The emergency department (and life in general) has kept me really busy lately, but here's some stuff I learned recently:
1. Syphilis can be painful, despite medical school teaching that it isn't (luckily, I didn't learn this from personal experience!) Chancroid and lymphogranuloma venerum are the two leading differentials for painful genital ulcers, but both are unusual in the United States.
2. Appendicitis has a largely heritable component. Courtney asked me in conversation why some people get appendicitis and others don't. Lit review shows that about 50% of the variability is explained by genetic factors. Who knew?
3. Although MRSA is not a major player in causing otitis, it should be covered when treating mastoiditis
In other news, I found out that I'd been knitting in the round WRONG for the last 10 years. Apparently, you hold the needles close to you and the cables away from you!