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Primary Immunodeficiencies - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2003 - Primary immunodeficiencies include a variety of disorders that render patients more susceptible to infections. If left untreated, these infections may be fatal. The disorders constitute a spectrum of more than 80 innate defects in the body's immune system. Primary immunodeficiencies ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1115/p2001.html

Evaluation of Chronic Dyspnea - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2005 - Chronic dyspnea is defined as dyspnea lasting more than one month. In approximately two thirds of patients presenting with dyspnea, the underlying cause is cardiopulmonary disease. Establishing an accurate diagnosis is essential because treatment differs depending on the underlying ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0415/p1529.html

Outpatient Treatment of Systolic Heart Failure - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2004 - Optimal outpatient treatment of systolic heart failure has three goals that should be pursued simultaneously: (1) control of risk factors for the development and progression of heart failure, (2) treatment of heart failure, and (3) education of patients. Control of risk factors includes...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/1201/p2157.html

Using Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin to Treat Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C - ...

Aug 15, 2005 - Hepatitis C virus is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the United States. The advent of new treatment regimens using pegylated interferons in combination with ribavirin has led to improved sustained viral response rates for some genotypes in large multicenter trials. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0815/p655.html

Generalized Anxiety Disorder - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2000 - Patients with generalized anxiety disorder experience worry or anxiety and a number of physical and psychologic symptoms. The disorder is frequently difficult to diagnose because of the variety of presentations and the common occurrence of comorbid medical or psychiatric conditions. The...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1001/p1591.html

Blunt Trauma in Pregnancy - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2004 - Trauma is the most common cause of nonobstetric death among pregnant women in the United States. Motor vehicle crashes, domestic violence, and falls are the most common causes of blunt trauma during pregnancy. All pregnant patients with traumatic injury should be assessed formally in a ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/1001/p1303.html

Essentials of the Diagnosis of Heart Failure - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2000 - Although heart failure is a common clinical syndrome, especially in the elderly, its diagnosis is often missed. A detailed clinical history is crucial and should address not only current signs and symptoms of heart failure but also signs and symptoms that point to a specific cause of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0301/p1319.html

Common Hair Loss Disorders - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2003 - Hair loss (alopecia) affects men and women of all ages and often significantly affects social and psychologic well-being. Although alopecia has several causes, a careful history, dose attention to the appearance of the hair loss, and a few simple studies can quickly narrow the potential...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0701/p93.html

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Chronic Kidney Disease in Adults: Part II. Glomerular ...

Sep 15, 2004 - The Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative of the National Kidney Foundation published clinical practice guidelines on chronic kidney disease in February 2002. Of the 15 guidelines, the first six are of greatest relevance to family physicians. Part II of this two-part review covers ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0915/p1091.html

AAO-HNSF Releases Guideline on Tympanostomy Tubes in Children - Practice Guidelines - ...

May 1, 2014 - The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO–HNSF) has released a guideline on the indications for tube placement in children, as well as perioperative counseling.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0501/p754.html

Diagnosing Secondary Hypertension - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2003 - Secondary hypertension is elevated blood pressure that results from an underlying, identifiable, often correctable cause. Only about 5 to 10 percent of hypertension cases are thought to result from secondary causes. The ABCDE mnemonic can be used to help determine a secondary cause of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0101/p67.html

Evaluation of Dysuria in Adults - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2002 - Dysuria, defined as pain, burning, or discomfort on urination, is more common in women than in men. Although urinary tract infection is the most frequent cause of dysuria, empiric treatment with antibiotics is not always appropriate. Dysuria occurs more often in younger women, probably ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0415/p1589.html

Diagnosis and Management of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2003 - Although post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating anxiety disorder that may cause significant distress and increased use of health resources, the condition often goes undiagnosed. The lifetime prevalence of PTSD in the United States is 8 to 9 percent, and approximately 25...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1215/p2401.html

Gastric Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment Options - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2004 - Although the overall incidence of gastric cancer has steadily declined in the United States, it is estimated that more than 12,000 persons died from gastric cancer in 2003. The incidence of distal stomach tumors has greatly declined, but reported cases of proximal gastric carcinomas, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0301/p1133.html

DVT and Pulmonary Embolism: Part I. Diagnosis - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2004 - The incidence of venous thromboembolic diseases is increasing as the U.S. population ages. At least one established risk factor is present in approximately 75 percent of patients who develop these diseases. Hospitalized patients and nursing home residents account for one half of all ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0615/p2829.html

Drugs for Conversion of Atrial Fibrillation - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 1998 - Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia in patients visiting a primary care practice. Although many patients with atrial fibrillation experience relief of symptoms with control of the heart rate, some patients require restoration of sinus rhythm. External direct current (DC) ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0801/p471.html

Cytomegalovirus - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2003 - Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a prevalent viral pathogen. The majority of persons with acute CMV will experience an inapparent infection. Primary CMV infection will cause up to 7 percent of cases of mononucleosis syndrome and will manifest symptoms almost indistinguishable from those of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0201/p519.html

Updated AAP Guidelines on Newborn Screening and Therapy for Congenital Hypothyroidism -...

