About William Denq, MD CAQ-SM

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Arizona

SplintER Series: Delayed pain in an injured knee

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Image 1. Case courtesy of Radswiki, Radiopaedia.org

A 26 year-old male presents with new medial right knee pain after twisting his knee playing soccer 3 weeks ago. His initial pain has since resolved.

What is your diagnosis? What examination findings should you expect? What associated diagnoses should you assess for? What is your management in the emergency department?

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SplintER: Knee pain after the jump

tibial tubercle fracturesA 15 year-old male presents to the emergency department with left knee pain and swelling after jumping while attempting to dunk a basketball. You obtain a knee x-ray (image 1 courtesy of Mark Hopkins, MD). What is your diagnosis? What patient population is at risk for this injury? What other injuries occur in this anatomical location? What is your emergency department management?

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SplintER Series: Two cases of shoulder pain

 

Two patients present to your emergency department: Patient 1 is a 17 year-old soccer player who fell during a game onto their right side and is now complaining of mild right shoulder pain. You obtain x-rays (Figure 1). Patient 2 is a 21 year-old motorist who lost control and went over the handlebars. They heard a pop and are complaining of left shoulder pain. You obtain shoulder x-rays (Figure 2). For these cases, what are your diagnoses, expected physical examination findings, and emergency department management?

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SplintER Series: The Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation

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A 17 year-old football player with prior shoulder dislocation presents to the emergency department reporting shoulder pain after fall. You obtain shoulder x-rays and see the following injury (Image courtesy of Richard Hopkins, MD).

What is your diagnosis? Are there any associated lesions you could expect to find? What is your emergency department management?

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SplintER Series: The 2 minute ankle exam | Leg Day #5

 ankle anatomy

Welcome to Leg Day #5 of the SplintER Series. The focused history and physical ankle exam of the patient with an acute ankle injury is a crucial tool often overlooked in the Emergency Department (ED). Our hope is that after enough practice, you will be able to complete your ankle exam within 2 minutes! The key is to practice, practice, and practice some more.

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