This may be an embarrassingly stupid question – if it is, I apologise. It won’t be my first or my last.
I’m a rural hospitalist. I’ve just picked up a patient with (resolving) alcoholic ketoacidosis – when he came in he had pH 7.18, base excess-16, lactate 3.7, 4+ ketones in urine. He was also in AKI – creatinine 707, normal six months ago, urea 18.2. He was in our HDU and a day (!) later is markedly improved- both from an AKA and an AKI point of view – and is now mine. Ongoing alcohol withdrawal management including IV thiamine, etc. He looks and feels a great deal better –
- except he has had new onset intractable hiccups and new onset difficulty swallowing with some odynophagia, both for about the last 24h.
I am working the hiccups and the swallowing difficulties up as per normal but I am wondering if a brainstem infarct – maybe from an episode of AF, or a hypercoagulable state or whatever – could cause both of these?
The work up will not proceed quickly in this smallish rural hospital on a Sunday. Feel free to tell me I’m crazy.
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