Category Archives: Don’t miss

Blurred vision

This week’s BMJ has an article on the causes. I’ve done a summary table: Causes of blurred vision. Anyway, the bit I’ll most want to remember when I’m seeing people is the list of referral criteria, so here they are: … Continue reading

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Assessment of purpuric/petechial rashes

This was a BMJ module, based on this article. Steps in assessing purpuric/petechial rashes: Assess for acute illness and consider the possibility of meningococcal sepsis. If suspected, administer parenteral antibiotics and admit urgently. If meningococcus is not the suspected diagnosis, … Continue reading

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(Notes on BMJ module) Patients at increased risk >75 yrs <1 yr The very frail The immunosuppressed Indwelling lines or catheters Breaches of the skin (cuts, blisters) Surgery within past 6/52 Pregnant currently or within past 6/52 (birth/miscarriage/TOP during that … Continue reading

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Avascular necrosis of the femoral head

Pathogenesis of AVNFH isn’t known, but it occurs when the microcirculation of the femoral head is disrupted, leading to necrosis and eventual subchondral collapse of the femoral head (with consequent secondary arthritis). Incidence is around 1 in 50 000. It … Continue reading

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Red flags in low back pain

I noticed I have someone booked into an upcoming session to see me about back pain, so I decided it was time I checked the list of red flags for back pain to be sure I don’t miss anything. This … Continue reading

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Flexor sheath infections

AKA infected tenosynovitis. These are bad news; the flexor sheaths in the hand are a closed continuous system; if they get infected, the swelling can lead to necrosis, necrotising faciitis, and osteomyelitis. Common causes include animal bites, puncture wounds, IV … Continue reading

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Inherited cardiomyopathies

These can be pretty difficult to pick up; they’re often asymptomatic, examination is often normal, and many of the symptoms (exertional breathlessness, syncope, palpitations) can overlap with those of other illnesses. However, there are some red flags to be aware … Continue reading

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