Values and Limits of Telemedicine: a Case Report
SN comprehensive clinical medicine
Basal cell carcinoma, Endocarditis, Mitral valve vegetation, Physical exam
In the era of a pandemic, the utilization of telemedicine is growing at a rapid speed. This new and necessary adaption in medicine is a threat to the basics of medicine which include the physical exam. A 72-year-old woman presents for a 1-week history of cervical neck discomfort. The patient was found to be febrile with initial physical exam nonrevealing due to patient preference of not taking off hospital gown. After blood cultures grew group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus and a computed tomography scan of the abdomen and pelvis with contrast demonstrated subtle bilateral renal hypodensities suggesting possible septic emboli, a more thorough physical exam was sought out which revealed a large rodent ulcer which the patient had been hiding from her family for 2 years. Transthoracic echocardiography was done which demonstrated a vegetation on the mitral valve confirming the diagnosis of endocarditis. The source of infection was the ulcer which was biopsied and found to be basal cell carcinoma. We present a unique case of endocarditis that was reliant on the physical exam to reveal the source of infection which was a rodent basal cell carcinoma ulcer. This case reminds physicians that at the forefront of telemedicine, the physical exam should not be forgotten.
Pappan, N., Benkhadra, R., Papincak, D., Ashker, K., Uchin, J., Sidique, N., Pirani, Z., & Clemenza, P. (2021). Values and Limits of Telemedicine: a Case Report. SN comprehensive clinical medicine, 3 (1), 317-319. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42399-020-00725-y