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29 A complete metabolic panel and arterial blood gas analysis are useful to determine organ dysfunction and to calculate a severity of illness score. 29 A 54-year-old man presents with lightheadedness and epigastric pain. He tells you he has had epigastric pain for years, but it seems to be getting worse over the last few months. He has felt lightheaded for the last few weeks. When questioned, he does report that his stool is dark, but he attributes the color to his frequent use of bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol).
On examination, the patient is noted to have nystagmus and ataxic limb movements. VERTEBROBASILAR STROKE Vertebrobasilar strokes usually cause more neurologic abnormalities than isolated cerebellar infarctions because a larger area of the brain is affected by occlusions of the posterior circulation. 15 Evaluation and workup should follow the same basic guidelines outlined previously with respect to history and physical examination, followed by appropriate neuroimaging and admission for suspected acute infarction.
37 The patient previously described developed hypotension while in the ED, had new anemia and a BUN/Cr ratio of 38, confirming your suspected diagnosis of bleeding peptic ulcer. He, and most other patients with symptomatic GI bleeding, requires admission to an ICU. A 45-year-old man complains of dizziness and groin pain. He was seen in your ED 3 days ago with chest pain, had a coronary CT with a 70% stenosis, and was then admitted for a coronary angiogram. He had no lesion requiring intervention and was discharged later that day on aspirin, clopidogrel, metoprolol, and lovastatin.