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Rhonda Board
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March 2018: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Charles R Marshall, Chris J D Hardy, Anna Volkmer, Lucy L Russell, Rebecca L Bond, Phillip D Fletcher, Camilla N Clark, Catherine J Mummery, Jonathan M Schott, Martin N Rossor, Nick C Fox, Sebastian J Crutch, Jonathan D Rohrer, Jason D Warren
The primary progressive aphasias are a heterogeneous group of focal 'language-led' dementias that pose substantial challenges for diagnosis and management. Here we present a clinical approach to the progressive aphasias, based on our experience of these disorders and directed at non-specialists. We first outline a framework for assessing language, tailored to the common presentations of progressive aphasia. We then consider the defining features of the canonical progressive nonfluent, semantic and logopenic aphasic syndromes, including 'clinical pearls' that we have found diagnostically useful and neuroanatomical and other key associations of each syndrome...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Alexander Y Sheng, Ryan Sullivan, Kara Kleber, Patricia M Mitchell, James H Liu, Jolion McGreevy, Kerry McCabe, Annemieke Atema, Jeffrey I Schneider
Introduction: Experiential learning is crucial for the development of all learners. Literature exploring how and where experiential learning happens in the modern clinical learning environment is sparse. We created a novel, web-based educational tool called "Learning Moment" (LM) to foster experiential learning among our learners. We used data captured by LM as a research database to determine where learning experiences were occuring within our emergency department (ED). We hypothesized that these moments would occur more frequently at the physician workstations as opposed to the bedside...
January 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Lauren A Ivey, Brittanya A Limone, Sharon E Jacob
Children's and teens' frequent use of inexpensive "costume" jewelry exposes them to a variety of contact allergens. Greater use heightens the risk of developing allergic contact dermatitis, especially in the setting of body piercings. Several clinical pearls, prevention strategies, and avoidance alternatives are provided in this article to guide clinicians and patients in the management of jewelry-related allergic contact dermatitis.
January 4, 2018: Pediatric Dermatology
Sonal A Parikh, Brett Sloan
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November 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
Kevin Lu Shen, Amit R Bhatt
Preschool-aged children typically perform worse than 20/20 on visual acuity testing in the absence of ocular or visual pathway abnormalities due to non-ocular issues, including concentration, cooperation, and/or confidence. As a result, vision screening for this age group can be a challenge. The "Rule of 8" is an easy-to-remember, highly effective mnemonic that clinicians can use to help differentiate children who are performing visual acuity testing at age-appropriate levels from those who may need further evaluation...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
John Joseph Manov, Patrick J Roth, Russ Kuker
The term "superscan" usually refers to a characteristic pattern on skeletal scintigraphy consisting of symmetrically intense and diffuse radiotracer uptake in the skeleton with absent or diminished visualization of the genitourinary system and soft tissues. Superscans and superscan-like appearances have also been described on fluorine-18-fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography (18-F-FDG PET/CT). We review reported cases of 18-F-FDG PET/CT superscans and propose criteria for differentiating pathologic superscans from physiologic causes...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine: IJNM: the Official Journal of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India
Wesley Wu, Leonard Goldberg, Marc Rubenzik, Blake Zelickson
This article describes the various applications of the flexible scalpel blade (FSB), the utility of the banana as a convenient and exceptional training instrument, and the intricacies of mastering the technique for students of different training levels.
September 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
Rhonda Board
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2017: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
James Andrew Spain, Scott Cressman, Horia Marin, Suresh C Patel, John J Corrigan, Brent Griffith
Intramedullary spinal lesions present a wide differential diagnosis including infectious, inflammatory, traumatic, ischemic, benign, or malignant neoplastic etiologies. Using knowledge of anatomy and physiology within the spinal cord, many similar appearing entities can be parsed into a prioritized differential. The purpose of this article is to review anatomy and pathophysiology of the spinal cord, with subsequent discussion of how this knowledge can be used to differentiate several similar appearing intramedullary pathologic processes...
