Emergency Department Minute Quiz: 52-Year-Old Female with Throat Tightness


Check out this Emergency Department Minute Quiz from Brady Pregerson, MD. Can you determine the correct diagnosis?


A 52-year-old female presents to the emergency department for dyspnea and a feeling that she is being choked, especially when she bends her neck forward. She denies fever, sore throat, chest pain, voice change or other complaints.

Vital Signs & Physical Exam:

Vital signs are normal except for pulse of 52. Physical exam is otherwise normal except for that her thyroid gland feels a bit enlarged.

Initial Diagnostic Testing:

EKG: Normal

Labs: Normal except sodium 131

Imaging: CT of the neck was ordered.

What is the most likely diagnosis?

Thyroid nodule




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