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[General practitioners’ postgradual education in focus]

HAJNAL Ferenc

OCTOBER 19, 2008

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2008;18(10)

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[Peripheral and central vestibular syndromes are characterized by the combination of the four symptoms such as: vertigo, nystagmus, imbalance and nausea. Vertigo is the disturbance of the cortico-spatial orientation. Nystagmus is regarded as a secondary symptom caused by direction specific disequilibrium of the vestibulo- ocular reflex. Imbalance is caused by the abnormal activation of vestibulo-spinal pathways. Nausea is due to the activation of the medullary vomiting center. It is important that clinicians can establish an adequate diagnosis and differentiate vertigo and dizziness. The author - without the aim of completeness - discusses the types of vertigo caused by the most important disorders of the central nervous system, emphasizing the role of general practitioners in the diagnostic and therapeutic algorhytm.]

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[INTRODUCTION - Vasculitis is an inflammatory disorder of the vessels, often associates with necrosis. The primary (idiopathic) form caused by distinct immunological mechanisms, the secondary form caused by infection, tumor, drugs or systemic autoimmune disease. CASE REPORT - 57-year-old smoking female patient with a medical history of the left ankle fracture. Four days earlier had sore throat, at admission was febrile and generally weak and had severe pain in her lower extremities. Physical examination revealed numerous livid alterations in both lower extremities, necrotic change of some toes and new onset of diastolic hypertension. Elevated serum transaminase levels, severe thrombopenia, anemia, leukocytosis suggested the possibility of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and vasculitis. Tests ruled out septic embolism, therefore we applied high dose steroid treatment and plasma exchange. Meanwhile the results fulfilled the classification criteria of polyarteritis nodosa (vasculitis, livedo reticularis, polyneuropathia and new onset of diastolic hypertension), accordingly we synchronized the treatment with fractionally administered intravenous cyclophosphamide. The process revealed responsive to therapy and the substantive function of the legs remained after surgical removal of the necrotic areas. CONCLUSIONS - Early rapid diagnosis of vasculitis is fundamental and we emphasize the significance of the efficient treatment.]

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