Category Archives: 2015 EMages Winners

First Place EMages Winner 2015: Neck Pain

Megan Marino, MD

Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, H uston, Texas

Department of Pediatrics, Section of Emergency Medicine


9 year old female with history of acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), status post heart transplant 9 months ago for chemotherapy related cardiomyopathy, presented to the emergency department with 4 weeks of worsening neck pain and 2 days of dysphagia and voice changes. She stopped moving her neck, refuses solids, but is able to drink liquids. She has been afebrile.  She has been seen twice by other providers over the last month, was diagnosed with torticollis, and given diazepam and acetaminophen with codeine without improvement. Home medications included tacrolimus, mycophenolate and prednisone. read more

Second Place EMages Winner 2015: It’s All in the Eyes

Camilo E. Gutiérrez, MD, FAAEM

Boston Medical Center / Boston University School of Medicine


A 17 year old teenager presents as a new immigrant from Haiti for evaluation of “heart murmur” diagnosed there. Has no immediate family with him so past medical or family history is unclear. He is on no medications and denies drug abuse.

Complaints of occasional chest pain, palpitations and shortness of breath.

His vital signs are within normal limits.

On examination patient is noted to be tall and thin, pectus excavatum and high arched feet. Has evidence of scoliosis, fingers are long and thumbs are very lax. Lung exam is normal. Cardiovascular exam is remarkable for a holosystolic murmur with mid-systolic click, heard best at the apex and accentuated by valsalva. Mental status is normal. Neurologic examination is also within normal limits. read more

Third Place EMages Winner 2015: Pediatric Rash with Fever, When History and Physical are Paramount

Andres Bayona, MD, Robert M Lapus, MD

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas


A one month old girl with a history of congenital complete Atrioventricular (AV) block with an implanted pacemaker placement on day of life 6, presented to the Emergency Department (ED) with rash and fever. One week prior to presentation she developed a rash on her face, which slowly spread to her chest, abdomen and extremities. On the day of presentation she developed a fever at home. Mom brought her to the pediatrician, who then referred them to the ED. read more