A Case of Late-Onset Diabetes

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

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

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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Posterior Shoulder Pain—Not Always a Muscle Spasm

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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Reoccurring Metatarsophalangeal Joint Pain

Reoccurring Metatarsophalangeal Joint Pain

Urgent message: Acute or chronic hallux pain is a common complaint in urgent care. Due to the structure, several diagnoses can have similar presentation on history and exam. With this discussion, we examine a sesamoid stress injury. Sergio P. Ramoa, MD, MS INTRODUCTION The tibial (medial) and fibular (lateral) sesamoids are contained within the flexor hallucis brevis tendons along the metatarsal head.1 They have several roles such as absorbing weight, helping glide and reducing friction …

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Atypical Skin Abscess Caused by Nontuberculous Mycobacterium

Atypical Skin Abscess Caused by Nontuberculous Mycobacterium

Urgent message: Cutaneous abscesses are common presentations in urgent care. While either methicillin-sensitive or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus accounts for up to 75% of skin abscesses, atypical organisms such as nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTMB) can also lead to abscess formation. Urgent care providers should be aware that the clinical presentation may be atypical and require specialized treatment. Rachel Hughes, MD and Erik Butler, DO CASE PRESENTATION A 26-year-old female with no known past medical history other than …

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Similar to Past Flare Ups Pulmonary Eosinophilia: Putting the Pieces Together

Similar to Past Flare Ups Pulmonary Eosinophilia: Putting the Pieces Together

Urgent message: Pulmonary eosinophilia is a generic term for a heterogeneous group of disorders that result in increased eosinophils within the pulmonary parenchyma. Ultimately, the patient here was treated with an extended course of glucocorticoids to treat his chronic eosinophilic pneumonia until he could follow up with his hematologist/pulmonologist. CASE PRESENTATION The patient is a 29-year-old male with history of pulmonary eosinophilia, degenerative disc disease, and asthma who presents to an urgent care center with …

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Case Report: Reoccurring Metatarsophalangeal Joint Pain

Case Report: Reoccurring Metatarsophalangeal Joint Pain

Urgent message: Acute or chronic hallux pain is a common complaint in urgent care. Due to the structure, several diagnoses can have similar presentation on history and exam. With this discussion, we examine a sesamoid stress injury. Sergio P. Ramoa, MD, MS INTRODUCTION The tibial (medial) and fibular (lateral) sesamoids are contained within the flexor hallucis brevis tendons along the metatarsal head.1 They have several roles such as absorbing weight, helping glide and reducing friction …

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Breakthrough COVID Infection in a Vaccinated person from a Possible Vaccinated Exposure

Breakthrough COVID Infection in a Vaccinated person from a Possible Vaccinated Exposure

Sergio Ramoa MD, MS Urgent Message: With variant COVID-19 mutations, incomplete herd immunity, and less restrictive government regulatory statues, it is important to remain vigilant with continued testing and prevention even with a full vaccinated history. Introduction In the United States, cases of COVID-19 have passed 32,000,000 and 570,000 for deaths. 141,000,000 cases and 3,000,000 deaths have afflicted the world. Approximately 9.6% of infected individuals are hospitalized and a majority have mild to moderate symptoms.1 …

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An Atypical Presentation of Thyroid Storm: A Stark Yet Potentially Lethal Diagnosis

An Atypical Presentation of Thyroid Storm: A Stark Yet Potentially Lethal Diagnosis

Urgent message: Unmanaged hyperthyroidism can cause any number of acute conditions that would drive a patient to visit an urgent care center. Further, thyroid storm can mimic several life-threatening events. Early recognition of the correct diagnosis is essential to raising the likelihood of a positive outcome—and protecting the patient from self-harm. Amrita Mahajan, BA and Lindsey Fish, MD INTRODUCTION Thyroid storm is a rare, life-threatening complication of thyrotoxicosis, a condition caused by excess thyroid hormone. …

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