Friday, January 4, 2008
Med Student Consult
You are just beginning your second year of med school when your cousin calls you. "You're a doctor, right?" Before waiting to hear your fervent denial, she continues, "I'm a little worried, and I'm wondering if you can help me. My fingers and toes really hurt, they feel so cold. I haven't been doing anything unusual though, so I don't know why. They were really white the other day, and now they're bluish. I'm really worried! They occur in both my hands and both my feet. I don't know what to do."
You tell her to calm down. Your cousin is about 21 and just broke up with her boyfriend. She goes to school in Wisconsin. She is a smoker and has pretty bad migraines.
Challenge: What is your diagnosis?
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