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Interpretation of Dengue Diagnostic Tests Print E-mail
Written by G. Firman MD   
Thursday, 22 September 2016 05:54


Dengue virus infection produces a broad spectrum of symptoms, many of which are non-specific. Thus, a diagnosis based only on clinical symptoms is unreliable. Early laboratory confirmation of clinical diagnosis may be valuable because some patients progress over a short period from mild to severe disease and sometimes to death. Early intervention may be life-saving. 

Last Updated on Friday, 30 September 2016 07:11
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Criteria for Testing for Diabetes or Prediabetes in Asymptomatic Adults Print E-mail
Written by G. Firman MD   
Friday, 02 September 2016 06:38


“Prediabetes” is the term used for individuals with impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and/or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and indicates an increased risk for the future development of diabetes. IFG and IGT should not be viewed as clinical entities in their own right but rather risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). IFG and IGT are associated with obesity (especially abdominal or visceral obesity), dyslipidemia with high triglycerides and/or low HDL cholesterol, and hypertension.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 September 2016 06:33
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Diagnostic Criteria for Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM) Print E-mail
Written by G. Firman MD   
Monday, 11 July 2016 07:21


Inclusion body myositis is the most common myopathy in patients over the age of 40 years encountered in neurological practice. Although it is usually sporadic, there is increasing awareness of the influence of genetic factors on disease susceptibility and clinical phenotype. The diagnosis is based on recognition of the distinctive pattern of muscle involvement and temporal profile of the disease, and the combination of inflammatory and myodegenerative changes and protein deposits in the muscle biopsy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 05:06
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The Somatic Symptom Scale–8 (SSS-8) Print E-mail
Written by G. Firman MD   
Thursday, 18 August 2016 04:33

Somatic symptoms are the core features of many medical diseases, and they are used to evaluate the severity and course of illness. The 8-item Somatic Symptom Scale (SSS-8) was recently developed as a brief, patient-reported outcome measure of somatic symptom burden.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2016 04:57
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Edinburgh Claudication Questionnaire Print E-mail
Written by G. Firman MD   
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 07:50


The Edinburgh Claudication Questionnaire has been shown to be 91 percent specific and 99 percent sensitive for diagnosing intermittent claudication in symptomatic patients.  

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 July 2016 06:42
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