19-year-old woman with intermittent weakness

Garrett A. Cavaliere, Neeraja Murali, Laura J. Bontempo, Zachary D.W. Dezman

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Introduction: Systemic weakness is a common chief complaint of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED). A well thought out approach to the assessment and workup of these patients is key to diagnostic accuracy and definitive therapy. Case Presentation: In this case, a 19-year-old female presented to the ED with generalized weakness and near syncope. She had global weakness in her extremities and multiple electrolyte abnormalities. Discussion: This case takes the reader through the differential diagnosis and evaluation of a patient with weakness and profound electrolyte derangements. It includes a discussion of the diagnostic studies and calculations that ultimately led to the patient’s diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-282
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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