Thursday, October 22, 2009
A 19 year old girl came to our ED today, complaining that she had a AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm). She was smiling and laughing and said that she thinks it is ruptured. Her cousin, a nurse, had told her that she had a pulsating mass in her belly and that she needed checked out. She sent her with a list of tests that we should perform to diagnose the aneurysm. I was so glad. The girl certainly did not have an aneurysm, but I attempted to calmly reassure her. However she insisted and seemed terrified so I ordered a few of the desired tests. No aneurysm. Ridiculous.... She was kind of nice though, and I think her cousin the nurse had just really scared her.