ER Doc as Master Diagnostician: The Patient with Recurrent Encephalopathy

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Release Date:
August 1, 2019

Expiration Date:
December 31, 2020

Time to Complete
.5 hour

Activity Description
Genetic metabolic diseases, rare disorders with a wide variety of clinical phenotypes, are commonly associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Patients with acute and acute-on-chronic presentations show up in pediatric and adult emergency departments, often in life-threatening circumstances. In some pediatric cases, the diagnoses are already known because the patients have been identified through the newborn screening process or by a specialist. However, most metabolic diseases are not included in the newborn screening panel, and the diagnosis is usually missed or unknown in late-onset cases. This symposium provides emergency medicine clinicians with a practical approach to identify recognizable pediatric and adult metabolic conditions, as well as guidelines for administering first-line treatment that can be lifesaving. In addition to a didactic ppt presentation, this half hour on-demand webinar will also incorporate a sample case presentation of a patient’s experience with a “metabolic crisis”.

Target Audience
This educational initiative is designed for emergency room physicians and other HCPs who are interested in improving their knowledge and competence regarding acute metabolic disorders.

Learning Objectives
After this educational activity, you should be better able to:

  • Identify those symptoms that suggest a “metabolic crisis”
  • List those tests that can help characterize an acute metabolic disorder
  • Implement a strategy that can help to stabilize a possible metabolic case

Presenter: Mark Korson, MD has no relevant financial information to disclose.
Peer reviewer, EXCEL, and VMP staff have no relevant financial information to disclose.

Mark S. Korson, MD
Clinical Biochemical Geneticist
Director of Education and Physician Support
Atlanta, GA

Instructions for Participation and Credit
Once you have completed the activity, please click the "next" button to advance to the post-activity assessment. To complete this activity and claim credit, you must answer 3 out of the 4 questions correctly. If you are not successful after your first attempt, you will be given an opportunity to reflect upon the answer rationales and can once again review the educational content before proceeding. Once you have selected your answers, click the "submit" button to complete the evaluation questions and proceed to the claim credit screen

Accreditation Information
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EXCEL Continuing Education and VMP Genetics. EXCEL Continuing Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

EXCEL Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of .50 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts AMA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
  • Nurse Practitioners: AANP accepts AMA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

This educational initiative is supported by an educational grant from