Author: Anand Swaminathan

Clinical Conundrum: Should a Troponin Routinely be Ordered in Patients with SVT?

Bottom Line Up Top: Troponins should not be routinely sent in patients presenting with SVT. Rarely, they may be necessary if the patient has concerning ischemic symptoms that persist after conversion to sinus rhythm. Clinical Scenario: A 44-year-old man presents …

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REBEL Core Cast 108.0 – Angioedema

Take Home Points: Airway management is paramount; expect a challenging intubation and consider controlling the airway early if there is apparent airway compromise. Understanding the cause of angioedema (mast cell vs. bradykinin mediated) helps dictate directed management. Urticaria and pruritus …

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Allergy and Immunology

REBEL Core Cast 107.0 – Vertebral Osteomyelitis

Take Home Points Clinical presentation is very nonspecific; evaluate all patients presenting with back pain for infectious risk factors. Baseline labs should not guide diagnosis, but may assist in later management. MRI is key to diagnosis, obtain this imaging in …

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Infectious DiseaseOrthopedics

Clinical Conundrum: Does IM Ketorolac Provide Superior Pain Relief to PO Ibuprofen?

Clinical Scenario: A 34-year-old woman presents to the ED with back pain. After your history and physical, you conclude that the patient’s pain is muscular in origin and likely secondary to heavy lifting while moving apartments. You contemplate analgesic options …

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REBEL Core Cast 106.0 – Nerve Block Basics

Take Home Points

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Procedures and Skills