Ellen Sarcone

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Leg ulcers

I. Problem/Condition. Leg ulcers are a common problem. Infections, vascular diseases, connective tissue and hematologic disorders and metabolic disorders such as calciphylaxis can all cause lower extremity ulceration. Chronic venous disease is by far the most common cause of lower extremity ulceration, however, the differential diagnosis is broad and many are multifactorial in etiology given…

Overdoses and poisoning

I. Problem/Condition. Overdoses and poisonings are common in clinical practice and can be intentional or unintentional. Unintentional overdoses, especially those from prescription opiates have been on the rise for some time. In the period of 1999-2014, there was a tripling of overdose deaths. In 2014, over sixty percent of overdose deaths involved an opioid. Drug…

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