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Common Questions About Clostridium difficile Infection - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2014 - Clostridium difficile infection is a common cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. It causes no symptoms in more than one-half of infected patients, but can also cause a wide spectrum of illnesses and death. The incidence and severity have increased in recent years. The most important...

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Recommendations for Preconception Counseling and Care - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2013 - Given that nearly one-half of pregnancies are unintended, preconception care should be considered an integral part of primary care for women of reproductive age. Common issues in preconception care include family planning, achieving a healthy body weight, screening and treatment for ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1015/p499.html

Gynecologic Procedures: Colposcopy, Treatments of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia, ...

Jun 15, 2013 - Women who have abnormal Papanicolaou test results may undergo colposcopy to determine the biopsy site for histologic evaluation. Traditional grading systems do not accurately assess lesion severity because colposcopic impression alone is unreliable for diagnosis. The likelihood of ...

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Screening for Cancer: Concepts and Controversies - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2014 - Early detection of cancer is a core task in family medicine, and patients have come to expect screening tests, sometimes out of proportion to what evidence can justify. To understand the controversies surrounding screening and to provide sound advice to patients, family physicians ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1101/p625.html

Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2011 - Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. It impairs cardiac function and increases the risk of stroke. The incidence of atrial fibrillation increases with age. Key treatment issues include deciding when to restore normal sinus rhythm, when to control rate only, and how...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p61.html

Ivermectin 1% Cream (Soolantra) for Inflammatory Lesions of Rosacea - STEPS - American ...

Sep 15, 2016 - Ivermectin cream is an effective treatment for moderate to severe pustular rosacea, but it is more expensive than some other available treatments and has not been studied in patients with milder forms of rosacea. Generic metronidazole cream is a less expensive alternative, and long-term...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0915/p512.html

Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests for Helicobacter pylori Infection - Cochrane for ...

Jul 1, 2019 - When compared with serology or stool antigen tests, the urea breath test has the highest diagnostic accuracy to identify H. pylori infection in patients without a history of gastrectomy or recent use of antibiotics or proton pump inhibitors.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p16.html

Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2009 - Continuous electronic fetal monitoring was developed in the 1960s to assist in the diagnosis of fetal hypoxia during labor. Continuous electronic fetal monitoring has been shown to reduce the incidence of neonatal seizures, but there has been no beneficial effect in decreasing cerebral ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1215/p1388.html

Can Walking Lower Blood Pressure in Patients With Hypertension? - Cochrane for ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 1, 2022 - Walking lowers systolic blood pressure by 4.11 mm Hg. It lowers diastolic blood pressure by 1.79 mm Hg and resting heart rate by 2.76 beats per minute.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2022/0100/p22.html

Naltrexone/Bupropion (Contrave) for Weight Loss - STEPS - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2015 - Naltrexone/bupropion produces clinically significant weight loss when combined with a diet and exercise program. It decreases body weight in patients with diabetes, but its effect on diabetic outcomes is not known. A significant proportion of patients will experience adverse effects.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0415/p554.html

Proteinuria in Children - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2010 - Proteinuria is common in children and may represent a benign condition or a serious underlying renal disease or systemic disorder. Proteinuria may occur secondary to glomerular or tubular dysfunction. Although a 24-hour urine protein excretion test is usually recommended, it may be ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0915/p645.html

Identification and Treatment of Amblyopia - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2013 - Amblyopia is the leading cause of vision loss in children. It is treatable if diagnosed early, making identification of affected children critical. The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that clinicians ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0301/p348.html

The 2021 Office Visit Coding Changes: Putting the Pieces Together -- FPM

Dec 1, 2020 - Simplified guidelines for coding and documenting evaluation and management office visits are coming next year. Learn how to apply the guidelines to some common visit types.

