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Mercury Ingestion

Amin, DO, et al.

A 30-year-old male with history of bipolar disorder and previous incident of elemental mercury ingestion in a suicide attempt, presented to the emergency department with new-onset nausea and vomiting.

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Massive Right Breast Hematoma

Amin, DO, et al.

A 53-year-old female with a history of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and generalized anxiety disorder taking 81 milligrams of aspirin daily presented as a trauma activation following a motor vehicle collision.

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Eagle Syndrome

Bremmer, DO, et al.

A 30-year-old male presented to the emergency department with intermittent neck pain, dysarthria, right facial droop, right-sided facial paresthesias and right upper extremity weakness for several days prior.

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Donut Sign on Magnetic Resonance Angiography: Interpret with Caution

Gudivada, MD, et al.

We present two cases of cerebrovascular accidents. Case #1: A 24-year-old man presented with open fractures of the left femur and tibia after a motor vehicle collision. Case #2: A 26-year-old man presented to the emergency department after eight hours with hemiplegia and global aphasia.

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A Brush with Danger

Hirsch, MD, et al.

A five-year-old male presented to the emergency department (ED) after falling off a stool while brushing his teeth, resulting in a penetrating oropharyngeal injury.

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Point-of-care Cranial Ultrasound in a Hemicraniectomy Patient

Sarwal, MD, et al.

A 74-year-old male presented to the emergency department with right-sided weakness and confusion and was found to have a left parietal intraparenchymal hemorrhage with cerebral edema and left-to-right midline shift on non-contrast computed tomography (CT) of the head.

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A Case of Necrotic Skin Lesions on the Abdomen

Christians, DO, et al.

A 42-year-old female with a history of type II diabetes, partial left nephrectomy, and fibromyalgia was transferred from an outside hospital for concerns of a painful rash on her abdomen and flanks.

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Blinking Bug Bite

Miller, MD, et al.

A three-year-old female presented to a community emergency department with a one-day pruritic rash on her knee.

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This Rash Puts You in the ICU

Skaggs, MD, et al.

A 33-year-old female with a history of psoriasis presented to the emergency department with a diffuse, pruritic skin rash that had been progressive for two days.

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Traumatic Acetabular Protrusion

Weber, MD, et al.

A 69-year-old woman with a history of osteopenia and left total hip arthroplasty three months prior presented from home to the emergency department with leg pain and inability to ambulate.

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Orbital Compartment Syndrome Following Mechanical Fall

Schwitkis, BA, et al.

An 80-year-old woman with a history of hypertension presented to the emergency department (ED) with blunt facial trauma including a four-centimeter laceration of the right upper eyelid sustained during a ground-level mechanical fall.

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Acute Respiratory Distress

Maloy, MD, et al.

A 24-year-old woman presented to the emergency department by emergency medical services with severe respiratory distress and hypoxia.

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Emergency Medicine is a specialty which closely reflects societal challenges and consequences of public policy decisions. The emergency department specifically deals with social injustice, health and economic disparities, violence, substance abuse, and disaster preparedness and response. This journal focuses on how emergency care affects the health of the community and population, and conversely, how these societal challenges affect the composition of the patient population who seek care in the emergency department. The development of better systems to provide emergency care, including technology solutions, is critical to enhancing population health.