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Pain Enquiry – ‘SOCRATES’

  • Site
  • Onset
  • Character
  • Radiation
  • Alleviating factors
  • Time course and periodicity
  • Exacerbating and precipitating factors
  • Severity


  • Associated symptoms
  • Frequency
  • Progression


Structured Essay Answer - Disease

“In A Surgeon's Gown Good Physicians May Make Some Progress”

  • Incidence
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Geography
  • Genetics
  • Predisposing factors (risk factors)
  • Macroscopic appearance
  • Microscopic appearance
  • Spread
  • Prognosis: mortality and complications


Edward's Syndrome

EDWARDS:

  • Eighteen (trisomy)
  • Digit overlapping flexion
  • Wide head
  • Absent intellect (mentally retarded)
  • Rocker-bottom feet
  • Diseased heart
  • Small lower jaw


Neurofibromatosis Type 1 diagnostic criteria

CAFE SPOT:

  • Cafe-au-lait spots
  • Axillary, inguinal freckling
  • Fibroma
  • Eye: lisch nodules
  • Skeletal (bowing leg, etc)
  • Pedigree/ Positive family history
  • Optic Tumor (glioma)


Facial Nerve CN VII Branches

"Two Zulus Buggered My Cat"

Temporal, Zygomatic, Buccal, Masseteric, Cervical


Rash with Infection

Very Sick People Must Take Early Retirement

  • varicella; rash appears on day 1
  • scarlet fever - day 2
  • pox (small) - day 3
  • measles - day 4
  • typhus - day 5
  • enteric fever (typhoid) - day 6
  • rubella days - 1-7


APGAR score

APGAR neonatal score:

  • A: Appearance (colour)
  • P: Pulse
  • G: Grimace (response to stimulation)
  • A: Activity (tone)
  • R: Respiration

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