Left Eye Pain in an Overall Healthy 19-Year-old Female

Urgent message: Eye pain is a common presentation to the urgent care clinic. A provider needs to be able to recognize concerning components of history and physical which require further emergent evaluation. Lindsey E. Fish, MD CASE PRESENTATION History A 19-year-old female with past medical history significant only for scoliosis presents to an urgent care clinic complaining of left eye pain for the last 3 days. She reports that the pain feels like it is …
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A 69-Year-Old Female with Hypertension, Dyslipidemia, and a Constellation of Otolaryngologic Symptoms

Urgent message: Epiglottitis is classically viewed as a pediatric disease, but has become increasingly common in the adult population. While symptoms may present as an isolated sore throat, they can quickly progress to complete airway compromise with need for emergency cricothyroidotomy. Due to the high risk for morbidity and mortality, urgent care providers must maintain a high index of suspicion to avoid misdiagnosing a potentially catastrophic disease. Zachary DePriest, MS, PA-C INTRODUCTION Adult epiglottitis (AE) …
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A New-Onset, Suspicious Skin Lesion

Urgent message: Patients and providers alike may be inclined to eliminate possible diagnoses based on first impressions. It is essential that the urgent care clinician maintain a wide differential when evaluating patients for new-onset complaints that do not have an obvious cause. Failure to do so may cause delayed diagnoses (and, consequently, delayed treatment). Haley Harrington, Ross L. Pearlman, MD and Robert T. Brodell, MD INTRODUCTION Ticks are small—so small that patients often do not …
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Cannabis-Associated Myocardial Infarction in a Young Woman Without Other Cardiac Risk Factors

Urgent message: A growing body of evidence suggests increased cardiovascular risk with frequent cannabis use. With cannabis availability and legalization increasing, the urgent care provider must understand how it affects the risk for acute medical issues among frequent users. Bella Nagappan, MD and Susanne Demeester, MD INTRODUCTION Cannabis, or marijuana, is legal for recreational use in 11 states and medical use in 33 states.1 With this increasing availability and legalization, the urgent care clinician must …
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Foraged Mushroom Toxicity Presenting to Urgent Care with Acute Kidney Injury

Urgent message: Though it occurs relatively rarely, mushroom toxicity can result in irreversible organ damage and, in certain cases, death if not recognized quickly. Diagnosis can be difficult due to the facts that toxicity may present at different intervals from time of ingestion, depending on the species of mushroom,  and initial symptoms are nonspecific and similar to those of benign gastrointestinal illnesses. Timely consultation with a poison control center may be life-saving. Michele L. Stowe, …
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