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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/28092259/-first-case-of-chikungunya-fever-in-hermosillo-sonora-mexico
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Miguel Ángel Martínez-Medina, Ismael Antonio Cañedo-Dorame
The Chikungunya is an arbovirus first described during a 1952 outbreak of febrile exantematic disease in southern Tanganyika (now Tanzania). It is a virus within the alphavirus genus of the Togaviridae family, it is usually transmitted to humans by Aedes mosquitoes. Typically, the disease manifests as acute onset of fever and joint pains. This study describes the clinical characteristics the first imported case infected with chikungunya fever (CHIK) in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. We report the case of a 30 years old man seen in our emergency department due to fever, polyarthralgia, rash and headache...
January 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089338/lymphangitis-from-scolopendra-heros-envenomation-the-texas-redheaded-centipede
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Shannon E Essler, Maneesha Julakanti, Andrew L Juergens
Envenomation by Scolopendra heros, the Texas redheaded centipede, can present variably. Although transient pain and erythema are often treated conservatively, complications may include cellulitis, necrosis, myocardial infarction, and rhabdomyolysis. We present a case of an elderly man who came to the emergency department with lymphangitis and dermatitis secondary to a centipede sting that awoke him from sleep. It is important to recognize the potential of centipede envenomation to have severe local and systemic manifestations...
January 11, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088941/fracture-union-in-percutaneous-kirschner-wire-fixation-in-paediatric-tibial-shaft-fractures
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Ramji Lal Sahu, Rajni Ranjan
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of intramedullary Kirschner wires for the treatment of unstable tibial shaft fractures in children. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Maharishi Markandeshwar Medical College from June 2005 to June 2010. Sixty-six children having closed fracture of the tibial shaft with a mean age of 7.7 years (range, 2-14 years) were recruited from emergency and outpatient department. They were treated with percutaneous intramedullary Kirschner wires...
December 1, 2016: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087889/national-audit-of-the-quality-of-pain-relief-provided-in-emergency-departments-in-aotearoa-new-zealand-the-prized-1-study
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OBJECTIVE: Pain is a common feature of ED presentations and the timely provision of adequate analgesia is important for patient care. However, there is currently no New Zealand data with respect to this indicator of care quality. The present study aimed to provide a baseline for the quality of care with respect to the provision of timely and adequate analgesia in New Zealand EDs. METHODS: The present study is a secondary analysis of data initially collected for the Shorter Stays in Emergency Department Study, using a retrospective chart review of 1685 randomly selected ED presentations (2006-2012) from 26 New Zealand public hospital EDs...
January 13, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087496/digital-pills-to-measure-opioid-ingestion-patterns-in-emergency-department-patients-with-acute-fracture-pain-a-pilot-study
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Peter R Chai, Stephanie Carreiro, Brendan J Innes, Rochelle K Rosen, Conall O'Cleirigh, Kenneth H Mayer, Edward W Boyer
BACKGROUND: Nonadherence to prescribed regimens for opioid analgesic agents contributes to increasing opioid abuse and overdose death. Opioids are frequently prescribed on an as-needed basis, placing the responsibility to determine opioid dose and frequency with the patient. There is wide variability in physician prescribing patterns because of the lack of data describing how patients actually use as-needed opioid analgesics. Digital pill systems have a radiofrequency emitter that directly measures medication ingestion events, and they provide an opportunity to discover the dose, timing, and duration of opioid therapy...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087181/challenging-the-99th-percentile-a-lower-troponin-cutoff-leads-to-low-mortality-of-chest-pain-patients
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Nils Arne Sörensen, Johannes Tobias Neumann, Francisco Ojeda, Tjark Schwemer, Thomas Renné, Renate B Schnabel, Tanja Zeller, Mahir Karakas, Stefan Blankenberg, Dirk Westermann
BACKGROUND: Rule-out of non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction is based on consecutive measurements of cardiac troponins using the 99th percentile of the respective assay as cutoff. The new ESC guidelines alternatively offer rapid 1h algorithms with lower cutoffs than the 99th percentile for rule-out of non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. We aimed to compare a recently introduced 1h algorithm based on a high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-TnI) cutoff of 6ng/L at 0h and 1h to the current standard of care using the 99th percentile (27ng/L) as cutoff with reference to follow-up events in a large chest pain cohort...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081310/a-simple-risk-score-in-acute-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-modified-acef-age-creatinine-and-ejection-fraction-score
