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A 55-year-old woman with stage IV-B nodular sclerosing Hodgkin's lymphoma presented to the emergency department with fever and lethargy of 12 hours' duration. The patient developed massive intravascular hemolysis secondary to Clostridium perfringens sepsis and cardiac arrest unresponsive to...
Intravenous magnesium has been suggested as a treatment for certain emergency conditions for more than 60 years. It is currently proposed to be beneficial in treating asthma, preeclampsia, eclampsia, myocardial infarction, and cardiac arrhythmias. The use and efficacy of the drug, however, are...
Hypernatremia (serum sodium level of > 145 mEq/L) is associated with high mortality. This study reports an analysis of mortality in 116 patients with hypernatremia from two large university-affiliated teaching hospitals. The purpose was to identify factors predictive of high mortality in...
The emergency physician must be aware of the varied ways in which epiglottitis can present. This report discusses two adult patients who presented with symptoms and signs indicative of uvulitis who were found to have associated epiglottitis. Neither patient reported respiratory difficulty but...
A sexually transmitted disease is seldom considered in the differential diagnosis of patients with clinical gastritis. A patient with gastric syphilis is reported to alert emergency department physicians to this entity. History and physical findings of syphilis should be sought and rapid plasma...
Presentation of peptic ulcer disease in children covers a broad spectrum ranging from subtle, and thus overlooked and underdiagnosed, to catastrophic, as in this case. It is important for the emergency physician to realize the potential morbidity and mortality of this disease and be aware of the...
A telephone survey of a random sample of adult emergency department (ED) patients was conducted at a university health science center. The purpose of the study was to determine the opinion of ED patients concerning the risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission and their willingness...
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