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Hyperkalemia - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2006 - Hyperkalemia is a potentially life-threatening metabolic problem caused by inability of the kidneys to excrete potassium, impairment of the mechanisms that move potassium from the circulation into the cells, or a combination of these factors. Acute episodes of hyperkalemia commonly are ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0115/p283.html

Erythema Nodosum: A Sign of Systemic Disease - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2007 - Erythema nodosum, a painful disorder of the subcutaneous fat, is the most common type of panniculitis. Generally, it is idiopathic, although the most common identifiable cause is streptococcal pharyngitis. Erythema nodosum may be the first sign of a systemic disease such as ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0301/p695.html

Diagnosis and Management of Von Willebrand Disease: Guidelines for Primary Care - ...

Dec 1, 2009 - Von Willebrand disease is an inherited condition characterized by deficiency of von Willebrand factor, which is essential in hemostasis. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has released new evidence-based guidelines for the diagnosis and management of the disease. There are ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1201/p1261.html

Management of Common Sleep Disorders - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2013 - Sleep disorders are common and affect sleep quality and quantity, leading to increased morbidity. Patients with sleep disorders can be categorized as those who cannot sleep, those who will not sleep, those with excessive daytime sleepiness, and those with increased movements during ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0815/p231.html

Dietary Fatty Acids - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2009 - Fatty acids can be divided into four general categories: saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and trans fats. Saturated fatty acids and trans fats are associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. Monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids are ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0815/p345.html

Functional Decline in Older Adults - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2013 - Functional disability is common in older adults. It is often episodic and is associated with a high risk of subsequent health decline. The severity of disability is determined by physical impairments caused by underlying medical conditions, and by external factors such as social ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0915/p388.html

Diagnostic Approach to Pleural Effusion in Adults - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2006 - The first step in the evaluation of patients with pleural effusion is to determine whether the effusion is a transudate or an exudate. An exudative effusion is diagnosed if the patient meets Light's criteria. The serum to pleural fluid protein or albumin gradients may help better ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0401/p1211.html

A Primary Care Approach to Substance Misuse - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2013 - Substance misuse is common among patients in primary care settings. Although it has a substantial health impact, physicians report low levels of preparedness to identify and assist patients with substance use disorders. An effective approach to office-based treatment includes a coherent...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0715/p113.html

Principles of Casting and Splinting - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2009 - The ability to properly apply casts and splints is a technical skill easily mastered with practice and an understanding of basic principles. The initial approach to casting and splinting requires a thorough assessment of the injured extremity for proper diagnosis. Once the need for ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0101/p16.html

Common Oral Lesions: Part I. Superficial Mucosal Lesions - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2007 - Common superficial oral lesions include candidiasis, recurrent herpes labialis, recurrent aphthous stomatitis, erythema migrans, hairy tongue, and lichen planus. Recognition and diagnosis require taking a thorough history and performing a complete oral examination. Knowledge of clinical...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0215/p501.html

Assessment of Microscopic Hematuria in Adults - American Family Physician

May 15, 2006 - Microscopic hematuria, a common finding on routine urinalysis of adults, is clinically significant when three to five red blood cells per high-power field are visible. Etiologies of microscopic hematuria range from incidental causes to life-threatening urinary tract neoplasm. The lack ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0515/p1748.html

Geriatric Assistive Devices - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2011 - Disability and mobility problems increase with age. Assistive devices such as canes, crutches, and walkers can be used to increase a patient’s base of support, improve balance, and increase activity and independence, but they are not without significant musculoskeletal and metabolic ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p405.html

Prevention of Health Care-Associated Infections - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2014 - Health care–associated infections cause approximately 75,000 deaths annually, in addition to increasing morbidity and costs. Over the past decade, a downward trend in health care–associated infections has occurred nationwide. Basic prevention measures include administrative support, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0915/p377.html

Diagnosis and Management of Adnexal Masses - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2009 - Adnexal masses represent a spectrum of conditions from gynecologic and nongynecologic sources. They may be benign or malignant. The initial detection and evaluation of an adnexal mass requires a high index of suspicion, a thorough history and physical examination, and careful attention ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1015/p815.html

Iron Deficiency Anemia: Guidelines from the American Gastroenterological Association - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - The American Gastroenterological Association developed guidelines for the evaluation of IDA in adults.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0800/p211.html

A Diffuse Nodular Eruption - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

May 1, 2022 - A 40-year-old man presented with erythematous, raised, painful nodules across his trunk, back, arms, and legs and unintended weight loss.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2022/0500/p547.html

Chronic Shouler Pain Part I: Evaluation and Diagnosis - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2008 - Shoulder pain is defined as chronic when it has been present for longer than six months. Common conditions that can result in chronic shoulder pain include rotator cuff disorders, adhesive capsulitis, shoulder instability, and shoulder arthritis. Rotator cuff disorders include ...

