Urgent message: Opioid abuse, addiction, and resultant deaths have drawn the attention of both the medical community and legislative bodies from the local health department to the White House. Urgent care is a frequent destination for addicts trying to secure drugs illicitly—but it also has the potential to be the first stop on the road to recovery. Jason M. Ramos and Robert S. Crausman, MD, MMS Case Presentation Manny is a middle-aged white male who presented to our urgent care for the third time in 2 weeks complaining of severeRead More
Case A 48-year-old woman presents with several red lesions that are extremely pruritic. They are scattered haphazardly on the back of her leg. A few of the lesions are still smooth nodules, but others are now excoriations; she just can’t stop scratching them no matter how hard she tries. She estimates they appeared nearly a month ago. She reports a history of atopic dermatitis, but “this doesn’t feel like the same thing.” View the photo and consider what your diagnosis and next steps would be. Resolution of the case isRead More
The patient is a 26-year-old man who presents after 3 days of palpitations. He denies any chest pain, shortness of breath, diaphoresis, fever, or dizziness. He does use home oxygen (2 L/min), but denies any new shortness of breath. Upon exam, you find: General: Alert and oriented X 3 Lungs: Clear to auscultation bilaterally Cardiovascular: Regular and tachycardic without murmur, rub, or gallop Abdomen: Soft and nontender without rigidity, rebound, or guarding Extremities: No pain or swelling, pulses are 2+ and equal in all 4 extremities View the ECG andRead More
The patient is a 9-year-old boy who was brought in by his parents with right knee pain. He reports that he twisted it while reenacting Star Wars battles in the backyard with friends. His parents did not witness the injury. View the image taken (Figure 1) and consider what your diagnosis and next steps would be. Resolution of the case is described on the next page.  Read More
Urgent message: Back pain is a common complaint in the urgent care setting. Common causes of musculoskeletal back pain include overuse and work-related injury. Other causes can include disc herniation, metastasis, osteoporosis, arthritis, spinal stenosis, and nephrolithiasis. Crystal N. Bharat MD, Ronald Dvorkin, MD, and Glenn G. Gray MD Case Presentation A 65-year-old female complained of 1 day of low back pain radiating to her left flank, which was aggravated with movement. Symptoms began while at work. Patient denied nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, urinary frequency, urinary urgency, dysuria and hematuria,Read More

Posted On October 30, 2017 By In Abstracts

Abstracts in Urgent Care – November 2017

Brain Study Suggests a Link Between CTE and Football—Even Among Youths Key point: A high proportion of deceased players of American football showed pathological evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, suggesting that CTE may be related to prior participation in football. Citation: Mez J, Daneshvar DH, Kiernan PT, et al. Clinicopathological evaluation of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in players of American football. JAMA. 2017;318(4):360–370. This widely referenced JAMA study presents a convenience sample of 202 deceased players of American football from a brain bank established to study the neuropathological sequelae of repetitive traumaticRead More
Connecticut Democrats Seek Regulations for Urgent Care Centers. When this alert hit my inbox, I must say it was a bit alarming. Whenever I see “urgent care” and “regulations” in the news it’s unsettling to say the least. I am probably not alone. The regulatory rumblings have come and gone before, but this one has me more concerned. Here’s a little background: Connecticut legislators and the state Department of Public Health (CDPH) have been interested in looking for ways to reduce the healthcare expenditures related to emergency department utilization forRead More

Posted On October 2, 2017 By In Abstracts

Abstracts in Urgent Care October 2017

Validating a Quantitative EEG-Based Brain Function Index Key point: A novel EEG-based point of care, handheld, and noninvasive head injury assessment device, utilizing an index based on EEG measures reflective of concussion, was demonstrated to provide a quantitative index of brain function impairment in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Citation: Hanley D, Prichep LS, Badjatia N, et al. A brain electrical activity (EEG) based biomarker of functional impairment in traumatic head injury: a multisite validation trial. J Neurotrauma. [Epub ahead of print June 9, 2017] There is currently no goldRead More