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Table of contents :
......Page 4
Copyright......Page 5
......Page 8
......Page 16
Part 1 Learning with Images and Digital Photography
......Page 20
1 An Atlas to Enhance Patient Care, Learning, and Teaching
......Page 21
Part 2 Issues in Internal Medicine
......Page 24
2 Doctor-Patient Relationship
......Page 25
3 Family Planning
......Page 29
4 End of
Life......Page 33
5 Social Justice
......Page 42
6 Global Health......Page 51
Part 3 Physical and Sexual Abuse
......Page 68
7 Intimate Partner Violence......Page 69
8 Sexual Assault
......Page 74
Part 4 Ophthalmology
......Page 80
9 Pterygium......Page 81
10 Hordeolum and Chalazion......Page 84
11 Scleral and Conjunctival Pigmentation......Page 87
12 Corneal Foreign Body and Corneal Abrasion
......Page 91
13 Conjunctivitis......Page 94
14 Scleritis and Episcleritis......Page 99
15 Uveitis and Iritis......Page 103
16 Glaucoma......Page 106
17 Diabetic Retinopathy......Page 109
18 Hypertensive Retinopathy......Page 112
19 Papilledema......Page 115
20 Age-Related Macular Degeneration......Page 118
21 Eye Trauma—Hyphema......Page 122
22 Differential Diagnosis of the Red Eye
......Page 125
Part 5 Ear, Nose, and Throat
......Page 130
23 Otitis Media: Acute Otitis and Otitis
Media with Effusion......Page 131
24 Otitis Externa
......Page 138
25 Ear: Foreign Body
......Page 142
26 Chondrodermatitis Nodularis Helicis and
Preauricular Tags......Page 145
27 Nasal Polyps
......Page 149
28 Sinusitis......Page 152
29 Angular Cheilitis
......Page 157
30 Torus Palatinus......Page 160
31 Pharyngitis......Page 162
32 The Larynx (Hoarseness)
......Page 168
Part 6 Oral Health
......Page 174
33 Black Hairy Tongue......Page 175
34 Geographic Tongue......Page 178
35 Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease......Page 181
36 Gingival Overgrowth
......Page 185
37 Aphthous Ulcer......Page 188
38 Leukoplakia......Page 193
39 Oropharyngeal Cancer
......Page 196
40 Adult Dental Caries......Page 200
Part 7 Cardiovascular
......Page 204
41 Aortic Aneurysm......Page 205
42 Atrial Fibrillation......Page 212
43 Clubbing......Page 225
44 Heart Failure
......Page 228
45 Coronary Artery Disease......Page 231
46 Deep Venous Thrombosis......Page 234
47 Bacterial Endocarditis
......Page 239
48 Hypertension......Page 244
49 Pericarditis and Pericardial Effusion
......Page 247
50 Peripheral Arterial Disease......Page 251
51 Venous Insufficiency
......Page 258
Part 8 Hematology
......Page 262
52 Iron Deficiency Anemia
......Page 263
53 B12 Deficiency
......Page 267
54 Sickle Cell Disease......Page 273
Part 9 Pulmonary
......Page 278
55 Asthma and Pulmonary Function Testing......Page 279
56 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease......Page 288
57 Lung Cancer......Page 297
58 Pleural Effusion
......Page 305
59 Community-Acquired Pneumonia
......Page 309
60 Pneumothorax......Page 315
61 Pulmonary Embolism......Page 318
62 Pulmonary Fibrosis......Page 325
63 Sarcoidosis......Page 329
64 Tuberculosis......Page 335
Part 10 Gastrointestinal
......Page 344
65 Clostridium Difficile Infection
......Page 345
66 Colon Cancer......Page 348
67 Colon Polyps......Page 354
68 Diverticulitis......Page 359
Gallstones......Page 363
70 Gastric Cancer......Page 368
71 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
......Page 373
72 Hemorrhoids......Page 377
73 Ischemic Colitis......Page 381
74 Liver Disease......Page 384
75 Acute Pancreatitis......Page 392
76 Peptic Ulcer Disease......Page 396
77 Inflammatory Bowel Disease
......Page 400
Part 11 Genitourinary/Renal
......Page 408
78 Bladder Cancer......Page 409
79 Hydronephrosis......Page 414
80 Kidney Stones......Page 417
81 Nephrotic Syndrome......Page 421
82 Polycystic Kidneys......Page 425
83 Prostate Cancer......Page 429
84 Renovascular Hypertension......Page 434
85 Renal Cell Carcinoma......Page 9
86 Chronic Kidney Disease......Page 445
87 Urinary Sediment......Page 448
Part 12 Women's Health
......Page 452
88 Overview of
Vaginitis......Page 453
89 Atrophic Vaginitis......Page 456
90 Bacterial Vaginosis......Page 460
91 Candida Vulvovaginitis......Page 464
92 Trichomonas Vaginitis......Page 469
93 Chlamydia Cervicitis......Page 473
94 Mastitis and Breast Abscess......Page 477
95 Breast Cancer......Page 480
96 Paget Disease of
the Breast......Page 486
Part 13 Musculoskeletal/Rheumatologic
......Page 490
97 Arthritis Overview......Page 491
Osteoarthritis......Page 497
99 Rheumatoid Arthritis......Page 501
100 Psoriatic Arthritis......Page 505
101 Ankylosing Spondylitis......Page 511
102 Back Pain......Page 514
103 Lumbar Spinal Stenosis......Page 518
104 Compression Fractures......Page 520
105 Gout......Page 523
106 Olecranon Bursitis......Page 527
107 Clavicular Fracture......Page 530
108 Distal Radius Fracture......Page 533
109 Metatarsal Fracture......Page 538
110 Hip Fracture......Page 541
111 The Knee......Page 544
112 Dupuytren Disease......Page 549
113 Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Temporal Arteritis......Page 552
Part 14 Dermatology
......Page 558
114 Acne Vulgaris......Page 559
115 Rosacea......Page 567
116 Pseudofolliculitis and Acne Keloidalis Nuchae
......Page 573
117 Hidradenitis Suppurativa......Page 577
118 Impetigo......Page 581
119 Folliculitis......Page 585
120 Pitted Keratolysis......Page 591
121 Erythrasma
......Page 594
122 Cellulitis......Page 599
123 Abscess......Page 603
124 Necrotizing Fasciitis......Page 607
125 Chickenpox......Page 611
126 Zoster......Page 615
127 Zoster Ophthalmicus......Page 620
128 Herpes Simplex......Page 625
129 Molluscum Contagiosum......Page 632
130 Common Warts......Page 636
131 Flat Warts......Page 642
132 Genital Warts......Page 646
133 Plantar Warts......Page 652
134 Fungal Overview......Page 657
135 Candidiasis......Page 663
136 Tinea Corporis......Page 667
137 Tinea Cruris......Page 673
138 Tinea Pedis......Page 677
139 Tinea Versicolor......Page 683
140 Lice......Page 687
141 Scabies......Page 692
142 Cutaneous Larva Migrans......Page 699
143 Atopic Dermatitis......Page 702
144 Contact Dermatitis......Page 710
145 Hand Eczema......Page 718
146 Nummular Eczema......Page 725
147 Psychocutaneous Disorders......Page 729
148 Urticaria and Angioedema......Page 735
149 Seborrheic Dermatitis......Page 742
150 Psoriasis......Page 748
151 Pityriasis Rosea......Page 764
152 Lichen Planus......Page 769
153 Reactive Arthritis......Page 776
154 Erythroderma......Page 780
155 Skin Tag
......Page 786
156 Seborrheic Keratosis
......Page 789
157 Sebaceous Hyperplasia
......Page 794
158 Dermatofibroma
......Page 797
159 Pyogenic Granuloma
......Page 801
160 Benign Nevi
......Page 805
161 Congenital Nevi
......Page 812
162 Epidermal Nevus and Nevus Sebaceous
......Page 817
163 Dysplastic Nevus
......Page 821
164 Actinic Keratosis and Bowen Disease
......Page 826
Keratoacanthoma......Page 832
166 Lentigo Maligna
......Page 836
167 Cutaneous Horn
......Page 840
168 Basal Cell Carcinoma
......Page 844
169 Squamous Cell Carcinoma
......Page 853
170 Melanoma
......Page 861
171 Granuloma Annulare
......Page 874
172 Pyoderma Gangrenosum
......Page 880
173 Sarcoidosis
......Page 886
174 Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
......Page 892
175 Erythema Multiforme, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
......Page 898
176 Erythema Nodosum
......Page 905
177 Vasculitis
......Page 910
178 Lupus: Systemic and Cutaneous
......Page 918
179 Dermatomyositis
......Page 927
180 Scleroderma and Morphea
......Page 935
181 Overview of Bullous Diseases
......Page 942
182 Bullous Pemphigoid
......Page 948
183 Pemphigus
......Page 953
184 Other Bullous Diseases
......Page 961
185 Alopecia Areata
......Page 968
186 Traction Alopecia and Trichotillomania
......Page 973
187 Scarring Alopecia
......Page 977
188 Normal Nail Variants
......Page 983
189 Pigmented Nail Disorders
......Page 989
190 Ingrown Toenail
......Page 994
191 Onychomycosis
......Page 998
192 Paronychia
......Page 1004
193 Psoriatic Nails
......Page 1008
194 Subungual Hematoma
......Page 1012
195 Melasma
......Page 1015
196 Vitiligo and Hypopigmentation
......Page 1019
197 Photosensitivity
......Page 1025
198 Erythema Ab Igne
......Page 1031
199 Acquired Vascular Skin Lesions
......Page 1035
200 Hereditary and Congenital Vascular Lesions
......Page 1039
201 Cutaneous Drug Reactions
......Page 1043
202 Keloids
......Page 1053
203 Genodermatoses
......Page 1058
204 Erythema Annulare Centrifugum
......Page 1064
Part 15
Podiatry......Page 1068
205 Corn and Callus
......Page 1069
206 Bunion Deformity
......Page 1073
207 Hammer Toe
......Page 1076
208 Ischemic Ulcer
......Page 1080
Neuropathic Ulcer......Page 1082
210 Charcot Arthropathy
......Page 1084
211 Dry Gangrene
......Page 1087
Part 16 Infectious Diseases
......Page 1090
212 AIDS and Kaposi Sarcoma
......Page 1091
213 Urethritis in Men......Page 1096
214 Intestinal Worms and Parasites......Page 1099
215 Lyme Disease......Page 1104
216 Meningitis......Page 1110
217 Osteomyelitis......Page 1115
218 Syphilis......Page 1121
Part 17 Endocrine
......Page 1128
219 Diabetes Overview......Page 1129
220 Acanthosis Nigricans......Page 1137
221 Diabetic Dermopathy......Page 1141
222 Necrobiosis Lipoidica......Page 1144
223 Hyperlipidemia and Xanthomas......Page 1148
224 Obesity......Page 1154
225 Osteoporosis and Osteopenia......Page 1160
226 Hypothyroidism......Page 1167
227 Hyperthyroidism......Page 1172
228 Acromegaly......Page 1179
229 Cushing Syndrome......Page 1183
Part 18 Neurology
......Page 1192
230 Headache......Page 1193
231 Cerebral Vascular Accident......Page 1197
232 Subdural Hematoma......Page 1201
233 Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus......Page 1204
234 Bell’s Palsy......Page 1207
235 Neurofibromatosis
......Page 1210
Part 19 Substance Abuse
......Page 1214
236 Substance Abuse Disorder......Page 1215
237 Tobacco Addiction......Page 1220
238 Alcoholism (Alcohol Use Disorder)
......Page 1232
239 Methamphetamine......Page 1242
240 Cocaine......Page 1247
241 Injection-Drug Use......Page 1254
......Page 1260
A Interpreting Evidence-Based Medicine......Page 1261
B Guide for the Use of Topical and Intralesional
Corticosteroids......Page 1264
C Dermoscopy......Page 1267
......Page 1280
......Page 1284
......Page 1286
......Page 1291
......Page 1293
......Page 1296
......Page 1297
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Topic Index
......Page 1330

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NO TICE Medicine is an ever-changing science. As new research and clinical experience broaden our knowledge, changes in treatment and drug therapy are required. The authors and the publisher o this work have checked with sources believed to be reliable in their e orts to provide in ormation that is complete and generally in accord with the standards accepted at the time o publication. However, in view o the possibility o human error or changes in medical sciences, neither the authors nor the publisher nor any other party who has been involved in the preparation or publication o this work warrants that the in ormation contained herein is in every respect accurate or complete, and they disclaim all responsibility or any errors or omissions or or the results obtained rom use o the in ormation contained in this work. Readers are encouraged to con rm the in ormation contained herein with other sources. For example and in particular, readers are advised to check the product in ormation sheet included in the package o each drug they plan to administer to be certain that the in ormation contained in this work is accurate and that changes have not been made in the recommended dose or in the contraindications or administration. This recommendation is o particular importance in connection with new or in requently used drugs.

THE CO LO R ATLAS O F INTERNAL MEDICINE Ed it o r s Richard P. Usat ine , MD Pro essor, Family and Community Medicine Pro essor, Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery Assistant Director, Medical Humanities Education University o Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Medical Director, Skin Clinic, University Health System San Antonio, Texas

Gary Fe re nchick, MD, MS Pro essor o Internal Medicine Division Chie , General Medicine Internal Medicine Clerkship Director Michigan State University, College o Human Medicine East Lansing, Michigan

Mind y A. Smit h, MD, MS Clinical Pro essor Department o Family Medicine Michigan State University East, Lansing, Michigan

E.J . Maye aux, J r., MD Pro essor and Chairman, Department o Family and Preventive Medicine Pro essor o Obstetrics and Gynecology University o South Carolina School o Medicine Columbia, South Carolina

He id i S. Chumle y, MD Executive Dean and Chie Academic O cer American University o the Caribbean

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Fr o Nt Co VEr TO P RO w Left: Nonproli erative diabetic retinopathy, with scattered intradot-blot, f ame hemorrhages, and also macular exudates (Figure 219-2; Reproduced with permission from Andrew Sanchez, COA). Middle: Sarcoidosis causing a lupus pernio pattern on the ace o an A rican American woman (Figure 63-3; Reproduced with permission from Richard P. Usatine, MD). Right: Rheumatoid arthritis with rheumatoid nodules over the PCP joints along with de ormities o the digits (Figure 97-7; Reproduced with permission from Ricardo Zuniga-Montes, MD).

BO TTO M RO w Left: Palmar patches and plaques in a young man with secondary syphilis and HIV/ AIDS (Figure 218-18B; Reproduced with permission from Jonathan B. Karnes, MD). Middle: Frontal chest radiograph o a primary pulmonary TB in ection in a 20-year-old man, showing mediastinal and right hilar lymphadenopathy (black arrows) and right upper lobe consolidation (white arrow) (Figure 64-1A; Reproduced with permission from Carlos Santiago Restrepo, MD). Right: Asymptomatic diverticulosis (Figure 68-4; Reproduced with permission from John Rodney, MD).

BACK Co VEr Top: Multiple so t neuro bromas on the neck o a patient with neuro bromatosis (Reproduced with permission from Richard P. Usatine, MD.) Middle: Localized bullous pemphigoid with large bulla on the thigh o a 91-year-old woman (Figure 182-2; Reproduced with permission from Richard P. Usatine, MD). Bottom: Dactylitis (sausage ngers) in a woman with plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (Figure 100-3; Reproduced with permission from Richard P. Usatine, MD).

Co Nt ENt s Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi Pre ace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv Acknowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvii


An Atlas to Enhance Patient Care, Learning, and Teaching . . . 2

Se ct io n 2: No se and Sinus 27 Nasal Polyps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Sinusitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Se ct io n 3: Mo ut h and Thro at 29 Angular Cheilitis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Torus Palatinus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Pharyngitis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 The Larynx (Hoarseness) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .





2 3 4 5 6

Doctor–Patient Relationship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Family Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 End o Li e . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Social Justice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Global Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32


Intimate Partner Violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Sexual Assault. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

PART 4 O PHTHALMO LO GY 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

Pterygium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Hordeolum and Chalazion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Scleral and Conjunctival Pigmentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Corneal Foreign Body and Corneal Abrasion. . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Conjunctivitis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Scleritis and Episcleritis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Uveitis and Iritis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Glaucoma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Diabetic Retinopathy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Hypertensive Retinopathy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Papilledema . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Age-Related Macular Degeneration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Eye Trauma—Hyphema . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Di erential Diagnosis o the Red Eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106


Black Hairy Tongue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Geographic Tongue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gingival Overgrowth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aphthous Ulcer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leukoplakia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oropharyngeal Cancer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adult Dental Caries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

130 133 138 141 143 149

156 159 162 166 169 174 177 181

PART 7 CARDIO VASCULAR 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51

Aortic Aneurysm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Atrial Fibrillation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clubbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heart Failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coronary Artery Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deep Venous Thrombosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bacterial Endocarditis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hypertension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pericarditis and Pericardial E usion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peripheral Arterial Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Venous Insu ciency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

186 193 206 209 212 215 220 225 228 232 239

PART 8 HEMATO LO GY 52 53 54

Iron De ciency Anemia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244 B12 De ciency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248 Sickle Cell Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254


EAR, NO SE, AND THRO AT Se ct io n 1: Ear 23 Otitis Media: Acute Otitis and Otitis Media with E usion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Otitis Externa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Ear: Foreign Body. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Chondrodermatitis Nodularis Helicis and Preauricular Tags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40


PULMO NARY 112 119 123 126

55 56 57 58 59 60

Asthma and Pulmonary Function Testing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lung Cancer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pleural E usion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Community-Acquired Pneumonia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pneumothorax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

260 269 278 286 290 296

Co Nt ENt s


61 62 63 64

Pulmonary Embolism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pulmonary Fibrosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarcoidosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuberculosis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

299 306 310 316

PART 10 GASTRO INTESTINAL 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77

Clostridium Di cile In ection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colon Cancer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colon Polyps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diverticulitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gallstones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gastric Cancer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gastroesophageal Ref ux Disease (GERD) . . . . . . . . . . . . Hemorrhoids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ischemic Colitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liver Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acute Pancreatitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peptic Ulcer Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inf ammatory Bowel Disease. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

326 329 335 340 344 349 354 358 362 365 373 377 381

390 395 398 402 406 410 415 421 426 429

PART 12 WO MEN’S HEALTH Se ct io n 1: Vag init is/ Ce rvicit is 88 Overview o Vaginitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Atrophic Vaginitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Bacterial Vaginosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Candida Vulvovaginitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Trichomonas Vaginitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Chlamydia Cervicitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Se ct io n 2: Bre ast 94 Mastitis and Breast Abscess. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Breast Cancer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Paget Disease o the Breast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

97 99 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113

Arthritis Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Osteoarthritis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rheumatoid Arthritis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Psoriatic Arthritis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ankylosing Spondylitis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Pain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lumbar Spinal Stenosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Compression Fractures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olecranon Bursitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clavicular Fracture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Distal Radius Fracture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Metatarsal Fracture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hip Fracture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dupuytren Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Temporal Arteritis . . . . . . . .

472 478 482 486 492 495 499 501 504 508 511 514 519 522 525 530 533


GENITO URINARY/RENAL Bladder Cancer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hydronephrosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kidney Stones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nephrotic Syndrome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Polycystic Kidneys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prostate Cancer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Renovascular Hypertension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Renal Cell Carcinoma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chronic Kidney Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Urinary Sediment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



PART 11 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87


434 437 441 445 450 454 458 461 467

Se ct io n 1: Acne i o rm Diso rd e rs 114 Acne Vulgaris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Rosacea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Pseudo olliculitis and Acne Keloidalis Nuchae. . . . . . . . . . 117 Hidradenitis Suppurativa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Se ct io n 2: Bact e rial 118 Impetigo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Folliculitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Pitted Keratolysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Erythrasma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Cellulitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Abscess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Necrotizing Fasciitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Se ct io n 3: Viral 125 Chickenpox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Zoster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Zoster Ophthalmicus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Herpes Simplex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Molluscum Contagiosum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Common Warts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Flat Warts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Genital Warts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Plantar Warts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Se ct io n 4: Fung al 134 Fungal Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Candidiasis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

540 548 554 558 562 566 572 575 580 584 588 592 596 601 606 613 617 623 627 633 638 644

Co Nt ENt s 136 Tinea Corporis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Tinea Cruris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Tinea Pedis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Tinea Versicolor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Se ct io n 5: In e st at io ns 140 Lice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Scabies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Cutaneous Larva Migrans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Se ct io n 6: De rmat it is/ Alle rg ic 143 Atopic Dermatitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Contact Dermatitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Hand Eczema . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Nummular Eczema . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Psychocutaneous Disorders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Urticaria and Angioedema . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Se ct io n 7: Pap ulo sq amo us Co nd it io ns 149 Seborrheic Dermatitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Psoriasis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Pityriasis Rosea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Lichen Planus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Reactive Arthritis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Erythroderma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Se ct io n 8: Be nig n Ne o p lasms 155 Skin Tag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Seborrheic Keratosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Sebaceous Hyperplasia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Dermato broma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Pyogenic Granuloma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Se ct io n 9: Ne vi 160 Benign Nevi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Congenital Nevi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Epidermal Nevus and Nevus Sebaceous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Dysplastic Nevus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Se ct io n 10: Pre cance r/ Early Cance r 164 Actinic Keratosis and Bowen Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Keratoacanthoma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Lentigo Maligna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Cutaneous Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Se ct io n 11: Skin Cance r 168 Basal Cell Carcinoma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Squamous Cell Carcinoma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Melanoma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Se ct io n 12: Inf lt rat ive / Immuno lo g ic 171 Granuloma Annulare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Pyoderma Gangrenosum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Sarcoidosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

648 654 658 664 668 673 680 683 691 699 706 710 716 723 729 745 750 757 761 767 770 775 778 782 786 793 798 802 807 813 817 821


Se ct io n 13: Hyp e rse nsit ivit y Synd ro me s 175 Erythema Multi orme, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 879 176 Erythema Nodosum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 886 177 Vasculitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 891 Se ct io n 14: Co nne ct ive Tissue Dise ase 178 Lupus: Systemic and Cutaneous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 899 179 Dermatomyositis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 908 180 Scleroderma and Morphea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 916 Se ct io n 15: Bullo us Dise ase 181 Overview o Bullous Diseases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 923 182 Bullous Pemphigoid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 929 183 Pemphigus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 934 184 Other Bullous Diseases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 942 Se ct io n 16: Hair and Nail Co nd it io ns 185 Alopecia Areata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 949 186 Traction Alopecia and Trichotillomania . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954 187 Scarring Alopecia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 958 188 Normal Nail Variants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 964 189 Pigmented Nail Disorders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 970 190 Ingrown Toenail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 975 191 Onychomycosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 979 192 Paronychia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 985 193 Psoriatic Nails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 989 194 Subungual Hematoma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 993 Se ct io n 17: Pig me nt ary and Lig ht -Re lat e d Co nd it io ns 195 Melasma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 996 196 Vitiligo and Hypopigmentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1000 197 Photosensitivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1006 198 Erythema Ab Igne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1012 Se ct io n 18: Vascular Skin Diso rd e rs 199 Acquired Vascular Skin Lesions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1016 200 Hereditary and Congenital Vascular Lesions . . . . . . . . . . 1020 Se ct io n 19: O t he r Skin Diso rd e rs 201 Cutaneous Drug Reactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1024 202 Keloids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1034 203 Genodermatoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1039 204 Erythema Annulare Centri ugum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1045

PART 15 825 834 842 855 861 867 873

PO DIATRY 205 206 207 208 209 210 211

Corn and Callus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bunion De ormity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hammer Toe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ischemic Ulcer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Neuropathic Ulcer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charcot Arthropathy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dry Gangrene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1050 1054 1057 1061 1063 1065 1068

Co Nt ENt s






212 213 214 215 216 217 218

AIDS and Kaposi Sarcoma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Urethritis in Men . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intestinal Worms and Parasites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lyme Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meningitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Osteomyelitis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Syphilis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1072 1077 1080 1085 1091 1096 1102

230 231 232 233 234 235

Headache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cerebral Vascular Accident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Subdural Hematoma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bell’s Palsy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Neuro bromatosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1174 1178 1182 1185 1188 1191



ENDO CRINE 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229

Diabetes Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acanthosis Nigricans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diabetic Dermopathy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Necrobiosis Lipoidica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hyperlipidemia and Xanthomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Obesity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Osteoporosis and Osteopenia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hypothyroidism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hyperthyroidism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acromegaly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cushing Syndrome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1110 1118 1122 1125 1129 1135 1141 1148 1153 1160 1164

236 237 238 239 240 241

Substance Abuse Disorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tobacco Addiction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alcoholism (Alcohol Use Disorder) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Methamphetamine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cocaine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Injection-Drug Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1196 1201 1213 1223 1228 1235


Interpreting Evidence-Based Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1242 Guide or the Use o Topical and Intralesional Corticosteroids. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1245 Dermoscopy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1248

Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1261

Co Nt r iBu t o r s Cat hy Ab b o t t , MD

Gina R. Chaco n, MD

Assistant Pro essor Department o Family Medicine Michigan State University College o Human Medicine East Lansing, Michigan

Dermatology Resident Marsh eld Clinic - Marsh eld Center Marsh eld, Wisconsin

O live r Ab e la, MD

Family Practitioner Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Albany, Cali ornia

Cardiovascular Fellow University o Nevada School o Medicine Las Vegas, Nevada

Anna Allre d , MD Resident Physician Department o Neurological Surgery University o Texas South Western Medical Center Dallas, Texas

O sama Alsara, MD Chie Resident Internal medicine program Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan

He nd Azhary, MD Assistant Pro essor Department o Family Medicine Michigan State University College o Human Medicine East Lansing, Michigan

Me lissa M. Chan, MD

Sat ish Chand o lu, MD Hospitalist, Sparrow Hospital Clinical Instructor Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan

Pie rre Chano ine , MD Drexel University School o Medicine Philadelphia, Pennsylvania St. Christopher’s Hospital or Children Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tho mas J . Co rso n, DO Emergency Medicine Banner Health Mckee Medical Center Loveland, Colorado

J o hn E. De lze ll, J r., MD, MSPH

Dermatologist Colorado Springs Dermatology Clinic Colorado Springs, Colorado

Director, Medical Student Education Associate Pro essor in Division o Family Medicine Department o Humanities, Health, and Society Herbert Wertheim College o Medicine Florida International University Miami, Florida

Yo o n-So o Cind y Bae -Harb o e , MD

Ro e na A. De So uza, MD

Boston University Hospital Medical Center Department o Dermatology Boston, Massachusetts

Assistant Pro essor Division o Urology University o Texas Medical School at Houston Houston, Texas

Michae l Bab co ck, MD

J ame s C. Barro , MD Clinical Assistant Pro essor Department o Obstetrics and Gynecology Louisiana State University Health Center Shreveport, Louisiana

Rut h E. Be rg g re n, MD Pro essor o Medicine Division o In ectious Diseases University o Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Texas

Marg are t L. Burks, MD

Lucia Diaz, MD Chie Resident Dermatology Department University o Texas Medical School at Houston MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas

Hannah Fe re nchick, MD Resident, Emergency Medicine Detroit Receiving Hospital Detroit, Michigan

Internal Medicine Resident Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, Tennessee

Lind se y B. Finkle a, MD

Ke vin J . Cart e r, MD

J avie r LaFo nt aine , DPM, MS

Assistant Pro essor Department o Family Medicine Louisiana State University Health Center Shreveport, Louisiana

Chie , Podiatry Section Central Texas Veterans Health Care System Temple, Texas

Dermatologist San Antonio, Texas



Co Nt r iBu t o r s Ke lli He jl Fo ulkro d , MS

Nat han Hit ze man, MD

Psychotherapist/ Yoga Teacher Psychology Center o Austin Austin, Texas

Faculty, Sutter Health Family Medicine Residency Program Sacramento, Cali ornia

J e re my A. Franklin, MD

Associate Pro essor Oral Medicine Subject Expert Department o Comprehensive Dentistry University o Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center Dental School San Antonio, Texas

Director, Medical Sciences MedImmune LLC Lubbock, Texas

Rad ha Raman Murt hy Go kula, MD, CMD Geriatrician & Palliative Medicine Consultant University o Toledo Medical Center Assistant Pro essor Department o Family Medicine University o Toledo Toledo, Ohio

w and a C. Go nsalve s, MD Pro essor and Vice Chair Department o Family and Community Medicine University o Kentucky College o Medicine Lexington, Kentucky

Ve nu Go urine ni, MD Cardiology ellow Rush University Medical Center Chicago, Illinois

Ke lly Gre e n, MD Ophthalmology, Private Practice Marble Falls, Texas Clinical Assistant Pro essor Department o Ophthalmology University o Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Texas

Alfo nso Guzman, MD Family Physician San Antonio, Texas

Churlso n Han, MD Assistant Pro essor o Internal Medicine Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan

Me re d it h Hanco ck, MD Preliminary Resident Internal Medicine Loyola University Medical Center Maywood, Illinois

J immy H. Hara, MD, FAAFP Pro essor o Clinical Family Medicine David Ge en School o Medicine at UCLA Los Angeles, Cali ornia

David He nd e rso n, MD Associate Pro essor, Department o Family Medicine Associate Dean, Medical Student A airs University o Connecticut School o Medicine Farmington, Connecticut

Michae ll A. Hub e r, DDS

Kare n A. Hug he s, MD, FAAFP Associate Director North Mississippi Center Family Medicine Residency Program Tupelo, Mississippi

Khalilah Hunt e r-And e rso n, MD Assistant Pro essor Department o Traumatology & Emergency Medicine University o Connecticut Health Center Farmington, Connecticut

Carlo s Ro b e rt o J aé n, MD, PhD, MS Pro essor and Chair o Family and Community Medicine Pro essor o Epidemiology and Biostatistics The Dr. and Mrs. James L. Holly Distinguished Pro essor Scholar, ReACH (Research to Advance Community Health) Center University o Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, Texas

Nat alia J aime s, MD Assistant Pro essor Department o Dermatology Universidad Ponti cia Bolivariana Attending Physician Aurora Skin Cancer Center Medellin, Colombia

Ad e liza J ime ne z, MD Sta Physician Southern Cali ornia Permanente Medical Group Downey, Cali ornia

Anne E. J o hnso n, MD Psychiatry Resident University o Texas Southwestern Dallas, Texas

Rajil M. Karnani, MD, MME Assistant Pro essor o Internal Medicine Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan

J o nat han B. Karne s, MD Faculty MDFMR Dermatology Services, Main Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Augusta, Maine

Co Nt r iBu t o r s J e nnife r A. Ke e hb auch, MD, FAAFP

Caro lyn Milana, MD

Director o Research, Graduate Medical Education Florida Hospital Assistant Director, Family Medicine, Residency, Florida Hospital Director, Women’s Medicine Fellowship, Florida Hospital Orlando, Florida

Assistant Pro essor o Pediatrics Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital Stony Brook, New York

Me lanie Ke t chand ji, MD Urology Resident University o Texas Health Science Center Houston, Texas

Amo r Khache mo une , MD Attending Physician, Dermatologist Mohs Surgeon and Dermatopathologist Veterans A airs Medical Center Brooklyn, New York

J o o nse o k Kim, MD Fellow, Division o Cardiovascular Health and Disease University o Cincinnati Medical Center Cincinnati, Ohio

J . Michae l King , MD Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Peak ENT and Voice Center Boulder, Colorado

Ro b e rt Kraft , MD Clinical Assistant Pro essor Department o Family and Community Medicine University o Kansas School o Medicine Wichita, Kansas

Mad hab Lamichhane , MD Cardiovascular Diseases Fellow Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan

J uanit a Lo zano -Pine d a, DDS, MPH

Shashi Mit t al, MD Family Physician MedFirst Northeast Primary Care Clinic San Antonio, Texas

Asad K. Mo hmand , MD, FACP VCU Pauley Heart Center Medical College o Virginia Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia

Me lissa Muszynski, MD Resident, Department o Dermatology Georgetown University Hospital Washington Hospital Center Washington DC

Anje li Nayar, MD Assistant Pro essor o Medicine Uni ormed Services University o the Health Sciences Medical School Sta Physician, Internal Medicine Department o San Antonio Military Medical Center San Antonio, Texas

Priyank Pat e l, MD Hematology Oncology Fellow, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University at Bu alo, Bu alo, New York

Richard Paulis, MD Emergency Medicine Rochester General Hospital Atlanta, Georgia

Assistant Pro essor Department o Comprehensive Dentistry University o Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center Dental School San Antonio, Texas

De e p t hi Rao , MD

Ashfaq A. Marg ho o b , MD

Brian Z. Rayala, MD

Associate Pro essor Director, Skin Cancer Clinic, Hauppauge, Long Island Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, New York

Assistant Pro essor Department o Family Medicine University o North Carolina School o Medicine Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Ang ie Mat hai, MD

Sup rat ik Rayamajhi, MD

Assistant Clinical Pro essor East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina

Assistant Pro essor o Internal Medicine Director, Advanced Medicine Clerkship Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan

Laura Mat rka, MD Assistant Pro essor Department o Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Columbus, Ohio

Fellow Division o Endocrinology Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan

Suraj Re d d y, MD Dermatology Albuquerque Dermatology Associates Albuquerque, New Mexico


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Kat ie Re p p a, MD

C. Blake Simp so n, MD

Resident University o Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pro essor, Department o Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery University o Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Texas

Karl T. Re , MD

Lind a Sp e e r, MD

Assistant Pro essor o Family Medicine and Urology University o Michigan Medical School Ann Arbor, Michigan

Pro essor and Chair Department o Family Medicine University o Toledo College o Medicine and Li e Sciences Toledo, Ohio

Miche lle Ro e , DO Family Medicine San Joaquin General Hospital French Camp, Cali ornia

Khashayar Sarab i, MD Internal & Integrative Medicine Irvine, Cali ornia

She hnaz Zaman Sarmast , MD Dermatologist, Skin Specialist Allen/ Addison, Texas

Ana Tre viño Sauce d a, MD Assistant Clinical Pro essor Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery University o Texas Health Science Center San Antonio San Antonio, Texas

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D. Sche cht man, MD, FAAFP

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Pro essor Stan ord University School o Medicine Division o General Medical Disciplines Faculty, San Jose-O’Connor Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program San Jose, Cali ornia

Ang e la She d d , MD Dermatopathology Fellow ProPath Dallas, Texas

Maure e n K. She e han, MD, MHA Associate Pro essor, Division o Vascular Surgery University o Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Nao hiro Shib uya, DPM, MS, FACFAS Associate Pro essor o Surgery Texas A&M Health and Science Center College o Medicine Bryan, Texas

Erne st Vald e z, DDS Assistant Pro essor Department o Oral and Maxillo acial Surgery University o Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, Texas

Yu w ah, MD Assistant Pro essor Department o Family and Community Medicine University o Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston, Texas

Mark L. w ille nb ring , MD Founder and CEO, ALLTYR Saint Paul, Minnesota

Brian w illiams, MD Brian J. Williams Dermatology, Private Practice Midvale, Utah

Bo nnie w o ng , MD Assistant Pro essor o Clinical Family Medicine Indiana University, School o Medicine Indianapolis, Indiana

J ana K. Zaud ke , MD Assistant Pro essor Department o Family Medicine University o Kansas School o Medicine Kansas City, Kansas

pr EFACE Internists see a wide variety o diseases and conditions including cardiovascular, dermatologic, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and rheumatologic disorders. This comprehensive atlas that aids in diagnosis, using visible signs and internal imaging, can be o tremendous value. We have assembled more than 2000 outstanding clinical images or this very purpose, and are proud to present the rst edition o a modern comprehensive atlas o Internal Medicine. Some photographs will amaze you; all will in orm you about the various conditions that be all our patients. It took a number o people many years to create the rst edition o The Color Atlas of Internal Medicine. For me (Dr. Usatine) as the lead editor, it is a li elong work that started with little notebooks I kept in my white coat pocket to take notes during my residency. It then took on color when I began keeping a camera at work and taking photographs with my patient’s permission o any interesting clinical nding that I might use to teach medical students and residents the art and science o medicine. I was inspired by many great physicians, including Dr. Jimmy Hara, who had the most amazing 35-mm slide collection o clinical images. His knowledge o medicine is encyclopedic and I thought that his taking photographs might have something to do with that. Also, I realized that these photographs would greatly enhance my teaching o others. As I began to expand my practice to see more dermatology cases, my photograph collection skyrocketed. Digital photography made it more a ordable and practical to take and catalogue many new images. The Color Atlas of Internal Medicine is written or internists and all health care providers involved in caring or adults. It can also be invaluable to medical students, residents, and dermatologists.

The Color Atlas of Internal Medicine is also available electronically or iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, all Android devices, Kindle, and on the web through Access Medicine. These electronic versions will allow health care providers to access the images and content rapidly at the point-o -care. The Color Atlas of Internal Medicine is or anyone who loves to look at clinical photographs or learning, teaching, and practicing medicine. The rst chapter begins with an introduction to learning with images and digital photography. The core o the book ocuses on medical conditions organized by anatomic and physiologic systems. There are special sections devoted to the essence o Internal Medicine, physical/ sexual abuse, women’s health, and substance abuse. The collection o clinical images is supported by evidence-based in ormation that will help the health care provider to diagnose and manage common medical problems. The text is concisely presented with many easy-to-access bullets as a quick point-o -care re erence. Each chapter begins with a patient story that ties the photographs to the real li e stories o our patients. The photographic legends are also designed to connect the images to the people and their human conditions. Strength o recommendation ratings are cited throughout so that the science o medicine can be blended with the art o medicine or optimal patient care. Because knowledge continues to advance a ter any book is written, use the online resources presented in many o the chapters to keep up with the newest changes in medicine. Care deeply about your patients and enjoy your practice, as it is a privilege to be a health care provider and healer.


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ACKNo w l Ed GMENt s This book could not have been completed without the contributions o many talented physicians, health care pro essionals, and photographers. We received photographs rom people who live and work across the globe. Each photograph is labeled and acknowledges the photographer and contributor. There are some people who contributed so many photographs; it is appropriate to acknowledge them up ront in the book. Paul Comeau was the pro essional ophthalmology photographer at University o Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA). His beauti ul photographs o the external and internal eye make the ophthalmology section o this book so rich and valuable. The dermatology division at UTHSCSA contributed much o their expertise in photography, writing, and reviewing the extensive dermatology section. During the last ew years, I was ortunate to work closely with the dermatology aculty and residents and they contributed generously to our book. Dr. Eric Kraus, the program director, gave us many wonder ul photographs, especially or the section on bullous diseases. He also gave us open access to the 35-mm slides collected by the Division o Dermatology. Dr. Je Me ert also contributed photographs to many chapters. Dr. Jack Resneck, Sr., rom Louisiana, scanned his slides rom more than 40 years o practice and gave them to Dr. E.J. Mayeaux, Jr., or use. Dr. Resneck’s vast dermatologic experiences add to our atlas. The UTHSCSA Head and Neck Department contributed many photographs or this book. We especially thank Dr. Frank Miller and Dr. Blake Simpson or their contributions. Dr. Dan Stulberg, a physician rom New Mexico, with a passion or photography and dermatology, contributed many photographs throughout our book. We thank our trainees, many o whom coauthored chapters with us. UTHSCSA medical students and residents and ellows rom Michigan State University’s Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship program coauthored chapters and contributed photographs with great enthusiasm to the creation o this work. It was a pleasure to mentor these young writers and experience with them the rewards o authorship. Dr. Usatine is thank ul or the contributions o his “Underserved Dermatology Fellows.” Working closely with such brilliant and caring doctors in our Skin Clinic and ree outreach clinics allowed me to learn rom them while doing my best to advance their academic and humanistic careers. O course, we would have no book without the talented writing and editing o my coeditors, Drs. Gary Ferenchick, Mindy A. Smith, E.J. Mayeaux, and Heidi S. Chumley. They each bring years o clinical and educational experience to the writing o the Atlas. Dr. Mayeaux contributed many o his own photographs, especially in women’s health care, to our Atlas. Most o all we need to thank our patients who generously gave their permission or their photographs to be taken and published in this book. While some photos are not recognizable, we have many photos o the ull ace that are very recognizable and were generously given to us by our patients with ull written permission to be published as is. For photographs that were taken decades ago in which written consents were no longer available, we have used bars across

the eyes to make the photos less recognizable—verbal consent was always obtained or these images. The last section o this book is dedicated to understanding substance abuse (chemical dependency) and its treatment. This could not have been done without the generous contributions o the dedicated sta and the women residents at Alpha Home, a nonpro t alcohol and drug treatment program in San Antonio. The medical students and aculty rom UTHSCSA spend 2 to 3 evenings a week providing ree health care to these women who are bravely acing their addictions and ghting to stay sober 1 day at a time. Their pictures have been generously added to our book with their permission. I (Dr. Richard Usatine) thank my amily or giving me the support to see this book through. It has taken much time rom my amily li e and my amily has supported me through the long nights and weekends it takes to write a book while continuing to practice and teach medicine. I am ortunate to have a loving wi e, success ul son, wonder ul daughter, great son-in-law, and one very cute grandson who add meaning to my li e and allowed me to work hard on the creation o this Color Atlas. Dr Gary Ferenchick adds, “I want to acknowledge and thank my children Hannah Ferenchick, MD who contributed to this atlas and my son Jesse, both o whom are embarking on writing their own li e stories. Also, I am grate ul to my lovely wi e Carol, whose support makes my li e much easier and who is one o my li e’s bedrocks.” Dr. Mindy Smith adds, “I thank my late husband, Gary Crakes, and daughter, Jenny, or their support and willingness to listen when I struggle with phrasing and wording in my writing and editing. I also thank several colleagues who have helped me to establish mysel as an editor and supported my continued growth in this eld—Drs. Barry Weiss, Mark Ebell, Richard Usatine, Suzanne Sorkin, and Leslie Shimp.” Dr. E.J. Mayeaux adds, “I thank my wi e and amily or understanding the many hours o work and computer time it takes to produce this work. I would like to dedicate this work to Mr. Bob (Papa Bob) Mitchell who can always nd the unny angle to any situation and who gave me my partner and love o my li e. I would also like to thank my new work amily at the Department o Family and Preventive Medicine at the University o South Carolina School o Medicine in Columbia. We are going to do great things!” Dr. Heidi Chumley adds, “I want to thank my husband, John Delzell, who has brought love and peace to my o ten chaotic li e, and my children, Cullen, Sierra, David, Selene, and Jack, who give me joy and provide the incentive to stay on task. Each one, in turn, has cheer ully pitched in to help a grumpy and tired mom who stayed up most o the night working on one o many chapters. I have been very blessed.” Finally, we all thank James Shanahan and Harriet Lebowitz rom McGraw-Hill or believing in this project and guiding us through to completion. Our gratitude also extends to Hardik Popli or his dedicated work on this book.


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1 AN ATLAS TO ENHANCE PATIENT CARE, LEARNING, AND TEACHING Richard P. Usatine , MD People only see what they are prepared to see. —Ralph Waldo Emerson Whether you are viewing Figure 1-1 in a book, in an aquarium, or in the sea, you immediately recognize the image as a f sh. Those o you who are more schooled in the classif cation o f sh might recognize that this is an angelf sh with the tail resembling the head o the angel and the posterior f ns representing the wings. I you are truly prepared to see this f sh in all its splendor, you would see the blue circle above its eye as the crown o the queen angelf sh. Making a diagnosis in medicine o ten involves the kind o pattern recognition needed to identi y a queen angelf sh. This is much the same as recognizing a beauti ul bird or the painting o a avorite artist. I you are prepared to look or the clues that lead to the identif cation (diagnosis), you will see what needs to be seen. How can we be best prepared to see these clues? There is nothing more valuable than seeing an image or a patient who has the condition in question at least once be ore you encounter it on your own. The memory o a power ul visual image can become hardwired into your brain or ready recall. In medicine, it also helps to know where and how to look to f nd the clues you may need when the diagnosis cannot be made at a single glance. For example, a patient with inverse psoriasis may present with a rash under the breast that has been repeatedly and unsuccess ully treated with anti ungal agents or candidiasis or tinea (Figures 1-2 and 1-3). The prepared clinician knows that not all erythematous plaques under the breast are ungal and looks or clues such as nail changes (Figures 1-2 and 1-4) or scaling erythematous plaques around the elbows, knees, or umbilicus (see Figure 1-3). Knowing where to look and what to look or is how an experienced clinician makes the diagnosis o psoriasis.

FIGURE 1-1 Q ue e n ang e lf sh (Holacanthus ciliaris). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission rom Sam The kke thil. http ://www.f hotos/nature loving .)

FIGURE 1-2 Inve rse p soriasis und e r the b re ast that mig ht ap p e ar to b e a ung al in e ction to the untraine d e ye . Note the sp linte r he morrhag e s in the nail o the third d ig it that p rovid e a clue that the p atie nt has p soriasis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission rom Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

USING O UR SENSES As physicians we collect clinical data through sight, sound, touch, and smell. Although physicians in the past used taste to collect data, such as tasting the sweet urine o a patient with diabetes, this sense is rarely, i ever, used in modern medicine. We listen to heart sounds, lung sounds, bruits, and percussion notes to collect in ormation or diagnoses. We touch our patients to eel lumps, bumps, thrills, and masses. We occasionally use smell or diagnosis. Un ortunately, the odors o disease are rarely pleasant. Even the ruity odors o Pseudomonas are not like the sweet ruits o a armers’ market. O course, we also use the patient’s history, laboratory data, and more advanced imaging techniques to diagnose and manage patients’ illnesses. It was our belie in the value o visual imagery that led to the development o The Color Atlas of Internal Medicine. We are pleased to provide more than 2000 images to you and doctors around the world as a large, color textbook and as an interactive electronic application or easy use on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and all android devices.

FIGURE 1-3 The p atie nt in Fig ure 1-2 with inve rse psoriasis had a typ ical psoriatic plaq ue in the umb ilicus. This was the only othe r are a involve d be sid e s the b re asts and the nails b ut e asily could have b e e n misse d without the knowle d g e o whe re to look or the clue s ne e d e d to make the diag nosis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission rom Richard P. Usatine , MD.)


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FIGURE 1-4 Whe n the d iag nosis o p soriasis is b e ing consid e re d , look at the nails or p itting or othe r nail chang e s such as sp linte r he morrhag e s, onycholysis, or o il sp ots. This is a g ood e xamp le o nail p itting in a p atie nt with p soriasis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission rom Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

We all see visible clinical f ndings on patients that we do not recognize. When this happens, open this book and look or a close match. Use the appendix, index, or table o contents to direct you to the section with the highest-yield photos. I you f nd a direct match, you may have ound the diagnosis. Read the text and see i the history and physical examination match your patient. Per orm or order tests to conf rm the diagnosis, i needed. I you cannot f nd the image in our book try the Internet and the Google search engine. Try a Google image search and ollow the leads. O course this is easiest to do i you have a good di erential diagnosis and want to conf rm your impression. I you do not have a diagnosis in mind, you may try entering descriptive words and looking or an image that matches what you are seeing. I the Google image search does not work, try a Web search and look at the links or other clues. Finally, there are dedicated atlases on the Internet or organ systems that can help you f nd the needed image. Most o these atlases have their own search engines, which can help direct you to the right diagnosis. Table 1-1 lists some o the best resources currently available online.

EXPANDING O UR INTERNAL IMAGE BANKS The larger our saved image bank in our brain, the better clinicians and diagnosticians we can become. The expert clinician has a large image bank stored in memory to call on or rapid pattern recognition. Our image banks begin to develop in medical school when we view pictures in lectures and textbooks. We then begin to develop our own clinical image bank through our clinical experiences. Our re erences are printed color atlases, as well as those available on the Internet and electronically. Studying and learning the patterns rom any atlas can enhance your expertise by enlarging the image bank stored in your memory. An atlas takes the clinical experiences o clinicians over decades and gives it to you as a single re erence. We o er you, or the f rst time in the United States, a modern, comprehensive internal medicine color atlas, which includes areas such as oral health, dermatology, podiatry, and the eye.

USING IMAGES TO BUILD TRUST IN THE PATIENT–PHYSICIAN RELATIO NSHIP I you are seeing a patient with a mysterious illness that remains undiagnosed and you f gure out the diagnosis, you can o ten bridge the issues o mistrust and anxiety by showing the patient the picture o another person with the diagnosis. Use our atlas or that purpose and supplement it with the Internet. This is especially important or a patient who has gone undiagnosed or misdiagnosed or some time. “Seeing is believing” or many patients. Ask f rst i they would want to see some pictures o other persons with a similar condition; most will be very interested. The patient can see the similarities between their condition and the other images and eel reassured that your diagnosis is correct. Write down the name o the diagnosis or your patient and use your patient education skills.

TABLE 1-1 Exce lle nt Clinical Imag e Colle ctions on the Inte rne t

De rm Atlas

www.d e

Johns Hop kins Unive rsity

De rmIS

www.d e t

De rm In ormation Syste ms rom Ge rmany

De rmne t

www.d e rmne

Skin Dise ase Imag e Atlas

Inte ractive De rm Atlas

www.d e t

From Richard P. Usatine , MD



From an ENT p hysician


www.e ye round

Unive rsity o Iowa

Fig ure Se arch

http ://f g ure se arch.askhe rme

Unive rsity o Wisconsin

Imag e s o all typ e s

http ://commons.wikime d

Wikime d ia Commons

In e ctious Dise ase s

www.p c.g ov

CDC Pub lic He alth Imag e Lib rary

Rad iolog y

http ://rad .usuhs.e d u/me d p ix/

Me d Pix

Skinsig ht

http ://www.skinsig

Log ical Imag e s




LEARNING WITH IMAGES AND DIGITAL PHO TO GRAPHY Do be care ul when searching or images on the Web in the presence o patients. Sometimes what pops up is not pretty (or, or that matter, G- or PG-rated). I turn the screen away rom the patient be ore initiating the search and then censor what I will show them. I you teach, model this behavior in ront o your students. Show them how re erence books and the Internet at the point o care can help with the care o patients.

