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Clinical Mnemonics




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  1. Argyll-Robertson Pupil:
    "Prostitute's Eye" - accommodates but does not react, pathognomonic of 3ry syphilis.

  2. Felty's Syndrome:
    Felty's syndrome is the arthritis in which the spleen can be felty!

  3. Causes of Acute pancreatitis
    Gallstones, Ethanol, Trauma, Steroids, Mumps, Autoimmune(PAN), Scorpion bites, Hyperlipidemia, Drugs(azathioprine, diuretics)

  4. Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia
    Each of the MENs is a disease of three or two letters plus a feature.
    "MEN I" is a disease of the three Ps plus a feature.
    (pituitary, parathyroid and pancreas)
    plus adrenal cortex.
    "MEN II " is a disease of the two Cs plus a feature. 
    (carcinoma of the thyroid and catacholamines [pheochromocytoma]) plus parathyroid for MEN IIa or mucocutaneous neuromas for MEN IIb (aka MEN III).

  5. post-operative fever
    The five W's--post-operative fever
    Wind--pneumonia, atelectasis
    Water--urinary tract infection
    Wound--wound infections
    Wonderdrugs--especially anesthesia
    Walking--walking can help reduce deep vein thromboses and pulmonary embolus

  6. classification of hypersensitivity reactions (Gell & Goombs)
    Type I Anaphylaxis
    Type II Cytotoxic-mediated
    Type III Immune-complex
    Type IV Delayed hypersensitivity

  7. WBC Count:
    "Nobody Likes My Educational Background"
    "60, 30, 6, 3, 1"
    Neutrophils 60%
    Lymphocytes 30%
    Monocytes 6%
    Eosinophils 3%
    Basophils 1:

  8. Causes of pancytopenia:
    "All my blood has taken some poison"
    Aplastic anemias
    Megaloblastic anemias
    Bone marrow infiltration
    Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
                    Submitted by Dr. Tristan W Graham MB BS (UK).

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