Wednesday, November 27, 2019


In simple words, Attrition is the loss of tooth structure occlusally due to excessive forces by the occluding teeth, grinding of teeth, deep bite


  • Age 
  • Hard and Abrasive diet 
  • Chewing Habits 
  • Opposing porcelain crowns
  • Lack of posterior support- cause of anterior teeth attrition
  • Bruxism and Clenching
Clinical Manifestations
Occluding surface attrition causes small polished facet on a cusp tip or ridge or incisal edge
In severe cases, reverse cusp in place of cusp tips and inclined planes. This causes dentinal exposure and loss of vertical dimension of teeth.
Precipating Factors
  • Deficient masticatory capabilities of teeth
  • Cheek biting
  • Caries- because of the increased vulnerability of exposed dentinal surfaces 
  • TMJ Problems
  • Jutted out appearance of restoration and flattening of surrounding occlusal surface. %
Treatment : Pathologic
  • Advice the patient to wear splints 
  • To manage localised anterior teeth wear: use dahl technique
  • The more traditional way of dealing with a full arch or full mouth rehabilitation is to use conventional crowns eg, onlays of a full crown

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Aurora kinases

Hello friends, Let's talk about Aurora kinases today.... Aurora sounds so beautiful, right ?

Aurora kinases represent serine threonine kinases with instrumental role in cell division.

Specifically, Aurora kinase A is required for duplication and separation of centromere, and Aurora B is required for attachment of microtubules to centromere.

They are often over expressed in tumors resulting in defective cytokinesis during cell division, eventually causing aneuploidy and driving the carcinogenesis.

Now, it really gets interesting; usually when functioning of microtubules are perturbed say by paclitaxel, then spindle check point inhibitor is activated leading to cell demise by upregulation of P53, PUMA and other mediators.

But in case of Aurora kinase inhibition, cells keep on dividing especially in case of P53 mutated cells. Since centromeres will not segregate, it ultimately leads to tetraploid genome and four centromeres in a cell, causing catastrophic mitosis in subsequent cell cycle effectively tearing apart the genome.

They are significant because often when other tyrosine kinase inhibitors targeting EGFR, VEGFR, FGFR are used, tumors over express Aurora kinases, there by over riding the inhibition mediated by tyrosine kinase inhibitors.... So targeting them is key to maintain remission in patients already on kinase inhibitors.

Few examples of drugs in trials: Monastrol, Hesperidin.

It's called Aurora because of the similarity between the appearance of microtubule spindles during cell division and Aurora Borealis.

Pretty Majestic, right?

Submitted by Kirtan Patolia 

Risk factors for puerperal sepsis mnemonic


Risk factors for puerperal sepsis mnemonic:

Maternal complications of diabetes in pregnancy mnemonic


Maternal complications of Diabetes in pregnancy mnemonic:

Monday, November 25, 2019

JVP documentation

Hi everyone!

Someone questioned on how to document JVP. Just saying JVP is 8 cm is not enough - Say what is your reference for better documentation :)

Saturday, November 23, 2019


Hey! =)

What does cryoprecipitate contain? 
Cryoprecipitate preparations contain concentrated amounts of fibrinogen (factor I), factor VIII (antihaemophilic factor), von Willebrand factor, factor XIII (fibrin-stabilizing factor), and fibronectin.

Why is it called cryoprecipitate?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019

Hyperkalemia and hypokalemia causes mnemonics


Pharmacologic treatment of pulmonary hypertension (notes and mnemonics)


Vasodilator response: A favorable vasodilator response is defined as a fall in mPAP of 10 mm Hg or greater to less than 40 mm Hg with an unchanged or improved cardiac output, in response to an agent such as inhaled NO or IV epoprostenol.

Cardiovocal syndrome - Ortner syndrome

In 1897, Norbert Ortner described hoarseness caused by recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis in patients with a large left atrium due to mitral valve stenosis.


Istradefylline (Selective Adenosine 2A receptor antagonist), inhibits the adenosine's inhibitory effect on GABAergic transmission in direct nigro-striatal pathway while simultaneously inhibiting adenosine's stimulatory effect on GABAergic transmission in indirect nigro-striato-pallidal pathway, ultimately leading to stimulation of thalamo-stimulatory direct pathway and inhibition of thalamo-inhibitory indirect pathway.


Selinexor (Selective inhibitor of nuclear export) inhibits XPO1 (exporter protein 1).

XPO1 is often overexpressed in tumors leading to transport of tumor suppressor proteins like p16, p14, p27 from nucleus to cytoplasm and there by evading the apoptosis.


Here is a submission by Kirtan on Luspatercept!

Luspatercept (recombinant fusion protein containing Activin receptor type IIB moeity) blocks excessive SMAD2/3 activity (Mothers against decapentaplegic homolog) lying downstream of TGF-beta signalling by binding endogenous TGF-beta family members, including Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP), Activin, Inhibin, Lefty A/B, Artemin, Persephin, GDF, GDNF and MIS.

Acute type-II respiratory failure causes mnemonic


Causes of Acute type-II Respiratory failure mnemonic:

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

Ventricular demand pacing


I came across a patient with VVIR pacing today. I was wondering why we didn't do DDD instead. Let's learn what it is and why (In short!)