acute thoracic back pain in the adult
back pain can be a very deceptive presentation, all too easily put down to muscle strain while missing potentially time critical diagnoses.
watch for red flags in the presentation and specifically search for and exclude the main differentials.
patients with chronic back pain can be difficult to manage in the ED and requires a degree of experience to avoid traps
most patients DO NOT warrant a thoracic spine Xray as these are high radiation procedures and usually have a low pick up rate
differential diagnoses based on anatomic causes
a diagnostic approach
patient with obvious emergency red flag
no obvious red flags
backpain_thoracic_adult.txt · Last modified: 2020/04/05 13:45 by gary1