Non-Medical Article of the Week
Free Solo Surgery Lecture By Dr. Andrea Merrill
Questions of the Week
What is the most common cause of death in patients with post-splenectomy sepsis?
A. Streptococcus pneumonia
B. Haemophilus influenzae
C. Neisseria meningitidis
D. Staphylococcus aureus
What is the recommended interval for pneumococcal vaccination PPSV23 booster in asplenic patients?
A. 1 year after the prior PPSV13 dose
B. 5 years after the prior PPSV13 dose
C. 10 years after the prior PPSV13 dose
D. No further vaccination is needed
Answers: See the splenectomy section below
Several retrospective studies showed that minimally invasive radical hysterectomy is safe. However, the LACC trial and the population-based study from Melamed showed that the risk of recurrence was higher in MIS patients. Since the publication of those papers, several studies have come out both supporting and refuting the higher recurrence rates in MIS radical hysterectomy.
This most recent study from Italy focuses on low-risk cervical cancer patients with tumor size <2 cm; no lymphovascular invasion; depth of invasion <10 mm; and no lymph node involvement. The 10-year survival was ~95% in both arms.
Splenectomy Article and Video:
Vaccinations Guide Post Splenectomy:
Question 1 - A
Question 2 - B
Random Interesting Paper
As medical professionals, we often recommend our patients purchase blood pressure cuffs online. However, a recent study has raised concerns about the accuracy of these devices. For instance, patients may report that their blood pressure is well-controlled at home while on Bevacizumab therapy yet experience elevated levels during in-person appointments due to anxiety. To address this issue, the authors suggest having patients bring their devices to the clinic for verification. This is a simple but effective solution that can ensure accurate readings.
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