Monthly Archives: May 2012

Radial Head Fracture

Lets talk radial head fractures, as I fractured my radial head last week during a soccer game (football for many readers). Fractures of the radial head are the most common fractures involving the elbow in adults and most commonly occur … Continue reading

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Treatment of Acute ITP

Immune (Idiopathic) thrombocytopenic purpura is a disease characterized by platelet destruction and decreased platelet synthesis due to autoantibodies.  The term idiopathic is sometimes used because not all patients with ITP demonstrate these autoantibodies.  The treatment for adults and children are … Continue reading

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Acute Bacterial Meningitis

The classic triad of meningitis—fever, neck stiffness, and altered mental status is present in <1/2 of adult patients with bacterial meningitis. 95% of the patients have at least two of four symptoms: neck stiffness, fever, headache, and altered mental status (AMS). … Continue reading

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Spinal Epidural Abscess

Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is missed half of the time on initial presentation. The incidence is 1 case per 10,000 hospital admissions and has been increasing. Common risk factors include diabetes, end-stage renal disease, HIV infection, malignancy, morbid obesity, long-term … Continue reading

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