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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160547/ultrasound-biomicroscopy-in-acetazolamide-induced-myopic-shift-with-appositional-angle-closure
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Julio Daniel Grigera, Emilio Daniel Grigera
We report a case of a 49-year-old female who presented to the emergency department with blurred vision and vomiting, hours after taking two tablets of 250 mg of acetazolamide. The anterior chamber was bilaterally flat, with normal intraocular pressure in both eyes. An ultrasound biomicroscopic (UBM) examination showed bilateral ciliary effusion and complete appositional angle closure in all quadrants. Acetazolamide-induced bilateral angle closure was diagnosed. Steroid and cycloplegic therapy were initiated, and acetazolamide was discontinued...
September 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151003/lung-ultrasound-in-the-critically-ill-luci-a-translational-discipline
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Daniel A Lichtenstein, Manu L N G Malbrain
In the early days of ultrasound, it was not a translational discipline. The heart was claimed by cardiologists, with others, such as gynaecologists, urologists and vascular surgeons claiming their part while the rest was given to radiologists. Only recently, ultrasound transgressed and crossed the usual borders between the different disciplines, such as emergency and critical care medicine. The advent of portable machines in the early 1980s, allowed the critical care physician to perform bedside ultrasound, and the development of whole body critical care ultrasound (CCUS) was born...
November 18, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146416/fulminant-adrenergic-myocarditis-complicated-by-pulmonary-edema-cardiogenic-shock-and-cardiac-arrest
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Pawel Rostoff, Bohdan Nessler, Patrycja Pikul, Karolina Golinska-Grzybala, Tomasz Miszalski-Jamka, Jadwiga Nessler
Adrenergic myocarditis is an uncommon presentation of pheochromocytoma and extremely rare cause of de novo acute heart failure (AHF). We present a case of a 31-year-old Caucasian woman with a history of hypertension and recurrent occipital headaches who was admitted to the emergency department due to severe de novo AHF presenting as pulmonary edema and cardiogenic shock. During the hospital admission the patient experienced asystolic cardiac arrest and was successfully resuscitated, intubated, and mechanically ventilated...
November 10, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145243/obstructive-internal-hernia-caused-by-mesodiverticular-bands-in-children-two-case-reports-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Mirko Bertozzi, Berardino Melissa, Elisa Magrini, Giuseppe Di Cara, Susanna Esposito, Antonino Apignani
INTRODUCTION: The mesodiverticular band (MDB) is an embryologic remnant of the vitelline circulation, which carries the arterial supply to the Meckel diverticulum. In the event of an error of involution, a patent or nonpatent arterial band persists and extends from the mesentery to the apex of the antimesenteric diverticulum. This creates a snare-like opening through which bowel loops may herniate and become obstructed. This report describes 2 rare cases of small bowel occlusion owing to an internal hernia caused by a MDB...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142797/cervical-funneling-potential-pitfall-of-point-of-care-pelvic-ultrasound
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Lori A Stolz, Richard Amini, Elaine H Situ-LaCasse, Faryal Shareef, Heather A Reed, Srikar Adhikari
Though point-of-care ultrasound applications continue to expand, there are findings that are not within the scope of emergency ultrasound. It is important for emergency physicians to be aware of incidental findings that can be identified on comprehensive ultrasounds performed by other imaging departments in order to fully understand the limitations of bedside ultrasound. In this case, a gravid patient presented to the emergency department with pelvic cramping and vaginal bleeding. Point-of-care transabdominal pelvic ultrasound examination was performed and demonstrated cervical funneling...
September 3, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141266/-impact-of-abdominal-ultrasound-on-the-identification-of-the-site-of-infection-in-the-emergency-department-analysis-whether-it-makes-sense-to-perform-abdominal-ultrasound-examination-for-the-identfication-of-the-site-of-infection-if-medical-history-and-clinical
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Barbara Werkmeister, Julia Langgartner, Doris Schacherer, Arno Mohr
Introduction A very high number of patients presenting in emergency departments suffer from an unknown infection or rather fever. If diagnostic imaging is necessary ultrasound can be performed. Whether ultrasound is superior to medical history and clinical examination considering the significantly enhanced technology in recent years and hence has to be performed in patients without abdominal symptoms with non-obvious focus cannot be answered by review of the literature. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relevance of abdominal ultrasound in the determination of the site of infection and to analyse whether an abdominal ultrasound for the identification of the source of infection is dispensable in patients in whom history and clinical examination do not indicate an abdominal focus...
