• ST elevation is an uncommon but recognized EKG finding in PE
• Clinical history is often times the most significant factor in determining STEMI vs. PE
• Bedside ultrasound, scrutinizing of EKG are keys to diagnoses
• Back pain the elderly is a red flag and almost always requires evaluation
• Infectious etiologies of back pain are a challenging ED diagnosis
• Infectious back pain can rarely be caused by anaerobic and gas-forming organisms, can lead to sepsis
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