Pyoderma Gangrenosum

Today, we had a case of a pt with a remote hx of IBD (not actively flaring or on maintenance medications) who presented with acute onset and rapidly ulcerating skin rash, later found to be pyoderma gangrenosum. One of the key points is to be CAUTIOUS about debridement as it can be harmful due to pathergy

Lemierre’s Syndrome

Yesterday we discussed the case of a young man with no past medical history who presented with subacute onset progressive unilateral facial swelling and B symptoms unresponsive to oral antibiotics

Our differential diagnosis included infectious etiologies (bacterial abscess, EBV, Mumps, TB lymphadenitis), malignancy (lymphoma, squamous cell carcinoma, Burkhitt’s lymphoma), and Lemierre’s syndrome (thrombophlebitis of IJ).

On CT Neck, patient was found to have multiple mandibular abscesses, and apical lung cavitary lesions concerning for septic emboli. While neck ultrasound did not find a thrombus within the internal jugular vein, given cavitary lesions in the lungs, Lemierre’s syndrome was thought to have been the diagnosis.

Away Rotation at Tuba City Regional Health Care (TCRHC):

TCRHC is a single-story, 73 bed, Native referral hospital about 90 minutes from Flagstaff, Arizona, and 60 minutes southeast of the Grand Canyon National Park. The health center, provides services to a 6,000 square mile area and serves as a referral center for the western part of the Navajo and Hopi Reservations, and serves the Navajo, Hopi, and Southern Paiute tribes. During your time at TCRHC, you will be exposed to the broadest possible practice scope to provide a glimpse of what their providers do on a daily basis.  Your rotation will include, but not be limited to, experience in the outpatient department, the inpatient service, as well as home visits with community health nurses.  In the outpatient portion, you will be working with not only several providers, but also with many specialists (neurology, cardiology, nephrology, dermatology, and rheumatology).  Your days will be split into half day portions – a morning portion and an afternoon portion.  You will be working with different providers each half day.  When you are on the inpatient service, you will be primary call for the ER and outside facilities wishing to transfer patients to Tuba City.  You will work closely with an inpatient attending to manage patients from admission to discharge.  Upon your arrival at Tuba City, you will discuss your schedule with the rotation director, Dr. Trung Pham.

Residents who have rotated at TCRHC have described it as one of the most unique and rewarding experiences they have had. They have enjoyed being a hospitalist, intensivist, and primary care physician all at the same time while caring for some of the most underserved patients in the United States and developing an understanding of how to provide care in a resource-poor setting. In addition, you’ll have weekends off and are only a short drive away from numerous national parks and opportunities for outdoor recreation. You may have the ability meet visiting residents from other institutions.

​Please note, you need a car for this away elective, so driving to Arizona or flying there and renting a car are both options. There is also a nominal, out of pocket fee for lodging (about 20 dollars per day). This rotation is best if you can go with another resident (to offset travel costs and to have a hiking buddy for the weekends). Rotations are 2-4 weeks in length (preferably 4 weeks).