Michael Partin, Karl T. Clebak, Rensa Chen, Matthew Helm
Patients with sarcoidosis can exhibit constitutional symptoms such as fever, unintentional weight loss, and fatigue. Pulmonary symptoms, including shortness of breath, dry cough, and chest pain, occur in 50% of symptomatic patients. The early recognition and diagnosis of...
Raman Nohria, Anthony J. Viera
Acute coronary syndrome is reduced blood f low to the coronary myocardium, and the most common symptom is crushing, substernal chest pain that can spread to the arms and jaw. This article reviews risk assessment tools, diagnostic and imaging studies, and pharmacologic...
William Dabbs, Megan H. Bradley, Shaunta' M. Chamberlin
Evaluation and management of asthma exacerbations vary across settings, including at home, in the office, in the emergency department, and inpatient hospital management. Early recognition, management, and treatment are essential for the prevention of exacerbations. This...
Anna T. Wiley, James W. Dreher, Jill D. London
The mental status examination is an evaluation of a patient's cognitive and affective state, and it can help the primary care physician identify and distinguish a variety of conditions such as delirium, dementia, mania, or depression.
Charles W. Webb, Geoff McLeod, Rathna Nuti
Family physicians often use joint injections in the treatment of common conditions. Techniques include anatomic landmark–guided and ultrasound-guided injections and aspiration for the hip and knee. There are few contraindications for injections that are not related to the...
Elisabeth Poorman, Brianna M. McQuade, Sarah Messmer
Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Physicians can offer pharmacotherapy or behavioral interventions for patients diagnosed with alcohol use disorder; several medications have consistent evidence of effectiveness but continue to...
Diane M. Harper, Catherine M. Bettcher, Alisa P. Young
It is time to switch to primary human papillomavirus (HPV) screening for cervical cancer.
Patricia Carr Reese
Screening for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is a key aspect of prenatal care.
Whitney Kaefring, Guang Hao Liu
Given that no harms were reported and that interventions helped reduce the risk of breastfeeding cessation at multiple time points, a color recommendation of green (benefits greater than harms) has been assigned as associated with breastfeeding support.
Compared with treatment featuring no compression, therapy involving compression bandages or stockings results in faster and more complete ulcer healing over 12 months, reduced pain, and improved disease-specific quality of life.
Karl T. Clebak, Morgan L. Chambers, Kevin Q. Nguyen
Local corticosteroid injection is effective for reducing symptoms and improving function and quality of life in patients with mild to moderate CTS, with benefits lasting up to six months. Patients who receive local corticosteroid injections have a reduced need for surgery at...
The USPSTF recommends screening for syphilis infection in persons who are at increased risk for infection.
Brandy Peaker, Cara Dooley
This PPIP quiz is based on the recommendations of the USPSTF.
Stephenie Matosich, Gary Kelsberg, Sarah Safranek
Pregnant patients should discuss acetaminophen use with their maternal health care professional because it is associated with an increased risk of ADHD in offspring.
C. R. Rohrbough, Bridget Colgan, Ollie Gasser
Tadalafil may be useful in improving symptoms and quality of life in patients with lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Robert L. Gauer
A 26-year-old man presented after having a five-minute tonic-clonic seizure.
Oliver J. Wisco, Kyra Diehl, Matthew R. Clark, Robert T. Gilson, Lisa M. Cohen
A 49-year-old man presented with a progressively worsening rash on both shins.
Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.
Multiplex PCR tests have the potential to shorten the time to diagnosis and increase the diagnostic yield for carefully selected patients presenting with infectious diarrhea.
Zachary Wiser, Robert Gauer
Blood transfusions are a foundational component of treating severe anemia and are considered a lifesaving therapy. This makes caring for patients with severe anemia who refuse blood transfusions challenging.
John Torro, Azmina Bhayani
Norgestrel is an effective contraceptive option in women who have contraindications to combined estrogen-progesterone treatment.
Allen F. Shaughnessy
David C. Slawson
Henry C. Barry
Allen F. Shaughnessy
Michael J. Arnold
Nearly 1% of Americans are affected by celiac disease, a permanent immune-mediated response to gluten in wheat, barley, and rye. Celiac disease has multisystemic effects characterized by specific antibodies and small bowel injury.
Michael J. Arnold
Four decades after the initial HIV case was reported, strategies for treating and preventing the disease continue to advance.
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Anna T. Wiley
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