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Case of Tuberculous Pericarditis Mimicking Lupus Carditis

A 48-year-old man presented to the emergency department of our hospital complaining of sharp substernal chest pain, fever, and chills for 3 days. He denied shortness of breath, cough, night sweats, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. He also denied dry eyes, dry mouth, oral ulcers, or photosensitivity. He was born in the Dominican Republic but has […]

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Long-Term Peritoneal Dialysis May Result in Vascular Changes Within the Peritoneal Cavity, Leading to Reduced Efficacy of Intravenous Antibiotics in Treatment of Bacterial Peritonitis

Peritoneal dialysis is a home-based dialysis modality. In the US, 7.5% of the total dialysis population uses peritoneal dialysis.1 Peritoneal dialysis catheter-related peritonitis is a well-recognized complication, with an annual mortality rate as high as 16%.2 Although peritoneal dialysis-associated peritonitis treatment has been standardized, peritoneal dialysis catheter may require removal in cases of relapsing or refractory peritonitis […]

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Not Your Typical Renal Cyst

A 32-year-old man with no significant past medical or family history presented to his primary care physician with lower back and abdominal pain. Renal function tests and urinalysis were unremarkable. Computed tomography scan demonstrated a mixed cystic solid renal lesion with focal wall thickening and contrast enhancement within the left portion of a horseshoe kidney. […]

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Provoked Dizziness from Bow Hunter’s Syndrome

  A 62-year-old man was experiencing debilitating bouts of dizziness provoked by head rotation until ultimately finding relief with cervical spine fixation. He had a history of coronary artery disease, human immunodeficiency virus, tobacco use disorder, and generalized anxiety, and initially presented to a routine primary care visit with 3 weeks of episodic dizziness. During […]

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Non-Classic Cystic Fibrosis: The Value in Family History

To the Editor: Since the advent of the Human Genome Project, opening doors to an era of genomic medicine, the family history has become a relevant and critical tool in individualized disease prevention. The family history has lasted through the years as a key component of history-taking in medical education. Yet it continues to be […]

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