Sunday, January 26, 2020

Mnemonic for head posture in A-V pattern squints

Chin up in what? Chin down in what? The vexing never ends. Well, as it turns out, the word 'vex' itself is here to save the day. 

Chin up- V exotropia (VEx). Remember that squint is very 'vexing'. So you stare in the sky to remember at least a fraction of what you stuffed in your brain the day before. 

Other will be A esotropia. By exclusion, it's easy to remember. 

Chin down- V esotropia or A exotropia. Again, by exclusion, these get placed naturally under this heading.

So, just remember 'VEX' and you won't be vexed anymore! 


Friday, January 24, 2020

Mnemonic for Drug induced Cardiomyopathy

Hello everyone ....

Aunty is cycling 🚴‍♀️ on paved trails to protect her heart 💓 

Aunty = Anthracycline = Doxorubicin, Daunorubicin , Mitoxantrone 

Cycling = Cyclophosphamide 

paVEd = VEGF Inhibitors = Bevacizumab 

Trails = Trastuzumab

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Facebook: PFT-1

Q1) Which of the following is/are not a contraindications of performing PFT(Pulmonary function test)? 

A) MI within one year

B) Unstable angina

C) Recent thoraco-abdominal surgery

D) Recent ophthalmic surgery

E) Past history of pneumothorax

So correct options are - A and E

Following are contraindications to perform pulmonary function test. 

Mnemonic: UR IRcTC

U- Unstable angina

R- Recent thoracoabdominal surgery

I- Myocardial infarction within the last month

R- Recent ophthalmic surgery

T- Thoracic or abdominal surgery 

C- Current pneumothorax

That's it! 

-Demotional bloke. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Parasitic infections and Asthma

In parasitic infection, polyclonal IgE produced by body occupies the receptor produced by mast cells. This leads to decrease action of specific IgE required for asthma. 
This mechanism is probably the cause of decrease prevalence of asthma in tropical population. 

That's it 
-Demotional bloke

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Choristomas Vs Hamartomas

I get super confused with both the following terms, so I made a lame technique to remember both of them. 


It sounds more like a Christmas. So Christmas tree is usually not grown in India but we do keep it as a sign of Christmas. 
So Christmas tree is normal, but the site (India or any other habitat) is not the usual site of tree, so let's say abnormal. 
So Choristomas is normal tissue at abnormal anatomical sites.

Example - Normal pancreatic cells under the small bowel mucosa.
They are not considered as neoplasm.


'Hamara' in Hindi means 'mine'. 
Remember: this place is mine. So here, place is normal and tissue is abnormal!
That is, abnormal tissue at normal anatomical sites.

Example - Lung hamartomas exhibit cartilage, bronchi, and blood vessels. 
They are considered as neoplasm.

That's it! 
-Demotional bloke

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Areas devoid of pain fibres

Areas devoid of pain fibers 
Mnemonic: BED PACK
B- Brain parenchyma
E- Ependyma
D- Duramater (Neither covering blood vessel or forming dural venous sinus) 
P- Pia mater
A- Arachnoid mater
C-Choroid plexus

That's it 
-Demotional bloke

Areas devoid of BBB

Area devoid of BBB 

Mnemonic: MAP SNOW
M- Median eminence
A- Area postrema
P- Pineal gland
S- Subfornical organ
N- Neurohypophysis
O- OVLT- Organum vasculosum laminer terminalis 

That's it 

- Demotional bloke

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Egg shell calcification

Following are the cases in which we get eggshell calcification of lympho nodes on radiography. 

SSRI Love Hitting BAT
(Lame? I know!

R- After Radiotherapy
I L- Post irradiation lymphoma
H- Histoplasmosis
A- Amyloidosis
T- Tuberculosis

That's it ! 
- Demotional bloke

Ocular Alzheimer's disease

A paper published in 2003 has dubbed glaucoma as 'ocular Alzheimer's disease' because some of the pathophysiological elements are similar.

1. Neuronal apoptosis involves caspase activation in both the diseases.

2. Caspase activation causes up regulation of amyloid beta production due to the cleavage of amyloid precursor protein. 

3. Age related mitochondrial dysfunction plays a role in both the diseases.

4. Glutamate elevation, and nitric oxide synthase up regulation has been implicated in the neurotoxicity of the both. 

5. In the synaptic dysfunction, glutamate toxicity is involved, common to glaucoma and Alzheimer's.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Cataract in Rubella- interesting fact

The progressive nuclear cataract in Rubella may harbor live virus particles. Hence, caution must be exercised while performing cataract surgery. 


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Psychiatry MCQ-1

So here are two multiple choice questions, whose answer changes with options

Q1)Most common psychiatric disorder is :-
A) Anxiety
B) Depression
C) Phobia
D) Schizophrenia

Here answer is A) Anxiety

Most common psychiatric disorder is 
A) General Anxiety disorder
B) Panic anxiety disorder 
C) Phobia anxiety disorder 
D) Depression

Here answer is D) Depression

Reason for such variation is that Anxiety is not just a single disease like depression.
Infact it is group of disorders. 

So Depression is the single most common psychiatric disease whereas Anxiety is the most common psychiatric disease. 

Friday, January 10, 2020

GANGLION (Last minute revision)

Hello Awesomites !

These are point on parasympathetic ganglion.

-Upasana Y.


Hello Awesomites !

The future blogs will be on confusers.

Q. On peripheral blood smears there is presence of spherocytes. What are the differentials and the test to identify the same?

Most of you have prompted it as hereditary spherocytosis.
 Let see.

 Best next step is to do DIRECT COOMBS TEST to rule out autoimmune hemolytic anemia.
For hereditary spherocytosis go for osmotic fragility test.  

 So spherocytosis doesn't means Hereditary, it could be acquired, usually preceded by an infection.

-Upasana Y.