Category Archives: Infectious Diseases

General practice in the time of COVID

(I’m going to use this post to update any day-to-day information I need, and keep it on the front page. Some of it might be specific to my area, so none of it should be taken as official information, except … Continue reading

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Cat scratch disease

Another one from the old articles, though I think this is actually the last; GP Clinical, September 2006, written by GP Dr Raj Thakkar. Pathogen: Bartonella henselae, a G-ve organism which is carried by fleas. Rabbits, dogs and monkeys can … 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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Sepsis

(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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Scarlet fever

Pathology S. pyogenes (also known as Group A streptococcus) is usually an unproblematic commensal in the skin or on the throat, but some forms produce superantigens including pyrogenic exotoxins; these can cause non-invasive infections such as scarlet fever. Presentation Initially … Continue reading

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Community-acquired pneumonia; a couple of points

So, I was reading an article on CRP in the March 2018 BJGP, and a couple of interesting things came up. The most important one is that I’m out of date on my CRP thresholds. I was still using the … Continue reading

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Risk factors for sepsis in newborns

As signs of sepsis in newborns are subtle and non-specific, it’s important to be aware of situations in which a baby is at higher risk of problems. Maternal pyrexia Maternal colonisation with potentially harmful organisms such as GBS (in either … Continue reading

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