Emerg Med J 30:258 doi:10.1136/emermed-2012-201409
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Otorrhagia after facial trauma

  1. Eric B Tomich
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, San Antonio Military Medical Center, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jennifer Anne Cooper, Department of Emergency Medicine, San Antonio Military Medical Center, 3851 Roger Brooke Drive, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234, USA; jaye32{at}
  1. Contributors JAC and EBT contributed equally to this article.

  • Accepted 17 May 2012
  • Published Online First 16 July 2012

A man in his late twenties presented to the emergency department following a syncopal episode while in a standing position. Paramedics reported he fell forward onto his face and was unconscious for less than one min. Review of systems revealed recent gastroenteritis, a new onset of headache, jaw pain, trismus …

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Among patients with minor TBI (GCS 13-15) getting CT scans ≥ 24 hours after injury, what proportion have a traumatic finding?


0.5% - 43% response rate
3% - 41% response rate
10% - 16% response rate

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