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Diagnosing myocarditis

Diagnosing myocarditis

While ECG can help diagnosis myocarditis, it cannot give a definitive diagnosis alone.

A tip for examining children

A tip for examining children

Diverting children's attention can help make exams go more smoothly.

More caution urged regarding Xylitol and pets

More caution urged regarding Xylitol and pets

The death of an animal companion can have a profound effect on patients.

More treatment recommendations for poison ivy

More treatment recommendations for poison ivy


Tegaderm, Zanfel, and diluted bleach can all be used to treat poison ivy rashes.

Oxygen therapy in a patient with emphysema

Oxygen therapy in a patient with emphysema

Take caution when using oxygen therapy to treat patients with emphysema.

Offering a 'hand sandwich'
 to ticklish patients

Offering a 'hand sandwich'
 to ticklish patients

Using a simple mind trick can help clinicians handle ticklish patients during abdominal exams.

Viewing pupil response to light 
in a patient with brown eyes

Viewing pupil response to light 
in a patient with brown eyes


Clinicians can use two lights of different brightness to view pupil response in dark eyes.

Providing a calendar page to use
 as a reminder to take medications

Providing a calendar page to use
 as a reminder to take medications


Use a calendar page to explain what medications patients should take when.

A mnemonic device for use in cardiology care

A mnemonic device for use in cardiology care

Use the acronyms PASS and PAID to remember important murmurs

The benefits of ultrasound
 in women with dense breasts

The benefits of ultrasound
 in women with dense breasts


Even if they are not cost-effective, routine ultrasounds for women with dense breasts are still important.

UTI/Pyelonephritis

UTI/Pyelonephritis


A young girl with recurrent UTIs was diagnosed with a grade-3 VUR and mild hydronephrosis.

Black urine after a spinning class

Black urine after a spinning class

After taking a spinning exercise class, a woman developed acute kidney injury.

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

A man with worsening pain in his right arm is diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

Xylitol, toxicity, and pets

Xylitol, toxicity, and pets

Xylitol can be used as an alternative medicine but is very toxic to dogs.

Pertussis vaccine efficacy

Pertussis vaccine efficacy


Whole cell pertussis vaccines are more effective than newer, acellular versions.

Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole-
induced aseptic meningitis

Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole-
induced aseptic meningitis


A young woman presented with symptoms consistent with aseptic meningitis after taking a dose of trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole.

Male with symptomatic
 benign prostatic hyperplasia

Male with symptomatic
 benign prostatic hyperplasia


Several pharmaceutical options exist for men with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia who cannot tolerate alpha blockers.

A treatment approach 
for poison ivy

A treatment approach 
for poison ivy


For patients with poison ivy, decontamination should precede steroid treatment.

Keeping an accurate 
medication list is critical 
to a patient's care

Keeping an accurate 
medication list is critical 
to a patient's care


Educating patients can help them see the importance of having an accurate medication list.

Patient with a history of erratic nighttime episodes

Patient with a history of erratic nighttime episodes

After consulting a neurologist, the nurse practitioner determined a diagnosis of REM sleep behavior disorder.

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