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Restoring Balance: Paraneoplastic Cerebellar Degeneration

A 63-year-old woman was evaluated for 3 months of gradually worsening tremors in her legs. The tremors were worse in the right leg, increased in amplitude on standing or walking, and were absent at rest. She also had a milder tremor of her head. She had no headache, confusion, weakness, numbness, or dyscoordination. Her medical […]

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Blood in Urine: A Hard Nut to Crack

A 34-year-old woman presented with a 2-week history of intermittent painless macroscopic hematuria. She had a similar episode of macroscopic hematuria 5 years ago during her last pregnancy, which resolved spontaneously. Apart from this, she had no significant medical history. She was not taking any regular medications or supplements. On examination, she appeared well. She […]

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Stubborn Creatures: Dormant Staphylococcus aureus

A healthy 70-year-old woman was admitted with a 3-day history of a pus-emitting wound on her left shin, in the absence of trauma. She was afebrile, and examination was normal excepting a warm, erythematous and tender area over her left distal tibia with a central swollen area discharging pus. Hemoglobin was 11.7 g/dL, white blood […]

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A Red Herring in the Green Grass: Syphilitic Membranous Glomerulonephritis

Physical discomfort attributed to a routine chore was actually an unusual presentation of an insidious infection. A 51-year-old man presented to the emergency department and reported 1 week of persistent, localized lower back pain that began after he had spent the day mowing his lawn. He denied any trauma, rash, dysuria, discoloration of urine, or […]

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Deadly Diarrhea: The Clever Disguise of Aortic Dissection

  Aortic dissection is one of the great imitators that can present in many ways clinically, depending on the portion of the aorta undergoing dissection.1 Therefore, it is of utmost importance to discuss the variety of presentations, including those that are rare, so as not to miss this potentially fatal diagnosis. Our case is important because […]

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