TAKING YO UR O WN PHO TO GRAPHS Images taken by you with your own camera o your own patients complete with their own stories are more likely to be retained and retrievable in your memory because they have a context and a story to go with them. We encourage our readers to use a digital camera (within a smartphone or a stand-alone camera) and consider taking your own photos. O course, always ask permission be ore taking any photograph o a patient. Explain how the photographs can be used to teach other doctors and to create a record o the patient’s condition at this point in time. I the photograph will be identif able, ask or written consent; or patients younger than age 18 years, ask the parent to sign. Store the photos in a manner that avoids any Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy violations, such as on a secure server or on your own computer with password protection and data encryption. These photographs can directly benef t the patient when, or example, ollowing nevi or changes. Digital photography is a wonder ul method or practicing, teaching, and learning medicine. You can show patients pictures o conditions on parts o their bodies that they could not see without multiple mirrors and some unusual body contortions. You can also use the zoom view eature on the camera or smartphone to view or show a segment o the image in greater detail. Children generally love to have their photos taken and will be delighted to see themselves on the screen o your camera.


The advent o digital photography makes the recording o photographic images less expensive, easier to do, and easier to maintain. Digital photography also gives you immediate eedback and a sense o immediate gratif cation. No longer do you have to wait or a roll o f lm to be completed and processed be ore f nding out the results o your photography. Not only does this give you immediate gratif cation to see your image displayed instantaneously in the camera, but also alerts you to poor-quality photographs that can be retaken while the patient is still in the o f ce. This speeds up the learning curve o the beginning photographer in a way that could not happen with f lm photography.

O UR GO ALS Many o the images in this atlas are rom my collected works over the past 27 years o my practice in medicine. My patients have generously allowed me to photograph them so that their photographs would help the physicians and patients o the uture. To these photos, we have added images that represent decades o experiences by other physicians and specialists. Physicians who have submitted their images to “Photo Rounds” in the Journal of Family Practice are also sharing their photos with you. Finally, 12 years o providing students with cameras during their clerkships at the University o Cali ornia at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University o Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) have allowed our students to add their experiences to our atlas. It is the goal o this atlas to provide you with a wide range o images o common and uncommon conditions and provide you with the knowledge you need to make the diagnosis and initiate treatment. We want to help you to be the best diagnostician you can be. We may aspire to be a clinician like Sir William Osler and have the detective acumen o Sherlock Holmes. The images collected or this atlas can help move you in that direction by making you prepared to see what you need to see.




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their physicians to treat a wide variety o medical problems but re er to a specialist when necessary (88% and 84%), and they wanted a physician who looks at the whole person—emotional, psychological, and physical (73% and 74%). In addition, o 39 possible attributes o physicians, most patients (68-97% stated extremely or very important) viewed the ollowing as the most important attributes or services that drive overall satis action with their physician: • Does not judge; understands and supports.

Humor is one way through which patients and physicians relate to each other on a human level. Even politics is not o -limits in the doctor– patient relationship.

PATIENT STO RY Patient stories, particularly i we listen attentively and nonjudgmentally, provide us with a window into their lives and experiences. These stories help us to know our patients in power ul ways, and that knowledge about the patient, as someone special, provides the context, meaning, and clues about their symptoms and illnesses that can lead to healing. At our best, we serve as witness to their struggles and triumphs, supporter o their e orts to change and grow, and guide through the medical maze o diagnostic and therapeutic options. Sometimes, their stories become our own stories—those patients who we will never orget because their stories have changed our lives and the way we practice medicine (Figure 2-1).

WHAT PATIENTS WANT FRO M THEIR PHYSICIAN Based on 2002 telephone interviews o the general public (N = 1031), 1 most patients strongly agreed that they wanted to take an active role in their health care (82% and 91%, patients with amily physicians and patients with general internists, respectively), they wanted

• Always honest, direct. • Acts as partner in maintaining health. • Treats both serious and nonserious conditions. • Attends to emotional and physical health. • Listens to me. • Encourages healthier li estyle. • Tries to get to know me. • Can help with any problem. • Someone I can stay with as I get older.

WHAT PHYSICIANS WANT FRO M AND FO R PATIENTS Although the types and intensity o relationships with patients di er, our positive and negative experiences with patients shape us as clinicians, in uence us in our personal relationships, and shape the character o our practices. Arthur Kleinman, in his prologue to Patients and Doctors: LifeChanging Stories from Primary Care, wrote, “We all seem to want (or demand) experiences that matter, but maybe what is oremost is that we want experiences in which we matter.” There is perhaps no greater satis action than the belie that what we do and who we are matters to those we care or in both our personal and pro essional lives. 2 A positive relationship with a patient is one o mutual growth. This concept o doctor–patient reciprocity is not new and can be ound in the writings o Erasmus, more than 500 years ago, arising rom a classical conception o riendship. 3 As clinicians we want patients to be healthier and improved in some meaning ul way a ter our encounter with them. Meaning ul elements common to healing practices across cultures include the ollowing4: • Providing a meaning ul explanation or the sickness • Expressing care and concern • O ering the possibility o mastery and control over the illness or its symptoms Family physicians (n = 300) who were interviewed as part o the uture o amily medicine (FFM) initiative stated that the ollowing things completely captured the essence o what they ound as most satis ying about being a amily physician1: • The strong relationships developed with patients over the years (54%). • The variety—no day is ever the same (54%).

FIGURE 2-1 Dr. Je rry Winakur and Lyd ia Guild are e njoying a re ce nt visit, one o many in the ir 30-ye ar re lationship as d o ctor and p atie nt. The y have e ach had the ir trials and jo ys ove r the d e cad e s and now f nd that the y have grown old together. (Reproduced with permission from Jeffrey M. Levine, MD)

• O ers me a strong sense o purpose because I can make a real di erence in people’s lives (48%). • Don’t spend their days taking care o illness, but take care o the whole patient (Figure 2-2) (46%).

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ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE were signif cantly more likely to have good control based on hemoglobin A1C than were patients o physicians with low empathy scores (56% and 40%, respectively). 7 • Patients who reported an established relationship with a primary care provider (PCP) were less likely to currently smoke than those who lacked a PCP relationship (26.5% and 62.3%, respectively). 8 • There is a direct link between patient satis action and the amount o in ormation that physicians provide. 9,10 • There is also a strong positive correlation between patient satis action, recall, and understanding and physician’s partnership building (eg, enlisting patient input). 10 • Provision o health in ormation to patients in uences patient decision making in important ways.

FIGURE 2-2 Dr. Alan Blum is a p hysician who has b e e n d oing ske tche s o his p atie nts or d e cad e s now. Whe n he p re se nts his d rawing s, he re ad s his p oe tic storie s that g o with the d rawing s. Some o his d rawing s have b e e n p ub lishe d in JAMA. He re is the p oe m that g oe s with this man’s story: “Gov’me nt g ave me a chance to g e t a he arin’ aid or re e . But whe n I we nt to th’ d octor, he say, ’We ll, cap ’n, the re g onna b e a lot o’ thing s you d on’t want to he ar!’”

LEARNING FRO M PATIENTS To learn rom patients, clinicians must do the ollowing: • Move outside o their worldview and accept the patient’s point o view and belie system.

ESSENTIALS O F GO O D DO CTO R–PATIENT RELATIO NSHIP Although the doctor–patient relationship may be viewed as a contract or providing services, Dr. Candib argues that this view does not f t well with developing a healing relationship that must be based on “unconditional positive regard,” benef cence, caring, and a moral basis o conduct. 11 Furthermore, contracts ail to deal with the unpredictable and ail to acknowledge the power inequality between physicians and patients. To counter this power imbalance, Candib emphasizes the need or clinicians to use that power to empower the patient. Following are the requirements o empowerment o patients12: • Recognition o oppression—Acknowledging the patient’s contextual problems (eg, poverty, race, religion, sexual pre erence) and the sources o inequality and oppression that contribute to their health status or the purpose o naming and supporting the patient’s reality.

• Let go o stereotypes, biases, and dogma.

• Expressing empathy—A characteristic o being with the patient that leads to empowerment by conf rming the worthiness o the other.

• Use active empathic listening, see the patient in context, and adopt re ective and re exive practices. 5

• Respecting the patient as a person (particularly those who are cognitively or otherwise impaired).

• Emphasize patient dignity and control within a supportive team, which may include amily, riends, aides, and community resources.

• Responding to the changing abilities o the patient—Using exibility, timing, and a shi ting o skills to advance the movement o the patient in a positive direction.

• Accept di erences o opinion or patient re usal graciously without abandoning the patient. 4

• Look at each patient encounter as a cross-cultural event. Western medical training acculturates clinicians into a world seen in large part as one o problems and solutions; this is o ten at odds with patients’ need to f nd meaning in the illness episode, be heard and acknowledged, and learn to live a quality li e with chronic illness.

BENEFITS O F A GO O D DO CTO R–PATIENT RELATIO NSHIP Beyond the benef t o enhancing the medical experience or both clinicians and patients, data that support developing a good doctor–patient relationship include the ollowing: • Patients who are satisf ed with their physicians are 3 times more likely to ollow a prescribed medical regimen. 6 • Patients with diabetes cared or by physicians with high empathy scores (based on the physician’s sel -administered Je erson Scale o Empathy)

• Using language that increases patient’s power—Solicit and legitimize the patient’s explanations and experience. This may include using questions about what patients want rom the encounter, what they think about their problem, what they think the clinician should do about the problem, and what they have tried that has worked or them in the past. • Taking the patient seriously—This includes respecting the patients’ ears, not trivializing their concerns, and allowing the truth to un old over time to prevent harm or embarrassment to the patient. • Supporting choice and control—Accepting patients’ priorities, even i health is not the top one, and allowing patients to choose, even i their choice is to relinquish control. • Eliciting the patient’s story, o ten over time, to be able to put the illness experience into historical and social context. • Providing patient education in a context in which the clinician asks what the patient already knows, what they want and need to know, and whether they have any questions. Health educators should discuss risks and benef ts o a proposed diagnostic or treatment plan




ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE that are meaning ul to the patient and provide patients with the tools and in ormation to make their own decisions. Some patients pre er to delegate authority to the physician to make medical decisions; the challenge then is or the physician to f nd out the patient’s pre erences and values. Caring is also an essential eature o a good doctor–patient relationship. Caring, as connectedness with a patient, evolves rom the relationship. Within the context o this relationship, the clinician makes the patient eel known, pays attention to the meaning that a symptom or illness has in the patient’s li e, expresses real eeling (separate rom re ecting back the patient’s eelings), and practices devotion (eg, a willingness at times to do something extra or the patient). 13 To provide care to patients, clinicians must take care o themselves.

SKILLS FO R BUILDING GO O D DO CTO R–PATIENT RELATIO NSHIPS • One strategy or improving communication with patients is using the patient-centered interview. 14 This technique ocuses on eliciting the patient’s agenda in order to address their concerns more promptly. • Incorporating the BATHE (Background, A ect, Trouble and Handling o their current situation, and Empathy) method into the standard patient interview was ound to increase 8 o 11 measures o patient satis action. 15 • Using sel -disclosure or the purposes o role modeling and guiding, showing empathy, building trust, and developing a stronger relationship in the context o shared assumptions about the relationship are some o the other strategies. Sel -disclosure, however, must be balanced with the obligation o not to take advantage o patients by using such disclosure as an appeal or help or intimacy. 16 In addition, it may be prudent to avoid disclosure o unresolved issues and to avoid repetitiousness (as when disclosure predominates over inquiry).


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Despite lack o clinical outcomes rom this research, authors o a systematic review ound the ollowing18: • Methods or communicating clinical evidence to patients include nonquantitative general terms, numerical translation o clinical evidence, graphical representations, and decision-making aids. • Focus-group data suggested that clinicians present options and/ or equipoise be ore asking patients about pre erred decision-making roles or ormats or in ormation. • Absolute risk reduction is pre erred. • The order o in ormation presented and the time rame o outcomes can bias patient understanding. • Limited evidence supports use o human stick f gure graphics or aces or single probabilities and vertical bar graphs or comparative in ormation. • Less-educated and older patients pre erred proportions to percentages and did not appreciate conf dence intervals. REFERENCES 1. American Academy o Family Physicians. Future of Family Medicine Project. http:/ / www.aa online/ en/ home/ membership/ initiatives/ uture amilymed.html. Accessed March 2012. 2. Kleinman A. Prologue. In: Borkan J, Reis S, Steinmetz D, Medalie JH, eds. Patients and Doctors: Life-Changing Stories from Primary Care. Madison, WI: University o Wisconsin Press; 1999:ix. 3. Albury WR, Weisz GM. The medical ethics o Erasmus and the physician-patient relationship. Med Humanit. 2001;27(1):35-41. 4. Brody H. Family and community—re ections. In: Borkan J, Reis S, Steinmetz D, Medalie JH, eds. Patients and Doctors: Life-Changing Stories from Primary Care. Madison, WI: University o Wisconsin Press; 1999:67-72. 5. Medalie JH. Learning rom patients—re ections. In: Borkan J, Reis S, Steinmetz D, Medalie JH, eds. Patients and Doctors: Life-changing Stories from Primary Care. Madison, WI: University o Wisconsin Press; 1999:50. 6. Rosenberg EE, Lussier MT, Beaudoin C. Lessons or clinicians rom physician-patient communication literature. Arch Fam Med. 1997;6(3):279-283.

Steps or maximizing patient education or behavior change include the ollowing17:

7. Hojat M, Louis DZ, Markham FW, et al. Physicians’ empathy and clinical outcomes or diabetic patients. Acad Med. 2011;86(3):359-364.

• Understanding the power o the clinician’s expertise as a motivator toward behavior change.

8. DePew Z, Gossman W, Morrow LE. Association o primary care physician relationship and insurance status with reduced rates o tobacco smoking. Chest. 2010;138(5):1278-1279.

• Being patient centered and patient responsive (eg, assess readiness to change, patient wishes or autonomy or assistance in decision making). • Encouraging the patient to choose one or at most 2 behavior goals at a time. • Being specif c in the advice given.

9. Blanchard CG, Labrecque MS, Ruckdeschel JC, Blanchard EB. Physician behaviors, patient perceptions, and patient characteristics as predictors o satis action o hospitalized adult cancer patients. Cancer. 1991;65(1):186-192.

• Obtaining commitment rom the patient or change.

10. Hall JA, Roter KL, Katz NR. Meta-analysis o correlates o provider behavior in medical encounters. Med Care. 1988;26(7):657-675.

• Using multiple educational strategies, o ten over time and rom a team o providers.

11. Candib LM. Medicine and the Family—A Feminist Perspective. New York, NY: Basic Books; 1995:119-145.

• Using social support when possible. • Assuring appropriate ollow-up.

12. Candib LM. Medicine and the Family—A Feminist Perspective. New York, NY: Basic Books; 1995:246-273.

Some guidance can be ound in the literature or discussing clinical evidence with patients in the process o making medical decisions.

13. Candib LM. Medicine and the Family—A Feminist Perspective. New York, NY: Basic Books; 1995:206-239.

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14. Brown J, Stewart M, McCracken E, McWhinney IR, Levenstein J. The patient-centered clinical method. 2. Def nition and application. Fam Pract. 1986;3(2):75-79. 15. Leiblum SR, Schnall E, Seehuus M, DeMaria A. To BATHE or not to BATHE: patient satis action with visits to their amily physician. Fam Med. 2008;40(6):407-411. 16. Candib LM. Medicine and the Family—A Feminist Perspective. New York, NY: Basic Books; 1995:181-205.


ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE 17. Jaques LB, Curtis P, Goldstein AO. Helping your patients stay healthy. In: Sloane PD, Slatt LM, Ebell MH, Jacques LB, eds. Essentials of Family Medicine. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2002:117-125. 18. Epstein RM, Alper BS, Quill TE. Communicating evidence or participatory decision making. JAMA. 2004;291(19):2359-2366.





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3 FAMILY PLANNING E.J. Maye aux Jr., MD Jame s Barrow, MD

PATIENT STO RY Your patient is a 25-year-old married woman who wants to postpone having children for another 2 years while she nishes graduate school. She and her husband are currently using condoms, but would like to change to something different. She is in good health and does not smoke. It is now your opportunity to discuss with her all the methods available to prevent pregnancy. First, you determine what she knows about the methods and if she has any preferences. She tells you that she is speci cally interested in either the hormonal vaginal ring (NuvaRing) (Figure 3-1) or the newest intrauterine device (IUD) that releases a hormone (Figure 3-2). Then you participate in shared decision making as she comes up with the method that best ts her lifestyle and health issues.

INTRO DUCTIO N Contraception is like many other treatments in medicine. Each method has its risks and bene ts. Each method has its barriers to use, such as compliance, cost, and social stigmas. By educating patients appropriately and letting them know beforehand of the potential side effects, we can greatly increase compliance and satisfaction.

FIGURE 3-2 Mire na (le vonorg e stre l-re le asing intraute rine syste m) p rovid e s e e ctive contrace p tion or at le ast 5 ye ars. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Baye r He althCare Pharmace uticals Inc.)

EPIDEMIO LO GY • Approximately one-half of pregnancies in the United States are unintended1 and approximately one-half of these occurred in women using reversible contraception. 2 • The most commonly used contraceptive methods in the United States are oral contraceptive pills (OCPs), male condoms, and female sterilization. 3 • Long-acting reversible forms of contraception are increasingly popular. Encouraging these methods may help lower the unintended pregnancy rate. Gaps or discontinuation of use of short-acting methods lead to unintended pregnancy.4 • Newer contraceptives often have improved side-effect pro les or have more convenient delivery systems that may not require daily patient adherence. Having a wide range of contraceptive options helps patients nd a method that will work best for them. • This chapter focuses on contraceptive methods available in the United States and the considerations one must address when counseling patients on their choice of method.

CO NSIDERATIO NS • No contraception method is perfect. Each individual or couple must balance the advantages and disadvantages of each method and decide which offers the best choice. As the physician, one must help the patient make the appropriate decision based on many factors that are unrelated to their medical history or to the side-effect pro le of the method, such as the likelihood of compliance and access to follow-up. FIGURE 3-1 NuvaRing is a comb ine d ho rmonal intravag inal contrace p tive ring . The e xib le mate rial o the ring allows or e asy inse rtion and re moval. Note the size in comp arison to a q uarte r. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission fro m Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Some important considerations in choosing a contraceptive method are its potential side effects, failure rates, and noncontraceptive bene ts. See Table 3-1.




TABLE 3-1 Contrace p tive O p tions Availab le in the Unite d State s in 2012

Unint e nd e d Pre g nancie s Wit h 1 Ye ar o Use (%) Me t ho d

Typ ical Use

The o re t ical

No nco nt race p t ive Be ne f t s

Use Wit h Bre ast e e d ing




Sp e rmicid e




Ye s

Withd rawal




Ye s

Pe riod ic ab stine nce ( e rtility aware ne ss)




Ye s

Diap hrag m with sp e rmicid e




Ye s

Fe male cond om



Pre ve nts STDs

Ye s

Male cond om



Pre ve nts STDs

Ye s

O CPs—comb ine d and p rog e stin-only



Re g ulation o me nstrual cycle and d ysme norrhe a, p ossib le d e cre ase in ovarian and e nd ome trial cance r risk, d e cre ase acne


Contrace p tive p atch



Same as O CPs


Vag inal ring



Same as O CPs


De p o-Prove ra



Same as O CPs

Ye s

Cop p e r-containing IUD




Ye s

Le vonorg e stre l IUD



Re g ulation o me nstrual cycle s and d ysme norrhe a

Ye s

Fe male ste rilization




Ye s

Male ste rilization




Ye s

Etonog e stre l imp lant



Same as O CPs

Sa e ty cond itional

IUD, intraute rine d e vice ; O CP, oral contrace p tive p ill; STD, se xually transmitte d d ise ase . Data rom Trusse ll J. Contrace p tive e f cacy. In: Hatche r RA, Trusse ll J, Ne lson AL, e t al, e d s. Contrace p tive Te chnolog y, 20th re v e d . Ne w York, NY: Ard e nt Me d ia; 2011:827-1010; He rnd on EJ, Zie man M. Ne w contrace p tive op tions. Am Fam Physician. 2004;69:853-860; He rnd on EJ, Zie man M. Imp roving Acce ss to Q uality Care in Family Planning : Me d ical Elig ib ility Crite ria for Contrace p tive Use . 2nd e d . Ge ne va, Switze rland : Re p rod uctive He alth and Re se arch, World He alth O rg anization; 2000. http ://whq lib d ub lications/2004/9241562668. p d . Acce sse d July 4, 2006; Sp e ro L, Fritz MA. Clinical Gyne colog ic End ocrinolog y and Infe rtility. 7th e d . Philad e lp hia, PA: Lip p incott Williams & Wilkins; 2005.

• Smoking increases the risks of the most dangerous side effects of estrogencontaining contraceptives. This is an important issue in helping a patient choose the safest and the best method. Encouraging smoking cessation is always a good intervention, but one might avoid prescribing an estrogencontaining contraceptive until the patient can truly quit smoking. • Avoid estrogen-containing contraceptives in women with hypertension or migraine with aura. In both cases, the theoretical or proven risk of stroke outweighs the advantages.

NEWER CO NTRACEPTIVE CHO ICES • In addition to the traditional 20 to 35 µg ethinyl estradiol (EE) OCPs, 30 and 20 µg EE in combination with the new progestogen drospirenone (Yasmin, YAZ) are available. Drospirenone has some

antimineralocorticoid activity and has been shown to decrease the water retention, negative affect, and appetite changes that are commonly associated with menstrual cycle changes. 4 Serum potassium levels should be monitored when women are at a risk for hyperkalemia. The progesterone in these pills often helps in decreasing the severity of acne. Beyaz is a newer formulation of the above with the addition of folate. If a patient becomes pregnant while taking this pill, her folate levels would be adequate to prevent neural tube defects. • Extended OCPregimens with 84 days of levonorgestrel-EE pills and 7 days of nonhormonal pills (Seasonale) are available. Seasonique has the same pills for the rst 84 days but uses 10 µg EE pills for the last 7 days to make up the 91-day cycle. They have similar advantages to other OCPs except that the patient has only 4 periods a year. Another extended OCP regimen combining levonorgestrel and EE has been released in which there are no nonhormonal pills at all (Lybrel).





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• The hormonal vaginal ring (NuvaRing) has similar active ingredients of OCPs, but it does not require daily attention (see Figure 3-1). It is placed in the vagina for 3 weeks at a time (with 1 week off) and releases EE and etonogestrel. Withdrawal bleeding occurs during the ring-free week. The vaginal ring is associated with a lower incidence of breakthrough bleeding than standard OCPs. • There is a newer form of Depo-Provera given every 3 months, but is given subcutaneously (SQ) instead of intramuscularly (IM). The SQ version provides 30% less hormone, 104 versus 150 mg per injection. It works at least as well as Depo-Provera IM as a contraceptive, and also works as well as Lupron Depot for endometriosis pain with fewer hot ashes and less bone loss. If long-term use is considered, it may be prudent to select another contraceptive, discuss the risk of possible bone loss, or consider monitoring bone density in women using either version of Depo-Provera for more than 2 years. These medications can increase the incidence of acne and weight gain in some women as a result of the androgenic effects of the progesterone. • The Mirena IUD releases levonorgestrel and provides effective contraception for at least 5 years (see Figure 3-2). Pregnancy rates are comparable with those occurring with surgical sterilization. Coppercontaining IUDs are another long-term option lasting up to 10 years; however, it may be associated with dysmenorrhea and irregular vaginal bleeding some of the time. Twenty percent of women have amenorrhea after 1 year of use with Mirena, and as with the coppercontaining IUDs, there is a risk of expulsion. The absolute risk of ectopic pregnancy with IUD use is extremely low because of the high effectiveness of IUDs. However, if a woman becomes pregnant during IUD use, the relative likelihood of ectopic pregnancy is greatly increased. 5 • Nexplanon (etonogestrel implant) is an etonogestrel-containing single rod implant for subdermal use (Figure 3-3). It is a long-acting (up to 3 years), reversible, contraceptive method. It must be removed or replaced by the end of the third year. The implant is 4 cm in length with a diameter of 2 mm and contains 68 mg of the synthetic progestin etonogestrel (ENG). It does not contain estrogen or latex and is not radiopaque. The contraceptive effect of the ENG implant involves suppression of ovulation, increased viscosity of the cervical mucus, and alterations in the endometrium. In the rst year of use, it had the lowest failure rate of any form of contraception, including tubal ligation. 7 The effectiveness of Nexplanon in women who weigh more than 130% of

FIGURE 3-3 Ne xp lanon imp lantab le sub cutane ous contrace p tive syste m. The inse rtion d e vice is a sharp trochar and the imp lant is mad e o a so t silastic tub e . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from E.J. Maye aux Jr., MD.)

FIGURE 3-4 Essure tub al o cclusion d e vice or p e rmane nt ste rilization. It is p lace d within the allop ian tub e s using a vag inal ap p roach and a hyste roscop e . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Jay Be rman, MD.)

their ideal body weight has not been studied. Problems with Nexplanon are similar to other progestin-only contraceptives (acne and gaining weight). • Nexplanon sterilization is a common and very effective form of contraception that should be considered permanent. • Hysteroscopic tubal occlusion (Essure) is a newer technique (Figures 3-4 to 3-6). The device is a exible microcoil designed to promote tissue growth in the fallopian tubes. It does not require any incisions and can be performed without general anesthesia, typically in less than 30 minutes. There is a 3-month waiting period after the device is placed when an alternative birth control must be used. On the 3-month follow-up visit, a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is performed to document that the tubes have been blocked. • The combination contraceptive patch (Ortho Evra) releases EE and norelgestromin and has the same mechanism of action as OCPs (Figure 3-7). It is applied weekly for 3 weeks, followed by a patchfree week during which menses occur. Recommended application sites include the upper arm, buttocks, and torso (excluding the back and breasts). It has similar ef cacy to OCPs but may be less effective in women weighing more than 90 kg (198 lb). In a rare instance of patch detachment, it must be replaced. The progesterone in the patch may decrease the severity of acne.

FIGURE 3-5 Hyste roscop ic vie w showing the coile d Essure d e vice within a allop ian tub e imme d iate ly a te r it was imp lante d . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Jay Be rman, MD.)



ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE FO LLO W-UP Monitor for side effects, level of usage, and tolerability. The contraceptive choice should be periodically reexamined as the patient may want to switch to a different method of contraception as needs and circumstances change.


• Managing Contraception Web site has a choices section that is good for patients—http:/ / . • NuvaRing Web site—http:/ / . • Mirena Web site—http:/ / . • Essure Web site—http:/ / . • Nexplanon Web site—http:/ / . • CDC Web site—http:/ / reproductivehealth/ UnintendedPregnancy/ Contraception.htm. • ACOG Web site—http:/ / publications/ patient_education/ ab020.cfm. FIGURE 3-6 Hyste rosalp ing og ram (HSG) with b ilate ral Essure d e vice s within the allop ian tub e s (arrows). Contrast mate rial d iste nd s the ute rine cavity b ut d oe s not e nte r the cornua, allop ian tub e s or p e ritone al cavity, ind icating succe ss ul occlusion. The b lack/g ray b ub b le in the white -ap p e aring ute rus is the HSG cathe te r b alloon. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from E.J. Maye aux Jr., MD.)

PATIENT EDUCATIO N For some contraceptive methods to be effective, the patient must be willing to use them consistently and correctly. Other methods do not require any action on the part of the patient. Patients will need to understand the bene ts and risks of the method they choose and how to be best assured that the method is working for them. If patients are aware of the possible side effects, they can address any such effect with their physician if an adverse effect occurs.


• Contraceptive Technology Table of Contraceptive Ef cacy— http:/ / table.html. • American Family Physician. New Contraceptive Options— http:/ / afp/ 20040215/ 853.html. • World Health Organization. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use. 4th ed. 2009—http:/ / reproductivehealth/ topics/ en/ .

REFERENCES 1. Henshaw SK. Unintended pregnancy in the United States. Fam Plann Perspect. 1998;30:24-29, 46. 2. Kost K, Singh S, Vaughan B, et al. Estimates of contraceptive failure from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth. Contraception. 2008;77:10. 3. Piccinino LJ, Mosher WD. Trends in contraceptive use in the United States: 1982-1995. Fam Plann Perspect. 1998;30:4-10, 46. 4. Raine TR, Foster-Rosales A, Upadhyay UD, et al. One-year contraceptive continuation and pregnancy in adolescent girls and women initiating hormonal contraceptives. Obstet Gynecol. 2011; 117(2 pt 1):363-371. 5. Herndon EJ, Zieman M. New contraceptive options. Am Fam Physician. 2004;69:853-860. 6. World Health Organization. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use. 4th ed. 2009. http:/ / reproductivehealth/ topics/ en/ . Accessed May 21, 2012. 7. Trussell J. Contraceptive failure in the United States. Contraception. 2011;83;397-404.

FIGURE 3-7 The O rtho Evra comb ine d hormonal contrace p tive p atch. The p atch is chang e d we e kly or 3 we e ks and the n le t o or 1 we e k p e r cycle . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from E.J. Maye aux, Jr., MD.)





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• Physical and emotional symptom management

Rad ha Ramana Murthy Gokula, MD Mind y A. Smith, MD, MS

• Advanced care planning

• Support of function, autonomy, personal dignity, and self-respect • Aggressive symptom control near death • Patient and family satisfaction • Patient’s assessment of overall quality of life and well-being

PATIENT STO RY An 89-year-old frail woman presents with Alzheimer disease, dementia, hypothyroidism, depression, congestive heart failure, and macular degeneration. Her functional status was gradually declining. It was dif cult for her family to provide 24-hour care and she was admitted to a nursing facility. Her dementia worsened over a period of 2 years in the nursing facility and she became incontinent of urine and feces while developing limitations in speech and ambulation. She could not sit up without assistance and lost her ability to smile and hold her head up independently. The facility was very supportive and a hospice consult was initiated. Figure 4-1 shows Dr. Gokula along with the hospice nurse visiting the patient for admission to hospice care.

INTRO DUCTIO N End-of-life care is care that is delivered to patients of all ages who have a very short life expectancy. This care is focused on meeting the patient’s emotional and physical needs for symptom relief and general comfort care, and offering patient and family support. Following are the 5 basic principles of palliative care1: • Respect the goals, preferences, and choices of the person. • Look after the medical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. • Support the needs of family members. • Help patients and their families access needed health care providers and appropriate care settings. • Provide excellence in care at the end of life (see Figure 4-1). Following are the quality-of-care domains for a person at the end of life2:

• Family burden—emotional and nancial • Survival time • Provider continuity and skill • Bereavement services

EPIDEMIO LO GY • According to National Health Center statistics, there were approximately 2.42 million deaths in the United States in 2009, most were attributed to cardiovascular disease and cancer. 3 • The major causes of death in the population aged 25 to 44 years were accidents, cancer, heart disease, suicide, homicide, and other causes. • Among those aged 45 to 64 years, leading causes of death were cancer, heart disease, accidents, chronic respiratory diseases, and liver disease. The common causes of death in persons above age 65 years were heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, and Alzheimer disease. • In 2009, heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, and accidents accounted for almost 64% of all deaths in the United States.4 • Thirty-two percent of all deaths in the United States in 2007 were inpatient hospital deaths. 5 Average hospital costs for a stay ending in death were $23,000, about 2.7 times higher than for a patient discharged alive. Hospice services were involved for approximately 20% of dying patients. 6 More than 70% of hospice patients had cancer and 90% of hospice patients died outside the hospital. The use of hospice and other endof-life services varies among different racial groups in the United States7: • Caucasians are more aware of advanced directives when compared to the non-white racial or ethnic groups. • The use of life-sustaining treatments is more common among African Americans when compared to other racial groups. • Cultural differences are also seen for disclosure of information about a terminal illness. Korean, Mexican, Japanese, and Native American populations are more likely to discourage discussion of terminal illness and patient prognosis and prefer families to be informed. • The involvement of family in the decision-making process with end-oflife care was seen among all racial groups, but Asian and Hispanic Americans prefer family-centered decision making when compared to other racial and ethnic groups.

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY Causes of death are multifactorial. Following are the major modi able contributors: FIGURE 4-1 Family p hysician D . Mu hy Gokula and hosp ice nu se Ch is Emch a e comfo ing and e xamining a e minally ill p a ie n ne a ing he e nd of life in He a land Hosp ice .

• Tobacco use—20.6% of all the adults in the United States smoke cigarettes; the highest rates are among men (23.5%) and American Indians/ Alaska Natives (23.2%).8 It is estimated that nearly 1 of every 5 deaths


each year in the United States is attributed to smoking. 9 Smoking increases the risk of developing emphysema (10- to 13-fold), heart and cardiovascular disease (2- to 4-fold), and many cancers (1.4- to 3-fold). • Poor diet—Diets that are high in fat (>40% of calories consumed) are associated with increased risk of breast, colon, endometrial, and prostate cancer. Diet is important in controlling diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and chronic renal disease. • Physical inactivity—Those who exercise regularly live longer and are healthier; exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension and improves function in those with depression, osteoarthritis, and bromyalgia. Unfortunately less than 20% of adults met the 2008 federal guidelines for aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening. 10


ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE majority was unintentional.16 Opioid pain medications were involved in over 40%. Poisoning was the third leading method of suicide from 2005 to 2007, with 75% owing to alcohol and/ or drug overdose. The most commonly used drugs identi ed in drug-related suicides were prescription drugs in the opioid, benzodiazepine, and antidepressant classes.17

DIAGNO SIS It is estimated that approximately 70% of all deaths are preceded by a disease or condition such that it is reasonable to plan for dying in the near future. 6 These diseases or conditions are as follows:

• Alcohol consumption—Alcohol is consumed by 80% of the population, and 10% to 15% of men and 5% to 8% of women are alcohol dependent. Excess alcohol consumption (> 3 drinks per day) is associated with mood disorders (10-40%), cirrhosis (15-20%), and neuropathy (5-15%); it increases the risk of pancreatitis (3-fold) as well as cancers of the breast (1.4-fold), esophagus (3-fold), and rectum (1.5-fold). 11 In addition, based on data from 2009, an estimated 30.2 million people (12%) aged 12 years or older reported driving under the in uence of alcohol at least once in the past year. 12

• Cancer that is widespread, aggressive or metastatic and for patients who no longer seek curative care. Other clues include a decline in performance status and/ or signi cant unintentional weight loss.

• Injury—In 2004, 167,184 people died as a result of injury, accounting for 7% of all deaths. 13 The majority of injury-related deaths are unintentional. Falls are the leading mechanism of injury death for elderly people while for adults of 35 to 53 years, poisoning is the leading mechanism of injury death. Motor vehicles in traf c are the leading mechanism of injury death for all other age groups, except for children under age 2 years. Many of these deaths are preventable.

• Patients con ned to bed or who require assistance with all the basic activities of daily living.

• Sexual behaviors—Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are among the most common infectious diseases and affect approximately 13 million people in the United States each year; most of these people are younger than age 25 years. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are associated with increased risk of HIV/ AIDS; in 2007, there were approximately 455,636 persons living with AIDS in the United States.14 Causes of death from AIDS include infections (especially, pulmonary and central nervous system), cancer (especially, Kaposi sarcoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma), cardiomyopathy, and nephropathy. • Illicit use of drugs—Drug addiction remains a major problem in the United States. According to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse Monitoring the Future Survey of over 46,000 8th- to 12th-grade students, increases were seen in daily marijuana use (21.4% of high school seniors in the past 30 days) and lifetime ecstasy use in 8th graders (from 2.2% in 2009 to 3.3% in 2010) while decreases were noted in methamphetamine use (from 6.5% in 1999 to 2.2% in 2010) and current cocaine use (from 2.3 million in 2003 to 1.6 million in 2009). 12 Cocaine is associated with death from respiratory depression, cardiac arrhythmias, and convulsions; methamphetamine use is associated with life-threatening hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, subarachnoid and intracerebral hemorrhage, ischemic stroke, convulsions, and coma. • Microbial agents—Microbial agents remain a major cause of death and disability with continued discovery of new agents and increasing drug resistance. Although it is dif cult to ascertain whether an infectious agent caused death or was incidental to death, the expert panel of investigators in New Mexico, on the basis of autopsy data, found that 85% (106/ 125) of the deaths (late 1994-mid 1996) were identi ed as infectious disease-related. 15 • Toxic agents—Toxic agents include poisons and environmental toxins. In the United States in 2008, there were 36,500 poisoning deaths; the vast

• Dementia with an inability to ambulate, bathe, or dress without assistance; associated urinary or fecal incontinence; inability to meaningfully communicate; or associated with life-threatening infections, multiple stage 3 or 4 skin ulcers, inability to maintain suf cient uid and calorie intake, or failure to thrive (including a temporal decline in functional status).

• Patients with a body mass index less than 22 and/ or those who refuse or do not respond to enteral or parenteral nutritional support. • Heart disease that is poorly responsive to optimal medical treatment, NYHA class IV, or congestive heart failure with poor ejection fraction (≤20%). Based on data from multiple studies including SUPPORT, Framingham, and IMPROVEMENT, 1-year mortality estimates are as follows: class II (mild symptoms), 5% to 10%; class III (moderate symptoms), 10% to 15%; class IV (severe symptoms), 30% to 40%. Independent predictors of poor prognosis in patients with heart failure include recent cardiac hospitalization, renal insuf ciency (creatinine ≥1.4 mg/ dL), systolic blood pressure less than 100 mm Hg and/ or pulse greater than 100 bpm, treatment-resistant ventricular dysrhythmias, treatment-resistant anemia, hyponatremia, cachexia, reduced functional capacity, and comorbidities (eg, diabetes). 18 • HIV/ AIDS with CD4 count less than 25 or persistent viral load more than 100,000 copies/ mL plus at least one of the following: wasting (loss of 33% of lean body mass), major AIDS-de ning refractory infection (eg, cryptosporidium infection) or malignancy (eg, central nervous system or systemic lymphoma), progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, renal failure, Karnofsky performance status (KPS) less than 50%, advanced AIDS dementia complex, or signi cant functional decline in the activities of daily living. • Neurologic disease (eg, Parkinson disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and myasthenia gravis) that is associated with rapid progression and/ or critical nutritional state, lifethreatening infections in the preceding 12 months, stage 3 or 4 skin ulcers, critically impaired breathing capacity and declined ventilator support, or life-threatening complication (eg, recurrent aspiration, sepsis). • Pulmonary disease including disabling dyspnea at rest or with minimal exertion, increased emergency department visits and/ or hospitalizations, hypoxemia on room air (oxygen saturation < 88%), cor pulmonale, unintentional progressive weight loss, or resting tachycardia greater than 100 bpm. • End-stage renal disease with progressive decline in those not seeking dialysis (or not a candidate), with a calculated creatinine clearance less





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than 10 ( 6 mg/ dL for patients with diabetes).

A population-based survey of family members, friends, and caregivers in 6 US communities found the following21:

• End-stage liver disease with progressive decline in those with refractory ascites, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, hepatorenal syndrome, hepatic encephalopathy, or recurrent variceal bleeding despite treatment.

• Seventy-one percent of terminally ill patients had shortness of breath.

• Stroke associated with coma in the acute phase; coma with abnormal brain stem response, absent verbal response, absent withdrawal response to pain, or serum creatinine greater than 1.5 mg/ dL at day 3; dysphagia and insuf cient intake of uids and calories; poor functional status; or poststroke dementia. • Nonspeci c terminal illness characterized by a rapid decline, disease progression, or progressive weight loss; dysphasia with aspiration; increase in emergency department visits and/ or hospitalizations; worsening pressure ulcers despite optimum care; or a decline in systolic blood pressure below 90 mm Hg. Unfortunately, physicians are often reluctant to make this determination, resulting in palliative and hospice care not being offered until very late in the course of the illness. In addition, physicians often feel that they must be able to predict a life expectancy of less than 6 months with certainty to institute hospice care. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has evidencebased guidelines on determining prognosis for a number of noncancer conditions. 19 This information can assist clinicians in working with patients at the end of life on advanced care decisions and planning. Two validated instruments that may help clinicians estimate prognosis are the palliative performance scale (PPS) and the KPS. • The PPS (http:/ / palliativecare/ assets/ pps_scale_tool. pdf) rates information on ambulation, activity and evidence of disease, self-care, intake, and consciousness level. The PPS was found to be a strong predictor of survival when applied at admission to patients in palliative care.20 In this retrospective cohort study, median survival time at PPS of 10% was 1 day, survival with PPS of 20% was 2 days, at PPS of 30% survival was 9 days, while at PPS of 60% median survival was 40 days. • The KPS (http:/ / karnofsky.html) is often used to follow the course of illness and is based on performance status ranging from normal (100%) to dead (0%). CLINICAL FEATURES Common physical symptoms reported by dying patients are as below6: • Constipation (90%) • Fatigue and weakness (90%) • Dyspnea (75%) and other cardiopulmonary symptoms such as cough

• Fify percent had moderate-to-severe pain. • Thirty-six percent were incontinent of urine or feces. • Eighteen percent were fatigued enough to spend more than 50% of their waking hours in bed.

MANAGEMENT Management often begins with communicating bad news to patients and families about likely or imminent death. This task can be extremely difcult. In cases where the patient is not deemed legally competent, make sure that the legal decision maker is present. In addition, if the patient is a non-English speaker, consider obtaining a skilled medical interpreter rather than relying on a family member. Providers may nd the following P-SPIKES approach useful22: • Preparation—Review information to be presented and practice. • Setting—Arrange time and place, ensure privacy, and include important support persons. • Perception of patient—Inquire about the patient’s and the family’s understanding of the illness. • Information needs—Find out about what the patient and family need to be told and in how much detail. • Knowledge of the condition—Provide bad news sensitively and slowly, warning them that bad news is imminent and checking to see whether there is understanding. • Empathy and exploration—Acknowledge the feelings expressed, give the patient and family time to react, and remind them that you are not abandoning them. • Summary/ strategic planning—Discuss next steps or schedule followups to do this if more time is needed. Roles for the primary care provider include consultation, providing anticipatory guidance, providing support and comfort, and assisting with identifying and managing symptoms (including pain control) (Figure 4-2). In assisting dying patients and their families or caregivers with making decisions about their care, clinicians should be prepared to discuss the following:

• Pain (36-90%)

• Realistic treatment options for cure or palliation of the primary disease process.

• Insomnia

• Advance directives and withholding of life-sustaining treatment.

• Other gastrointestinal symptoms, including dry mouth, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, and dysphagia

• Cultural beliefs and preferences (eg, truth-telling vs protecting the patient, religious beliefs).

• Fecal and urinary incontinence

• Preferences for place of care for those dying, involvement of others, and symptom management.

• Dizziness • Swelling and numbness of the extremities Following are the common mental and psychological symptoms reported by dying patients6: • Depression (75% symptomatic; < 25% with major depression) and feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, and/ or irritability • Confusion and delirium (up to 85% at the end stage)

A number of factors are important in providing optimal care to the dying patient. In a study of factors considered important to seriously ill patients, recently bereaved family members, and physicians involved in end-of-life care, investigators found the following23: • There was a general agreement on the items relating to having preferences in writing, symptom control, being kept clean, experiencing physical touch, good communication and knowing what to expect,



ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE completed them. 6 Speci c forms do not have to be used and oral directives may be enforceable. 24 ° Proxy designations—Appointing an individual or individuals to make medical decisions (ie, durable power of attorney for health care). Legal aspects—The US Supreme Court has ruled that patients have a right to decide about refusing or terminating medical interventions. Many states have their own statutory forms for living wills. • The American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine End-of-Life Care Consensus Panel note that life-sustaining treatment may be withheld for patients unable to speak for themselves if it is believed to be the patient’s wish, the surrogate decision maker states that it is the patient’s wish, and/ or it is in the patient’s best interests to do so. 25 • The prescription of high-dose opioids to relieve pain in terminally ill patients that result in death will not lead to criminal prosecution provided it was the physician’s intent to relieve suffering. 25 HO SPICE CARE AND SERVICES Hospice care refers to care when curative interventions have been judged to be no longer bene cial. This type of care can be delivered in many settings including home, hospital, or special residential facilities.

FIGURE 4-2 Pho og ap h of Ma jo ie Cla ke ake n b y he g and son. She suffe e d f om Alzhe ime d ise ase ha le f he d e p e sse d and f us a e d . In his p ic u e , ake n in 1996, Ma jo ie lis e ns o he nu se d e sc ib e he sce ne and e xp lain ha he y a e on he f on p o ch of he home . She d ie d in Janua y, 1997. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Marshall Clarke .)

getting one’s affairs in order and achieving a sense of completion, and maintaining dignity and a sense of humor. • Patients reported wanting to remain mentally aware, not be a burden, and noted the importance of prayer and being at peace with God. They were not as concerned about dying at home. • Family members reported wanting to use all the treatment options and to help patients avoid pain, shortness of breath, and suffering. ADVANCED DIRECTIVES

• The types of hospice services include physician and nursing care, home health aides, pastoral care, counseling, respite care, and bereavement programs (Figure 4-3). • Hospice eligibility general guidelines include ful lling the criteria for end-stage disease as outlined above and documenting both the patient’s and family’s decision on palliative care rather than curative care and rapid disease progression. In addition, documentation of signi cant functional decline is important using validated instruments like Functional Assessment Staging (FAST), PPS, basic activities of daily living (BADLs), and/ or NYHA class IV heart disease. Other criteria include weight loss of 7.5% or 10% in the preceding 3 to 6 months, respectively, or serum albumin less than 2.5 g/ dL. Physicians should be aware of the Medicare hospice bene t (MHB) covered under Medicare Part A (physician services are billed under Medicare Part B). 25 In the United States, the MHB pays for 80% of all

Advance directives and advance care planning continue to be poorly utilized. Clinicians should consider outpatient and inpatient opportunities to introduce these concepts with the goals of empowering the patient and understanding the patient’s preferences if they are too sick to speak for themselves. Possible scenarios can be discussed such as recovery from an acute event (specifying acceptable interventions) and persistent vegetative state (preferences for life-sustaining interventions). • The National POLST (physician orders for life-sustaining treatment) Paradigm task force is a new program designed to improve the quality of end-of-life care based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders, and a commitment by health care professionals to honor these wishes. Information can be found at http:/ / and includes Web-based resources for patients and health providers. • Advance directive documents are of 2 broad types—instructional directives and proxy designations. ° Instructional directives such as living wills that describe decisions about care and health care. These can be general or speci c. Although 80% of Americans endorse completing living wills, only 20% (and less than one-third of health care providers) have

FIGURE 4-3 D . Alan Blum is a family p hysician who has b e e n d oing ske che s of his p a ie n s fo d e cad e s now. Whe n he p e se n s his d awing s, he e ad s his p oe ic s o ie s ha g o wi h he d awing s. Some o f his d awing s have b e e n p ub lishe d in JAMA.





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hospice care including medical, nursing, counseling, and bereavement services to terminally ill patients and their families. Medicare bene ciaries who choose hospice care receive noncurative medical and support services for their terminal illness. Home care may be provided along with inpatient care if needed and a variety of other services that are not covered by Medicare. Eligibility criteria are listed below:

therapy. Many hospitals now have inpatient palliative care services to assist patients, families, and primary care providers in delivering this type of care. General approach to palliative care focuses on 4 broad domains— managing physical symptoms, managing psychological symptoms, addressing social needs, and understanding spiritual needs.

• Patient is eligible for Medicare Part A or Medicaid.

• Needs assessment—Clinicians should focus on the 4 domains and try to understand the degree of dif culty and how much the identi ed problem interferes with the patient’s life.