September 18, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
Kate E Oberlin
This article summarizes novel pediatric dermatology clinical pearls and emerging literature highlights compiled from the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Orlando, Florida.
August 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
Gretchen M Brophy, Theresa Human
The appropriate use of medications during Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) is essential to optimize patient care. Important considerations when choosing the appropriate agent include the patient's organ function and medication allergies, potential adverse drug effects, drug interactions and critical illness and aging pathophysiologic changes. Critical medications used during ENLS include hyperosmolar therapy, anticonvulsants, antithrombotics, anticoagulant reversal and hemostatic agents, anti-shivering agents, neuromuscular blockers, antihypertensive agents, sedatives, vasopressors and inotropes, and antimicrobials...
September 2017: Neurocritical Care
Chee Kiang Tay, Kiick Sung, Yang Hyun Cho
Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) has been widely utilized to treat neonatal respiratory failure for two decades. However, its uptake in the case of adult respiratory failure has been slow because of a paucity of quality evidence and a sluggish tempo of ECLS-related technological advances. In recent years, interest in ECLS has been piqued after encouraging results were reported from its use during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. In a world constantly under threat from another influenza epidemic or deadly novel respiratory infection, e...
January 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Rhonda Board
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Aaron H Mendelson, Mark Donowitz
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (ZES) results from an ectopic gastrin-secreting tumor leading to peptic ulcer disease, reflux, and chronic diarrhea. While early recognition portends an excellent prognosis with >80% survival at 15 years, symptoms are often nonspecific making the diagnosis difficult to establish. Diagnosis involves a series of tests, including fasting gastrin, gastric pH, chromogranin A, and secretin stimulation. Performing these tests in the correct sequence and at the proper time is essential to avoid inaccurate results...
September 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Jason Matos, Camille R Petri, Kenneth J Mukamal, Anita Vanka
BACKGROUND: Spaced education is a novel method that improves medical education through online repetition of core principles often paired with multiple-choice questions. This model is a proven teaching tool for medical students, but its effect on resident learning is less established. We hypothesized that repetition of key clinical concepts in a "Clinical Pearls" format would improve knowledge retention in medical residents. METHODS: This study investigated spaced education with particular emphasis on using a novel, email-based reinforcement program, and a randomized, self-matched design, in which residents were quizzed on medical knowledge that was either reinforced or not with electronically-administered spaced education...
2017: PloS One
Daniel Berlin, Ahmed I Gilani, Amrit K Grewal, Mary Fowkes
We describe a patient who died from a fulminant presentation of encephalitis. After an exhaustive search, we found no treatable cause. Postmortem PCR analysis of brain tissue led to a diagnosis of eastern equine encephalitis. We have identified several clinical pearls that may assist others in making the diagnosis earlier in the disease course.
October 2017: Practical Neurology
Khrista Boylan
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July 2017: Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Denise M Adams, Leonardo R Brandão, Caitlin M Peterman, Anita Gupta, Manish Patel, Steven Fishman, Cameron C Trenor
Vascular anomalies (VAs) are classified as tumors or malformations depending on their clinical characteristics, pathological diagnosis, and genomic information. Diagnosis can be challenging because of the heterogeneity of clinical presentation; thus, the best diagnosis and care are provided by an interdisciplinary team of specialists. Over the past 10 years, an increasing number of pediatric hematologist/oncologists are caring for patients with VAs secondary to new medical therapy options and clinical trials...
January 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Robert C Gosselin, Robert Gosselin, Jonathan Douxfils, Dorothy Adcock
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACS) are being used for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation as well as for prophylaxis and treatment of venous thromboembolism. Clinicians who treat, or may encounter, patients with DOAC exposure, should be aware of the limitations of coagulation testing in this setting, and seek counsel from their laboratory to understand the effects of DOACS on coagulation results. Generally, assays that employ clot based principles, or methods that require thrombin or Factor Xa activation or substrates may be affected by the presence of DOACS...
July 5, 2017: Hämostaseologie
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