Pericardial effusions and pericardial tamponade can be caused by multiple mechanisms (e.g.,traumatic, infectious, inflammatory, etc.)
A 68-year old obese female with a past medical history of osteoarthritis, diabetes, and cervical spinal fusion presents to the Emergency Department (ED) complaining of generalized weakness for the last week. In addition, she reports that she had cold symptoms approximately one week before the onset of her weakness. Upon further questioning, the patient also reports numbness and tingling of her bilateral lower extremities. The review of systems is otherwise negative.
Check out this brief review of the management of hip dislocations in the Emergency Department. The info here is taken from this month’s EM Practice EMPlify podcast.
CC: Altered Mental Status HPI: 50 -year-old Male with PMH of HIV, CVA and Meningitis presents to the Emergency Department (ED) for altered mental status. As per the patient’s girlfriend at bedside, the patient woke up confused and was not making any sense when he spoke. He even urinated on the floor but does not …