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Spondylolysis vs. Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolysis vs. Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolysis Defect or stress fracture of the pars interarticularis May be unilateral or bilateral Most common location is L5 of the lower lumbar spine X-rays: AP, lateral, and oblique views “Scottie Dog” sign on x-ray (fracture site is the collar) Seen on posterior...

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Leukoplakia vs. Oral Candidiasis

Leukoplakia vs. Oral Candidiasis

Oral Leukoplakia Flat, white lesions that cannot be brushed from the oral mucosa Typically painless Associated with tobacco and alcohol use Associated with squamous cell carcinoma Erythroplakia: similar lesions, but with a red appearance Carry a higher risk of...

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Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment

General Retinal detachment is a separation of the neurosensory retina from the underlying retinal pigment epithelium and choroid Ophthalmogic emergency: without correction, permanent vision loss may occur in affected neurons Types Rhegmatogenous (most common type):...

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Brown-Séquard Syndrome

Brown-Séquard Syndrome

General Features Brown-Séquard syndrome occurs due to lateral hemisection of the spinal cord Unilateral involvement of the dorsal column, corticospinal tract, and spinothalamic tract Causes of spinal cord hemisection include penetrating trauma from a stab, bullet, or...

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Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia

Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia

General Features Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is an immune mediated disorder resulting from exposure to heparin May result in loss of limb or life Typical onset 5-10 days after heparin exposure Caused by IgG antibodies formed in response to complexes of...

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Urinary Casts

Urinary Casts

Features Cylindrical structures Composed of Tamm-Horsfall mucoprotein Formed in the tubular lumen of the distal nephron Some casts are benign while others may indicate significant renal disease Casts are characterized by the types of cells or elements which they...

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