Somerset Maugham generic trileptal 150mg free shipping, The Summing Up Thus far I have tried to dem onstrate that medicine has little to do with health purchase trileptal 150mg with mastercard. O ur preoccupation with the provision of services has precluded analysis o f the factors conducive to health purchase trileptal overnight. We have spent so much time defining and classifying the sick and sicknesses that we have learned very little about health and the healthy. Nevertheless, we do know a few things, and we can build upon them while we try to find out more. Perhaps the greatest debt we owe to Rene Dubos lies in his recognition that the cause o f disease is multiple. For decades (and in some backwaters today) it was assumed that disease was caused by a “single bullet,” a single cause. This is the premise of the germ theory of disease, patiently constructed by such pioneers as Pasteur, Koch, and Lister. Dubos acknowledges that there is a physiological basis to disease, but he convincingly accounts for the greater impact of environm ental and social factors. At times he comes close to attributing disease solely to extraphysiological factors, but stopping short, ultimately he provides the foundation for our em erging understanding o f disease. In simple terms, every person carries the potential for every disease at all times. But through circumstances that vary with every individual, some people get sick while others, similarly situated, do not. Rather, the physical base for disease, which probably varies with the nature o f the disease, m ust be triggered by events external to the individual. A logical extension of this theory is that some people “select” diseases (or injuries) because they find illness preferable to stress. To Parsons and others, some individuals choose or are forced to choose to play a sick role in given social settings. To Dubos they are clear: Because a hum an being is the subject of many changing and inevitable dem ands and stresses, medicine can never produce health through its focus on specific disease conditions. A disease- free world is impossible: The concept of perfect and positive health is a utopian creation of the mind. It cannot become reality because man will never be so perfectly adapted to his environment that his life will not involve struggles, failures, and sufferings. The less pleasant reality is that in an ever-changing world each period and each type of civilization will continue to have its burden of disease created by the unavoidable failures of adaptation to the new environment. Consequently, to Dubos a healthy society is one in which the natural adaptability of the species is enhanced, not one in which disease does not exist. Health is m ore than the absence o f disease—in fact, it often cohabits with disease. A person with diabetes or with a heart m urm ur is not sick but merely a different person—one with certain constraints. T he W orld Health Organization definition is gener ally considered to be the most comprehensive: “A state of complete physical and mental well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Most definitions of health which seek to go beyond the absence of disease focus on functional capacity—health is said to be that state in which the indi vidual can function. Functional capacity is im portant and basic to health, but it too is insufficient. First, health is too frequendy m easured against some objective and extrinsic standard such as the absence o f pathology, the capacity to function in a given social role, or the freedom from disability. Second, health is erroneously conceived o f as a state or property of an organism rather than as a dynamic condition, a constantly evolving source of energy. Because of these deficiencies, current conceptualizations o f health have inculcated a deep dependence on the part of the public: a dependence on the social setting for definitions o f health synonymous with functioning in that setting, and an even m ore profound dependence on services to produce states of health. This dependency, which feeds the growth of the medical care system, also frustrates the conceptualization 182 What Then Is Health? So health then is a mix of social and environm en tal contexts conducive to health and individual behavior and choice consistent with those contexts. T here is abundant evidence that social and environm ental factors singly and in combination frustrate and even prevent individuals from maintaining their health. But as interactions with a degraded physical environm ent and a perverted social order multiply, disease is often the result. Trees and shrubs that flourish in other settings become ragged and thin and often die when they border a heavily traveled road. But the m aturation of an organism can be stunted and warped by a debilitating environm ent. T he cigarette smoker, the coal miner, the alcoholic, and angry and hostile businessmen all have one thing in common: They are stead ily broken by their environm ent. But it is not the physi cal environm ent alone that can be unhealthy; the social order contains pathology as well. T he child who is re Four Conditions of Health 183 peatedly told that genitalia are “dirty” may fulfill the paren tal prophecy by contracting a venereal disease. For centuries hum an beings have tried to subjugate the environm ent to their will. But, as Gregory Bateson remarks, “the creature that wins against its environm ent destroys itself. We view disease as a thing apart—not another constituent of nature but an implacable enemy. We seek to suppress disease, to crush it with drugs, to burn it with lasers, and to cut it out with surgical tools. But, as Dubos has argued, most o f us carry most diseases most o f the time, in the sense that we carry the ingredients of disease with us. Some diseases are com m unicated, but many diseases or illnesses, possibly including the com m uni cable ills, occur only when our susceptibility increases. Dis ease reflects imbalances within us, as well as between us and the external world. T o deal only with the symptoms o f the imbalance, the disharm ony, is like retreading a tire, or drinking alcohol to “cure” a hangover. Unless the context is treated—unless the environm ent is m ade safe for us to live in and our social order transform ed to foster health—we shall remain sick. In The Well Body Book,6 a treatise on self-care, the authors entitle one chapter “Your Doctor as a Re source. Today, we, the patients, have become the resource—without us the doctors cannot function. But even assuming a happy social order and an optimal environm ent, and even assuming that individuals understood their bodies, help would still be needed. Someone else might know m ore about medications; a third might possess diagnostic skills. Moreover, for certain afflictions a place o f peace and quiet, like a hospital, might be instrum ental in restoring health. So even with the best of air and water, reductions o f stress, and wider and deeper knowledge of the initiatives necessary to m aintain health, resources m ust be available. Not everyone can or should care for themselves and many might be unable to care for others.
There was maxillary hypoplasia Exercise (mM·cm) Post-exercise rest (mM·cm) p value and prognathism buy 600 mg trileptal with amex. Material and Methods: All in- versity trileptal 150mg visa, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences buy trileptal toronto, Hong Kong, Hong patients discharged from inpatient rehabilitation from Nov 2014 Kong- China, 3Hong Kong Institute of Education, Department of to Jun 2015 who had serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level obtained Health and Physical Education, Hong Kong, Hong Kong- China, during that inpatient episode were included in the study. Conclusion: We are unable to draw a frm fall incidents in the previous week were also documented. Kawamura Introduction/Background: Articulation of sounds and spontaneous 1Amano Rehabilitation Hospital, Rihabilitation, Hiroshima, Japan, speech were examined in children of preschool age in order to iden- 2Hiroshima University Hospital, Rehabilitation, Hiroshima, Japan, tify children with disorder in pronunciation of sounds and the state 3Kawamura Children Clinic, Pediatrician, Hiroshima, Japan of spontaneous speech. Material and Methods: In 82 children of preschool age of 6 to 6,7 years of age, was examined articulation Introduction/Background: Although articles on the interpersonal of sounds, oral praxia, byte, lateralization and