Williams-Johnson, J.; Williams, Eric W.; Harris, C.; McDonald, Archibald H.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Chest Pain in the Emergency Department: The Broad Spectrum of Causes [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
52 Suppl. 6
Objective: The aim of the study was to determine the causes of acute non-cardic chest pain in the Emergency Department of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). This was also done to compare the diagnoses in referred, self-referred and patients 'rushed in' by ambulance. Methods: A retrospective review was done to descibe the causes of chest pain in patients presenting to the Emergency Department, UHWI for the year 2001. The diagnosis in a consecutive case series of 142 patents with chest pain was obtained from their dockets and the Accident and Emergency log books. The underlying disorders were categorized as cardiac, pulmonary, gastro-oesophageal disorders, musculoskeletal pathology, somatization disorders, other disorders and unknown disorders.....