A Cause of Dizziness Not to Be Missed

A Cause of Dizziness Not to Be Missed

Urgent message: Most cases of vertigo are benign. This includes etiologies such as benign paroxysmal position vertigo, labyrinthitis, and psychogenic causes. However, there are serious, “can’t miss” etiologies which should be considered during the urgent care evaluation of a dizzy patient. Cody McCoy, DO and Michael Weinstock, MD Citation: McCoy C, Weinstock M. A cause of dizziness not to be missed. J Urgent Care Med. 2023;17(5):13-16. Key words: dizziness, vertigo, disequilibrium, BPPV INTRODUCTION Dizziness presents …

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<strong>Atypical Chest Pain Reveals Rare T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma: A Case Report</strong>

Atypical Chest Pain Reveals Rare T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma: A Case Report

Urgent message: Not all patients presenting to urgent care with chest pain require immediate transfer to a higher-acuity setting. Rather, immediate evaluation in the urgent care center can inform next steps for management on site or, in the event of truly emergent symptoms, transfer. Tushar Menon, MD; Sahil Kapur, DO; Ameera C. Mistry, MD; and David M. Boyd, MD Key words: T-call lymphoblastic lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, anterior mediastinal mass, chest pain ABSTRACT Chest pain patients …

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Abstracts in Urgent Care – February 2023

Ivan Koay MBChB, MRCS, FRNZCUC, MD Quinolone Eardrops and Achilles Tendon-Related Outcomes Take-home point: Quinolone eardrops were associated with an increased risk of all-type tendon rupture, including Achilles tendon (AT), but not AT tendinitis. Citation: Tran P, Antonelli P and Winterstein A. Quinolone ear drops and Achilles tendon rupture. Clin Infect Dis. 2022; ciac709. Epub ahead of print September 6, 2022. Relevance: Systemic quinolones have been known to increase the risk of tendon rupture. Prior …

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Investigation of Healthcare Disparities in the Treatment of Bacterial Infections: An Assessment of a Single Urgent Care Clinic

Investigation of Healthcare Disparities in the Treatment of Bacterial Infections: An Assessment of a Single Urgent Care Clinic

Urgent message: While management of infection is often guideline-dependent, studies have revealed disparities in the treatment and management of several infections among clinical sites in the United States. Current literature suggests social determinants of health and other factors may also influence treatment and management of disease states. Derrick Murcia, BS; Ryan Loh, PhD; Omar Samara, BS; Anthony Monzon, MBA; Sterling Lee, BA; Alex Nguyen, BS; and Lindsey E. Fish, MD Citation: Murcia D, Loh R, …

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A 41-Year-Old Woman with a History of SLE and Sudden-Onset Sores on Her Limbs

A 41-Year-Old Woman with a History of SLE and Sudden-Onset Sores on Her Limbs

A 41-year-old woman with a history of systemic lupus erythematosus presents for evaluation of painful areas that had developed on her upper, outer arms and lateral thighs over the past month. She reports that while the affected areas were initially smooth, some had begun to ulcerate. View the photo taken and consider what your diagnosis and next steps would be.

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A Common Complaint, an Unlikely Diagnosis: Psoas Abscess in the Urgent Care Center

A Common Complaint, an Unlikely Diagnosis: Psoas Abscess in the Urgent Care Center

Urgent message: Psoas (or iliopsoas) abscess, although rare, is a cause of back pain associated with high morbidity and mortality. Proper diagnosis requires the physician to recognize signs in the history and physical examination that are suggestive of a potentially serious spinal condition prompting further workup.  Fabrizia Faustinella, MD, PhD and L. Alexandre Frigini, MD Citation: Faustinella F, Frigini LA. A common compliant with an unlikely diagnosis: psoas abscess in the urgent care center. J …

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Facial Nerve Blocks in the Urgent Care Center

Facial Nerve Blocks in the Urgent Care Center

Urgent message: Often, patients that could safely be treated for lacerations in the urgent care center are referred to the emergency room due to the quest for expediency, or even providers being out of practice with treating such wounds on site during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, doing so contributes to the degradation of acuity in urgent care while delaying care and raising costs. Anesthesia for wound repair can be achieved in many ways, typically with …

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Cost-Effective Management of Deep-Vein Thrombosis

Cost-Effective Management of Deep-Vein Thrombosis

Urgent message: Utilization of validated scoring systems and clinical decision-making tools can enable the urgent care provider to manage many patients presenting with symptoms of deep-vein thrombosis in the urgent care center, reducing the need for costly referral to the emergency room. Daniel Eisner, DMSc, PA-C ABSTRACT Management of venous thromboembolism accounts for $10 billion in medical spending annually, with much of the cost attributable to emergency room visits. Conversely, managing VTE patients in the …

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