Monday, June 6, 2011

Intern Report Case Presentation 4.3

Case Presentation by Dr. Dan Helzer

36 year old AA female presents to the emergency department complaining of “passing out.”  Pt states that she was sitting down watching TV when she stood up, became very dizzy and lightheaded but no vertigo and fell to the ground.  She stated that she remembers almost everything but could not stay standing up for some reason.  Family members stated that she was not arousable for a few seconds and then came too.  She felt uneasy as family members helped her up and needed assistance getting into the car to be brought to the ED.  She has felt a little weak over the last few days but has experienced nothing like this recently.  Pt also states that she has had heavy vaginal bleeding for the last 10 days, it began with her normal menses but never stopped.  Her last normal menstruation was a month and a half ago.  Typically she has heavy menses but it only lasts 3-4 days.  She says that currently she is passing large clots and goes through multiple pads daily.  She denies headaches, abdominal pain, chest pain, palpitations, and SOB.  She denies ever being told that she has an abnormal heart beat or problems with her heart.  Her family denies any bladder or bowel incontinence during the event.

Past medical history is significant for anemia and fibroid uterus.  Pt is G3P3 and is sexually active.  Her medications include Fe pills.

Past surgical history positive for C-section x 2.

Social Hx includes a 30 pack/year smoking history.

Vitals:  108/55, HR 104, RR 16, Pulse Ox 99 % on RA, Temp 37.7

General:  Pt is in no acute respiratory distress, appears pale.

HEENT: Normocephalic/atraumatic, PERRLA, EOMI, no nystagmus, conjunctiva pale and non-icteric, mucous membranes moist and pale.  Fundoscopy demonstrated no pappiledema.  

Neck: No lymphadenopathy, no JVD, no masses

Respiratory and Lungs: Equal excursion bilaterally, CTAB, no wheezes, rales, rhonchi, or stridor.

Cardiovascular and Heart: Tachycardic rate and rhythm, S1/S2 auscultated, no murmurs, gallops, rubs, or thrills.  Pulses palpated in all 4 extremities. 

Gastrointestinal and Abdomen: BS +, Abdomen soft, non-tender, non-distended.  No masses.  No CVA tenderness. 
Neurological: Patient is alert and oriented to person place and time, CN II-XII intact, sensation to pinprick intact in all 4 extremities, strength 5/5 in all extremities.  No pronator drift was present. Reflexes are 2+.  Heal to shin was normal.  Upon standing pt became lightheaded and dizzy and felt the need to sit back down, therefore gait and Romberg were not properly evaluated. Dix-Hallpike test was normal.   

Genitourinary:  External genitalia were normal. Examination of the pelvis and vagina revealed active bleeding from the closed cervical os with pooling of blood and blood clots in the vaginal vault, no tissue like material was present.  The uterus was not enlarged.  CMT was absent.  The adnexa were non-tender and no masses were palpated. 

Orthostatic Vital Signs:
-Supine BP 109/60, HR 103
-Sitting BP 100/59, HR 111
-Standing BP 88/52, HR 127  
Lab Results:
Urine pregnancy negative
WBC 11.3, Hemoglobin 2.9, Hematocrit 11.7, Platelets 35
Electrolytes all WNL 

Diagnostic Studies:

12 Lead ECG:  Sinus Tachycardia at 107 BPM.

Ultrasound showed?
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Pelvic US with Duplex: 

Findings suspicious for adenomyosis.
Nabothian cyst in the cervix largest measuring 0.7 x 0.5 x 0.8 cm
Paraovarian cyst adjacent to left ovary.


1.     What is the most common cause of syncope in adults aged 18-65 who present to the ED?
A.   Postmicturation
B.    Orthostatic
C.    Psychogenic
D.   Unknown or Idiopathic
E.    Cardiac
2.     The same pt is brought in by family members who tell you that when she fell down after standing up her whole body started shaking for at least one minute and she was completely unresponsive during this time. They said it looked just like a seizure that the patient’s cousin with epilepsy has all the time.  Which clue in the HPI can often be the only distinguishing feature between syncope and seizure?
A.   The patient has never had a seizure before
B.    The patient remembers everything
C.    The patient has an abrupt and complete recovery to baseline
D.   The patient has generalized tonic/clonic movements during the episode.
E.    The patient ate 10 tacos from taco bell and drank a liter of cola earlier in the afternoon.
3.     Of the following, which pt with syncope should be discharged from the ED with follow up by PCP and not be admitted.
A.   A 17 year old male with exertional syncope and crushing chest pain. 
B.    A previously healthy 37 year old male with 5 seconds of asystole on carotid sinus massage.
C.    Our patient with a hematocrit of 11 and orthostatic hypotension
D.   A 90 year old female with an EF of 22% and enlarged heart borders on CXR
E.    A 52 year old male with SOB on initial presentation.

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