• Patient is terminally ill, that is, patient’s physician and medical director of hospice certify that the patient is terminally ill and has a life expectancy of 6 months or less if the disease runs its normal course. If the medical director is the patient’s physician only one signature is required. • Patient chooses hospice care and signs a Medicare hospice bene ts form. This process is reversible and patients may at a future time elect to return to Medicare Part A. • Hospice care is provided by a Medicare-certi ed hospice program. • Under Medicare, DNR status cannot be used as a requirement for admission. Length of bene ts • Entitled to receive hospice care as long as he or she meets the eligibility criteria. • Hospice bene t consists of two 90-day bene t periods, followed by an unlimited number of 60-day bene t periods. • Bene t periods may be used consecutively or at intervals. • Patient needs to be certi ed terminally ill at the beginning of each period. • No life time limit to hospice care for Medicare bene ciaries. • If patient experiences remission of the disease and is discharged from hospice, he or she can be eligible for hospice care in the future without any regard to the previous use of hospice services. • The same rules apply for Medicaid patients. Services covered include physician, nurse, dietician, and medical social services, medical supplies and equipment, outpatient drugs for symptom management and pain relief, and home care (eg, aids, physical, occupational, and speech therapy). Other services included are as follows: • Short-term general inpatient care for problems that cannot be managed at home—most commonly intractable pain or delirium. • Short-term respite care—up to 5 days to permit family caregivers to take a break (can incur a 5% copayment). • Counseling in home for patient and family. • Bereavement, pastoral, and spiritual support for patient and family. • Payment of consulting physician fees at 100% of Medicare allowance. • Physician, nurse, social worker, and counselor on-call availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services not covered include active treatment of terminal illness (except for symptom management and pain control of the terminal illness), care provided by a physician or facility that has not contracted with the patient’s hospice agency, and continuous nursing assistant or nursing home room and board charges. PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative care is care focused on preventing, relieving, reducing, or soothing symptoms of disease without affecting a cure. 26 As such, it is not restricted to patients who are dying but can be used along with a curative

• Setting goals and continuous reassessment—Goals for care include improving symptoms, delaying disability, nding peace, and providing for the loved ones. Plan times to review these goals as the course of the illness changes or progresses. • Pain management—There is no reason that patients need to suffer, particularly at the end of life. Barriers to managing pain successfully include limited ability of providers to assess pain severity, fear of sanction/ prosecution, and lack of knowledge (including awareness of guidelines). ° Assessment of pain—Important aspects include periodicity (eg, continuous), location, intensity, modifying factors, effects of treatments, and impact on the patient. ° Intervention—This includes nonpharmacologic treatment (eg, massage, positioning, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation [TENS], physical therapy), pain medications, and other palliative procedures (eg, nerve blocks, radiotherapy, acupuncture). ° Pain medications may be approached in a stepwise fashion from nonopioids (eg, acetaminophen [4 g/ d], ibuprofen [1600 mg/ d]), to mild opioids (eg, codeine [30 mg every 4 hours] or hydrocodone [5 mg every 4 hours]) to stronger opioids (eg, morphine 5-10 mg every 4 hours). Doses should be titrated as needed. Side effects (eg, constipation, nausea, and drowsiness) should be anticipated and prevented (eg, laxatives and antiemetic) or treated. Patients may become tolerant to these side effects after approximately 1 week. Speci c pain syndromes may require additional consideration. These include the following: Continuous pain, which requires round-the-clock dosing, rescue medication, and regular assessment and readjustment. If rescue medication has been needed, increase the daily opioid dose by the total dose of rescue medication the next day. For longer duration of action, transdermal fentanyl may be considered (100 µg/ h is equianalgesic to morphine 4 mg/ h and has a duration of 48-72 hours). Neuropathic pain (arising from disordered, ectopic nerve signals) is typically shock-like or burning. Medications to consider in addition to opioids are gabapentin (100-300 mg daily or up to 3 times daily), 5% lidocaine patch (3 patches daily for a maximum of 12 hours), tramadol (50-100 mg 1-3 times daily), and tricyclic antidepressants (10-25 mg at bedtime titrated to 75-150 mg). 28 Adjunctive analgesic medications are those that potentiate the effects of opioids. These include the above treatments for neuropathic pain, glucocorticoids (eg, dexamethasone once daily), clonidine, and baclofen. Legal concerns—Physicians may be unwilling or uncomfortable providing high-dose opioids out of fear that they would be hastening the patient’s death. However, the assumption that opioids appropriately titrated to control pain hasten death is not supported by medical evidence. In addition, as noted above, the physician’s intent to relieve suffering, despite the risk of death, is ethical and unlikely to result in prosecution.


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• Constipation —Occurs due to medications, inactivity, and poor nutritional/ hydration, limited ber intake, confusion, and intestinal obstruction comorbidities such as diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, or hypercalcemia. The goal of treatment should be one bowel movement every 1 to 2 days. Constipation prophylaxis should be started for all patients taking regular opiate regimens. Options include increasing ber, stool softeners (eg, sodium docusate [Colace] 300-600 mg/ d oral), stimulant laxatives (eg, prune juice 1/ 2-1 glass/ d, senna [Senokot] 2-4 tablet/ d, bisacodyl 5-15 mg/ d orally or per rectum), and osmotic laxatives (eg, lactulose 15-30 mL every 4-8 hours, magnesium hydroxide [milk or magnesia] 15-30 mL/ d). • Dyspnea—When possible, treat reversible causes (eg, infection, hypoxia). Options include opioids (eg, codeine 30 mg every 4 hours, morphine 5-10 mg every 4 hours) and anxiolytics (eg, lorazepam 0.5-2 mg oral/ sublingual/ intravenous [IV], diazepam 5-10 mg oral/ IV). A parenteral infusion or long-acting opiate can also be tried, with bolus dosing for breakthrough pain; nebulized opiates are ineffective for dyspnea. 29 For patients with a history of respiratory disease consider bronchodilators and/ or glucocorticoids. For those with excessive secretions, scopolamine may be considered, starting with a low dose every 2 hours or with worsening dyspnea, as needed. Oxygen is commonly prescribed although data do not support effectiveness in improving the sensation of breathlessness;30 one crossover trial found ambient air delivered by nasal cannula was as effective as oxygen for dyspnea. 30 The inexpensive and simple practice of blowing ambient air on the patient’s face may help relieve dyspnea. • Fatigue—Occurs due to disease factors (eg, heart failure, tumor necrosis factor), cachexia, dehydration, anemia, hypothyroidism, and medications. Options include decreasing activity, increasing exercise as tolerated, changing medications, glucocorticoids (eg, dexamethasone once daily), or stimulants (eg, dextroamphetamine 5-10 mg oral). Moda nil, an analeptic drug, may also be considered (initial dose 200 mg). • Depression—Because many of the somatic symptoms used to diagnose depression in healthy individuals are present in patients who are dying, psychological criteria become more important in making treatment decisions. Options include counseling, exercise, and medications (eg, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor); low doses should be used initially (eg, uoxetine 10 mg/ d) and increased as needed. Psychostimulants (eg, dextroamphetamine or methylphenidate 2.5-5 mg twice daily) may be considered if rapid onset of action is needed; these may be used in conjunction with traditional antidepressants. • Delirium—Occurs due to metabolic abnormalities (liver failure, electrolyte disturbance, vitamin B12 de ciency), infection, brain tumors, medications, and multiple other causes. Options include treating reversible causes and medications including neuroleptics (eg, haloperidol 0.5-5 mg oral/ subcutaneous/ intramuscular [IM]/ IV every 1-4 hours, risperidone 1-3 mg every 12 hours), anxiolytics (eg, lorazepam 0.5-2 mg oral/ IM/ IV), and anesthetics (propofol 0.3-2 mg/ h continuous infusion). ADDRESSINg SO CIAL NEEDS Considerations include economic burden and caregivers: ° The US health insurance system is neither universal nor comprehensive and many patients and their families nd themselves under tremendous nancial strain. ° Twenty percent of terminally ill patients spend more than 10% of 6 the family income on health care costs beyond insurance premiums.


ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE ° Ten percent to thirty percent of families need to secure additional

monies by means such as selling assets or taking out a second mortgage to cover health care costs. 6 stop work to provide care for a termi° Twenty percent of caregivers nally ill family member. 6 ° Families/ caregivers often need outside help such as providing personal care for the patient such as bathing, psychological or spiritual counseling, respite care, or making arrangements for the body after death. ° Primary care providers can facilitate encounters with family and friends by offering their presence and suggestions about easing the visits (eg, reading to the patient, sharing music, or creating a videotape, audiotape, or scrapbook). ° Hospice and social workers can offer great assistance to patients and families in addressing these needs. Understanding spiritual needs ° Approximately 70% of dying patients become more religious or spiritual at the end of life. noted the importance of ° As noted by Steinhauser et al., patients prayer and being at peace with God. 24 ° Physicians should ask about and support patient and family expressions of spirituality and consider encouraging pastoral care, as desired.

PATIENT AND FAMILY EDUCATIO N It is very important to involve patients and their families in discussion at an early stage as most want to know their diagnosis and prognosis. • The role of the primary care physician should be discussed, particularly if other providers are involved in the care of the patient. Possible roles include consultation about care needs, anticipatory guidance on prognosis and expected symptoms, provision of support and comfort, and assistance with managing symptoms. • Families usually suffer emotionally, spiritually, and nancially as they care for the patient. 21 Family members often experience a sense of hopelessness, anger, guilt, and powerlessness when they cannot relieve the suffering of their terminally ill family member. • Families who need to provide care for a terminally ill patient should be made aware of community resources and the provisions in the Family Medical Leave Act. 31 • It is not unusual to see hidden family con icts resurface in the face of a terminal illness and any emotional tension that exists between the caregivers and patient can impede care. Physicians should be sensitive to the con icts and cultural in uences and closely observe how patients and their families are communicating so that they can better support them, allowing them to express their emotions and concerns and referring them to appropriate counselors or support groups when needed. 32,33 • Children should not be excluded from this process and the physician, with permission, can help in determining what children already know about the illness and in providing accurate information about the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment expectations for the dying family member. Also advise caregivers to try to maintain the children’s daily schedule and routines of the family as much as possible, monitor for problems at school, encourage questions, and plan activities (eg, reading a story) when visiting ill family members. It may be helpful to inform teachers and counselors at school about the family situation and request that the teachers let the parent know if the child is having any dif culty or talks about worries.




ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE • Consider counseling for the child if the child requests help or displays symptoms of depression or anxiety that interfere with school, home, or peers, risk-taking behavior, or signi cant discord with others. The following are the processes that many dying people go through: • Social withdrawal—Initial withdrawal is from the surroundings and then worldly interests decline and nally withdrawal from family, ultimately leading to loss of communication. • Decreasing nutritional requirements—There is a decreased need for uids and solids; uids are usually preferred and should follow what the patient wants rather than force-feeding. • Disorientation—There is increased confusion with time, place, and person. Usually patients talk about seeing people who have already died or state that their death is nearing. Redirecting the patient is necessary only if asked for or if the patient is distressed. • Decreased senses—Hearing and vision decrease. Use soft lights that help with decreasing visual hallucinations. Speak softly and gently as patients hear even at the end of life. Hearing is the last of the 5 senses to be lost. • Restlessness—Also called “terminal restlessness” is caused by the change in the body’s metabolism. Reassurance is important and appropriate symptom management with medications may be helpful. • Sleep—There is increased time spent in sleep that may be a result of changes in the body’s metabolism or natural to the underlying disease process. Spending time at the bedside can help capture the time when the patient is most alert. • Incontinence of urine and bowel movements is often not a problem until death is very near. Absorbent pads can be placed under the patient for greater comfort and cleanliness or a urinary catheter may be used for comfort care. The amount of urine will decrease and becomes darker at the end of life. Expected physical changes include the following: • Skin color changes include ushing, bluish hue to the skin, and cold sensation of the skin. Skin may have a jaundiced look when the patient is approaching death. The arms and legs of the body may become cool to the touch. The hands and feet become purplish. The knees, ankles, and elbows are blotchy. These symptoms are a result of decreased circulation. • Blood pressure decreases; the pulse may increase or decrease. • Body temperature can uctuate; fever is common. • Increased perspiration along with clamminess. • Respirations may increase, decrease, or become irregular; there may be periods of cessation of breathing (apnea). • Congestion can present as a rattling sound in the lungs and/ or upper throat. This occurs because the patient is too weak to clear the throat or cough. The congestion can be affected by positioning, may be very loud, and sometimes just comes and goes. Elevating the head of the bed and swabbing the mouth with oral swabs may be helpful. • The patient may enter a coma before death and not respond to verbal or tactile stimuli.

FO LLO W-UP WITHDRAWAL O F LIFE-SUSTAININg TREATm ENT • Evidence-based criteria for guiding physicians through this process is lacking; however, general consensus exists based on ethical and clinical principles in the care of these patients. 34,35

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• Withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment can be considered when curative care is not possible and supportive or other treatment is no longer desired and does not provide comfort to the patient. • Withholding life-sustaining treatment is morally, ethically, and legally equivalent to withdrawing life support. Any kind of treatment that is given to the patient can be withdrawn or withheld. In conducting these discussions with patients and their families, the physician needs to consider a patient’s information-sharing preferences (eg, a preference for limited information), minimum acceptable quality of life and functional status, whether the patient is able to understand consequences of life-sustaining treatment, whether procedures offered con ict with the patient’s values, and the patient’s need for advice and guidance. 36 • Treat withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment equivalent to a medical procedure and all formalities (eg, informed consent) should be ful lled prior to the procedure. • If withdrawal of one life-sustaining treatment is indicated, then consider withdrawing all existing treatments for the patient. • A general consensus should be reached with the health care team and family members that is in the best interest of the patient. Following are the steps that should be taken for withdrawal of life support36: ° Informed consent. ° Appropriate setting and monitoring. ° Sedation and analgesia. ° Having a plan for withdrawal (information about the protocol can be found in fast facts at ° Pastoral, nursing, and emotional support. ° Documentation. ° Interventions to improve care during withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment that can be considered are consultation with an ethics committee, palliative care team, family conferences, and a standardized order form for withdrawing life-sustaining therapies. 37 g RIEF AND b EREAVEm ENT FO LLO W-UP • Manifestations of grief consist of both psychological symptoms (eg, sadness, anxiety, emotional lability, apathy, impaired concentration) and physical symptoms (anorexia, change in weight, trouble initiating or maintaining sleep, fatigue, headache). In the rst month following death, it is important to reassure surviving family members and friends that these manifestations of grief are normal and to offer support, suggestions for symptom management, and coping resources. • Subsequent follow-up visits should be used to assess the progress of mourning and to identify depression; if the latter is identi ed, consider pharmacotherapy and counseling. • Usually, the primary physician is noti ed of the death and may be required to make the pronouncement (based on lack of vital signs and lack of response to noxious stimulus) and complete the death certi cate (noting cause of death and contributing medical conditions). • Following the death of the patient, personal expressions of condolence from the primary care provider(s) and staff should be encouraged and range from cards to attending visitation and the funeral; based on personal experience, the latter can assist with grieving and closure for the physician. SUg g ESTED READINg S • Callanan M, Kely P. Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs and Communications of the Dying. Bantam Books; 1992. • Ray MC. I Am Here to Help: A Hospice Workers Guide to Communicating with Dying People and Their Loved Ones. Hospice Handouts, McRay Company.


• Lattanzi-Licht M, Mahoney JJ, Miller GW. The National Hospice Organization Guide to Hospice Care: The Hospice Choice: In Pursuit of A Peaceful Death. Simon & Schuster. • Hanson W. The Next Place. Waldman House Press; 1997. • Baugher R, Calija M. A Guide to the Bereaved Survivor. Caring People Press. Newcastle, WA; 1998. • Brown LK, Brown M. When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death. Little Brown & Company. Boston; 1998. PATIENT RESO URCES

• Caring Connections—http:/ / • Get Palliative Care— • National Family Caregivers Association—http:/ / www . • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization—http:/ / PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine—http:/ / . • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization—http:/ / • American Pain Society—http:/ / • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities—http:/ / www • American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics—http:/ / www • End-of-Life Care Consensus Panel—American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine—http:/ / www running_practice/ ethics/ . • The EPEC Project (Education resource online)—http:/ / www • Palliative Care Matters—http:/ /



ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 16th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies Inc.; 2005:53-66. 7. Kwak J, Healy WE. Current research findings on end-of-life decision making among racially or ethnically diverse groups. Gerontologist. 2005;45(5):634-641. 8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital signs: current cigarette smoking among adults aged ≥18 years—United States, 2009. MMWR Morb MortalWkly Rep. 2010;59(35):1135-1140. 9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State-speci c smokingattributable mortality and years of potential life lost—United States, 2000-2004. MMWR Morb MortalWkly Rep. 2009;58(02):29-33. 10. National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2010: in brief. Hyattsville, MD. 2011. 11. Schuckit MA. Alcohol and alcoholism. In: Kasper DL, Braunwald E, Fauci AS, Hauser SL, Longo DL, Jameson JL, eds. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 16th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies Inc.; 2005:2562-2566. 12. National Institute on Drug Abuse. InfoFacts: nationwide trends. http:/ / publications/ infofacts/ nationwidetrends. Accessed May 2013. 13. United States Department of Health and Human Services. Injury in the United States: 2007 Chartbook. http:/ / nchs/ data/ misc/ injury2007.pdf. Accessed May 2013. 14. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AIDS in the United States by geographic distribution. http:/ / hiv/ resources/ factsheets/ geographic.htm. Accessed May 2013. 15. Wolfe MI, Nolte KB, Yoon SS. Fatal infectious disease surveillance in a medical examiner database. http:/ / ncidod/ eid/ vol10no1/ 02-0764.htm. Accessed May 2013. 16. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug poisoning deaths in the United States, 1980-2008. http:/ / nchs/ data/ databriefs/ db81.htm. Accessed May 2013. 17. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicides due to alcohol and/ or drug overdose. http:/ / ViolencePrevention/ pdf/ NVDRS_Data_Brief-a.pdf. Accessed May 2013. 18. Reis eld GM, Wilson GR. Prognostication in heart failure. Fast facts and concepts. October 2005:143. http:/ / EPERC/ FastFactsIndex/ ff_143.htm. Accessed May 2013.

1. Von Gunten CF. Interventions to manage symptoms at the end of life. J Palliat Med. 2005;8(suppl 1):S88-S94.

19. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. http:/ / www. (for members). Accessed March 2012.

2. Lynn J. Measuring quality of care at the end of life: a statement of principles. JAm Geriatr Soc. 1997;45:526-527.

20. Lau F, Downing GM, Lesperance M, et al. Use of palliative performance scale in end-of-life prognostication. J Palliative Med. 2006;9(5): 1066-1075.

3. Xu J, Kochanek KD, Tejada-Vera B. Deaths: preliminary data for 2007. NationalVital Statistics Reports. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2009:58(1). 4. Kochanek KD, Xu JQ, Murphy SL, et al. Deaths: preliminary data for 2009. NationalVital Statistics Reports. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2011:59(4). 5. Zhao Y, Encinosa W. The cost of end-of-life hospitalizations, 2007. HCUP Statistical Brief # 81. November 2009, revised April 2010. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. http:/ / reports/ statbriefs/ sb81.pdf. Accessed March 2012. 6. Emanuel EJ, Emanuel LL. Palliative and end-of-life care. In: Kasper DL, Braunwald E, Fauci AS, Hauser SL, Longo DL, Jameson JL, eds.

21. Emanuel EJ, Fairclough DL, Slutsman J, et al. Assistance from family members, friends, paid care givers, and volunteers in the care of terminally ill patients. N Engl J Med. 1999;341(13):956-963. 22. Buckman R. How to Break Bad News:A Guide for Health Care Professionals. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1992. 23. Steinhauser KE, Christakis NA, Clipp EC, et al. Factors considered important at the end of life by patients, family physicians, and other care providers. JAMA. 2000;284(19):1476-1482. 24. Meisel A, Snyder L, Quill T; American College of Physicians— American Society of Internal Medicine End-of-Life Care Consensus Panel. Seven legal barriers to end-of-life care: myths, realities and grains of truth. JAMA. 2000;284(19):2495-2501.




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27. World Health Organization. Pain ladder. http:/ / entity/ cancer/ palliative/ painladder/ en/ . Accessed March 1, 2007.

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Mind y A. Smith, MD, MS Richard P. Usatine , MD

O all the orms o inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. —Martin Luther King, Jr.

The f rst question which the priest and the Levite asked was“I I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”But ... the Good Samaritan reversed the question: “I I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

PATIENT STO RIES At only 5.5 lb (10 lb less than the th percentile or weight on the World Health Organization’s growth chart), an 8-month-old in ant boy su ered rom severe malnutrition. In the summer o 2003, amid the height o Liberia’s civil war, his aunt brought him to the Médecins sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders hospital or treatment. Because o the war, his amily had been orced to f ee rom their home, leaving behind their usual methods o getting ood. Dr. Andrew Schechtman was there to help the day the child was brought to the clinic in Liberia (Figure 5-1). Despite the best available treatment or the malnutrition and concurrent pneumonia, the boy died on his third hospital day.

Those o us who become physicians or other health care providers do so or many reasons. One reason is because o a desire to help someone else. Along the way, we sometimes lose ourselves in the day-to-day struggles, the disappointments, the obligations, the atigue, and the proound helplessness that descends upon us a ter a particularly bad day. But we are still here and, i we listen with our hearts, we are still capable o great and small things. We are privileged in so many ways and we must recognize our power over ourselves and over the communities that we serve. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the problems that we ace as clinicians and as ellow human beings. Our health care system is in shambles, our natural world is being poisoned, our nations are continually at war, and yet, as this chapter highlights, there is so much that we can do—we can listen, we can observe, we can witness, we can bring aid, we can touch, we can love, and we can lead. The text that ollows highlights just a ew examples o the ways in which our colleagues are challenging themselves to nd creative solutions to the many problems aced by those who are underserved, displaced, or su ering.

DO CTO RS WITHO UT BO RDERS (ANDREW SCHECHTMAN, MD) EPIDEMIO LO GY The UN High Commissioner or Re ugees reported that in 2011 there were 10.9 million re ugees (those displaced across an international border) and 27.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs, those displaced within their own country). 1 At the end o 2010, the UN re ugee agency was caring or an estimated 14.7 million o these IDPs. During times o a complex humanitarian emergency (de ned as a humanitarian crisis in a country, region, or society where there is a breakdown o authority resulting rom internal or external conf ict and which requires an international response that goes beyond the mandate or capacity o any single agency and/ or the ongoing UN country program), the ollowing usually occur2: • Civilian casualties • Populations besieged or displaced • Serious political or conf ict-related impediments to delivery o assistance • Inability o people to pursue normal social, political, or economic activities • High security risks or relie workers


FIGURE 5-1 Dr. And re w Sche chtman was the re to he lp the d ay a se ve re ly malnourishe d child was b roug ht to the clinic in war-torn Lib e ria. De sp ite the b e st availab le tre atme nt that could b e p rovid e d in the Doctors Without Bord e rs hosp ital, the child d ie d o comp lications o malnutrition and p ne umonia—a casualty o war and p ove rty. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from And re w Sche chtman, MD.)

People can be displaced rom their homes by man-made (war, persecution) or natural disasters (tsunami, earthquake, or hurricane). War is responsible or most o the displacement. Some o the source countries accounting or the most re ugees are A ghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, the Palestinian territories, and Iraq. • Communicable diseases usually cause the most illness and deaths in humanitarian emergencies in less-developed countries. Children younger than 5 years o age are the most vulnerable. 2 Other priority





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areas include provision o adequate sa e water, ood, shelter, and protection rom violence. • In addition to the usual causes o illness and death in emergencya ected populations in less-developed countries (measles, malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea), crowded settlements may be prone to outbreaks o cholera, meningitis, and other diseases, which can be rapidly spread. Such outbreaks may be explosive and cause many deaths in a relatively short period o time.

PRO BLEM IDENTIFIED In times o stability, writes Dr. Andrew Schechtman, many o the poorest people in the world succeed in their struggle to meet basic needs or shelter, ood, and water. When displaced rom their homes by manmade or natural disaster, communities and extended amilies are disrupted, access to ood and water are lost, and marginal circumstances become desperate. Displaced people are o ten dependent on the support o the international aid community to meet their basic needs.

BEING PART O F THE SO LUTIO N When in rastructure collapses as a result o man-made or natural disasters, access to health care can be limited or nonexistent. Serving as a volunteer physician with Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) allowed Dr. Schechtman to provide medical care to people in desperate circumstances who had nowhere else to turn or assistance. Bearing witness to tragedies such as the case described in Figure 5-1 gave him another means to help, that is, the authority to speak out on behal o victims like this child, ocus public attention on the situation, and encourage political pressure to bring the ghting to an end.


FIGURE 5-2 A husb and and wi e d isp laying the b anne r the y mad e while b e ing strand e d on the ir roo d uring hurricane Katrina in Ne w O rle ans. The husb and , who had an ab ove -the -kne e amp utation, manag e d to climb with his crutche s on to the roo o the ir oo d e d home . A te r 2 d ays the y we re save d rom the ood wate rs. In a she lte r in San Antonio the y d isp laye d the sig n that he lp e d save the ir live s. (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission fro m Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• O the 25 deaths occurring in this period (0.2%), 23 occurred in patients who were seen or an illness (92%) and 2 occurred in patients seen or an injury (8%). • About 1235 (9.1%) visits or injuries and illnesses were reported among relie workers (eg, paid military, paid civilian, sel -employed, or volunteer).

ETIO LO GY When hurricanes move onto land, the resulting storm surges, violent winds, heavy rains, and f ooding can cause extensive damage. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused devastating storm-surge conditions or coastal

EPIDEMIO LO GY Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest hurricane to strike the United States since 1928. Katrina made initial land all on August 25, 2005, in south Florida as a category 1 hurricane increasing rapidly in strength to category 5 upon reaching the Gul o Mexico. On September 24, 2005, a second category 3 hurricane, Rita, orced the cessation o response activities in New Orleans and prompted the evacuation o Louisiana and Texas cities near the Gul . In the days a ter the hurricane struck, displacement o people living in these areas resulted in more than 200,000 in evacuation centers in at least 18 states (Figures 5-2 to 5-4). There were more than 1800 deaths reported in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. • Eight hospitals and 9 acute care acilities in New Orleans reported on 17,446 visits (including 8997 [51.6%] or illness; 4579 [26.2%] or injury) during the days a ter hurricane Rita and during repopulation o the city. 3 • Approximately 1500 people (10.9%) were admitted to a hospital. The most common reasons or hospital admission were heart disease (26.6%), gastrointestinal illness (12.3%), mental health condition (6.7%), and heat-related illness (6.1%).

FIGURE 5-3 Dr. Usatine with a young man who was e vacuate d rom Ne w O rle ans a te r hurricane Katrina. The y are in a she lte r in San Antonio and Dr. Usatine has just f nishe d an incision and d rainag e o an ab sce ss close to the e ye (se e Fig ure 123-1 or an imag e o the ab sce ss p rior to d rainag e ). The San Antonio me d ical community mo b ilize d q uickly to p rovid e me d ical care to the Katrina e vacue e s. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)



ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE stabilized and taken to a local hospital with EMT transport. The physical a f ictions were the tip o the iceberg o the psychological trauma that the evacuees had su ered.


FIGURE 5-4 Thousand s o p e op le sle e p ing in a she lte r in San Antonio a te r b e ing e vacuate d rom Ne w O rle ans and the Gul Coast in 2005. The Katrina e vacue e s e xp e rie nce d the horro rs o the hurricane , the ood , and the Sup e r Dome . Some e vacue e s we re ad d e d as hurricane Rita thre ate ne d the Gul Coast. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama and damage as ar east as the Florida panhandle. Storm-induced breaches in the New Orleans levee system resulted in the catastrophic f ooding o approximately 80% o that city. 4 Hurricane Katrina disrupted basic utilities, ood-distribution systems, health care services, and communications in large portions o Louisiana and Mississippi. Be ore 1990, the majority o hurricane-related deaths in the United States resulted rom drowning caused by sudden storm surges. 5 Since 1990, advances in warning technology and timely evacuation have increased the proportion o indirect causes o death and injury rom hurricanes, such as electrocutions, cleanup injuries, and carbon monoxide poisonings. During and a ter hurricane Katrina, the majority o deaths resulted rom storm surges along the Mississippi and Louisiana coastlines and f ooding in the New Orleans area.

PRO BLEM IDENTIFIED Dr. Usatine, a pro essor o medicine at the University o Texas Health Science Center San Antonio watched the horror o hurricane Katrina com ortably rom the sa ety o his home and work in San Antonio. On September 3, 2005 the rst re ugees (evacuees) rom hurricane Katrina were brought to San Antonio. Dr. Usatine joined hundreds o other health care volunteers to provide ree health care in the shelters that received these rst evacuees (see Figure 5-2). Medical students also mobilized to be there to assist the local doctors in caring or these patients. Thousands o evacuees rom New Orleans were transported directly to Kelly Air Force Base or ood, shelter, social services, and medical care. Medications were donated rom local pharmacies and doctors and nurses rom the community and the universities came to provide services. Many medical problems were identi ed and treated including skin in ections rom the unsanitary f oodwaters. Common skin problems included cellulitis, skin abscesses, and impetigo (see Figure 5-3). Furthermore li e-threatening conditions included patients with diabetes and hypertension out o control because they were evacuated without their medications, their medications were lost or their prescriptions ran out. One man began seizing in ront o Dr. Usatine’s eyes because he had been without his antiepileptic medicines or 1 week. Fortunately, he was

Every evacuee had a rightening story to tell and some were looking or amily members and children rom whom they had been separated. Providing shelter, ood, medical and social services to thousands o people at once was a great challenge but with all the agencies and volunteers that could be mustered in San Antonio most would say that the e ort was a success. The work o providing services and ultimately resettlement or these evacuees went on or months. Hurricane Rita threatened the Gul Coast only 4 weeks a ter hurricane Katrina and this added additional evacuees to the people in San Antonio needing services (see Figure 5-4). As a physician, Dr. Usatine ound it rewarding to be there at the time o need or his ellow human beings who had su ered immeasurably due to the natural disasters and the lack o preparedness or these disasters. To this day he nds it incredible that such a wealthy nation neglected the known risks o f ooding in New Orleans and let the levees go unrepaired until the city o New Orleans had to pay the price o the disaster brought on by hurricane Katrina. He was proud to be part o the relie e ort that was mounted in his hometown o San Antonio.

INTERNATIO NAL HUMANITARIAN EFFO RTS: ETHIO PIA (RICK HO DES, MD) EPIDEMIO LO GY Chronic ood de cits a ect about 792 million people in the world, including 20% o the population in developing countries. Malnutrition greatly increases the risk o disease and early death, particularly in young children where protein-energy malnutrition plays a major role in hal o all deaths o children under age 5 years annually in developing countries. 6 Worldwide, malnutrition a ects 1 in 3 people and is especially common among the poor and those with inadequate access to health education, clean water, and good sanitation. About 26% o children with proteinenergy malnutrition live in A rica. Severe orms o malnutrition include marasmus, iodine de ciency which can result in cretinism and irreversible brain damage, and vitamin A de ciency which can result in blindness and increased risk o in ection and death. 6 Worldwide, 2.4 billion people will remain without improved sanitation in 2015 and in 2011, 768 million people relied on unimproved drinking water sources. In most o A rica, sanitation coverage is less than 50%. 7 Ethiopia and its neighbor Somalia are among the ew remaining countries in A rica with less than 50% o the population using improved sources o drinking water.7 Piped drinking water supplies, associated with the best health outcomes, are present only or 1% to 10% o Ethiopia’s population.

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in part due to the low percentage o women attending antenatal care and only 10% o births being attended by skilled health personnel. 8 The health work orce is nearly nonexistent with 0.3 physicians per 10,000 population and 2.5 nurses and midwives per 10,000 population. Health problems in Ethiopia include maternal mortality, malaria, tuberculosis (TB), and HIV/ AIDS compounded by malnutrition and lack o access to clean water and sanitation.

PRO BLEM IDENTIFIED Rick Hodes is an internist who has lived and worked in Ethiopia or over 20 years. As an orthodox Jew, he always aspired to serve others and even as a child, his avorite books were about doctors who went to remote places to help people. He rst went to Ethiopia in 1984 to do amine relie work. His experience o working at a mission in Ethiopia run by Mother Teresa changed his li e. He returned to Ethiopia on a Fulbright Fellowship and in 1990 was hired by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) as the medical adviser or the country. His original position was to care or 25,000 potential immigrants to Israel but he is continually drawn back to Ethiopia to provide care to patients. When asked once why he wouldn’t pre er to work in the United States than A rica with its poverty and lack o resources, Hodes said, “It would be less rustrating—but it would also be less inspiring.”

BEING PART O F THE SO LUTIO N FIGURE 5-6 A p atie nt o Dr. Hod e s with se ve re kyp hoscoliosis se cond ary to tub e rculosis o the sp ine . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

As senior consultant at a Catholic mission, Dr. Hodes helps patients with heart disease (rheumatic and congenital) (Figure 5-5), spinal disease (TB and scoliosis) (Figure 5-6), in ectious disease and cancer. He has worked with re ugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Somalia, and Albania in addition to Ethiopia. Dr. Hodes is part o a team at the American Jewish JDC, a Jewish humanitarian assistance organization ounded in 1914 that provides needed services in more than 70 countries. One among his JDC duties has been providing medical care or thousands o Ethiopian Jews preparing to immigrate to Israel. In addition to its assistance to the Ethiopian Jewish community, the JDC has served tens o thousands o Ethiopians, Jews and non-Jews, through clinics, immunization, nutrition programs, amily planning, and community health. Dr. Hodes has worked primarily in Ethiopia or the JDC since 1990. In addition to providing direct patient care, he has arranged specialized

care or hundreds o children in need with neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons in the United States and Ghana. He has ostered numerous orphaned children and adopted 4 children, providing needed medical care with his own insurance. Some o these children are now attending schools and colleges around the United States. He has also led teams o doctors, who come to work with him as volunteers (Figure 5-7). In one interview, Hodes said, “Getting ree medical care in a Catholic hospital by a Jewish doctor is like the whole world coming together. It’s the way the world should work.”

FIGURE 5-5 Examining an Ethiop ian orthod ox p rie st with rhe umatic he art d ise ase who has incre asing cong e stive he art ailure . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Rick Hod e s, MD.)

FIGURE 5-7 Dr. Hod e s with Ame rican me d ical stud e nts and d octors visiting him at his clinic at Mothe r Te re sa’s mission in Ad d is Ab ab a, Ethiop ia. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)


CARING FO R THO SE WITH DISABILITIES (LAURIE WO O DARD, MD) EPIDEMIO LO GY Approximately 54 million Americans currently live with at least one disability and the vast majority (52 million) live in their communities (Figure 5-8).9 • According to data rom 1999, the prevalence rate o disability was 24% among women and 20% among men. 10 Approximately 32 million adults had di culty with one or more unctional activities, and approximately 16.7 million adults had a limitation in the ability to work around the house. Two million adults used a wheelchair and 7 million used a cane, crutches, or a walker. • O children aged 3 to 17 years, 4.9 million were told that they had some type o learning disability and 12.8% (9.4 million) had special health care needs. 9 • Racial and ethnic minorities have higher rates o disabilities than whites or Asian Americans; 7.3 million individuals (ages 15 to 65 years) with disabilities are o racial or ethnic minorities. • In 2005, the surgeon general issued a Call to Action to improve the health and wellness o persons with disabilities underscoring the need in this population. 9


ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE ETIO LO GY Challenges to a person’s health can happen at any age and at any time. Disabilities are not illnesses, rather they are limitations related to a medical condition that have an inf uence on essential li e unctions such as walking, seeing, or working. 9 Furthermore, disabilities do not a ect all people in the same way. • O all the adults with disabilities, 41.2 million (93.4%) reported that their disability was associated with a health condition including arthritis and rheumatism (17.5%), back or spine problems (16.5%), heart trouble or hardening o the arteries (7.8%), lung or respiratory problems (4.7%), dea ness or hearing problems (4.2%), mental or emotional problems (3.7%), blindness or visual problems (3.4%), and intellectual disability (2%). 10 • Rates o disability are increasing in part because o the aging population, better survival o catastrophic illnesses and trauma, and advances in preventing in ant and child mortality.

PRO BLEM IDENTIFIED As a mother o a child with pro ound disabilities, Dr. Laurie Woodard ound that her medical training did little to prepare her or caring or her child or nding help (see Figure 5-8). She became acutely aware that people with disabilities had great di culty in nding physicians and those who provided care o ten seemed a raid o them. She said, “I couldn’t imagine someone not wanting to care or her because she had a disability.” Physicians tend to ocus on the medical condition and not the whole person and their amilies; when con ronted with the patient’s health care needs and unctional issues, the eeling o acting more like a social worker than a physician caused them to all back into medical model ramework. In addition, societal support or those with disabilities, particularly disabilities acquired as an adult, are ragmented and the primary care physician needs to become the link.

BEING PART O F THE SO LUTIO N Dr. Woodard began to care or increasing numbers o patients with disabilities, training hersel through reading, experience, and asking patients what worked. As she worked with individual students she planned or a time when she could break into the medical student curriculum to provide this training. Eight years ago, when the curriculum or third-year students underwent major re orm, she saw her opportunity. Within the primary care 12-week experience, a curriculum on special populations was planned and Laurie made sure that it included teaching about people with disabilities. Her curriculum, implemented in 2005 with goals ranging rom sensitivity training to understanding both the capabilities and needs o individuals with disabilities, contains the ollowing components:

FIGURE 5-8 Dr. Laurie Wood ard and he r d aug hte r Anika share a g ood laug h ollowing b re ak ast while on vacation in Ne w Me xico. Altho ug h Anika is d e p e nd e nt or all he r activitie s o d aily living and is nonve rb al b e cause o sp astic q uad rip are tic ce re b ral p alsy, she love s to trave l and has a wond e r ul se nse o humor.

• Clinic-like experience with 8 to 10 patients with physical disabilities (eg, cerebral palsy, communication issues, wheelchair users) where pairs o students complete brie interview and physical examination under video monitoring. The session ends with a debrie ng circle wrap up with students and patients. • Panel discussion involves patients with varying abilities who usually represent an advocacy agency or organization. Special emphasis is placed on community services and opportunities including the arts and sports.





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• Home visits where student pairs (2 medical students or a medical student and physical therapy student) receive a preparation sheet and checklist and learn how disability a ects individuals and their amily. Following the visit, students prepare ref ection plus research reports that are posted on blackboard; part o the assignment is to read and comment on all the papers.

Dr. Woodard’s daughter graduated rom high school in June 2011. The amily is working on helping her structure her day and move beyond the interminable wait list or services to which she is entitled. She is happy and healthy and the amily members consider themselves lucky to have good, a ordable caregivers, and companions to assist her.

• Service learning project where students give presentations on health topics (eg, rst aid, inf uenza) selected by sta at an adult daycare acility or individuals with intellectual disabilities or the high school group noted above, or assist in the recreational activities or individuals with disabilities (eg, ree physicals or riders in therapeutic horseback riding program).


• An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) case involving a manual wheelchair user with shoulder pain; the standardized patients are individuals who are wheelchair users. • Sensitivity training session, run by Parks and Recreation where students are randomly assigned a disability (eg, using a wheelchair or other assistive device or blind old) and complete tasks ollowed by watching the movie Murderball (an in ormative and proactive documentary about the Paralympics sport, quadriplegic rugby, and its players). A speech pathologist also provides a hands-on assistive/ augment communication device tutorial. “The students learn to see the patient rst,” she says, “that caring or these individuals requires recognizing the patient’s expertise about their disability and problem solving together. For most students, even the most jaded, this is simply an eye-opening experience as the patients are usually quite physically impaired but lead ull and active lives.” (Figure 5-9) Dr. Woodard has expanded this program and is coteaching with aculty rom the School o Physical Therapy (PT) so that medical and PT students interview and examine patients together. In addition, she will begin providing training within the courses Doctoring 1 and Doctoring 2 to rstand second-year medical students (the home visit and panel discussion will be moved to the rst year) allowing more complex and challenging issues to be addressed during the clerkship. Finally, she is also involved with Alliance or Disability in Health Education, a group mainly out o the Northeast whose mission is to get the American Association o Medical Colleges (AAMC) to require the topic o disability in the curriculum.

FIGURE 5-9 Dr. Wood ard , d aug hte r Anika, and d og Nikki are p art o a te am o Unive rsity o South Florid a (USF) me d ical stud e nts, aculty, and amily who p articip ate d in a “whe e l-a-thon” to raise mone y or Tamp a’s f rst ully acce ssib le p layg round . Te aching me d ical stud e nts the the rap e utic value o sp orts and re cre ation or p e op le with d isab ilitie s is an imp ortant asp e ct o the USF curriculum.

EPIDEMIO LO GY Throughout the United States and abroad there are growing numbers o people who are orced to sleep on the streets. In 2009, at least 643,000 people were homeless on any given night and 1 in every 200 Americans (approximately 1.56 million people) spent at least one night in a shelter during that year. 11 Even within homeless populations, the unsheltered homeless (or “rough sleepers”), have much greater challenges in terms o health, discrimination, environmental stress, and mental illness. The characteristics o the street homeless and the larger community conspire to create a disa ected, highly vulnerable subgroup or whom very little success ul intervention is available. In many cases, even homeless health agencies view this population as either hopeless or “not ready” or services. Coincident with the nancial, moral, and social crisis associated with the growing street homeless population, systems o medical education are called upon to educate uture clinicians that are capable o “bridging the reality gap” between the complex needs o individuals and the airly rigid structure o modern health care. A classroom is needed in which we can “learn to learn” rom those who are the most alienated and underserved (Figure 5-10). Indeed, the skills thus learned have signi cant implications or how we approach health care that will meet the needs o all uture populations. Creating a workable model or e ectively including those living under the bridges, in the alleys, and along the rivers o our own communities can provide a template or bridging other such “reality gaps.”

FIGURE 5-10 “Classroom o the stre e ts.” Dr. Withe rs with 2 me d ical stud e nts and 1 outre ach g uid e (with b lack cap ) working with home le ss youth und e r a b rid g e on the north sid e o Pittsb urg h. (Re p rod uce d with permission from Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Operation Safety Net.)




FIGURE 5-12 Dr. Withe rs is washing the e e t o an old e r home le ss man at Marke t Sq uare , d owntown Pittsb urg h. A p sychiatry nurse with the b e ard is watching . The man’s e e t ne e d e d care or mod e rate tre nch oot. Most imp ortantly, this imag e d e monstrate s the conce p t o se rvice . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Pittsb urg h Me rcy He alth Syste m and O p e ration Safe ty Ne t.)

FIGURE 5-11 Volunte e r nurse Carole trying to e stab lish a re lationship with a me ntally ill home le ss man in d owntown Pittsb urg h. This p hoto shows the imp ortance o re sp e ct and me e ting p e op le whe re the y are . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Sand y Marlin. © 2013 Pittsb urg h Me rcy He alth Syste m and O p e ration Safe ty Ne t.)

ETIO LO GY The street homeless are a heterogeneous group, each with their own story that must be understood. However, there are a number o common actors that lead to street homelessness. These include mental illness, addiction, abuse, prejudice, and legal issues (Figure 5-11). They are paradoxically among the highest utilizers o costly emergency services and present or care only when orced to do so by crisis. By de nition they do not engage preventive or primary care services, being largely alienated rom mainstream society. As such, they present a unique challenge, but also an opportunity to learn how to recreate the health care response to meet the reality o those who have been excluded. In the nal analysis, it is the health system itsel that must be improved.

provide much needed direct medical service and also act as a learning opportunity to explore the principles o e ective medical-social connection. Experiences making “house calls” with his ather as a child, international health work, and ocused attention to the eld o domestic violence stimulated his search or a suitable classroom that would orce clinicians to work with people almost completely on their terms. In order to make this cognitive leap complete, he elt he needed to take a dramatic course o action. In 1992, Dr. Withers began to dress as a homeless person and make nighttime visits to the street homeless o Pittsburgh. He was accompanied by a “street guide” who had been ormerly homeless and was trusted by the street homeless community. His intention was to start as much as possible with no preconceptions or agenda in terms o medical solutions, but rather develop relationships with the street homeless that might lead to a shared path o healing (Figure 5-12). O the rst 119 unsheltered homeless he encountered, virtually none had any orm o primary care despite the act that there was a high prevalence o serious medical and mental health disease.

BEING PART O F THE SO LUTIO N PRO BLEM IDENTIFIED Although there are notable models or health care delivery that “Go To The People,” the vast majority o health care requires people to seek care on the terms o the system. Unable to do so, rough sleepers throughout the world are growing urther alienated and resented by existing systems o care. This impasse is not only ine cient, but also results in mutual resentments—especially when the street homeless population contains disproportionate numbers o ethnic minorities. The ultimate cost o this situation is a lack o wholeness as a community leading to deeper ragmentation and ear. Early in his career, Dr. Jim Withers (an Internal Medicine teaching physician or the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System in Pittsburgh) realized that a new approach to the care o disconnected populations could both

Dr. Withers began to bring medications in a backpack and then seek higher levels o care as each individual desired. Soon there were other medical volunteers and medical students working on the streets with their own ormerly homeless guides (Figure 5-10). An electronic health record was created, an o ce established or ollow-up issues and, by January o 1993, Operation Sa ety Net (OSN) was established as a part o the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System at Mercy Hospital. Since the establishment o OSN (www.operationsa, the program has had a signi cant impact on both health care delivery and medical education in Pittsburgh. Approximately 1200 individuals are seen each year on the streets. Most are now insured through targeted bene ts counseling and are directed to a primary care o ce speci cally tailored to their care. Street patients are managed within a “medical home” type model with a 24-hour on-call answering service and ollow-up care.




ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE Any homeless person, emergency department, or vested party can contact OSN as the “home care service or the streets.” A city-wide hospital consult service serves to improve patient care and provide better discharge planning. With success ul collaborations and grant support, OSN has housed over 900 chronically homeless individuals rom 2004 to 2013. An increasingly comprehensive care system meets the speci c needs o the recovering street homeless population and ollows them at whatever stage o engagement they chose to participate. Over 100 students are trained within the OSN model each year and many go on to establish their own service-oriented programs throughout the world (see Figure 5-10). Dr. Withers visited India in 1993 at which time he heard about the work o Dr. Jack Preger in Calcutta. Dr. Preger established the Calcutta Rescue program in 1979 which delivers medical care directly to the street homeless o that vast city (Figure 5-13). At that meeting, Dr. Withers had an epiphany and realized that a new eld o medicine was being practiced in both their cities involving the same basic principles o care delivery. A ter many journeys to communities throughout the United States and abroad, Dr. Withers developed a network o grassroots organizations practicing what is now known as “street medicine.” A number o established e orts in cities like Boston, Santiago Chile, and Dublin were linked and an even larger number o new programs have emerged being inspired by the street medicine movement. In order to galvanize the street medicine movement, Dr. Withers established the rst annual International Street Medicine Symposium in Pittsburgh in 2005. The symposium, held in a di erent city each year, has grown rom the original meeting o 27 pioneers to 199 registrants rom all over the United States and 12 other countries, spanning 5 continents, who came to the ninth International Street Medicine Symposium in Boston in 2013. Students also presented updates on their growing network and displayed 19 academic posters. The Street Medicine Institute ( was established by Dr. Withers and other key partners in 2009 to be the global “home” o the street medicine movement. The vision is that one day every person orced to live on the streets will have direct access to medical care that is sensitive to their particular need. Also, it is envisioned that every possible health science school will have an elective “classroom

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o the streets” in which uture clinicians can develop their service-oriented skills within their own communities (see Figure 5-10). The Street Medicine Institute is dedicated to assisting the development o new street medicine programs, improving the practice o street medicine, ostering the trans ormational value o the street medicine movement, and to create learning opportunities within the street medicine context. Dr. Withers believes that by serving the most vulnerable o our own communities, we learn to make health care an agent o positive change in ourselves and society at large. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

International Humanitarian Efforts • Doctors Without Borders—http:/ / www • http:/ / jobs/ ngolist.doc. • http:/ / humanitarian-org.htm. • http:/ / . • Rick Hodes Web site—http:/ / • Calcutta Rescue—http:/ / Disabled Persons • US Department o Justice—http:/ / crt/ ada/ cguide.htm. • Social Security Administration—http:/ / disability/ (in ormation on bene ts). • In ormation on Sports Events or the Disabled— http:/ / www • http:/ / Homeless • National Coalition or the Homeless—http:/ / www . • National Alliance to End Homelessness—http:/ / www.naeh .org/ . • US Department o Housing and Urban Development—http:/ / homeless/ index.cfm. • Veterans A airs—http:/ / homeless/ . • The Society o Student-Run Free Clinics—http:/ / www . • Haven or Hope—http:/ / . REFERENCES 1. United Nations High Commissioner or Re ugees (UNHCR). http:/ / pages/ 49c3646c11.html. Accessed November 2013. 2. Center or Disease Control (CDC). Frequently Asked Questions About International Emergency and Re ugee Health. http:/ / globalhealth/ gdder/ ierh/ FAQ.htm. Accessed November 2013. 3. Daley WR. Public Health Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita— Louisiana, 2005. http:/ / mmwr/ preview/ mmwrhtml/ mm5502a1.htm. CDC. Accessed November 2013.

FIGURE 5-13 Dr. Jack Pre g e r e stab lishe d the Calcutta Re scue p rog ram in 1979 which d e live rs me d ical care d ire ctly to the stre e t home le ss o that vast city. Dr. Pre g e r is working und e r a b rid g e in Calcutta b ring ing me d ical care to a home le ss man.

4. Injury and Illness Surveillance in Hospitals and Acute-Care Facilities A ter Hurricanes Katrina and Rita— New Orleans Area, Louisiana, Sept 25 to Oct 15, 2005. http:/ / mmwr/ preview/ mmwrhtml/ mm5502a4.htm. Accessed November 2013.


5. Hanzlick R. O ce o the Fulton County Medical Examiner. Surveillance and Programs Br, Div o Environmental Hazards and Health E ects, Center or Environmental Health, CDC. MMWR Morb MortalWkly Rep. 1987;36(19):297-299. 6. World Health Organization. Water-related diseases. Malnutrition. http:/ / water_sanitation_health/ diseases/ malnutrition/ en/ . Accessed October 2013. 7. World Health Organization. Progress on Sanitation and DrinkingWater: 2013 Update. http:/ / iris/ bitstream/ 10665/ 81245/ 1/ 9789241505390_eng.pd . Accessed October 2013. 8. World Health Organization A rican Region: Ethiopia. http:/ / www.who. int/ countries/ eth/ en/ . Accessed November 2013.


ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE 9. Department o Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve the Health andWellness o Persons with Disabilities. Rockville, MD: Public Health Service; 2005. http:/ / www. library/ disabilities/ calltoaction/ calltoaction. pd . Accessed April 25, 2007. 10. Prevalence o disabilities and associated health conditions among adults—United States, 1999. MMWR Morb MortalWkly Rep. 2001;50(07):120-125. 11 Centers or Disease Control and Prevention. National Prevention In ormation Network. http:/ / scripts/ population/ homeless.asp. Accessed May 1, 2012.





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6 GLO BAL HEALTH Ruth E. Be rg g re n, MD Richard P. Usatine , MD

CO MMUNITY STO RY Common River is a US-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) implementing a community development program in Aleta Wondo, Ethiopia. This NGO is ounded on the principle o positive deviance, in which local best practices are identi ed and replicated to maximize agricultural production (organically grown co ee is produced in this region), as well as to improve the nutritional status, health, and education o orphaned and vulnerable children. Since 2009, a group rom the University o Texas School o Medicine in San Antonio has traveled annually to Aleta Wondo to provide school health screening and ree health care, including treatment o endemic helminth in ections, trachoma, and skin diseases, while collaborating with and supporting the local governmentsponsored health clinic (Figure 6-1A). In Figure 6-1B, a University o Texas medical student helps an elderly man to a chair where he will be seen by the medical team working in Aleta Wondo. The people o Aleta Wondo will receive oral albendazole or the treatment o intestinal parasites and will undergo complete physical examinations or the detection and treatment o other common conditions, such as head lice, tinea capitis, trachoma, and oot in ections. In Figure 6-1C, a group o women has just completed their woman’s literacy class or the day. Improving women’s literacy can improve the health o the entire community.


C FIGURE 6-1 (Continue d ) B. A Unive rsity o Te xas me d ical stud e nt he lp s an e ld e rly man to a chair whe re he will b e se e n b y the me d ical te am working in Ale ta Wond o. O ne o the local nursing stud e nts is ob se rving the clinical activity. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Le ste r Rose b rock.) C. Smiling wome n who have just comp le te d the ir woman’s lite racy class or the d ay. Imp roving woman’s lite racy is a g re at way to raise the he alth status o the community. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

A FIGURE 6-1 A. Many p e op le still live in e xtre me p ove rty with no running wate r and e le ctricity. This is a typ ical hut in Ethiop ia. This one is inhab ite d b y a g rand mothe r, he r g rand child , and a cow. The p hotog rap h was take n a te r a home visit to p rovid e IM ce triaxone to the child a te r he r re le ase rom the local hosp ital whe re she was tre ate d or a ne ck ab sce ss and ce llulitis. The me d ical te am was staying at Common Rive r and orig inate d rom the Unive rsity o Te xas. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission fro m Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

WHAT IS GLO BAL HEALTH? For years, the term international health has described health work in resource-limited settings with an emphasis on tropical diseases, communicable diseases, and illness caused by poor nutrition and inadequate access to water, sanitation, and maternal care. 1 More recently, global health is commonly used to emphasize mutual sharing o experience and

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knowledge, in a bilateral exchange between industrialized nations and resource-limited countries, and the emphasis is expanding to include noncommunicable diseases and chronic illness. 2 One de nition o global health, proposed by the Consortium o Universities or Global Health Executive Board, is “an area or study, research, and practice that places priority on improving health and achieving equity in health or all people worldwide.”1 This chapter ocuses on a ew conditions commonly encountered in developing nations, emphasizing communicable diseases and malnutrition. Ethical dilemmas abound when pro essionals rom resource-rich settings leave their amiliar environment and apply their practices in a severely resource-limited setting. Consider, or example, breast eeding guidelines in the setting o maternal-to-child HIV prevention. National protocols di er depending on resource availability. In some settings, telling an HIV-positive mother not to breast- eed (because breast-milk can transmit HIV) may sentence her in ant to near-certain death rom diarrhea. I a program overturns local teaching about exclusive breasteeding, it must ensure a sa e and sustainable alternative orm o in ant eeding. Imposing the standards o industrialized nations in a community that cannot a ord to continue to provide these standards can undo years o program development. Care must be taken not to undermine the trust a community has placed in local health providers, as this can ultimately increase morbidity rather than relieve su ering. Working with local health providers is essential so that a short trip can result in extended bene ts to the community. This chapter brief y introduces some o the relevant subject areas with which global health providers should amiliarize themselves when preparing or international work. Statistics that aid in understanding the state o a nation’s health relative to other countries are the mortality rate o children younger than age 5 years and adult li e expectancy. Least-developed countries report that as many as 112 o 1000 children die be ore age 5 years, compared to 8 per 1000 in developed countries, 3 and adult li e expectancy ranges rom 48 or 49 years at birth (Chad, Swaziland) to 88 or 89 years (Japan, Monaco). 3 Another important parameter by which to compare the health status o countries is that o maternal mortality, de ned as the number o maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. These gures, together with basic epidemiology o disease, provide important insights into public health priorities or populations. What statistics do not provide, however, is the level o importance ascribed to a particular health issue by a community. It is necessary to acknowledge and address the needs expressed by communities themselves, in order o their own priorities, so as to achieve sustained improvements in health outcomes. All health improvements ultimately rely on long-term behavioral changes, whether dietary, pill taking, physical activity, or hygiene related. Group behavioral change requires buy-in rom the population with the approbation and inf uence o local leadership. A use ul method o creating a positive impact is to make use o ongoing peer-to-peer adult education techniques through the introduction o community health clubs. This can be e ective or empowering resource-limited communities to develop their priorities, and to advocate their community health and development needs.4 It is best to learn about and collaborate with the local and governmental community health activities be ore launching any intervention, be it clinical, in rastructural, or preventive. WATER AND SANITATIO N Many diseases in resource-poor settings are traceable to de cits in clean water supply and storage, lack o soap or bathing, and lack o unctioning in rastructure to manage human waste (garbage collection, latrines)5 (Figure 6-2). Some o the most important ones include typhoid ever, cholera, and intestinal parasites.



FIGURE 6-2 An Ethiop ian p it latrine , which o e rs no mitig ation or ie s and is situate d in p roximity to the wate r tab le b e low. He avy rains will le ad to contamination o the wate r sup p ly with e cal p athog e ns. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Lack o government and public health in rastructure in the developing world leads to large populations living without clean running water. The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF estimate that 780 million people are without access to improved water sources and 2.5 billion (37% o the world’s population) people are without access to improved sanitation sources. 6 Water and sanitation de ciencies are responsible or most o the global burden o diarrheal disease. The most common diarrheal disease o returning travelers is caused by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. All over the world, young and malnourished children die o preventable diarrhea caused by rotavirus, E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter. Diseases that are particularly deadly as a result o lack o access to clean water include typhoid ever and cholera. Intestinal parasites, while usually not deadly, do lead to chronic problems with malnutrition and anemia, which themselves contribute to cyclical poverty and disease because they lead to impaired learning, reduced productivity, and vulnerability to other in ectious diseases.

TYPHO ID FEVER Typhoid ever, also known as enteric ever, is an acute systemic illness caused by the invasive bacterial pathogen, Salmonella typhi. S. typhi is ingested in contaminated water or ood, invades the mucosal sur ace o the small intestine, and causes bacteremia, with seeding o the liver, spleen, and lymph nodes. EPIDEMIO LO GY Typhoid ever is mainly ound in countries with poor sanitary conditions. Because most such countries do not routinely con rm the diagnosis with blood cultures, the disease is highly underreported. Outbreaks o typhoid are o ten seen in the rainy season, and in areas where human ecal material washes into sources o drinking water. Shallow water tables and improperly placed latrines are environmental risk actors or typhoid. Globally there are 16 to 33 million cases annually, with up to hal a million deaths every year. 7 CLINICAL PRESENTATIO N Patients develop an acute systemic illness with prolonged ever, malaise, and abdominal pain a ter ingesting contaminated ood or water. This




ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE truly nonspeci c syndrome may include headache, mild cough, and constipation, with nausea and vomiting. Diarrhea may be present but it is not the rule. A ter a 10- to 20-day incubation period, there is a stepwise progression o ever over a period o 3 weeks, and the patient may display a transient rash described as rose spots (2- to 4-mm pink macules on the torso, which ade on pressure). Temperature pulse dissociation with relative bradycardia despite high ever may be noted in ewer than 25% o patients. In the second week, the patient becomes more toxic and may develop hepatosplenomegaly. Untreated, typhoid can progress to include delirium, neurologic complications, and intestinal per oration caused by a proli eration o Salmonella in the Peyer patches (lymphoid tissue) o the intestinal mucosa. Although the mortality rate or untreated typhoid is 20%, early antibiotic therapy can decrease mortality. Approximately 1% to 4% o those who recover rom acute typhoid ever become carriers o the disease and continue to shed Salmonella in their stool despite not being ill. 7

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or sanitation. Although the in ection is o ten mild or asymptomatic, in 5% to 10% o patients it can be severe and li e threatening. 11 EPIDEMIO LO GY

Culture o blood, stool, rectal swab, or bone marrow. 8

V. cholerae reservoirs occur in brackish and salt water, as well as estuaries. Although the organism occurs in association with copepods and zooplankton, its largest reservoir is in humans. Cholera pandemics have been reported in South Asia, A rica, and Latin America. Characteristically, cholera outbreaks occur in countries that have su ered destruction o public health in rastructure (collapse o water supplies, sanitation, and garbage collection systems). The 2010 outbreak in post-earthquake Haiti has been traced to UN peacekeeping soldiers, whose waste contaminated a major Haitian river used or bathing, irrigation, and drinking water. In just 10 months, 300,000 cases were reported, o whom 4500 died, and the outbreak has continued to wax and wane with the rainy seasons or years. 12 A large in ective dose is necessary or in ection, and although approximately only 10% o those in ected all ill, the in ection can be atal or young children, elderly, and malnourished individuals.



• Malaria (o ten clinically indistinguishable rom typhoid; empiric therapy or both malaria and typhoid may be warranted i diagnostic testing9 is unavailable)

V. cholerae is a motile, gram-negative rod. A ter ingestion via contaminated water or ood, it must survive the acid environment o the stomach be ore colonizing the mucosal sur ace o the small intestine. The organism is noninvasive, and not associated with bloody diarrhea. Rather, it makes a potent toxin causing massive secretion o electrolyte-rich f uid into the gut lumen. Human-to-human contact spread virtually never occurs. Transmission through contaminated ood or water is the rule. 13 Clinical presentation ranges rom mild watery diarrhea to acute, ulminant watery diarrhea that looks like rice water. A ter an incubation period o 18 to 40 hours, patients may lose up to 30 L o f uid daily, resulting in metabolic acidosis and electrolyte disturbances. Severe dehydration can lead to death in a matter o hours. Vomiting, when present, starts a ter the onset o diarrhea. Pro oundly dehydrated patients present with decreased skin turgor, sunken eyes, and lethargy. Children, but not adults, may have mild ever. Cramping caused by loss o calcium and potassium is common. 13


• Enteroinvasive E. coli • Campylobacter • Paratyphoid ever (Salmonella para typhi, other less virulent Salmonellae) • Dengue ever (mosquito-borne arbovirus in ection spread by Aedes aegypti) • Rickettsial diseases (typhus, spotted ever, Q ever) • Brucellosis • Leptospirosis • Heat stroke MANAGEMENT Prompt diagnosis and initiation o antibiotic therapy is essential and li esaving. Oral rehydration therapy should be initiated rst, ollowed by IV f uids i vomiting cannot be controlled and or patients with altered mental status or hypovolemic shock. Antibiotic resistance patterns di er with geographic location. For A rica and resource-limited settings in the Americas, the rst choice is chloramphenicol 1 g PO daily or 10 to 14 days, or ciprof oxacin. Historically, trimethoprim-sul amethoxazole 960 mg PO twice daily or 10 to 14 days has been used, 8 but there has been increasing drug resistance to sul a in these areas. In Asia, where multidrug resistant S. typhi strains are well described, ciprof oxacin (500-750 mg twice daily), ce triaxone (60 mg/ kg IV daily) or azithromycin (500 mg daily) may be used or 7 to 14 days. 8-10 Azithromycin should be used only in mild disease. Some guidelines advocate the use o dexamethasone 3 mg/ kg IV ollowed by 1 mg/ kg every 6 hours or 2 days in the setting o shock or altered mental status. 8 See vaccine in ormation at the end o this chapter.

CHO LERA Cholera is an acute, diarrheal disease caused by Vibrio cholerae. It is usually transmitted by contaminated water or ood, and is associated with pandemics in countries that lack public health in rastructure and resources

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS AND LABO RATO RY TESTS Early presentation may resemble enterotoxigenic E. coli; however, the syndrome is quickly distinguishable because o the extreme volume o “rice water” secretory diarrhea that is the result o the cholera toxin. V. cholerae may be con rmed by stool culture, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or toxin genes, or dark- eld microscopy with speci c antisera, which will immobilize the V. cholerae. 14 The Centers or Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends con rmation o cholera by stool specimen culture or rectal swab. For transport, Cary Blair media is used, and or identi cation, thiosul ate-citrate-bile-salts (TCBS) agar is recommended. 11 MANAGEMENT Water, sanitation, and hygiene education is essential, as is education about recognizing the symptoms and immediately seeking medical attention while initiating oral rehydration. Optimally, rehydration should commence with reconstitution o WHO-distributed oral rehydration salts (ORS), which is available in all but the most remote areas o the world. Hydration is the mainstay o therapy, and replacement o f uids should be calibrated to match losses. ORS should be prepared with previously boiled water and consumed within 24 hours o reconstitution.

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FIGURE 6-3 In this Ethiop ian community without running wate r, wate r is colle cte d in je rry cans. Thousand s o wome n carry the se he avy, f lle d cans or mile s a te r f lling the m up rom this sing le p ip e . The local town has p rovid e d one sing le p ip e as the wate r source or the community. Althoug h the re is mud d y wate r b e low, the wate r coming rom the p ip e ap p e ars cle ar, althoug h it is like ly to harb or b acte ria and p arasite s. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

IV or intraosseous hydration with Ringer lactate solution should be initiated i the patient is vomiting or in danger o hypovolemic shock. The volume needed to rehydrate a cholera patient is o ten underestimated; or this reason, collection and measurement o the watery stool in a bucket placed under the cholera cot is recommended. Antibiotics are recommended or severe cases o cholera; the ollowing are the options15: 1. Doxycycline 300 mg orally as single dose (contraindicated in pregnancy) 2. Azithromycin 1 g orally as single dose (more e ective than either erythromycin or ciprof oxacin; appropriate rst-line therapy or children and in pregnancy) 3. Ciprof oxacin 4. Furazolidone 100 mg orally In pregnancy, erythromycin 250 mg PO daily or 3 days may also be used. PREVENTIO N O F DISEASES SECO NDARY TO CO NTAMINATED WATER Drinking puri ed or treated water, good handwashing practices, and avoidance o contaminated ood are essential. Travelers should be reminded not to brush their teeth with tap water and to avoid having potentially contaminated ice added to their beverages. Carbonated beverages are sa e as the carbonation process is bactericidal. Community education about handwashing and treatment o water is essential. In communities lacking running water (Figure 6-3), home storage o drinking water should be in containers with protective lids. Local guidelines regarding addition o chlorine to home-stored water containers should be ollowed.

INTESTINAL PARASITES EPIDEMIO LO GY AND GEO GRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIO N One-third o the world’s population is in ected with intestinal parasites, and although many parasitic in ections are asymptomatic, some have serious health consequences. Especially a ected are pregnant women and



FIGURE 6-4 Ascaris e g g ound in the stool o a p atie nt with inte stinal p arasite s. In most d e ve lop ing countrie s Ascaris is tre ate d e mp irically with alb e nd azole ; stool stud ie s are not always availab le or may not b e cost-e e ctive . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

children, or whom hookworm-associated anemia results in maternal mortality, low-birth-weight babies, growth stunting, and impaired learning. The CDC recommends predeparture albendazole treatment as a single 600-mg dose or all re ugees rom sub-Saharan A rica and South Asia. While this treatment will eradicate most o the nematodes, it is insu cient or Strongyloides stercoralis and schistosomiasis. 16 CLINICAL PRESENTATIO N Abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, anorexia, anemia, atigue, growth stunting o children, hepatomegaly (schistosomiasis) DIAGNO SIS Stool or ova and parasite studies (Figure 6-4) will not reliably detect Strongyloides or schistosomiasis; serologic testing is available or the latter. Eosinophilia is an important diagnostic clue or the presence o parasites; the nding o persistent eosinophilia warrants a care ul diagnostic evaluation or parasitic in ection. TREATMENT Ad ult s Albendazole 400 mg orally as single dose will eradicate hookworm, and Ascaris, but not Trichuris in most people.17 Eradication o Trichuris trichiura requires 3 daily doses o albendazole or adding ivermectin to mebendazole.18 PREVENTIO N Preventative measures include proper management o human waste, handwashing a ter de ecation and be ore cooking, and wearing shoes (prevents hookworm and Strongyloides). WHO guidelines recommend mass treatment o school children in endemic areas with single-dose albendazole therapy once in every 6 months.

MALNUTRITIO N A global shi t is underway, rom diseases o undernutrition to overnutrition in tandem with industrialization and advances in transportation and technology. In spite o this global shi t, about a quarter o the world’s




ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE preschool children demonstrate growth stunting caused by nutritional de ciencies. In resource-poor countries, adult obesity and childhood undernutrition may coexist within the same amilies. The causes o this seeming paradox include many actors associated with poverty: the vulnerability o preschool children to in ection when sanitation is inadequate, lack o nutrition education, decreased physical activity with increasing availability o technology and transportation, and mass marketing o inexpensive, calorie-rich oods.

THE NUTRITIO N TRANSITIO N AND MICRO NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES Obesity has become a leading global cause o death and disability, 19 and the term “nutrition transition” is used to describe the associated dietary change rom one dominated by carbohydrates and ber to a diet rich in sugar and animal ats. 20 Despite the sur eit o energy associated with the nutrition transition, global micronutrient de ciencies contribute importantly to developmental delays, reduced cognitive unction, impaired immunity, obesity, and hypertension. 21 There are 4 micronutrient de ciencies o global importance, each with associated clinical syndromes that should be recognized. All can be associated with growth stunting in children, who may present with abnormally short stature but relatively normal weight or height. Growth stunting rom micronutrient de ciency is associated with adult obesity, 22 and obese adults also demonstrate micronutrient de ciencies despite the act that they appear overnourished. 23 Although many o the guidelines regarding micronutrient de ciencies are speci c to children, the de ciencies persist and contribute to disease vulnerability and decreased productivity in adulthood, which in turn leads to the amiliar cycle o disease and poverty. VITAMIN A DEFICIENCY Vitamin A is a critical regulator o immune unction, which is required or maintaining the integrity o mucosal sur aces. Vitamin A supplementation in countries with malnutrition reduces blindness ( rom xerophthalmia) as well as the morbidity o in ectious diseases (especially measles, diarrhea, and respiratory in ections). In 2009, the WHO estimated that clinical vitamin A de ciency (night blindness) and biochemical vitamin A de ciency (serum retinol concentration < 0.70 µmol/ L) a ected 5.2 and 190 million preschool-age children, respectively. 24 About 250,000 children develop blindness caused by vitamin A de ciency every year, and hal o them die within 12 months o losing sight. 25 Clinical Pre se nt at io n Pregnant women in vitamin A de cient communities may be among the rst to signal the problem when they complain o night blindness. The earliest presentation o vitamin A de ciency is poor night vision, which may progress to night blindness, xerophthalmia, ulceration, and scarring o the cornea, with ultimate blindness. Vitamin A de ciency is also associated with anemia, and has been suggested as a preventable cause o maternal mortality. 26 However, a recent trial in Ghana involving more than hal a million woman-years and over 2500 deaths concluded that weekly vitamin A administration did not reduce mortality in women o childbearing age. 27 Manag e me nt While meta-analyses o large trials giving vitamin A supplements to hundreds o thousands o children under age 5 years reveal striking

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reductions in mortality and morbidity, the bene t o programmatic vitamin A supplementation or adults has not been demonstrated. In children, vitamin A reduces diarrhea and measles incidence as well as morbidity, mortality, and eye disease. In countries where vitamin A de ciency is problematic, pregnant women o ten report symptomatic night blindness. The most recent guidelines do not recommend vitamin A supplementation during pregnancy as part o routine antenatal care or preventing maternal mortality. WHO does state that or countries with signi cant public health problems rom de ciency, vitamin A should be given to prevent night blindness. Pregnant women in these settings should get up to 10,000 IU vitamin A daily or 25,000 IU vitamin A weekly as an oral liquid, oil-based preparation. A single dose o vitamin A should never exceed 25,000 units, especially during the rst trimester o pregnancy, to avoid teratogenicity. Supplementation is continued or 12 weeks during pregnancy until delivery. The WHO de nes at-risk populations as those where the prevalence o night blindness is greater than or equal to 5% in pregnant women or greater than or equal to 5% in children aged 2 to 5 years. 28 Treatment o active xerophthalmia is considered an emergency and management should include oral vitamin A. Current recommendations or xerophthalmia (night blindness and/ or Bitot spots) are 10,000 units daily or 25,000 units weekly or 3 months. Active corneal lesions rom vitamin A de ciency are rare, but should be treated with 200,000 units o vitamin A on days 1, 2, and 14. 29 ZINC DEFICIENCY Zinc plays a central role in cellular growth, di erentiation, and metabolism. It is necessary or physical growth, gastrointestinal (GI), and immune unction. Many zinc studies show improved growth o children and decreased in ections when supplements are given to vulnerable populations. Studies suggest that the global prevalence o zinc de ciency approaches 31%, especially in A rica, the eastern Mediterranean, and South Asia. 30 Clinical Pre se nt at io n The most common presentation o zinc de ciency is nonspeci c and may include growth stunting, delayed sexual maturation, dermatitis, and de ective immunity. Zinc de ciency is associated with decreased macrophage chemotaxis, decreased neutrophil activity, and decreased T-cell responses. 31 It is widely acknowledged that zinc de ciency contributes signi cantly to mortality rom pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. Diag no sis Because there is no good biomarker or zinc de ciency, diagnosis must rest on clinical suspicion and documentation o therapeutic response to supplementation. Manag e me nt WHO guidelines or diarrhea recommend use o low concentration ORS together with routine zinc supplementation or 10 to 14 days. While care ully studied in children, data regarding zinc supplementation or diarrhea in adults are lacking. 32 In children, zinc supplementation decreases the duration and volume o diarrheal stools by 25% and 30%, respectively, and brings an approximate 50% reduction in noninjury deaths in the year ollowing the treatment. 33 Un ortunately, zinc supplementation bene ts are still not widely known by health care workers in developing countries. 34

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IRO N DEFICIENCY Iron de ciency is the most common micronutrient de ciency in the world, and 2 billion people (nearly one-third o the global population) are anemic. In resource-limited countries, iron de ciency anemia is either caused or aggravated by malaria, intestinal parasites such as hookworm, and other chronic in ections such as HIV, tuberculosis, or schistosomiasis. Iron de ciency causes enormous morbidity and contributes to 20% o global maternal mortality. Because the consequences include impaired cognition and physical development, increased risk o illness in children and reduced work productivity, iron de ciency is a real barrier to economic development in resource-poor countries. 35 As with zinc and vitamin A, iron de ciency can be detrimental to host immunity, causing decreased neutrophil chemotaxis. 31


ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE iodine de ciency results in a orm o pro ound cognitive impairment known as cretinism. Other consequences include stillbirths, dea mutism, subclinical hyper- or hypothyroidism, impaired mental unction, and retarded physical development. 37 Int e rve nt io ns Iodine may be supplied in tablets or liquid orm and taken daily; in adults, 150 µg/ d is su cient or thyroid unction and an adult multivitamin typically contains 150 µg o iodine per tablet, but this is impractical. Population-based interventions should include iodization o salt, and in some developing countries, eradication o iodine de ciency has been accomplished by adding iodine drops to well water. VITAMIN B3 (NIACIN) DEFICIENCY

Int e rve nt io ns The WHO has developed a 3-pronged strategy or addressing global iron de ciency: increasing iron uptake through dietary diversi cation and supplementation, improvement o nutritional status, and controlling in ections, especially worms. In countries with signi cant iron de ciency anemia, malaria, and helminth in ections, these interventions can restore individual health as well as raise national productivity levels, thereby interrupting the cycle o poverty and disease. 35 IO DINE DEFICIENCY Insu cient dietary iodine can signi cantly lower the IQ o whole populations and is the leading preventable cause o brain damage. Although iodine de ciency is easily solved through ood orti cation costing 2 cents per person annually, prevalences o 60% to 90% iodine de ciency among school children are observed in multiple A rican, Asian, and eastern Mediterranean countries. There is tremendous variance o iodine de ciency within individual countries and de ciency is not linked to poor or disadvantaged districts. 36 Iodine de ciency occurs where the soil has low iodine content because o past glaciation or repeated leaching e ects o precipitation. Food crops grown in iodine-de cient soil provide inadequate dietary iodine. 37 Clinical Pre se nt at io n Because iodine is required or thyroid hormone synthesis, iodine de ciency results in hypothyroidism and goiter (Figure 6-5). Congenital

FIGURE 6-5 Massive g oite r cause d b y iod ine d e f cie ncy. This woman is rom a country in A rica whe re iod ine is not routine ly sup p le me nte d in the d ie t and g oite r is e nd e mic. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission fro m Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Clinical niacin de ciency is a problem in severely resource-limited settings where diets rely heavily on corn or sorghum. Pellagra re ers to a nutritional wasting disease that occurs when there is de ciency o nicotinic acid and/ or tryptophan. 38 Clinical Pre se nt at io n The term “pellagra” re ers to a symptom complex o 4 Ds: diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia, and (sometimes) death, which is seen in niacin de ciency states. The dermatitis is a phototoxic rash, occurring primarily on sun-exposed skin o the neck and chest in a necklace-like distribution (Figure 6-6), as well as on the hands and orearms, or in a boot-like distribution sparing the heel. The rash is initially erythematous, and may be blistering or scaling with progression to hyperkeratosis and hyperpigmentation over bony prominences. Accompanying neurologic problems include disorientation, myoclonic jerks, tremors, depression, and in severe cases, central pontine myelinolysis. 39 Diag no sis Diagnosis requires clinical suspicion, recognition o the 4 Ds, and understanding o risk actors. In addition to poverty and maize diet, risk actors or pellagra include eating disorders, alcohol abuse, malabsorption, medications (especially INH, PZA, and phenytoin or phenobarbital), Crohn disease, and hypothyroidism. Oral niacin supplementation should ameliorate symptoms in 1 to 2 days, and can con rm the diagnosis.

FIGURE 6-6 Pe llag ra rom niacin d e f cie ncy causing the typ ical rash around the ne ck known as Casal ne cklace . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Rick Hod e s, MD.)




ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE Manag e me nt On a population level, orti cation o maize f our with niacin can be very e ective. Patients should be educated about nutritional sources o niacin, which include eggs, peanuts, meat, poultry, sh, legumes, and beans. For clinical therapy in a symptomatic individual, niacin is dosed at 100 to 500 mg PO divided 2 to 3 times daily until complete recovery (3-4 weeks). 40 Because nutrient de ciencies generally do not occur in isolation, consider treating or other common de ciencies including protein, zinc, thiamine, and vitamin B12. Although the dermatitis rarely leaves scars, residual hyperpigmentation may last or months. Hot f ashes and headache rom niacin may be diminished by pretreatment with aspirin, 325 mg about 30 minutes be ore the dose. 41

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These patients may also develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), hypoglycemia, acidosis, and shock in the setting o hyperparasitemia. Untreated patients with cerebral malaria ultimately progress to coma, respiratory ailure, and death. 44 Diffe re nt ial Diag no sis The initial presentation o malaria is so nonspeci c that it mimics inf uenza (without the respiratory symptoms), enteric ever (see section on typhoid), dengue ever, rickettsial in ections, brucellosis, and leishmaniasis. I hemolysis has been extensive, the patient may present with jaundice, and viral hepatitis or leptospirosis may also be on the di erential diagnosis. 42 Lab o rat o ry Diag no sis


Malaria is usually diagnosed by light microscopy o peripheral blood smears prepared with a Giemsa, Field, or modi ed Wright stain (Figure 6-7A and B). A thick-and-thin smear should be obtained

Malaria is a protozoan in ection spread by the Anopheles mosquito vector in endemic areas. O the 4 species o malaria (Plasmodium alciparum, Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium malariae, and Plasmodium vivax), P. alciparum is the most important to address, because i unrecognized and untreated, it can be rapidly atal. Only P. alciparum exhibits high levels o parasitemia in blood, and it is the only type o malaria that causes sequestration o parasitized erythrocytes in microvasculature. This unique eature o P. alciparum is responsible or the severe end-organ damage, including renal ailure, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and coma that is seen with untreated disease. 42 Ep id e mio lo g y and Ge o g rap hic Dist rib ut io n There are more than 200 million cases o malaria in the world every year. According to the WHO, up to 1 million people worldwide die annually rom malaria, with 89% o these deaths occurring in A rica. Most o the deaths caused by malaria occur in children younger than age 5 years. P. alciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae, and P. ovale are globally distributed in the tropics. P. vivax is more common in Asia, South America, Oceania, and India. P. ovale is ound mainly in West A rica, and P. malariae is much less common than P. vivax or P. alciparum. The risk or malaria varies greatly within a given country, and depends on altitude (higher altitudes have lower risk), season (greatest risk in rainy season), and urbanization (rural areas have greater risk than urban areas). Thus, travelers should be aware o these di erences and plan or prophylaxis accordingly. The CDC publication, Health In ormation or International Travel, is available online at http:/ / travel/ and should be consulted or updates about regional patterns o malaria risk, as well as drug resistance and guidelines, which are subject to requent changes. 43


Clinical Pre se nt at io n A ter a 1- to 3-week incubation period ollowing the bite o an in ected emale mosquito, patients develop a nonspeci c syndrome o high ever, headache, myalgia, and shaking chills. This syndrome is requently accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and back pain, and occasional diarrhea. Splenomegaly and anemia (related to hemolysis) are common in all 4 types o malaria. As untreated P. alciparum progresses, there is a risk o cerebral malaria, which is caused by parasitized erythrocytes sequestered in the capillaries o the brain, with secondary metabolic consequences. Cerebral malaria is characterized by severe headache and altered consciousness.

B FIGURE 6-7 A. Plasmod ium falcip arum with a b anana-shap e d g ame tocyte . O all the sp e cie s o malaria, P. falcip arum is most like ly to cause se ve re morb id ity and mortality. B. P. falcip arum with chromatin in ring s. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

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whenever possible or every ebrile patient in whom malaria is suspected, especially rom ebrile travelers returning rom malaria endemic areas. Thin smears allow relative quanti cation and speciation o parasites when the parasitemia is high; thick smears are use ul to rule in malaria, especially when parasitemia is low. Because a single negative smear does not rule out malaria, the test must be repeated on at least 3 occasions at 12- to 24-hour intervals. 45 Patients with high levels o parasitemia (>5%) have a worse prognosis, and should be considered or inpatient care. Other diagnostic modalities include the f uorochrome acridine orange stain or f uorescence microscopy and PCR (not yet widely available but help ul or very low levels o parasitemia). Rapid antigen assays using ngerstick blood samples on cards impregnated with speci c antibodies are alternative methods or laboratory diagnosis o malaria. In the United States, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the BinaxNOW Malaria test, which, although costly, is convenient or rapid eld use. Un ortunately, this and other immunochromatographic strip assays are not able to determine parasite load. 43 Tre at me nt Many cases o malaria can be treated e ectively with oral medication, and parenteral therapy is reserved or severe disease or or patients who are vomiting. Be ore prescribing therapy, determine which species is most likely involved based on microscopy or rapid diagnostic test; consider the geographic area and local drug resistance patterns. A ter the patient has been given the rst dose o medication, the patient should be observed or an hour. Vomiting can be managed with metoclopramide, 10 mg orally, and i vomiting occurs within 30 minutes, the ull initial dose can be repeated. The WHO recommends artemisininbased combination treatments as rst line or uncomplicated P. alciparum: artemether-lume antrine 1 dose at hours 1, 8, 24, 36, 48, and 60 based on body weight: 5 to 14 kg: 1 tablet per dose; 15 to 24 kg: 2 tablets per dose; 25 to 34 kg: 3 tablets per dose; greater than 34 kg: 4 tablets per dose. Other artemisinin combinations can be used as ollows: artesunate plus amodiaquine, artesunate plus mef oquine, and artesunate plus sul adoxine-pyrimethamine. The combination o choice depends on the level o resistance o the partner medication in a given region. Artemisinin and derivatives should not be given as monotherapy. For US-returning travelers • Quinine + doxycycline: quinine 10 mg/ kg 3 times daily or 7 days and doxycycline twice daily or 7 days or • Atovaquone-proguanil: atovaquone 20 mg/ kg/ d, proguanil 8 mg/ kg/ d or 3 days.


ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE Care ul hemodynamic monitoring and management o seizures (with intravenous benzodiazepines) are essential. Pre ve nt io n Prevention measures are a public health priority and should include mosquito control, elimination o standing water in households and gardens, insect repellant containing at least 10% to 50% diethyltoluamide (DEET; 30% DEET provides 6-8 hours o protection), and permethrinimpregnated bed nets. Since 2000, prevention and control measures have reduced malaria mortality by more than 25% globally and by 33% in A rica. 46 Pre ve nt on for Trave le rs Choice o chemoprophylaxis depends on drug-resistance patterns or P. alciparum in the country being visited. Generally, prophylaxis should start 1 week be ore arrival and should continue through 4 weeks a ter leaving the endemic area. In the case o atovaquone-proguanil, prophylaxis may start the day be ore arrival and end 7 days a ter departure. Drugs commonly used in prophylaxis include atovaquone-proguanil (Malarone, which is expensive in the United States), mef oquine (may cause central nervous system side e ects), and doxycycline (causes photosensitivity). Chloroquine can be used only in a ew areas; chloroquinesusceptible malaria is restricted to the Caribbean, Central America, and parts o the Middle East.


• Centers or Disease Control and Prevention. Malaria— http:/ / malaria. • World Health Organization. Malaria—http:/ / malaria/ en/ .

LEISHMANIASIS Leishmaniasis is a vector-borne disease transmitted by the sandf y. It can be divided into 2 major orms, a cutaneous orm, which is the most common, and the visceral orm. There is also a more rare mucocutaneous orm that can cause signi cant acial dis gurement around the nose and mouth. Syno nyms Kala-azar is another name or visceral leishmaniasis. Ep id e mio lo g y

Tre atme nt of Se ve re P. falcip arum All cases o severe malaria should be managed as medical emergencies. Give intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) artesunate, artemether, or quinine dihydrochloride (not available in the United States). In the United States give quinidine gluconate, 10 mg base/ kg (up to 600 mg) in 0.9% saline by rate-controlled IV in usion over 1 to 2 hours, ollowed by a maintenance dose o 0.02 mg base/ kg/ min with electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring until patient can take oral drugs. Quinine and quinidine must never be given by IV bolus because o the potential or atal hypotension. Patients with cerebral malaria should undergo lumbar puncture to rule out bacterial meningitis and their blood glucose should be checked every 4 hours because o the signi cant risk o hypoglycemia in severe malaria.

• New World leishmaniasis is ound in Mexico, Central America, and South America. Old World leishmaniasis is ound in India, A rica, the Middle East, southern Europe, and parts o Asia. • Most leishmaniasis diagnosed in the United States occurs in travelers returning rom endemic areas including military personnel who served in Iraq or A ghanistan. • Some cutaneous leishmaniasis cases acquired in the United States have been reported in Texas and Oklahoma. 47 • Ninety percent o cutaneous leishmaniasis occurs in A ghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. 47 • Ninety percent o visceral leishmaniasis cases occur in parts o India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Brazil. 47





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Et io lo g y and Pat ho p hysio lo g y • Leishmaniasis is caused by more than 20 species o the protozoan genus Leishmania. • Leishmaniasis is transmitted to people through the bite o the sandf y. • The intracellular amastigotes o Leishmania replicate within macrophages. • The disease can also be transmitted like any blood-borne in ection, but human-to-human transmission is rare. Risk Fact o rs • Living in and traveling to endemic countries. • Rural areas have a higher prevalence o disease in the endemic countries. • Not protecting the skin rom sandf y bites during the time rom dusk to dawn. • Blood trans usions, needle sharing in injection-drug users, needlestick injuries, and congenital transmission also are all reported risk actors or visceral leishmaniasis. 48


Diag no sis Cl n cal Fe ature s • Six weeks a ter a sandf y bite, the cutaneous orm may be localized to a single ulcer or nodule (Figure 6-8) or may be disseminated widely (Figure 6-9). • A ter a 2- to 6-month incubation period, the visceral orm can involve the liver, spleen, and bone marrow and causes systemic illness. The patient may present with ever, anemia, night sweats, weight loss, and an enlarged abdomen because o hepatosplenomegaly. 49 • Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis a ects the nose and mouth and may a ect the nasal septum and palate (Figure 6-10). This orm may occur months to years a ter what appears to be healing o cutaneous leishmaniasis. D str b ut on • A cutaneous orm o leishmaniasis has a predilection or the nose and ace (see Figure 6-8). • Cutaneous leishmaniasis is also commonly seen on the extremities. Note that the sandf y would generally have more access to bite the ace and extremities where clothing is less likely to be a protective barrier. • Disseminated cutaneous leishmaniasis can be seen rom the head to the toes (see Figure 6-9). Lab oratory Te st ng • Cutaneous leishmaniasis may be diagnosed by clinical appearance and a biopsy or a scraping o the ulcer. A Giemsa stain will demonstrate parasites in the skin smears taken rom the edge o an active ulcer.49 In some centers, PCR is available and is considered as the method o choice. 50 • Visceral leishmaniasis is diagnosed rom a blood sample or a bone marrow biopsy. Several serologic agglutination tests (direct agglutination test [DAT] or f uorescent allergosorbent test [FAST]) are highly sensitive or the detection o Leishmania antibodies. Culture o a bone marrow aspirate or PCR improves diagnostic yield. 49 Diffe re nt ial Diag no sis • The di erential diagnosis o cutaneous leishmaniasis includes leprosy, sarcoidosis, pyoderma gangrenosum, primary syphilis, and venous stasis ulcers. • The di erential diagnosis o visceral leishmaniasis includes malaria, typhoid ever, and lymphoma.

B FIGURE 6-8 Examp le s o le ishmaniasis on the ace . Le sions e me rg e at the site o the sand y b ite ; the nose is commonly a e cte d as se e n in the wome n in Fig ure s A and B rom A rica. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Manag e me nt Nonp harmacolog c Wound care or ulcers Me d cat ons The main drugs used to treat leishmaniasis include sodium stibogluconate (available rom the CDC) and meglumine antimonate. 51,52 Other medications used include milte osine (the only oral drug or leishmaniasis) f uconazole and liposomal amphotericin b (this is the only drug with FDA approval or visceral leishmaniasis in the United States). 51,52 Amphotericin b is the standard o care in India because o antimonial resistance. 50 Surg e ry Plastic surgery may be used to treat the dis gurement o mucocutaneous or cutaneous leishmaniasis.

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ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE PRO GNO SIS • Cutaneous leishmaniasis does resolve spontaneously in some cases and in other cases it may persist and resist treatments. The prognosis is related to the severity o the case and the community o the host. Even in cases that resolve, scarring is requent. • Visceral leishmaniasis is atal i not diagnosed and treated. RESO URCES

• PubMed Health. Leishmaniasis—http:/ / www.ncbi.nlm.nih .gov/ pubmedhealth/ PMH0002362/ . • Centers or Disease Control and Prevention. Parasites– Leishmaniasis—http:/ / parasites/ leishmaniasis/ .


FIGURE 6-9 Di use le ishmaniasis in an A rican man with involve me nt rom the ace to the toe s. The multip le nod ule s look like le p romatous le p rosy b ut b y skin snip te sting , the d iag nosis o le ishmaniasis was conf rme d . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

PREVENTIO N O F VECTO R-BO RNE DISEASES Prevention is a public health priority that must include vector (mosquito and sandf y) control, elimination o standing water in households and gardens, insect repellant containing 20% to 30% DEET, and permethrincoated bednets. Sandf ies and Anopheles mosquitoes bite rom dusk to dawn, but the A. aegypti vector o dengue ever bites any time during the day making daytime use o mosquito repellant especially important in dengue-endemic areas.

FIGURE 6-10 Se ve re mucocutane o us le ishmaniasis causing d e struction o the nose . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Chlamydia trachomatis is the leading in ectious cause o blindness, accounting or 3% o the world’s blindness. Globally, 21.4 million people have trachoma, and o these, 1.2 million are blind. 53 Trachoma is associated with poor sanitation, inadequate water supply, and lack o personal hygiene. It is transmitted rom person to person via unwashed ngers, f ies, and close amily contact (sharing o ace towels and bedclothes). Trachoma is endemic in A rica (especially in the driest regions), India, South Asia, Australia, and parts o South America. CLINICAL PRESENTATIO N Patients experience inf ammation o the eye with watery discharge, itching, burning, and blurry vision. Examination o the tarsal conjunctiva reveals ollicles (round swellings that are paler than the surrounding conjunctiva, at least 0.5 mm in diameter). With progression, intense trachomatous inf ammation develops, producing inf ammatory thickening o the tarsal conjunctiva, which appears red and thickened with numerous ollicles (Figure 6-11). Eventually, trachoma causes scarring, with white lines or bands in the tarsal conjunctiva as well as trichiasis, in which eyelashes turn inward and

FIGURE 6-11 Trachoma causing p romine nt ollicle s on the up p e r e ye lid in a p e rson in e cte d with C. trachomatis. Note how ip p ing the e ye lid is ne e d e d to se e the ollicle s und e r the up p e r e ye lid . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)





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FIGURE 6-12 Blind ne ss cause d b y untre ate d trachoma. Althoug h this is one o the most common cause s o b lind ne ss world wid e , trachoma is e asily tre atab le with a sing le d ose o o ral azithromycin. Pre ve ntion is achie ve d throug h b e tte r acce ss to wate r and soap , to g e the r with e d ucation ab out the thre e “Fs”: ie s, f ng e rs, acial hyg ie ne . (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission from P. Usatine , MD.)

begin to rub against the cornea, and entropion, or inward turning o the eyelid itsel . With time, this chronic rubbing causes corneal opacity and blindness (Figure 6-12). DIAGNO SIS Although laboratory diagnostic testing is available or staining C. trachomatis in scrapings rom the tarsal plate, most settings where trachoma is endemic do not o er this resource, and visual inspection o the everted upper eyelid must su ce. Each eye should be examined or trichiasis and corneal opacities. The upper eyelid is everted by asking the patient to look down, holding eyelashes between thumb and nger, and everting the lid using a cotton-tipped applicator. The everted lid is then checked or ollicles, inf ammation, and scarring. The di erential diagnosis o trachoma includes allergic conjunctivitis (which can also produce ollicles o the tarsal plate), and bacterial or viral conjunctivitis.

Many o the skin diseases encountered in resource-limited countries are secondary to crowded living conditions and lack o clean water and soap. Scabies mites and human lice are endemic in many populations that are unable to wash requently. I clean water is scarce it is more likely to be used or drinking and cooking than bathing. In developed countries, we take clean running water (hot and cold), soap, and shampoo or granted. In developing countries, even i water is available, it may not be accessible as warm running water or showers or baths. When an intervention as simple as mass distribution o ree soap or personal hygiene draws enormous crowds to a mobile clinic, the vastness o inequality in access to basic health measures around the world becomes pain ully obvious. Although people recognize the importance o access to soap and clean water, the absence o this luxury results in skin in ections and in estations that are highly prevalent and spread rom person to person. We can divide skin diseases into in estations, bacterial, viral, and ungal in ections. All o these skin in ections are covered in the dermatology section o this book. Here we highlight some cases seen in developing countries. Scabies (see Chapter 141, Scabies) is caused by a human mite that burrows under the skin causing itching and leading to scratching. The itching and scratching may keep the person awake at night and may lead to bacterial superin ections. Scabies is spread by direct skin contact (Figure 6-13), shared bedding and clothing, and occasionally by omites. Human lice (see Chapter 140, Lice) exist as 3 separate species that are known as head lice, body lice, and pubic lice. Schoolchildren are particularly at risk or head lice, and in areas with limited head washing, the majority o kids may be in ested. Body lice live on clothing and eed on the blood o their host. Body lice are more prevalent in adults who bathe rarely and wear the same unwashed clothing day a ter day. Pubic lice are transmitted through sexual contact and are not known to be more prevalent in developing countries. Water and hygiene issues do predispose to increased head and body lice in developing countries.

MANAGEMENT • Azithromycin, 1 g single oral dose or adults and 20 mg/ kg or children in a single dose. • In pregnancy: erythromycin 500 mg twice daily or 7 days. • Less e ective: topical erythromycin and tetracycline. 10 • In some settings, surgery is available to correct entropion and trichiasis. PREVENTIO N Preventive measures include community hygiene education, use o soap and water or washing hands and aces, and control o f ies through use o ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines. The WHO has developed the acronym “SAFE” or the global elimination o trachoma: S Surgery or entropion and trichiasis A Antibiotics or in ectious trachoma F Facial cleanliness to reduce transmission E Environmental improvements such as control o disease-spreading f ies and access to clean water54

FIGURE 6-13 Scab ie s in e station co ve ring the mothe r’s b re ast and he r b ab y’s hand . With p oor acce ss to he alth care , this in e station would like ly re main untre ate d , and could le ad to b acte rial sup e rin e ction and imp e tig o. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

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FIGURE 6-14 Imp e tig o cause d b y a b acte rial in e ction on the ne ck with hone y crusting . Imp e tig o is more p re vale nt whe n the re is inad e q uate hyg ie ne and lack o acce ss to he alth care . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)



FIGURE 6-15 Le p romatous le p rosy with le onine acie s in a woman. Note the loss o e ye b rows calle d mad arosis and the p romine nt e ar involve me nt. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Int ro d uct io n Bacterial in ections o the skin (see Chapter 118, Impetigo) are ubiquitous throughout the world. Impetigo is a super cial bacterial in ection that presents with honey crusts (Figure 6-14) or bullae. Good hygiene can prevent impetigo and there ore it is not surprising that many cases o impetigo are seen in countries that lack access to soap and clean water. Impetigo is o ten secondary to other skin diseases such as scabies or ungal in ections that create breaks in the skin barrier unction. Cases o secondary in ected scabies and tinea are seen commonly in developing countries. Viral in ections o the skin include herpes simplex, varicella zoster, molluscum contagiosum, and human papilloma virus in ections. These in ections are seen commonly in HIV-in ected persons who are not receiving optimal antiretroviral therapy. In countries with a high prevalence o HIV-in ected people, a severe case o molluscum, warts, or shingles in a young person should prompt a clinician to consider HIV testing, i possible. Molluscum in ections and warts are so ubiquitous throughout the world that it is important to realize that healthy people with healthy immune systems can get these in ections too. Viral exanthems caused by diseases such as varicella and measles may be more prevalent in countries where vaccinations are less available. Fungal in ections o the skin can occur rom the head down to the toes. Heat, humidity, and lack o bathing are predisposing actors to ungal skin in ections. There ore, tropical developing countries provide good environments or tinea capitis, tinea corporis, and tinea pedis.

MYCO BACTERIUM (LEPRO SY AND TUBERCULO SIS-HIV CO INFECTIO N) LEPRO SY Pat ie nt St o ry A woman presents with signi cant changes to her ace (Figure 6-15). A slit-skin examination is per ormed on the ear lobe o the woman and many acid- ast bacilli, characteristic o Mycobacterium leprae, are ound. The woman is started on the WHO-standard multidrug therapy using ri ampin, clo azimine, and dapsone.

Leprosy (Hansen disease) is caused by M. leprae and is still endemic in many parts o the developing world where there is poverty and poor access to clean water. At one time, persons with leprosy were called “lepers” and isolated to leper colonies because the disease was dis guring and the communities were a raid that it was highly contagious. Current science and epidemiology tell us that leprosy is transmitted via droplets rom the nose and mouth during close and requent contact over a period o years, and not by casual contact. Thus doctors working with patients who have leprosy are at no real risk o becoming in ected. Issues related to stigma and discrimination still exist. Ep id e mio lo g y • There were 219,075 new cases reported in the world by 105 countries in 2011. 55 • The United States reported 173 new cases in 2011. 55 • Since 1990, more than 14 million leprosy patients have been cured, about 4 million rom 2000 to 2010. 56 Et io lo g y and Pat ho p hysio lo g y • The clinical mani estations o leprosy depend on the immunologic reaction to the in ection. The 2 opposite ends o the spectrum consist o the ollowing: ° Lepromatous leprosy in which there is a strong antibody response and a poor cell-mediated community resulting in larger amounts o M. leprae in the tissues (see Figure 6-15). ° Tuberculoid leprosy in which there is a strong cell-mediated immunity and a poor antibody response resulting in less M. leprae in the tissues. This tends to present with hypopigmented anesthetic patches (Figure 6-16). • There is also borderline leprosy in which there is a mixed cell-mediated immunity and antibody response showing eatures o both lepromatous leprosy and tuberculoid leprosy. • Treatment regimens di er depending on whether the patient has paucibacillary ( ewer organisms) or multibacillary leprosy. Lepromatous leprosy and borderline lepromatous leprosy are most likely to be multibacillary.





