A 52-Year-Old Man with Recent-Onset Dizziness

A 52-Year-Old Man with Recent-Onset Dizziness

Case A 52-year-old man presented to urgent care with a 2-day history of dizziness. He denies chest pain, syncope, shortness of breath, or diaphoresis. He is not taking any medications, and has no noteworthy personal medical history. Upon exam, you find: General: Alert and oriented X 3, slightly pale Lungs: CTAB Cardiovascular: Irregularly irregular and tachycardic without murmur, rub, or gallop Abdomen: Soft and NT, no pulsatile mass Ext: No peripheral edema, pulses are 2+ …

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A Toddler with a Sudden Limp

A Toddler with a Sudden Limp

Case The patient is a 3-year-old female who is brought to your urgent care center by her parents, who report that she has been limping and crying intermittently seemingly without reason for the past several hours. Her father says she cries acutely when picked up, but that she calms down quickly with comforting. View the images taken (Figure 1 and Figure 2) and consider what the diagnosis and next steps would be. Resolution of the …

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A 3-Year-Old Girl with Vesicles on Her Palms and Soles

A 3-Year-Old Girl with Vesicles on Her Palms and Soles

Case A 3-year-old girl was brought to urgent care with small widespread vesicles, including on her palms and soles. She had begun to develop painful oral vesicles, as well, and was refusing to eat. The rash began a few days after flu-like symptoms of fever, sore throat, cough, and headache.   View the photo and consider what your diagnosis and next steps would be. Resolution of the case is described on the next page.

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A 34-Year-Old Woman with an Unidentified Insect Sting

A 34-Year-Old Woman with an Unidentified Insect Sting

Case The patient is a 34-year-old woman who has just returned from the first camping trip of the year with her family. She relays that 2 days earlier, as she as she was setting up a tent, she “got stung” by something she didn’t see. As she struggled to free herself of the tent fabric, she was stung several more times on her hand and arm. She never saw the culprit. Not long after, she …

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A 17-Year-Old Male with Knee Pain After a Fall

A 17-Year-Old Male with Knee Pain After a Fall

Case The patient is a 17-year-old male who presents to urgent care with anterior knee pain after a fall while mountain biking. However, he states that he’d been experiencing pain for an indeterminate period of time before the incident that preceded his visit. View the image taken (Figure 1) and consider what the diagnosis and next steps would be. Resolution of the case is described on the next page. Figure 1.

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A 42-Year-Old Man with a ‘Flipping’ Sensation in his Heart

A 42-Year-Old Man with a ‘Flipping’ Sensation in his Heart

  Figure 1.   The patient is a 42-year-old man with a sensation he describes as his heart “flipping” intermittently for the last 3 days. He denies chest pain, shortness of breath, diaphoresis, or dizziness. Upon exam, you find:   General: Alert and oriented X 3, sitting comfortably in a chair Lungs: CTAB Cardiovascular: RRR without murmur, rub, or gallop Abdomen: Soft and NT View the ECG taken and consider what the diagnosis and next …

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A 45-Year-Old Woman with Acute Chest Pain

A 45-Year-Old Woman with Acute Chest Pain

Case The patient is a 45-year-old woman who presents after experiencing chest pain for the past 2 hours. She has some minimal dyspnea, but no diaphoresis. She takes birth control pills and is a smoker. She denies family history of cardiac disease. Upon exam, you find: General: Alert and oriented Lungs: CTAB Cardiovascular: RRR without murmur, rub, or gallop Abdomen: Soft and NT without r/r/g Ext: No peripheral edema or calf pain, pulses 2+ and …

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A 35-Year-Old HIV-Infected Patient

A 35-Year-Old HIV-Infected Patient

Case A 35-year-old, HIV-infected patient who recently started highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) presents to your urgent care center very concerned about a large group of vesicles that had appeared on her leg. She recalls feeling a burning sensation for several days before they appeared. Upon probing, she tells you that she’s also had headache, neck pain, and fatigue. View the photo and consider what your diagnosis and next steps would be. Resolution of the …

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A 74-Year-Old Man with Epigastric Pain

A 74-Year-Old Man with Epigastric Pain

Case The patient is a 74-year-old man who complains of epigastric pain. He is an alcoholic who has had multiple episodes of pancreatitis. He has no chest pain, shortness of breath, or diaphoresis. An ECG is performed by staff prior to provider evaluation. Upon exam, you find: General: Alert and oriented Lungs: CTAB Cardiovascular: RRR without murmur, rub, or gallop, occasional irregular beats Abdomen: Soft and NT without r/r/g View the ECG taken and consider …

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