November 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128035/bedside-identification-of-massive-pulmonary-embolism-with-point-of-care-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Tomislav Jelic, Melanie Baimel, Jordan Chenkin
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in those who are hemodynamically unstable and cannot be imaged to confirm the diagnosis. Echocardiography can allow for rapid assessment of patients in shock, but requires adequate transthoracic windows to obtain clinically useful information. Emergency physician-performed transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) may be a useful tool when transthoracic echocardiography fails. CASE REPORT: An 86-year-old woman presented to the emergency department after a fall at home...
November 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126559/outcomes-of-a-simplified-ultrasound-guided-intravenous-training-course-for-emergency-nurses
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Sarah Feinsmith, Ryan Huebinger, Michael Pitts, Emily Baran, Sheila Haas
INTRODUCTION: Various medical or anatomical conditions can lead to difficult intravenous access (DIVA) in the emergency department. It was hypothesized that developing an emergency nurse-training program could reduce IV attempts in the emergency department, improving throughput and patient care. METHODS: Emergency nurses completed a 4-hour ultrasound-guided intravenous (USGIV) access course and achieved competency after 10 successful supervised USGIV insertions on patients...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123898/better-documentation-in-electronic-medical-records-would-lead-to-an-increased-use-of-lower-extremity-venous-ultrasound-in-the-inpatient-setting-a-retrospective-study
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Daisuke Takechi, Naoto Kuroda, Hisashi Dote, Euido Kim, Osamu Yonekawa, Takuya Watanabe, Tetsumei Urano, Yoichiro Homma
Aim: We hypothesized that the quality of the assessment of abnormal laboratory data in the emergency department (ED) could affect the hospital-attending physicians' decision-making after a patient's hospitalization. To test this hypothesis, we investigated how patients with a positive D-dimer result were reported by ED physicians in electronic medical records, and measured whether lower extremity venous ultrasonography examination was undertaken during hospitalization by the hospital-attending physicians...
October 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122375/blunt-traumatic-axillary-artery-truncation-in-the-absence-of-associated-fracture
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Emily Bokser, William Caputo, Barry Hahn, Josh Greenstein
BACKGROUND: Axillary artery injuries can be associated with both proximal humeral fractures (Naouli et al., 2016; Ng et al., 2016) [1,2] as well as shoulder dislocations (Leclerc et al., 2017; Karnes et al., 2016) [3,4]. We report a rare case of an isolated axillary artery truncation following blunt trauma without any associated fracture or dislocation. CASE REPORT: A 58-year-old male presented to the emergency department for evaluation after falling on his outstretched right arm...
October 7, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119588/an-early-pregnancy-unit-in-the-united-states-an-effective-method-for-evaluating-first-trimester-pregnancy-complications
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Polina Rovner, Elaine Stickrath, Meredith Alston, Kirsten Lund
In the United Kingdom, early pregnancy assessment clinics have existed since the early 1990s and have become the reference standard for evaluating and treating women with first-trimester pregnancy complications. These units have now been established in many countries and have been found to be effective and efficient, saving money and unnecessary emergency department visits and hospital admissions. To our knowledge, no such model has been described in the United States. A PubMed search using a combination of "early pregnancy unit," "early pregnancy assessment clinic," and "United States," "U...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110982/point-of-care-ultrasound-is-associated-with-decreased-length-of-stay-in-children-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-with-soft-tissue-infection
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Margaret J Lin, Mark Neuman, Rachel Rempell, Michael Monuteaux, Jason Levy
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is increasingly being used to differentiate cellulitis from abscess in the pediatric emergency department (ED). POCUS has also been shown to decrease length of stay (LOS) for other applications among adult patients. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine if ED LOS differed for children presenting with skin and soft tissue infections who received POCUS versus radiology-performed ultrasound. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of children presenting to an urban pediatric ED between January 2011 and June 2013 with a diagnosis of cellulitis or abscess who underwent soft tissue ultrasound...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110981/distributive-shock-in-a-neonate-with-diffuse-infantile-hepatic-hemangioma
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James Brown, Rajan Arora, Usha Sethuraman