graphomotorics. The Apgar score at 1 minute and 5 minutes the normal range in 66 infants, and sequence of motor function after birth was signifcantly lower in group 1 than that in group 2 acquisition was irregular in 56 infants. Conclusion: This study showed that higher respiratory muscles interpersonal relations, social skills, and motor development. In addition, respiratory muscles activities were nega- tively correlated with all clinical variables. Kwon1 Tokyo Metropolitan University, Graduate School of Human Health 1Catholic University of Daegu College of Medicine, Rehabilitation Sciences, Tokyo, Japan Medicine, Daegu, Republic of Korea Introduction/Background: We conducted a survey regarding the ac- ceptance of elementary school students with developmental disorder Introduction/Background: Previous study showed that higher res- and the needs for support by rehabilitation specialist at after-school piratory muscles activities in preterm infants with desaturation childcare program. In addition, microcurrent therapy after-school childcare facilities in Okayama prefecture. Results: Total number of the the aim of our study was to investigate the effcacy of portable mi- enrolled students aged 7–12 are 5,192. Average number of students with tivities in the treatment of preterm infants with desaturation during developmental disorder per one facility are 3. Material and Methods: Eleven preterm infants (mean age by diagnosis consisted physical disability (0. The root-mean-square our results suggested the need to rehabilitation specialist’s support. Oromotor function muscles activities between full-term and preterm infants with desatu- in all infants was normal. An early multidisciplinary, continuous and pro- 686 longed throughout life care could improve the quality of life. He benefted from 5 weekly muscles and limbs leads to orthopedic and respiratory complica- cruro-foot plasters followed by percutaneous tenotomy of Achilles tions. Material and Methods: A retrospective study during the zation by steen Beek splints. Physical examination included spontaneous attitude, two and three years of evolution. Results: Initially feet were classi- neurological examination, joint and spinal assessment. The combination of physical therapy remains leading to respiratory and orthopedic complications which could essential to consolidate the result and prevent recurrences. Rehabilitation care is essential to pre- Poland, Dresden University of Technology, Institute of Biomedical serve bone and muscle mass. The diagnosis was suggested by Introduction/Background: Treatment of children with scoliosis the occurrence of multiple bone fractures when acquiring standing requires the monitoring and evaluation of parameters of the body position. The raster stereography method, due to its harmlessness to limb fractures treated with intramedullary nailing and percutaneous the child, can be used at any time to evaluate the therapy progress. One of the parameters that were selected to assess the pinning of the left humerus. He had an unequal leg length, a pel- therapy progress is the torso rotation area beginning from the high- vic obliquity and lumbar scoliosis, he used a walker. Treatment with bisphospho- both the assessed after a month and in the group six months after the nate was indicated for both; an electric wheelchair was prescribed therapy show a reduction in the rotation parameter by an average for the girl and possibly a realignment surgery to improve the sit- of 40. Sliwinski3 method was useful and could be added into the regular rehabilita- 1Physiotherapy Center in Zgorzelec, Physiotherapy, Zgorzelec, Po- tion for infants suffered from impaired sucking and swallowing. Stimuli proper posture pattern in the period in which the child does not perform exercises provide 692 appropriately selected and made corset. Each child before treatment, the day of admission to the ward had made an assessment method Diers. Used applications ligamentous took the Introduction/Background: The urodynamic assessment in children form of V and were used on curves thoracic and lumbar scoliosis. Results: The results obtained after the application of Kinesiol- and Methods: Of 200 patients referred for urodynamic assessment ogy Taping show that the image of body posture changes, which during the two-year period (2012–2014), 52 were aged less than record the images method Diers. The objective is to describe the urodynamic profle in techniques are useful in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis. The most the tension of the skin and muscles make it easy to maintain the important clinical signs were urinary leakage and enuresis. Chou4 concluded with an overactive bladder in 14 cases, immature blad- 1China Medical University Hospital, Department of Physical Medi- der in 13 cases and normal test in 5 cases. Conclusion: This inva- cine and Rehabilitation-, Taichung City, Taiwan, 2China Medical sive exploration was done in the context of an initial balance sheet University Hospital, Department of Physical Medicine and Reha- or in the follow-up of congenital or acquired neurological bladders bilitation-, Taichung, Taiwan, 3China Medical University Hospi- and malformations bladders. An imaging balance sheet and a urine tal, Department of Medical Education, Taichung, Taiwan, 4China culture generally precede this event. As in adults it is a valuable Medical University Hospital, Department of Physical Medicine tool in the therapeutic choice. We reported this preterm 1Fattouma Bourguiba University Hospital Monastir, Physical Med- infant suffering from brain edema at birth and still diffcultly swal- icine and Rehabilitation, Monastir, Tunisia lowed until 40 weeks. The swallowing refex was much delay, and lips closure, rooting refex combined with dysfunction grade of jaw Introduction/Background: Diagnosis of a long term disability in a movement. Material and Methods: We performed Kinesio Taping child will bring on a major upheaval in the lives of the whole family methods for the baby. Under the theory which direction of tape involved and leads to a long-standing relationship with health care from origin to insertion will help facilitating the muscle, and inhi- personnel. Objective: To describe parent’s experiences with their bition function would be noted when the direction was insertion to child’s illness and to report the impact of the handicap on family origin. Material and Methods: It was an analytic prospective on length was given for taping on the orbicularis oris with anchor survey. The mean nica 1B, Tlalnepantla- Estado de Mexico, Mexico, 3Centro de Re- age of parents was 42 years. There are 19 children with cerebral habilitacion Infantil Teleton, Clinica 5, Tlalnepantla- Estado de palsy. The cognitive and motor disability was noted on 58% of Mexico, Mexico, 4Centro de Rehabilitacion Infantil Teleton, Odon- cases. Material and Methods: Quasi-experimental clinical pact on the family, including emotional responses such as anxiety, trial.
Under these circumstances purchase trileptal 150mg with amex, progestin sensitivity or uptake is associated it is vital to discuss ovarian conservation with the patient before her surgery or conservative with good prognostic outcome discount 600 mg trileptal with visa. The author’s suggested treatment Figure 4 Diagramatic representation of the female anatomy discount trileptal 300mg with visa, showing the uterine cavity, cervix and vagina Atypical endometrial hyperplasia is character- protocol is 160mg of medroxyprogesterone and the position of the tubes and ovaries ized by excessive proliferation of endometrial acetate (Megace) orally daily for 90 days fol- cells associated with cellular stratifcation, lowed by further hysteroscopy and endome- densely eosinophilic cytoplasm, tufting, loss of trial samplings. If there is evidence of com- is more commonly a disease of postmeno- Management of endometrial nuclear polarity, and enlarged and prominent plete response (that is absence of tumor in all 20 pausal women (usually above the age of 60 cancer in young women nuclei with increased evidence of mitosis. The etio- basis and undergoes outpatient pipelle endo- endometrial cancer in premenopausal women The majority of such cases are usually asso- logical factors are similar to those for endome- metrial sampling every 6 months indefnitely trial cancer, and young women who are obese include: ciated with good prognostic features such as except if pregnant. Whereas the ideal management of endometrial cancer at any age