Infectious Disease

Podcast #59: The Zika Virus

Run Time: 5 minutes Author: Dr. Suzanne Chilton Educational Pearls: Zika originated in 1947 in a Risus monkey in Uganda, the first human case was in 1952 – spread by the Aedea aeygpti and the Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. For adults symptoms are mild – maculopapular rash, conjunctivitis, fever, and joint pain for several days to a…

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Podcast #52: Syphilis the Great Imitator

Run Time: 7 minutes Author: Dr. Donald Stader Educational Pearls: Syphillis is a very important historical and current disease. The study of Syhpillis or “Syphilology” evolved into the field of dermatology. Syphilis, an is caused by the spirochete bacteria, Treponema pallidum.  Syphilis comes in three stages: primary, secondary, and tertiary stages. In the primary stage, they…

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Podcast #38: Diphtheria and March 18th

Run Time: 5 minutes Author: Dr. David Rosenberg Educational Pearls: There are two cases of diphtheria per year in the United States due to our ubiquitously provided vaccinations. Diphtheria presents with a grey, leather-like appearance in the back of the throat as well as a “seal-bark” cough. This is caused by a relatively weak bacteria called Corynebacterium…

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Podcast #24: Stevens-Johnson Sydrome/ TENS

Run Time: 7 minutes Author: Dr. Donald Stader Educational Pearls: Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) was first described in 1922 by pediatricians Dr. Stevens and Dr. Johnson after severe rash and skin peeling in one of their patients. SJS is described on a scale of <10% of body affected is Steve-Johnson Syndrome, 10%-30% is called Steven-Johnson/TENS, and…

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Podcast #22: Sepsis Sofa

Run Time: 2 minutes Author: Dr. Christopher Holmes Educational Pearls: Old Sepsis criteria included 2 SIRS criteria – Temperature > 100.4°F, Heart Rate >90 bpm, Respiratory Rate >20, and White Blood Cell count > 12,000 mm3 – and a suspected source of infection. New Method involves SOFA – Sequencial Organ Failure Assessment scale – which…

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Podcast #18: Lemierre’s Syndrome

Run Time: 3 minutes Author: Dr. Jared Scott Educational Pearls: A patient presented with tachycardia, hypoxia, shortness of breath, neck swelling, neck tenderness, and knee pain. Lemierre’s Syndrome is a thrombosis of internal jugular vein following a seemingly benign oral infection caused by Fusobacterium necrophorum. This thrombosis is a nidus for further infection across the body….

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