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Combining a Wellness Visit With a Problem-Oriented Visit: a Coding Guide -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2022 - In the exam room, the distinction between one type of visit and another isn’t always clear. It’s important to know when - and how - you can bill for both.

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https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2022/0100/p15.html

Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia: Prevention and Management - American Family ...

Jun 15, 2011 - Herpes zoster (shingles) is diagnosed clinically by recognition of the distinctive, painful vesicular rash appearing in a unilateral, dermatomal distribution. An estimated 1 million cases occur in the United States each year, and increasing age is the primary risk factor. Laboratory ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0615/p1432.html

Postexposure Prophylaxis for Common Infectious Diseases - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2013 - Postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) is effective in preventing illness after potential or documented exposure to a variety of microbial pathogens and in reducing the risk of secondary spread of infection. Guidelines have been published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0701/p25.html

Pertussis: A Reemerging Infection - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2013 - Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is an acute respiratory tract infection that has increased in incidence in recent years. The initial catarrhal stage presents with nonspecific symptoms of malaise, rhinorrhea, sneezing, lacrimation, and mild cough. During the paroxysmal stage, ...

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Top 20 Research Studies of 2013 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2014 - In 2013, we performed monthly surveillance of more than 110 English-language clinical research journals, and identified approximately 250 studies that had the potential to change the practice of family physicians. Each study was critically appraised and summarized by a group of primary ...

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Dermatologic Conditions in Skin of Color: Part II. Disorders Occurring Predominately in...

Jun 15, 2013 - Several skin conditions are more common in persons with skin of color, including dermatosis papulosa nigra, pseudofolliculitis barbae, acne keloidalis nuchae, and keloids. Dermatosis papulosa nigra is a common benign condition characterized by skin lesions that do not require treatment,...

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Cutaneous Cryosurgery - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2012 - Cutaneous cryosurgery refers to localized application of freezing temperatures to achieve destruction of skin lesions. It can be used to treat a broad range of benign and premalignant skin conditions, and certain malignant skin conditions, with high cure rates. Cellular destruction is ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1215/p1118.html

Evaluation of Nausea and Vomiting - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2007 - A comprehensive history and physical examination can often reveal the cause of nausea and vomiting, making further evaluation unnecessary. Acute symptoms generally are the result of infectious, inflammatory, or iatrogenic causes. Most infections are self-limiting and require minimal ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0701/p76.html

Hepatitis A - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2012 - Hepatitis A is a common viral illness worldwide, although the incidence in the United States has diminished in recent years as a result of extended immunization practices. Hepatitis A virus is transmitted through fecal-oral contamination, and there are occasional outbreaks through food ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1201/p1027.html

Common Questions About Bell Palsy - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2014 - Bell palsy is an acute affliction of the facial nerve, resulting in sudden paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of the face. Testing patients with unilateral facial paralysis for diabetes mellitus or Lyme disease is not routinely recommended. Patients with Lyme disease ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0201/p209.html

Financial Management -- FPM Toolbox

Nov 16, 2011 - Download templates and checklists to help you track practice expenses, analyze payer reimbursement, and manage other financial issues.