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Arzu Kalaycı, Vecih Oduncu, Çetin Geçmen, Selim Topcu, Can Yücel Karabay, İbrahim Akın İzgi, Cevat Kırma
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate if the modified ACEF (age, creatinine, and ejection fraction) score is a predictor of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events during 1 year of follow-up in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled 1632 consecutive patients who were admitted to our emergency department diagnosed with STEMI within 12 h of chest pain and treated with primary PCI...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079561/-single-checked-patient-group-directions-during-initial-nurse-assessment-within-paediatric-emergency-departments-of-the-uk-and-ireland
#9
Chris K Bird, Anthony G Sinclair, Stuart Hartshorn
OBJECTIVE: Double checking medications at initial assessment within paediatric emergency departments (EDs) has the potential to delay patient flow, and doubt has been cast on the efficacy of double checking in all but high-risk medications. We aimed to benchmark current practice for the use of Patient Group Direction (PGD) medications at initial assessment in EDs within the Paediatric Emergency Research UK and Ireland (PERUKI) network, with a focus on the use of 'single-checker' PGDs...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077467/gut-microbiota-dependent-trimethylamine-n-oxide-in-acute-coronary-syndromes-a-prognostic-marker-for-incident-cardiovascular-events-beyond-traditional-risk-factors
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Xinmin S Li, Slayman Obeid, Roland Klingenberg, Baris Gencer, François Mach, Lorenz Räber, Stephan Windecker, Nicolas Rodondi, David Nanchen, Olivier Muller, Melroy X Miranda, Christian M Matter, Yuping Wu, Lin Li, Zeneng Wang, Hassan S Alamri, Valentin Gogonea, Yoon-Mi Chung, W H Wilson Tang, Stanley L Hazen, Thomas F Lüscher
AIMS: Systemic levels of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), a pro-atherogenic and pro-thrombotic metabolite produced from gut microbiota metabolism of dietary trimethylamine (TMA)-containing nutrients such as choline or carnitine, predict incident cardiovascular event risks in stable primary and secondary prevention subjects. However, the prognostic value of TMAO in the setting of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) remains unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We investigated the relationship of TMAO levels with incident cardiovascular risks among sequential patients presenting with ACS in two independent cohorts...
January 11, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075619/role-of-ct-in-the-diagnosis-of-nonspecific-abdominal-pain-a-multicenter-analysis
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Jonathan D Eisenberg, Andrew T Reisner, William D Binder, Atif Zaheer, Martin L Gunn, Ken F Linnau, Chad M Miller, Angela C Tramontano, Maurice S Herring, Emily C Dowling, Elkan F Halpern, Karen Donelan, G Scott Gazelle, Pari V Pandharipande
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to determine whether specific patient and physician factors-known before CT-are associated with a diagnosis of nonspecific abdominal pain (NSAP) after CT in the emergency department (ED). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed data originally collected in a prospective multicenter study. In the parent study, we identified ED patients referred to CT for evaluation of abdominal pain. We surveyed their physicians before and after CT to identify changes in leading diagnoses, diagnostic confidence, and admission decisions...
January 11, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074727/-flank-pain-caused-by-a-renal-artery-dissection
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J C Karper, W M T Janssen, J C Breek, R Oosterhof-Berktas, J Gravendeel, T K Kremer Hovinga
BACKGROUND: A spontaneous renal artery dissection is a very rare diagnosis. The clinical presentation can vary and its course can be atypical. There are no guidelines available regarding treatment; however, the options are a conservative (medication) or interventional (radiological or surgical) approach. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 45-year-old man presented to the emergency department with hypertensive urgency after earlier episodes of flank pain. The cause appeared to be a spontaneous bilateral renal artery dissection with infarction...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074453/laparoscopic-resection-and-intracorporeal-anastomosis-of-perforated-small-bowel-caused-by-fish-bone-ingestion
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Ahmet Cem Dural, Muhammet Ferhat Çelik, Hakan Yiğitbaş, Cevher Akarsu, Mahmut Doğan, Halil Alış
Presently described is case of a 52-year-old man who was admitted to the emergency department with 3-day history of epigastric pain. Abdominal examination revealed diffuse tenderness and muscle guarding. Plain abdominal X-ray showed free subdiaphragmatic air. The patient underwent diagnostic laparoscopy with presumptive diagnosis of peptic ulcer perforation. Laparoscopy showed several inflamed, edematous jejunal loops with proximal obstruction and perforation by an impacted fish bone. Completely intracorporeal resection and anastomosis using laparoscopic linear stapler was performed and segment of resected bowel was removed through trocar site...
