SonoCase: The Unusual/Unclear Case of Neck Pain – by Drs. Teresa Wu and Brady Pregerson in EPMonthly

Drs. Teresa Wu and Brady Pregerson once again bring us an interesting SonoCase – one of the best that I have read – as it involves humor and a realistic description of a typical day in the emergency department, both physical exam skills and ultrasound skills, and most importantly, interpretation of your ultrasound image of vascular pathologies.

In this month’s issue of EP Monthly, they describe a case of a 50 year old with a history of diabetes and heroin use on home IV antibiotics for tarsal osteomyelitis with gradual onset fo left sided neck pain without fever or difficulty swallowing, or sore throat. She has pain with movement of her neck and her oropharynx is clear. Hmmmm, so the diagnosis is not presenting itself and whenever that happens to me, I gra the ultrasound machine to see if it can provide more information – just as they did. They get the below image with compression of his left neck with the linear probe:

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What do you think? Well, to find out what it is and read about the technique and excellent pearls and pitfalls to this bedside ultrasound application, click here.

SonoApp & Study: Cellulitis vs Abscess; US more sensitive than CT for soft tissue abscess

A patient comes into your emergency department or outpatient clinic that has a painful red area on their skin:

 -from Medicineo blog

…and you wonder whether its a superficial cellulitis, or if it’s a pus-filled abscess – and if it is an abscess, then how deep is it? how long is it? how loculated is it? Continue reading

SonoCase: “Sent for arthrocentesis” – MSK Ultrasound: How about that tendon?

MSK ultrasound – truly the wave of the future, and current extensive use amongst sports medicine docs who have no XRay machines on the field, and also for disaster and international uses. Someone once said “Problems are to the mind what exercise is the the muscle.” I knew thats why my head hurt during the most recent 49ers playoff game, but I bet their joints were much more sore. Ever wonder what tendonitis looks like on US? Easy and quick diagnosis. Continue reading