Aug 1, 2007 - Guidelines on newborn screening and therapy for congenital hypothyroidism have been released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Congenital hypothyroidism can cause mental retardation unless thyroid therapy is initiated within two weeks of birth.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0801/p439.html

Should Family Physicians Follow the New ACC/AHA Cholesterol Treatment Guideline? Yes: ...

Aug 15, 2014 - The recommendations appropriately focus treatment on those most likely to benefit.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/p212.html

Insulin Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes: Rescue, Augmentation, and Replacement of Beta-Cell...

Aug 1, 2004 - Type 2 diabetes is characterized by progressive beta-cell failure. Indications for exogenous insulin therapy in patients with this condition include acute illness or surgery, pregnancy, glucose toxicity, contraindications to or failure to achieve goals with oral antidiabetic ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0801/p489.html

Thyroid Nodules - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2003 - Palpable thyroid nodules occur in 4 to 7 percent of the population, but nodules found incidentally on ultrasonography suggest a prevalence of 19 to 67 percent. The majority of thyroid nodules are asymptomatic. Because about 5 percent of all palpable nodules are found to be malignant, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0201/p559.html

Chronic Abdominal Pain in Childhood: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 1999 - More than one third of children complain of abdominal pain lasting two weeks or longer. The diagnostic approach to abdominal pain in children relies heavily on the history provided by the parent and child to direct a step-wise approach to investigation. If the history and physical ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0401/p1823.html

A New View of Occult and Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2004 - Occult gastrointestinal bleeding usually is discovered when fecal occult blood test results are positive or iron deficiency anemia is detected. Fecal occult blood testing methods vary, but all have limited sensitivity and specificity. The initial work-up for occult bleeding typically ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0215/p875.html

IDSA Releases Guidelines for Management of Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis - Practice ...

Mar 15, 2013 - The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released a guideline for the management of acute bacterial rhinosinusitis in children and adults in the community or emergency department settings. Each recommendation includes a quality of evidence grade (i.e., strong or weak) and a...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0315/p445.html

The Undescended Testicle: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2000 - Early diagnosis and management of the undescended testicle are needed to preserve fertility and improve early detection of testicular malignancy. Physical examination of the testicle can be difficult; consultation should be considered if a normal testis cannot be definitely identified. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1101/p2037.html

Management of Peripheral Aterial Disease - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2004 - Peripheral arterial disease is common, but the diagnosis frequently is overlooked because of subtle physical findings and lack of classic symptoms. Screening based on the ankle brachial index using Doppler ultrasonography may be more useful than physical examination alone. Noninvasive ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0201/p525.html

The 'Crashing Asthmatic' - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2003 - Asthma is a common chronic disorder, with a prevalence of 8 to 10 percent in the U.S. population. From 5 to 10 percent of patients have severe disease that does not respond to typical therapeutic interventions. To prevent life-threatening sequelae, it is important to identify patients ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0301/p997.html

Management of Group A Beta-Hemolytic Streptococcal Pharyngitis - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2001 - Bacteria are responsible for approximately 5 to 10 percent of pharyngitis cases, with group A beta-hemolytic streptococci being the most common bacterial etiology. A positive rapid antigen detection test may be considered definitive evidence for treatment; a negative test should be ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0415/p1557.html

Tremor - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2003 - Tremor, a rhythmic, involuntary, oscillatory movement of body parts, is the most common movement disorder. Tremors are classified as rest or action tremors. Rest tremor occurs when the affected body part is completely supported against gravity. Action tremors are produced by voluntary ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1015/p1545.html

Premenstrual Syndrome - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2003 - Premenstrual syndrome, a common cyclic disorder of young and middle-aged women, is characterized by emotional and physical symptoms that consistently occur during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. Women with more severe affective symptoms are classified as having premenstrual ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0415/p1743.html

Evaluating and Treating Unintentional Weight Loss in the Elderly - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2002 - Elderly patients with unintentional weight loss are at higher risk for infection, depression and death. The leading causes of involuntary weight loss are depression (especially in residents of long-term care facilities), cancer (lung and gastrointestinal malignancies), cardiac disorders...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0215/p640.html

AUA Releases Guideline on Diagnosis and Treatment of Overactive Bladder - Practice ...

Jun 1, 2013 - Overactive bladder is characterized by urinary symptoms including urgency, frequency, and nocturia, with or without urge incontinence. The American Urological Association (AUA) recently published recommendations to provide a clinical framework for the diagnosis and treatment of ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0601/p800.html

Evaluation and Management of the AGUS Papanicolaou Smear - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2001 - Atypical glandular cells on Papanicolaou smears are an unusual but important cytologic diagnosis. The Bethesda system classifies atypical glandular cells of undetermined significance (AGUS) as glandular cells that demonstrate nuclear atypia appearing to exceed reactive or reparative ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0601/p2239.html

Recognizing Spinal Cord Emergencies - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2001 - Physicians who work in primary care settings and emergency departments frequently evaluate patients with neck and back pain. Spinal cord emergencies are uncommon, but injury must be recognized early so that the diagnosis can be quickly confirmed and treatment can be instituted to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0815/p631.html

Treatment of Psoriasis: An Algorithm-Based Approach for Primary Care Physicians - ...

