Ugur Goktas, Ozgur Sogut, Mehmet Yigit, Onur Kaplan
Patients with de Winter syndrome, also termed anterior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)-equivalent, represent 2% of all patients with acute anterior myocardial infarctions admitted to emergency departments (EDs). STEMI-equivalents do not present with classical electrocardiogram (ECG) changes but exhibit a critical stenosis of the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery. This is under-recognized by clinicians and is therefore associated with high morbidity and mortality. Here, we report a rare case of a novel, typical, STEMI-equivalent ECG pattern without obvious ST-segment elevation in a 34-year-old female who presented to our ED with substantial chest pain and a large, acute, transmural anterior myocardial infarction caused by acute occlusion of the LAD coronary artery...
August 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868101/chest-pain-due-to-pericardial-effusion-as-initial-presenting-feature-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Malahat Movahedian, Wais Afzal, Tannaz Shoja, Kelly Cervellione, Jebun Nahar, Katerina Teller
Pericardial effusions are not uncommon in rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however, they are rarely the presenting symptom of the disease. We describe a 55-year-old female who presented to the emergency department with complaints of chest pain and dyspnea on exertion. Initial workup revealed a medium-sized pericardial effusion. The wide spectrum of etiologies, including infectious and non-infectious disease, was explored. Eventually, after ruling out an array of disease states, rheumatologic workup was positive for RA...
August 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864718/assessment-of-the-2016-national-institute-for-health-and-care-excellence-high-sensitivity-troponin-rule-out-strategy
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Edward Watts Carlton, John William Pickering, Jaimi Greenslade, Louise Cullen, Martin Than, Jason Kendall, Richard Body, William A Parsonage, Ahmed Khattab, Kim Greaves
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the limit of detection of high-sensitivity troponin (hs-cTn) and Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) score combination rule-out strategy suggested within the 2016 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Chest Pain of Recent Onset guidelines and establish the optimal TIMI score threshold for clinical use. METHODS: A pooled analysis of adult patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain and a non-ischaemic ECG, recruited into six prospective studies, from Australia, New Zealand and the UK...
September 1, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862050/synthetic-cannabinoid-black-mamba-infidelity-in-patients-presenting-for-emergency-stabilization-in-colorado-a-p-scan-cohort
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Nicklaus Brandehoff, Axel Adams, Kyle McDaniel, Samuel D Banister, Roy Gerona, Andrew A Monte
BACKGROUND: Use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) has increased over the last decade. During this period, variability of both clinical presentations and chemical compositions of these compounds has increased. Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) are the most commonly used NPS and there are more than 100 documented unique molecules in this class. "Black Mamba", often associated to ADB-FUBINACA, is the most commonly used SC in Colorado. It has been linked to kidney injury, myocardial toxicity, seizures, and death...
September 1, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
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