FIGURE 6-16 Multibacillary lep rosy with hypop ig me nte d patche s. These patches are commonly numb due to cutaneous nerve damage rom mycobacterial in ection. (Re produced with p ermission from Richard P. Usatine, MD.)

Risk Fact o rs • Poverty and living in an endemic area. • Inadequate access to clean water and poor hygiene. • Living in the household o an in ected person. • Eating or handling armadillos as these animals are natural hosts or M. leprae. Diag no sis Cl n cal Fe ature s • Facial eatures include leonine acies, madarosis (loss o eyebrows as seen in Figure 6-15), elongated and dysmorphic earlobes, and saddlenose de ormities rom destruction o the nasal cartilage and bone. • Visible skin changes include nodules in lepromatous leprosy, hypopigmented patches in tuberculoid (see Figure 6-16) and borderline leprosy, and annular saucer-like lesions in borderline leprosy. • Nerve involvement can cause a clawhand (f exion contractures o the ngers as seen in Figure 6-17), wristdrop, ootdrop, Bell palsy, hammertoes, and sensory neuropathy leading to neurotropic ulcers and traumatic blisters.

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FIGURE 6-18 Le p rosy has cause d this old man to lose his f ng e rs b ut he continue s to le ad a p rod uctive li e we aving rug s or sale at a le p rosy hosp ital. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

D str b ut on The nodules o lepromatous leprosy are mostly seen on the ace and ears but can be seen in other areas. Hypopigmented patches can be seen anywhere on the body including the ace. Lab oratory Te st ng • In obvious cases o leprosy, the slit-skin examination done on the ear lobe or bacillary index is the most important test to determine i the patient has multibacillary or paucibacillary leprosy. • In cases that are suspicious or leprosy (especially outside o endemic areas), a skin punch biopsy o a suspicious lesion is use ul or nding M. leprae in the tissues. Diffe re nt ial Diag no sis Super cial mycoses, vitiligo, and cutaneous lariasis all cause changes in pigmentation similar to leprosy. In ltrated lesions that resemble leprosy include those o leishmaniasis, psoriasis, and sarcoidosis. 57 Manag e me nt

• Eye involvement can cause corneal anesthesia, keratitis, episcleritis, lagophthalmos (the inability to close the eyelid completely), and blindness.

Early diagnosis and multidrug therapy are essential or reducing the disease burden o leprosy worldwide. The WHO has supplied multidrug therapy ree o cost to leprosy patients in all endemic countries. 58

• Advanced untreated leprosy can lead to shortening and/ or loss o ngers as a result o bone resorption in hands that have become anesthetic and not protected rom repeated trauma (Figure 6-18).

• Leprosy is curable and treatment at an early stage can prevent disability. • Multidrug therapy is a combination o ri ampin, dapsone, and clo azimine or multibacillary leprosy patients, and ri ampin and dapsone or paucibacillary patients. • Duration o multidrug therapy is 12 to 24 months or multibacillary and 6 months or paucibacillary patients. 57 • Treatment with a single antileprosy drug will always result in development o drug resistance to that drug and is there ore an unethical practice. • Strategies to increase early access to care and to provide easy-to-obtain ree multidrug treatment are essential or eliminating leprosy in the world. Research on a preventive vaccine continues in tandem with Mycobacterium tuberculosis vaccine research. 59

FIGURE 6-17 Clawhand cause d b y the ne urolog ic d amag e o le p rosy. This cond ition may b e ame nab le to surg ical inte rve ntion involving te nd on trans e r. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Comprehensive treatment o advanced cases with neuropathy should include oot and hand care to prevent urther damage to these insensitive limbs. 57

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• Surgical management or some leprosy-associated problems, such as tendon trans er to correct the clawhand, may be available in some centers. 60 TUBERCULO SIS AND HIV Ep id e mio lo g y Tuberculosis (TB) is a very common HIV-associated in ection, and causes at least 13% o HIV-associated deaths worldwide. 61 In 2010 alone, the WHO estimated that there were 1.1 million HIV-associated new cases o TB, the majority o whom live in sub-Saharan A rica. Globally, about one-third o HIV-in ected people are coin ected with TB (at least 11 million people). 62 Pat ho g e ne sis TBis transmitted by aerosolized respiratory droplet nuclei (see Chapter 64, Tuberculosis). Weakened cell-mediated immunity in HIV-in ected individuals allows more rapid disease progression and causes higher mortality rates rom TB. At the same time, untreated TB in ection accelerates toward immunologic decline in HIV in ection. Because these 2 diseases pre erentially a f ict populations with reduced access to medications and supportive care, the emergence o multidrug-resistant TB has become an increasing threat.


ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE Patients with low CD4 cell counts (< 200 cells/ µL) commonly have poorly reactive skin tests or TB, and thus need a care ul history o exposures, review o symptoms, and monitoring o the chest x-ray or evidence o active disease, with repeat TB screening when the CD4 cell count rises above 200 cells/ µL. Manag e me nt Late nt TB infe ct on HIV-positive patients with latent tuberculosis in ection (LTBI) should have a chest x-ray and 3 sputum smears or acid- ast bacilli to rule out active disease. Once active TB is ruled out, isoniazid prophylaxis should be initiated regardless o age or any HIV-positive person with the ollowing characteristics: (a) a positive diagnostic test or LTBI, or (b) a negative LTBI test but with evidence o old or poorly healed brotic lesions on chest x-ray, or (c) negative LTBI diagnostic test in a close contact o a person with in ectious pulmonary TB. Duration o LTBI prophylaxis: isoniazid 300 mg daily or twice weekly or 9 months given with vitamin B6 (pyridoxine 25 mg daily). An alternative regimen o 12 doses o once weekly isoniazid-ri apentine has recently been validated. Pyridoxine prevents isoniazid-associated peripheral neuropathy. 63 Act ve M. Tub e rculosis D se ase

Clinical Pre se nt at io n The clinical presentation o TB in an HIV-in ected person with a relatively preserved immune system (CD4+ T-cell count >350 cells/ µL), is identical to that seen in HIV-negative patients. With increasing immunode ciency, however, TB o ten presents atypically. Chest radiographs may not demonstrate classic ndings o upper lobe bronodular or cavitary disease, and extrapulmonary presentations (lymphadenitis, pleuritis, pericarditis, meningitis) are seen. Tuberculous lymphadenitis and cutaneous TB (designated scro ula when it a ects the neck) are illustrated in Figure 6-19. Diag no sis HIV screening should be per ormed in all patients diagnosed with TB, and HIV-in ected patients should be screened annually or M. tuberculosis with puri ed protein derivative (PPD) skin testing, chest x-ray, and/ or blood test or inter eron-γ release assay (IGRA) depending on availability.

Any HIV-positive patient with cough and pulmonary in ltrates should be placed in respiratory isolation until TB is ruled out by 3 separately obtained sputum smears (Ziehl-Neelsen) with cultures sent or acid- ast bacilli. This rule applies even when the chest radiograph does not demonstrate cavitary or upper lobe in ltrates. Smear-negative, culture-positive M. tuberculosis is not uncommon. Treatment regimens or HIV-TB coin ected patients are largely identical to those o TB monoin ected patients. It is important not to start antiretroviral therapy (ART) and TB therapy simultaneously, to avoid con usion about drug allergies and side e ects. In addition, there is a risk o immune reconstitution syndrome (immune reconstitution inf ammatory reaction [IRIS]: inf ammatory response that worsens mani estations o any opportunistic in ection) when ART is started too soon a ter initiating TB medication. Guidelines or ART in TB coin ection are speci c. I the CD4 cell count is less than 50, ART should start within 2 weeks o TB therapy. I the CD4 count is greater than 50, ART should start within 8 to 12 weeks o TB therapy. I IRIS does occur, both ART and TB treatment should be continued while managing the IRIS. 64 Directly observed therapy (DOT) or TB is strongly recommended or HIV-TB coin ected patients.


• Traveler’s Health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a comprehensive site that includes in ormation on more than 200 international destinations, travel vaccinations, diseases related to travel, illness and injury abroad, nding travel health specialists, insect protection, sa e ood and water, and a survival guide—http:/ / travel/ .

FIGURE 6-19 Scro ula o the ne ck cause d b y M. tub e rculosis in an ad ult who d id not comp le te his tub e rculosis tre atme nt. The long d uration o the rap y le ad s to challe ng e s or ad he re nce , and d rug -re sistant tub e rculosis commonly re sults. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• The Yellow Book 2012 is available online as a re erence or those who advised international travelers about health risks—http:/ / travel/ page/ yellowbook-2012-home .htm.




ISSUES IN INTERNAL MEDICINE • Detailed vaccine information for travel can be obtained at the CDC website on vaccinations. This includes in ormation on yellow ever vaccine, typhoid vaccine, and routine vaccines—http:/ / wwwnc travel/ page/ vaccinations.htm. • Vaccine information can be looked up by speci c destination on the traveler’s health website—http:/ / travel/ . • US Department of State International Travel Site, including country speci c in ormation, travel alerts and travel warnings—http:/ / travel/ travel_1744.html.

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PATIENT STO RY A woman who ed her abusive boy riend is observed sitting at a table with other women in a residential chemical dependency treatment program. Her bruised ace could not be missed (Figure 7-1). The program physician was asked to speak with her and learned that her boy riend beat her when she told him that she was voluntarily entering this program. The boy riend was also an addict and had been physically abusive to her be ore. The violence escalated when she said that she needed help to stop the alcohol and drugs. She le t him and did not believe that he would ollow her. The program management assured her that they would not let him on the premises and would do all they could to keep her sa e while she was recovering. Figure 7-2 was taken 2 months later, when her ace was healing along with her mind and spirit. She completed the 90-day program and is currently working and actively ollowing a 12-step program.

INTRO DUCTIO N Intimate partner violence (IPV) is def ned as an intimate partner’s physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Physical violence is the intentional use o physical orce with the potential or causing death, disability, injury, or

FIGURE 7-2 Pho og rap h o he woman in Fig ure 7-1 ake n 2 mon hs la e r. He r acial and p sycholog ical wound s are he aling . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

harm. Physical violence includes scratching; pushing; biting; punching; use o a weapon; and use o restraints or one’s body, size, or strength against another person. 1

EPIDEMIO LO GY IPV a ects up to hal o the women in the United States during their li etime. 2 • An estimated 4.9 million IPV rapes and physical assaults occur each year among US women (age 18 years and older) and 2.9 million assaults occur among US men. Most o these assaults include pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping, and hitting and do not result in major injury. 3 In a national telephone survey o 8000 women and 8000 men, 41.5% o the women who were physically assaulted by an intimate partner were injured during their most recent assault, compared with 19.9% o men. 4 • Physical violence by an intimate partner can result in direct injury including death (1181 women and 329 men in 2005; Bureau o Justice, 2007), adverse psychological, and social consequences, and impaired endocrine and immune systems through chronic stress and other mechanisms. 4 • A national survey estimated that 503,485 women and 185,496 men are stalked by intimate partners each year. 4 • Clinicians identi y only a small number o victims (1.5-8.5%). 1 Only approximately 20% o IPV rapes or sexual assaults, 25% o physical assaults, and 50% o stalking directed toward women are reported; ewer events against men are reported. 4 • Between 4% and 8% o women are battered during pregnancy. 5 FIGURE 7-1 Bruising cause d b y in ima e p ar ne r viole nce in a woman who e d he r ab usive b o y rie nd . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• According to the National Violence Against Women Survey, more than 200,000 women age 18 years and older were raped by intimate partners in the 12 months preceding the survey. 6

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RISK FACTO RS Risk actors or IPV include the ollowing7: • Individual actors—Individual actors include prior history o IPV, witnessing or experiencing violence as a child, being emale, young, pregnant, less educated, unemployed, heavy user o alcohol or illicit drugs, mental health problems (eg, depression, borderline or antisocial personality traits), and engaging in aggressive or delinquent behavior as a youth. • For women, having a greater education level than their partner, being American Indian/ Alaska Native or A rican American, and having a verbally abusive, jealous, or possessive partner increased the risk. In addition, a risk o IPV by either a past or a new o ender was almost double or women who had recently changed residence compared with those who had not moved.8 • For men, having a di erent ethnicity rom their partner’s increased the risk o IPV. • Relationship actors—Relationship actors include couples with income, educational, or job status disparities or in which there is dominance and control o the relationship by one partner over the other, and marital con ict or instability. • Community actors—Community actors include poverty and associated actors or weak community sanctions against IPV (eg, police unwilling to intervene).


FIGURE 7-3 A woman wi h a larg e cranio omy wound ha was ne e d e d o e vacua e he r in racranial b le e d ing se cond ary o b e ing b e a e n ove r he he ad wi h a b oard b y he r f ancé . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Asking patients directly about violence at routine visits or when presenting with clues (as given below) is recommended or identi ying patients su ering rom IPV (see Screening and Prevention). 1,4 It is important to use patient-centered approaches. • Questions that may be asked include general questions about how things are going at home or more specif c questions about experiences o nonviolent (eg, insulting, threatening) or violent (eg, grabbing, punching, beating, orced sex) abusive acts. • Several sel -administered instruments are available or detecting IPV including the Woman Abuse Screening Tool (WAST). 9 In a study o screening tools, women pre erred sel -completed approaches (vs aceto- ace), although no di erences in prevalence was ound or method or screening instrument. 10 In a predominantly Hispanic population, investigators ound the Spanish version o the 4-question instrument HITS (Hurt-Insult-Threaten-Scream) to be moderately reliable with good validity compared with WAST or Spanish-speaking patients;11 HITS has also been validated with male victims. 12 CLINICAL FEATURES Clues on patient history include the ollowing: • Chronic pain syndromes (eg, headache, backache, stomachache, or pelvic pain) • Depression • Drug and alcohol abuse Up to 42% o women and 20% o men who were physically assaulted as adults sustained injuries during their most recent victimization. 3 Clues on physical examination include the ollowing: • Physical injury—Most physical injuries are minor (eg, contusions, lacerations, abrasions) but include broken bones, traumatic brain injury, and kni e wounds (see Figures 7-1 to 7-3).

FIGURE 7-4 Fro n al vie w o he woman in Fig ure 7-3 a a home le ss she l e r. She was p u ing he r li e b ack og e he r ag ain wi h he he lp o he she l e r and he p rovid e rs a he clinic. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)





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° Ocular injuries can include so t tissue injuries, corneal abrasions,

orbital ractures, lens dislocation, retinal detachment, visual f eld loss, double vision, and blindness (see Figure 7-1). ° Trauma to the mouth and lips may be accompanied by ractures, broken teeth, tongue lacerations, and altered taste and smell. ° Injuries suspicious or abuse are those only in areas covered by clothing, injuries in di erent stages o healing, and injuries that show a de ensive wound pattern particularly on the hands or arms. ° Upper torso injury carries a high risk o injury to cervical spine, large vessels o the neck, chest, and lungs. • Depression or symptoms o posttraumatic stress disorder (eg, emotional detachment, sleep disturbances, ashbacks, replaying assault in mind). • Evidence o orced sexual assault. • Presence o sexually transmitted in ections.

MANAGEMENT • Initial evaluation, ollowing identif cation o abuse, is to assess or immediate danger to the woman and any children (eg, Do you eel it is sa e to go home tonight? Where is your partner?). I danger is perceived, assist the woman in f nding a sa e place to go (Figures 7-4 and 7-5). • Document all f ndings and include photographs (with date), i possible (Figure 7-6). • Develop a sa ety plan. This should include the ollowing: ° A sa e physical location that is not known to the abuser ° Transportation to that location ° A list o items to take or a packed suitcase—clothes, keys, cash, valuable documents, telephone numbers, prescriptions, something meaning ul or each child • Address the needs o any children—30% to 40% o children are also injured physically. 1 • Data on e ective intervention programs are scarce. ° In a community intervention program in rural South A rica, providing loans to poor women combined with a participatory learning

FIGURE 7-6 A cop y o a p ho og rap h, which he woman had in he r p urse , showing he r b lack e ye s a e r b e ing b e a e n b y he r husb and he mon h b e ore . O u o e ar or he r li e and he we ll-b e ing o he r child , she le he r husb and . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

and action curriculum integrated into loan meetings every 2 weeks reduced IPV. 13 ° Women residents in a domestic violence shelter showed improvement in psychological distress symptoms and less health care utilization ollowing a social support intervention. 14 ° An advocacy intervention or Chinese women who were victims o IPV did not reduce depression symptoms in a clinically meaning ul way. 15 ° In a Cochrane review o cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) or abusive men, only 4 small trials could be combined and no signif cant e ect was ound or reduced risk o violence (relative risk [RR], 0.86; 95% conf dence interval [CI], 0.54, 1.38); the authors concluded that there were too ew trials to determine the e ectiveness. 16

SCREENING AND PREVENTIO N • With respect to screening, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening women o childbearing age, including adolescents, or intimate partner violence and providing or re erring women who screen positive to intervention services, SO R B . 17 • In one randomized clinical trial (RCT), computer screening increased detection and opportunities to discuss IPV in a busy amily medicine practice. 18 • In an observational study o a convenience sample o 2134 patients presenting to an emergency room (25.7% screened positive), there were no harms identif ed rom screening or IPV at 1 week postvisit and at 3 months; 35% o those screening positive reported having contacted community resources. 19 FIGURE 7-5 A young , Hisp anic mom wi h he r b ab y a a clinic in a home le ss she l e r. She had e d he r ab usive husb and wi h he r child . (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• With respect to outcomes, a Canadian RCT (N = 6743 English-speaking women ages 18-64 years) conducted in 11 emergency departments,

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12 amily practices, and 3 obstetrics/ gynecology clinics, screening or IPV did not signif cantly reduce IPV recurrence (46% vs 53% in screened vs unscreened patients [odds ratio [OR], 0.82; 95% CI, 0.32, 2.12]) or quality o li e scores; loss to ollow-up, however, was high (approximately 40%). 20

PRO GNO SIS • Many women are not ready to leave an abusive relationship or a variety o reasons. In one study, duration o abuse was less than 1 year to 5 median years, and in 5% to 3% o the instances, IPV persisted or more than 20 years. 21 • Women who are abused have a higher risk o posttraumatic stress disorder, depression (1 in 6 abused women will attempt suicide1), insomnia, nightmares, and alcohol (16- old risk o alcohol use1) and drug abuse (9- old risk over nonabused patient1). • IPV or women also decreases the odds o completing substance abuse treatment. 22


PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE Hotline: 800-779-SAFE (7233) TTY: 800-787-3224 available or the Dea , Dea -Blind and Hard o Hearing. Administrative phone: 512-453-8117 • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a membership organization that includes service programs, reading lists, advocacy, educational materials, and coordinates a national collaborative e ort to assist battered women in removing the physical scars o abuse— • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—http:/ / www.cdc .gov/ ViolencePrevention/ pdf/ IPV_factsheet-a.pdf. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Intimate Partner Violence—http:/ / ViolencePrevention/ intimatepartnerviolence/ index.html. • Futures without Violence—http:/ / www .futureswithoutviolence. org/ . • Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community—http:/ /

FO LLO W-UP • Plan or the next visit and provide ongoing support as it o ten takes time or women to leave an abusive relationship. • Monitor or depression, insomnia, nightmares, and alcohol and drug abuse.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Assist patients in recognizing the cycle o abuse, that is, violence ollowed by remorse or apology, tension-building period (patient may experience ear, isolation, orced dependency, intermittent reward), ollowed by another episode o violence. • Provide victim education and in ormation on community resources (see Patient Resources below). • Acknowledge that leaving may take time. • Recovery rom abuse may include shame and guilt, but o ten leads to an improved sense o sel and sel -worth. • In a ollow-up study o women exiting a shelter, women who were employed, reported higher quality o li e, and had people in their networks who provided practical help and/ or were available to talk about personal matters were less likely to be revictimized. 23


• National Domestic Violence Hotline connects individuals to help in their area by using a nationwide database that includes detailed in ormation about domestic violence shelters, other emergency shelters, legal advocacy and assistance programs, and social service programs. Help is more than 170 languages, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—

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19. Houry D, Kaslow NJ, Kemball RS, et al. Does screening in the emergency department hurt or help victims o intimate partner violence? Ann Emerg Med. 2008;51(4):433-442.

14. Contantino R, Kim Y, Crane PA. E ects o a social support intervention on health outcomes in residents o a domestic violence shelter: a pilot study. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2005;26(6): 575-590. 15. Tiwari A, Fong DY, Yuen KH, et al. E ect o an advocacy intervention on mental health in Chinese women survivors o intimate partner violence: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2010;304(5): 536-543. 16. Smedslund G, Dalsbø TK, Steiro AK, et al. Cognitive behavioural therapy or men who physically abuse their emale partner. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007 Jul 18;(3):CD006048.

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8 SEXUAL ASSAULT Mind y A. Smith, MD, MS

PATIENT STO RIES CASE 1 A 19-year-old woman, a college student, presents to the o f ce a ter being raped 3 weeks ago. She went out on a date and was orced to have sex against her will. She states that she had been a virgin and that he made her bleed by penetrating her vagina with his penis. She tried to stop him, but was a raid to f ght too hard because he was a strong man and was drunk. She is in tears as she tells her story. She waited so long to come in or help because she did not know where to turn. She took emergency contraception (EC) immediately, and a home pregnancy test taken last night was negative. She wants to be checked or any sexually transmitted in ections (STIs). Upon examination, there is a tear o her hymen at the 5-o’clock position that has healed (Figure 8-1). There are no signs o in ection and STI screening is per ormed. She is a raid to prosecute but would like to be re erred to a rape-counseling program. CASE 2 A 47-year-old woman is seen in a ollow-up or depression. She admits to being raped in a parking lot several months ago but did not report it to the police. She is continuing to have intrusive nightmares and ashbacks o the event. She is having di f culty concentrating at work and does not eel com ortable in social situations.


PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE INTRO DUCTIO N Sexual violence is a sex act completed or attempted against a victim’s will or when a victim is unable to consent because o age, illness, disability, or the in uence o alcohol or other drugs. 1 It may involve actual or threatened physical orce, use o guns or other weapons, coercion, intimidation, or pressure. Sexual violence includes unwanted intercourse (completed sex act def ned as contact between the penis and the vulva or penis and anus involving penetration); an attempted sex act, abusive sexual contact (intentional touching either directly or through clothing o the genitals, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks against a victim’s will or when a victim is unable to consent); and noncontact sexual abuse, such as voyeurism, intentional exposure to exhibitionism, undesired exposure to pornography, verbal or behavioral sexual harassment, threats o sexual violence, or taking nude photographs o a sexual nature o another person without his or her consent or knowledge or o a person unable to consent or re use.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • Based on the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS, 2010) o more than 16,000 adults, nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States has been raped. 2 More than hal o the women were raped by an intimate partner (see Chapter 7, Intimate Partner Violence) and 40.8% by an acquaintance. Among men, more than hal were raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger. 2 • Unwanted sexual contact was reported in the NISVS by 27.2% o women and 11.7% o men. 2 • Li etime stalking victimization was reported by 1 in 6 women (16.2%) and 1 in 19 men (5.2%) in the NISVS. 2 • Most victims o sexual assault are young: ° In the NISVS, most women (79.6%) experienced their f rst completed rape be ore age 25 years and 42.2% be ore the age o 18 years.2 More than one-quarter o male victims o completed rape (27.8%) experienced their f rst rape be ore they were 11 years o age. ° Similar f ndings were reported in another national survey where 60.4% o emale and 69.2% o male victims were f rst raped be ore age 18 years.3 A quarter o emales were f rst raped be ore age 12 years. • In surveys o college students, annually 10% o women described a rape, 17% reported an attempted rape, 26% reported unwanted sexual coercion, and 63% experienced unwanted sexual contact. 4 • Women in substance abuse treatment are a particularly high-risk group or having experienced violence. In one study, 89% reported a history o interpersonal violence and 70% reported a history o sexual assault. 5 • Men are most o ten the perpetrators o sexual violence;2 even among male victims, predominantly male perpetrators committed the rape or noncontact unwanted sexual experiences reported, and almost hal o stalking victimizations o men were perpetrated by men.

FIGURE 8-1 Exte rnal g e nitalia of a 19-ye ar-old woman, a colle g e stud e nt, showing the te ar of he r hyme n at ap p roximate ly the 5-o’clock p osition. This was the re sult of d ate rap e 3 we e ks b e fore the p hotog rap h was take n. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Nancy D. Ke llog g , MD.)

• According to the FBI Uni orm Crime Reports, there were an estimated 84,767 orcible rapes reported to law en orcement in 2010 or 54.2 per 100,000 women, a decrease o 5% rom 2009 and 6.7% lower than 2001.6 Most women, however, do not report being raped to the police: ° As in the cases presented in this chapter, most cases o sexual assault go unreported (only about 1 in 5 women report their rape to police). 7 Reasons or ailing to report include ear o reprisal, shame,





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ear o the justice system, and ailure to def ne the act as rape. Furthermore, according to victim accounts in the NISVS, only 37% o the rapes reported to police resulted in the rapist being criminally prosecuted, and o those prosecuted, less than hal (46.2%) were convicted o a crime. 2

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY Two types o actors are believed to contribute to sexual violence— Vulnerability actors that increase the likelihood that a person will su er harm and risk actors that increase the likelihood that a person will cause harm. Neither vulnerability nor risk actors are direct causes o sexual violence. 3

RISK FACTO RS Vulnerability actors or sexual assault, in addition to young age and emale gender, include the ollowing8,9:

FIGURE 8-2 The mutilate d arm of a 26-ye ar-old woman who was rap e d 5 ye ars b e fore this p hotog rap h was take n. Afte r b e ing rap e d , she b e came suicid al and b e g an cutting he r arm re p e ate d ly. The ad d itional malformation of the arm is se cond ary to oste o mye litis from p re vio us intrave nous d rug use . (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Prior history o sexual violence • Being disabled (physical, psychiatric illness, or cognitive impairment) • Pregnancy • Poverty, homelessness • Having many sexual partners or involved in sex work • Consuming alcohol or illicit drugs Risk actors or perpetration include the ollowing8,10: • Alcohol and drug use • Childhood history o physical or sexual abuse and/ or witnessed amily violence as a child • Coercive sexual antasies

• Women who are raped are signif cantly more likely than nonraped women to experience genital injuries and STIs, and have signif cantly greater di f culties with aspects o reproductive or sexual unctioning, including dyspareunia, endometriosis, menstrual irregularities, and chronic pelvic pain. 11 • Many women su er psychological trauma ollowing sexual assault such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms1: ° Immediate psychological consequences include con usion, anxiety, withdrawal, ear, guilt, intrusive recollections, emotional detachment, and ashbacks. ° Some victims may attempt suicide a ter being raped (Figure 8-2).

• Pre erence or impersonal sex • Hostility toward women • Association with sexually aggressive and delinquent peers • Family environment characterized by physical violence and ew resources • Poverty and lack o employment opportunities • Societal norms that support sexual violence, male superiority, and sexual entitlement • Weak laws and policies related to gender equity

DIAGNO SIS It is recommended that patients are asked directly about violence during routine visits, when seen in the emergency department, or when presenting with substance abuse, depression, and/ or physical clues (as listed below) so as to identi y those who are su ering rom the a termath o sexual or physical violence (see Chapter 7, Intimate Partner Violence). CLINICAL FEATURES • Approximately 33% o women and 16% o men have physical injuries as a result o a rape; 36.2% o injured women received medical treatment. 1

MANAGEMENT NO NPHARMACO LO GIC Following a sexual assault, many women report that they thought they were going to be killed. The survivor may be terrif ed and unable to provide a complete history o the assault. It is important to provide support, reassurance o immediate sa ety, and obtain in ormed consent or examination, procedures, and contact o others. With permission, the clinician should contact a rape crisis worker and the police, although the survivor decides whether or not to f le criminal charges; in general, notif cation o law en orcement is not required i the patient is an adult o age 18 years or older and is not disabled, mentally ill, or elderly. In these cases, reporting is done only i the patient gives his or her consent. Injury caused by any weapon or incidents involving li e-threatening assault, however, must be reported to the law en orcement agency (per statute) irrespective o reporting the sexual assault. 12 • A guideline developed or the state o Oregon is available rom the US Department o Justice or the emergency medical evaluation o a sexual assault victim. 12 Steps in the evaluation are reviewed brie y below. A medical orensic evaluation is appropriate i the assault occurred within 84 hours o presentation. A Standard Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) Kit should be used or gathering orensic evidence.

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• The patient should be assessed or sa ety and immediate mental health needs. The history includes details o the assault (eg, date, time, location, descriptors o assailant[s]), type o bodily and sexual contact (orif ce[s] penetrated, objects used), and sexual activity or bathing or washing since the assault. 9,12 Laws in all 50 states strictly limit the evidentiary use o a survivor’s previous sexual history, including evidence o previously acquired STIs, as part o an e ort to undermine the credibility o the survivor’s testimony. 13 • Treat traumatic injuries—Physical examination should include observations o emotional state and descriptions o clothing and stains. Gently, and with permission, examine or lacerations, abrasions, ecchymoses, and bites. A body chart may be use ul or documenting the size, type, color, and location o any injuries. A genital examination should be conducted by an experienced clinician in a way that minimizes urther trauma to the survivor; examination is directed by history. • Test and treatment or STI—A guideline or managing STI ollowing sexual assault is available through the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 13 ° Trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis (BV), gonorrhea, and chlamydial in ection are the most requently diagnosed in ections ollowing sexual assault. As the prevalence o these in ections is high among sexually active women, their presence a ter an assault does not necessarily signi y acquisition during the assault. ° Nucleic acid amplif cation tests (NAATs) are recommended or Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis. These tests are preerred or the diagnostic evaluation o sexual assault victims, regardless o the sites o penetration or attempted penetration. 13 ° Wet mount or point-o -care testing o a vaginal swab specimen or Trichomonas vaginalis in ection is recommended. The wet mount also should be examined or evidence o BV and candidiasis, especially i vaginal discharge, malodor, or itching is present. ° Collect a serum sample or immediate evaluation or HIV, hepatitis B, and syphilis, and obtain serum or urine or a pregnancy test in reproductive-aged women. Obtain toxicology and/ or alcohol test i a patient has altered mental status, reports blackouts, or is concerned that he/ she may have been drugged. 12 MEDICATIO NS


PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE epidemiology o HIV/ AIDS, and exposure characteristics o the assault. Specif c circumstances o an assault that might increase the risk or HIV transmission are trauma, including bleeding, with vaginal, anal, or oral penetration; exposure o mucous membranes to ejaculate; viral load in ejaculate (eg, multiple assailants); and the presence o an STI or genital lesions in the assailant or survivor. • I HIV postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) is o ered, the ollowing in ormation should be discussed with the patient: (a) the unproven benef t and known toxicities o antiretrovirals; (b) the close ollow-up that will be necessary; (c) the benef t o adherence to recommended dosing; (d) the necessity o early initiation to optimize potential benef ts (as soon as possible a ter and up to 72 hours a ter the assault). Providers should emphasize that PEP appears to be well-tolerated and that severe adverse e ects are rare. • Specialist consultation on PEP regimens is recommended. I the survivor and clinician decide that PEP is warranted, provide enough medication to last until the next return visit and reevaluate the survivor 3 to 7 days a ter initial assessment and assess tolerance o medications. 13 • I PEP is started, per orm a complete blood count (CBC) and serum chemistry at baseline (initiation o PEP should not be delayed, pending results). • Collect samples or legal evidence. Most emergency departments have rape or sexual assault kits containing instructions or gathering material to support legal charges; all samples must be care ully labeled and kept under supervision. Details o these procedures may be ound elsewhere.12 • Reproductive-age emale survivors should be evaluated or pregnancy, i appropriate, and o ered EC i desired. Providers might also consider antiemetic medications, particularly i an EC containing estrogen is provided. • Consider tetanus prophylaxis i skin wounds occur and the patient is not up-to-date on tetanus immunization. O er hepatitis vaccine i the patient has not been previously ully immunized or hepatitis B, has a negative history or hepatitis B and secretion-mucosal contact occurred during the assault. 12 • Arrange or sa ety. • Provide written in ormation about the visit and any instruction given to the patient.

The ollowing prophylactic regimen is suggested as preventive therapy:


• Hepatitis B vaccination, without hepatitis B immune globulin, is administered to sexual assault victims at the time o the initial examination i they have not been previously vaccinated. Follow-up doses o vaccine should be administered 1 to 2 and 4 to 6 months a ter the f rst dose.

• I the victim is amenable, re er or advocacy or counseling.

• An empiric antimicrobial regimen or Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and Trichomonas is ce triaxone 250 mg intramuscular (IM) in a single dose or cef xime 400 mg orally single dose plus metronidazole 2 g orally (single dose) plus azithromycin 1 g orally (single dose) or doxycycline 100 mg orally twice daily or 7 days. Clinicians should counsel patients about the possible benef ts and toxicities associated with these treatment regimens, such as gastrointestinal (GI) side e ects. • HIV seroconversion has occurred in persons whose only known risk actor was sexual assault or sexual abuse, but the risk is probably low (in consensual sex, the risk or HIV transmission rom vaginal intercourse is 0.1-0.2%, or receptive rectal intercourse the risk is 0.5-3%, and or oral sex the risk is substantially lower). 13 • The health care provider should assess available in ormation concerning HIV-risk behaviors o the assailant(s) (eg, a man who has sex with other men and/ or injected drug or crack cocaine use), local

• I you are not the primary health care provider, arrange or ollow-up medical care.

PREVENTIO N • Women who have been physically assaulted as adolescents are at greater risk or revictimization during their college years. 14 Although dating violence prevention–intervention programs have not been uniormly success ul, women should be counseled about strategies or avoiding uture victimization (eg, recognition o dangerous situations, limiting use o alcohol, sa ety with riends). One program, Sa e Dates, has been shown in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to be e ective in preventing or interrupting sexual violence perpetration. 15 • Li e skills and educational programs are conducted to encourage men to take greater responsibility or their actions, relate better to others, have greater respect or women, and communicate more e ectively. Although not many programs have been ormally evaluated, there are





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reports o reduced violence against women in communities in Cambodia, the Gambia, South A rica, Uganda, and the United Republic o Tanzania attributed to these programs. 8

(d) complete hepatitis B immunization, i indicated; (e) complete counseling and treatment or other STIs; and ( ) monitor side e ects and adherence to PEP, i prescribed. 12

• Other prevention e orts include media campaigns, written materials, victim risk-reduction techniques (eg, sel -de ense, awareness), men’s activism groups (eg, Men Can Stop Rape), school-based programs, and legal and policy responses (eg, encourage reporting, broadening the def nition o rape and sexual assault). 8,16 In designing programs, in ormation provided in documents prepared or the CDC may be use ul. 16 Health providers can also become involved in prevention activities at multiple levels: ° Strengthening individual knowledge and skills through skill-building programs in high schools or training bystanders to sa ely interrupt sexist and harassing behavior ° Promoting community education by sponsoring activities such as plays that rein orce positive cultural norms and portray responsible sexual behavior or developing awards to recognize responsible media coverage ° Educating other community leaders and providers, such as little league coaches, prison guards, nursing home providers ° Fostering coalitions and networks to promote community understanding and strategies to prevent sexual violence ° Changing organizational practices such as implementation and en orcement o sexual harassment policies in schools and workplaces, implementing environmental sa ety measures such as adequate lighting and emergency call boxes ° In uencing policies and legislation such as o ering comprehensive sex education programs in middle and high schools, including violence prevention

• Initial ollow-up should be within 1 to 2 weeks ollowing the assault.

PRO GNO SIS • More than 32,000 pregnancies result yearly rom rape (approximately 5% o rapes result in pregnancy). 8 • Chronic psychological consequences—In a meta-analysis o 17 casecontrol and 20 cohort studies (N = 3,162,318 participants), there was an association between sexual abuse and a li etime diagnosis o anxiety disorder (odds ratio [OR], 3.09; 95% conf dence interval [CI], 2.43-3.94), depression (OR, 2.66; 95% CI, 2.14-3.30), eating disorders (OR, 2.72; 95% CI, 2.04-3.63), posttraumatic stress disorder (OR, 2.34; 95% CI, 1.59-3.43), sleep disorders (OR, 16.17; 95% CI, 2.06-126.76), and suicide attempts (OR, 4.14; 95% CI, 2.98-5.76). 17 • Chronic somatic consequences—Authors o a meta-analysis o 23 studies ound associations between sexual abuse and li etime diagnosis o unctional GI disorders (OR, 2.43; 95% CI, 1.36-4.31), nonspecif c chronic pain (OR, 2.20; 95% CI, 1.54-3.15), psychogenic seizures (OR, 2.96; 95% CI, 1.12-4.69), and chronic pelvic pain (OR, 2.73; 95% CI, 1.73-4.30). 18 Signif cant associations with rape included li etime diagnosis o f bromyalgia (OR, 3.35; 95% CI, 1.51-7.46), chronic pelvic pain (OR, 3.27; 95% CI, 1.02-10.53), and unctional GI disorders (OR, 4.01; 95% CI, 1.88-8.57).

FO LLO W-UP Follow-up visits provide an opportunity to (a) provide support and advocacy; (b) evaluate or resolution and healing o injury and current symptoms; (c) detect new in ections acquired during or a ter the assault;

• Provide ongoing support—Survivors o sexual abuse report strained relationships with amily, riends, and intimate partners, including less emotional support and less requent contact with riends and relatives. 8 In addition, only about hal o the victims keep this appointment, so outreach e orts may be needed. • Review results o tests and discuss the plan or redraw o Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) 3 months a ter exposure and HIV in 6 weeks and 3 and 6 months (i initial test results were negative). • Long-term support, monitoring, and treatment include the ollowing: ° For women su ering rom PTSD, medications that may be use19 ul include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and Risperdal. Cognitive-Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure have been the most use ul therapies or treating PTSD, depression, and anxiety in emale rape victims. 20,21 However, more than one-third o women retain the diagnosis o PTSD or drop out o treatment. 21 ° Imagery rehearsal therapy appears use ul in decreasing chronic nightmares, improving sleep quality, and decreasing PTSD symptom severity. 22

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Recovery rom sexual assault is a slow process. In one study, one-third o survivors reported recovery within 1 year but one-quarter thought that they had not recovered a ter 4 to 6 years. 23 • Counseling, and sometimes medication, is available to help control symptoms and treat depression and PTSD and patients should be encouraged to report and seek help or continuing di f culties.


• National Sexual Violence Resource Center serves as a comprehensive collection and distribution center or in ormation, statistics, and resources related to sexual violence—http:/ / www.nsvrc .org. • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexual Violence— http:/ / ViolencePrevention/ sexualviolence/ index.htm. • National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE; National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-HOPE. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Recommended Medical Guideline Acute Sexual Assault Emergency Medical Evaluation or the State o Oregon—http:/ / crimev/ pdf/ guidelines05_000.pdf. • United States Department of Justice—Of ce on Violence Against Women, o ers links to resources—http:/ / www.ovw.usdoj .gov/ sexassault.htm. • Assistance with PEP decisions can be obtained by calling the National Clinician’s Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline (PEPLine), 1-888-448-4911.

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• National Sexual Violence Resource Center serves as a comprehensive collection and distribution center or in ormation, statistics, and resources related to sexual violence—http:/ / www.nsvrc .org. • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists provides publications about violence against women, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, adolescent dating violence, and patient education materials in both English and Spanish—http:/ / www • A directory of sexual assault centers in the United States can be obtained rom the ollowing URL—http:/ / publications/ nsvrc-publications/ directory-sexualassault-centers-united-states. REFERENCES 1. Centers or Disease Control and Prevention. SexualViolence. Scientif c In ormation. http:/ / ViolencePrevention/ sexualviolence/ index.html. Accessed August 2013. 2. Black MC, Basile KC, Breiding MJ, et al. The National Intimate Partner and SexualViolence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center or Injury Prevention and Control, Centers or Disease Control and Prevention; 2011. http:/ / ViolencePrevention/ pd / NISVS_Executive_Summary-a.pd . Accessed August 2013. 3. Basile KC, Chen J, Lynberg MC, Saltzman LE. Prevalence and characteristics o sexual violence victimization. ViolenceVict. 2007;22(4):437-448. 4. Koss MP. Detecting the scope o rape: a review o prevalence research methods. J InterpersViolence. 1993;8:198-222. 5. Lincoln AK, Liebschutz JM, Cherno M, et al. Brie screening or co-occurring disorders among women entering substance abuse treatment. Subst AbuseTreat Prev Policy. 2006;1:26. 6. Federal Bureau o Investigation. Uni orm Crime Reports or the United States. Washington, DC: U.S. Department o Justice; 2010. http:/ / www. about-us/ cjis/ ucr/ crime-in-the-u.s/ 2010/ crime-inthe-u.s.-2010/ violent-crime/ rapemain. Accessed August 2013. 7. National Institute o Justice. Extent Nature and Consequences o Rape Victimization: Findings rom the NationalViolence AgainstWomen Survey (2006). https:/ / pd f les1/ nij/ 210346.pd . Accessed August 2013. 8. World Health Organization. World Report onViolence and Health, Sexual Violence. Chapter 6. http:/ / violence_injury_ prevention/ violence/ global_campaign/ en/ chap6.pd . Accessed August 2013. 9. Williams A. Managing adult sexual assault. Aust Fam Physician. 2004;33(10):825-828.


PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE 10. Centers or Disease Control and Prevention. SexualViolence. Risk and Protective Factors. http:/ / ViolencePrevention/ sexualviolence/ riskprotective actors.html. Accessed August 2013. 11. Weaver TL. Impact o rape on emale sexuality: review o selected literature. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2009;52(4):702-711. 12. Recommended Medical Guideline Acute Sexual Assault Emergency Medical Evaluation or the State o Oregon. http:/ / crimev/ pd / guidelines05_000.pd . Accessed August 2013. 13. Workowski KA, Berman S; Centers or Disease Control and Prevention. Sexual assault and STDs in sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines, 2010. MMWR Recomm Rep. 2010;59(RR-12):90-95. http:/ / content.aspx?id=25597&search= sexual+ assault. Accessed August 2013. 14. Smith PH, White JW, Holland LJ. A longitudinal perspective on dating violence among adolescent and college-age women. Am J Public Health. 2003;93(7):1104-1109. 15. Foshee V, Bauman KE, Ennett ST, et al. Assessing the long-term e ects o the Sa e Dates program and a booster in preventing and reducing adolescent dating violence victimization and perpetration. Am J Public Health. 2004;94:619-624. 16. Centers or Disease Control and Prevention. SexualViolence: Prevention Strategies. http:/ / ViolencePrevention/ sexualviolence/ prevention.html. Accessed August 2013. 17. Chen LP, Murad MH, Paras ML, et al. Sexual abuse and li etime diagnosis o psychiatric disorders: systematic review and metaanalysis. Mayo Clin Proc. 2010;85(7):618-629. 18. Paras ML, Murad MH, Chen LP, et al. Sexual abuse and li etime diagnosis o somatic disorders: a systematic review and metaanalysis. JAMA. 2009;302(5):550-561. 19. Padala PR, Madison J, Monnahan M, et al. Risperidone monotherapy or post-traumatic stress disorder related to sexual assault and domestic abuse in women. Int Clin Psychopharmacol. 2006;21(5): 275-280. 20. Nishith P, Nixon RD, Resick PA. Resolution o trauma-related guilt ollowing treatment o PTSD in emale rape victims: a result o cognitive processing therapy targeting comorbid depression? JA ect Disord. 2005;86(2-3):259-265. 21. Vickerman KA, Margolin G. Rape treatment outcome research: empirical f ndings and state o the literature. Clin Psychol Rev. 2009;29:431-448. 22. Krakow C, Hollif eld M, Johnston L, et al. Imagery rehearsal therapy or chronic nightmares in sexual assault survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2001;286(5): 537-545. 23. Burgess AW, Holmstrom LL. Adaptive strategies and recovery rom rape. Am J Psychiatry. 1979;136:1278-1282.


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9 PTERYGIUM He id i Chumle y, MD

PATIENT STO RY A 50-year-old man had spent most o his adult li e working outdoors in southern Texas near the Mexico border. He denies any problems with his vision, but wonders what is growing on his eye and i it should be removed (Figure 9-1). His eyes are o ten dry and irritated. He is diagnosed with a pterygium and instructed that it does not need to be removed unless it inter eres with his vision in the uture. Liquid tears are suggested or his dry and irritated eyes. He is also instructed to wear wraparound sunglasses to avoid ultraviolet (UV) exposure and irritation rom wind and dust.

INTRO DUCTIO N A pterygium is a generally benign growth o broblastic tissue on the eye o an adult with chronic UV exposure. Pterygia can be unilateral or bilateral, are usually located on the nasal side, and extend to the cornea. Pterygia o ten require no treatment, but can be removed surgically i they inter ere with vision. Patients with dry eyes are prone to the development and progression o pterygia.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • Pterygium most o ten develops between the ages 20 and 50 years. • The requency o pterygium increases with sun exposure and age. In a population-based study (Indonesia), it was ound that the prevalence ranged rom 3% (in 21- to 29-year-olds) to 18% (older than 50 years o age).1 In rural China, the prevalence was 3.76% and also increased with age.2

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ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • A pterygium is a proli eration o brovascular tissue on the sur ace o the eye, which extends onto the cornea. • The etiology o pterygium is incompletely understood; however, chronic UV exposure is accepted as a causative agent. Chronic inf ammation and oxidative stress may also play a role in pathogenesis. • Pterygia have eatures seen in malignant tissues, such as normal tissue invasion and high recurrence rate. 4 Pterygia can be associated with premalignant lesions. 4

RISK FACTO RS Risk actors are related to chronic UV exposure: • Living in low latitude, low precipitation area2 • Male gender2

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • Redness, itching, and/ or irritation o the involved eyes (some are symptom ree). • Visual blurring i the pterygium grows over the visual axis. Even i not obscuring the visual axis, the pterygium can cause poor vision by leading to irregular and high astigmatism. • Pterygia are diagnosed clinically by their distinctive appearance (Figures 9-1 to 9-4). TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N • Unilateral or bilateral.

• In one study carried out in Australia, it was ound that sun exposure is consistently the greatest risk actor, contributing 43% o the risk. 3

FIGURE 9-1 A nasal p t ryg ium. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

FIGURE 9-2 Pt ryg ium that has g rown onto th corn a b ut not cov r d th visual axis. This f b rovascular tissu has th shap o a b ird ’s wing (lit ral d f nition o p t ryg ium). Th small v ss ls ar p romin nt in this vi w. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)


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FIGURE 9-3 A p t ryg ium that has g rown ov r th visual axis and is int r ring with this p rson’s vision. Th p ati nt p lans to und rg o surg ry. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)


FIGURE 9-5 Ping u cula nod ul on conjunctiva that d o s not xt nd to th corn a. Not th y llow color. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Nasal or nasal and temporal. • Consider another diagnosis with a unilateral temporal distribution. BIO PSY Biopsy is not indicated; however, excised pterygia are sent or histologic examination because o their association with premalignant lesions. 4

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Pinguecula is a yellowish patch or nodule on the conjunctiva, and it does not extend onto the cornea (Figure 9-5). • Conjunctivitis is conjunctival in ection with discom ort and eye discharge (see Chapter 13, Conjunctivitis). • Squamous cell carcinoma o the conjunctiva is rare. Consider carcinoma when a unilateral growth is noted on the temporal side. Also consider malignancy i there are grossly aberrant-appearing blood vessels on the sur ace o the eye. Patients with abnormal immune systems (eg, cancer, HIV) are at a particular risk or ocular sur ace malignancy.

MANAGEMENT NO NPHARMACO LO GIC Avoid sun exposure and use UV ltering sunglasses when sun exposure is unavoidable. MEDICATIO NS Nonprescription arti cial tears and/ or topical lubricating drops are recommended to soothe the inf ammation. Ophthalmologists will occasionally prescribe a short course o topical corticosteroid anti-inf ammatory drops when symptoms o the pterygia are more intense. SURGICAL • Pterygia are usually treated when they inter ere with vision or when they cause signi cant irritation or pain (see Figure 9-3). The standard therapy is surgical removal. • Pterygia have a high rate o recurrence. Conjunctival autogra ting and an anti brotic treatment (eg, mitomycin-C) can be used intraoperatively to lower the recurrence. 5 ASSO CIATED RISKS • Pterygia a ect astigmatism6,7 and are associated with increased rates o macular degeneration; however, it is unclear whether treatment reduces this risk. • Eyes with a pterygium or previous pterygium surgery (but not pinguecula) have a higher risk o incident late age-related maculopathy (ARM) (odds ratio [OR] 3.3, 95% con dence interval [CI], 1.1-10.3) and early ARM (OR 1.8, 95% CI, 1.1-2.9). 8


FIGURE 9-4 Bilat ral p t ryg ia g rowing ov r th corn a. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Sunglasses with 100% UV protection should be used by everyone to protect the eyes rom UV damage (Figure 9-6). Sunglasses should t close to the eye to block scattered or ref ected light in addition to direct light. 9







• PubMed Health. Pterygium—http:/ / pubmedhealth/ PMH0002006/ . PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Fisher JP. Pterygium—http:/ / article/ 1192527.

