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Abstract Acute pericarditis is usually a benign self-limiting condition, often of unexplained or viral aetiology, involving inflammation of the pericardial layers. It is often part of the differential

Abstract Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is an acute inflammatory polyneuropathy. Typical presentation is one of ascending tetraparesis with aref lexia. Variant forms of GBS include ataxia and ophthalmoplegia

Abstract Dysphagia (subjective difficulty in swallowing) is a common clinical problem, particularly in the elderly population. Ideally, patients should be assessed promptly in the appropriate outpatient

Abstract Pneumonia causes more deaths than any other infectious disease in the developed world. Patients who develop pneumonia in the community therefore require early recognition, targeted investigation

One of the commonest requests for out of hours imaging is for cranial CT in patients with possible meningitis. Telephone conversations like this may be familiar: “Hello I’m the medical SHO on

Acute Medicine is a hot topic which has been discussed extensively throughout the United Kingdom over the last decade. However, recent developments demonstrate a move from discussion to action, with

Abstract Pulmonary embolism is common, treatable and often overlooked. Genetic factors such as factor V Leiden and acquired factors such as immobility, pregnancy, surgery and malignancy increase the

Abstract Ventilation of the asthmatic is a major challenge with a potential for catastrophic problems that can and should be anticipated. Therapy should be tailored to the individual’s needs. If managed

Abstract Cellulitis is a common medical emergency. Investigations often fail to establish the specific microbial aetiology and there are few data to support common choices of antibiotic therapy used

Abstract Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life threatening allergic reaction which occurs in adults and children. Prompt diagnosis and appropriate acute medical management will prevent fatal anaphylactic