is total hyster- bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy should be Several studies have shown that complex 3. Familial (hereditary non-polyposis high as 58% following treatment with proges- of progression to frankly invasive carcinoma with or without pelvic/para-aortic lymph node colorectal cancer syndrome or the Lynch togens. The risk of concurrent syndrome); get pregnant immediately, long-term mainte- management of very early stage endometrial endometrial cancer at the time of diagnosis 5. It is axiomatic that such women contraceptive pill or the levonorgestrel intra- Thus, the recommended treatment standard In hereditary non-polyposis coli, a mismatch desiring to retain their uterus and ovaries uterine system (Mirena) may be appropriate. Epithelial ovarian tumors – derived from stages, with spread into the peritoneum or mone treatment, as discussed above, may be are usually highly non-specifc, about 75% of the surface epithelium of the ovary; omentum, they usually produce characteris- a good compromise treatment in this group of patients present with advanced stage disease tic ‘non-invasive’ implants. It is impor- and 21,650 cases in 2008; the condition was operative imaging should be carried out with 22 tant for every woman to know her body very responsible for 15,520 deaths in 2008. The ideal treatment, even if bor- Unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy or even ignore the so-called ‘non-specifc’ symptoms, derline ovarian tumor is suspected, is total ovarian cystectomy is all that is required. Such especially when they appear in women who abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo- procedures can be undertaken with minimally have presented without symptoms for years oophorectomy and omentectomy. However, in young women markers should lead to a high index of suspi- desiring to preserve their fertility, and when the onset, nature and extent of the symptoms, cion. Therefore, conservative management can the tumor is unilateral, it may be feasible to especially in those who have not been known be offered to women desiring to preserve their carry out conservative surgery such as uni- to complain of anything in the past. Salpingo- and approximately 90% of cases occur in oophorectomy is preferred to cystectomy even women older than 40 years, with the major- Epithelial ovarian tumors of low malignant if the disease is confned to one ovary, as this ity usually above the age of 55 years. Women potential (borderline ovarian tumors) is less likely to be associated with risk of recur- are only more likely to have ovarian cancer at 23 rence. Cystectomy is more likely to be asso- an earlier age if they are at a high risk, such These types of epithelial ovarian tumors dif- ciated with intraoperative surgical rupture, as having a family history of ovarian or breast fer from the typical cancerous ovarian tumors thus increasing the risk of recurrence. The com- because they appear not to invade the ovarian contralateral ovary looks normal, there may bined oral contraceptive pill appears to offer stroma. On the other hand, if Figure 5 Ovarian tumor and ascites causing mark- some degree of protection against the develop- epithelial ovarian tumors and are usually very it looks cystic and/or abnormal, a frozen sec- edly distended abdomen with prominent veins, evi- ment of ovarian cancer. The management of epi- Stage 1c disease (stage 1a or 1b plus one or tumor resection following surgery or response Even if there is the need to remove the con- thelial ovarian cancer in women who wish to more of the following – tumor on the surface of to chemotherapy. They are also very useful for tralateral tube and ovary, the uterus does not preserve their fertility depends on the stage of the ovary, positive peritoneal cytology or surgi- subsequent follow-up after a successful treat- necessarily need to be removed. Hormone ian cancer should undergo complete surgical above but with the addition of adjuvant che- of disease extent (involvement of the omen- replacement is recommended following bilat- staging which includes total abdominal hys- motherapy (single agent platinum or platinum tum or the para-aortic lymph nodes). Once again, in younger Over the past two decades, treatment of terectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy the endometrium and prevent menopausal women, hormone replacement is usually rec- ovarian germ cell tumors has improved sig- and omentectomy with pelvic and para-aortic symptoms and osteoporosis due to estrogen ommended for the reasons given above. In young relates positively with absence of residual dis- Following conservative surgery for border- women desiring fertility preservation and with ease following surgery (optimal cytoreductive line ovarian tumors, the patient should be Germ cell ovarian tumors stage 1 and 2 disease, unilateral salpingo- surgery), younger age of the patient, favorable closely followed up at 3-monthly intervals in oophorectomy should be considered at lapa- histological type (apart from serous or clear the frst 2 years with 6-monthly pelvic ultra- These are rare of gynecological tumors. Other sites where germ stage 2 and above, apart from ovarian dysger- scans for a total follow-up period of 10 years, be considered in younger women with stage cell tumors can be found include the testicle minoma where radiotherapy might be consid- except if she opts for a full hysterectomy and 1 disease and favorable histological type as (12%), sacrococcygeal region (40%), brain ered, combination chemotherapy consisting of removal of the remaining ovary and tube hav- detailed below. Other combina- this in women who have previously had ele- Stage 1a disease (confned to one ovary without cyst which is usually benign, the immature tion chemotherapy has also been used. Very stromal) tumors survival for women with stage 1 and 2 dis- lymph node dissection is also performed to rarely, they may also be found in children ease is greater than 90%. The symptoms are a feel- These are tumors derived from the connective used chemotherapy for advanced stage disease with invasive implants and have reported var- ing of pelvic-abdominal fullness or bloating, tissue elements of the ovary. They are rare and Stage 1b disease (involvement of both ovaries, abdominal pain, occasional irregular bleed- account for about 5–10% of all types of ovar- ied results. It is therefore important girls and women of reproductive age, and only non-invasive implants in either the perito- is again by laparotomy, peritoneal washings to have a high index of suspicion as some of about 10% occur in women above the age of neum or the omentum. Tumors derived from the ovarian omentectomy and para-aortic lymphadenec- nal and pelvic examination may reveal a pel- stroma may be associated with abnormal pro- Invasive epithelial ovarian tumors tomy. A pelvic ultrasound would show a duction of the sex steroid hormones (proges- give the woman the option of egg donation complex ovarian mass which is usually unilat- terone, estrogen, testosterone, androstenedi- Epithelial ovarian cancer is relatively uncom- for in vitro fertilization. Most integrity as well as to prevent menopausal sensitive tumor markers which are usually cause abnormal uterine bleeding or precocious women have completed their family before symptoms and osteoporosis. They are a rare Adjuvant radiotherapy is only indicated in Whilst it is important to discuss these options cause virilization, hirsutism, greasy skin and cause of precocious puberty in children and women with very close tumor excision mar- and their relative degrees of success, it is also infertility. In those with important for the clinician to consider the The most common types are granulosa cell disease when conservative surgery and fertility very close tumor resection margins, the option overall disease survival and life expectancy tumor and Sertoli-Leydig tumors. It may not be ethically justif- of ovarian stromal tumors include theca cell considered before resorting to adjuvant radio- able to offer these options to patients with tumor, fbroma, thecoma, lipid cell tumor and therapy. Of the above three options, ian stromal tumors (approximately 75%) will ating the pelvis as well as with the potential embryo freezing appears to carry most success present with stage 1 disease. Their earlier Vulvar cancer is very rare in women in the of ovarian tissue damage which can lead to and should be the preferred option in women presentation, unlike their epithelial