Does giving a dose of a corticosteroid make a difference in pharyngitis? R.E.B.E.L. EM has a great succinct post on the topic.
Per a large, multicenter study the upper limit for WBC in CSF in infants with fever ≤28 days is 15 cells/mm3 and 29–60 days: 9 cells/mm3.
Kawasaki Disease, AKA Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome, is one of the most common vasculitides of childhood. The hallmark is fever ≥5 days plus 4/5 of the following; mucous membrane changes, conjunctivitis, polymorphous rash, extremity changes and lymph node enlargement. It can also lead to coronary artery aneurysms, which is why its so important to make an accurate diagnosis.
In an effort to bring my educational offerings to as many platforms as possible I've added the entire back catalog of PEM Currents, the Pediatric Emergency Medicine podcast to Stitcher.
Primary herpetic gingivostomatitis patients have ulcerative lesions of the gingiva and mucous membranes. Learn more abut it in this edition of Briefs.
Benzodiazepines are the first line treatment in status epilepticus. Find out why, and how to use them for maximum seizure stopping action.
This is the one non-medical post of the year. I can't seem to get my act together and get out to Hallmark to buy a card, so I have to settle for making a video. Happy Anniversary Kerri, I love you!
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 edition of PEMPix.
Protracted Bacterial Bronchitis in children is definitely a real thing. But should we be making this diagnosis on normal children in the Emergency Department?
OK, so this is the least exciting topic in Pediatric Emergency Medicine... With that being said, you will all see it. And we need to be good at looking at ears, diagnosing acute otitis media, and appropriately choosing when and which antibiotic to prescribe.