Subarachnoid Haemorrhage – SAH

Introduction This is bleeding into the subarachnoid space. The classical sign is a sudden onset intense headache (“feel like I’ve been hit on the back of the head Doc”). The bleeding occurs as the...

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Subdural Haematoma

Introduction A subdural haematoma is a collection of blood between the arachnoid and dura mater. It can be acute, chronic, or acute on chronic. Most cases are chronic, and occur in the elderly after...

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Subfertility

Introduction Subfertility (also described as “infertility”) is diagnosed if a couple fails to conceive in one year of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse. It is estimated that one in seven couples in the UK has...

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Introduction This is also known as sudden unexplained infant death (SUID) – aka Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It is defined as: “The sudden and unexpected death of a child under 1 for which no...

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Sudden Painless Loss of Vision (LOV)

Sudden loss of vision is very distressing for patients. It can also sometimes cause unusual behaviour and it is important not to mistake this as psychogenic in origin! Most of the causes require urgent...

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Suicide and self harm

Introduction 5000 deaths/year in the UK Increasing in young males In men <35, suicide is the greatest cause of death At all ages, men are at greater risk than women In those >35, they...

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Summary of Anaemias

  Microcytic Type Aeitology Clinical features Investigations Management Iron Deficiency Anaemia Blood loss: GI bleeding (peptic ulcer, diverticulitis), Menorrhagia, hookworm (developing countries) Poor Diet Malabsorption – Brittle hair + nails – Atrophic glossitis –...

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Summary of ECG Abnormalities

This summary of ECG abnormalities is part of the almostadoctor ECG series. For a more in depth explanation of ECG abnormalities, see ECG abnormalities. To learn about the basic principle of an ECG, see Understanding ECGs...

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Summary of Headaches

  Headache Characteristics Duration Fequency Mechanism Treatment Tension   Tight band feeling, stress, low mood  -Diffuse, ache,dull – Worse on touching scalp, agg by noise -Associated with tension – Depression may co- exist –...

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