About Robert Lystrup, MD

Captain
US Air Force, Medical Corps
Sports Medicine/Family Medicine Physician
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson AZ

SplintER Series: My Foot Doesn’t Work Right

Achilles tendon rupture

A 35-year-old male felt a painful “pop” in his posterior left lower leg while playing football. Afterward, his “foot didn’t work right anymore.” X-ray of the left ankle and tib/fib was normal but he was unable to ambulate. You plan an ultrasound over the area of maximal tenderness and discover the above image (Image 1.Ultrasound of the left posterior ankle 11cm proximal to the calcaneal insertion of the Achilles tendon.  Case courtesy of Robert Lystrup.)

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SplintER Series: Venous Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

 

 

A 29-year-old male presents with right shoulder pain, throbbing, and swelling. He states that a bulge has appeared over his right anterior shoulder recently (Image 1). While he was doing pushups today, he began to have numbness, tingling, and weakness in his right arm. While in the waiting room, his symptoms have completely resolved.

axillary varix

Image 1: Bedside ultrasound of the anterior shoulder at the site of the bulge. AA=axillary artery. AV=axillary vein. Author’s image.

 

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SplintER Series: A Fateful FOOSH

A 66 year-old man presents with right anterior elbow pain, ecchymosis, and a “lump” in his right upper extremity after a ground level fall (Figure 1). What is your suspected diagnosis? What physical exam maneuver(s) can help you confirm your diagnosis? What is your initial workup in the ED? What imaging confirms the diagnosis? What is your management and disposition?

Figure 1: Case Courtesy of Dr. Peter M. Martin

 

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