Casey A. Grover

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The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic is nearly 20 years old. HIV infection is characterized by profound immunodeficiency resulting in an increased incidence of opportunistic infections and neoplasms. However, the greatest paradox is the occurrence of certain autoimmune disorders in the setting of HIV. These include diffuse interstitial(More)
OBJECTIVE Emergency department (ED) frequent users account for a large number of annual ED visits and often receive radiological studies as a part of their evaluation. We report a pilot study of a case management program for ED frequent users to reduce ED usage and radiation exposure. METHODS This observational retrospective study was performed at a(More)
INTRODUCTION Drug-seeking behavior (DSB) in the emergency department (ED) is a very common problem, yet there has been little quantitative study to date of such behavior. The goal of this study was to assess the frequency with which drug seeking patients in the ED use classic drug seeking behaviors to obtain prescription medication. METHODS We performed a(More)
BACKGROUND Drug-seeking behavior (DSB) is common in the Emergency Department (ED), yet the literature describing DSB in the ED consists predominantly of anecdotal evidence. STUDY OBJECTIVES To perform a case-control study examining the relative frequency of DSB in suspected drug-seeking patients as compared to all ED patients. METHODS We performed a(More)
Charles McBurney published a treatise on appendicitis in 1891, in which he described the exact point on the abdomen at which tenderness was maximal in cases of acute appendicitis--the point now known as "McBurney's point." He also described his approach to both the diagnosis and management of appendicitis, which at the time consisted of careful observation,(More)
BACKGROUND Narcotic bowel syndrome is characterized by chronic or recurrent abdominal pain associated with escalating doses of narcotic pain medications. It may occur in as many as 4% of all patients taking opiates, and yet few physicians are aware that the syndrome exists. OBJECTIVES The objectives of this case report are to raise awareness of narcotic(More)
CONTEXT Narcotics are frequently prescribed in the Emergency Department (ED) and are increasingly abused. Prescription monitoring programs affect prescribing by Emergency Physicians (EPs), yet little is known on how EPs interpret prescription records. OBJECTIVE To assess how EPs interpret prescription narcotic history for patients in the ED with painful(More)
As early as 1826, divers diving to great depths noted that descent often resulted in a phenomenon of intoxication and euphoria. In 1935, Albert Behnke discovered nitrogen as the cause of this clinical syndrome, a condition now known as nitrogen narcosis. Nitrogen narcosis consists of the development of euphoria, a false sense of security, and impaired(More)
BACKGROUND Tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) ingestions are a relatively common pediatric ingestion, with significant potential for both cardiac and neurological toxicity. Previous studies on pediatric TCA ingestions have found the threshold of toxicity to be 5 mg/kg. CASE We report a case of an 8-year-old girl who presented to the emergency department with(More)