Monthly Archives: January 2020

Ablation for atrial fibrillation

Another one from the catch-up pile: this BMJ article. Catheter ablation is an alternative to pharmacotherapy for atrial fibrillation. The info is as follows: It’s no better than pharmacotherapy for reducing mortality or disabling stroke. It also, for reasons that … Continue reading

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Blood pressure management in CKD

Recently had to look up recommended agents to use in CKD, and found this article useful. There are two particular categories to be careful about: Diabetic CKD (even without hypertension CKD with hypertension and proteinuria.* *The only problem was that … Continue reading

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Dermatology snippets

A few bits and pieces from MIMS Learning, dermatology, 2019; 15(2): Hidradenitis suppurativa This is a disease of follicular occlusion with chronic inflammatory response (both cutaneous and systemic). It’s strongly associated with smoking and obesity, but not exclusively so. It’s … Continue reading

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Notes on pneumonia

Some notes from an article in the ‘Guidelines in Practice’ journal, December 2019: Firstly, five days is now considered sufficient for an antibiotic course, for all severity levels of CAP. This comes from NICE guideline 138. Secondly, there was a … Continue reading

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Investigation of persistent diarrhoea

Article from one of last year’s BJGPs, summarising the BSG guidance on investigation of persistent diarrhoea, as updated in April 2018: Definition Types 5 – 7 on Bristol stool chart, with increased frequency, for >4 weeks, different from normal. Investigation … Continue reading

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COPD: NICE guidance

Another from the archives; notes on this BMJ article. Quite a bit has changed since I last updated my COPD knowledge. These days, there are considered to be five fundamentals of COPD (the ones highlighted in red are the three … Continue reading

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