counter- reproductive age group with only a handful premature menopause. Until recently, parts, is probably because of the associated of cases reported in women below the age have implications for fertility in women of egg preservation or freezing was still experi- symptoms secondary to abnormal hormone of 40 years. If it is a early stage cervical cancer and conservative technique of transplantation of previously be associated with abnormal uterine bleed- lateralized disease, then unilateral groin node management in some women with either early stored ovarian tissue to the same woman has ing or endometrial hyperplasia. Because Nowadays, women with small volume disease in young women within the reproductive age any other organ transplantation, the risks of these tumors tend to present early, unilateral can be offered the lesser surgical option of sen- range, ovarian function is a major issue that immunosuppression and rejection should be salpingo-oophorectomy and omentectomy tinel lymph node dissection of the groin. The opinion of the author with preservation of the contralateral ovary is a far less morbid surgical option without the nifcant other or family, as appropriate. Other fertility options bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, omentec- tumor would in most cases preserve the apy treatment, especially external beam irra- are available and should also be considered, tomy and surgical debulking of all macroscopic anatomy of the external vulva. In young women still desiring fertility, subsequent deliveries should be by cesarean decades make it possible to offer women desir- ing to conceive after cancer treatment options 1. Cancer Statistics Sertoli-Leydig tumors section as the vulva, although adequate for Registrations: Registrations of Cancer Diagnosed sexual intercourse, may be too tight for vagi- such as: in England. Without doubt, obesity is a complex the general health of the public, the number of chronic disease to which adding a pregnancy bariatric procedures performed increased from further complicates management and perina- less than 20,000 in 1995 to more than 200,000 tal outcomes. In general, operative complications including infections, pregnancies occurring after bariatric surgery hemorrhage and increased operating times are have favorable outcomes17,18, and studies sug- common9–11. Nevertheless, the keys to improving than 35kg/m2 with co-morbidities such as car- perinatal outcomes after bariatric surgery are appro- diovascular disease, diabetes, or sleep apnea. This chapter restrictive, malabsorptive and mixed proce- addresses issues that occur in reproductive age dures – are named by the mechanism by which women either planning a pregnancy or preg- weight loss occurs. Bone loss can occur after bariatric surgery 21 pregnancies within 1 year of surgery and new body image as well as diffculty in distin- gonadotropin secretion, elevated leptin levels because of vitamin defciencies, especially in 13 pregnancies after the frst year of surgery, guishing postsurgical symptoms from changes and diminished ovarian reserve24. All things being considered, consensus tory dysfunction, including syndromes such gery, this also needs to be considered in plan- pounds) in the pregnancies occurring early suggests that conception should be delayed as polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Cervical spine injuries are rare but if present are often high used in emergency practice buy cheap trileptal 150mg on-line, acting rapidly and avoiding venepunc- and may be devastating discount 150 mg trileptal. Intravenous morphine continues to be the ‘gold standard’ board it may be necessary to pad the shoulders to obtain neutral and should not be withheld when required discount 600mg trileptal free shipping. It may also be given alignment of the head and neck if not using a paediatric board. Adult long leg vacuum or box splints provide ideal immobilization devices for infants and small toddlers. They must not be forcibly restrained but should receive manual immobilization of the head and neck along Severe with reassurance and adequate analgesia. Paracetamol or Paracetamol Abdominal injury and Ibuprofen Children are prone to certain patterns of abdominal injury as their liver and spleen are more exposed and the bladder sits higher out Figure 29. If there are suspicions of Paediatric doses are usually prescribed per kilogram but a child’s abuse of any kind, handover at the hospital should be to a senior weight is difﬁcult to predict accurately in the prehospital envi- member of staff and detailed notes should be given and a copy kept. In addition, attempting to memorize every paediatric Deliberate injury must always be borne in mind and certain injury drug dose and vital sign for children across all the age groups patternssuchasﬁngertipbruising,bruisinginanunusualplacesuch is impossible and potentially dangerous. To minimize drug and as the pinna of the ear or abdomen, marks of objects such as that equipment errors and overcome these difﬁculties, various charts, caused by a belt buckle etc. Common examples include the Oakley Chart with the history or where there has been an inexplicable delay in or tapes such as the Sandell Tape and Broselow Tape. Evidence of neglect must take advantage of the relationship between a child’s length and be acted upon without delay. By laying the child alongside these tapes the scope of this chapter, but if in doubt, they must be reported and their weight/drug doses/vital signs/equipment sizes can be read the child must be kept safe. Many healthcare professionals prefer to make their own note books or charts and so it is worth looking at the spectrum Tips from the ﬁeld of aides-memoires and choosing the one most suited to your needs • Pre-prepare paediatric drug and equipment cards – avoid doing or even creating your own! Prehospital personnel have an child • If a stable child is restrained in a portable child seat, leave them in it for onward transportation (with additional head padding and tape as required) • Transport a parent with the child where possible to provide further medical details and consent for procedures. Despite elderly people being the most frequently encountered patient group in prehospital emergency medicine, education about Introduction their care takes up a disproportionately small amount of postgrad- uate and continued professional developed curriculums. Addition- The elderly population in the developed world is growing and ally, they are infrequently the subject of emergency research, and will continue to grow: the ‘over 85’ age group is increasing at a it has been shown emergency physicians prefer to care for younger rate of four times that of the general population. The use This chapter will discuss the challenges of managing elderly of prehospital services by the elderly is four times that of younger patients in the prehospital environment. It is the physiological age and not the biological age that is important when assessing and managing patients. Contributing infections and aspiration factors include poor hearing and eyesight, multiple caregivers, Cardiovascular Increased stiffness/ Increased blood pressure poor memory and cognition. Many people will choose to omit decreased elasticity of the Left ventricular hypertrophy and adjust medication themselves based on side effects and other arterial system Decrease in intrinsic heart factors. Conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease may mean that symptoms age of individual organs and systems within a patient may be go unreported, histories are unclear and recent interactions are dramatically different. The key physiological changes of age relevant to emergency management are those which affect the cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems (Table 30. It is important to note 4 Healthcare professional attribution error that these changes are in addition to and must be considered Healthcare professionals are repeatedly guilty of attribution error alongside those related to chronic diseases common in elderly when assessing elderly people. It is rare in an emergency situation for the healthcare professional to have a thorough understanding of the patient, their medication, Presentation any confounding past medical history and their ‘normal’ level of The patient’s presentation is frequently complex with a wide array function and cognition: do not make assumptions. Common conditions Any acute change needs investigation: decrease in power, falls, will often