Category: Neurology

Feb 16 2014

Top 10 Books for Internal Medicine Residency

Online medical resources such as UpToDate and Medscape are being used more and more by physicians, residents, and med students. These databases allow clinical information to be looked up at a glance and are very convenient to use. However, in-print resources are still a very important part of medical training and will never be obsolete. …

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Feb 04 2012

Circulation of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)

Circulation of Cerebrospinal Fluid CSF

The flow of CSF through the Central Nervous System is important to understand for the many conditions that can affect it including hydrocephalus, infections, masses, or bleeds. I have created a flow chart to show the anatomy of the circulation of CSF. It is important to remember that the lateral structures are arranged in pairs, …

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Feb 02 2012

Epidural and Subdural Hematomas, and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Mnemonic

These three types of brain bleeds are the highest yield to be able to recognize on board exams. Additionally, you definitely do not want to miss these on any patient. In my studies, I always seemed to have trouble keeping the first two straight (epidural and subdural). I came up with this mnemonic to help …

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Feb 01 2012

Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) Physical Examination

This post is designed so that you will never have to write “Neuro: Grossly intact” on your History & Physicals again! Writing “grossly intact” is pretty much saying that you didn’t examine the system at all. This post will address how to do a thorough peripheral nervous system physical examination for the purposes of a …

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Dec 06 2011

Bury the Buzzword: Cherry-red Coloration

This post addresses the large differential diagnosis of the buzzword Cherry-red coloration. The cherry-red coloration most often refers to the macula located on the retina of the eye, but it can also refer to the coloration of the skin, esophagus, and epiglottis. The cherry-red spot on the macula is seen on funduscopic examination. It is …

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Dec 02 2011

Deciphering the Weber and Rinne Tuning Fork Tests

The Weber and Rinne tests have been known to show up on boards, and are notoriously confusing and hard to remember. This post addresses what the tests are and how to perform them, interpret them, and remember them. The Weber and Rinne tests are more than just a way to evaluate the Vestibulocochlear nerve (cranial …

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Nov 08 2011

Lewy Body Dementia and Pick’s Disease Mnemonic

Here’s a quick mnemonic for some of the distinguishing features of Lewy Body Dementia and Pick’s Disease: Lewy Body Dementia has “halLEWYcinations” (hallucinations) Pick’s Disease has Personality changes Pick’s Disease is also known as frontotemporal dementia, because it affects the frontal and temporal lobes (obviously). But if you remember the mnemonic, you can easily remember …

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