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Diagnosis on Sight: “I have a rapid heart rate”

by Garrett Yee, MD
Aug 25, 2021
  A 31-year-old male presented to the emergency department with palpitations. The patient stated that he thinks his symptoms began "last night" and...
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Diagnosis on Sight: Neck Bruising Leads to a Surprise Diagnosis

A 76-year-old female with a history of HTN, TIA, CAD, left CEA, and CKD presented to the emergency department for evaluation of neck bruising and s...
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Purple Urine Bag Syndrome: A visual diagnosis and what it means for your patient

A 78-year-old male is brought in from his nursing home for evaluation of hypotension. He has a prior history of multiple strokes and is bed bou...
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Diagnose on Sight: Scrotal Swelling

Case: A 58-year-old male with no past medical history presents to the emergency department for evaluation of right lower quadrant abdominal pain a...
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Diagnose on Sight: Post-traumatic Finger Pain

Case: A 32-year-old male with a past medical history of diabetes presents with a 1 month history of finger pain after slamming his finger in a car...
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Case of a Blue, Painful Finger

A 37-year-old female presented to the emergency department for evaluation of numbness and discoloration to her left fourth finger, which had starte...
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Diagnose on Sight: Case of a red, swollen neck

Case: A 78 year-old female with a past medical history of asthma and hypothyroidism presents with a three day history of sore throat and a two day ...
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Diagnose on Sight: Swollen Leg

Case: A 58 year-old female presents with a one-day history of worsening right lower extremity pain and swelling, and an acute onset of dyspnea. Her...
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Diagnose on Sight: Shortness of Breath

Case: 55-year-old restrained driver is reporting severe shortness of breath and right sided chest pain after a high-speed motor vehicle collision. ...
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Diagnose on Sight: Fifth Metatarsal Fractures

Case: A 24 year old male presents with foot pain after a fall down a set of stairs. He reports pain and swelling over the lateral surface of his fo...
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Diagnose on Sight: Recurrent Rash

Case: A 22 year old female presents with a rash on her left arm for several days. She states she has previously had the exact same rash in the exac...
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Diagnose on Sight: Traumatic Vision Loss

Case: A 60 year old male presents after being hit by an automobile while riding his bicycle. He has significant blunt head trauma. His left eye is ...
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Diagnose on Sight: Diffuse Desquamating Dermatitis

Case: An 84 year old female presents with five days of a diffuse rash. She had a seizure and was started on phenytoin 2 weeks ago. Her mouth, labia...
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Diagnose on Sight: Lip Swelling

Case: A 24 year old male presents with right sided lip swelling that began several hours ago. This is the second time he has had this type of swell...
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Diagnose on Sight: Swollen gums

Case: A 19 year old male with no past medical history presented with 4 days of painful oral lesions, swollen gums that bled easily, and fever. His ...
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Diagnose on Sight: Lower extremity numbness and pain

Case: An 18 year old male presents after a single gunshot wound to his left calf. He complains of pressure-like pain near the wound and sensory num...
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Diagnose on Sight: Traumatic low back pain

Case: An 18 year old female was the restrained passenger in a motor vehicle crash moving at 65 mph. She complained of traumatic low back pain radia...
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Diagnose on Sight: Chronic Unilateral Lower Extremity Swelling

Case: A 55 year old female visiting the United States from southern Mexico presents with 6 months of chronic unilateral lower extremity swelling an...
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Diagnose on Sight: Painful Scrotal Swelling

Case: A 48 year old male with a history of alcoholism presents with one day of painful scrotal swelling. What is the most important next step in ma...
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Diagnose on Sight: 6 year old with elbow pain

Case: A previously healthy 6 year old male presents with left elbow pain after wrestling with a friend. What is the diagnosis? Click on image for a...
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Diagnose on Sight: “I feel like I am having a heart attack”

Case: A 18-year-old male with no medical history presents to the emergency department (ED) complaining of “feeling like I am having a heart attack”...
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Diagnose on Sight: Swollen Upper Extremity in a Patient with End Stage Renal Disease

Case: A 45 year old female with end-stage renal disease presents with 2 days of worsening pain, swelling, and color change of her left upper extrem...
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Diagnose on Sight: Palmar Rash

Case: A 41 year old male with one week of non-pruritic palmar rash that started on his trunk and spread to his hands. He has no history of travel, ...
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Diagnose on Sight: Bilateral Leg Rash

Case: A pre-teen girl, living in central California, recently started on fluconazole, now presenting with a bilateral leg rash. What is your diagno...
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