present atypically, without ‘classic’ symptoms or signs. When evaluating the elderly patient consider what you may be 1 Confounding effects of disease and missing (Box 30. Not all elderly people have chronic diseases, Does this represent acute cerebral vascular disease? Note that not all chronic confounding disease will have been Are the symptoms related to the patient’s medications? Data on high impact interventions such Care of Special Groups: The Elderly Patient 167 as thrombolysis in myocardial infarction does not support reserving manifest classic signs and symptoms of shock such as tachycardia these treatment for the (relatively) young – in fact in some cases (Table 30. Appropriate drug doses Elder abuse The doses of all medications (including oxygen and ﬂuids) should Elder abuse is often unrecognized and less than 10% of cases are be calculated taking into account the patients weight, likely physi- appropriately reported. Elderly Trauma in elderly people patients are most often abused by their care giver. All healthcare professionals need to be aware of the potential Falls are the most common cause of trauma in elderly people, for abuse, document their ﬁndings accurately and ensure that all with approximately 10% of these leading to serious injury. Motor vehicle accidents, interpersonal violence and burns are other common causes of trauma in this age group. Tips from the ﬁeld In signiﬁcant trauma, decreased functional reserve must be • Distinguish physiological age from the biological age of your anticipated. Elderly patients with multisystem trauma often do not patient • Elderly people are physiologically heterogeneous: one Table 30. Try to gather collaborating evidence (this Signiﬁcantly obtunded by spinal board may be the only chance) immobilization • Elderly skin is extremely delicate – take care when handling/moving patients. Circulation Effects of beta-blockers and other cardiac medications Risk of pulmonary oedema with ﬂuid boluses High chance of occult bleeding/shock Further reading Unreliable abdominal examination Gallo J, Bogner H, Fulmer T, Paveza G (eds). Handbook of Geriatric Disability/neurological Unknown previous level of cognition Assessment. New York: Late presentation of signiﬁcant head injury Mcgraw-Hill, 2004 The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine: Geriatric Taskforce: http:// Exposure High risk of hypothermia www. The purpose of this chapter is to review the clinical and practical challenges faced by the prehospital provider caring Cardiovascular for morbidly obese patients. Stroke volume, cardiac output, ventricular workload and blood volume are all increased in the obese patient. This can lead to systemic and pulmonary hypertension, left ventricular hypertro- Physiological changes in morbid obesity phy and dilatation. Eventually right ventricular hypertrophy and Numerous physiological changes occur in the morbidly obese, dilatation will develop resulting in cor pulmonale. The most relevant of these involve the respi- Oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production are ratory and cardiovascular systems. Supine positioning exacerbates these a median survival 8–10 years less than those with normal body problems resulting in further hypoxia. The incidence of obstructive sleep apnoea (apnoeic episodes Obesity is associated with a number of cardiovascular comorbidi- secondary to pharynhgeal collapse during sleep) and obesity ties including hypertension, ischaemic heart disease, arrhythmias, cardiomyopathies and cardiac failure. Symptoms may therefore only manifest when the patient experiences a traumatic event or physiological stress. Other relevant conditions associated with obesity include dia- betes (40× increased risk compared with non-obese population) and gastro oesophageal reﬂux disease. If bag valve ventilation for other indicators of a difﬁcult airway (see Chapters 6 and 9). If the circumstances Careful attention should be paid to airway pressures and tidal allow, timely transfer of the patient to a facility with experienced volumes. Ifadvancedairwaymanagementisnecessary,meticulous preparation and patient positioning should minimize unsuccessful Spinal immobilization attempts. Prolonged pre-oxygenation should be performed using Care should be taken when choosing the appropriate size of neck high ﬂow oxygen with a tight ﬁtting mask.
Information was gathered through Slovenian vocational proved social relationship and communication though participant rehabilitation network specifc questionnaire purchase 300 mg trileptal. In depth interviews had faced interim economic hardship during way to home modi- analysed information from vocational rehabilitation providers order trileptal 150mg free shipping, fcation discount trileptal online mastercard. Overall more than 65% participants had reported that rehabilitees, rehabilitation counsellors at Employment Service in modifed home environment has a vital role to lead a quality and Slovenia and employers. The integrated plan interventions are more effective to rial and Methods: Qualitative study- retrospective cohort study. Subsequently children 1 have contractures, are incontinent and experience pressure sores. Daejeon Wellness Hospital, Rehabilitation, Daejeon, Republic of Not one program is focusing on the development of the child and Korea, 2Daejeon Wellness Hospital, Medical Oncology, Daejeon, its transition phases. A system of referral to the hospital based on Republic of Korea clinical citeria needs to be installed is most settings. Conclusion: An Introduction/Background: Chronic cerebral infarction often results important effort needs to be made in order to improve the follow of in upper arm sequelae like paralysis, impaired arm function, neuro- children with spina bifda and hydrocephalus in the community of pathic pain. The fndings of this survey can be used to out- boring and repetitive, patients usually cannot maintain their concen- line the process of their community based rehabilitation. Leap motion is newly developed Human-Computer Interac- lines should be developed to link the institution with the community. We anticipate free-hand interaction with leap motion will 957 arouse patient’s interest, it might be an effective and safe therapeu- tic device for neurorehabilitation. Dhakal1 perceived exertion (Borg scale), degree of depression (geriatric de- 1Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Spinal Unit, Kavre- Banepa, pression score) for effectiveness of treatment, before and after the Nepal study. This requires coordinated efforts and manual function test score of affected side arm was 20. Material and Methods: An account of the experiences and a Barthel index was 70, manual function test score was 24. None of the patients experienced er during the frst four weeks after the earthquake in Nepal. When confronted with a specifc approach based on only one pathology like spina bifda and hydro- J. After closure 1Sichuan University and Hongkong Polytechnic University, Insti- of the meningomyelocoele or shunting for hydrocephalus, these tute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction, Chengdu, China children return to their homestead having a high complication risk. Results: Physical independence of the pa- Introduction/Background: Stroke is a major cause of death and dis- tients varied from severe to mild dependence. Pain and neurogenic ability worldwide, limited information is available about the out- bladder were the most frequently reported medical complications. Aim: To investigate stroke rehabilitation Many of the patients were emotionally unstable and showed mild outcomes, and factors predicting these outcomes in stroke patients. None of the patients had returned Material and Methods: Design: A one-year hospital-based, obser- to work or education although this was a frequently uttered desire. Sample: One hundred and thirty The economic situation of all patients and often their families was nine (139) stroke patients were recruited from two main hospitals considered diffcult and environmental barriers to social participa- in Hebron city. Procedure: Objective assessment, patient interview, tion were also frequently perceived. Rehabilitation measures avail- fle screening and observation of the recruited cases was performed, able to the patients were deemed insuffcient. Sample showed complex medical and psychosocial needs, most of which description: Mean age of the sample was 67. Lower level of functional activity at six months, was pre- dicted by the age