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Diagnosis of Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2012 - Venous thromboembolism manifests as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism, and has a mortality rate of 6 to 12 percent. Well-validated clinical prediction rules are available to determine the pretest probability of DVT and pulmonary embolism. When the likelihood of DVT is ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1115/p913.html

Prevention or Delay of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Recommendations From the American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2022 - The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has released updated guidelines for the prevention or delay of diabetes.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2022/0400/p438.html

Common Eye Emergencies - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2013 - Ocular emergencies such as retinal detachments, mechanical globe injuries, and chemical injuries can cause permanent vision loss if they are not recognized and treated promptly. Family physicians should be familiar with the signs and symptoms associated with each condition, and be able ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1015/p515.html

JNC8 Guidelines for the Management of Hypertension in Adults - Practice Guidelines - ...

Oct 1, 2014 - Hypertension is one of the most important preventable contributors to disease and death in the United States, leading to myocardial infarction, stroke, and renal failure when it is not detected early and treated appropriately. The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) recently ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1001/p503.html

Differential Diagnosis of the Swollen Red Eyelid - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2007 - The differential diagnosis of eyelid erythema and edema is broad, ranging from benign, self-limiting dermatoses to malignant tumors and vision-threatening infections. A definitive diagnosis usually can be made on physical examination of the eyelid and a careful evaluation of symptoms ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1215/p1815.html

Infant Formula - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2009 - Although the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend breast milk for optimal infant nutrition, many parents still choose formula as an acceptable alternative. The wide variety of available formulas is confusing to parents and physicians, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0401/p565.html

Adolescent Health Screening and Counseling - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2012 - Serious health problems, risky behavior, and poor health habits persist among adolescents despite access to medical care. Most adolescents do not seek advice about preventing leading causes of morbidity and mortality in their age group, and physicians often do not find ways to provide ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1215/p1109.html

Managing Adverse Effects of Hormonal Contraceptives - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2010 - Adverse effects of hormonal contraceptives usually diminish with continued use of the same method. Often, physi- cians only need to reassure patients that these symptoms will likely resolve within three to five months. Long-acting injectable depot medroxyprogesterone acetate is the only...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1215/p1499.html

Common Conditions in the Overhead Athlete - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2014 - The overhead athlete is at unique risk for injury because of the mechanics associated with rapid shoulder elevation, abduction, and external rotation. Angulation of the humeral head against the posterosuperior glenoid can cause rotator cuff tendon and labral impingement. The throwing or...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0401/p537.html

Iliotibial Band Syndrome: A Common Source of Knee Pain - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2005 - Iliotibial band syndrome is a common knee injury. The most common symptom is lateral knee pain caused by inflammation of the distal portion of the iliotibial band. The iliotibial band is a thick band of fascia that crosses the hip joint and extends distally to insert on the patella, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0415/p1545.html

Dermatologic Conditions in Skin of Color: Part I. Special Considerations for Common ...

Jun 15, 2013 - Skin of color traditionally refers to that of persons of African, Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern, and Hispanic backgrounds. Differences in cutaneous structure and function can result in skin conditions with distinct presentations and varying prevalence that require unique ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0615/p850.html

Evaluation and Management of Common Anorectal Conditions - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2012 - The prevalence of benign anorectal conditions in the primary care setting is high, although evidence of effective therapy is often lacking. In addition to recognizing common benign anorectal disorders, physicians must maintain a high index of suspicion for inflammatory and malignant ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0315/p624.html

Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2010 - Few older adults in the United States achieve the minimum recommended amount of physical activity. Lack of physical activity contributes to many chronic diseases that occur in older adults, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus, lung disease, Alzheimer disease, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0101/p55.html

Intravenous Magnesium Sulfate for Acute Asthma Exacerbations - FPIN's Clinical ...

Jan 15, 2019 - Patients presenting to the emergency department with an acute asthma exacerbation that has not responded to first-line therapy (bronchodilators and corticosteroids) can be treated effectively with intravenous magnesium sulfate.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0115/p127.html

Urinalysis: A Comprehensive Review - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2005 - A complete urinalysis includes physical, chemical, and microscopic examinations. Midstream clean collection is acceptable in most situations, but the specimen should be examined within two hours of collection. Cloudy urine often is a result of precipitated phosphate crystals in alkaline...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0315/p1153.html

Dual Antiplatelet Therapy for High-Risk TIA and Minor Stroke: BMJ Rapid Recommendation ...

