Case 17 – History


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Case 17

Sudden death


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Brief History

The patient was a middle-aged Caucasian man with diabetes, high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, alcohol use disorder and poor self-care.

He underwent repeated debridement of a left foot ulcer recently.

He complained of continual “restless legs.”

The patient was found after an unwitnessed cardiopulmonary arrest.


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Discussion Questions

1. Summarize the history and create a differential diagnosis for the cause of death.

2. What behaviors and physical exam findings might you expect in a patient with “poor self-care”?