REFERENCES 1. Gazzard G, Saw SM, Farook M, et al. Pterygium in Indonesia: prevalence, severity and risk actors. Br J Ophthalmol. 2002;86(12): 1341-1346.

FIGURE 9-6 Nasal p t ryg ium g rowing ov r th visual axis in a man living clos to th q uator. Th p ati nt d id not us sung lass s. Th m lanosis within th p t ryg ium is b nig n. (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

PRO GNO SIS Most pterygia do not require surgical treatment. Pterygia that inter ere with vision and are removed have a high chance o recurrence.

FO LLO W-UP No speci c ollow-up is needed; however, consider monitoring vision during annual examinations because o the increased risk o age-related macular degeneration.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N Wraparound sunglasses are help ul to avoid UV exposure and irritation rom wind and dust. Liquid tears are suggested or dry and irritated eyes.

2. Liang QF, Xu L, Jin XY, et al. Epidemiology o pterygium in aged rural population o Beijing, China. Chin Med J (Engl). 2010;123(13):1699-1701. 3. McCarty CA, Fu CL, Taylor HR. Epidemiology o pterygium in Victoria, Australia. Br J Ophthalmol. 2000;84(3):289-292. 4. Chui J, Coroneo MT, Tat LT, et al. Ophthalmic pterygium: a stem cell disorder with premalignant eatures. Am J Pathol. 2011;178(2):817-827. 5. Detorakis ET, Spandidos DA. Pathogenetic mechanisms and treatment options or ophthalmic pterygium: trends and perspectives. Int J Mol Med. 2009;23(4):439-447. 6. Ashaye AO. Re ractive astigmatism and size o pterygium. Afr J Med Med Sci. 2002;31(2):163-165. 7. Kampitak K. The e ect o pterygium on corneal astigmatism. J Med AssocThai. 2003;86(1):16-23. 8. Pham TQ, Wang JJ, Rochtchina E, Mitchell P. Pterygium/ pinguecula and the ve-year incidence o age-related maculopathy. Am J Ophthalmol. 2005;139(3):536-537. 9. Wang SQ, Balaqula Y, Osterwalder U. Photoprotection: a review o the current and uture technologies. Dermatol Ther. 2010;23(1):31-47.




10 HO RDEO LUM AND CHALAZIO N He id i Chumle y, MD

PATIENT STO RY A 35-year-old woman presented with a tender nodule on the upper eyelid along with crusting and erythema to both eyelids (Figure 10-1). The upper eyelid had a large external hordeolum. When the lower eyelid was inverted, an internal hordeolum was also present. The physician recommended that she apply warm moist compresses to her eyelids 4 times a day. Her hordeola resolved within 7 days. FIGURE 10-1 Exte rnal hord e olum (b lack arrow) and an inte rnal hord e olum (white arrow). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

INTRO DUCTIO N A hordeolum is an acute pain ul in ection o the glands o the eyelid, usually caused by bacteria. Hordeola can be located on the internal or external eyelid. Internal hordeola that do not completely resolve become cysts called chalazia. External hordeola are commonly known as styes.

SYNO NYMS External hordeolum is also known as stye.

EPIDEMIO LO GY Unclear incidence or prevalence in the United States, but o ten stated to be more common in school-age children (0.2% chalazion and 0.3% hordeolum)1 and in 30- to 50-year old adults.

FIGURE 10-2 Exte rnal hord e olum on up p e r lid with surround ing e rythe ma. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY HO RDEO LUM (ACUTELY TENDER NO DULE IN THE EYE) • In ection in the meibomian gland (internal hordeolum), o ten resolves into a chalazion (Figure 10-1). • In ection in the Zeiss or Moll gland (external hordeolum) (Figures 10-2 and 10-3). • Staphylococcus aureus is the causative agent in most cases. CHALAZIO N • Meibomian gland becomes blocked, o ten in a patient with blepharitis. • Blocked meibomian gland’s duct releases gland contents into the so t tissue o eyelid. • Gland contents cause a lipogranulomatous reaction (Figure 10-4). • Reaction can cause acute tenderness and erythema, which then resolves into a chronic nodule (Figure 10-5).

FIGURE 10-3 Exte rnal hord e o lum with visib le p urule nce and the normal contour o the e ye lid is d isrup te d . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)





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FIGURE 10-6 Hid rocystoma showing te lang ie ctasias. The cyst was e asily re se cte d and the f uid was cle ar. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.) FIGURE 10-4 Chalazion vie we d rom inte rnal e ye lid showing the ye llow lip og ranulo matous mate rial. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS RISK FACTO RS • Hordeolum: S. aureus blepharitis, previous hordeolum • Chalazion: Seborrheic blepharitis and rosacea

DIAGNO SIS • Chalazion and hordeolum are clinical diagnoses. • Chalazion is a nontender nodule on the eyelid. • Hordeolum. ° Tenderness and erythema are localized to a point on the eyelid (see Figures 10-1 to 10-3). ° Conjunctival injection may be present. ° Fever, preauricular nodes, and vision changes should be absent. ° Laboratory tests are generally not indicated.

• Hidrocystoma—Benign cystic lesion that grows on the edge o the eyelids and is lled with clear f uid (Figure 10-6). • Xanthelasma—Yellowish plaques, generally near medial canthus (see Chapter 223, Hyperlipidemia). • Molluscum contagiosum—Waxy nodules with central umbilication, generally multiple (see Chapter 129, Molluscum Contagiosum). • Sebaceous cell carcinoma—Rare cancer seen in middle-aged and elderly patients; di cult to distinguish rom recurrent chalazion or unilateral chronic blepharitis without biopsy. • Basal cell carcinoma—Pearly nodule, o ten with telangiectasias or central ulceration; more common on lower medial eyelid (see Chapter 168, Basal Cell Carcinoma).

MANAGEMENT HO RDEO LUM (INTERNAL) • No studies o nonsurgical interventions (compresses, lid scrubs, antibiotics, steroids) met criteria or inclusion in a Cochrane study. No evidence or or against nonsurgical interventions or acute internal hordeolum. 1 SO R A • Treat as described below or external hordeolum. HO RDEO LUM (Ex TERNAL) • Warm soaks, 3 to 4 times a day or 15 minutes, will elicit drainage in most cases. SO R C • Topical antibiotics (eg, bacitracin ophthalmic ointment) may be bene cial or recurrent or spontaneously draining hordeolum. SO R C • Cases that do not respond to warm soaks or that are extremely pain ul and swollen may be incised and drained with a small incision using a # 11 blade. Make the incision on either the internal or external eyelid depending on where the hordeolum is pointing. A chalazion clamp can be used to protect the globe rom damage. SO R B • Antibiotics do not provide bene t a ter incision and drainage.3 SO R B

FIGURE 10-5 Chalazion p re se nt or 4 months with minimal symp toms b ut cosme tically unap p e aling . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Systemic antibiotics are usually not needed unless patient has preseptal cellulitis. SO R C



CHALAZIO N • Can be treated conservatively with lid hygiene and warm compresses. Warm compresses can be applied 2 to 3 times daily but may take weeks to months to work. SO R C • One study demonstrated a 58% response rate o 1% topical chloramphenicol with warm compresses. 3 SO R B

O PHTHALMO LO GY PATIENT EDUCATIO N Hordeolum commonly responds to warm soaks and topical antibiotics. It o ten recurs and can develop into a chronic chalazion, which may need to be treated with surgical removal or a steroid injection.

• Higher percentages o resolution can be achieved with either incision and curettage or injection with steroid (eg, 0.3 mL triamcinolone acetonide) (80-92%). 4-6 SO R B The chalazion is usually drained rom the internal eyelid using a chalazion clamp to protect the globe. A ter anesthetizing the area, a # 11 blade is care ully used to open the chalazion. A chalazion curette helps to scoop out the lipogranulomatous material. No suturing is needed.


• A study o 136 patients compared triamcinolone injection, incision and curettage, and warm compresses, and ound resolution rates o 84%, 87%, and 46%, respectively. 6 SO R B


• One study demonstrated a better response to incision and curettage in the ollowing situations: patients 35.1 years o age or older, with lesion duration equal to or greater than 8.5 months and size equal to or greater than 11.4 mm. 5 SO R B

• Chalazion—http:/ / article/ 1212709.

REFERRAL Re er to an ophthalmologist i the hordeolum or chalazion inter eres with vision and does not respond to therapy. I a surgical intervention is needed and you lack experience doing such a procedure, re er to ophthalmology.

PREVENTIO N Eyelid hygiene, keeping the area around the eyelid clean, may prevent hordeola.

PRO GNO SIS Chalazia can persist or years i untreated. Some patients are prone to recurrence o hordeola and chalazia.

FO LLO W-UP A hordeolum with signi cant purulence and swelling should be reevaluated in 2 to 3 days or re erred to an ophthalmologist. Warm compresses are slow to work or a chalazion, so ollow-up should be no sooner than 1 month i nonsurgical treatment is prescribed.

• The American Academy of Ophthalmology—http:/ / www eyesmart/ diseases/ chalazion-stye.cfm. • The American Academy of Family Physicians has a patient handout in English or Spanish on stye—http:/ / familydoctor/ en/ diseases-conditions/ sty.html. • Hordeolum and Stye in Emergency Medicine—http:/ / emedicine article/ 798940.

• Chalazion Injection Demonstration—http:/ / watch?v=yYCCkDZwKgg. • Chalazion Incision and Curettage—http:/ / watch?v=tdKw_zjYCf8. REFERENCES 1. Garcia CA, Pinheiro FI, Montenegro DA, et al. Prevalence o biomicroscopic ndings in the anterior segment and ocular adnexa among schoolchildren in Natal, Brazil. Arq Bras Oftalmol. 2005;68(2):167-170. 2. Lindsley K, Nichols JJ, Dickersin K. Interventions or acute internal hordeolum. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010;9:CD00742. 3. Hirunwiwatkul P, Wachirasereechai K. E ectiveness o combined antibiotic ophthalmic solution in the treatment o hordeolum a ter incision and curettage: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial: a pilot study. J Med AssocThai. 2005;88(5):647-650. 4. Chung CF, Lai JS, Li PS. Subcutaneous extralesional triamcinolone acetonide injection versus conservative management in the treatment o chalazion. Hong Kong Med J. 2006;12(4):278-281. 5. Ahmad S, Baig MA, Khan MA, et al. Intralesional corticosteroid injection vs surgical treatment o chalazia in pigmented patients. J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2006;16(1):42-44. 6. Goawalla A, Lee V. A prospective randomized treatment study comparing three treatment options or chalazia: triamcinolone acetonide injections, incision and curettage and treatment with hot compresses. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2007;35(8):706-712. 7. Dhaliwal U, Bhatia A. A rationale or therapeutic decision-making in chalazia. Orbit. 2005;24(4):227-230.





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PATIENT STO RY A 40-year-old white man came to see his physician about a brown spot in his eye (Figure 11-1). He noticed this spot many years ago, but after recently reading information on the Internet about brown spots in the eye, became concerned about ocular melanoma. He thinks the spot has changed in size. He denies any eye discomfort or visual changes. He was referred for a biopsy, and the pathology showed a benign nevus that did not require further treatment.

INTRO DUCTIO N Scleral and conjunctival pigmentation is common and usually benign. Nevi can be observed and referred if they change in size. Primary acquired melanosis (PAM) must be biopsied because PAM with atypia has malignant potential, whereas PAM without atypia does not. Conjunctival melanoma is rare, but deadly.

EPIDEMIO LO GY Although there is little information on the prevalence of ocular pigmentation other than physiologic (racial) melanosis, in a study of pigmented lesions referred for biopsy, investigators reported that 52% were nevi, 21% were PAM, and 25% were melanoma. 1 • Scleral and conjunctival nevi (see Figures 11-1 and 11-2) are the most common causes of ocular pigmentation in light-skinned races. The pigmentation is generally noticeable by young adulthood, and is more common in whites. 2

FIGURE 11-1 Scle ral ne vus. Unilate ral localize d d istinct are a of d ark p ig me ntation on scle ra. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

FIGURE 11-2 Conjunctival ne vus. Unilate ral localize d d istinct are a of d ark p ig me ntation on conjunctiva. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

• Physiologic (racial) melanosis (Figure 11-3) is seen in 90% of black patients. 3 It can be congenital, and often presents early in life. • PAM (Figure 11-4) is generally noted in middle-aged to older adults, 4,5 and is also more common in whites. • Conjunctival melanoma (Figures 11-5 to 11-7) is rare, occurring in 0.000007% (7 per 1,000,000) of whites; it is even less common in other races. 5

FIGURE 11-3 Physio log ic (racial) me lanosis. Flat conjunctival p ig me ntation that p re se nts b ilate rally starting at the limb us and most p romine nt in the inte rp alp e b ral zone is like ly to b e racial me lanosis in a d arkly p ig me nte d p atie nt. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)


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FIGURE 11-4 Primary acq uire d me lanosis (PAM). Multip le unilate ral ind istinct are as of d ark p ig me ntation. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

FIGURE 11-7 Conjunctival me lanoma, 1 ye ar afte r the p re vious p hoto, in a p atie nt who initially d e cline d tre atme nt. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY The etiology of scleral or conjunctival nevi is not well understood. Racial melanosis is genetically determined. Conjunctival melanoma can arise from PAM with severe atypia, nevi, or de novo. 6,7

RISK FACTO RS • In non-Hispanic whites, the incidence of conjunctival melanoma increases as latitude decreases. 8 FIGURE 11-5 Conjunctival me lanoma. Unilate ral, nod ular le sion with irre g ular contours and colors, and surround e d b y hyp e re mic ve sse ls. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

• Fair-skinned individuals are at higher risk for conjunctival melanoma.

DIAGNO SIS De nitive diagnosis of pigmented ocular lesions is made by biopsy. CLINICAL FEATURES • Benign nevi and physiologic or racial melanosis are stable over time, whereas PAM and melanoma change. • Intrinsic cysts are common in conjunctival nevi and are rare in racial melanosis, PAM, and melanoma. They are seen with slit-lamp biomicroscopy. 9 TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N • Physiologic melanosis is typically bilateral and symmetrical. • Nevi, PAM, and melanoma are typically unilateral; however, one study found that 13% of PAM cases were bilateral. 7 FIGURE 11-6 Early p hoto o f conjunctival me lanoma with irre g ular b ord e rs and variations in color. (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission fro m Paul D. Co me au.)

LABO RATO RY TESTING None indicated, other than biopsy.




O PHTHALMO LO GY IMAGING • Often not helpful, as diagnosis is made by biopsy. • Anterior segment coherence tomography is being studied as a diagnostic aid for conjunctival nevus because cysts are detectable. In one study, there was 100% positive predictive value (PPV) but only 60% negative predictive value (NPV). 9 BIO PSY • Eighty-seven percent of biopsy-proven nevi do not change over time. 4 • Features seen more commonly in malignancy: ulceration, hemorrhage, change in color, and formation of new vessels around the lesion. • Pathologic factors of conjunctival melanoma with a higher mortality rate include increased tumor thickness, location on the palpebral, caruncular or forniceal conjunctiva, increased mitotic activity, lymphocytic invasion, and association with PAM. 10

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Pigmented areas on the sclera or conjunctiva include the following:

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It is more common in the Asian population but can be seen in any population. It can also be bilateral. Most importantly these people should be followed up by an ophthalmologist because they are at higher risk for glaucoma and possibly melanoma.

MANAGEMENT • Racial melanosis and nevi are 2 lesions that can be monitored for changes without a biopsy. • Refer any changing pigmented lesion in the eye to a specialist who can perform a biopsy. • Biopsy-proven PAM without atypia does not require excision, but must be monitored for stability. SO R C • Melanosis with atypia is generally removed with large margins because of its potential for conversion into melanoma. 4 SO R C • The primary treatment for conjunctival melanoma is surgical removal. Cryotherapy, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy may be used as adjunct therapy. SO R C


• Benign nevi—Unilateral and stable over time (see Figures 11-1 and 11-2). • Physiologic or racial melanosis—Bilateral and symmetric, most common circumlimbally, and relatively consistent throughout patient’s life (see Figure 11-3). • PAM—Typically unilateral, often multifocal indistinct areas of dark pigmentation, and can progress to malignancy over time (see Figure 11-4). This term is used clinically when the histology is not known. • Secondary acquired melanosis—Seen with hormonal changes or after trauma to the conjunctiva with irradiation, chemical irritation, or chronic in ammation. • Conjunctival melanoma—Unilateral, nodular, with variegated color and size changes (see Figures 11-5 to 11-7).

To decrease risk of conjunctival melanoma, use sunglasses that protect the eye from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. SO R C

PRO GNO SIS In one study, PAM without atypia or with mild atypia did not progress into melanoma. Thirteen percent of PAM cases with severe atypia did progress. The risk of melanoma increases as PAM covers more of the iris circumference (see Figure 11-4). 6 In one study, conjunctival melanoma arose from PAM, nevi, and de novo. Melanoma arising de novo had a worse prognosis. Other bad factors were fornix location and nodular tumor.7

• Alkaptonuria—Rare disease accompanied by dark urine and arthritis. • Nevus of Ota (also known as oculodermal melanocytosis)—Blue-gray scleral pigment involving the periorbital skin as well (see Figure 11-8).

FO LLO W-UP Follow-up is based on the type of lesion. Nevi and physiologic melanosis that have not changed can be monitored without biopsy. PAM requires close follow-up because of its potential conversion to melanoma. Patients with nevus of Ota should be monitored for glaucoma and melanoma.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N Most pigmentation in the eye is benign and does not change over time. Discuss the importance of reporting any changing pigmented lesion, even in the eye.

FIGURE 11-8 Ne vus o f O ta (also known as oculod e rmal me lanocytosis). Unilate ral b lue -g ray ocular p ig me ntation with p e riorb ital hyp e rp ig me ntation. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

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• American Academy of Ophthalmology—http:/ / • Information on nevi and ocular melanoma. What Is a Nevus?—http:/ / eyesmart/ diseases/ nevus.cfm. • Ocular Melanoma Foundation. About Ocular Melanoma—http:/ / disease.htm. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Medscape. Conjunctival Melanoma—http:/ / emedicine article/ 1191840.

REFERENCES 1. Shields CL, Demirci H, Karatza E, Shields JA. Clinical survey of 1643 melanocytic and nonmelanocytic conjunctival tumors. Ophthalmology. 2004;111(9):1747-1754. 2. Shields CL, Fasiudden A, Mashayekhi A, Shields JA. Conjunctival nevi: clinical features and natural course in 410 consecutive patients. Arch Ophthalmol. 2004;122(2):167-175. 3. Singh AD, Campos OE, Rhatigan RM, et al. Conjunctival melanoma in the black population [review]. Surv Ophthalmol. 1998;43(2):127-133.


O PHTHALMO LO GY 4. Folberg R, Mclean IW, Zimmerman LE. Conjunctival melanosis and melanoma. Ophthalmology. 1984;91(6):673-678. 5. Seregard S, af Trampe E, Månsson-Brahme E, et al. Prevalence of primary acquired melanosis and nevi of the conjunctiva and uvea in the dysplastic nevus syndrome. A case-control study. Ophthalmology. 1995;102(10):1524-1529. 6. Shields CL, Markowitz JS, Belinsky I, et al. Conjunctival melanoma: outcomes based on tumor origin in 382 consecutive cases. Ophthalmology. 2011;118(2):389-395. 7. Shields JA, Shields CL, Mashayekhi A, et al. Primary acquired melanosis of conjunctiva: risks for progression to melanoma in 311 eyes. Ophthalmology. 2008;115(3):511-519. 8. Yu GP, Hu DN, McCormick SA. Latitude and incidence of ocular melanoma. Photochem Photobiol. 2006;82(6):1621-1626. 9. Shields CL, Belinsky I, Romanelli-Gobbi M, et al. Anterior segment optical coherence tomography of conjunctival nevus. Ophthalmology. 2011;118(5):915-919. 10. Shields CL, Shields JA, Gunduz K, et al. Conjunctival melanoma: risk factors for recurrence, exenteration, metastasis, and death in 150 consecutive patients [comment]. Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(11):1497-1507.





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PATIENT STO RY A 28-year-old man felt something y into his eye while he was using a table saw without wearing protective eye gear. He presented with pain, tearing, photophobia, and thought that something was still in his eye. On examination with a slit lamp, the physician noted that he had a wood chip that had penetrated the cornea (Figures 12-1 and 12-2). He was referred to an ophthalmologist who successfully removed the foreign body. He was treated with a short course of topical nonsteroidal antiin ammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief, and had complete healing.

INTRO DUCTIO N Corneal abrasions are often caused by eye trauma and can cause an in ammatory response. Corneal abrasions are detected using uorescein and ultraviolet (UV) light. A corneal foreign body can be seen during a careful physical examination with a good light source or slit lamp. Nonpenetrating foreign bodies can be removed by an experienced physician in the of ce using topical anesthesia. Refer all penetrating foreign bodies to an ophthalmologist.

FIGURE 12-2 Slit-lamp e xamination re ve als this wood chip has p e ne trate d the corne a. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission fro m Paul D. Co me au.)

EPIDEMIO LO GY • Corneal abrasions with or without foreign bodies are common; however, the prevalence or incidence of corneal abrasions in the general population is unknown. • Corneal abrasions accounted for 85% of closed-eye injuries in adults presenting to an emergency department. 1

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY SYNO NYMS Corneal abrasion is sometimes referred to as a corneal epithelial defect.

• The cornea overlies the iris and provides barrier protection, lters UV light, and refracts light onto the retina. • Abrasions in the cornea are typically caused by direct injury from a foreign body, resulting in an in ammatory reaction. • The in ammatory reaction causes the symptoms and can persist for several days after the foreign object is out.

RISK FACTO RS • People occupied as metal workers, woodworkers, miners, and landscapers have an increased risk of corneal injuries from foreign bodies. 2 • Participating in sports such as hockey, lacrosse, or racquetball raises the risk of corneal abrasions from ocular trauma. 2 • Sedated patients (as a result of disruption of the blink re ex, and subsequent corneal exposure) are at increased risk for corneal abrasions. 2 Contact lenses, especially soft, extended wear, increase the risk of developing an infected abrasion that ulcerates. 2

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES History and physical FIGURE 12-1 Wood chip is visib le in the corne a on close insp e ction of the e ye . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

• History of ocular trauma or eye rubbing (although corneal abrasions can occur with no trauma history).

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FIGURE 12-3 Me tallic fore ig n b od y with rust ring within the corne al stroma and conjunctival inje ction. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.) FIGURE 12-5 Small corne al ulce r in the visual axis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

• Symptoms of pain, eye redness, photophobia, and a foreign-body sensation. • Foreign body seen with direct visualization or a slit lamp (Figure 12-3). • Fluorescein application demonstrates green area (which represents the disruption in the corneal epithelium) under cobalt-blue ltered light (Figure 12-4). • History of contact lens wear. • History of ocular or perioral herpes virus infection. LABO RATO RY TESTING Culture if an infection is suspected. IMAGING • If physical examination is equivocal, imaging may be useful to determine if a foreign body has perforated the cornea. An object that has fully perforated the cornea has passed through the cornea and will be

FIGURE 12-4 Fluo re sce in stains g re e n, ind icating corne al ab rasion. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

located in the anterior or posterior segment of the eye, making it difcult to see without imaging technology. • Computed tomography (CT) or spiral CT can detect nonmetallic and metallic foreign bodies. • A metallic foreign body can be seen on an orbital radiograph. Avoid magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) if the history suggests the foreign body may be metallic. Ultrasound and ultrasound biomicroscopy can also visualize intraocular foreign bodies and may be useful in some cases.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Uveitis or iritis—Usually unilateral, 360-degree perilimbal injection, eye pain, photophobia, and vision loss (see Chapter 15, Uveitis and Iritis). • Keratitis or corneal ulcerations—Diffuse erythema with ciliary injection often with miosis; eye discharge; pain, photophobia, and vision loss depending on the location of ulceration (Figures 12-5 and 12-6).

FIGURE 12-6 Larg e r corne al ulce r p artially ob scuring the visual axis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)




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O PHTHALMO LO GY There is often a history of trauma, herpes simplex virus (HSV), or contact lens wear. Patients should see an ophthalmologist urgently. • Conjunctivitis—Conjunctival injection; eye discharge; gritty or uncomfortable feeling; no vision loss, history of respiratory infection, or contacts with others who have red eyes (see Chapter 13, Conjunctivitis). • Acute-angle closure glaucoma—Cloudy cornea and scleral injection; eye pain with ipsilateral headache; severe vision loss, acutely elevated intraocular pressure (see Chapter 16, Glaucoma).

FO LLO W-UP See all patients in 24 hours for reassessment. If there is no improvement, look for an initially overlooked foreign body or a full-thickness injury. Do not hesitate to refer to ophthalmology if patient is not improving.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Advise patients in speci c professions (eg, woodworking, metal working) and those who play sports, such as racquetball or hockey, to wear eye protection for primary prevention.

MANAGEMENT NO NPHARMACO LO GIC • Con rm diagnosis with uorescein and UV light (for abrasion) if no foreign body is readily visible (see Figure 12-4). • Carefully inspect for a foreign body. Invert the upper eyelid for full visualization. Slit-lamp visualization may be needed to determine if the cornea has been penetrated (see Figure 12-2). • Remove (or refer for removal) nonpenetrating foreign bodies. Apply a topical anesthetic, such as proparacaine or tetracaine. Remove with irrigation, a wet-tipped cotton applicator, or a ne-gauge needle. • Remove contact lenses until cornea is healed. 3 SO R C • Avoid patching in corneal abrasions smaller than 10 mm; it does not help. 4 SO R A

• Advise patients with corneal abrasions that healing usually occurs within 2 to 3 days, and that they should report persistent pain, redness, and photophobia. • Patients should be advised not to sleep wearing contact lenses, even if labeled “extended wear.” PATIENT RESO URCES

• Patient handout on Corneal Abrasions—http:/ / amilydoctor/ en/ prevention-wellness/ staying-healthy/ f rst-aid/ corneal-abrasions.html. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Medscape. Cao C. Corneal Foreign Body Removal—http:/ / article/ 82717.

MEDICATIO NS • Prescribe ophthalmic NSAIDs for pain if needed. 5


• Consider topical antibiotics. SO R C Chloramphenicol ointment reduced the risk of recurrent ulcer in a prospective, nonplacebo, controlled trial. 6 Although chloramphenicol is rarely used in the United States, other ophthalmic antibiotics, such as erythromycin ointment, are used for corneal abrasions. SO R C REFERRAL Refer penetrating foreign bodies to an experienced eye surgeon.

PREVENTIO N Eye protection should be worn for high-risk occupational and recreational activities.

PRO GNO SIS Prognosis is generally good. Development of infection or a rust ring worsens prognosis.

REFERENCES 1. Oum BS, Lee JS, Han YS. Clinical features of ocular trauma in emergency department. Korean J Ophthalmol. 2004;18(1):70-78. 2. Wilson SA, Last A. Management of corneal abrasions. Am Fam Physician. 2004;1(70):123-128. 3. Weissman BA. Care of the Contact Lens Patient: Reference Guide for Clinicians. St Louis, MO: American Optometric Association; 2000. 4. Turner A, Rabiu M. Patching for corneal abrasion. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006;(2):CD004764. 5. Weaver CS, Terrell KM. Evidence-based emergency medicine. Update: do ophthalmic nonsteroidal anti-in ammatory drugs reduce the pain associated with simple corneal abrasion without delaying healing [review]? Ann Emerg Med. 2003;41(1):134-140. 6. Upadhyaya MP, Karmacharyaa PC, Kairalaa S, et al. The Bhaktapur eye study: ocular trauma and antibiotic prophylaxis for the prevention of corneal ulceration in Nepal. Br J Ophthalmol. 2001;85:388-392.





• In the United States, the estimated annual incidence rate or bacterial conjunctivitis is 135 per 10,000 people. 1

He id i Chumle y, MD Richard P. Usatine , MD

• Viral conjunctivitis is more common than bacterial conjunctivitis. • Allergic conjunctivitis had a point prevalence o 6.4% and a li etime prevalence o 40% in a large population study in the United States rom 1988 to 1994. 2

PATIENT STO RY ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY A 35-year-old woman presents with 2 days o redness and tearing in her eyes (Figure 13-1). She has some thin matter in her eyes, but neither eye has been glued shut when she awakens. She does not have any trouble seeing once she blinks to clear any accumulated debris. Both eyes are uncom ortable and itchy, but she is not having any severe pain. She does not wear contact lenses and has not had this problem previously. The patient was diagnosed with viral conjunctivitis and scored –1 on the clinical scoring system (see “Diagnosis” below). She was instructed about eye hygiene and recovered in 3 days.

INTRO DUCTIO N Conjunctivitis, in ammation o the membrane lining the eyelids and globe, presents with injected pink or red eye(s), eye discharge ranging rom mild to purulent, eye discom ort or gritty sensation, and no vision loss. Conjunctivitis is most commonly in ectious (viral or bacterial) or allergic, but can be caused by irritants. Diagnosis is clinical, based on di erences in symptoms and signs.

SYNO NYMS Conjuctivitis is also known as pink eye.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • In ectious conjunctivitis is common and o ten occurs in outbreaks, making the prevalence di f cult to estimate.

FIGURE 13-1 Viral co njunctivitis d e monstrating b ilate ral conjunctival inje ctio n with little d ischarg e . The p atie nt has an incid e ntal le t e ye conjunctival ne vus. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Conjunctivitis in adults is predominately in ectious (viral) or allergic. • Adults and children o age 6 years or older are more likely to have viral or allergic causes or conjunctivitis. 3 Adenovirus is the most common viral cause. • Coxsackie viruses have caused multiple large outbreaks in several Asian countries. • Herpes simplex virus typically causes a keratitis, but may present as isolated conjunctivitis or as blepharoconjunctivitis. 4 • Children younger than 6 years are more likely to have a bacterial than viral conjunctivitis (Figure 13-2) which can be transmitted to their adult caretakers. In the United States, the most common bacterial causes are Haemophilus species and Streptococcus pneumoniae accounting or almost 90% o cases in children. 3

DIAGNO SIS • To distinguish conjunctivitis rom other causes o a red eye, ask about pain and check or vision loss. Patients with a red eye and intense pain or vision loss that does not clear with blinking are unlikely to have conjunctivitis and should undergo urther evaluation. • Always ask about contact lens use as this can be a risk actor or all types o conjunctivitis, including bacterial conjunctivitis (Figure 13-3). • Typical clinical eatures o any type o conjunctivitis may include eye discharge, gritty or uncom ortable eeling, one or both pink eyes, and

FIGURE 13-2 Bacte rial conjunctivitis with visib le p urule nt d ischarg e . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)





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FIGURE 13-3 Bacte rial conjunctivitis with a small amount o d ischarg e . The p atie nt was unab le to cle an he r contacts while b e ing e vacuate d rom a hurricane -thre ate ne d Houston and the conjunctivitis was b ilate ral. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

no vision loss. The in ection usually starts in one eye, and progresses to involve the other eye days later. • Bacterial conjunctivitis (see Figures 13-2 to 13-4) has a more purulent discharge than viral or allergic conjunctivitis. • A clinical scoring system has been developed to distinguish bacterial rom other causes o conjunctivitis in healthy adults who did not wear contact lenses. A score o +5 to –3 is determined as ollows: ° Two glued eyes (+ 5); one glued eye (+ 2); history o conjunctivitis (–2); eye itching (–1). ° A score o + 5, + 4, or + 3 is use ul in ruling in bacterial conjunctivitis with specif cities o 100%, 94%, and 92%, respectively. ° Scores o –1, –2, or –3 are use ul in ruling out bacterial conjunctivitis with sensitivities o 98%, 98%, and 100%, respectively. 5 Allergic conjunctivitis is typically bilateral and accompanied by eye itching. Giant papillary conjunctivitis is a type o allergic reaction, most commonly to so t contact lenses (Figure 13-5).

FIGURE 1 3 -5 Giant p ap illary co njunctivitis in a co ntact le ns we are r. (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD as contrib ute d b y Mike Johnson, MD.)

LABO RATO RY TESTING An in-o f ce rapid test or adenoviral conjunctivitis (RPS adeno detector) has a sensitivity o 88% and a specif city o 91% compared to viral cell culture with conf rmatory immuno uorescence staining. 6

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Episcleritis—Segmental or di use in ammation o episclera (pink color), mild or no discom ort but can be tender to palpation, and no vision disturbance (see also Chapter 14, Episcleritis and Scleritis). • Scleritis—Segmental or di use in ammation o sclera (dark red, purple, or blue color), severe boring eye pain o ten radiating to head and neck, and photophobia and vision loss (see also Chapter 14, Episcleritis and Scleritis). • Uveitis or iritis—360-degree perilimbal injection, eye pain, photophobia, and vision loss. Frequently treated initially as conjunctivitis without resolution (see also Chapter 15, Uveitis and Iritis). • Keratitis or corneal ulcerations—Di use conjunctival injection, o ten with miosis (constriction o pupil), eye discharge, pain, photophobia, and vision loss depending on the location o ulceration. Herpes keratitis is a diagnosis that should not be missed (Figures 13-6 and 13-7). The use o uorescein and ultraviolet (UV) light can help identi y dendritic ulcers or other corneal damage and prompt an emergent re erral to an ophthalmologist (see Figure 13-7). Contact lens wearers should urgently see an ophthalmologist or keratitis.

FIGURE 13-4 Gonococcus conjunctivitis has a cop io us d ischarg e . This se ve re case re sulte d in p artial b lind ne ss. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Ce nte rs for Dise ase Control and Pre ve ntion [CDC].)

• Acute-angle closure glaucoma—Cloudy cornea and scleral injection, eye pain with ipsilateral headache, elevated intraocular pressure, and severe vision loss (see also Chapter 16, Glaucoma). • A oreign body in the eye can cause conjunctival injection and lead to a bacterial superin ection. I the oreign body is not easily dislodged with




FIGURE 13-6 He rp e tic ke ratitis in a 56-ye ar-old woman staying in a she lte r a te r hurricane Katrina. (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

conservative measures, or appears to be superin ected with ulceration or leukocyte inf ltrate, prompt re erral to an ophthalmologist is required (Figure 13-8).

FIGURE 13-8 Conjunctivitis cause d b y a ore ig n b od y in the e ye o a machinist. The g round me tal sp e ck is se e n on the corne a, and the corne al inf ltrate , along with a p urule nt d ischarg e , ind icate a b acte rial sup e rin e ction. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Trachoma is an eye in ection caused by Chlamydia trachomatis that is rare in the United States but common in the rural areas o some developing countries. It is a leading cause o blindness in the developing world. Poverty and poor hygiene are major risk actors. Once the eye is in ected, ollicles can be seen on the upper tarsal conjunctiva upon eyelid eversion (Figure 13-9). Superior tarsal conjunctival scarring leads to entropion that causes corneal scarring and ultimately blindness (Figure 13-10). Vernal conjunctivitis is a severe recurrent orm o allergic conjunctivitis that is more common in summer (not in spring). The term vernal re ers to spring time, and there ore it is now re erred to as “warm weather conjunctivitis” rather than “spring catarrh.” Giant papillae that look like a cobblestone pattern may be seen in this condition. It occurs primarily in young boys, and typically ceases to recur seasonally with age. FIGURE 13-9 Trachoma showing many white ollicles on the underside o the upper eyelid. (Reproduced with permission from Richard P. Usatine, MD.)

FIGURE 13-7 Slit-lamp vie w o a d e nd ritic ulce r with uore sce in up take rom he rp e tic ke ratitis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

FIGURE 13-10  Ad vance d trachoma with b lind ne ss as a conse q ue nce o corne a op acitie s. Note the d e e p conjunctival inje ction and p urule nt d ischarg e rom the C. trachomatis in e ction. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n fro m Richard P. Usatine , MD.)




O PHTHALMO LO GY MANAGEMENT Hand hygiene can control the spread o in ectious conjunctivitis. Most acute conjunctival in ections are viral and resolve without treatment. Adults who score + 3 or above on the clinical scoring system or bacterial conjunctivitis are treated with topical antibiotics: • Studies show that more than 80% o patients show improvements with 0.3% cipro oxacin, tobramycin, nor oxacin, or gentamicin. 7,8 • Levo oxacin 0.5% is dosed 3 times a day. 9 • Delayed antibiotic prescription decreased antibiotic use by nearly 50% and provided similar symptom control compared to immediate antibiotics.10 Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with antihistamines, mast-cell stabilizers, nonsteroidal anti-in ammatory agents, corticosteroids, and immunomodulatory agents. 11 REFERRAL • Re er patients who have vision loss, copious purulent discharge (this could represent gonococcal disease, which must be cultured, and which can cause vision loss), severe pain, lack o response to therapy, or a history o herpes simplex or zoster eye disease to an ophthalmologist. • Any patient who may need ocular steroid should be seen by an ophthalmologist. There is a severe risk o complications with the use o ocular steroids.

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• PubMed Health. Conjunctivitis—http:/ / www.ncbi.nlm.nih .gov/ pubmedhealth/ PMH0002005/ . • American Academy of Ophthalmology has patient information under For Patients and the Public—http:/ / • American Academy of Ophthalmology. Conjunctivitis: What Is Pink Eye?—http:/ / eyesmart/ diseases/ conjunctivitis.cfm. • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has patient information in English and Spanish—http:/ / • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)—http:/ / conjunctivitis/ index.html. • The Livestrong foundation has auditory patient information on YouTube. Conjunctivitis Health Byte—http:/ / .com/ watch?v= O8LkDfbLCaY; and A Healthy Byte: Pink Eye— http:/ / watch?v= Hp28hS7XYCo& feature=relmfu. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Conjunctivitis guidelines—http:/ / content.aspx?id = 13501.


PREVENTIO N Good hygiene practices with washing o the hands and ace with soap and water should be ollowed.

FO LLO W-UP Routine ollow-up is generally not needed i symptoms resolve in 3 to 5 days.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Most adults (and children older than age 6 years) have a nonbacterial cause o conjunctivitis. • Remove contact lenses until conjunctivitis has resolved. • Avoid touching the ace or rubbing the eyes and wash the hands immediately a terwards. • Do not share ace towels, eye makeup, or contact lens cases. • In orm your physician immediately i you experience eye pain or vision loss.

1. Smith AF, Waycaster C. Estimate o the direct and indirect annual cost o bacterial conjunctivitis in the United States. BMC Ophthalmol. 2009;9:13. 2. Singh K, Axelrod S, Bielory L. The epidemiology o ocular and nasal allergy in the United States, 1988-1994. JAllergy Clin Immunol. 2010;126(4):778-783. 3. Meltzer JA, Kunkov D, Crain EF. Identi ying children at low risk or bacterial conjunctivitis. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164:263-267. 4. Young RC, Hodge DO, Liesegang TJ, Baratz KH. Incidence, recurrence, and outcomes o herpes simplex virus eye disease in Olmsted County, Immesota, 1976-2007: the e ect o oral antiviral prophylaxis. Arch Ophthalmol. 2010;128(9):1178-1183. 5. Rietveld RP. Predicting bacterial cause in in ectious conjunctivitis: cohort study on in ormativeness o combinations o signs and symptoms. BMJ. 2004;329:206-210. 6. Sambursky R, Tauber S, Schirra F, et al. The RPS adeno detector or diagnosing adenoviral conjunctivitis. Ophthalmology. 2006;113(10): 1758-1764. 7. Gross RD, Ho man RO, Lindsay RN. A comparison o cipro oxacin and tobramycin in bacterial conjunctivitis in children. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1997;36(8):435-444. 8. Miller IM, Vogel R, Cook TJ, Wittreich J. Topically administered nor oxacin compared with topically administered gentamicin or the treatment o external ocular bacterial in ections. The Worldwide Nor oxacin Ophthalmic Study Group. Am J Ophthalmol. 1992;113(6):638-644.


9. Sza ik J, Sza ik JP, Kaminska A. Clinical and microbiological e f cacy o levo oxacin administered three times a day or the treatment o bacterial conjunctivitis. Eur J Ophthalmol. 2009;19(1):1-9. 10. Everitt HA, Little PS, Smith PW. A randomized controlled trial o management strategies or acute in ective conjunctivitis in general practice. BMJ. 2006;333(7563):321.


O PHTHALMO LO GY 11. Mishra GP, Tamboli V, Jwala J, Mitra AK. Recent patents and emerging therapeutics in the treatment o allergic conjunctivitis. Recent Pat Inf ammAllergy Drug Discov. 2011;5(1):26-36.





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He id i Chumle y, MD Ke lly Gre e n, MD

• Scleritis usually presents between the ages of 30 and 50 years and is twice as common in women compared to men. 1



• Forty-four percent of patients presenting with scleritis to specialty health centers were found to have an associated systematic disease (37% rheumatic, 7% infection), most commonly (15%) rheumatoid arthritis. 2 Ep iscle rit is

A 45-year-old woman presents with 1 day of increasing eye pain, eye redness, and dif culty in seeing. On examination there was scleral injection and exquisite globe tenderness (Figure 14-1). Her review of systems is positive for morning stiffness and swelling in both of her hands. The patient was urgently referred to an ophthalmologist who diagnosed her with scleritis. Her visual acuity was reduced minimally. A slit-lamp examination revealed injected sclera with a bluish hue in the affected eye and a rare anterior chamber cell. The posterior segment was normal. The ophthalmologist prescribed an oral nonsteroidal anti-in ammatory drug (NSAID), speci cally indomethacin, as it effectively crosses the blood-brain barrier and gets good levels in the eye. Her rheumatoid factor was positive, so she was also referred to a rheumatologist.

INTRO DUCTIO N Episcleritis and scleritis are in ammation of the deeper layers of the eye, the vascular episclera, and the avascular sclera. Episcleritis presents with segmental eye redness, discomfort but not severe pain, and no vision loss. Scleritis can have overlying episcleritis, but also has a violaceous hue, is painful, and may cause vision loss. Scleritis typically has an associated underlying condition (autoimmune or infectious) that should be identi ed and treated. Scleritis is treated with NSAIDs, systemic glucocorticoids, or immunosuppressive medications. Patients with scleritis are often referred to an ophthalmologist as vision loss is common.

• Prevalence is unknown. • Episcleritis usually presents between the ages of 20 and 50 years and may be more common in women. • Nodular or recurrent episcleritis is more likely to be associated with an underlying systemic condition than is an isolated episode of simple episcleritis.

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Scleritis and episcleritis are in ammatory conditions causing congestion of the deeper 2 of the 3 vascular layers (conjunctival, episcleral, and scleral plexuses) overlying the avascular sclera. • Scleritis often occurs with episcleritis; episcleritis does not involve the sclera and does not progress to scleritis. • Scleritis disrupts vascular architecture and may cause vision loss; whereas episcleritis does not. Cause s o f scle rit is • Causes of scleritis include systemic autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Wegener granulomatosis, seronegative spondyloarthropathies, relapsing polychondritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Figure 14-2 shows a young woman with SLE and scleritis. • Infections (Pseudomonas, tuberculosis, syphilis, herpes zoster). • Less common causes include gout and sarcoidosis. • Idiopathic.

FIGURE 14-1 Scle ritis in a p atie nt with e ye p ain and e xq uisite g lob e te nd e rne ss. Untre ate d scle ritis can re sult in loss o vision. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

FIGURE 14-2 Scle ritis in a young woman with syste mic lup us e rythe matosus. Note the malar rash that is also p re se nt. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

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Cause s o f e p iscle rit is • Most often idiopathic. • May be associated with any of the conditions listed above, especially if the presentation is nodular or recurrent.

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES Scle rit is • Segmental or diffuse in ammation of sclera (dark red, purple, or blue color), with overlying episclera and conjunctival in ammation (see Figures 14-1 to 14-3). • Severe, boring eye pain often radiating to head and neck that worsens with eye movement. However, 20% of patients may not have pain, including those with the necrotizing type (scleromalacia perforans) and those taking immunosuppressive agents prior to the onset of scleritis. 1 • Photophobia and vision loss. Ep iscle rit is • Segmental or diffuse in ammation of episclera (pink color) and overlying conjunctival vessel injection (Figures 14-4 and 14-5).

FIGURE 14-4 Ep iscle ritis showing in ammation o the conjunctival and e p iscle ral tissue with associate d vascular e ng org e me nt. A se ctor o this e ye is involve d and that is typ ical. Ve sse ls we re b lanche d with 2.5% p he nyle p hrine , which he lp e d d isting uish this rom scle ritis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

• Mild, if any, discomfort but can be tender to palpation. • No vision disturbance.

Typ ical d ist rib ut io n

• Scleritis and episcleritis are often distinguished by history and physical examination features; however, when scleritis has extensive overlying episcleritis, the diagnosis becomes more dif cult. Scleritis must be differentiated from episcleritis because scleritis requires treatment and an evaluation for underlying medical conditions.

• Scleritis can be posterior (posterior to the medial and lateral rectus muscles) or anterior. ° Posterior scleritis can produce retinal detachments and subretinal exudates and is often associated with uveitis (in ammation of the iris, ciliary body, or choroid). with in amma° Anterior scleritis can be diffuse, nodular, necrotizing 1 tion or necrotizing without in ammation.

• Ten percent phenylephrine blanches in amed episcleral and conjunctival vessels, but not scleral vessels; in scleritis, this can reveal a focus of scleral engorgement covered by episcleral injection. • Scleritis and episcleritis, as opposed to iritis with overlying episcleral injection, often have areas of focal tenderness to palpation. These can be elicited with a sterile cotton swab after applying a topical anesthetic.

• Scleritis is bilateral in 50% of patients. 1 • Episcleritis is often segmental, but can be diffuse, and is typically benign. LABO RATO RY TESTING In scleritis, if an associated systemic disease has not been previously diagnosed, consider ordering these tests: complete blood count, metabolic

FIGURE 14-3 Scle ritis in a p atie nt with We g e ne r g ranulomatosis. De e p ve sse ls are a e cte d , g iving the e ye a p urp lish or b lue hue . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Eve re tt Alle n, MD.)

FIGURE 14-5 Ep iscle ritis showing in ammation o only the conjunctival and e p iscle ral tissue . Note the ab se nce o violace ous color that is se e n in scle ritis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)





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panel, urinalysis, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody, antinuclear antibody, rheumatoid factor, anticyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies, rapid plasma reagin, and Lyme antibody in Lyme infested regions. Also consider tuberculin skin test, viral hepatitis panel, and cultures for bacteria, virus, and fungi. IMAGING In scleritis, if an associated systemic disease has not been previously diagnosed, consider the following: chest radiographs, sinus computed tomography (CT), or sacroiliac joint radiographs. To diagnose posterior scleritis, ultrasound or orbital CT can demonstrate sclera thickening. BIO PSY An ophthalmologist may perform a biopsy when it is important to distinguish among scleritis caused by rheumatic diseases, infections, or sarcoidosis. • Rheumatic—Zonal necrotizing granulomatous scleral in ammation with loss of anterior scleral tissue. • Infectious—Necrotizing scleritis with microabscesses. • Sarcoid—Sarcoidal granulomatous in ammation can be identi ed in cases of sarcoidosis.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Following are the causes of red eye, other than scleritis and episcleritis: • Uveitis or iritis—360 degrees perilimbal injection, which is most intense at the limbus; eye pain, photophobia, and vision loss (see also Chapter 15, Uveitis and Iritis) • Keratitis or corneal ulcerations—Diffuse erythema with ciliary injection often with pupillary constriction; eye discharge; pain, photophobia, and vision loss depending on location of ulceration • Conjunctivitis—Conjunctival injection, eye discharge, gritty or uncomfortable feeling, no vision loss (see Chapter 13, Conjunctivitis) • Acute-angle closure glaucoma—Cloudy cornea and scleral injection; eye pain with ipsilateral headache; severe vision loss (see Chapter 16, Glaucoma)

MANAGEMENT For patients presenting with scleritis who do not have a previously diagnosed associated systemic condition, a search for an underlying cause is indicated. • Evaluate for signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, Wegener granulomatosis (respiratory or renal symptoms), relapsing polychondritis (vasculitis around ear or nose cartilage or trachea; Figure 14-6), and seronegative spondyloarthropathies (in ammatory back pain, arthritis, and in ammatory bowel symptoms). • Evaluate for signs, symptoms, and risk factors for infection including eye trauma, recent ocular surgery, recurrent herpes simplex or varicella zoster, or risk factors for tuberculosis. • Evaluate for signs and symptoms of gout and sarcoidosis.

FIGURE 14-6 Scle ritis associate d with re lap sing p olychond ritis. Note the op p y e ar which is a classic f nd ing in re lap sing p olychond ritis (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Eve re tt Alle n, MD.)

MEDICATIO NS • Scleritis is initially treated with systemic NSAIDs and/ or topical steroids; however, in one study only 47% of patients responded to 2 drops of 1% prednisolone every 2 hours for up to 2 weeks. 3 SO R B • Scleritis that does not respond to NSAIDs and/ or topical steroids may need systemic steroids, subconjunctival steroids, or immune modulators. SO R C • Episcleritis often resolves spontaneously. Eye redness and irritation improve by 50% in less than a week. Treatment with topical NSAIDs was no better than arti cial tears on measures of redness and comfort. 4 SO R B

REFERRAL • If you suspect scleritis, refer the patient to an ophthalmologist immediately. This is especially important if there is any visual loss or eye pain. • If episcleritis is not resolved, refer to an ophthalmologist.

