Category: Physical Exam

Utility of Sputum Culture for Pneumonia Diagnosis – Microbiological Diagnosis

Sputum cultures for the diagnosis of pneumonia tends to be a tricky subject. Many times, obtaining an adequate sputum sample can be difficult, as patients may not be able to produce adequate amounts of sputum, there is contamination of oropharyngeal flora that clouds the diagnosis (especially in an aspiration event or those who have underlying

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The Role of Physical Exam in Pneumonia – An Oslerian Relic or a Modern Hidden Gem?

I am probably not the only one who doubts the utility of the physical exam in the diagnosis of disease. Indeed, when looking at the imaging modalities that we have at hand, including CT, MRI, PET, Echo, ultrasound, and how quickly we can get any of these studies now, the physical exam seems to be

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Meet the Faget’s

If you don’t get the joke, there is a movie called Meet the Fockers and I am always afraid of saying the wrong thing. The same thing applies to Faget’s sign. Also known as Sphygmothermic dissociation. This is essentially a counterargument to the Liebermeister’s rule (which is in the running for the most epic named

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