A patient is transferred to the ICU for stabilization prior to surgery. The patient is complaining of back pain. The blood pressure is 180/110 and the heart rate is 95 per minute. The surgeon says that he wants the patient optimized and that the patient needs emergency surgery.
- Based on the CT scan slices that are shown, what does the patient have?
- Do you agree with the surgeon's decision, based on the limited CT views?
- What would you do to "optimize" this patient?
- What further information about this patient do you want?
This image and the clinical scenario were contributed by Daniel Zurcher (Washington University final year medical student).
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