Category: Internalize Info of the Week

Dec 13 2011

Internalize Info of the Week: Lichen Planus Buzzwords

Lichen planus is an autoimmune disease that can cause a rash on the skin, mucous membranes of the mouth and genital area, nails, and head. The exact cause of this condition is not known. There are several key buzzwords associated with lichen planus which will be defined in this post. The entire pathogenesis will not …

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Dec 03 2011

Internalize Info of the Week: Lipitor (atorvastatin) Goes Generic But Not Without Controversy

This week there was not very much interesting material from my clinical experience to write about, so I decided to post on a noteworthy and attention-grabbing topic in the news this week. Pfizer’s patent on Lipitor expired this week on Wednesday, November 30, but not without some questionable and unparalleled tactics from Pfizer itself. Lipitor …

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Nov 26 2011

Internalize Info of the Week: Tramadol (Ultram)

This week was a nice short week for me, and I was very grateful to have time off for Thanksgiving. Being on an office rotation is especially great for that reason. I didn’t get asked very many questions this week, and no topic stuck out for me to post on. So, I decided to post …

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Nov 19 2011

Internalize Info of the Week: A Frog in Your Throat, the Ranula (Mucous Cyst)

Ever had a frog in your throat? How about a frog under your tongue? This week I came across an interesting case of just that, called a ranula. A ranula is a cyst that is located under the tongue. The name comes from the Latin word for “little frog,” Rana, which is also the scientific …

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Nov 15 2011

Internalize Info of the Week: Hemolytic Anemia Laboratory Evaluation

A couple of days late for the info of the week, but I still think this is worth posting. I have been moving around and haven’t had access to a computer for a few days. This week I was pimped on the laboratory findings that you see in anemia, specifically hemolytic anemia. All anemias are …

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Nov 06 2011

Internalize Info of the Week: The Antithyroid Drugs PTU and Methimazole

The first entry in a series of selected topics taken from my personal experience of questions I was asked during the week. The first topic is about two antithyroid drugs, propylthiouracil (PTU) and methimazole. I was asked about the mechanism of action of these drugs and their use in pregnancy. These drugs are used to …

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