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A Rarity in a Common Disease: Thyroid Paraganglioma

Thyroid nodule is extremely common in clinical practice. An evaluation of thyroid nodule is often straightforward. However, pathologic findings can occasionally be surprising. A 42-year-old previously healthy man was referred to the endocrinology clinic with asymptomatic neck enlargement noted during evaluation of acid reflux symptom. He had no previous radiation exposure to the head and […]

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Longitudinal Patterns of Cardiorespiratory Fitness Predict the Development of Hypertension Among Men and Women

Most of the existing literature has linked a baseline cardiorespiratory fitness or change between baseline and one follow-up measurement of cardiorespiratory fitness to hypertension. The purpose of the study is to assess the association between longitudinal patterns of cardiorespiratory fitness changes with time and incident hypertension in adult men and women. Methods Participants were aged […]

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Benign but Not Harmless: Solitary Fibrous Tumor

For one unfortunate patient, benign histopathology did not lead to a good outcome. A 74-year-old woman presented with dyspnea on exertion and altered mental status. She had no history of lung disease and denied other cardiopulmonary, abdominal, or constitutional symptoms. Her past medical history, besides many years of tobacco abuse, was unremarkable Assessment While the […]

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Telemedicine Specialty Support Promotes Hepatitis C Treatment by Primary Care Providers in the Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest US provider of hepatitis C treatment. Although antiviral regimens are becoming simpler, hepatitis C antivirals are not typically prescribed by primary care providers. The Veterans Affairs Extension for Community Health Outcomes (VA-ECHO) program was launched to promote primary care–based hepatitis C treatment using videoconferencing-based specialist support. We […]

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Trends in Prolonged Hospitalizations in the United States from 2001 to 2012

Health policy debate commonly focuses on frequently hospitalized patients, but less research has examined trends in long-stay patients, despite their high cost, effect on availability of hospital beds, and physical and financial implications for patients and hospitals. Methods Using the National Inpatient Sample, a nationally representative sample of acute care hospitalizations in the US, we […]

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Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and Clinical Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used in perioperative pain management of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery. However, the association of periprocedural use of NSAIDs and clinical outcomes after coronary artery bypass graft is understudied. Methods We conducted a retrospective analysis using pooled data from 2 multicenter randomized controlled trials (PREVENT IV [n = […]

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The Case for Medical History in Physicians’ Education

Although medical historians have long promoted medical history as an important component of physicians’ knowledge, reasoning, and clinical practice,1 they have made no effort to determine what physicians or physicians-in-training themselves think of or know of medical history. We conducted the present survey to fill this informational void. Materials and Methods Study Population Our study population […]

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An Incidentaloma in the Cardiology Clinic

To the Editor: Paragangliomas are rare neuroendocrine tumors of neural crest origin.1, 2 In this report, we describe the exhaustive diagnostic workup involved in the diagnosis of a paraganglioma, which was first noted as an incidental mass in the proximity of left atrium on a routine transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE). Case Report A 55-year-old man with a history […]

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A Rarity in a Common Disease: Thyroid Paraganglioma

Thyroid nodule is extremely common in clinical practice. An evaluation of thyroid nodule is often straightforward. However, pathologic findings can occasionally be surprising. A 42-year-old previously healthy man was referred to the endocrinology clinic with asymptomatic neck enlargement noted during evaluation of acid reflux symptom. He had no previous radiation exposure to the head and […]

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Foreign Body in External Ear Canal: An Unusual Cause of Chronic Cough

Many cases of earwax impaction (or foreign body presence) and the relationship to chronic cough may go unrecognized. The routine incorporation of examination of the external auditory canal in patients with chronic cough may reveal a number of patients with impacted earwax.1 The literature suggests that 2% to 6% of the general population have impacted earwax.1 Patients […]

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