Monday, March 10, 2008

Answer: VizD Challenge Week of 3/3/08

Joshua is the winner of this week's VizD!

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Joshua is the winner of $5


A thin 25-year-old woman presents to your ED for generalized weakness. You do not find anything remarkable on your physical exam except the finding seen below.

(click on image to enlarge)

1. What diagnosis do you suspect?
2. Which electrolyte is frequently abnormal in this condition and likely the cause of this patient's weakness?

1. Bulemia nervosa - an eating disorder with significant associated physical complications. The image shows acid tooth erosion caused by the erosion of dentin secondary to chronic vomiting.
2. Hypokalemia is a common presentation due to frequent vomiting

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