From Medscape Drugs & Diseases - Critical Care

  • A 44-year-old white man with a medical history remarkable for hypertension and dyslipidemia presents with fatigue and global weakness. What's the diagnosis?
  • Metastatic breast cancer, or stage IV or advanced breast cancer, is incurable, with a low 5-year survival. Review the symptoms/signs of metastatic spread and 3 patient cases, as well as guidelines for, barriers to, and opportunities for improvement in palliative care.
  • An 80-year-old woman presents with malaise, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, and watery diarrhea. She is highly active, with a full-time job as a realtor. What's the diagnosis?
  • Although urologic emergencies are relatively uncommon, prompt diagnosis and management are essential to prevent serious complications. Do you know how to recognize and best treat these 12 emergency urologic conditions?
  • 2019 guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) on the diagnosis and antiviral treatment of influenza.
  • Guidelines on optimal management of anticoagulation therapy for venous thromboembolism by the American Society of Hematology (ASH).
  • Viral infections can cause a range of cutaneous and mucosal manifestations, from isolated lesions to generalized exanthems. Learn more about recognizing and managing the findings associated with various viruses.
  • Approximately 300 people per day in the United States sustain a gunshot wound, and about 10-30% of these victims die of their injury. Learn more about how to manage these patients and how wound treatment can differ by injury site.
  • Hypertension affects nearly 75 million American adults and is associated with 7.5 million annual deaths worldwide. Are you current on best practices to help patients avoid serious consequences?
  • Hypothermia has dramatic effects on many physiologic processes and organ systems (eg, cardiovascular and neurologic). Exposure to low temperatures can also cause localized cold injuries. How can you best bring your patient in from the cold?
  • The nails of the hands and feet can provide many clues about a patient's overall health. Test your knowledge of the following fingernail and toenail abnormalities.
  • Seasonal affective disorder is not a discrete disease but reflects the seasonality of affective illness. It is part of a mood cycle that also includes mania. How can you best manage this cycle?
  • A 42-year-old woman with a chronic productive cough is repeatedly treated for pneumonia. At her latest follow-up, she reports intermittent dyspnea and fatigue. What's the diagnosis?
  • Venous thromboembolism encompasses deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Are you familiar with best practices for diagnosis and treatment? Refresh and test your knowledge with this short quiz.
  • See which topics resonated most with healthcare professionals in 2018, along with key aspects on new related studies and infographics on essential information.
  • Care for organ donors and transplant recipients extends beyond surgical teams. Are you able to correctly answer all five of these donation- and transplantation-related questions?
  • People who chronically abuse alcohol are at increased risk for cirrhosis, GI bleeding, pancreatitis, cardiomyopathy, trauma, mental health disorders, and a wide variety of cancers. Learn more about the potentially devastating complications of excessive, long-term alcohol use.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment of VTE significantly reduce morbidity and mortality. Are you familiar with the presentation and treatment of venous thromboembolism? Test yourself with this short quiz.
  • From outbreaks of Legionnaires disease to the emergence of antimicrobial-resistant disorders, community-acquired infections have become an increasing focus in the healthcare community and in the media.
  • A 70-year-old man presents to the ED with generalized abdominal pain and a 4-day history of progressive distention. He has not had a bowel movement in 2 days. What is the diagnosis?
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