PRO GNO SIS Simple episcleritis improves in 7 to 10 days. Episcleritis that is nodular or associated with an underlying disease may take 2 to 3 weeks to resolve. Patients who smoke may take longer to recover from episcleritis or scleritis. One retrospective trial demonstrated that patients who smoked and had episcleritis or scleritis were 5.4 times more likely to have a delayed response of more than 4 weeks to any medication (95% con dence interval [CI] = 1.9-15.5). 5 Vision loss with scleritis is common and the risk is dependent on the type of scleritis: diffuse anterior, 9%; nodular, 26%; necrotizing, 74%; posterior, 84%. 6

FO LLO W-UP • Advise patients with episcleritis to follow up for any increases in eye pain, changes in vision, or no improvement in 1 week. • Advise patients with scleritis to follow up testing for underlying systemic illnesses. If none is found, consider retesting as patients with idiopathic scleritis develop a systemic illness at a 4% annual rate. 2


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PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Reassure patients with episcleritis of its generally benign nature and that oral NSAIDs may be used for discomfort. • Advise patients with scleritis of its association with systemic illnesses and the need for further workup. PATIENT RESO URCES

• PubMed Health. Scleritis—http:/ / pubmedhealth/ PMH0001998/ . • PubMed Health. Episcleritis—http:/ / pubmedhealth/ PMH0002014/ .

O PHTHALMO LO GY REFERENCES 1. Galor A, Thorne JE. Scleritis and peripheral ulcerative keratitis. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2007;33(4):835-854. 2. Akpek EK, Thorne JE, Qazi FA, et al. Evaluation of patients with scleritis for systemic disease. Ophthalmology. 2004;111(3):501-506. 3. McMullen M, Kovarik G, Hodge WG. Use of topical steroid therapy in the management of nonnecrotizing anterior scleritis. Can J Ophthalmol. 1999;34(4):214-221. 4. Williams CP, Browning AC, Sleep TJ, et al. A randomised, doubleblind trial of topical ketorolac vs arti cial tears for the treatment of episcleritis. Eye (Lond). 2005;19(7):739-742.


5. Boonman ZF, de Keizer RJ, Watson PG. Smoking delays the response to treatment in episcleritis and scleritis. Eye (Lond). 2005;19(9): 945-955.

• Scleritis and Episcleritis—http:/ / www.patient doctor/ Scleritis-and-Episcleritis.htm.

6. Tuft SJ, Watson PG. Progression of sclera disease. Ophthalmology. 1991;98(4):467-471.





15 UVEITIS AND IRITIS He id i Chumle y, MD

PATIENT STO RY A 28-year-old man presented with sudden onset of a right red eye, severe eye pain, tearing, photophobia, and decreased vision. He denied eye trauma. His review of systems was positive for lower back pain and stiffness over the past year. On examination, he had a ciliary ush (Figure 15-1) and decreased vision. He was referred to an ophthalmologist who conrmed the diagnosis of acute anterior uveitis. He was found to be HLAB27 positive with characteristics of ankylosing spondylitis. His uveitis was treated with topical steroids.

INTRO DUCTIO N Uveitis is in ammation of any component of the uveal tract: iris (anterior), ciliary body (intermediate), or choroid (posterior). Most uveitis is anterior and is also called iritis. Uveitis is caused by trauma, in ammation, or infection and the most common etiologies vary by location in the uveal tract. Patients present with vision changes and, if uveitis is anterior, eye pain, redness, tearing, and photophobia. All patients with uveitis should be referred to an ophthalmologist.

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EPIDEMIO LO GY • Annual incidence of uveitis is 17 to 52 per 100,000 population and prevalence is 38 to 714 per 100,000 population. 1 • Occurs at any age, but most commonly between 20 and 59 years. 1 • Anterior uveitis (iritis) accounts for approximately 90% of uveitis as seen in primary care settings. 1 • In the United States, noninfectious uveitis accounts for 10% of legal blindness. 2

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Uveitis can be caused by trauma, infections, in ammation, or, rarely, neoplasms. Most likely causes differ by location. 3 • Iritis—Trauma is common (Figure 15-2). In nontraumatic cases, causes include idiopathic (50%); seronegative spondyloarthropathies, that is, ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, in ammatory bowel disease (20%); and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (10%). Infections are less common and include herpes, syphilis, and tuberculosis. 3 Untreated HIV-positive patients may also develop iritis. • Intermediate—Most are idiopathic3 (Figure 15-3). • Posterior—Toxoplasmosis is the most common, followed by idiopathic. 3 • Panuveitis (affecting all layers)—Idiopathic (22-45%) and sarcoidosis (14-28%). 3 Unilateral panuveitis is often endophthalmitis (endogenous or related to trauma or surgery). Bilateral panuveitis can be caused by sarcoidosis or syphilis.

SYNO NYMS Anterior uveitis includes iritis and iridocyclitis. Iritis is when the in ammation is limited to the iris. If the ciliary body is involved too, then it is called iridocyclitis. Posterior uveitis includes choroiditis and chorioretinitis.

FIGURE 15-1 Acute ante rior uve itis with corne al e nd othe lial white ce ll ag g re g ate s (b lack arrow) and p oste rior syne chiae ormation (iris ad he sions to the le ns, white arrows). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

RISK FACTO RS Patients with Behçet disease and ankylosing spondylitis have uveitis more commonly than the general population (relative risk of 4-20) because of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) associations. 4

FIGURE 15-2 A young man with traumatic iritis (ante rior uve itis) a te r b e ing hit in the e ye with a b ase b all. He has p hotop ho b ia and e ye p ain. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

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O PHTHALMO LO GY Behçet syndrome and HLA-B27 disease are the only 2 common noninfectious causes of hypopyon. Intermediate and posterior uveitis includes the following symptoms: • Presents with altered vision or oaters. • Often there is no pain, redness, tearing, or photophobia. Sarcoid uveitis presents with the following symptoms: • Panuveitis (anterior, intermediate, and posterior) • Gradual and usually a bilateral onset • Few vision complaints unless cataracts or glaucoma develops • Characteristic ndings on slit-lamp examination (ie, mutton-fat keratic precipitates, posterior iris synechiae)5 Typ ical d ist rib ut io n Anterior uveitis is typically unilateral and sarcoid uveitis is typically bilateral.

FIGURE 15-3 Id iop athic inte rme d iate uve itis. The ciliary ush is p e rilimb al inje ction rom d ilation o b lood ve sse ls ad jace nt to the corne a, e xte nd ing 3 mm into the scle ra. Pe rilimb al inje ction may ap p e ar as a viole t hue around the limb us with b lurring o ind ivid ual ve sse ls. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES Anterior acute uveitis presents with the following symptoms: • Usually unilateral eye pain, redness, tearing, photophobia, and decreased vision. • 360-degree perilimbal injection, which is most intense at the limbus (see Figures 15-1, 15-2, and 15-4). • History of eye trauma, an associated systemic disease, or risk factors for infection. • Severe anterior uveitis may cause a hypopyon from layering of leukocytes and brous debris in the anterior chamber (see Figure 15-4).

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Causes of red eye, other than uveitis • Scleritis—Segmental or diffuse in ammation of sclera (dark red, purple, or blue color); severe, boring eye pain often radiating to head and neck; photophobia and vision loss (see Chapter 14, Scleritis and Episcleritis). • Episcleritis—Segmental or diffuse in ammation of episclera (pink color), mild or no discomfort, but can be tender to palpation, and no vision disturbance (see Chapter 14, Scleritis and Episcleritis). • Keratitis or corneal ulcerations—Diffuse erythema with ciliary injection often with constricted pupil; eye discharge; pain, photophobia, and vision loss depending on the location of ulceration. This is frequently associated with trauma, a history of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection, or contact lens wear. Needs urgent evaluation by an ophthalmologist. There will be staining of the cornea with uorescein. • Conjunctivitis—Conjunctival injection, eye discharge, gritty or uncomfortable feeling, and no vision loss (see Chapter 13, Conjunctivitis). Recent history of red eye contacts or upper respiratory infection (URI) symptoms. • Acute-angle closure glaucoma—Cloudy cornea and scleral injection, eye pain with ipsilateral headache, and severe vision loss (see Chapter 16, Glaucoma). May be a family history of the same.

MANAGEMENT Refer patients for any red eye along with loss of vision to an ophthalmologist. Patients with uveitis warrant additional examinations by the ophthalmologist. • Traumatic uveitis—Dilated funduscopy for other ocular trauma, measurement of intraocular pressure, gonioscopy to evaluate for angle recession and risk for future glaucoma, and treatment may include steroid and/ or cycloplegics for comfort. FIGURE 15-4 Hyp op yon with se ve re ante rior uve itis, showing laye ring o le uko cyte s and f b rinous d e b ris in the ante rior chamb e r, may b e ste rile or in e ctious. An inte nse ciliary ush is se e n. Most commonly se e n in HLAB27-p ositive p atie nts with uve itis. Hyp op yon may also b e a p re se nting sig n o malig nancy (re tinob lastoma and lymp homa). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

• Nontraumatic uveitis—Slit-lamp examination and laboratory tests to assist with diagnosis of underlying cause; treatment is based on underlying cause but is usually topical steroid drops with or without cycloplegia. • Therapeutic dilation is used to break the posterior synechiae that can occur (Figure 15-5).





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PATIENT EDUCATIO N • See a physician immediately for a red eye with loss of vision. • A series of tests may be performed to determine the cause of the uveitis; however, the underlying cause is often elusive.


• PubMed Health. Uveitis—http:/ / pubmedhealth/ PMH0002000/ . PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Medscape. Iritis and Uveitis—http:/ / emedicine.medscape .com/ article/ 798323. FIGURE 15-5 This p atie nt with uve itis had p oste rior syne chiae that are attachme nts o the iris to the ante rior cap sule o the le ns. The rap e utic d ilation b ro ke the syne chiae , b ut le t re sid ual p ig me nt on the ante rior cap sule . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

PRO GNO SIS Uveitis causes vision loss, cataract, and often glaucoma if treatment is delayed or not provided. HLA-B27 disease is the most common etiology for anterior uveitis, and is associated with recurrent, bilateral, anterior uveitis.

FO LLO W-UP Appropriate follow-up is based on the underlying cause.

REFERENCES 1. Wake eld D, Chang JH. Epidemiology of uveitis. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2005;45(2):1-13. 2. Gritz DC, Wong IG. Incidence and prevalence of uveitis in northern California; the Northern California Epidemiology of Uveitis Study. Ophthalmology. 2004;111(3):491-500. 3. Brazis PW, Stewart M, Lee AG. The uveo-meningeal syndromes. Neurologist. 2004;10(4):171-184. 4. Capsi RR. A look at autoimmunity and in ammation in the eye. J Clin Invest. 2010;120(9):3073-3083. 5. Uyama M. Uveitis in sarcoidosis. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2002;42(1): 143-150.





• Women comprise approximately 60% o all glaucoma cases, but 70% o patients with acute angle-closure glaucoma. 2

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• Asians comprise approximately 47% o all glaucoma cases, but 87% o acute angle-closure glaucoma. 2

PATIENT STO RY A 50-year-old black man was noted to have a large cup-to-disc ratio during a unduscopic examination by his primary care provider (Figure 16-1). The patient reported no visual complaints. Further evaluation revealed elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) and early visual eld de ects. He was started on medication to lower his IOP. He remained asymptomatic, and his visual eld de ects did not progress or the next several years.

INTRO DUCTIO N Glaucoma is a leading cause o blindness in the United States and globally. Open-angle glaucoma is an acquired loss o retinal ganglion cells characterized by either normal or increased intraocular pressure, a large cup-to-disc ratio, and visual eld de ects. Open-angle glaucoma is treated by reducing intraocular pressure, most commonly with eye drops. Angle-closure glaucoma, which is much less common, is an acute increase in IOP rom a mechanical obstruction that must be treated emergently to preserve vision.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • Approximately 2.5 million people in the United States have glaucoma. • Glaucoma is the second leading cause o blindness in the United States and the leading cause o blindness among A rican Americans. 1

• The incidence o primary open-angle glaucoma was 8.3 per 100,000 population in people older than 40 years in a Minnesota population study.3 • According to a population-based study, a amily history o glaucoma increased the risk o having glaucoma (odds ratio [OR] = 3.08). 4

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Glaucoma pathophysiology is incompletely understood, but the end point is the acquired loss o retinal ganglion cells and axons with resulting irreversible vision loss. • Increased IOP is a well-known risk actor; however, recent attention has turned to ocular per usion pressure (OPP), the di erence between blood pressure (BP) and IOP. OPP is essentially BP minus IOP. As such, OPP is decreased by either high IOP or low BP. 5 I a patient with apparently well-controlled IOP continues to have progressive visual eld loss, it may be because o lack o per usion o the optic nerve rom aggressively lowered diastolic BPs. There ore, the management o glaucoma requires attention to diastolic BP. • Glaucoma is categorized as either open-angle glaucoma or angle-closure glaucoma. ° Open-angle—Dys unction o the aqueous humor drainage system with no visible pathology to the anterior chamber angle ° Angle-closure—Occlusion o the anterior chamber angle • Impaired outf ow o aqueous humor elevates IOP in some patients, but many patients with open-angle glaucoma have normal IOPs.

• Population studies predict there will be 60.5 million people worldwide with glaucoma by 2010, and o these, 74% will have open-angle glaucoma.2

• Optic nerve atrophy is seen as optic disc cupping and irreversible visual eld loss. Compare Figures 16-1 and 16-2 to see the di erence between abnormal (see Figure 16-1) and normal (see Figure 16-2) optic disc cupping.

Fig u r e 16-1 A 50-ye ar-old man with g laucoma has an incre ase d op tic cup -to-d isc ratio of 0.8. Me d ian cup -to-d isc ratio is 0.2 to 0.3, b ut varie s consid e rab ly among ind ivid uals. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission fro m Paul D. Come au.)

Fig u r e 16-2 Normal e ye with a no rmal cup -to-d isc ratio of 0.4. A cup -tod isc ratio of more than 0.5 re q uire s furthe r e valuation. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)




O PHTHALMO LO GY RISK FACTO RS Open-angle risk actors include the ollowing: • Nonmodi able: age older than 50 years, rst-degree amily history, and A rican ancestry6 • Modi able: high IOP, high or low BP, and maybe diabetes mellitus6 Acute closed-angle glaucoma is more common in people o Asian descent.

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • Open-angle glaucoma ° History—Usually asymptomatic, occasionally “tunnel vision” ° Physical examination—Optic cupping and/ or elevated IOP (glaucomatous changes can occur with IOPs in the normal range), loss o peripheral vision by automated perimetry (typically bilateral, but maybe asymmetric) • Acute closed-angle glaucoma ° History—Pain ul red eye (unilateral), vision loss, headache, nausea, halos around lights, and vomiting (Figure 16-3) ° Physical examination—Shallow anterior chamber, optic cupping and elevated IOP, injection o the conjunctiva, and cloudy cornea (see Figure 16-3)

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DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Glaucoma is the most common cause o optic disc cupping and is sometimes accompanied by elevated IOP. • Optic disc cupping without elevated IOP can be caused by the ollowing7: ° Physiologic cupping (see Figure 16-2) ° Congenital optic disc anomalies (ie, coloboma or tilted discs) ° Ischemic (ie, compression by tumors), traumatic (closed-head injury), or hereditary optic neuropathies • Glaucomatous optic disc cupping compared to other causes has the ollowing7: ° Larger cup-to-disc ratios (compare Figure 16-1 to Figure 16-2) ° Vertical (as opposed to horizontal) elongation o the cup ° Disc hemorrhages

MANAGEMENT Treat with topical agents to decrease IOP by 20% to 40%, which has been demonstrated to decrease glaucoma progression. 8 SO R A Many medications are available including the ollowing: • Nonspeci c β-blockers (eg, timolol 0.5%, once or twice a day) • Prostaglandin analogs (eg, latanoprost 0.005%, once a day) • Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (eg, dorzolamide 2%, 2-3 times a day)

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• α -Agonists (eg, brimonidine 1.0%, 2-3 times a day)

• Open-angle glaucoma is typically bilateral. • Closed-angle glaucoma is typically unilateral. However, there is a risk or the other eye to undergo the same process, as the abnormal anatomically narrow angle is usually present in the other eye too.

REFERRAL • Emergently re er patients with suspected angle-closure glaucoma to an ophthalmologist (see Figure 16-3). • Evaluate (or re er or evaluation) patients with abnormal optic nerve cupping (cup-to-disc ratio >0.5; di erence in cup-to-disc ratio o 0.2 or greater between eyes; asymmetric cup), or increased IOP measured by tonometry, or visual eld de cits. • Document the location and extent o visual eld de cits with automated perimetry. • Re er patients with shallow anterior chambers, severe arsightedness (hyperopia), or previous history o acute angle-closure glaucoma to an ophthalmologist. • Re er or surgical evaluation i you are unable to medically reduce the IOP.


Fig u r e 16-3 Acute close d -ang le g laucoma with a p ainful re d e ye , vision lo ss, he ad ache , nause a, and vomiting . This is a p hacomorp hic (ie , le ns ind uce d ) se cond ary acute ang le closure . The mature cataract incre ase d in ante rop oste rior (AP) d iame te r, thus moving the le ns-iris d iap hrag m forward and closing off the ang le as we ll as the p up il thus re sulting in hig h intraocular p re ssure (IO P), inje cte d conjunctiva, and a cloud y corne a. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Gilb e rto Ag uirre , MD.)

Screening—According to the US Preventive Services Task Force update in 2005 (http:/ / clinic/ uspstf/ uspsglau.htm) there is insu cient evidence to recommend or or against population screening or open-angle glaucoma. However, A rican Americans have been underrepresented in trials. Previously screening has been recommended or A rican Americans older than age 40 years, Caucasians older than age 65 years, and patients with a amily history o glaucoma. 1 SO R C



PRO GNO SIS Most patients with open-angle glaucoma, provided they are treated, will not lose vision. Angle-closure glaucoma must be treated emergently to prevent vision loss.

FO LLO W-UP Patients with glaucoma should have regular measurements o their IOP and visual elds to ollow treatment e cacy.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N Advise patients that glaucoma is a progressive disease requiring continued therapy to prevent vision loss. PATIENT RESO URCES

• Glaucoma research foundation Web site has information on treatment, research progress, personal stories, and practical tips— http:/ / • PubMed Health. Glaucoma—http:/ / pubmedhealth/ PMH0002587/ . PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Medscape. Acute angle-closure glaucoma—http:/ / emedicine article/ 798811. • Medscape. Primary open-angle glaucoma—http:/ / emedicine article/ 1206147.

O PHTHALMO LO GY REFERENCES 1. Distelhorst JS, Hughes GM. Open-angle glaucoma. Am Fam Physician. 2003;67(9):1937-1944. 2. Quigley HA, Broman AT. The number o people with glaucoma worldwide in 2010 and 2020. Br J Ophthalmol. 2006;90(3):262-267. 3. Erie JC, Hodge DO, Gray DT. The incidence o primary angle-closure glaucoma in Olmsted County, Minnesota. Arch Ophthalmol. 1997;115(2):177-181. 4. Leske MC, Warheit-Roberts L, Wu SY. Open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension: the Long Island Glaucoma Case-control Study. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 1996;3(2):85-96. 5. He Z, Vingrys AJ, Armitage JA, Bui BV. The role o blood pressure in glaucoma. Clin Exp Optom. 2011;94(2):133-149. 6. Leske MC, Wu SY, Hennis A, et al. Risk actors or incident openangle glaucoma: the Barbados Eye Studies. Ophthalmology. 2008;115:85-93. 7. Piette SD, Sergott RC. Pathological optic-disc cupping. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2006;17(1):1-6. 8. Heijl A, Leske MC, Bengtsson B, et al. Reduction o intraocular pressure and glaucoma progression: results rom the Early Mani est Glaucoma Trial. Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(10):1268-1279.





17 DIABETIC RETINO PATHY He id i Chumle y, MD Ke lly Gre e n, MD

PATIENT STO RY A 38-year-old man saw a physician for the rst time in 10 years after noticing visual loss in his left eye. His history revealed many risk factors for and symptoms of diabetes mellitus (DM). On an undilated funduscopic examination, his physician was able to see some hemorrhages and hard exudates. A ngerstick in the of ce showed a blood glucose level of 420 mg/ dL. He was treated for DM and referred to an ophthalmologist to be evaluated for diabetic retinopathy (Figure 17-1).

INTRO DUCTIO N Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Nonproliferative DR is characterized by microaneurysms, macular edema, cotton-wool spots, super cial ( ame) or deep (dot-blot) hemorrhages, and exudates. Proliferative DR also has neovascularization of the retina, optic nerve head, or iris. Because patients may be asymptomatic until vision loss occurs, screening is indicated in all diabetic patients. Excellent glycemic control lowers a patient’s risk of developing DR.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • In developed nations, DR is the leading cause of blindness among people younger than age 40 years. 1

FIGURE 17-1 Dilat d und uscop ic p otog ap d monst ating mic oan uysms (small d sw lling s attac d to v ss ls), w ic a o t n t st c ang in d iab tic tinop at y. Also p s nt a f am mo ag s (b lack oval) and a d xud at s (white arrowhe ad s). T a d xud at s a y llow in colo . T is cas is an xamp l o d iab tic nonp oli ativ tinop at y. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission fro m Paul D. Come au.)

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• In a community-based study, 29% of adults older than age 40 years with DM had DR. Prevalence in black patients was higher than in Caucasians patients (38.8% vs 26.4%). 2 • Twenty-one percent of patients have retinopathy at the time type 2 diabetes is diagnosed. 3 • More than 60% of patients with type 2 DM have retinopathy within 20 years of diagnosis. 3 • After 40 years of type 1 DM, 84% of patients have retinopathy. 4

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Hyperglycemia results in microvascular complications including retinopathy. • Several biochemical pathways linking hyperglycemia and retinopathy have been proposed. 3 • In nonproliferative retinopathy, microaneurysms weaken vessel walls. Vessels then leak uid, lipids, and blood resulting in macular edema, exudates, and hemorrhages (Figures 17-1 and 17-2). • Cotton-wool spots result when small vessel occlusion causes focal ischemia to the super cial nerve ber layer of the retina. • In proliferative retinopathy, new blood vessels form in response to ischemia (Figure 17-3).

RISK FACTO RS • In type 1 DM, identi ed risk factors include longer diabetes duration, high hemoglobin (Hgb) A1c, hypertension, smoking, and male gender.4,5 • In type 2 DM, identi ed risk factors include longer diabetes duration, high HgbA1c, elevated systolic blood pressure, male gender, presence of albuminuria, and pharmacologic therapy. 6

FIGURE 17-2 V y s v nonp oli ativ d iab tic tinop at y wit multip l d p d ot-b lot mo ag s, v nous b ad ing , and loop ing . T is p ati nt may b n t om p an tinal p otocoag ulation. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)


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O PHTHALMO LO GY MANAGEMENT Diabetes and vascular risk factors should be controlled. • Glycemic control lowers the risk of retinopathy (35% risk reduction per 1 point HgbA1C reduction). 3 SO R A • Blood pressure control improves visual outcomes (34% risk reduction in retinopathy progression; 47% risk reduction for declines in visual acuity). 3 SO R A • Treatment with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) in type 1 DM or an ARB in type 2 DM have been shown to reduce retinopathy progression independent of blood pressure control. 8,9 SO R B • Patients with high lipids have more hard exudates and a higher risk of vision loss, but it is unclear if lipid control changes outcomes. SO R C REFERRAL

FIGURE 17-3 P oli ativ d iab tic tinop at y s owing n wly d v lop d , p o ous, iab l b lood v ss ls. N w v ss ls can b s n on t op tic d isc and p ip al tina. Pan tinal p otocoag ulation may lp p v nt vit ous mo ag , tinal d tac m nt, and n ovascula g laucoma. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

DIAGNO SIS De nitive diagnosis is made by an eye specialist. • Gold standard is grading of stereoscopic color fundus photographs in seven standard elds. 3 • In comparison with the gold standard, a single monochromatic digital photo through a nondilated eye is suf cient to determine the presence or absence of DR with a sensitivity and speci city of 71% and 96%, respectively. 7 SO R B

Work with an ophthalmologist to prevent vision loss. • Complications of DR are vitreous hemorrhage (Figure 17-4), retinal detachment, and neovascular glaucoma. Each of these complications can result in devastating vision loss. • Ophthalmologists will determine when peripheral retinal photocoagulation is indicated (Figure 17-5). Photocoagulation reduces the risk of severe visual loss by more than 50% with side effects of peripheral and night vision loss. 10 SO R A Other surgical treatments, including vitrectomy, have been less successful. 3

PREVENTIO N Prevent DR by preventing development of type 2 DM or tightly controlling type 1 or type 2 DM.

CLINICAL FEATURES • Central vision loss as a result of macular edema or macular ischemia. • Nonproliferative retinopathy—Microaneurysms are seen initially (mild), followed by macular edema, cotton-wool spots, super cial ( ame) or deep (dot-blot) hemorrhages, and exudates (Figure 17-1 shows moderate, and Figure 17-2 shows severe). • Proliferative retinopathy—Neovascularization, that is, growth of new blood vessels on the optic disc (see Figure 17-3), the retina, or iris.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Retinopathy is also seen with other systemic illnesses and infections including the following: • Hypertensive retinopathy—Arterial narrowing or atrioventricular nicking in addition to cotton-wool spots (see Chapter 18, Hypertensive Retinopathy) • HIV retinopathy—Cotton-wool spots and infections such as cytomegalovirus

FIGURE 17-4 T is vit ous mo ag occu d w n iab l n ovascula m mb an s b ok sp ontan ously. T p ati nt d sc ib d a “s ow o d d ots” ob scu ing t vision and t n loss o vision in t at y . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)





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REFERENCES 1. Congdon NG, Friedman DS, Lietman T. Important causes of visual impairment in the world today. JAMA. 2003;290(15):2057-2060. 2. Zhang X, Saaddine JB, Chou CF, et al. Prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in the United States, 2005–2008. JAMA. 2010;304(6): 649-656. 3. Fong DS, Aiello LP, Ferris FL III, Klein R. Diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes Care. 2004;27(10):2540-2553. 4. Hammes HP, Kerner W, Hofer S, et al. Diabetic retinopathy in type 1 diabetes—a contemporary analysis of 8,784 patients. Diabetologia. 2011;54(8):1977-1984. 5. Romero-Aroca P, Baget-Bernaldiz M, Fernandez-Ballart J, et al. Ten-year incidence of diabetic retinopathy and macular edema. Risk factors in a sample of type 1 diabetes patients. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2011;94(1):126-132.

FIGURE 17-5 Pan tinal p otocoag ulation is t ap p lication o las b u ns to t p ip al tina. T isc mic p ip al tina is t at d wit t ousand s o las sp ots to p sumab ly liminat vasog nic acto s sp onsib l o t d v lop m nt o n ovascula v ss ls. Las sp o ts caus sca ing o t tina and c o oid . T sca s may b yp ot op ic (white sp ots) o yp t op ic (b lack sp ots). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission fro m Paul D. Come au.)

Screen patients with DM for DR based on national recommendations11: • Type 1 DM—Adults and children older than age 10 years—Screen for retinopathy 5 years after diagnosis and at regular intervals as recommended by an eye specialist. • Type 2 DM—Screen for retinopathy at diagnosis and then annually. Patients can be referred to an eye specialist, or screened using telemedicine or retinal photographs taken during outreach screenings or in primary care of ces. 12,13 Mathematical models are being developed to individualize screening frequency. In one study, screening intervals ranged from 6 to 60 months (mean: 29 months). This resulted in 59% fewer visits than with xed annual screening without compromising safety. 14

FO LLO W-UP Once DR is diagnosed frequency of examination is set by the ophthalmologist.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N Preventing retinopathy by controlling diabetes and hypertension leads to better vision outcomes than any available treatment. 3,10 PATIENT RESO URCES

• National Eye Institute—http:/ / health/ diabetic/ . PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Medscape. Diabetic Retinopathy—http:/ / emedicine article/ 1225122.

6. Semeraro F, Parrinello G, Cancarini A, et al. Predicting the risk of diabetic retinopathy in type 2 diabetic patients. J Diabetes Complications. 2011;25(5):292-297. 7. Vujosevic S, Benetti E, Massignan F, et al. Screening for diabetic retinopathy: 1 and 3 nonmydriatic 45-degree digital fundus photographs vs 7 standard early treatment diabetic retinopathy study elds. Am J Ophthalmol. 2009;148(1):111-118. 8. Chaturvedi N, Sjolie AK, Stephenson JM, et al. Effect of lisinopril on progression of retinopathy in normotensive people with type 1 diabetes. EURODIAB Controlled Trial of Lisinopril in InsulinDependent Diabetes Mellitus. Lancet. 1998;351:28-31. 9. Sjolie AK, Klein R, Porta M, et al. Effect of candesartan on progression and regression of retinopathy in type 2 diabetes (DIRECT-Protect 2): a randomised placebo-controlled trial. Lancet. 2008;372:1385-1393. 10. The Diabetic Retinopathy Study Research Group. Photocoagulation treatment of proliferative diabetic retinopathy: the second report of diabetic retinopathy study ndings. Ophthalmology. 1978;85(1): 82-106. 11. American Diabetes Association. Standards of medical care in diabetes—2009. Diabetes Care. 2009;32(suppl 1):S13-S61. 12. Sanchez CR, Silva PS, Cavallerano JD, et al. Ocular telemedicine for diabetic retinopathy and the Joslin Vision Network. Semin Ophthalmol. 2010;25(5-6):218-224. 13. Bragge P, Gruen RL, Chau M, et al. Screening for presence or absence of diabetic retinopathy: a meta-analysis. Arch Ophthalmol. 2011;129(4):435-444. 14. Aspelund T, Thornórisdóttir O, Olafsdottir E, et al. Individual risk assessment and information technology to optimise screening frequency for diabetic retinopathy. Diabetologia. 2011;54(10): 2525-2532.



18 HYPERTENSIVE RETINO PATHY He id i Chumle y, MD Ke lly Gre e n, MD

O PHTHALMO LO GY • Multiple studies show that patients with moderate HR are 2 to 3 times more likely to have a stroke than those without HR at the same level o blood pressure control independent o other risk actors. 2

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY High blood pressure results in the ollowing retinal f ndings3:

PATIENT STO RY A 37-year-old man comes in or a physical examination and is noted to have a blood pressure o 198/ 142 mmHg. He has no symptoms at the time. The physician per orms a dilated unduscopic examination and notes optic disc edema, cotton-wool spots, ame hemorrhages, dot-blot hemorrhages, arteriovenous nicking, and exudates (Figure 18-1). Fortunately, the remainder o the neurologic examination and the electrocardiography (ECG) are normal. The patient is sent to the emergency room to be evaluated urther and treated or a hypertensive emergency.

INTRO DUCTIO N Hypertensive retinopathy (HR) develops rom elevated blood pressure. HR is diagnosed clinically by the presence o classic retina f ndings seen on unduscopic examination or digital retinal photographs in a patient with hypertension. HR can result in vision loss. Treatment is control o blood pressure.

• Retinal vessels become narrow and straighten at diastolic blood pressure (DBP) o 90 to 110 mm Hg. • Arteriovenous “nicking” (white oval in Figure 18-1) occurs when the arteriolar wall enlarges rom arteriosclerosis, compressing the vein. Patients with hypertension are at risk or central and branch retinal vein occlusions, which can result in signif cant vision loss. • Microaneurysms and ame hemorrhages (Figures 18-1 and 18-2) result rom the increased intravascular pressure. Cotton-wool spots (dashed arrow in Figure 18-2) represent ischemia o the nerve f ber layer. Hard exudates indicate vascular leakage (see white arrowheads in Figure 17-1, Chapter 17). • DBP 110 to 115 mmHg causes leakage o plasma proteins and blood products resulting in retinal hemorrhages and hard exudates (Figures 18-1 to 18-4). • Optic nerve swelling occurs at DBP o 130 to 140 mmHg (see Figure 18-3).

DIAGNO SIS EPIDEMIO LO GY • Prevalence o 7.7% (black) versus 4.1% (Caucasians) in a population study o men and women between 49 and 73 years o age without diabetes.1

The diagnosis is made clinically rom typical retinal f ndings in a patient with hypertension. These f ndings can be seen using unduscopic examination or by viewing retinal digital images. Retinal digital images have a higher interobserver reliability than unduscopic examination. 4

FIGURE 18-1 Hyp e rte nsive re tinop athy with op tic d isc e d e ma, cotton-wool sp ots, ame he morrhag e s, d ot-b lot he morrhag e s, arte riove nous nicking , and e xud ate s. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Eye Round s.o rg and The Unive rsity of Iowa.)

FIGURE 18-2 More ad vance d hyp e rte nsive re tinop athy with ame he morrhag e s (white arrow), arte riove nous nicking (white oval), and cotton-wool sp ots (d ashe d arrow). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)





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TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N Bilateral and symmetrical LABO RATO RY TESTING • Laboratory tests are not needed to make the diagnosis. • Recommended tests or patients with hypertension include urinalysis, blood glucose, hematocrit, serum potassium, creatinine, calcium, and a asting lipid prof le. • 12-lead ECG is also recommended. 5

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Retinal vessel narrowing, atrioventricular nicking, microaneurysms, retinal hemorrhages, hard exudates, and cotton-wool spots are also seen in other conditions that impair blood ow, including the ollowing: • Diabetic retinopathy (see Chapter 17, Diabetic Retinopathy) • Radiation retinopathy • Venous or carotid artery occlusive disease FIGURE 18-3 Malig nant hyp e rte nsive re tinop athy with op tic ne rve he ad e d e ma (p ap ille d e ma), ame he morrhag e s (white arrow), cotton-wool sp ots (b lack arrow), and macular e d e ma with e xud ate s (d ashe d arrows). The p atie nt was ad mitte d to the hosp ital to tre at malig nant hyp e rte nsion ag g re ssive ly. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission fro m Paul D. Co me au.)

CLINICAL FEATURES Following are the clinical eatures in order o increasing severity: • Mild arteriolar narrowing • Severe arteriolar narrowing plus arteriovenous nicking • Retinal hemorrhages, microaneurysms, hard exudation, cotton-wool spots • Swelling o the optic nerve head and macular star, also called as accelerated or malignant HR

• Systemic illnesses such as collagen vascular disease • Hematologic diseases such as anemia and leukemia • Systemic in ectious diseases such as HIV Optic nerve swelling and a macular star (blurring o the macula in a star-like pattern) also occur in the ollowing: • Neuroretinitis • Diabetic papillopathy • Radiation optic retinopathy • Optic neuritis • Intracranial disease

MANAGEMENT Patients with unduscopic f ndings o HR should have their blood pressure measured and treated to reduce the risk o heart and cerebrovascular disease. 5 SO R A No np harmaco lo g ic • Assist patients in smoking cessation. This will result in the greatest benef t in morbidity and mortality. • Reduce weight or maintain normal body mass index (BMI). • Eat a diet rich in ruits and vegetables and low in saturated ats. • Reduce sodium to less than 6 g o sodium chloride per day. • Engage in regular physical activity or 30 minutes most days o the week. • Limit alcohol to 2 drinks per day in men and 1 drink per day in women. Me d icat io ns FIGURE 18-4 Branch re tinal ve in occlusion o a major re tinal ve in associate d with hyp e rte nsion. The p atie nt note d ne w onse t o b lurre d vision and visual f e ld constriction. Flame he morrhag e s are se e n along the course o the ob structe d ve in. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

• Start a thiazide diuretic to achieve blood pressure o less than 140/ 90 mmHg unless contraindicated; a blood pressure goal o 130/ 80 mmHg should be used or patients with diabetes. Consider an


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angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) as an initial medication or patients with diabetes. Consider other medications only or patients with compelling indications. • Although the largest benef t in outcomes is seen with the f rst medication, additional medications should be considered to achieve blood pressure less than 140/ 90 mmHg a ter weighing the risks and benef ts with the patient. • Evaluate and manage other risk actors or cardiovascular disease, including high cholesterol and diabetes. REFERRAL Patients experiencing acute visual disturbances should be re erred or evaluation o hemorrhage or optic nerve edema (see Figures 18-3 and 18-4).

PREVENTIO N • Maintain normal blood pressure through a healthy li estyle and medications when needed. • Patients with hypertension alone do not require routine unduscopic examination, unless they also have diabetes mellitus. 6 SO R A • Prevention is obtained by preventing and controlling high blood pressure.

PRO GNO SIS • Prognosis is associated with severity o hypertension retinopathy. • Three-year survival in patients with mild arteriolar narrowing is 70% compared to 6% in patients with swelling o the optic nerve or macular star. 7

FO LLO W-UP Once diagnosed with hypertension, patients should be seen every month until blood pressure is controlled and then every 3 to 6 months. 4 SO R C

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • HR does not require treatment other than lowering blood pressure unless acute vision changes occur.

O PHTHALMO LO GY • Control o blood pressure typically reverses HR f ndings, except or optic nerve edema, which may result in permanent vision loss. • Control o blood pressure also reduces the risk o heart attack and stroke.


• PubMed Health. High blood pressure and eye disease—http:/ / www pubmedhealth/ PMH0001994/ . PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Medscape. Ophthalmologic Manifestations of Hypertension—http:/ / article/ 1201779. • The Eighth Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment o High Blood Pressure (JNC 8), 2012—http:/ / guidelines/ hypertension/ jnc8/ index.htm.

REFERENCES 1. Wong TY, Klein R, Duncan BB, et al. Racial di erences in the prevalence o hypertensive retinopathy. Hypertension. 2003;41(5): 1086-1091. 2. Baker ML, Hand PJ, Wang JJ, Wong TY. Retinal signs and stroke: revisiting the link between the eye and brain. Stroke. 2008;39(4):1371-1379. 3. Luo BP, Brown GC. Update on the ocular mani estations o systemic arterial hypertension. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2004;15(3):203-210. 4. Castro AF, Silva-Turnes JC, Gonzalez F. Evaluation o retinal digital images by a general practitioner. Telemed J E Health. 2007;13(3): 287-292. 5. NIH, NHLBI, and National High Blood Pressure Education Program. The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, andTreatment of High Blood Pressure, 2004. Washington, DC: U.S. Department o Health and Human Services; 2006. 6. van den Born BJ, Hulsman CA, Hoekstra JB, et al. Value o routine unduscopy in patients with hypertension: systematic review. BMJ. 2005;331(7508):73. 7. Keith NM, Wagener HP, Barker NW. Some di erent types o essential hypertension: their course and prognosis. Am J Med Sci. 1939;197:332-343.





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SYNO NYMS Papilledema is also known as pseudotumor cerebri or benign intracranial hypertension.

EPIDEMIO LO GY Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) occurs in the ollowing:

A 29-year-old obese woman presented with chronic headaches that were worse in the morning or while lying down. She denied nausea or other neurologic symptoms. She had no other medical problems and took no medications. On examination, she had a visual acuity o 20/ 20 in both eyes, bilateral papilledema (Figure 19-1), no spontaneous venous pulsations (SVPs), and no other neurologic signs. She had a brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showing no mass or hydrocephalus, and elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) measured by lumbar puncture. She was diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) and was ollowed closely or any changes in her vision. She was started on acetazolamide and assisted with a weight loss program. Her symptoms resolved over the course o 18 months.

• About 1 per 100,000 people. 1 • About 20 per 100,000 obese emales o ages 15 to 44 years. 1 • Prevalence may be increasing with increasing obesity. A UK population study ound a prevalence o 85.7 per 100,000 in obese women. 2 • Mean age o diagnosis is approximately 30 years.

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY The optic disc swells because o elevated intracranial pressure. In IIH, the cerebral spinal uid pressure is increased. The cause o this increase in unknown, but a current hypothesis is that IIH is a syndrome o reduced cerebrospinal uid (CSF) absorption.

INTRO DUCTIO N The term papilledema re ers specif cally to optic disc swelling related to increased intracranial pressure. When no localizing neurologic signs or space-occupying lesion is present, IIH is a likely cause in patients younger than age 45 years, especially obese women. Patients with IIH usually present with daily pulsatile headache with nausea and o ten have transient visual disturbances and/ or pulsatile tinnitus. Patients o ten report a “whooshing” sound that they hear. Bilateral papilledema and visual f eld de ects on a perimetry test are ound in almost all patients. Elevated opening pressure on lumbar puncture is required or the diagnosis.

RISK FACTO RS IIH is much more common in obese women o childbearing age.

DIAGNO SIS Patients with papilledema should undergo imaging, pre erably MRI, ollowed by lumbar puncture. IIH is a diagnosis o exclusion with the ollowing criteria3: • Signs and symptoms o increased ICP (headache, transient visual disturbances, papilledema) are present. • Normal neurologic examination, except a sixth nerve palsy may be present. This will lead to a complaint o diplopia. • Elevated ICP is present, as measured by lumbar puncture opening pressure greater than 250 mm o water in the lateral decubitus position, with normal CSF on microscopic examination. • No evidence o mass, hydrocephalus, or vascular lesions is seen by MRI. • No other identif able cause o increased intracranial hypertension. CLINICAL FEATURES • More than 90% o patients with IIH are obese women o childbearing age. Look or a di erent diagnosis in children, men, and older patients.3 • Headaches and visual changes are the most common symptoms. • Di f culty in thinking or concentrating is requently reported. New studies indicate cognitive impairment, particularly in learning and memory.4

FIGURE 19-1 P p ill d m om inc s d int c ni l p ssu (ICP). T op tic d isc is l v t d nd yp mic wit ng o g d tin l v ins. T nti op tic d isc m g in is b lu d . O p tic n u o p t i s c n lso v b lu ing o t nti d isc m g in, b ut o t n, only p t o t d isc is b lu d . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

• SVP are retinal vein pulsations at the optic disc and are typically absent in IIH patients. SVP are seen in 90% o patients with normal intracranial pressure, and are absent when the CSF pressure is above 190 mmHg. As the CSF pressure may be transiently normal in IIH, the presence o SVP does not preclude IIH, but indicates that the CSF pressure is normal at that moment. 5


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O PHTHALMO LO GY Elevated ICP can also be caused by obstructing lesions, medical conditions, or medications3: • Mass lesions, hydrocephalus, venus sinus or jugular venus thrombosis, and meningeal in ections • Addison disease, hypoparathyroidism, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea, renal ailure, pulmonary hypertension, and severe anemia • Antibiotics in the tetracycline amily, vitamin A, anabolic steroids, lithium, and corticosteroid withdrawal


FIGURE 19-2 S v cut p p ill d m wit p p ill y f m mo g s nd cotton-wool sp ots t t ob scu t d isc v ss ls. T b lu d d g s o t o p tic d isc p p s st b u st. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N Papilledema is bilateral in the overwhelming majority o cases (see Figures 19-1 and 19-2). Unilateral optic disc swelling has been rarely noted with elevated intracranial pressure. LABO RATO RY TESTING Cerebral spinal uid is typically sent or cell count and culture. IMAGING • Traditionally, imaging was used to rule out intracranial mass or venus sinus obstruction; however, several imaging modalities show promise as tools that may mitigate the need or recurrent lumbar punctures to monitor pressures. • Transorbital sonography measurements o optic nerve sheath diameter detected raised ICP with a sensitivity o 90% and a specif city o 84%. 6 • Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an imaging modality used in the ophthalmology o f ce that can distinguish between a normal optic disc, moderate elevation, and papilledema in patients with IIH based on di erences in retinal nerve f ber layer thickness. 7 • MRI f ndings in IIH include optic nerve tortuosity, partial empty sella, and transverse sinus narrowing. These changes reverse a ter pressure is reduced and return i pressure increases. 8

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Pseudopapilledema or optic disc drusen, an optic nerve anomaly that elevates the optic disc sur ace and blurs the disc margins, which can be caused by calcif cations in the optic nerve head. • Optic neuropathies, swelling o all or parts o one or both discs, which can be caused by ischemia or demyelination (as in multiple sclerosis), and may be seen in 1% to 2% o patients with diabetes mellitus type 1 or 2. 9

In many cases, IIH is sel -limiting, presents without visual symptoms, and will resolve over several years without loss o vision. However, when patients present with persistent or worsening visual disturbances, treatment is required to lower the ICP to prevent optic nerve damage and irreversible loss o vision. Management o the headache is a key actor when choosing a therapeutic plan. Management includes the ollowing: • Nonpharmacologic ° Care ul observation (o ten by an ophthalmologist) with documentation o any visual changes. Formal visual f eld testing is indicated. ° Weight loss o 15% o body weight is benef cial but will1not decrease the ICP quickly enough i visual compromise is present. SO R C • Medications ° Acetazolamide 1000 to 2000 mg/ d; early studies indicate that topiramate may also be e ective; other diuretics such as urosemide are less e ective. 10 SO R C short time periods or rare cases o ° High-dose corticosteroids or1,10 SO R C rapidly advancing vision loss. • Re er or hospitalize ° Surgical interventions or severe, recalcitrant cases include optic nerve sheath enestration and lumbar peritoneal shunt. Surgery is also considered in special populations such as pregnant women and dialysis patients. 1,10 SO R C sinus stenting is a newer surgical technique that holds ° Transverse promise. 11

PREVENTIO N Maintenance o ideal body weight may prevent IIH.

PRO GNO SIS Although approximately two-thirds o patients with IIH present with visual impairment, the majority o patients improve. One study reported 9% o patients had permanent visual loss. 12

FO LLO W-UP Patients should be ollowed up every 3 to 6 months by a physician who can adequately view the entire optic disc and document visual acuity and visual f eld def cits. They should be seen immediately or any visual changes.




O PHTHALMO LO GY PATIENT EDUCATIO N Advise patients with new papilledema o the need or an evaluation or dangerous causes o increased ICP, such as intracranial masses or underlying medical illnesses. Also advise patients that IIH o ten resolves spontaneously over several years, but they should report any visual changes immediately.


• The Intracranial Hypertension Research Foundation has information or patients—http:/ / PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• The Intracranial Hypertension Research Foundation has information or medical pro essionals including ongoing research studies and in ormation on patient registries—http:/ / www


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3. Friedman DI, Jacobson DM. Diagnostic criteria or idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Neurology. 2002;59(10):1492-1495. 4. Kharkar S, Hernandez R, Batra S, et al. Cognitive impairment in patients with pseudotumor cerebri syndrome. Behav Neurol. 2011;24(2):143-148. 5. Jacks AS, Miller NR. Spontaneous retinal venous pulsation: aetiology and signif cance. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2003;74(1):7-9. 6. Bauerle J, Nedelmann M. Sonographic assessment o the optic nerve sheath in idiopathic intracranial hypertension. J Neurol. 2011;258(11):2014-2019. 7. Waisbourd M, Leibovitch I, Goldenberg D, Kesler A. OCT assessment o morphological changes o the optic nerve head and macula in idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2011;113(10):839-843. 8. George U, Bansal G, Pandian J. Magnetic resonance “ ip- op” in idiopathic intracranial hypertension. J Neurosci Rural Pract. 2011;2(1):84-86. 9. Bayraktar Z, Alacali N, Bayraktar S. Diabetic papillopathy in type II diabetic patients. Retina. 2002;22(6):752-758. 10. Friedman DI, Jacobson DM. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension. J Neuroophthalmol. 2004;24(2):138-145.

1. Mathews MK, Sergott RC, Savino PJ. Pseudotumor cerebri. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2003;14(6):364-370.

11. Ahmed RM, Wilkinson M, Parker GD, et al. Transverse sinus stenting or idiopathic intracranial hypertension: a review o 52 patients and o model predictions. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2011;32(8):1408-1414.

2. Raoo N, Sharrack B, Pepper IM, Hickman SJ. The incidence and prevalence o idiopathic intracranial hypertension in She f eld, UK. Eur J Neurol. 2011;18(10):1266-1268.

12. Baheti NN, Nair M, Thomas SV. Long-term visual outcome in idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Ann Indian Acad Neurol. 2011;14(1):19-22.




PATIENT STO RY A 78-year-old white woman presents with loss o central vision that has gradually worsened over the last 6 months. Fully independent be ore, she can no longer drive and has di culty with activities o daily living. Her peripheral vision remains normal. Funduscopic examination reveals macular depigmentation and drusen (yellowish-colored subretinal deposits on the macula) (Figure 20-1). She is diagnosed with dry, age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A ter her physician discusses the available in ormation about antioxidants and therapeutic options, she decides to start antioxidants and see an ophthalmologist to discuss laser, surgical, or medical treatments.

INTRO DUCTIO N Age-related macular degeneration causes central vision loss in elderly patients. The pathophysiology o AMD is incompletely understood, but involves chronic changes in the retina and retinal pigment epithelium mediated by environmental and genetic actors. AMD is diagnosed by ophthalmoscopic detection o drusen. Healthy li estyle decreases the risk o development and progression o AMD. Re er patients to an ophthalmologist to evaluate or intravitreal injections, laser photocoagulation or photodynamic therapy, or surgery.

