Abstract Spontaneous pneumothoraces occur in individuals who have not experienced antecedent thoracic trauma. Primary spontaneous pneumothorax occurs in otherwise healthy individuals with no clinically
Abstract Recreational cocaine use in the UK is steadily rising. This review summarises some of the common clinical manifestations of cocaine use which may be encountered by acute physicians and discusses
Abstract COPD is a progressive debilitating lung condition the clinical course of which is punctuated by acute severe increases in symptoms (exacerbations). These can be life threatening and are a considerable
Abstract Antimicrobial resistance is of increasing concern to patients, physicians and policy-makers alike. The challenge for the clinician at the coalface, however, is to avoid the undertreatment of
Abstract Hyponatraemia is defined as a serum sodium concentration of 135 mmol/L or less. It is the most common electrolyte abnormality, and can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality.1
Abstract As haematological emergencies are uncommon in daily clinical practice, enhanced awareness and high index of suspicion is required to ensure that the potentially lifesaving measures are offered.
Abstract Boerhaave’s syndrome is a rare condition on the acute medical ‘take’ but has a high mortality and significant morbidity if not diagnosed early. This article reviews the approach to management