patient (B. Rehabilitation response community projects needs to be prioritized assuming these are the basic building blocks of Disaster Rehab response grass root units. Kawate1 them closer, as well there are many grassroots political committees 1Showa University School of Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, that this bondage can be utilized in the management of pre disaster Yokohama, Japan rehab programs and post disaster injuries; specifcally during the post disaster periods they can be working as early responders at the Introduction/Background: Acupuncture is used as one of the tech- disaster site. Although Bangladesh is a Muslim majority country; niques for muscle re-education and facilitation to re-establish it has huge number of mosques and other common religious places voluntary control of body movements in patients. Using surface where number of religious leaders are placed to conduct the reli- electromyogram we showed in a previous study that patients with gious works. We have been conducting sessions of training Muslim chronic hemiparesis increased their gait speed signifcantly after leaders (imam and muazzin) to work as the early responder dur- cutaneous acupuncture and showed a trend of modifying mus- ing the cyclones at the coastal districts of Bangladesh following cle hyperactivities. Results: Initial reports of the project were promis- cutaneous acupuncture to hemiparetic gait patterns. Local Methods: Video recordings were taken of sixteen healthy volunteers people can respond disasters earlier. Acupuncture with uninsertable brush shaped J Rehabil Med Suppl 55 Poster Abstracts 281 needles (11 mm diameter, made of resin) on the plaster were ap- Department of Neurology, The Second Affliated Hospital of plied on affected lower extremity, mainly around on Gastrocnemius Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, China and Achilles tendon. Results: Both, patients and healthy volunteers, did not show any signifcant differences in their gait patterns after Objective: To investigate the effect and mechanism of enriched stimulation. Material and Methods: A total of 30 healthy participants were assigned into group 1 (n=16) and group 2 (n=14). Health, Brunei, Brunei, 3Jerudong Park Medical Center, Jerudong Group 1 and group 2 were provided with low- and high-dose heat Park Medical Center, Brunei, Brunei respectively. Muscle blood fow was measured using Laser Doppler fowmetry (PeriFlux 5000 ®, Sweden) before and after intervention Introduction/Background: In many regions of the world there are in all subjects. Meanwhile, the ranges of neck motion and pressure- isolated physicians who hope to build rehabilitation medicine. Data there is a compelling public health need for more locally trained was collected, recorded and analyzed. However didactic education can be chal- onstrated signifcant improvement in muscle blood fow (p=0. A videoconferencing parisons, there was no statistically signifcant difference between program was established in which the Brunei physician provided the two groups for muscle blood fow (p=0. Results: Sessions clusion: The results indicated that the application of far-infrared were interactive, for example the local speech pathologist co-taught spectrum irradiation combined with ergonomics intervention could swallowing, the Bruneians mimicking various gait patterns for the improve the micro-circulation of neck muscles. Experiential ‘homework’ involved observing gait from a coffee shop and spending a day in a wheelchair. The frst two months of training and Introduction/Background: Ultrasound has proven to be of immense frst on-site visitor have gone well. However, in- cine department of the Ghana College of Physicians are preparing corporating ultrasound into a musculoskeletal practice requires to submit this program for credentialing. Conclusion: The skype overcoming signifcant barriers, including gaining adequate clini- lecture sessions have permitted rapid education and advice over cal training and familiarity with the ultrasound device. The fellowship in the southeastern United States was obtained from the leading ul- also needs accreditation by the Ghana College of Physicians.
Type B dissections do not involve the ascending aorta and typically origi- nate in the aortic arch distal to the left subclavian artery proven trileptal 150 mg. Type B dissections usually are first managed medically generic trileptal 600mg without prescription, and surgery usually is performed only for complications such as rupture or ischemia of a branch artery of the aorta trileptal 600 mg line. The aim of medical therapy is to prevent propagation of the dissection by reducing mean arterial pressure and the rate of rise (dP/dT) of arterial pressure, which cor- relates with arterial shear forces. Intravenous vasodilators, such as sodium nitro- prusside to lower blood pressure, can be administered, along with intravenous beta-blockers, such as metoprolol, to reduce shear forces. Alternatively, one can administer intravenous labetalol, which accomplishes both tasks. It is a degenerative condition typically found in older men (>50 years), most com- monly in smokers, who often have atherosclerotic disease elsewhere, such as coronary artery disease or peripheral vascular disease. The risk of rupture is related to the size of the aneurysm: the annual rate of rupture is low if the aneurysm is smaller than 5 cm but is at least 10% to 20% for 6-cm aneurysms. The risk of rupture must be weighed against the surgical risk of elective repair, which traditionally required excision of the diseased aorta and replacement with a Dacron graft. Recently, endovascular grafts with stents have been used as a less invasive pro- cedure with less risk than the traditional surgical repair, but the exact role of this procedure remains to be defined. Surgery is urgently required in the event of aortic root or other proximal (type A) dissections. Unrecognized and hence untreated aortic dissection can quickly lead to exsanguination and death. For asymptomatic aneurysms smaller than 5 cm, the 5-year risk of rupture is less than 1% to 2%, so serial noninvasive monitoring is an alternative strategy. A bicuspid aortic valve is usually asymptomatic and does not place the patient at risk for aortic aneurysms. Other patients at risk include those with Marfan syndrome,congenital aortic anomalies,or otherwise normal women in the third trimester of pregnancy. Uncomplicated,stable,type B (transverse or descending) aortic dissections can be managed medically. For the last 2 to 3 weeks he has had fever and a nonproductive cough, and he has felt short of breath with mild exertion, such as when cleaning his house. On examination his blood pressure is 134/82 mm Hg, pulse 110 bpm, and respiratory rate 28 breaths per minute. His oxygen saturation on room air at rest is 89% but drops to 80% when he walks 100 feet, and his breathing becomes quite labored. He is not undergoing any antiretroviral therapy or taking pro- phylactic medications. Diffuse bilateral pulmonary infiltrate is seen on chest X-ray, and he is tachypneic and hypoxemic. An arterial blood gas meas- urement can be obtained to quantify his degree of hypoxemia, as it will impact the treatment. Be familiar with indications for antiretroviral therapy and for prophylactic medications against opportunistic infections. Obtaining an arterial blood gas measurement will provide information about prognosis and help guide therapy. As levels decline to less than 500 cells/mm3, immune function is compromised, and patients become increasingly susceptible to unusual infections or malignancies. The rest of the patients remain asymptomatic and have a clin- ically latent period of 8 to 10 years, on average, before the clinical manifestations of immunocompromise appear. The clinical presentation ranges from fever without respiratory symptoms, to mild, persistent, dry cough, to significant hypoxemia and respiratory compromise. In addition, the radiographic presentation can be highly variable, ranging from a near-normal chest film to a diffuse bilateral infiltrate, to large cysts or blebs (but almost never causes pleural effusion). Definitive diagnosis can be established by use of Giemsa or silver stain to visualize the cysts but usually requires induction of sputum using aerosolized hypertonic saline to induce cough or bronchoalveo- lar lavage to obtain a diagnostic specimen. Patients who are allergic to sulfa can be treated with alternative regimens, including pentamidine