Abdominal Pain After a Tick Bite
Dr. Derek Monette: Today's case is that of a 46-year-old male with recent diagnoses of Lyme disease and babesiosis who presented to our emergency department (ED) with abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea. The patient was previously healthy and had been well until approximately 2 weeks before the day of ED presentation, when he developed headache, fatigue, and myalgias. He also noticed that his right calf “looks sunburned,” and was warm to the touch. He was evaluated by his primary care physician (PCP) after 1 week of symptoms.
ConclusionsWe conclude that AATG is a promising and safe modality for the treatment of the painful scar. There is an abundance of low-level evidence to support its use as an alternative treatment but there is a lack of high-level evidence at present to support its standard use. Future long-term randomized controlled trials with analgesic scores as the primary outcome measures are required to assess long-term efficacy.
This study aimed to determine the predictors of MOH relapse in patients through a 6-month follow-up in Shanghai. In this retrospective study, patients diagnosed with MOH from June 2016 to June 2017 were recruited and followed up for 6 months after withdrawal treatment in Renji Hospital in Shanghai. Patients’ information was obtained using headache questionnaires. Follow-up was conducted via telephone interview. Patients were divided into relapse group and no-relapse group according to the outcomes after 6 months. This study enrolled 124 outpatients with MOH at baseline. 102 patients completed the follow up and we...
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CONCLUSION: Despite early diagnosis and management of this rare injury, the prognosis for functional recovery is guarded and largely dictated by the extent of neurological injury in the setting of concomitant brachial plexopathy. Brachial plexopathy is highly associated with axillary artery injury and its impact often underestimated in comparison due to its non-limb-threatening nature in the acute setting. Future studies should focus on the long-term prognosis for functional recovery in patients with this rare injury pattern. PMID: 31525793 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
CONCLUSIONS: Inpatient length of stay can be reduced by enhanced recovery concepts without increasing the risks to patients. Thus, in Germany these concepts will be applied increasingly. PMID: 31525792 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
CONCLUSION: The US-guided local injections offer better clinical outcome in the treatment of facet syndrome. PMID: 31524141 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
CONCLUSION: The current study indicates that knee muscle strength variables, resulting from an isokinetic testing, have the potential to discriminate between soccer players with and without a history of low back pain. However, low back pain is a multidimensional phenomenon and knee muscle strength or imbalance alone cannot be expected to explain low back pain. PMID: 31524139 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
For most of us, springtime marks the return of life to a dreary landscape, bringing birdsong, trees in bud, and daffodils in bloom. But if you work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coming of spring means the return of nasty diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes. The killjoys at CDC celebrated the end of winter with a bummer of a paper showing that infections spread by ticks doubled in the United States from 2004 to 2016. (Tick populations have exploded in recent decades, perhaps due to climate change and loss of biodiversity.) Lyme disease The most common infection spread by ticks in the US i...
“Doesn’t it typically happen during the summer?” asked a worried lady that had walked into my clinic in November with a growing circular rash on her wrist. She was referring, of course, to Lyme disease, that scourge of outdoor enthusiasts. While the peak season for Lyme disease is indeed summer, the ticks that transmit it are active March through December. And, while this may be off-season for the ticks, it is a good time to catch up on how to stay safe in the not-so-distant spring. What is Lyme disease, and how do you treat it? Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi which is sp...
CONCLUSION: Foresters and farmers are exposed to B. burgdorferi and A. phagocytophilum coinfection in the study area. Therefore, it is probable that these pathogens may severely interfere with the clinical course of Lyme borreliosis. PMID: 28035112 [PubMed - in process]