An Atypical Cause of Fever and Confusion: A Case Report of Delayed Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis

An Atypical Cause of Fever and Confusion: A Case Report of Delayed Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis

Francesca Cocchiarale, DO; Alexa Bailey, MS-3; Michael Weinstock, MD Urgent Message: Pulmonary embolism can be frequently missed as a diagnosis because it can present with a variety of signs and symptoms. Understanding clinical decision rules and myriad presentations can help urgent care providers determine when patients benefit from immediate referral to an emergency department. Citation: Cocchiarale F,  Bailey A, Weinstock M. An Atypical Cause of Fever and Confusion: A Case Report of Delayed Pulmonary Embolism …

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Schools Ease Student Return Protocol, Perhaps Too Much

Schools Ease Student Return Protocol, Perhaps Too Much

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers recommendations for parents with sick kids, saying they should stay home for fever, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours or when kids aren’t well enough to participate at school. But many school districts have their own sets of rules for when a child can or cannot come to class. According to AP News, 25% of California students missed 10% of class days last school year, and the …

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Incomplete Kawasaki Disease Clinically Diagnosed From Urgent Care: A Case-Report-Based Review

Incomplete Kawasaki Disease Clinically Diagnosed From Urgent Care: A Case-Report-Based Review

Urgent Message: The accurate and prompt diagnosis of Kawasaki disease depends on clinicians’ familiarity with the diagnostic criteria and ability to recognize the waxing and waning manifestations of this pediatric condition. Dominic K. Hardatt, DMSc, PA-C Citation: Hardatt DK. Incomplete Kawasaki Disease Clinically Diagnosed from Urgent Care: A Case Report Based Review. J Urgent Care Med. 2024;18(5);34-39. Keywords: Kawasaki disease, mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome, incomplete Kawasaki disease, febrile illness, fever, polymorphous rash, pediatric, coronary artery …

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When a Fever is Not a URI: If It’s Not in the Differential, It Won’t Be in the Diagnosis

When a Fever is Not a URI: If It’s Not in the Differential, It Won’t Be in the Diagnosis

Urgent message: Fever in patients presenting to UC is often attributable to viral infections, urinary tract infections, otitis media, cellulitis, or pneumonia. When the source is not apparent after the initial evaluation, however, it is important to expand the differential in order to avoid missing less common, serious diagnoses. Samidha Dutta, DO; Caleb Marsh, OMS-IV, UP-KYCOM; Michael Weinstock, MD CASE PRESENTATION A 74-year-old man with a history of Parkinson’s disease and diabetes presented with 2 …

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Abstracts in Urgent Care – November 2022

Abstracts in Urgent Care – November 2022

Fever: To Treat or Not to Treat? Distinguishing Viral from Bacterial Conjunctivitis Scapular Fractures and Blunt Chest Trauma in Children Sterile vs Nonsterile Gloves for Laceration Repair Bronchiolitis Care: An Update Antibiotic Stewardship and Children Post Paxlovid Rebound Ivan Koay MBChB, FRNZCUC, MD What Are the Consequences of Treating Adult Fever? Take-home point: Fever therapy in adults does not seem to affect the risk of death and serious adverse events. Citation: Holgersson J, Ceric A, …

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A 13-Year-Old Girl with Fever, Chills, Dry Cough, and Myalgia

A 13-Year-Old Girl with Fever, Chills, Dry Cough, and Myalgia

A mother brings her 13-year-old daughter to your urgent care center with a complaint of fever, chills, dry cough, and myalgia for 3 days. On exam, the patient is febrile (101°F). In addition, there is conjunctival injection and blanching erythematous patches on the face and neck. The mother mentions that the family returned from a trip to Brazil 10 days prior. While traveling they ate local food, drank local (unfiltered) water, sustained a few mosquito …

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A 73-Year-Old Man with a 2-Week History of Palpitations

A 73-Year-Old Man with a 2-Week History of Palpitations

Case The patient is a 73-year-old male smoker who complains that he has had intermittent palpitations for the past 2 weeks. He denies chest pain, diaphoresis, fever, or dizziness. He uses home oxygen, 2 L/min, but denies any new shortness of breath. Upon exam, you find: General: Alert and oriented x 3 Lungs: Scattered minimal wheezing, which is symmetric Cardiovascular: Regular and tachycardic without murmur, rub, or gallop Abdomen: Soft and nontender without rigidity, rebound, …

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Ten-Day Dry Cough in a 36-Year-Old Man

Case A 36-year-old man presents to an urgent care center with a dry cough that he has had for the preceding 10 days. He has mild dyspnea. He has no rhinorrhea, fever, chest pain, blood in the urine or stool, or lower-extremity pain or swelling. He has no history of previous illnesses. He smokes cigarettes, occasionally drinks alcohol, and has a remote history of intravenous drug use. View the image taken (Figure 1) and consider …

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Productive Cough and Chills in an Adult

Productive Cough and Chills in an Adult

A 37-year-old woman without a significant past medical history presents after 3 days of a cough that produces yellow sputum with some streaks of blood. She has not checked her temperature but says she has “felt warm” and has some chills. She does have associated shortness of breath, but she reports that she has not had chest pain, leg pain or swelling, sweating, or headache. She has a history of hypertension, and she takes an …

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