or clindamycin with primaquine. A more indolent or chronic history of cough and weight loss, especially in a patient who has a high-risk background (prison, homeless, immigrant), should raise the question of tuberculosis. Presumptive diagnosis often is made based on the radiologic appearance, supported by serologic evidence of infection. This diagnosis is considered if there is a single mass lesion or if the lesions do not regress after 2 weeks of empiric toxoplasmosis therapy with sulfadiazine with pyrimethamine. If this is the case, historically, the next diagnostic step has been stereotactic brain biopsy. It is a chronic indolent infection, which often presents with vague symptoms of mood or personality changes, headaches, or visual disturbance. If the diagnosis is considered, one can screen for evidence of cryptococcal infection by a serum cryptococcal antigen or perform a lumbar puncture. Treatment of cryptococcal meningitis requires induction with intravenous amphotericin B plus flucytosine, then chronic suppression with oral fluconazole. This can be manifested as viremia with persist- ent fever and constitutional symptoms, retinitis that can lead to blindness, esophagitis that can cause severe odynophagia, colitis, and necrotizing adren- alitis, which occasionally destroys sufficient adrenal tissue to produce clinical adrenal insufficiency. Treatment with clarithromycin and ethambutol and rifabutin is required for weeks in an attempt to clear the bacteremia. Because of the frequency and severity of common opportunistic infections, antimicrobial prophylaxis is routinely given as a patient’s immune status declines. She is admitted to the hospi- tal with a 2-week history of fever, shortness of breath, and a dry cough. Which of the following is recommended as a useful prophylactic agent in this patient at this point? Patients often have a diffuse bilateral infiltrate on chest X-ray and an elevated serum lactic acid dehydrogenase level. This page intentionally left blank Case 8 A 58-year-old man presents to the emergency room complaining of severe pain in his left foot that woke him from sleep. He has a history of chronic stable angina, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension, for which he takes aspirin, atenolol, and simvastatin. He has experienced pain in both calves and feet with walking for several years, and the pain has gradually pro- gressed so that he can now only walk 100 feet before he has to stop because of pain. He occasionally has experienced mild pain in his feet at night, but the pain usually gets better when he sits up and hangs his feet off the bed. This time, the pain was more severe and did not improve, and he now feels like the foot is numb and he cannot move his toes. On physical examination, he is afebrile, with heart rate 72 bpm and blood pressure 125/74 mm Hg. His chest is clear to auscultation; his heart rhythm is regular with a nondisplaced apical impulse, an S4 gallop, and no murmurs.
Referral screen- laboratory test for diagnosing chlamydia cal expertise; it is therefore not recommended ing programs also have the additional beneft infection from endocervical and vulvovaginal ance described as ‘cog wheeling’ order trileptal 150mg visa. The vulvovaginal swabs have a sen- wheels are a result of aggregation of the tubal Diagnosis may also be made at surgical sitivity similar to endocervical swabs (90– luminal cilia (Figure 2) best buy for trileptal. It should be deferred Late: 3x weekly doses penicillin G; until serofast; for 5 weeks (6 weeks if azithromycin is given) Third trimester: 2x Late: 3 monthly after treatment is completed in order to avoid weekly doses until serofast false positive results16 generic 600mg trileptal free shipping. Bacterial Metronidazole 400– Same as non-pregnant Pre-pregnancy treatment of the tubal damage vaginosis 500 mg oral twice daily is by surgery to divide adhesions and possibly for 5–7 days; or open up the distal blocked end of the fallopian 2 g single oral dose tube by a cuff salpingostomy. There was The evidence remains diffcult to evaluate in forcing couples to later resort to in vitro fertil- no such difference, however, when the suc- terms of neonatal effects. The tion transmission, rapid identifcation and sound (cog wheel) of chlamydia around pregnancy as well as its frequency of preterm birth was lower in the proper management of the neonate is consid- effectiveness in reducing the incidence of pre- treated group compared to both the untreated ered a clinical and cost effective alternative The recommended antibiotic therapy for term rupture of membranes, preterm delivery group (2. If, however, the patient is (500mg four times a day for 7 days) or ofoxa- fully treated with erythromycin 500 mg four postpartum endometritis, antepartum hemor- symptomatic, then the outlook is altered in cin (200mg twice daily for 7 days). The safety of azithromycin in pregnancy out pregnancy (n=79) and chlamydia-free tion there are potential benefts with repeated and lactating mothers has not yet been fully matched controls (n=244) in a low-income prenatal chlamydia testing plus successful Gonorrhea assessed, although available data indicate that indigenous urban pregnant population con- erythromycin treatment. The successfully treated studies in the general female pregnant popu- Genital infection with Chlamydia trachomatis tives in pregnancy and breastfeeding are eryth- group had a signifcantly lower frequency of lation in 198521, 199022 and 199723, screened accompanies genital gonococcal infection in romycin or possibly amoxicillin (500mg three preterm rupture of membranes (7. Not unlike chlamydia, infection of the lead to serious adverse outcomes of pregnancy Bacterial vaginosis fnding is recent and, if verifed, may be impor- endocervix is often asymptomatic (in up to (80%) including spontaneous miscarriage, low tant to future research efforts to understand 50%). Another theory with growing popularity care because treatment of syphilis is benefcial 36 confrmatory identifcation and antimicro- fed Ison-Hay scoring system. The diagnosis is based upon serological tests method of frst choice for use in genitourinary or treatment of asymptomatic pregnant and Endometriosis is said to involve 5% of the and direct detection of Treponema pallidum by female population37, with higher incidence medicine clinics. A microbiological test of cure test, such as Venereal Disease Research Labo- Serological screening for hepatitis B virus possibility of subfertility is the main concern is not routinely necessary. There is no evi- to maximize the detection of primary infection nant women early in antenatal care because there are few issues, and rarely endometriosis dence base to support widespread unselected 28 appropriate antenatal interventions can reduce may be associated with worsening of pain due on screening. In pregnancy, a said this, becoming pregnant should not be single dose is optimum treatment in the frst This is caused by infection with Treponema Endometriosis is defned as the presence of considered as a long-term treatment option, as and second trimester, but two weekly doses pallidum and is an uncommon cause of pelvic endometrium-like tissue outside the uterine the effects usually are short term and confned are required in third trimester. Alternative 41 infection per se, but in pregnancy the causative cavity, the presence of which induces a chronic to the length of the associated amenorrhea. Follow-up is essen- for such tissue include the ovaries, uterosacral be a complex trait infuenced by both genetic babies can display physical deformities (sad- tial to monitor cases of re-infection or relapse ligaments and posterior cul de sac peritoneum. Of only for prevention of reinfection, but also for from the time of menarche, it also has been extensive research no specifc genes have been equal importance, maternal syphilis can also the health of the general population. In Northern Europe the incidence of ecto- to be responsible, but further studies are pleton50, women with suspected endometrio- removal of endometriomas of 4 cm or more in pic pregnancy is 18. A repeat laparoscopic assessment at a ian drug response and reduce the complication 14 reported maternal deaths resulted from have been detected in the blood of women mean interval of 12 months revealed that 27% of peritonitis by inadvertent puncture of the early pregnancy complications; ruptured ecto- with endometriosis43. Factors thought symptomatology and not disease identifca- Endometriosis