CASE CHALLENGE (with answers)

Case Challenge

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85yo white male with a history of prostate cancer (1990s, s/p radiation and chemo), CAD, HTN, HLD, CHF (NICM, previously reduced EF, now in 50s), AVR (5 years ago, bioprosthetic, not on AC) presents with severe back pain.

3 months prior to admission patient seen in OSF ED for new onset, severe left inguinal pain which was much worse with movement and hip flexion, the pain radiated towards the back with movement but not at rest. He described the pain as a muscle pull, he had not had similar pain previously. Workup for hernia was negative, patient unclear on what was performed but believes he received blood products. He was discharged from the ED with gradual resolution of the pain over 3 weeks.

From ED visit until 2 weeks ago he had no significant complaints other than mild fatigue. Starting 2 weeks prior to admission patient presented to a local ED 6 times for minor cuts on hands that would not stop. Bleeding was stopped with dermabond and he was discharged home each time.

2 days PTA he was feeling well and went for “a long walk”. on the morning of admission he awoke with significant pain in his right inguinal area, similar in quality and intensity to previous left inguinal pain. At this point he came into our ED for evaluation.

ROS notable for bleeding as described, easy bruising starting 4 months ago, mild fatigue, moderate nausea with pain, no NS/chills/v/d.

Past Medical Hx:

  1. Prostate CA- diagnosed in mid 1990s, s/p surgery radiaton and chemotherapy.
  2. CAD- s/p CABG 10 years ago
  3. CHF- apparently had reduced EF in past, now normalized. Per patient EF “in 50s” recently, AICD in place
  4. Aortic valve replacement- 5 years ago, bioprosthetic, no AC, followed closely
  5. HTN- controlled
  6. HLD
  7. Do not know if he has had c-scope

Past Surgical Hx:

  1. CABG- no issues with post-op bleeding
  2. SAVR
  3. prostatectomy

Family Hx:

  • Hypertension mom, DM2 dad

Social Hx:

  • Lives in abilene w/ wife, no bad habits

Outpatient Medications:

  • Lasix 20mg BID
  • Metformin 500mg BID
  • Metop XL 25mg qday
  • Methocarbamol prn
  • Diazepam 5mg prn
  • lyrica 75mg qhs

On arrival he was found to be tachycardic to the 120s, BP 95/65, RR 20, SaO2 98% on ambient air with T of 36.8 C. He appeared uncomfortable though not in significant distress. His HEENT exam was normal including no gingival/mucosal findings, he was tachycardic but regular w/o m/r/g. Lung exam was normal. Abdominal exam was notable for tenderness in the lower right quadrant that was referring to groin. GU revealed no hernia, no swelling, no erythema, no TTP. Extremities notable for 10cm resolving ecchymoses on RUE. Flexion of right hip caused significant pain in groin area. Palpation of lower right back caused moderate pain in right groin. No dermatologic changes were found other than ecchymoses previously descried and healing wounds on b/l hands which had previously been dermabonded. No petechiae seen.

  • BMP 145/3.4/106/25 (gap 16)/ 16/.88
  • CBC 10/6.1/18/151
  • INR 1.1
  • LDH 568
  • T bili 3.5 (no fractionation in ED). AST 25 ALT 45 alk phos 100
  • PTT 105
  • D dimer 6
  • Haptoglobin <10
  • Retic ct 8.2
  • fibrinogen 368
  • mixing study: PTT 85 pre, 65 after mixing (did not correct)
  • DAT negative
  • Factor VIII activity: <1
  • Factor VIII inhibitor: 58 (high titer identified) 
  • Factor IX activity: normal
  • Factor X activity: normal
  • vWF activity: normal
  • ANA 1:160 homogenous
  • RF negative
  • CCP negative
  • SSA/ SSB negative


  • CT head no abnormalities
  • CT abd/pelvis with contrast:  There is mild rotatory scoliosis of the lumbar spine, associated with multilevel degenerative changes of the endplates and facet joints. No worrisome lytic or blastic skeletal lesions are seen. Subcutaneous edema is present within the right flank.
  • The right psoas muscle is enlarged with ill-defined intramuscular hemorrhage. As the right psoas muscle measures approximately 6.2 x 7.2 cm in axial cross-section on axial image 38, and comparison to the left psoas muscle, which measures 2.4 x 4.3 cm at the same level.



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#ProudtobeGIM Week at UTSW

Interested in learning more about general internal medicine? The Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), in conjunction with the UT Southwestern Division of General Internal Medicine, is sponsoring a weeklong lunch lecture series at the medical school. In addition to catered food, lectures will feature distinguished UT Southwestern general internists ranging from Dr. Fred Cerise, President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland, to Dr. Jim Wagner, Associate Dean for Student Affairs. The lecture series will also feature a social media photo booth, free SGIM swag, and last but not least, a Pokestop.

When: 12:00pm each day, January 23-27

Where: D1.700

Monday – Dr. Oanh Nguyen (GIM panel)

Tuesday – Dr. Fred Cerise (Innovators and Leadership panel)

Wednesday – Dr. Jason Newman (Expert Clinicians panel)

Thursday – Dr. Ethan Halm (Clinician Investigators panel)

Friday – Dr. Jim Wagner (Medical Educators panel)

Holiday Bowl 2017!

On Friday, January 6th, 2017 we had our Winter Holiday Bowl at Parkland and the VA. The Jeopardy-style question  competition pits our fantastic Faculty versus our hard-working Housestaff. Questions were prepared with great love and care by our very own Chief Resident, Dan Maxwell. And the outcome?

PARKLAND: the Faculty edged out our Housestaff with 17,400 points vs 11,301 points

#2017 Winner @ Parkland: Faculty
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The VA:
The group was a bit smaller but just as active and involved! Housestaff was trailing by only 200-300 points at Final jeopary when they swooped in for the win with a Final Jeopardy bet of 7,501 of their 7,800 points – getting the correct answer and coming out on top with 15,301 points with Faculty finishing with 7,000 after correctly betting 1,000.

#2017 Winner @ the VA :  Houstaff

Thanks to all Faculty and Housestaff who partcipated. See you next time!