Late-Onset Diabetes Case Report

A Case of Late-Onset Diabetes

Urgent message: Previously undiagnosed diabetes in elderly patients is too frequently a precursor to the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Incidental and unexpected diagnosis of diabetes in older patients in urgent care, especially in normal or underweight individuals, should prompt a discussion about vigilant monitoring for other symptoms of malignancy and close follow-up with a primary care provider. Joshua Russell, MD, MSc, FCUCM, FACEP CASE PRESENTATION A 72-year-old woman with a history of hypertension presented to …
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A 20-year-Old Female with Chest Pain and SOB

Urgent message: Urgent care providers need to be vigilant for more than acute coronary syndrome, pulmonary embolism, and thoracic aortic dissection when patients present with chest pain—such as this 20-year-old who developed pneumomediastinum while smoking marijuana. Xiangyang Jiao, MD Case Presentation A 20-year-old female presented to urgent care for pleuritic chest pain and shortness of breath for about 2 hours. The chest pain was located in the upper and mid chest, was dull, pressure like, …
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Testicular Torsion: The Case of the Dancing Testicle

Urgent message: The differential diagnosis for unilateral testicular pain includes testicular torsion; this is a ”must not miss” diagnosis, as delayed diagnosis can cause significant morbidity both physically and psychologically. Jeannette Vaughn-Dotterer, PA-C CASE PRESENTATION ML is a 47-year-old male who developed left-sided testicular pain after getting out of bed 2 hours prior. He states that his left testicle appears to be “dancing” and seems to be riding higher than his right testicle. ML states …
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Shoulder Pain

Posterior Shoulder Pain—Not Always a Muscle Spasm

Urgent message: Patients present to urgent care with a variety of complaints, many of which are common—even if they are the result of an uncommon condition. It is important that the provider develop a broad differential diagnosis as they approach these problems. Richard A Ginnetti, MD, MBA, CPE and Justin Holschbach, MD CASE PRESENTATION History A 52-year-old male presents to urgent care with the chief complaint of new lower posterior neck and right shoulder pain …
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How Useful Is Ultrasound in Diagnosing Extrauterine Gravidities?

Urgent message: Ultrasound can provide essential data in the urgent care evaluation of gynecological and obstetrical problems, such as suspected ectopic pregnancy (and is the test of choice for first-trimester pregnant women with abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding). Andrew Alaya, MD, MSc and Harold Pelikan, MD INTRODUCTION An ectopic pregnancy or extrauterine gravidity (EUG) is a pregnancy that implants outside of the uterus. In 90% to 95% of EUGs, the pregnancy lies in the fallopian …
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