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Podcast 636: May-Thurner Syndrome

Contributor: Sam Killian, MD Educational Pearls: iliac vein compression syndrome is also called May-Thurner Syndrome The left leg more frequently develops deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in part because about 1/4 of the population has May-Thurner May-Thurner syndrome anatomic variant results in a right iliac artery compresses the left iliac vein against the spine, which can…

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Pharmacy Phriday #8: Atropine with Ketamine for Conscious Sedation of Pediatrics

Educational Pearls: Atropine has been shown to reduce hypersalivation as well as nausea and vomiting induced by ketamine sedation. Atropine can increase the occurrence of a transient rash, as well as tachycardia. There are no guidelines that recommend for or against atropine use in pediatric patients undergoing ketamine induced sedation. Ultimately, it is the providers…

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Podcast 635: Wide Complex Tachycardias

Contributor: Peter Bakes, MD Educational Pearls: Two main differentials for wide complex tachycardia (WCT) include ventricular tachycardia (most common) and supraventricular tachycardia with aberrancy Brugada syndrome and Wolff-Parkinson White are potential causes Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia is a rare congenital cause of WCT that should be considered in younger patients presenting with WCT References B…

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Podcast 634: D10 for Hypoglycemia

Contributor: Dylan Luyten, MD Educational Pearls: D10 may be a better alternative to D50 in correcting hypoglycemia Risks of D50:  Can cause extravasation injury Risk of rebound hypoglycemia D10 does not have the same risks and has no significant difference in reversal time of hypoglycemia compared to D50 References Kiefer MV, Gene Hern H, Alter…

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Podcast 633: Pathologic Femur Fractures   

Contributor: Jared Scott, MD Educational Pearls: Pathologic bone fractures occur due to weakened bones from chronic disease and with less force when compared to non-pathologic fractures Can be due to bone tumors, bone cysts, infections (osteomyelitis), osteogenesis imperfecta, Paget’s disease of bone, and multiple myeloma Have moth bitten or lytic appearance and you can sometimes…

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Podcast 632: Neonatal Jaundice  

Contributor: Jared Scott, MD Educational Pearls: Bilirubin is natural breakdown product of red blood cells but can be neurotoxic if levels become too high Fetal red blood cells are fragile and break down easier, leading to higher bilirubin levels in neonates  Immature livers and increased intestinal absorption from sterile bowels also contribute to elevated levels…

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Pharmacy Phriday #7: Bactrim Adverse Events

Contributor: Cheyenne Bean, PharmD Educational Pearls: Bactrim (TMP-SMX) is a sulfa antibiotic used for a number of infections but can have untoward effects. Hypoglycemia can be induced by the sulfa component of Bactrim, which binds receptors in the pancreas causing insulin to be secreted, dropping blood sugar levels. Oral diabetic medications, specifically sulfonylureas, when taken…

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Podcast 631: UK COVID-19 Variant

Contributor: Gretchen Hinson, MD Educational Pearls: Viruses mutate frequently and a new variant of COVID has been found in the United Kingdom. Mutations typically occur due to transcription errors during virus replication leading to slight changes in the virus which can alter its virulence, and this UK mutation has shown more infectivity. The UK variant…

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Podcast 630: Evolution of an STEMI

Contributor: Peter Bakes, MD Educational Pearls: Hyperacute T waves can occur immediately and typical last less than an hour Hyperacute T waves are typically broader than peaked T-waves, which are associated with hyperkalemia ST elevation which usually starts within an hour of the inciting event and can last up to a few days, and often…

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Podcast 629: Inferior STEMI

Contributor: Jared Scott, MD Educational Pearls: EKGs look at different angles, or vectors, of the heart’s electrical conduction as it travels through the heart. Knowing how to read these vectors is essential in diagnosing locations of cardiac pathologies  Leads II, III, and aVF follow an inferior path, so ST elevation in those leads indicates inferior…

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