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February 2018 Critical Care Case of the Month

Robert A. Raschke, MD

University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ


History of Present Illness

A 25-year-old was admitted to an outside hospital with an acute episode of nausea and vomiting and chronic progressive weakness.  He smoked 2 cigarettes per day and drank a 12-pack of beer per month.  He had a history of undefined chronic liver disease.

Physician Examination

Physical examination was reported as showing a chronically ill appearing man who was “weak” using crutches to ambulate.

The patient was made NPO and was rehydrated with intravenous normal saline.

Which of the following are indicated at this time? (Click on the correct answer to proceed to the second of four pages)

  1. Creatinine phosphokinase (CPK)
  2. Serum potassium
  3. Thyroid studies
  4. 1 and 3
  5. All of the above

Cite as: Raschke RA. February 2018 critical care case of the month. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2018;16(2):62-6. doi: PDF

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