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By Lippincott

Completely up to date and now in complete colour, the 6th version of this accomplished handbook covers over 550 signs. greater than three hundred of crucial signs are geared up alphabetically; each one access features a description, emergency interventions (where appropriate), background and actual exam, factors, linked signs, distinct concerns, pediatric guidelines, geriatric tips, and sufferer counseling. Over 500 illustrations, tables, and flowcharts are incorporated. Appendices describe 250 much less everyday symptoms and supply English/Spanish translations of universal signs. This variation contains signs of vital rising illnesses.

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MEDICAL CAUSES ♦ Abdominal aortic aneurysm (dissecting). Mild to moderate abdominal rigidity occurs in abdominal aortic aneurysm, a life-threatening disorder. It's typically accompanied by constant upper abdominal pain that may radiate to the lower back. The pain may worsen when the patient lies down and may be relieved when he leans forward or sits up. Before rupture, the aneurysm may produce a pulsating mass in the epigastrium, accompanied by a systolic bruit over the aorta. However, the mass stops pulsating after rupture.

As you do so, watch for fine tremors in the hands. Observe the patient for muscle weakness and ptosis. Palpate for lymphadenopathy, enlarged thyroid or salivary glands, and masses in the abdomen or chest. MEDICAL CAUSES ♦ Alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is usually marked by well-circumscribed patches of nonscarring hair loss on the scalp without skin changes. Occasionally, the patches also appear on the beard, axillae, pubic area, arms, legs, or the entire body (alopecia universalis). “Exclamation point” hairs—loose hairs with rough, brushlike tips on narrow, less-pigmented shafts—typically border expanding patches of alopecia.

39 Organic (or true) amnesia results from temporal lobe dysfunction, and it characteristically spares patches of memory. A common symptom in patients with seizures or head trauma, organic amnesia can also be an early indicator of Alzheimer's disease. Hysterical amnesia has a psychogenic origin and characteristically causes complete memory loss. Treatment-induced amnesia is usually transient. HISTORY AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION Because the patient often isn't aware of his amnesia, you'll usually need help in gathering information from his family or friends.

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