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On December 24, a 64-year-old man fell from a ladder and injured his left forearm. He came to the emergency...
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A man living in a nursing home and rehab center complained of right leg pain. The staff documented a 2+ edema in his right foot and notified the facility's consulting internal medicine physician.
A 68-year-old man saw Orthopedic Surgeon A over the course of several months for pain in his right knee, leg, and lower back. Right knee arthroscopic surgery was recommended and scheduled.
A 42-year-old woman came to see her obstetrician-gynecologist (Ob-Gyn A) on January 10 with abnormal uterine bleeding and abdominal and pelvic pain. She had been a patient of Ob-Gyn A for nine years.
A 35-year-old man consulted with a general surgeon regarding bariatric surgery. A sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch was performed.
A 51-year-old man was scheduled for a right knee replacement revision on August 3 at a local hospital. The revision was required because of loosening hardware.
A 51-year-old woman came to the emergency department (ED) of a large hospital with excessive vaginal bleeding, progressive diarrhea, and dizziness over the past three days.
A 50-year-old man was referred to a nephrologist for renal insufficiency. The patient's history included ankylosing spondylitis and scleroderma.
A 40-year-old man came to his family physician with complaints of left shoulder pain for two weeks. The physician ordered an MRI and administered an injection of methylprednisolone and lidocaine.
A 62-year old man came to the ED with symptoms of a stroke.
A 16-year-old boy came with his mother to an appointment at a dermatology practice. At the request of the mother, a PA wrote a prescription for a compound scar gel containing a steroid.
On June 25, a 35-year-old man came to an emergency department (ED) reporting right lower abdominal pain following exercise.
A 35-year-old woman went to an obstetrics/gynecology practice for confirmation of pregnancy and prenatal care. She had a history of three prior pregnancies, with two ending in miscarriage.
A 72-year-old woman with a history of diabetes went to the emergency department due to pain in her left eye. The ED physician suspected orbital cellulitis, but CBC and CT scans were normal.
On December 24, a 64-year-old man fell from a ladder and injured his left forearm. He came to the emergency department. An x-ray showed a displaced and complete fracture of radial and ulnar shafts.
On July 13 at 12:45 a.m., a 48-year-old man was brought to a hospital emergency department (ED) by air ambulance.
On May 1, 2013, a 69-year-old man came to the ED with worsening shortness of breath. The patient’s history included smoking, COPD, and an occluded right coronary artery.
On Dec. 15 at 10:23 a.m., a 12-year-old boy with a history of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus came to an ED with sore throat, cough, abdominal pain, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
On June 2, a 61-year-old man came to the emergency department (ED) of a large hospital. He reported recurring, right-sided, lower abdominal pain for two days. He rated the pain as a 9 out of 10.
A 58-year-old woman came to an orthopedic surgeon reporting unrelenting back pain and radiculopathy into her right leg. The patient described the pain as 10 out of 10.
On January 10, a 35-year-old man was transported by ambulance to a hospital’s emergency department (ED) reporting headache and dizziness. The patient had a history of hypertension and hypothyroidism.