Sep 15, 2019 - Based on a recent randomized controlled trial followed by a systematic review, the BMJ and MAGIC group concluded that dual antiplatelet therapy use for a limited period after mild stroke is beneficial.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0915/p378.html

Hemorrhoids - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2011 - Most patients with hemorrhoids experience only mild symptoms that can be treated with nonprescription topical preparations. Patients usually seek treatment when symptoms increase. Internal hemorrhoids typically present with prolapse or painless rectal bleeding. External hemorrhoids also...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0715/p204.html

High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2012 - High blood pressure in children and adolescents is a growing health problem that is often overlooked by physicians. Normal blood pressure values for children and adolescents are based on age, sex, and height, and are available in standardized tables. Prehypertension is defined as a ...

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Outpatient E/M Coding Simplified -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2022 - Getting clear on the new coding rules can help you eliminate bloated documentation and improve reimbursement to reflect the value of your visits.

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Managing Difficult Encounters: Understanding Physician, Patient, and Situational ...

Mar 15, 2013 - Family physicians commonly find themselves in difficult clinical encounters. These encounters often leave the physician feeling frustrated. The patient may also be dissatisfied with these encounters because of unmet needs, unfulfilled expectations, and unresolved medical issues. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0315/p419.html

Treatment of Breast Cancer - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2010 - Understanding breast cancer treatment options can help family physicians care for their patients during and after cancer treatment. This article reviews typical treatments based on stage, histology, and biomarkers. Lobular carcinoma in situ does not require treatment. Ductal carcinoma ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0601/p1339.html

Sexually Transmitted Infections: Updated Guideline From the CDC - Practice Guidelines -... Restricted content. Login required.

May 1, 2022 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated recommendations for management of sexually transmitted infections.

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Management of Chronic Tendon Injuries - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2013 - Chronic tendon injuries present unique management challenges. The assumption that these injuries result from ongoing inflammation has caused physicians to rely on treatments demonstrated to be ineffective in the long term. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be limited in the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0401/p486.html

Understanding and Interpreting the Serum Protein Electrophoresis - American Family ...

Jan 1, 2005 - Serum protein electrophoresis is used to identify patients with multiple myeloma and other serum protein disorders. Electrophoresis separates proteins based on their physical properties, and the subsets of these proteins are used in interpreting the results. Plasma protein levels ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0101/p105.html

Reducing the Risk of Adverse Drug Events in Older Adults - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2013 - Adverse drug events occur in 15 percent or more of older patients presenting to offices, hospitals, and extended care facilities. These events are potentially preventable up to 50 percent of the time. Common serious manifestations include falls, orthostatic hypotension, heart failure, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0301/p331.html

Psoriasis: Update on Topical Therapy From the American Academy of Dermatology - ... Restricted content. Login required.

May 1, 2022 - The American Academy of Dermatology and National Psoriasis Foundation updated their recommendations on topical therapies for patients with mild to moderate psoriasis.

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Anaphylaxis: Recognition and Management - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2011 - Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening, systemic allergic reaction that is almost always unanticipated and may lead to death by airway obstruction or vascular collapse. Anaphylaxis occurs as the result of an allergen response, usually immunoglobulin E–mediated, which leads to mast ...

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Office Management of Early Pregnancy Loss - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2011 - The management of early pregnancy loss used to be based largely in the hospital setting, but it has shifted to the outpatient setting, allowing women to remain under the care of their family physician throughout the miscarriage process. Up to 15 percent of recognized pregnancies end in ...

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Management of Gout: Update from the American College of Rheumatology - Practice ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - The American College of Rheumatology published updated guidelines for gout management focused on improving prevention of flare-ups.

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Recognition and Evaluation of Nontraumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Ruptured ...

Oct 1, 2013 - Swift diagnosis and treatment are critical for good outcomes in patients with nontraumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage, which is usually caused by a ruptured aneurysm. This type of stroke often results in death or disability. Rates of misdiagnosis and treatment delays for subarachnoid ...

