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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A Pregnant Woman with Upper Right Quadrant Pain

Urgent message: The presentation of a pregnant woman to urgent care is often associated with consternation for both the patient and the provider. When a pregnant patient presents to urgent care with right upper quadrant pain, initial bedside ultrasound screening for gall bladder disease can facilitate initial interventions as well as expedite follow up care. CASE PRESENTATION  History A 25-year-old nulliparous female 24 weeks pregnant presented to urgent care 4 hours after onset of nausea, …
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Management of Lisfranc Dislocation in the Urgent Care Center

Urgent message: Lisfranc dislocations are relatively rare, but should be on the urgent care provider’s radar in patients who refuse to bear weight and who have significant midfoot pain and swelling after an acute trauma causing hyperplantarflexion of the foot. Introduction The tarsometatarsal (TMT), or Lisfranc, joint complex is the attachment between the forefoot and midfoot. This joint is the keystone to normal foot function and is thus critical for normal gait.1 Jacques L. Lisfranc …
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Guttate Psoriasis: An Uncommon Cause of a Rash

Urgent message: While skin-related complaints are not uncommon in the urgent care setting, with psoriasis being a relatively common source, evaluation and diagnosis of a rash can be challenging. This is especially true in the case of a rare variant like guttate psoriasis.  Chasity L. Falls, MS, PA-C INTRODUCTION Psoriasis is a common condition. However, the guttate variant is rarer, commonly affecting children and young adults less than 40 years of age and accounting for …
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