Infectious Diseases Cases & Quizzes

 
 
  • Mysterious Femur Fracture in a Middle-Aged Man A 49-year-old man with a history of osteopenia and HIV presents for follow-up after a visit to the ED 8 months ago with a midshaft femoral fracture. What likely contributed to his atypical fracture?
  • Fast Five Quiz: Human Bite Wounds Most injuries due to human bites involve the hands and have a higher rate of infection than do injuries in other locations. Test yourself on key aspects of human bite wounds with this short quiz.
  • Progressive Weakness and Dyspnea in a 14-Year-Old Boy A 14-year-old boy presents with a 10-day history of progressive weakness. The patient reports rhinorrhea, cough, and malaise approximately 3 weeks before admission. What's the diagnosis?
  • Case Challenge: Acute Otitis Media in Children The principles of appropriate management of AOM in children are illustrated by Dr Gordon Sun in these clinical cases.
  • Fast Five Quiz: Urticaria Acute urticaria may be associated with life-threatening angioedema and/or anaphylactic shock. Do you know key aspects of presentation, workup, and treatment? Test your knowledge with this short quiz.
  • Fast Five Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Mantle Cell Lymphoma Mantle cell lymphoma is now recognized as a distinct clinicopathologic entity and represents 2%-10% of non-Hodgkin lymphomas. How much do you know about MCL? Test your knowledge with this short quiz.
  • 'What Are These Bumps I See All Over?' How would you approach a patient who comes to the primary care clinician with worries about bumps on her buttocks and knees?
  • Fast Five Quiz: Probiotics Although much remains under investigation about probiotics, are you aware of their current uses, from common gastrointestinal disorders to other conditions? Test your knowledge with our short quiz.
  • Fast Five Quiz: Acute Pyelonephritis Acute pyelonephritis is a potentially organ- and life-threatening infection that can lead to renal scarring. Are you familiar with key concepts and best practices? Test yourself with our quick quiz.
  • Health Proverbs: A Kernel of Truth or Just Plain Corny? If health proverbs aren't true, why have they hung around for so long? See what you think of these long-standing aphorisms.
  • Fast Five Quiz: Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome Systemic inflammatory response syndrome is not always related to infection and can be caused by ischemia, inflammation, trauma, or several factors. Test yourself on key aspects with this short quiz.
  • A 13-Year-Old Girl With Fever After Travel A 13-year-old girl presents with 2 months of worsening shortness of breath, malaise, fever, and loose stools after returning from a trip to Mexico. Are you able to make the diagnosis?
  • Fast Five Quiz: Recent Outbreaks This short quiz highlights a small selection of recent outbreaks that made the news, and is intended to refresh and challenge knowledge regarding key aspects of related conditions.
  • Fast Five Quiz: Iron Deficiency Anemia Iron deficiency anemia occurs when stores of iron are too low to support normal red blood cell production. Are you familiar with this condition? Test your knowledge with our quick quiz.
  • A Barely Responsive 36-Year-Old Woman With Hypothermia A 36-year-old woman is dropped at a hospital entrance, minimally responsive, with a note that read, 'I picked her up at a hotel. She said she was sick.' Can you make this challenging diagnosis?
  • A Traveler's Fever A 17-year-old male has a 2-day history of headache. He returned to the United States 2 days ago after 3 weeks in Nigeria. He has fevers and intermittent sweats, mostly at night. What's the diagnosis?
  • Fast Five Quiz: Infective Endocarditis Infective endocarditis is a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge that is nearly always fatal if left untreated. What do you know about this challenging condition? Test yourself with our short quiz.
  • Fast Five Quiz: Neutropenia Neutropenia is a low level of neutrophils often associated with significant conditions. Test yourself on presentation, workup, and treatment for neutropenia-related conditions with this quick quiz.
  • Chronic Recurrent Symptoms Suggesting an Insidious Etiology A 17-year-old girl presents with a history of oral fungal infections, diarrhea, recurrent abdominal pain, vomiting, dizziness, darkening of the skin and oral cavity, and fever. What is the diagnosis?
  • An 85-Year-Old Woman With a Red, Painful Rash An 85-year-old woman with type 2 diabetes mellitus is admitted to the hospital because of a progressive, red, painful rash on her right leg. What's the next step in her treatment?