Feb 1, 2000 - Psoriasis is characterized by red, thickened plaques with a silvery scale. The lesions vary in size and degree of inflammation. Psoriasis is categorized as localized or generalized, based on the severity of the disease and its overall impact on the patient's quality of life and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0201/p725.html

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity: Important Diagnosis or Dietary Fad? - Editorials - ...

Jan 15, 2014 - The popularity and increased availability of gluten-free foods allow patients with celiac disease to lead a more normal lifestyle. It is important to understand that in the absence of gluten-related symptoms, a gluten-free diet is not synonymous with healthy and may only add increased ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0115/p82.html

Health Care Screening for Men Who Have Sex with Men - American Family Physician

May 1, 2004 - Men who have sex with men often do not reveal their sexual practices or sexual orientation to their physician. Lack of disclosure from the patient, discomfort or inadequate training of the physician, perceived or real hostility from medical staff, and insufficient screening guidelines ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0501/p2149.html

Ambulatory Devices for Chronic Gait Disorders in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2003 - Gait disorders in the elderly are common and in most cases cannot be treated medically or surgically. Therefore, treatment often relies on ambulatory devices such as canes, crutches, and walkers. Before selecting a device, the patient should be evaluated to define whether one or both ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0415/p1717.html

Diagnosis and Management of the Adnexal Mass - American Family Physician

May 15, 1998 - Adnexal masses are frequently found in both symptomatic and asymptomatic women. In premenopausal women, physiologic follicular cysts and corpus luteum cysts are the most common adnexal masses, but the possibility of ectopic pregnancy must always be considered. Other masses in this age ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0515/p2471.html

Prevention and Treatment of Overweight in Children and Adolescents - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2004 - Overweight in childhood and adolescence is an important public health issue because of its rapidly increasing prevalence and associated adverse medical and social consequences. Recent studies have estimated that 15 percent of children in the United States are at risk for overweight, and...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0601/p2591.html

Adult Rhinosinusitis: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2001 - Rhinosinusitis can be divided among four subtypes: acute, recurrent acute, subacute and chronic, based on patient history and a limited physical examination. In most instances, therapy is initiated based on this classification. Antibiotic therapy, supplemented by hydration and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0101/p69.html

Constipation in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 1998 - Constipation affects as many as 26 percent of elderly men and 34 percent of elderly women and is a problem that has been related to diminished perception of quality of life. Constipation may be the sign of a serious problem such as a mass lesion, the manifestation of a systemic disorder...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0915/p907.html

Management of Hepatitis C: Evaluating Suitability for Drug Therapy - American Family ...

Mar 15, 2004 - Chronic hepatitis C virus infection is a common and serious disease. Although an estimated 2.7 million persons in the United States have this disease, most have not yet been diagnosed. Recent advances in treatment provide successful cure in 50 to 80 percent of cases. Current drug ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0315/p1429.html

ACIP Releases Influenza Vaccination Updates for 2013-2014 - Practice Guidelines - ...

Oct 15, 2013 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has updated its annual guidelines for routine influenza vaccination in 2013–2014. Vaccination is recommended for all persons six months or older who do not have contraindications.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1015/p543.html

Urinary Incontinence in Women: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2000 - Because the prevalence of urinary incontinence increases with age, a working knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of the various types of urinary incontinence is fundamental to the care of women. As the population of the United States ages, primary care physicians can expect to see ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1201/p2433.html

Exercise-Related Syncope in the Young Athlete: Reassurance, Restriction or Referral? - ...

Nov 1, 1999 - A common event in young adults, syncope is usually benign and only rarely requires more than simple reassurance. However, exercise-related syncope always requires investigation because it may be the only symptom that precedes a sudden cardiac death. Syncope that occurs during exercise ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/1101/p2001.html

Recognition and Management of Exercise-Induced Brochospasm - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2003 - Exercise-induced bronchospasm is an obstruction of transient airflow that usually occurs five to 15 minutes after physical exertion. Although this condition is highly preventable, it is still underrecognized and affects aerobic fitness and quality of life. Diagnosis is based on the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0215/p769.html

Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Suicidal Ideation - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 1999 - Suicidal ideation is more common than completed suicide. Most persons who commit suicide have a psychiatric disorder at the time of death. Because many patients with psychiatric disorders are seen by family physicians and other primary care practitioners rather than by psychiatrists, it...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0315/p1500.html

Gluten-Sensitive Enteropathy (Celiac Disease): More Common than You Think - American ...

Dec 15, 2002 - Gluten-sensitive enteropathy or, as it is more commonly called, celiac disease, is an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the small intestine that is precipitated by the ingestion of gluten, a component of wheat protein, in genetically susceptible persons. Exclusion of dietary gluten ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1215/p2259.html

Evaluating the Child with Purpura - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2001 - Purpura is the result of hemorrhage into the skin or mucosal membrane. It may represent a relatively benign condition or herald the presence of a serious underlying disorder. Purpura may be secondary to thrombocytopenia, platelet dysfunction, coagulation factor deficiency or vascular ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0801/p419.html

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