• 19-year-old Woman with Intermittent Weakness

      Cavaliere, Garrett A; Murali, Neeraja; Bontempo, Laura J; Dezman, Zachary D W (2021-08)
      INTRODUCTION: Systemic weakness is a common chief complaint of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED). A well thought out approach to the assessment and workup of these patients is key to diagnostic accuracy and definitive therapy. CASE PRESENTATION: In this case, a 19-year-old female presented to the ED with generalized weakness and near syncope. She had global weakness in her extremities and multiple electrolyte abnormalities. DISCUSSION: This case takes the reader through the differential diagnosis and evaluation of a patient with weakness and profound electrolyte derangements. It includes a discussion of the diagnostic studies and calculations that ultimately led to the patient's diagnosis.