BACKGROUND: Hemangiomas are common cutaneous findings on healthy infants. These vascular malformations are generally benign, though in rare circumstances they can potentially be fatal. This is particularly true when the hemangiomas are large or numerous and occurring in visceral organs. Previously unrecognized visceral hemangiomas are part of the differential for any neonate presenting unexpectedly in shock. CASE REPORT: A 10-day-old neonate presented to the pediatric emergency department with difficulty breathing...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110976/emergency-medicine-myths-ectopic-pregnancy-evaluation-%C3%A2-risk%C3%A2-factors-and-presentation
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Jennifer J Robertson, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Ectopic pregnancy (EP) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in females of reproductive age. Proper diagnosis and treatment are critical, as complications such as rupture, hemorrhagic shock, and even death can occur. OBJECTIVE: EP is a condition emergency physicians are trained to detect, yet there are multiple myths concerning its evaluation and diagnosis. This article reviews several of these myths in order to improve emergency department (ED) evaluation and diagnosis...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104834/a-case-of-spontaneous-isolated-celiac-artery-dissection-with-pseudoaneurysm-formation
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John Kim, Lamar H Moree, Michael J Muehlberger
Spontaneous isolated celiac artery dissection is a rare disease and patients without evidence of significant complications often resolve with medical therapy alone; however, the extension of the dissection can lead to more serious complications including aneurysmal dilatation, complete occlusion, and rupture of a visceral artery. In these patients, optimal management has not yet been clearly defined and treatment primarily depends on clinical presentation and lesions identified on imaging studies. This case report demonstrates the conservative management of spontaneous celiac artery dissection...
August 27, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095776/previous-looks-may-be-deceiving-point-of-care-ultrasound-to-diagnose-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-despite-a-previously-normal-echocardiogram
#16
Christopher Woll, Lei Chen
We describe a case of a 17-year-old boy presenting to the emergency department following a presyncopal episode with exertion. His medical history is significant for a murmur, which was determined to be benign in nature after a normal echocardiogram at 12 years of age. His workup in the emergency department included an electrocardiogram, which was significant for left ventricular hypertrophy, and a point-of-care ultrasound, which was significant for severe concentric left ventricular hypertrophy with diastolic dysfunction consistent with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy...
November 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095775/vaginal-foreign-bodies-the-potential-role-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-in-the-pediatric-emergency-department
#17
Isabel Theresia Gross, Antonio Riera
Transabdominal point-of-care ultrasound may be a helpful tool during the evaluation of children with suspected vaginal foreign bodies. We discuss the case of an 11-year-old girl presenting after having placed a pen into her vagina. The patient attempted to remove the pen, but there was concern the cap may have been retained in the vagina. Point-of-care ultrasound findings confirmed a retained pen cap that was subsequently removed by pediatric surgery. We discuss the role of transabdominal point-of-care ultrasound for the detection of vaginal foreign bodies in pediatric patients...
November 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095385/ultrasound-guided-popliteal-sciatic-nerve-block-for-an-ankle-laceration-in-a-pediatric-emergency-department
#18
Takaaki Mori, Yusuke Hagiwara
Although ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block has recently been introduced into pediatric emergency departments, knowledge of its use is limited. We present here a case demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of ultrasound-guided popliteal sciatic nerve block for a pediatric spoke injury in a pediatric emergency department setting.
October 31, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092966/use-of-emergency-department-point-of-care-ultrasound-in-a-case-of-cholecystitis
#19
Nicolas Lim, Aileen McCabe, John Cronin
A 54-year-old man presented with severe right upper quadrant (RUQ) abdominal pain. He denied any infective symptoms. On clinical examination, he was afebrile and anicteric. His abdomen was soft with tenderness elicited on the RUQ. A point-of-care ultrasound in the emergency department demonstrated a distended gallbladder with a thickened wall and an impacted large gallstone at the neck of the gallbladder. Furthermore, the point-of-care ultrasound also identified a highly reflective echo from the anterior surface of the gallstone and marked posterior acoustic shadowing...
November 1, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090270/efficacy-and-duration-of-ultrasound-guided-fascia-iliaca-block-for-hip-fracture-performed-in-the-emergency-departments
#20
Béres Zsolt Levente, Monica Nicoleta Filip, Nicoleta Romaniuc, Szilagyi Gheorghe
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October 2017: Rom J Anaesth Intensive Care
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