Lab Case 23 – Interpretation

This is a 3 month old (weight 5kg) critically unwell child who requires resuscitation with concomitant assessment to determine the cause of her illness.

Her clinical picture is one of severe dehydration (at least 7%) Continue reading

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Lab Case 23

A 3 month old girl is brought to your Emergency department after 3 days of diarrhoea and vomiting. She is unwell, lethargic, has sunken eyes, a sunken fontanelle and dry mucous membranes.

Describe and interpret her biochemical results Continue reading

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Lab Case 22 – Interpretation

Elderly male from nursing home presents critically unwell with severe hypernatraemia following a seizure.

Issues:

1. Seizure and altered mental state – secondary to high sodium, intracranial haemorrhage, other.

2. Tachycardia and low blood pressure for age – shock, large fluid deficit

3.  Life threatening hypernatraemia

4. Possible end of life situation  Continue reading

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