November 2016: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074044/diabetic-myonecrosis-a-rare-complication-of-diabetes-mellitus-mimicking-deep-vein-thrombosis
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Himanshu K Khanna, Andrew C Stevens
BACKGROUND Diabetic myonecrosis is an uncommon complication of long-standing poorly controlled diabetes mellitus. It presents as acute non-traumatic swelling and pain of the lower extremity, which can mimic deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The clinical course is usually self-limiting and patients respond well to supportive medical therapy. CASE REPORT A 54-year-old male with past medical history of poorly controlled diabetes mellitus type II, hyperlipidemia, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and remote history of DVT presented to our emergency department with 2-week history of progressively worsening left calf pain and swelling...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073942/emergency-department-visits-related-to-functional-abdominal-pain-in-the-pediatric-age-group
#15
Chaitanya Pant, Abhishek Deshpande, Thomas J Sferra, Mojtaba Olyaee
To analyze visits to and admissions from the emergency department (ED) in children with a primary diagnosis of functional abdominal pain (FAP). This was a cross-sectional study using data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (HCUP-NEDS 2008-2012). FAP-related ED visits were identified using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes. The most frequent secondary diagnoses associated with FAP-related ED visits were also extracted. In 2012, a total of 796,665 children presented to the ED with a primary diagnosis of FAP...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073611/propofol-versus-midazolam-for-procedural-sedation-in-the-emergency-department-a-study-on-efficacy-and-safety
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Heleen Lameijer, Ytje T Sikkema, Albert Pol, Maike G E Bosch, Femke Beije, Rieneke Feenstra, Bas W J Bens, Ewoud Ter Avest
BACKGROUND: Procedural sedation for painful procedures in the emergency department (ED) can be accomplished with various pharmacological agents. The choice of the sedative used is highly dependent on procedure- and patient characteristics and on personal- or local preferences. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter retrospective cohort study of procedural sedations performed in the EDs of 5 hospitals in the Netherlands over a 4year period to evaluate the efficacy- (success rate of the intended procedure) and safety (incidence of sedation (adverse) events) of propofol sedations compared to midazolam sedations...
January 3, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069882/linea-arcuate-hernia-disguised-as-pfannenstiel-incision-s-hernia-a-case-report-and-a-systemic-literature-review
#17
Veronica Vincelli, Cesare Marazzi, Alberto Posabella, Aurore Steiger
We report a rare case of a 46-year-old woman 2 weeks after a cesarean section with Pfannenstiel incision, who presented at the Emergency Department with a significant abdominal pain accompanied by two episodes of vomiting. After that a clinical examination and an abdominal computed tomography scan were completed, a visceral herniation through Pfannenstiel incision was suspected. The indication of surgical exploration was clear. Finally, the laparotomy revealed a linea arcuata hernia with a hernia of the small intestine...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069418/splenic-artery-aneurysm-rupture-in-pregnancy
#18
Joshua Jacobson, Chad Gorbatkin, Stacey Good, Scott Sullivan
CASE PRESENTATION: A pregnant woman at 22+5/7weeks gestation presented to the emergency department (ED) from an outpatient clinic, hypotensive after experiencing a syncopal episode. On arrival to the ER she was tachycardic, tachypneic and complaining of abdominal pain. A bedside FAST was performed and noted free fluid in the abdomen. Subsequent CT obtained noted the rare but life-threatening diagnosis of ruptured splenic artery aneurysm that resulted in emergent transfer to the operating room with OB/GYN and general surgery...
December 15, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068904/long-term-kinetics-of-zika-virus-rna-and-antibodies-in-body-fluids-of-a-vasectomized-traveller-returning-from-martinique-a-case-report
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Guenter Froeschl, Kristina Huber, Frank von Sonnenburg, Hans-Dieter Nothdurft, Gisela Bretzel, Michael Hoelscher, Lothar Zoeller, Matthias Trottmann, Francisco Pan-Montojo, Gerhard Dobler, Silke Woelfel
BACKGROUND: The magnitude of the current Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic has led to a declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the WHO. Findings of viable viral particles in semen for several weeks are corroborating reports of sexual transmission of ZIKV. Serious consequences of a positive diagnostic result particularly in the pregnant patient are calling for precise diagnostic tools also at later time points after infection. Currently, recommendations suggest a diagnostic period of direct viral detection of 5 to 7 days after onset of symptoms in serum or plasma, and up to 3 weeks in urine samples...
January 10, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067687/a-case-of-toxic-breast-feeding
#20
Megan L Schultz, Mark Kostic, Sigmund Kharasch
Opiates are frequently prescribed postpartum for pain relief after cesarean delivery, episiotomies, and headaches. It is estimated that greater than 30% of breast-feeding mothers in the United States are prescribed opiates for pain relief associated with childbirth. Many opiates are readily transferred to human milk, although life-threatening events are rare. We report a 6-day-old breast-feeding infant whose mother was taking hydromorphone for pain relief from a cesarean delivery and whose clinical course was suggestive of opiate toxicity...
January 6, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
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