Author: Anand Swaminathan

REBEL Core Cast 93.0 – Lithium Toxicity

Take Home Points Lithium toxicity comes in a three flavors: acute, chronic and acute on chronic. Each form will have a different presentation as well as management. Lithium levels are often unreliable in terms of guiding management and must be …

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REBEL Core Cast 92.0 – Perichondritis

Take Home Points Perichondritis is an infection of the cartilage and connective tissue of the ear Perichondritis can be recognized clinically by erythema, swelling and tenderness of the auricle. The most common organism in perichondritis is P. aeruginosa and antibiotics …

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Head, Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat

REBEL Core Cast 91.0 – Testicular Torsion

Take Home Points Consider the diagnosis of testicular torsion in all patients with acute testicular pain Testicular torsion is a surgical emergency that requires immediate urologic consultation to increase the rate of tissue salvage. History, physical examination and ultrasound are …

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Renal and Genitourinary

REBEL Core Cast 90.0 – Methemoglobinemia

Take Home Points Methemoglobinemia can result from exposure to a number of different medications. The most common are dapsone and topical anesthetic agents (i.e. benzocaine) Consider the diagnosis in any patient with cyanosis and hypoxia that doesn’t respond to oxygen …

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REBEL Core Cast 89.0 – Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis

Take Home Points Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis (SBP) is a difficult diagnosis to make because presentations are variable. Consider a diagnostic paracentesis in all patients presenting to the ED with ascites from cirrhosis An ascites PMN count > 250 cells/mm3 is …

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Abdominal and Gastroinstestinal