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David Effron, MD




Case In Point: Pneumatosis Cystoides Intestinalis: An Unusual Radiographic Finding

November 01, 2006

A 14-year-old girl was referred for evaluation of a several-year history of growth failure, chronic abdominal pain, and intermittent emesis. The parents described the child as a "picky eater," and various foods (eg, meat products and beans) frequently caused abdominal distention.

Photo Finish: Acute Dx: What Cause of Sudden Illness? rhus dermatitis

November 01, 2006

A 4-year-old girl presents with a highly pruritic rash. The day before, she had been playing outdoors at her grandmother's house. No pets were present, and the patient does not recall being stung or bitten by insects. There are bushes on the grandmother's property.

e-Photo Quiz: Answer to Last Month’s Online Challenge - Orbital cellulitis

October 01, 2006

The child has orbital cellulitis, an infection with sometimes serious sequelae that involves the soft tissue of the orbit posterior to the orbital septum. Children are more likely than adults to contract orbital cellulitis; the median age of those affected is 7 years. Preseptal cellulitis--the other major infection of the ocular and adnexal orbital tissue--involves the soft tissue of the eyelids and periocular region anterior to the orbital septum and is considered less severe.

Traction Alopecia

September 01, 2006

The parents of a 4-year-old girl are concerned because she has experienced hair loss for several weeks. The child is otherwise healthy and active, has no known disorders, and takes no medications.

Otitis Media With Acute Palsy of the Seventh Cranial Nerve

May 01, 2006

The mother of this 3-year-old boy noticed that his smile was asymmetric when he awoke that morning. He had been seen 3 days previously for left ear discomfort, sore throat, and a low-grade fever. Otitis media was diagnosed, and amoxicillin was prescribed. The child has an unremarkable history and is otherwise healthy. He has been acting normally and tolerating food and liquids without difficulty.

Henoch-Schönlein Purpura and Nonpitting Edema

April 01, 2006

A 10-year-old girl has had a worsening rash for 1 week. The mildly pruritic, nontender eruption initially appeared on the child's thighs and then spread to the arms and face. The child's right hand, feet, and ankles have been swollen for the past 4 days, which has made ambulation intermittently painful.