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When to Suspect a Genetic Syndrome - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2012 - Family physicians should be able to recognize findings on physical examination and history that suggest the presence of a genetic syndrome to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of potentially affected patients, as well as subspecialty referral. General themes that can alert family ...

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Evaluation and Treatment of the Acutely Injured Worker - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2014 - Approximately 3 million work-related injuries were reported by private industries in 2011, and primary care physicians provided care for approximately one out of four injured workers. To appropriately individualize the treatment of an injured worker and expedite the return to work ...

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Common Questions About Pacemakers - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2014 - Pacemakers are indicated in patients with certain symptomatic bradyarrhythmias caused by sinus node dysfunction, and in those with frequent, prolonged sinus pauses. Patients with third-degree or complete atrioventricular (AV) block benefit from pacemaker placement, as do those with type...

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Jammed Finger in High School Football Player - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

May 1, 2022 - A 16-year-old football player presented after a game with pain and deformity of his left ring finger.

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Dyslipidemia Management for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: Guidelines from the ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 15, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense have updated recommendations for evaluation and management of dyslipidemia to prevent cardiovascular disease.

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What Is New in HIV Infection? - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2014 - Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention and treatment updates include screening recommendations, fourth-generation testing, preexposure prophylaxis, and a paradigm shift; treatment is prevention. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends routine HIV screening in persons ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0215/p265.html

Credentialing Family Physicians Who Provide Maternity Care - Editorials - American ...

May 1, 2022 - Without national standards of credentialing based on competency, family physicians who provide obstetric care may struggle to obtain hospital privileges.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2022/0500/p456.html

Evaluation of Acute Pelvic Pain in Women - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2010 - Diagnosis of pelvic pain in women can be challenging because many symptoms and signs are insensitive and nonspecific. As the first priority, urgent life-threatening conditions (e.g., ectopic pregnancy, appendicitis, ruptured ovarian cyst) and fertility-threatening conditions (e.g., ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0715/p141.html

Common Questions About Vasectomy - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2013 - Vasectomy offers a safe, effective, and permanent method of male contraception, with an overall failure rate of less than 1% in pooled studies. Men older than 30 years in a stable, committed relationship appear to be the best candidates for vasectomy. The no-scalpel technique reduces ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1201/p757.html

Oral vs. Intravaginal Antifungal Treatments for Uncomplicated Vulvovaginal Candidiasis ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2022 - Clinical resolution of symptoms is similar for oral and intravaginal antifungal medications at both short-term (five to 15 days) and long-term (two to 12 weeks) follow-up. However, mycological cure rates (fungal spores cleared from vaginal secretions) are higher in patients treated with...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2022/0400/p367.html

Treatment Options for Insomnia - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2007 - The frequency of sleep disruption and the degree to which insomnia significantly affects daytime function determine the need for evaluation and treatment. Physicians may initiate treatment of insomnia at an initial visit; for patients with a clear acute stressor such as grief, no ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0815/p517.html

Diagnosis and Treatment of Community-Acquired Pneumonia - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2006 - Patients with community-acquired pneumonia often present with cough, fever, chills, fatigue, dyspnea, rigors, and pleuritic chest pain. When a patient presents with suspected community-acquired pneumonia, the physician should first assess the need for hospitalization using a mortality ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0201/p442.html

Diet and Exercise in the Management of Hyperlipidemia - American Family Physician

May 1, 2010 - Dietary factors that influence lipid levels include modification of nutritional components, consumption of specific foods, use of food additives and supplements, and major dietary approaches. The most beneficial changes result from reducing intake of saturated and trans fats; increasing...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0501/p1097.html

Performance-Enhancing Drug Use in Recreational Athletes - Editorials - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2021 - Family physicians may be surprised to learn the number of their patients who use performance-enhancing drugs, either deliberately to improve athletic performance or unknowingly through contaminated dietary supplements.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0215/p203.html

Asthma Management: Updated Guidelines from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 1, 2021 - The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) published asthma management guidelines in 1991 and 2007. In 2020, the NHLBI released an update focusing on six priority topics.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1100/p531.html

Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes: Diagnosis and Management - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2006 - Preterm premature rupture of membranes is the rupture of membranes during pregnancy before 37 weeks' gestation. It occurs in 3 percent of pregnancies and is the cause of approximately one third of preterm deliveries. It can lead to significant perinatal morbidity, including respiratory ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0215/p659.html

Top 20 Research Studies of 2012 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2013 - This is the second annual summary of top research studies in primary care. In 2012, through regular surveillance of more than 100 English-language clinical research journals, seven clinicians identified 270 studies with the potential to change primary care practice, called POEMs, or ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0915/p380.html

Pharmacologic Management of Hypertension in Patients with Diabetes - American Family ...

Dec 1, 2008 - Hypertension is a common comorbidity in patients with diabetes, and adequate control of blood pressure significantly reduces the risk of macrovascular and microvascular complications. Patients with diabetes should achieve a target blood pressure of less than 130/80 mm Hg. The use of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1201/p1277.html

Fatigue: An Overview - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2008 - Fatigue, a common presenting symptom in primary care, negatively impacts work performance, family life, and social relationships. The differential diagnosis of fatigue includes lifestyle issues, physical conditions, mental disorders, and treatment side effects. Fatigue can be classified...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1115/p1173.html

Diagnosis and Management of G6PD Deficiency - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2005 - Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, the most common enzyme deficiency worldwide, causes a spectrum of disease including neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, acute hemolysis, and chronic hemolysis. Persons with this condition also may be asymptomatic. This X-linked inherited disorder ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1001/p1277.html

Appropriate and Safe Use of Diagnostic Imaging - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2013 - Risks of diagnostic imaging include cancer from radiation exposure and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. The increase in volume of imaging between 1980 and 2006 has led to a sixfold increase in annual per capita radiation exposure. It is predicted that 2 percent of future cancers will be ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0401/p494.html

Microscopic Hematuria in Adults: Updated Recommendations from the American Urological ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2021 - The American Urological Association released an updated guideline for risk-based evaluation of microscopic hematuria.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1200/p655.html

Hydrogen Peroxide 40% (Eskata) for Seborrheic Keratosis - STEPS - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2019 - Hydrogen peroxide 40% topical solution is not particularly effective for removing seborrheic keratosis lesions, and skin reactions are common.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/p643.html

Diagnosis and Management of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia - American Family Physician

May 15, 2008 - Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a common condition affecting older men. Typical presenting symptoms include urinary hesitancy, weak stream, nocturia, incontinence, and recurrent urinary tract infections. Acute urinary retention, which requires urgent bladder catheterization, is ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0515/p1403.html

Peptic Ulcer Disease - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2007 - Peptic ulcer disease usually occurs in the stomach and proximal duodenum. The predominant causes in the United States are infection with Helicobacter pylori and use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Symptoms of peptic ulcer disease include epigastric discomfort (specifically, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1001/p1005.html

Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2010 - Primary care physicians often prescribe contraceptives to women of reproductive age with comorbidities. Novel delivery systems (e.g., contraceptive patch, contraceptive ring, single-rod implantable device) may change traditional risk and benefit profiles in women with comorbidities. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0915/p621.html

Promoting Smoking Cessation - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2012 - Cigarette smoking causes significant morbidity and mortality in the United States. Physicians can use the five A’s framework (ask, advise, assess, assist, arrange) to promote smoking cessation. All patients should be asked about tobacco use and assessed for motivation to quit at every ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0315/p591.html

Hearing Loss in Older Adults - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2012 - Hearing loss affects approximately one-third of adults 61 to 70 years of age and more than 80 percent of those older than 85 years. Men usually experience greater hearing loss and have earlier onset compared with women. The most common type is age-related hearing loss; however, many ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1150.html

Fever in Returning Travelers: A Case-Based Approach - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2013 - Overall, 3% to 19% of travelers to the developing world will return to the United States with fever or will develop fever within weeks of their return. When evaluating the returning traveler with fever, it is important to know which pretravel immunizations the patient received; which ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1015/p524.html

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