A 30-Year-Old Female with Headaches of Increasing Frequency

A 30-Year-Old Female with Headaches of Increasing Frequency

Urgent message: Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) occurs when a blood clot forms in the venous sinuses within the brain, preventing drainage of blood. It can cause blood cells to break down and leak into the brain tissues, forming a hemorrhage. This can result in stroke. CVST affects about 5 people in 1 million per year. Aasia Ferdous, DO and Jordan Miller, DO CASE PRESENTATION A 30-year-old female presented to urgent clinic with a headache …

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An Updated Approach to Toddler Fractures

An Updated Approach to Toddler Fractures

Urgent message: Toddler’s fractures are a common cause of limp and failure to bear weight in children under 4 years of age. Recent research shows wide variation in management of these stable fractures, favoring a less conservative approach. Amy E. Pattishall, MD The case: A 14-month-old male is brought to your urgent care by his parents immediately after an injury to his right leg at the park. The boy was riding down the slide on …

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Virtual Urgent Care: Boom or Bust?

Telemedicine remains a hot topic of debate in urgent care circles. In fact, it seems like every urgent care conference I attend lately has a telemedicine track or expert panel. JUCM recently featured a point-counterpoint discussion between two industry leaders, Stanford Coleman, MD, MBA, FAAP and William Gluckman, DO, MBA, FACEP—whose opinions on the topic are as well-reasoned as they are divergent. So, let me add my two cents. The discussions and analyses I’ve been …

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An 80-Year-Old Man with Rhinorrhea, Cough, and Intermittent Dizziness

An 80-Year-Old Man with Rhinorrhea, Cough, and Intermittent Dizziness

Case The patient is an 80-year-old man with history of hypertension and high cholesterol who presents with rhinorrhea and cough. On further history, he admits to 2 months of intermittent dizziness, not worsening.  He denies any chest pain/discomfort, SOB, or sweating. No neuro symptoms. On exam, you find:  General: A&O, NAD Lungs: Clear bilaterally Cardiovascular: Regular rhythm, without m,r,g Abdomen: Soft and nontender Ext: No edema or asymmetry, pulses are 2+ and equal in all …

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Abstract In Urgent Care-July 2019

Rush for Outpatient Stress Test Recommendation (Finally) Examined Key point: Rapid outpatient stress testing (ie, within 72 hours), which has long been recommended by the American Heart Association, did not decrease the short-term risk of major adverse cardiac events (MACE). Citation: Natsui S, Sun BC, Shen E, et al. Evaluation of outpatient cardiac stress testing after emergency department encounters for suspected acute coronary syndrome. Ann Emerg Med. April 5, 2019. [Epub ahead of print] The …

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A 48-Year-Old Woman with a Facial Lesion

A 48-Year-Old Woman with a Facial Lesion

Case The patients is a 48-year-old woman who presents with a single lesion on her cheek/face. As a healthcare worker herself, she says she is concerned that the excoriation might get infected. She denies knowing anything about the possible cause, but insists on receiving treatment. Notably, she is a frequent visitor to your urgent care center in spite of the fact that she is in excellent physical health. However, she has been diagnosed with borderline …

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Abdominal Pain in the Younger Adult: Let’s Not Forget Acute Diverticulitis

Abdominal Pain in the Younger Adult: Let’s Not Forget Acute Diverticulitis

Urgent message: The differential diagnosis of abdominal pain is challenging because many symptoms and signs are nonspecific and because patients might often have concomitant medical conditions that could cause abdominal pain. Although diverticulitis is more common in older patients, failure to consider diverticulitis in the differential diagnosis of abdominal pain in the younger adult could lead to delayed diagnosis and undesirable complications. Fabrizia Faustinella, MD, PhD, FACP and L. Alexandre Frigini, MD Introduction Diverticular disease …

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A 2-Year-Old Girl with Leg Pain After Jumping on a Trampoline

A 2-Year-Old Girl with Leg Pain After Jumping on a Trampoline

Case The patient is a 2-year-old girl who is brought to your urgent care center by her parents several hours after jumping on a trampoline with her friend, but that she “seemed fine” when the mother picked her up to come home. View the images taken and consider what the diagnosis and next steps would be. Resolution of the case is described on the next page.    

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Repetitive Motion Injuries: Urgent Diagnosis, Patient-Centered Management

Repetitive Motion Injuries: Urgent Diagnosis, Patient-Centered Management

Urgent message: Musculoskeletal disorders result in costly, disabling outcomes for Americans—causing significant economic impact (work-related injuries, early retirement, days away from work) and representing a leading cause of chronic diseases nationwide. Frequently, the initial treating facility, which determines if the injured/ill patient is capable of returning to work or needs time away from work or modified duty, is an urgent care center. Ashley Clay, MSPAS, PA-C INTRODUCTION An estimated one in two adults older than …

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