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Blood clots: An updated guide from the experts

Two primary-care organizations have issued new recommendations that will enhance your ability to diagnose and treat venous thromboembolism. Early treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is crucial to avoid pulmonary embolism (PE) and other complications, but staying abreast of all the new developments in diagnosing and managing the condition is a big challenge. Now two…
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The drug link behind secondary hypertension

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and oral contraceptives are among the agents that can cause otherwise inexplicable BP elevations. Most patients with high BP have primary or essential hypertension, the cause of which is unknown. However, about 5%-10% of adults with hypertension have an identifiable or “secondary” cause of their elevated BP. Although relatively rare, the diagnosis…
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Itchy, Scaly Patches

Two patients present with itchy, scaly spots. Can you make the diagnosis?
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Is it herpes, syphilis, or something else?

Genital ulcers could be one of many sexually transmitted diseases or an infection that is not transmitted by sex. An expert walks you through a case. This is the first of a three-part series on sexually transmitted diseases. Part 2 will appear in the June issue. A 30-year-old man presents with mildly painful sores that…
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Vesiculobullous eruptions

Two patients present with similar vesiculobullous eruptions. One was preceded by painful mouth sores, the other had no oral involvement.
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