Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Diagnosis And Treatment In The Emergency Department - $39.00
Publication Date: December 2016 (Volume 18, Number 12)
CME: This issue includes 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™; 4 ACEP Category I credits; 4 AAFP Prescribed credits; and 4 AOA Category 2 A or 2B CME credits.
Charles Walter Bugg, MD, PhD
Postgraduate Physician, LAC + USC Department of Emergency Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Taku Taira, MD
Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director, LAC + USC Department of Emergency Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Yvette Calderon, MD, MS
Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine; Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Chief of Emergency Services, North Central Bronx Hospital, Bronx, NY
Nadia Maria Shaukat, MD, RDMS, FACEP
Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Department of Emergency Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Queens; Flushing, NY
Excerpt From This Issue
You arrive for your shift in the ED. The final patient you are signed out is a 30-year-old woman with lower abdominal pain whose ultrasound results are pending to rule out torsion versus ovarian cyst. You nod dutifully and go about seeing new patients. An hour into the shift, the clerk hands you the ultrasound results with the radiologist’s impression: “No radiological etiology of patient’s abdominal pain is found.” You review the chart and confirm that there is no concern for any nongynecological etiologies for her pain. The previous physician documented mild left adnexal tenderness without cervical motion tenderness or adnexal masses. Labs are notable for a urinalysis that is small leukocyte esterase positive and nitrite negative, and a wet mount without clue cells, yeast, or Trichomonas vaginalis. You confirm the documented history with the patient, who additionally denies any urinary complaints or flank pain. On your physical examination, you note only mild left lower abdominal tenderness. As the patient asks, “Why am I having this pain? Can I just go home?” you wonder if there is something else you should do.