support groups available Women with a prior ectopic pregnancy or to be protective against development of endo- tion or suspicion. Endometriotic cysts of the ovaries, tional treatment is not without risks which of a fertilized ovum anywhere other than the occurring in up to 20% of cases45, can reliably can result in a reduction in fertility with a risk endometrial lining of the uterus. In the presence of severe has been slowly rising in recent years with the widely available in the community and most deep nodular disease careful prior counseling advent of assisted reproduction techniques Previous genital infections hospital based practices. In these circumstances, There is a global rise in the incidence of Previous pelvic or abdominal surgery feature of these lesions is that all display his- surgical treatment should be carried out by ectopic pregnancy which is mainly attributed 55 Cigarette smoking tological features of endometrial glands and specialist centers of excellence. In such options include expectant, medical and surgi- (as many as one-third) are completely asymp- The diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy using women, serum hormone level estimation of cal management. For these reasons, there exists a valid argu- If the identifcation of an intrauterine sac is uncer- sible way with minimum number of hospital assays 48 hours apart and then at weekly ment for offering ectopic pregnancy screening tain, the woman should be offered a serial trans- visits. In view of the unpredictability the images should become more conclusive embryonic heart action or features not com- and signifcant implications of the condition, with the development of an intrauterine well parable to menstrual dates). However, although routine screening for In women where a pregnancy cannot be ting, approximately 60% of ectopic pregnan- ectopic pregnancy in the high risk population identifed, a diagnostic laparoscopy may be cies are successfully managed conservatively is not cost effective58, it is undeniably good proposed if they are clinically compromised. In the atic that ultrasonic fndings of an empty uterus in ectopic pregnancy western world, this is increasingly becoming a woman with a positive pregnancy test and clini- cal signs that might even remotely indicate ectopic pregnancy, receive follow-up by care-givers with suf- Table 5 Protocol for management of ‘pregnancy of unknown location’ as defned by the absence of an fcient understanding of the potential gravity of the intrauterine or extrauterine pregnancy on transvaginal ultrasound examination situation to all concerned. Sur- Medical management of ectopic pregnancy gery involves laparoscopy or laparotomy (if comprises a single dose methotrexate injec- hemodynamically unstable) to perform either tion (systemic or local) at a dose of 50mg/m2. A meta-analysis of four cohort A small group of these women (14%) may studies63 suggested that there might be a require more than one dose of methotrexate, higher subsequent intrauterine pregnancy rate while around 10% will fail treatment, need- 56 associated with salpingotomy (Table 6), but ing subsequent surgical intervention. After Figure 6 Laparoscopic salpingotomy ((a) before and (b) after) additional morbidity associated with salpin- methotrexate therapy, 62–70% of women have gotomy (small risk of tubal bleeding in the ini- a subsequent intrauterine pregnancy and 8% tial postoperative period), the potential need Table 6 Intrauterine pregnancy rates following surgical treatment of tubal ectopic pregnancy63 have recurrent ectopic pregnancy62. These val- for further monitoring, and any treatment for ues are almost identical to those obtained for Salpingectomy (%) Salpingotomy (%) persistent trophoblast (10%) as well as a risk expectant management. Pro- should be adopted as the frst line treatment contralateral tubal disease, whilst the evidence (77% versus 66%) and a lower rate of recur- phylactic salpingectomy after salpingotomy option. The management conception unit may be considered in women of non-tubal ectopic pregnancies is outside the with a history of recurrent ectopic pregnancies scope of this chapter. Finally, all non-sensitized women who are a b Screening for evidence of tubal patency may rhesus negative with a confrmed or sus- be performed either radiologically or at lapa- pected ectopic pregnancy should receive anti- Figure 5 Laparoscopic salpingectomy ((a) before and (b) after) roscopy. Abnormal bacterial col- or are concerned owing to the presence of risk referred to early pregnancy assessment unit: 1997;5:10–7 onisation of the genital tract and subsequent factors may be aided further by the assistance care and cost effectiveness. Impact of endometriosis, a disease that predisposes to for pelvic infection, endometriosis or ectopic services better sexual health – The national strategy on perinatal complications and infants. Tears involving the anal This chapter describes the salient points sphincter, however, can have long-term impact that should be covered at the preconceptional on a woman’s quality of life. Bugg and looking for scarring, residual granulation tis- smooth smooth refexes muscle muscle colleagues6 distributed questionnaires on uri- sue and tenderness. At this point, specialist Rectum nary and anal incontinence to 275 primiparous investigations organized to assess anal func- • Rectal sensory function women 10 months after delivery. Interior anal toms of fecal incontinence, the authors noted The apparatus consists of four components: sphincter that only a small proportion had raised the • An intraluminar pressure-sensing catheter External issue with their doctor or midwife. Injury to the pudendal nerve (which is associated with passive anal incontinence, sage of fatus and/or feces) predominates in • Are you able to control your stool? The effect of this type of insult is Having said this, two potentially confound- pareunia and sexual dysfunction also may be also thought to be cumulative and worsens ing factors operate in manometry: frst, large present and play important roles in the wom- • Do you lose fatus when you do not mean with subsequent pregnancies. The following tests help to assess the struc- The rectoanal contractile refex (which are important and are most easily obtained by perusing the patient’s prior delivery related • Do you feel stool coming and you are ture and the physiological function of the anal can be assessed by manometry) is recruited notes. A recent meta-analysis of tears dem- tears at 24–72 hours postpartum using this – a subcutaneous part, which starts onstrated on ultrasound following 717 vaginal modality. They found that the internal sphinc- quantifed by using balloon distension, and at the termination of the internal deliveries showed that the incidence of obstet- the patient may be categorized into the rectal ter was visualized in 100% of patients, while sphincter ric anal sphincter tears was as high as 26. Injury of the external sphincter leads to sional ultrasound allows the digital storage of sensitivity may experience passive (overfow) plete ring around the anal canal formation of avascular scar tissue of uniform volume, employing this method shortens the incontinence, while hypersensitivity may pres- – a deep part. Patients with colleagues12 compared anal endosonogra- had conventional vaginal examination and a Prior to the advent of endoanal ultrasound, fecal incontinence are able to retain as little as phy fndings in nulliparous and age matched study group which was assigned to additional pudendal nerve electrophysiological studies 500ml of saline compared to a normal subject multiparous patients, demonstrating thin- postpartum endoanal ultrasonography. The majority of data come from from small randomized controlled trials, and Asymptomatic Minor symptoms ultrasound studies on nulliparous women and the results larger studies are needed before drawing any should be extrapolated with caution to women conclusions and altering clinical practice. They hypothesized that waiting Cesarean section perineal tears in the study compared to the at least 2 hours before actively pushing would control group, especially in the over 30 years reduce the risk of diffcult operative delivery, of age cohort. Similar results were noted by as measured by cesarean section and midpelvic Figure 4 Flow diagram for the management of obstetric anal sphincter injury in subsequent pregnancies Labrecque and colleagues18 (who reported or low pelvic instrumental delivery rates.