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Clinical Syndromes of Acute Spinal Cord Compression Print E-mail
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Written by G. Firman MD   
Friday, 07 July 2017 04:43

The cardinal features of acute spinal cord compression are relatively symmetric paralysis of the limbs, urinary retention or incontinence, and a circumferential boundary below which there is loss of sensation, referred to as the “sensory level”.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 September 2017 14:56
Initial Screening for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome Print E-mail
Written by G. Firman MD   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 04:53

The initial screening for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome should include specific questions about the patient's personal and family history of breast and ovarian cancers, risk assessment, education, and counseling.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 13:36
Diagnostic Criteria for Social Anxiety Disorder Print E-mail
Written by G. Firman MD   
Thursday, 08 June 2017 04:49

Social anxiety is the fear of  interaction with other people that brings on self-consciousness, feelings of being negatively judged and evaluated, and, as a result, leads to avoidance.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 04:52
Criteria for Grading Hepatic Encephalopathy Print E-mail
Written by G. Firman MD   
Monday, 30 January 2017 06:52

Grading of hepatic encephalopathy categorizes it in clinical stages of stepwise worsening. The description of each grade varies somewhat in the literature, but differences between adjacent grades are clear enough to be helpful in clinical practice, although neurologic descriptors are sparse. One study showed that for patients who become comatose, the Full Outline of Unresponsiveness (FOUR) score is more discriminating than the West Haven grading system because it includes brain-stem and respiration assessment, which are not further differentiated in the West Haven system.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 05:04
Classification of Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) Print E-mail
Written by G. Firman MD   
Monday, 24 April 2017 06:54

PVD can be categorized using the Fontaine or Rutherford classification system. Each system grades PVD from no symptoms to major tissue loss and can be used at diagnosis and to evaluate the progression or improvement of symptoms.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 May 2017 07:27
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