Alarm Bells in Medicine: Danger Symptoms in Medicine, by Nadeem Ali

By Nadeem Ali

What’s your worst nightmare as a physician? lacking a life-threatening situation needs to be one of the largest fears for healthiness execs. yet occasionally the clue to the analysis lies in exactly a unmarried symptom.

Alarm Bells in Medicine brings you on top of things on recognising the indicators of great health problems. across the world popular authors checklist the main the most important featuring signs of their personal specialties that are meant to ring the alarm bells for you. they supply transparent details on prognosis and motion. Organised lower than the correct specialties, the knowledge is fast and simple to discover.

Since sufferers reveal alarm signs in all scientific settings, this booklet is as correct for experts because it is for GPs, as valuable for junior medical professionals because it is for clinical scholars.

Special positive factors of this book:

  • Answers the explicit desire of medical professionals to prevent making diagnostic error
  • Each bankruptcy is written through a number one professional within the box
  • Concise and straightforward to exploit

Content:
Chapter 1 Breast surgical procedure (pages 1–4): Adele Francis and Jill Dietz
Chapter 2 Cardiology (pages 5–9): Muzahir Tayebjee and Gregory Lip
Chapter three Care of the aged (pages 10–14): Ahmed El?Gamel and Pertti Aarnio
Chapter four Cardiothoracic surgical procedure (pages 15–19): Rose Anne Kenny, Andrew McLaren and Laurence Rubenstein
Chapter five Dermatology (pages 20–24): Emma Topham and Richard Staughton
Chapter 6 Endocrinology (pages 25–29): Petros Perros and Kamal Al?Shoumer
Chapter 7 ENT (pages 30–33): Adrian Drake?Lee and Peter?John Wormald
Chapter eight Gastroenterology and Colorectal surgical procedure (pages 34–38): Robert Allan, John Plevris and Nigel Hall
Chapter nine Genitourinary medication (pages 39–43): Simon Barton and Richard Hillman
Chapter 10 Gynaecology (pages 44–58): Martin Noel FitzGibbon and Mark Roberts
Chapter eleven Haematology (pages 49–53): Graham Jackson and Patrick Kesteven
Chapter 12 Hepatology and Hepatobiliary surgical procedure (pages 54–58): Peter Hayes, Kosh Agarwal and Gennaro Galizia
Chapter thirteen HIV drugs (pages 59–62): Richard Hillman and Simon Barton
Chapter 14 Immunology (pages 63–67): Gavin Spickett and Javier Carbone
Chapter 15 Metabolic drugs (pages 68–72): Jonathan Bodansky and Sadaf Farooqi
Chapter sixteen Neurology (pages 73–77): Andrew Larner, Graham Niepel and Cris Constantinescu
Chapter 17 Neurosurgery (pages 78–82): Stana Bojanic, Richard Kerr, man Wynne?Jones and Jonathan Wasserberg
Chapter 18 Obstetrics (pages 83–88): Chandrima Biswas, Christina Cotzias and Philip Steer
Chapter 19 Oncology (pages 89–92): Robin Jones and Ian Smith
Chapter 20 Ophthalmology (pages 93–98): Nadeem Ali, Philip Griffiths and Scott Fraser
Chapter 21 Oral and Maxillofacial surgical procedure (pages 99–103): John Langdon and Robert Ord
Chapter 22 Orthopaedics (pages 104–108): Farhan Ali, Mike Hayton and Gary Miller
Chapter 23 Paediatrics (pages 109–114): Martha Ford?Adams and Sue Hobbins
Chapter 24 Paediatric surgical procedure (pages 115–118): Mark Davenport and Stein Erik Haugen
Chapter 25 cosmetic surgery (pages 119–123): Sarah Pape, Navin Singh and Paul Manson
Chapter 26 Psychiatry (pages 124–128): Niruj Agrawal and Steven Hirsch
Chapter 27 Renal medication (pages 129–132): Andrew Fry and John Bradley
Chapter 28 respiration medication (pages 133–138): Chris Stenton and Jeremy George
Chapter 29 Rheumatology (pages 139–143): Paul Emery, Lory Siegel and Robert Sanders
Chapter 30 Transplantation (pages 144–148): David Talbot and Chas Newstead
Chapter 31 higher GI surgical procedure (pages 149–152): Michael Griffin and Nick Hayes
Chapter 32 Urology (pages 153–157): Jeremy workforce and Bernard Bochner
Chapter 33 Vascular surgical procedure (pages 158–162): Gerard Stansby, Shervanthi Homer?Vanniasinkam and Mohan Adiseshiah

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7 A severe attack of ulcerative colitis with fever and abdominal pain may be life-threatening. 8 A patient who is unwell soon after colorectal surgery has an anastomotic leak until proved otherwise. 9 Lethargy in a patient with an ileostomy may herald dehydration and renal failure. 10 Not all abdominal symptoms are caused by GI disease. 34 GASTROENTEROLOGY AND COLORECTAL SURGERY 35 NOTES 1 Colorectal cancer A persistent change in bowel habit for more than 6 weeks, especially to a looser or more frequent stool, is a high-risk symptom for colorectal cancer.

However, hoarseness that persists after the URTI has resolved may indicate pathology of the vocal cord, such as carcinoma. The risk is greatest in smokers, especially over the age of 50. Hoarseness lasting 6 weeks needs endoscopic visualisation of the vocal cords. Action: Refer urgently to ENT. 2 Neoplastic neck lumps While many neck lumps represent benign lymph gland enlargement after infection, some are due to spread of cancer. If a lump is more than 2 cm, it is highly suggestive of tuberculosis or neoplasm.

Geriatric Depression Test), because when detected it can be usually improved with therapy. Action: Screen older patients. Refer to old age psychiatry for further assessment. 6 Meningitis The clinical features of meningitis in older people are subtler than in younger patients and the diagnosis is often overlooked. Acute mental state abnormalities with high fever and no other likely source of infection should raise concern about bacterial meningitis. Seizures are highly suspicious. Only half will have neck stiffness and meningeal signs and, because older people often have cervical spine disease and poor neck mobility, interpreting clinical signs can be difficult.

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