Category Archives: Credits 2017

Pelvic congestion syndrome

I distantly remembered reading something about this many years ago; when a patient’s ultrasound showed pelvic varices, I realised I’d need to refresh my memory. Presentation Dull aching or throbbing pain, typically on one side of the pelvis although can … Continue reading

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BRONJ (bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw)

The latest BJGP carries an article about this. Recommended management from the GP point of view: Asymptomatic BRONJ (exposed bone with no pain or evidence of local infection): Routine max-facs referral Antimicrobial mouth rinse, such as chlorhexidine 0.12% Pain/evidence of … Continue reading

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The physiology of PCOS

Another one from the archives. This one is an article in the July 2014 JFPRHC explaining the physiology behind PCOS and our treatments, by W. Colin Duncan, clinical fellow and consultant in reproductive medicine at the University of Edinburgh. It’s … Continue reading

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Urticaria

I’ve been going through old journals, and found this useful article on urticaria in Prescriber 19.2.15, by Ruth Sabroe. As well as typical acute urticaria in response to viruses, medication, and who-knows-what, there are a number of what are called … Continue reading

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When Q waves are a normal variant

It seems I’ve been overdiagnosing past MIs on ECGs. A cardiologist has now sent me the helpful information that isolated Q waves in III are a variant of normal. Old inferior MI can only be diagnosed if there are Q … Continue reading

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Snippets

Some interesting bits and bobs in the latest BMJ: The three most effective NSAIDs for hip and knee osteoarthritis appear to be, in descending order, diclofenac, etoricoxib, and rofecoxib. Now, of course, that’s of limited use, given the high risk … Continue reading

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Reflux in infants

(BMJ 2017;357:j1802, supplemented by checking the original guidance) Not to be referred to as GORD unless the symptoms are interfering with the baby’s quality of life or causing complications (poor weight gain, difficulty sleeping, recurrent chest infections). Otherwise, it’s physiological … Continue reading

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