1% pediatric fracture hidden in the sleeve 

By Jessica Jahoda, Corey Steinman, Jonathan Kwok, William Duggan, Tyler Price, Brant Grisel An eleven-year-old girl with an unremarkable medical history presents with severe right knee pain after falling from a bike and landing on her flexed knee. She presented to the ER with swelling, severe tenderness along the knee joint, and a palpable gap at the inferior border of the patella. Intact skin in this area indicates no signs of open fracture. The patient had an extension lag of 35-40 degrees. Passive range of motion was preserved with pain throughout an arc of motion. No neurovascular deficit in the … Continue reading 1% pediatric fracture hidden in the sleeve 

At Risk of Collapse: Spontaneous Pneumothorax in COVID-19

By Katelyn Stark, Jesse Lamb, Marina Louka, Diana Artiles, Kholtyn Barney, Tanya Dabra A 58-year-old male patient with a history of prostate enlargement and COVID-19 was brought to the Emergency Department with severe shortness of breath. The patient had been discharged from the hospital after being treated for COVID-19 approximately seven days earlier as his COVID-19 related symptoms had improved. He was conscious at presentation and was able to communicate with the emergency physician. The patient described experiencing increasing dyspnea for the past three days, which suddenly worsened with additional chest pain a few hours before presentation. Physical examination revealed … Continue reading At Risk of Collapse: Spontaneous Pneumothorax in COVID-19

Accessories are not a girl’s best friend: Complications from placenta succenturiate

By Alison Carameros, Jideka Nwosu, Akshata Gailot, Prathyusha Pinnamaneni, Geniqua Dorsainvil, Cadecia James A 33-year-old G2P1001 female presented at 37 weeks with an accessory placenta on transabdominal ultrasound. The pregnancy was complicated by supraventricular tachycardia, maternal syringomyelia, HSV-1 infection, hypertension, and irregular mild contractions. At 39 weeks and 3 days, the patient visited the OB/GYN with a chief complaint of decreased fetal movements. The fetus was found to have lagging fetal growth that decreased from 23rd percentile to 16th percentile over 2 weeks. Decreased fetal movement was confirmed and oligohydramnios was present. Due to these findings, the patient was admitted … Continue reading Accessories are not a girl’s best friend: Complications from placenta succenturiate

An Athlete’s Uphill Battle

By Samantha Avery, Ellen Oakley, Braydon Dobbs, Vuong Ngo A 54-year-old female with history of hypercholesterolemia and an unremarkable past medical and surgical history presents to the clinic with RLE claudication <1 block. The patient is an active cyclist and notes she is no longer able to cycle or walk long distances secondary to her pain and numbness. The patient is currently taking Atorvastatin. Upon physical examination, the femoral, popliteal, dorsalis pedis, and posterior tibial pulses were unilaterally non-palpable in the right leg. All patient’s pulses were visualized via doppler ultrasound. Non-invasive Ankle Brachial Index, segmental pressure, and PVR study … Continue reading An Athlete’s Uphill Battle

The Degrees of Peripheral Nerve Injury

Peripheral nerve injury (PNI) is a common ailment that occurs after trauma such as lacerations of nerve tissue, crush injuries, gunshot wounds, drug injection injury, electrical injury and more. It can also occur due to autoimmune diseases, diabetes which is the leading cause of polyneuropathy, and vascular problems. PNI has more than 100 types of neuropathy and affects more than 20 million people in the United States. This condition currently has scare options for treatment. [iii] It can range from afflicted individuals experiencing a severe consistent burning sensation to total loss of sensation in the affected body part. The extent … Continue reading The Degrees of Peripheral Nerve Injury

The Importance of Cholesterol & How to Control It

Cholesterol sounds taboo for some because it is thought as something abnormal. Nevertheless, it is something that keeps us alive and allows us to keep cell membranes in check through the transportation of molecules and by creating hormones which are important biological components that regulate our body’s needs. Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in our blood that binds to protein. The combination of proteins and cholesterol forms what we call “lipoproteins.”[1] The importance of cholesterol in our diets is essential, but what happens when there are high levels of it in the bloodstream? Two things can happen in the … Continue reading The Importance of Cholesterol & How to Control It

The Brilliance of Optogenetics

We have heard about different colors in light influencing certain emotions and behaviors but how about taking it a few steps further? Imagine living in a world where a person suffering from a behavioral disorder, for example an obsessive compulsive disorder, can undergo a procedure to be cured. They can go back to living a more functional life and do whatever they love without any obstacles after a clinic visit. A person with a broken bone can speed up the recovery process and get out of the cast within a couple weeks rather than a month. The field of Optogenetics … Continue reading The Brilliance of Optogenetics

AMWA: Walk it Like I Talk it: Bridging Public Health Factors and Patient-Centered Care

Emily Peterson*, Sarah Zarwi*, Aimee Lombard*, Anmol Singh*, Sarah Norman*, Chancée Forestier* * American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine Case Abstract: This case serves as a foundation to study the intricate public health elements such as social reproduction, … Continue reading AMWA: Walk it Like I Talk it: Bridging Public Health Factors and Patient-Centered Care