Agraphia Medical Tragicomedy

16May/0710

Zac Fact #7 (Similar Medical Terminology)

Cushing's Disease: pituitary adenoma
Cushing's Syndrome: anything else causing increased corticosteroids
Cushing's Triad: intracranial pressure causes hypertension + bradycardia†
CusHing's Ulcer: stomach ulcer secondary to Head trauma
CuRling's Ulcer: stomach ulcer secondary to buRns

ClomiPHEne: estrogen receptor agonist (used in phemales!)
CloZapine: atypical antipsychotic (used in crazies!)
Clonidine: antihypertensive (alpha-2 agonist)

Epidermolysis Bullosa: inherited skin sloughing - noninflammatory
Bullous Pemphigoid: large blisters ( - Nikolsky sign - subepithelial)
Pemphigus Vulgaris: spreading blisters ( + Nikolsky sign - intraepithelial)

Von Recklinghausen's Disease: neurofibromatosis type I
Von Recklinghausen's Syndrome: osteitis fibrosis cystica ("brown tumors" of bone)

Paget's Disease: superficial carcinoma of the breast or vagina
Paget's Disease (of bone): overactivity of osteoclasts

WerMer's Syndrome: MEN I (Pancreas, Pituitary, Parathyroid)
WerNer's Syndrome: premature agiNg (autosomal recessive loss of DNA helicase)

Purkinje Cells: giant neurons in the cerebellum
Purkinje Fibers: conduction pathway of the heart

Trousseau's Sign: hand spasm on using a blood pressure cuff
Trousseau's Sign: migratory thrombophlebitis (lots of blood clots, all over)

Chancre: nonpainful ulcer of the penis (Syphilis)
Chancroid: painful ulcer of the penis (H. Ducreyi)

Charcot's triad (MS version): nystagmus, intention tremor, scanning speech
Charcot's triad (cholangitis version): Jaundice, RUQ pain, fever
Charcot-Leyden crystals: microscopic finding in asthma
Charcot-Marie-Tooth: congenital neuropathy (whose name is TOOTH anyway?)
Charcot-Bouchard aneurysm: hypertensive rupture into the brain
Charcot Joints: degredation of joints and bones of the foot in neurosyphilis (tertiary)

In conclusion, Charcot was a jerk.

†thanks Lyle!

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  1. Cushing’s reaction: elevated ICP causes hypertension with bradycardia.

  2. More on Charcot Marie Tooth syndrome at CMTUS. Find out how people with this disorder are managing symptoms and living positive lives. Tooth was Howard Henry Tooth, who, about the same time of Charcot and Marie, identified the syndrome, hence the 3 names.

  3. how do you have time to post this shit?

  4. Because I’m already studying it…

  5. Holy crap…how much do I hate Charcot? Seriously, who names 50,000 things after themselves…I think he had Narcissistic personality disorder.

  6. Don’t for get these two:
    Bergers Disease: IgA Nephropathy after URI
    Buergers Disease: a vasculitis in smokers

  7. Also, “looks like someone’s got a case of the Mondays”, which is one of the best quotes from Office Space

  8. How about:

    A Case of the Mondays (in a 19th century urban girl): byssinosis, a hypersensitivity pneumonitis, from cotton dust in inadequately-ventilated working environments.

    A Case of the Mondays (in Alfred Nobel): Monday morning vasodilatory headache from NO exposure that Dr. Nobel becomes tolerant to over the week and loses tolerance to over the weekend.

  9. Dude, this was a nice post! Lots of confusing names sorted out here. I have a mental block on all drug names starting with “C”. I sort it all out and then a week later – Clozapine? Alpha-2 agonist right? I’m spending the day before boards just going over the “C” drugs.


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