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peds EM book

Discussion in 'Pediatrics' started by Nosa, May 9, 2007.

  1. Nosa

    Nosa Junior Member
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    i'll be a new emergency medicine intern this summer and i start in the peds ED. given that i haven't seen a sick kid in a good 18 months, i figure i should do a little reading before this one.... any suggestions? i guess i'm looking for a peds EM book written at an intern level - not a giant textbook, something more manageable/readable.
    thanks!
     
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  3. ChildNeuro

    ChildNeuro Junior Member
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    I would highly recommend,

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine, just the facts.
    by Gary R. Strange et. all.
    2004 McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
    ISBN 0-07-140086-9

    It has:

    Bulleted format for maximum learning
    Also includes 600+ exam-type questions
    Perfect for quick review or clinical practice
    Also suitable for non-specialists and residents.

    I read it a while ago and was *very* easy on the eyes, nice clear font, couple of typos though, but each section is manageable i.e. a couple of pages, and there are maybe 5-9 questions after each section which helps to go over the main points, alot more fun than trying to read a whole text on Pedi ER, which I did, but was no fun . . . Here is straight from the book:

    Pseudotumor Cerebri

    Pseudotumor cerebri causes headache associated with increased intracranial pressure in the absence of a mass lesion.

    It is associated with high doses of Vitamin A and steroid therapy and is especially common in obese adolescent girls.

    Patients may have papilledema on examination.

    Lumbar puncture will reveal a opening pressure greater than 20 mm H20.

    Therapy includes serial lumbar punctures to relieve acute symptoms and acetazolamide to reduce the formation of CSF.

    QUESTION

    2. A 12-year old obese female presents with complaint of severe headache. A CT scan is done and is negative for mass effect or intracerebral lesions. A lumbar puncture is done and the opening pressure is 42 cm H20. Appropriate management for this condition would be all of the following EXCEPT:

    A. Admission for antibiotics
    B. Examination for papilledema
    C. Further history to determine vitamin A exposure or steroid use
    D. Serial lumbar punctures.
    E. Acetazolamide

    Ansnwer A. Pseudotumor cerebri is associated with high doses of vitamin A and steroid therapy and is especially common in obese adolescent girls. Patients may have papilledema on examination. Therapy for . . .

    Well, you get the point, it is fun to read because of the questions.
     
  4. ChildNeuro

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    Addendum-It is about 500 pages though, so get an early start!
     

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