Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Name That Disease!

Okay, so here is a game:

Based on these ordered tests and referrals, guess that the presenting complaints and the disease:

24 hour heavy metals urine collection
TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
Hep C Antibody Test
Magnesium Level
Vit B1 (Thiamine Level)
Vitamin E Level
Vitamin B12 Level
Folate Level
Fasting Blood Glucose
2 Hour Glucose Tolerance Test
RPR (Syphilis Test)
ANA (Antinuclear Antibody Test)
CRP (C-Reactive Protein)
ds DNA (Double Stranded DNA Antibody IgG)
ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate)
RF (Rheumatoid Factor)
SPEP (Serum Protein Electrophoresis)
CPK Total (Creatine Phosphokinase)
CBC (Complete Blood Count)
CMP (Comprehensive Metabolic Panel)
MMA (Methylmalonic Acid)
Homocysteine Level
MRI Brain without Gadolinium
MRI Brain with Gadolinium
MRI C-Spine
Referral Hematology
Referral Neurology
Referral Gastroenterology
Referral Rheumatology


Glen said...


EDNurseasauras said...

Mercury poisoning?
Or fibromyalgia.


definitely fibromyalgia!

Sean said...

Last time i saw tests like this, it was for a man with a loooooooong history of ETOH. He was bright yellow. I diagnosed liver failure and DTs just by looking at him.

But...the million dollar work-up followed. Just in case the liver failure and sudden onset confusion (started following admission) was caused by something else.


Nurse K said...

I'm with Sean---EtOHer with encephalopathy and anemia.

Nurse K said...

Oh, the presenting complaint is "fall" or "seizure".

Sean said...

It's true the MRI c-spine definitely suggests a fall. loss of consciousness/seizure preceded it.

oooooh....this is fun! :)

Sean said...
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Sean said...

OK, I'm being a comment hog

Putting my last two guesses together: A very drunk old man passed out and fell off a bar stool.

OK...I'll stop now!

Lisa said...

Random comments:
TSH doesn't help without a full panel.

Vit D can be an indicator.

How was your ESR?

If you are going to piss in a bottle for 24 hours, you may as well add protein & cortisol.

8am cortisol and fasting insulin also good to know.