NYCPM Students Diagnose PE/DVTs to Save Patient's Life
Lauren Murphey and Brian Wolff (both Class of 2019) recently made a prompt diagnosis of a patient with a potentially life-threatening condition. A 38-year-old male presented to the Foot Center of New York with a chief complaint of pain in his left leg. The patient stated that he could not put his heel on the ground when walking because the pain was so severe. A history revealed he had taken a plane trip and a five-hour bus ride.
Lauren Murphey and Brian Wolff
When the students asked if the patient had any chest pain or shortness of breath, he admitted that two days earlier he started to have left-sided chest pain upon inspiration and shortness of breath when laying down. The students presented their findings to Professor Barbara Resseque, DPM and the patient was quickly sent to the Mt. Sinai Hospital Emergency Department. CT scan revealed two emboli of the left lung and the ultrasound revealed a deep vein thrombosis of the left calf.
Source: Footprints [November 2018]
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