This Teachable Moment uses the case of a woman in her 30s undergoing chemotherapy for stage 2A breast cancer who was hospitalized for febrile neutropenia to illustrate the need to avoid overtreatment for low-risk patients with this common oncological complication.
This Teachable Moment examines the case of a man who experienced a misdiagnosis due to translation difficulties and argues for more professional medical interpretation services in clinical settings.
This Teachable Moment questions the value of repeat lipase level assay as a follow-up measure for patients with a diagnosis of acute pancreatitis and proposes a more effective alternative.
This Teachable Moment describes the case of a 56-year-old man who presented to his primary care physician with bleeding gums and was subsequently diagnosed with primary immune thrombocytopenia.
This Teachable Moment differentiates between hypertensive emergency and hypertensive urgency and examines the case of a woman who was incorrectly treated for hypertensive emergency when treatment for hypertensive urgency would have been more appropriate.
This Teachable Moment describes the case of a 65-year-old man who presented with symptoms of infection but was found to have a misdiagnosed case of stasis dermatitis.
This Teachable Moment examines the danger in overvaluing laboratory test results that contradict clinical findings.
This Teachable Moment examines the case of a woman in her 50s with a history of gastric bypass and iron deficiency anemia who presented for evaluation of fatigue.
This Teachable Moment explores the case of a patient who gained new insight into his own patterns of unhealthy drinking after having a seizure.
This Teachable Moment examines the case of a woman in her 20s with ulcerative colitis, unprovoked deep vein thromboses, and pulmonary embolism who had been taking coumadin and presented with acute-onset left-sided pleuritic chest pain for 3 days.
This Teachable Moment highlights how the use of nil per os orders can lead to complications.
This Teachable Moment describes a hospitalized patient with nosocomial diarrhea caused by unnecessary prescription of laxatives and discusses the potential harms of this routine practice.
This Teachable Moment uses the details of a case report to evaluate the risks and benefits of staging imaging in early-stage breast cancer.
This Teachable Moment illustrates the complexity of determining the appropriateness and timing of cardiac resynchronization therapy in the management of heart failure.
This Teachable Moment describes a case of a man with type I diabetes admitted to the emergency department after his insulin pump was not reattached.
This Teachable Moment highlights that clinical judgement is sufficient to diagnose fibromyalgia, and antinuclear antibody and subserology testing is not essential to rule out autoimmune conditions in the absence of suggestive signs and symptoms.
This case highlights the challenges of treating a patient with elevated troponin levels when noncardiac diagnoses are present.
This Teachable Moment looks at the value of testing for inherited thrombophilia in patients with provoked venous thrombophilia.
This Teachable Moment discusses maximizing benefits and minimizing harms of lung cancer screening.
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