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50-year-old Male with Chest Pain

  • Author(s): Fernandez, William L.
  • Bontempo, Laura J.
  • Dezman, Zachary D.W.
  • et al.

A 50-year-old male presented to the emergency department with four days of intermittent chest pain and shortness of breath, which progressively worsened in severity. Testing revealed a troponin I greater than 100 times the upper limit of normal and an electrocardiogram with non-specific findings. This case takes the reader through the differential diagnosis and systematic work-up of the deadly causes of chest pain, ultimately leading to this patient’s diagnosis.

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