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SAM Manchester

It was great to see so many of you in SAM Manchester. We hope you found the conference worthwhile and found the trainee session really useful. With the trainee session we have tried to

The treatment of infective endocarditis remains controversial with differing advice regarding timing of surgery in current guidelines.
DH Kang, YJ Kim, SH Kim et al. N Engl J Med 2012; 366: 2455-2473.



Pleuritic pain, a sharp discomfort near the chest wall exacerbated by inspiration is associated with a number of pathologies. Pulmonary embolus and infection are two common causes but diagnosis

We hope that you have enjoyed the summer and the rare moments of sunshine! Now that you are settling into your new jobs since the recent changeover, we hoped you were able to make use of the extended


Palpitations, or the sensation of a rapid or heavy heartbeat, are a common symptom in both primary and secondary care settings. Here we use a common presentation of palpitations to explore the

Case History

A 69 year old female presented to the Emergency Department with swelling of her right arm and elbow, one week following a fall which resulted in a fracture of the middle third of her right


Alcohol-use disorders including acute intoxication and withdrawal are common in the acute medical setting. Acute physicians should be aware of the indications for inpatient detoxification, and

Assessing gait speed in acutely ill older patients admitted to an acute care elders hospital unit.

It was great to see so many of you at SAM Dublin at the beginning of May. For those of you who could not make it to the conference, we thought it would be helpful to summarise some of the best bits


Haemoptysis is a common symptom in clinical practice, which requires further investigation. Fortunately, massive haemoptysis only accounts for a small proportion of these episodes. It is a medical