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Tick Paralysis

  Tick paralysis can occur worldwide and is associated with over 40 different species of tick. Tick paralysis occurs when an egg-laden female tick produces a neurotoxin and transmits it to its host during feeding.  Unlike other tick born diseases suck as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and babesiosis which are caused …

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Visual Diagnosis # 17

  Case: 54 yr M with a history of rectal cancer and type II diabetes presents to the emergency department with pain and erythema to the left buttock.  Symptoms began last night with minimal irritation and he initially thought he had a rash. He awoke this morning with worsening pain, …

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Ticks suck !

  There are numerous tickborne diseases that  can infect humans and cause disease. Several different tick species are responsible for transmitting these diseases and can be found throughout different geographic regions of the United States. In addition, some tick species can transmit more than one disease. Symptoms can be similar …

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Zika Virus

  Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947. In 2014, Zika virus was documented in Chile — the first incidence of the infection in Latin America. As of the most recent data, the countries in Latin America that have reports of Zika virus …

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Visual Diagnosis # 6

    A mother brings her 5 year old son in for evaluation of fever and rash which have persisted over the past 6 days despite acetaminophen and ibuprofen. He has had a mild cough without shortness of breath. He complains only of a sore throat and left ear pain. …

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I & D with no P ?

  Is routine packing of simple cutaneous abscesses necessary? This article suggests that it may be time to abandon the “that’s-the-way-we-do-it” mentality for abscess drainage.         On the topic of I&D, this next article discusses Minimally Invasive Technique in Treatment of Complex Subcutaneous Abscesses in Children. In …

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