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Podcast 530: Anion Gap Acidosis + Metformin Toxicity

Contributor: Don Stader, MD Educational Pearls: The common causes of anion gap metabolic acidosis include (MUDPILES) Metformin, Methanol  Uremia  DKA Paraldehyde  INH/Iron  Lactate Ethylene Glycol  Salicylate  Metformin is a very common drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, however in the right setting, it can cause a profound lactic acidosis. There is a very high…

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Podcast 529: Hemophilia

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD Educational Pearls: Hemophilia is characterized by bleeding (A /B) A is is 8, B (chrstmas, 9)  Hemophilia refers to a group of bleeding disorders caused by a deficiency in a certain clotting factor. The two most common are hemophilia A (caused by a lack of factor VIII), and B (caused by…

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Podcast 528:  Decompensated Liver Failure 

Contributor: Michael Hunt, MD Educational Pearls: Cirrhosis is the end stage of chronic structural damage to the liver. This is most commonly due to  alcohol but other causes viral hepatitis and hepatotoxic drugs Cirrhotic patients are very prone to GI bleeding and infections, partially due to the role the liver plays in producing immune and…

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Podcast 527: Knee Dislocations

Contributor:  Erik Verzemnieks, MD Educational Pearls: Knee dislocations are most common in high energy trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident The knee may appear grossly normal on initial inspection since dislocations can spontaneously reduce – Look for such findings as hemarthrosis, instability, or ecchymosis, as clues to an occult dislocation.  Knee dislocations are often…

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Podcast 526:  Desmopressin for Intracranial Hemorrhage 

Contributor: Charleen Melton, PharmD Educational Pearls: Desmopressin (DDAVP) is an analogue of anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) that has been used for the treatment of intracranial hemorrhage. It works by increasing the release of Von Willebrand factor, helping to stabilize clots.  The use of DDAVP for intracranial hemorrhage in patients on antiplatelet agents (mainly Aspirin and Plavix)…

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Podcast 525:  Enjoyable Epistaxis?

Contributor: Jared Scott, MD Educational Pearls: The ED is full of painful procedures. One of the most commonly dreaded procedures is nasal packing for epistaxis, as it is quite uncomfortable for the patient.  A recent study compared TXA with compression, saline with compression, and traditional nasal packing for the treatment of epistaxis.  Hemostasis was achieved…

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Podcast 523:  A Dizzying Diagnosis 

Contributor: Don Stader, MD Educational Pearls: It can be difficult to distinguish between central and peripheral causes of vertigo. Cerebellar stroke should be considered with any dizzy patient.  Signs and symptoms that suggest stroke as the cause of vertigo include: ataxia, cranial nerve deficits, and rapid onset of symptoms When cerebellar stroke is being considered,…

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Podcast 522: e-Cigarette and Vaping Related Lung Injury  

Contributor: John Winkler, MD Educational Pearls: Vaping-related lung injury initially presents with flu-like symptoms and can progress to respiratory failure requiring aggressive resuscitation including ECMO It is thought to be related to the contents of homemade vaping fluid, mostly in THC-containing products (“brands” include DankVapes, PaxPen) Ask patients with vague constitutional or respiratory symptoms about…

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Podcast 521: Traumatic Hyphema 

Author: Jared Scott, MD Educational Pearls: A hyphema is blood in the anterior chamber of the eye, typically caused by trauma While there is a spectrum of disease, blurred vision and eye pain are common presenting complaints after direct trauma to the eye Hyphema are graded between Grade 1 and Grade 5, depending on the…

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Podcast 520:  Approach to the arresting patient

Contributor: Peter Bakes, MD Educational Pearls: Peri-arrest patients present a particular challenge to ED providers, as the differential is broad and time is critical  The differential for near cardiac arrest includes the “H’s and T’s”, just as in true cardiac arrest  The 6 H’s include: hypoxia, hypo/hyperkalemia, hypovolemia (including shock states), hydrogen (acidosis), hypothermia  The…

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