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Medical Challenge | Bloody Nose

February 2, 2014

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A 25 year-old otherwise healthy male presents to his primary care doctor after a difficult to control nosebleed, lasting approximately two hours.  There is no history of trauma, drug use, or previous episodes of prolonged bleeding.  He has not been feeling fatigued lately (able to carry out his usual activities).  He does endorse easy bruising […]

Answer to Image Challenge | Difficulty Breathing

October 5, 2013

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**If you would like another chance to read the challenge before seeing the answer, click here.  Scroll down for the answer.  ** ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–   The correct answer is Aspiration Pneumonitis (D).  Explanations of the choices follow, and management of the patient is discussed at the bottom of the page. Don’t feel bad if you chose Pneumoperitoneum (A) – […]

A Rare Presentation: Pott’s Disease

August 4, 2013

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I’d like to share with you a very interesting case of spinal tuberculosis, or Pott’s Disease.  It’s a condition we all learn about in medical school, and which many US physicians will never see due to its rarity.  According to the CDC, about 10,500 cases of TB were reported in the US in 2011, and […]

The Importance of the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination

March 29, 2013

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This guest post was written by Dr. Mark Swartz, M.D.  Please see the author bio below for more information. The Importance of the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination “Do you smoke, drink coffee or consume alcohol? If you answered yes—how often?” As a patient, you may feel overwhelmed having to answer each question as […]

Answer to Medical Challenge | Sudden Pain

March 25, 2013

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**If you would like another chance to read the challenge before seeing the answer, click here.  Scroll down for the answer.  ** ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The correct answer is D) Nephrolithiasis. Some of you chose the correct condition, but on the wrong side of the body.  Remember that the patient had pain on the left, and that […]

Medical Challenge | Sudden Pain

March 23, 2013

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Case:  A 43 year old female presents to the emergency department complaining of sudden-onset, sharp, left-sided abdominal pain that radiates to the groin, followed by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Based on the images and history provided above, what is the most likely diagnosis? A) Appendicitis B) Diverticulitis C) Hernia D) Nephrolithiasis (kidney stone) E) Ruptured […]

Talking About Obesity

December 27, 2012

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During my family medicine rotation, I noticed the physicians I worked with focused more time on weight management than in any other outpatient clinic I had worked in.  Recently, while on a less demanding elective, I decided to conduct my own observational study.  How often, and with what prompting, do physicians address their patients’ weight? […]