O PHTHALMO LO GY EPIDEMIO LO GY AMD is the leading cause o irreversible vision loss in the industrialized world. • Prevalence o advanced AMD is 1.4% in patients older than 40 years o age and 15% in white women older than 80 years o age. 1 • AMD that causes signi cant vision loss is more common in whites than blacks or Hispanics. 2 • Smoking increases the risk in women (relative risk [RR] 2.5 or current smokers; 2.0 or ormer smokers). 2 • AMD aggregates in amilies, but the speci c genetic and amilial risk actors are not clear. 2

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY AMD a ects central but not peripheral vision. Environment and genetic attributes increase the risk o these pathologic changes with aging. 3 • Oxidative stress rom the buildup o ree oxygen radicals causes retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) injury. • RPE injury evokes a chronic inf ammatory response. The complement system is involved and speci c polymorphisms o complement genes are associated with advanced disease and progression. 4 • RPE injury or inf ammation orms an abnormal extracellular matrix (ECM), which alters di usion o nutrients to the retina and RPE. • The abnormal ECM and di usion leads to retinal atrophy and new vessel growth.

RISK FACTO RS • For advanced AMD, strong risk actors are age, current cigarette smoking, previous cataract surgery (replaced lens provides less eye protection rom sunlight), and amily history o AMD. • Moderate risk actors include higher body mass index, history o cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and high plasma brinogen. • Weak or inconsistent risk actors include gender, ethnicity, diabetes, iris color, history o cerebrovascular disease, total cholesterol, highdensity lipoprotein, and triglyceride levels. 5

DIAGNO SIS Diagnosis is made by ophthalmoscopy. AMD can be dry (early, intermediate, or advanced) or wet (always considered advanced). • Early dry—May have no vision change; drusen present (Figure 20-2). • Intermediate dry—Distortion in the center o vision; multiple medium-sized drusen (see Figure 20-1). • Advanced dry—(Nonexudative) Signi cant central vision loss rom breakdown o support tissues around the macula.

FIGURE 20-1 Inte rme d iate , d ry, ag e -re late d macular d e g e ne ration wit macular d e p ig me ntation and d ruse n (ye llowis -colore d sub re tinal d e p osits on t e macula). T is p atie nt as ce ntral vision d istortion. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

• Advanced wet—(Exudative) Gradual or sudden signi cant loss o vision; new onset o distortion in vision (straight lines appear wavy); abnormal blood vessels grow under the macula and can cause hemorrhage (Figure 20-3). Late changes include subretinal scarring and retinal atrophy (Figure 20-4).





FIGURE 20-2 Early, d ry, ag e -re late d macular d e g e ne ration d e monstrating d ruse n, ye llowis -colore d sub re tinal d e p osits on t e macula. Patie nts may ave no visual comp laints at t is stag e . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Paul D. Come au.)

CLINICAL FEATURES • Symptoms that occur be ore vision loss include metamorphopsia (distorted vision) and central scotoma (impaired vision at the point o xation). 6 • Vision loss is central. Peripheral and night vision are generally not a ected. • Drusen is the classic physical examination nding (see Figures 20-1 and 20-2): ° Hard: small, yellow punctuate nodules ° So t: large pale yellow or grayish white with less distinct borders

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FIGURE 20-4 Late , we t, ag e -re late d macular d e g e ne ration (e xud ative ) wit sub re tinal scarring . Patie nts usually ave sig nif cant ce ntral vision loss re sulting rom d e struction o tissue around t e macula. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N Bilateral, although usually one eye is a ected be ore the other ANCILLARY TESTING Macular unction is impaired be ore visual loss and can be detected by tests including macular recovery unction and central visual eld sensitivity. 7 Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and f uorescein angiography are most commonly used to assess or leakage rom abnormal blood vessels. I leakage is present, this indicates that antivascular endothelial growth actor (anti-VEGF) treatment may help.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Vision loss in the elderly can also be caused by any o the ollowing8: • Glaucoma (open-angle)—O ten asymptomatic until late in the disease, but then has visual eld de ects instead o central vision loss; unduscopic examination may reveal a large cup-to-disc ratio (see Chapter 16, Glaucoma). • Diabetic retinopathy—May have central vision loss with macular edema; unduscopic examination demonstrates microaneurysms, cotton-wool spots, hemorrhages, and exudates (see Chapter 17, Diabetic Retinopathy). • Cataracts—Blurred vision or glare; lens opacities seen when examining the red ref ex. Drusen can also be seen with the ollowing: • Pigmented nevi and choroidal malignant melanoma • Retinal detachment FIGURE 20-3 Late , we t, ag e -re late d macular d e g e ne ration (e xud ative ) wit sub re tinal e morr ag e s. Patie nts usually ave sig nif cant ce ntral vision loss. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

• Glomerulonephritis, particularly membranoproli erative glomerulonephritis type II6


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Re er to ophthalmologist to evaluate or treatments such as intravitreal injections, laser photocoagulation or photodynamic therapy, or surgery.

• AMD can cause a loss o vision leading to an inability to read and drive, thereby a ecting many activities o daily living.

• Nonpharmacologic ° Healthy li estyle that includes diet, exercise, and no smoking.

• A healthy li estyle may prevent development or progression o AMD.

• Medications ° Intraocular injections o pegaptanib and ranibizumab (anti-VEGFs) reduce the risk o visual acuity loss in patients with advanced neovascular AMD, number needed to treat (NNT) 3-14. 9 SO R A 10 Bevacizumab per orms similarly to ranibizumab. ° adverse ° Serious ocular or nonocular adverse events and mild ocular events occur in 1% and 5% o injections, respect ully. 11

• Most patients with AMD need to see an ophthalmologist regularly in addition to their primary care physician.

• Complementary or alternative therapy ° Consider antioxidants (vitamin C, 500 mg; vitamin E, 400 IU; and β-carotene, 15 mg) plus 80 mg zinc per day to decrease the risk o worsening vision loss in patients with intermediate to advanced AMD. 12 SO R B These antioxidants are available in single-tablet ormulations. Avoid β-carotene or smokers or people who have smoked in the last 10 years. REFERRAL • Most patients are treated by an ophthalmologist, and treatment may include intravitreal injections, laser photocoagulation or photodynamic therapy, or surgery. • Urgently re er a patient with a history o dry AMD and acute changes in vision (distortion o lines, objects) to an ophthalmologist or evaluation and treatment.

• Treatment options are available that decrease the risk o vision loss.


• The National Eye Institute has information for patients—http:/ / health/ maculardegen/ index.asp. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• A tool for calculating the risk of advanced AMD—http:/ / . • Medscape. Exudative AMD—http:/ / emedicine.medscape .com/ article/ 1236030. • Medscape. Nonexudative AMD—http:/ / emedicine article/ 1233154.

REFERENCES 1. Friedman DS, O’Colmain BJ, Muñoz B, et al. Prevalence o agerelated macular degeneration in the United States. Arch Ophthalmol. 2004;123:564-572. 2. Seddon JM, Chen CA. The epidemiology o age-related macular degeneration. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2004;44(4):17-39.

PREVENTIO N • Healthy diet—People with healthy diets, compared with nonhealthy diets, were 46% less likely to develop AMD. 13

3. Zarbin MA. Current concepts in the pathogenesis o age-related macular degeneration. Arch Ophthalmol. 2004;123(4):598-614.

• Physical activity—Active people, compared to inactive people, were 54% less likely to develop AMD. 13

4. Robman L, Baird PN, Dimitrov PN, et al. C-reactive protein levels and complement actor H polymorphism interaction in age-related macular degeneration and its progression. Ophthalmology. 2010;117(10):1982-1988.

• Healthy behaviors—People with a healthy diet who exercised and did not smoke, compared with people without these healthy behaviors, were 71% less likely to develop AMD. 13

5. Chakravarthy U, Wong TY, Fletcher A, et al. Clinical risk actors or age-related macular degeneration: a systematic review and metaanalysis. BMC Ophthalmol. 2010;10:31.

• Regular intake o age-related eye disease study (AREDS) ormula (vitamins A, C, and E, and zinc) may reduce the risk o AMD. 14

6. Kokotas H, Grigoriadou M, Petersen MB. Age-related macular degeneration: genetic and clinical ndings. Clin Chem Lab Med. 2011;49(4):601-616.

PRO GNO SIS Twenty- ve percent to 33% o patients with early age-related maculopathy (ARM), a precursor to AMD, progressed over a 7-year period. Smoking, elevated C-reactive protein, and speci c complement genotypes increase the risk o progression. 4

FO LLO W-UP Patients with ARM and AMD should have regular ollow-up with an ophthalmologist.

7. Midena E, Degli Angeli C, Blarzino MC, et al. Macular unction impairment in eyes with early age-related macular degeneration. Invest OphthalmolVis Sci. 1997;38(2):469-477. 8. Kroll P, Meyer CH. Which treatment is best or which AMD patient? Br J Ophthalmol. 2006;90(2):128-130. 9. Vedula SS, Krystolik MG. Antiangiogenic therapy with anti-vascular endothelial growth actor modalities or neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;16(2):CD005139. 10. Fadda V, Maratea D, Trippoli S, Messori A. Treatments or macular degeneration: summarizing evidence using network meta-analysis. Br J Ophthalmol. 2011;95(10):1476-1477.






11. Van der Reis MI, La Heij EC, De Jong-Hesse Y, et al. A systematic review o the adverse events o intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth actor injections. Retina. 2011;31(8):1449-1469.

13. Mares JA, Voland RP, Sondel SA, et al. Healthy li estyles related to subsequent prevalence o age-related macular degeneration. Arch Ophthalmol. 2011;129(4):470-480.

12. Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. A randomized, placebo-controlled, clinical trial o high-dose supplementation with vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and zinc or age-related macular degeneration and vision loss: AREDS report no. 8. Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(10):1417-1436.

14. Wong IY, Koo SC, Chan CW. Prevention o age-related macular degeneration. Int Ophthalmol. 2011;31(1):73-82.



21 EYE TRAUMA—HYPHEMA He id i Chumle y, MD

PATIENT STO RY A 22-year-old man was hit in the eye with a baseball and presented to the emergency department with eye pain and redness and decreased visual acuity. There was a collection o blood in his anterior chamber (Figure 21-1) and he was diagnosed with a hyphema. He was given an eye shield or protection, advised to take acetaminophen or pain, and counseled not to engage in sporting activities until his hyphema resolved. He was re erred to ophthalmology urgently, but his eye was otherwise healthy. His hyphema resolved in 5 days.

O PHTHALMO LO GY ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • A hyphema is a collection o blood, mostly erythrocytes, that layer within the anterior chamber. • Trauma is the most common cause, o ten resulting rom a direct blow rom a projectile object such as a ball, air pellet or BB, rock, or st. • Direct orce to the eye (blunt trauma) orces the globe inward, distorting the normal architecture. • Intraocular pressure rises instantaneously causing the lens/ iris/ ciliary body to move posteriorly, thus disrupting the vascularization with resultant bleeding. • Intraocular pressure continues to rise and bleeding stops when this pressure is high enough to compress the bleeding vessels. • A brin-platelet clot orms and stabilizes in 4 to 7 days; this is eventually broken down by the brinolytic system and cleared through the trabecular meshwork.

INTRO DUCTIO N Hyphema, blood in the anterior chamber, can be seen ollowing eye trauma or as a result o clotting disturbances, vascular abnormalities, or mass e ects rom neoplasms. Traumatic hyphema occurs more o ten in boys and men, o ten related to work or sports. Hyphema typically resolves in 5 to 7 days, but some cases are complicated by rebleeding.

DIAGNO SIS The diagnosis o hyphema is clinical, depending on the classic appearance o blood layering in the anterior chamber. CLINICAL FEATURES


History and physical • Layered blood in the anterior chamber.

• Hyphema occurs in 17 to 20 per 100,000 persons per year in the United States. 1

• History o eye trauma or risk actor or nontraumatic hyphema.

• Sixty percent o hyphemas result rom sports injuries. 2 Sports with higher risk or eye injuries include paintball, baseball or so tball, basketball, soccer, shing, ice hockey, racquet sports, encing, lacrosse, and boxing.

• Decreased vision.

• Increased intraocular pressure (32%). • Hyphemas are classi ed according to the amount o blood in the anterior chamber1: ° Grade 1: Less than one-third o the anterior chamber (see Figure 21-1); 58% o all hyphemas ° Grade 2: One-third to one-hal o the anterior chamber; 20% o all hyphemas ° Grade 3: One-hal to almost completely lled anterior chamber; 14% o all hyphemas ° Grade 4: Completely lled anterior chamber; 8% o all hyphemas • Eye trauma without hyphema (Figures 21-2 and 21-3) can lead to subconjunctival hemorrhage, anterior uveitis, and/ or distortion o the normal architecture, including globe rupture. LABO RATO RY TESTING (INCLUDE ANCILLARY TESTING, TO O ) Consider laboratory tests to evaluate or bleeding disorders: bleeding time, electrophoresis or sickle cell trait, platelet count, prothrombin and partial thromboplastin time, and liver tests. IMAGING

FIGURE 21-1 Laye ring o re d b lood ce lls in the ante rior chamb e r ollowing b lunt trauma. This g rad e 1 hyp he ma has b lood f lling in le ss than one -third o the ante rior chamb e r. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

Consider computed tomography (CT) imaging i a mechanism o injury suggests an associated orbital racture or concern or orbital or intraocular oreign body.





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• Melanoma or retinoblastoma—Variety o presentations depending on the size and location; hyphema occurs when mass e ect shears the lens/ iris/ ciliary body causing bleeding. • Abnormal vasculature, that is, juvenile xanthogranuloma—Red to yellow papules and nodules in the eyes, skin, and viscera, most o ten present by 1 year o age.

MANAGEMENT • Most hyphemas resolve in 5 to 7 days; management strategies protect the eye and decrease complications, including rebleeding. • Evaluate or re er or evaluation or elevated intraocular pressure and other associated injuries. Urgent re erral i concern or globe rupture. FIGURE 21-2 This p atie nt was hit in the e ye with the corne r o a laminate d name card . The sharp e d g e p e r orate d the corne a and p ulle d a p ortion o the iris out o the wound . Note the ab normal conf g uration o the p up il (d yscoria). No hyp he ma note d . This p atie nt re q uire d e me rg e nt surg ical re p air. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Hyphema is an unmistakable physical examination nding that can be caused by any o the ollowing: • Trauma—History o trauma, including nonaccidental trauma (ie, child abuse). • Blood clotting disturbances—Personal or amily history o bleeding disorder, little or no trauma, and black race (increased incidence o sickle trait and disease).

A recent Cochrane review evaluated these interventions: anti brinolytic agents, corticosteroids, cycloplegics, miotics, aspirin, conjugated estrogens, eye patching, head elevation, and bed rest. • No interventions had a signi cant e ect on visual acuity. • Aminocaproic acid (anti brinolytic) use resulted in a slower resolution o the primary hyphema. • Anti brinolytics: aminocaproic acid, tranexamic acid, and aminomethylbenzoic acid reduced the rate o secondary hemorrhage. 3 NO NPHARMACO LO GIC Eye patching, head elevation, and bed rest do not independently a ect visual acuity. However, experts recommend to patch and shield the injured eye and allow the patient to remain ambulatory as part o a comprehensive treatment plan. 1 SO R C MEDICATIO NS

• Medication-induced anticoagulation—Chronic use o aspirin or war arin and little or no trauma.

Although controversy remains about the best treatment, each o the ollowing has been demonstrated to lower the risk o rebleeding in randomized-controlled trials:

• Neovascularization—Diabetes with diabetic retinopathy, history o other ocular disease (central retinal vein occlusion), or history o prior eye surgery (cataract); without trauma, o ten painless, sudden, blurry vision.

• Oral anti brinolytic agents (aminocaproic acid 50 mg/ kg every 4 hours or 5 days, not to exceed 30 g/ d, or tranexamic acid 75 mg/ kg per day divided into 3 doses). 4 SO R C • Topical aminocaproic acid (30% in a gel vehicle 4 times a day) is as e ective as oral. 4 SO R C • Avoid aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inf ammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which have been associated with higher rates o rebleeding. • Use acetaminophen, i needed, or pain. REFERRAL O R HO SPITALIZATIO N • Signs o a violated globe, such as a per oration o the cornea, conjunctiva or sclera, distorted ocular architecture, or exposed and/ or distorted uveal tissue such as the iris (causing a peaked pupil), require immediate surgical evaluation and repair (see Figure 21-2). • Surgical intervention has been recommended or patients with persistent total hyphema or prolonged elevated intraocular pressure. • Outpatient management is acceptable or adults i patient is likely to be able to ollow treatment plan. 4,5 SO R B

PREVENTIO N FIGURE 21-3 Sub conjunctival he mo rrhag e and e ye lid e cchymosis ollowing accid e ntal trauma. The re was no hyp he ma p re se nt. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Ninety percent o sports-related eye injuries can be prevented with appropriate eyewear. 6



PRO GNO SIS The percentage o patients who regain 20/ 40 vision varies by severity o the hyphema: grade I, 80%; grade III, 60%; grade IV, 35%. 1


• Play Hard Play Safe Web site has recommended eye protection by sport—http:/ / • The National Eye Institute has information for parents, teachers, and coaches—http:/ / sports. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

FO LLO W-UP Patients should be monitored daily or the rst 5 or more days by a provider amiliar with caring or hyphemas. Patient with a hyphema should be ollowed subsequently or signs o angle recession and high intraocular pressure, which predisposes the patient to traumatic glaucoma, an insidious cause o blindness in patients with a history o trauma.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Complications include rebleeding, decreased visual acuity, posterior or peripheral anterior synechiae, corneal bloodstaining, glaucoma, and optic atrophy. Patients may need surgical or medical management or glaucoma. • Patients who are more likely to rebleed include black patients (irrespective o sickle cell/ trait status), 7,8 patients with a grade 3 or 4 hyphema, and patients with high initial intraocular pressure. • Warn patients that they may have angle recession rom traumatic causes o the hyphema. This will predispose the patient to a li etime risk o traumatic glaucoma, which can cause blindness without any symptoms. These patients need to be monitored regularly by an ophthalmologist or increased pressure and glaucomatous nerve changes.

• Coalition to prevent eye injuries has a variety of handouts suitable or displaying or giving to patients—http:/ / www

REFERENCES 1. Sheppard J, Hyphema. Medscape Reference. http:/ / emedicine. article/ 119016. Accessed June 15, 2012. 2. Schein OD, Hibberd PL, Shingleton BJ, et al. The spectrum and burden o ocular injury. Ophthalmology. 1988;95(3):300-305. 3. Gharaibeh A, Savage HI, Scherer RW, et al. Medical interventions or traumatic hyphema. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011;19(1):CD005431. 4. Walton W, Von HS, Grigorian R, Zarbin M. Management o traumatic hyphema. Surv Ophthalmol. 2002;47(4):297-334. 5. Rocha KM, Martins EN, Melo LA Jr, Moraes NS. Outpatient management o traumatic hyphema in children: prospective evaluation. JAAPOS. 2004;8(4):357-361. 6. Harrison A, Telander DG. Eye injuries in the youth athlete: a casebased approach. Sports Med. 2002;l31(1):33-40. 7. Lai JC, Fekrat S, Barron Y, Goldberg MF. Traumatic hyphema in children: risk actors or complications. Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(1): 64-70. 8. Spoor TC, Kwitko GM, O’Grady JM, Ramocki JM. Traumatic hyphema in an urban population. Am J Ophthalmol. 1990;109(1):23-27.





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22 DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS O F THE RED EYE He id i Chumle y, MD Richard P. Usatine , MD

PATIENT STO RY A 41-year-old man wakes up with eyes that are reddened bilaterally (Figure 22-1). He has some burning and itching in the eyes, but no pain. He describes minimal crusting on his eyelashes. Examination shows no loss o vision, no oreign bodies, and pupils that are equal, round, and reactive to light. He is diagnosed with viral conjunctivitis, which does not require antibiotic treatment. He is advised about methods to prevent spreading conjunctivitis to others and is asked to noti y the physician immediately i he experiences eye pain or loss o vision. He recovers spontaneously without complications a ter a ew days.

FIGURE 22-2 Bacte rial conjunctivitis in a contact le ns use r. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY INTRO DUCTIO N A red eye signif es ocular in ammation. The di erential diagnosis includes both benign and sight-threatening conditions. The pattern o redness; presence or absence o eye pain or photophobia, vision loss, or eye discharge; involvement o cornea; and visual acuity are help ul in di erentiating among causes (Table 22-1). Although most red eyes seen in the primary care setting are a result o viral conjunctivitis, several causes o red eye require urgent re erral.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • An acute red eye or eyes is a common presentation in ambulatory and emergency departments. • Conjunctivitis is the most common cause o a nontraumatic red eye in primary care.

FIGURE 22-1 Bilate ral viral conjunctivitis in a 41-ye ar-old man. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Red eye is caused by any o the ollowing: • In ectious or nonin ectious in ammation o any layer o the eye (conjunctivitis, episcleritis, scleritis, uveitis, keratitis) • Eyelid pathology (blepharitis, entropion, ie, inward turning o the eyelid, or other eyelid malposition) • Acute glaucoma (usually angle-closure) • Trauma • Subconjunctival hemorrhage

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS An acute red eye can be caused by any o the ollowing: • Conjunctivitis2—Conjunctival injection, eye discharge, gritty or uncom ortable eeling, and no vision loss (Figures 22-1 to 22-4) (see Chapter 13, Conjunctivitis).

FIGURE 22-3 Giant p ap illary conjunctivitis se cond ary to contact le ns use . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

TABLE 22-1 Clinical Fe ature s in the Diag nosis o Re d Eye

Clo se d -Ang le Glauco ma

Sub co njunct ival O cular He mo rrhag e Ro sace a

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Di use , ciliary inje ction

Di use , scle ral

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Mild , may b e te nd e r to touch

Se ve re , b oring

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HSV, he rp e s simp le x virus; HTN, hyp e rte nsion; URI, up p e r re sp iratory in e ction. * For id e nti ying se rious cause s o re d e ye , the p re se nce o p hotop hob ia e licite d with a p e nlig ht in a g e ne ral p ractice had a p ositive p re d ictive value o 60% and a ne g ative p re d ictive value o 90%.1































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FIGURE 22-4 Conjunctival irritation cause d b y a e ck o me tal (at 9-o’clock p osition) that was e mb e d d e d in the e ye o a man who was g rind ing ste e l. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

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FIGURE 22-6 Scle ritis with d e e p e r, d arke r ve sse ls than the e p iscle ritis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Paul D. Come au.)

• Episcleritis—Segmental or di use in ammation o episclera (pink color), mild or no discom ort, but can be tender to palpation, and no vision disturbance (Figure 22-5) (see Chapter 14, Episcleritis and Scleritis). • Scleritis—Segmental or di use in ammation o sclera (dark red, purple, or blue color), severe boring eye pain o ten radiating to head and neck, and photophobia and vision loss (Figure 22-6) (see Chapter 14, Episcleritis and Scleritis). • Keratitis or corneal ulcerations—Di use erythema with ciliary injection o ten with pupillary constriction; eye discharge; and pain, photophobia, vision loss depending on the location o ulceration (Figure 22-7). It is o ten associated with the use o contact lenses. • Subconjunctival hemorrhage (Figure 22-8)—Bright red subconjunctival blood; usually not pain ul; can present a ter signif cant coughing or sneezing, a ter trauma, or in the setting o dry eyes with minor trauma rom rubbing with a f nger. Not vision-threatening.

FIGURE 22-7 Di use ciliary inje ction and cloud y corne a d e monstrating ke ratitis with corne al ulce r ormation and a le ucocyte inf ltrate . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

FIGURE 22-5 Ep iscle ritis showing a se ctor o e rythe ma. (Re p rod uce d with pe rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

FIGURE 22-8 Sub conjunctival he morrhag e se cond ary to trauma. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)


FIGURE 22-9 O cular rosace a with ne w ve sse ls g rowing o nto the corne a. Many p atie nts with rosace a have some ocular f nd ing s includ ing b le p haritis (in ammation o the e ye lid ), conjunctivitis (most common), e p iscle ritis (rare ), ke ratitis, or corne al ulce ration/ne ovascularization. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)



FIGURE 22-11 Iritis (ante rior uve itis) with a limb al ush, re d to p urp le p e rilimb al ring . For contrast, note the p e rilimb al are a is not involve d in conjunctivitis, as b e st se e n in Fig ure 22-2. This p atie nt has e ye p ain and vision loss, which are also ab se nt in conjunctivitis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

• Ocular rosacea—Eye f ndings present in more than 50% o people with acial rosacea. Can present as blepharitis, conjunctivitis, or episcleritis or cause corneal ulcerations and neovascularization (Figures 22-9 and 22-10). • Uveitis or iritis—A 360-degree injection, which is most intense at the limbus, eye pain, photophobia, and vision loss (Figure 22-11) (see Chapter 15, Uveitis and Iritis). • Trauma causing globe injury, or hemorrhage into the anterior chamber called hyphema (Figures 22-12 and 22-13) (see Chapter 21, Eye Trauma—Hyphema). • Pterygium—Fibrovascular tissue on the sur ace o the eye extending onto the cornea (Figure 22-14) (see Chapter 9, Pterygium). • Hypopyon is a term or visible white cells (pus) layered out in the anterior chamber. It may be caused by in ammation o the iris or an eye in ection. The in ammation and/ or in ection also causes the conjunctiva and sclera to become red (Figure 22-15). • Acute angle-closure glaucoma—Cloudy cornea and scleral injection, shallow anterior chamber (check other eye i di f cult to assess chamber

FIGURE 22-12 Trauma to the e ye re sulting in an op e n g lob e injury with e xtrusion o some o the iris throug h the corne a and an ab normal p up il. The re is conjunctival inje ction and he morrhag e causing this re d e ye . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

FIGURE 22-10 Se ve re ocular rosace a with b lood ve sse ls g rowing ove r the corne a le ad ing to b lind ne ss. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

FIGURE 22-13 Hyp he ma with re d ce lls in the ante rior chamb e r and an in e rior b lood clot. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)





FIGURE 22-14 Pte ryg ium that o te n b e co me s irritate d and inje cte d . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

depth in the red eye), eye pain with ipsilateral headache, and severe vision loss (see Chapter 16, Glaucoma). • Eyelid pathology—Blepharitis (in ammation o the eyelid) (Figure 22-16). Entropion is turning inward o the eyelid and can cause irritation to the conjunctiva and cornea.



FIGURE 22-16 Ble p haritis showing e rythe ma o the e ye lid s and aking in the e ye lashe s. Note the scale that has accumulate d in the e ye lashe s. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• History o herpes simplex virus (HSV) eye disease • History o contact lens wear

PRO GNO SIS Prognosis depends on underlying cause (see corresponding chapters).

Treatment or specif c causes is discussed in the corresponding chapters. Re er patients with any o the ollowing to an ophthalmologist3: SOR C • Visual loss • Moderate or severe pain • Severe, purulent discharge • Corneal involvement • Conjunctival scarring • Lack o response to therapy • Topical steroid therapy

FO LLO W-UP Timing o ollow-up and need or urther testing is determined by the underlying cause (see corresponding chapters).

PATIENT EDUCATIO N Advise patients to noti y their physician immediately or eye pain (other than gritty discom ort) and/ or loss o vision.

• Recurrent episodes • Open globe or per oration


• Mayo Clinic. Red Eye—http:/ / health/ red-eye/ MY00280. PHYSICIAN RESO URCES

• Medscape. Red Eye—http:/ / article/ 1192122. REFERENCES 1. Yaphe J, Pandher K. The predictive value o the penlight test or photophobia or serious eye pathology in general practice. Fam Pract. 2003;20(4):425-427. 2. American Academy o Ophthalmology Cornea/ External Disease Panel, Pre erred Practice Patterns Committee. Conjunctivitis. San Francisco, CA: American Academy o Ophthalmology; 2003:25. FIGURE 22-15 Hyp op yon with white ce lls laye re d in the ante rior chamb e r. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

3. Cronau H, Kankanala RR, Mauger T. Diagnosis and management o red eye in primary care. Am Fam Physician. 2010;81(2):137-144.




St re ng t h o Re co mme nd at io n (SO R)

De f nit io n


Re comme nd ation b ase d on consiste nt and g ood -q uality p atie nt-orie nte d e vid e nce .*


Re comme nd ation b ase d on inconsiste nt or limite d -q uality p atie nt-orie nte d e vid e nce .*


Re comme nd ation b ase d on conse nsus, usual p ractice , op inion, d ise ase -orie nte d e vid e nce , or case se rie s or stud ie s o d iag nosis, tre atme nt, p re ve ntion, or scre e ning .*

Se e Ap p e nd ix A on p ag e s 1241-1244 or urthe r in ormation.





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PATIENT STO RY A 35-year-old business man comes to see his physician with le t ear pain. He had been traveling or work and was ghting a cold all week. He experienced plugging o both ears on the airplane f ight home 3 days ago. His right ear cleared quickly but his le t ear remained plugged and rom the last day he had been experiencing pain. On otoscopy, his le t tympanic membrane (TM) appears retracted and slightly erythematous (Figure 23-1). His le t TM ails to move on pneumatic otoscopy. The physician diagnoses acute otitis media and prescribes a 10-day course o amoxicillin.

INTRO DUCTIO N Acute otitis media (AOM) is characterized by middle-ear e usion in a patient with signs and symptoms o acute illness (eg, ever, otalgia). Otitis media with e usion (OME) is a disorder characterized by f uid in the middle ear in a patient without signs and symptoms o acute ear in ection; it is very common in children.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • AOM accounted or $5 billion o the total national health expenditure in 2000. 1 • While the vast majority o children has had an episode o AOM by 2 to 3 years o age, 2 ew adults experience purulent otitis media. In one retrospective study and literature review, the incidence was 0.25%. 3 • Based on a study rom the International Primary Care Network, adults make up ewer than 20% o patients presenting with AOM. 4 • AOM is the most common reason or outpatient antibiotic treatment in the United States. 5 • The combined direct and indirect health care costs o OME, diagnosed in over 2 million children, amount to $4 billion annually. 6

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY AOM is o ten preceded by upper respiratory symptoms such as cough and rhinorrhea. • Pathogenesis o AOM includes the ollowing7: ° Eustachian tube dys unction (usually a result o an upper respiratory in ection) and subsequent tube obstruction ° Increased negative pressure in the middle ear ° Accumulation o middle-ear f uid ° Microbial growth ° Suppuration (that leads to clinical signs o AOM). • Most common pathogens in the United States and United Kingdom are as below8,9: ° Strains o Streptococcus pneumoniae not in the heptavalent pneumococcal vaccine (PCV7) (a ter introduction o PCV7 vaccine in 2000) ° Nonencapsulated (nontypeable) Haemophilus inf uenzae (NTHi) ° Moraxella catarrhalis ° Staphylococcus aureus. • In an older study o 34 adults with otitis media, H. inf uenzae and S. pneumoniae were cultured rom 9 and 7 patients (26% and 21%), respectively. 10 • Viruses account or 16% o cases. Respiratory syncytial viruses, rhinoviruses, inf uenza viruses, and adenoviruses have been the most common isolated viruses. 11 OME most commonly ollows AOM; it may also occur spontaneously. • Fluid limits sound conduction through the ossicles and results in decreased hearing. • Reasons or the persistence o f uid in otitis media remain unclear, although potential etiologies include allergies, bio lm, and physiologic eatures. • “Glue ear” re ers to extremely viscous mucoid material within the middle ear and is a distinct subtype o OME.

FIGURE 23-1 Early acute otitis me d ia (AO M) at the stag e o e ustachian tub e ob struction. Note the slig ht re traction o the TM, the more horizontal p osition o the malle us, and the p romine nce o the late ral p roce ss. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from William Clark, MD.)

RISK FACTO RS The most important risk actor in adults is smoking.

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DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES O F AO M • To diagnose AOM, the clinician should con rm a history o acute onset, identi y signs o middle-ear e usion (MEE), and evaluate or the presence o signs and symptoms o middle-ear inf ammation. 6 SO R C • Elements o the de nition o AOM are all o the ollowing6: 1. Recent, usually abrupt, onset o signs and symptoms o middleear inf ammation and MEE. 2. The presence o MEE (Figure 23-2). Although MEE is o ten presumed by erythema o the TM (see Figure 23-1), bulging o the TM (Figure 23-3) or air–f uid level behind the TM (see Figure 23-2), the guideline stresses use o objective measures o con rming MEE such as the ollowing6: a. Limited or absent mobility o the TM established by pneumatic otoscopy—The TM does not move during air insu f ation; o ten initially seen as retraction o the TM (Figures 23-1 and 23-4). b. Objective measures such as tympanometry. c. Otorrhea. 3. Signs or symptoms o middle-ear inf ammation as indicated by either o the ollowing: a. Distinct erythema o the TM (see Figures 23-1 and 23-3) in contrast to the normal TM (Figure 23-5), or b. Distinct otalgia (discom ort clearly re erable to the ear[s] that results in inter erence with or precludes normal activity or sleep). CLINICAL FEATURES O F O ME • The most common symptom, present in more than hal o patients, is mild hearing loss.

FIGURE 23-3 Acute otitis me d ia, stag e o sup p uration. Note p re se nce o p urule nt e xud ate b e hind the TM, the outward b ulg ing o the TM, p romine nce o the p oste rosup e rior p ortion o the d rum, and g e ne ralize d TM e d e ma. The white are a is tymp anoscle rosis rom a p re vious in e ction. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from William Clark, MD.)

• Common otoscopic ndings include the ollowing: ° Air–f uid level or bubble (see Figure 23-2). ° Cloudy TM (see Figure 23-1) in contrast to the normal TM (see Figure 26-5). ° Redness o the TM may be present in approximately 5% o ears with OME.

• Absence o signs and symptoms o acute illness assists in di erentiating OME rom AOM.

FIGURE 23-2 O titis me d ia with e usion (O ME) in the rig ht e ar. Note multip le air– uid le ve ls in this slig htly re tracte d , transluce nt, none rythe matous tymp anic me mb rane . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Frank Mille r, MD.)

FIGURE 23-4 O titis me d ia with e usion in the le t e ar showing re traction o the TM and straig hte ning o the hand le o the malle us as the re traction p ulls the b one up ward . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission fro m Gle n Me d e llin, MD.)





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LABO RATO RY TESTS AND IMAGING • Because AOM and OME are clinical diagnoses, diagnostic testing has a limited role. When clinical presentation and physical examination (including otoscopy) do not establish the diagnosis, the ollowing can be used as adjunctive techniques: ° Tympanometry—This procedure records compliance o the TM by measuring ref ected sound. AOM and OME will plot as a reduced or f at wave orm. ° Acoustic ref ectometry—This procedure, very similar to tympanometry, measures sound ref ectivity rom the middle ear. With this test, the clinician is able to distinguish air- or f uid- lled space without requiring an airtight seal o the ear canal. ° Middle ear aspiration—For patients with AOM, aspiration may be warranted i patient is toxic, immunocompromised, or has ailed prior courses o antibiotics.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS The key di erentiating eature between AOM and OME is the absence o signs and symptoms o acute illness in OME (eg, ever, irritability, otalgia). Otoscopic ndings may be similar. Other clinical entities that may be con used with AOM and OME include the ollowing: • Otitis externa—Otitis externa presents with otalgia, otorrhea, and mild hearing loss, all o which can be present in AOM. Tragal pain on physical examination and signs o external canal inf ammation on otoscopic examination di erentiate it rom AOM. Care ul ear irrigation i tolerated may be help ul to visualize the TM to di erentiate otitis externa rom AOM (see Chapter 24, Otitis Externa). • Otitic barotrauma—This o ten presents with severe otalgia. Key historical eatures include recent air travel, scuba diving, or ear trauma, preceded by an upper respiratory in ection. • Cholesteatoma—Unlike AOM, this is a clinically silent disease in its initial stages. Presence o white keratin debris in the middle ear cavity (on otoscopy) is diagnostic (Figures 23-6 and 26-7).

FIGURE 23-5 A. Normal rig ht tymp anic me mb rane with comp arison using normal b ony land marks o the inne r e ar. B. The ossicle s we re re move d in this d isse ction. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from William Clark, MD.)

• Clinicians should use pneumatic otoscopy as the primary diagnostic method or OME. 12 SO R A ° Impaired mobility o the TM is the hallmark o MEE. ° According to a meta-analysis, impaired mobility on pneumatic otoscopy has a pooled sensitivity o 94% and speci city o 80%, and positive likelihood ratio o 4.7 and negative likelihood ratio o 0.075. 12

FIGURE 23-6 Chole ste atoma. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Vlad imir Zlinsky, MD, in Roy F. Sullivan, PhD. Aud io log y Forum: Vid e o O to scop y,

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FIGURE 23-7 Primary acq uire d chole ste atoma with d e b ris re move d rom the attic re traction p ocke t. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from William Clark, MD.)

• Foreign body—A oreign body may present with otalgia. Otoscopy reveals presence o oreign body (see Chapter 25, Ear: Foreign Body). • Bullous myringitis—Bullous myringitis is o ten associated with viral or mycoplasma in ection as well as usual AOM pathogens; in approximately one-third o patients, there is a component o sensorineural hearing loss. Otoscopy shows serous- lled bulla on the sur ace o the TM (Figure 23-8). Patients present with severe otalgia.

B FIGURE 23-9 A. Mastoid itis in a man with 4 we e k history o an e ar in e ction. The use o an inap p rop riate antib iotic without ap p rop riate ollow up re sulte d in “maske d mastoid itis”. CT scan showe d b o ne e rosion intracranially and late rally as a sub p e rioste al ab sce ss. B. Ne e d le asp iration o the ab sce ss re sulte d in ove r 20 mL o p us b e ing d raine d b e ore a mastoid e ctomy was p e r orme d . The p atie nt und e rwe nt mastoid e ctomy in the op e rating room to cle an out the re maining in e ction. Fortunate ly he d id not d e ve lop a b rain ab sce ss and he re cove re d ully a te r surg e ry. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Rand al A. O tto, MD.)

• Chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM)—Otoscopy shows TM peroration and otorrhea; history reveals a chronically draining ear and recurrent middle-ear in ections with or without hearing loss. • Re erred otalgia—This is rare in cases o bilateral otalgia, but should be considered in cases o otalgia that do not t clinical eatures o AOM. Re erred pain is usually rom other head and neck structures (eg, teeth, jaw, cervical spine, lymph and salivary glands, nose and sinuses, tonsils, tongue, pharynx, meninges).

FIGURE 23-8 Bullous myring itis can b e d i e re ntiate d rom otitis me d ia with e usion b y id e nti ying se rous-f lle d b ulla on the sur ace o the TM. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Vlad imir Zlinsky, MD, in Roy F. Sullivan, PhD. Aud iolog y Forum: Vid e o O toscop y,

• Mastoiditis—Mastoiditis can be di erentiated rom simple AOM by presence o increasing pain and tenderness over mastoid bone in a patient with AOM who has not been treated with antibiotics, or recurrence o mastoid pain and tenderness in patients treated with antibiotics. Recurrence or persistence o ever, as well as progressive otorrhea, are other historical clues. The mastoid swelling may cause the pinna to protrude urther than normal (Figure 23-9). • Traumatic per oration o the TM (Figure 23-10)—A hole in the TM is seen without purulent drainage.





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° Antibiotics ound to be e ective in AOM include amoxicillin,

amoxicillin/ clavulanic acid, ampicillin, penicillin, erythromycin, azithromycin, trimethoprim-sul amethoxazole, and cephalosporins. ° Longer (8- to 10-day) courses o antibiotics reduce short-term treatment ailure but have no long-term bene ts compared with shorter regimens (5-day courses). 13,15 • Immediate antibiotic treatment (ie, given at initial consultation) may reduce the duration o symptoms o AOM, but increases the risk o vomiting, diarrhea, and rash compared with delayed treatment (ie, given a ter 72 hours). 13 SO R B • Treatment o AOM with decongestants and antihistamines is not recommended. 16 SO R B • Antihistamines and decongestants are not e ective or OME. 6



• Antimicrobials and corticosteroids are not recommended or OME. 6 SO R A

FIGURE 23-10 Traumatic p e r oration o the le t tymp anic me mb rane . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from William Clark, MD.)

REFERRAL • Re er to specialist (otolaryngologist, audiologist, or speech-language pathologist) or the ollowing reasons6: SO R C ° Persistent f uid or 4 or more months with persistent hearing loss ° Structural damage to TM or middle-ear

MANAGEMENT Most studies on management o AOM and OME have been per ormed with children. In the absence o data, the ollowing is o ered as likely to be use ul in adults. NO NPHARMACO LO GIC Antibiotics are not necessary to treat uncomplicated AOM. 13 SO R A Management o OME primarily consists o watch ul waiting. Most cases resolve spontaneously within 3 months; only 5% to 10% last 1 year or longer. Treatment depends on duration and associated conditions. The ollowing options should be considered:

PREVENTIO N • Xylitol chewing gum or syrup given 5 times daily has a small preventive e ect on recurrence o AOM. 13 SO R B • Tympanostomy tubes lead to short-term reduction in the number o episodes o AOM in children but increase the risk o complications (ie, tympanosclerosis; Figure 23-11). 13 SO R B

• Document the laterality, duration o e usion, and presence and severity o associated symptoms. 6 SO R C • Hearing testing is recommended when OME persists in children or 3 months or longer6 (SO R B ), but its role in adults is unclear. • Autoinf ation with a nasal balloon has been shown to provide shortterm bene ts in children, and adults can be taught to insu f ate the ears by holding their nose, closing their mouth, and trying to blow their nose. MEDICATIO NS • Oral acetaminophen (paracetamol) and ibupro en may reduce earache. ° There is insu cient14data to evaluate the e ectiveness o topical analgesics in AOM. SO R B • Antibiotics may lead to more rapid reduction in symptoms o AOM, but increase the risk o adverse e ects, including diarrhea, vomiting, and rash. 13 SO R B ° Antibiotics seem to reduce pain at 2 to 7 days, and may prevent development o contralateral AOM, but increase the risks o adverse e ects compared with placebo. o data regarding which antibiotic ° There is insu cient e ectiveness regimen is better than another. 13

FIGURE 23-11 Tymp anoscle rosis as the re sult o p re vious re curre nt e p isod e s o otitis me d ia and p olye thyle ne (PE) tub e p lace me nt. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Gle n Me d e llin, MD.)

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• Without antibiotics, AOM resolves within 24 hours in approximately 60% o children and within 3 days in approximately 80% o children. Rate o suppurative complications i antibiotics are withheld is 0.13%. 17

• Medline Plus. Ear in ection-acute—http:/ / medlineplus/ ency/ article/ 000638.htm.

• Most cases o OME resolve spontaneously within 3 months; only 5% to 10% last 1 year or longer. However, e usion will recur in 30% to 40% o patients. 6

• Middle Ear In ections—http:/ / www PageManager.jsp?dn=familydoctor&lic= 44&article_set=22743.

FO LLO W-UP • I a patient with AOM ails to respond to the initial management option within 48 to 72 hours, the clinician should reassess the patient to con rm AOM and exclude other causes o illness. I AOM is conrmed in a patient initially managed with observation, the clinician should begin antibiotics. I the patient was initially managed with antibiotics, the clinician should change antibiotics. 6 SO R B • Potentially serious complications o AOM, such as mastoiditis or acial nerve involvement, require urgent re erral. • There is no consensus in the medical community regarding timing o posttreatment ollow-up o AOM or who should be receiving ollowup. There is some evidence that parents can be reliable predictors in the resolution or persistence o AOM ollowing antibiotic treatment. 18

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Smoking cessation should be recommended and assistance o ered to smokers (see Chapter 237, Tobacco Addiction). • Parents should be made aware o the high rates o spontaneous resolution o AOM and potential adverse e ects o antibiotics. Providing a prescription or an antibiotic at the initial visit but advising delay o initiation o medication (ie, observational approach or up to 48 hours) is an alternative to immediate treatment and is associated with lower antibiotic use. 19 • Patients should be in ormed that the natural history o OME is spontaneous resolution. ° Periodic ollow-up to monitor resolution o MEE is important and i MEE with hearing loss persists, additional treatment or re erral may be considered.

• NIDCD. Ear In ections in Children—http:/ / health/ hearing/ earinfections.

• NHS. Middle ear in ection (otitis media)—http:/ / conditions/ Otitis-media/ Pages/ Introduction.aspx. Otitis Media with Effusion • Medline Plus. Otitis Media with E usion—http:/ / www.nlm.nih .gov/ medlineplus/ ency/ article/ 007010.htm. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

Acute Otitis Media • Guideline: diagnosis and management of acute otitis media. Clinical Practice Guideline by the American Academy o Family Physicians, American Academy o Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and American Academy o Pediatrics Subcommittee on Management o Acute Otitis Media. Pediatrics. 2004;113:1451-1465. • NHS. Acute otitis media—http:/ / merec/ infect/ commonintro/ resources/ merec_bulletin_vol17_ no3_acute_otitis_media.pdf. • British Columbia Medical Association. Acute Otitis Media (AOM)—http:/ / pdf/ otitaom.pdf. • General Practice Notebook. Acute Otitis Media (AOM)—http:/ / simplepage.cfm?ID=1926234161. Otitis Media with Effusion • British Columbia Medical Association. Otitis Media with E usion (OME)—http:/ / pdf/ otitome.pdf.

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EAR, NO SE, AND THRO AT 7. Rovers MM, Schilder AG, Zielhuis GA, Rosen eld RM. Otitis media. Lancet. 2004;363:465. 8. Casey JR, Adlowitz DG, Pichichero ME. New patterns in the otopathogens causing acute otitis media six to eight years a ter introduction o pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. Pediatr In ect Dis J. 2010;29(4):304-309. 9. McEllistrem MC. Acute otitis media due to penicillin-nonsusceptible Streptococcus pneumoniae be ore and a ter the introduction o the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. Clin In ect Dis. 2005;40(12):1738-1744.


14. Foxlee R, Johansson A, Wej alk J, Dawkins J, Dooley L, Del Mar C. Topical analgesia or acute otitis media. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006;3:CD005657. 15. Kozyrskyj AL, Hildes-Ripstein GE, Longsta e SE, et al. Shortcourse antibiotics or acute otitis media. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2000;(2):CD001095. 16. Flynn CA, Gri n GH, Schultz JK. Decongestants and antihistamines or acute otitis media in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004;3:CD001727.

10. Celin SE, Bluestone CD, Stephenson J, et al. Bacteriology o acute otitis media in adults. JAMA. 1991;266(16):2249-2252.

17. Rosen eld RM. Natural history o untreated otitis media. Laryngoscope. 2003;113:1645-1657.

11. Ruuskanen O, Arola M, Heikkinen T, Ziegler T. Viruses in acute otitis media: increasing evidence or clinical signi cance. Pediatr In ect Dis J. 1991;10:425.9.

18. Raimer PL. Parents Can Be Reliable Predictors in the Resolution or Persistence o Acute Otitis Media Following AntibioticTreatment. University o Michigan Department o Pediatrics Evidence-based Pediatrics Web site. 2005. http:/ / pediatrics/ ebm/ cats/ omparent.htm. Accessed February 2012.

12. Takata GS, Chan LS, Morphew T, et al. Evidence assessment o the accuracy o methods o diagnosing middle ear e usion in children with otitis media with e usion. Pediatrics. 2003;112:1379-1387. 13. Williamson I. Otitis media with e usion in children. Clin Evid. 2011;01:502-531.

19. Spiro DM, Tay KY, Arnold DH, et al. Wait-and-see prescription or the treatment o acute otitis media: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2006;296:1235-1241.




24 O TITIS EXTERNA Brian Z. Rayala, MD

PATIENT STO RY A 40-year-old woman with type 2 diabetes presents to her amily physician with a 2-day history o bilateral otalgia, otorrhea, and hearing loss. Symptoms started in the right ear and then rapidly spread to the le t ear. She had a low-grade ever and was systemically ill. The external ear was swollen with honey-crusts (Figures 24-1 and 24-2). The external auditory canal (EAC) was narrowed and contained purulent discharge (Figure 24-3). Ear, nose, and throat (ENT) was consulted and she was admitted to the hospital or the presumptive diagnosis o malignant otitis externa. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed some destruction o the temporal bone. She was started on IV cipro oxacin and the ear culture grew out Pseudomonas aeruginosa sensitive to cipro oxacin. The patient responded well to treatment and was able to go home on oral cipro oxacin 5 days later.

FIGURE 24-2 Anot e vie w of t e malig nant o ne c otizing otitis e xte na. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from E.J. Maye aux, MD.)

FIGURE 24-1 Malig nant o ne c otizing otitis e xte na in a 40-ye a -old woman wit d iab e te s. Note t e swe lling and one y-c usts of t e inna. T e EAC and te m o al b one we e involve d . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from E.J. Maye aux, MD.)

FIGURE 24-3 C onic su u ative otitis me d ia wit u ule nt d isc a g e c onically d aining f om t e e a of t is 25-ye a -old man. T is imag e could b e se e n in acute otitis me d ia wit e fo ation of t e tym anic me mb ane o in a u ule nt otitis e xte na. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)





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INTRO DUCTIO N Otitis externa (OE) is common in all parts o the world. OE is def ned as in ammation, o ten with in ection, o the EAC. 1

EPIDEMIO LO GY • Incidence o OE is not known precisely; its li etime incidence was estimated at 10% in one study. 2 • Occurs more o ten in adults than in children.

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Common pathogens, which are part o normal EAC ora, include aerobic organisms predominantly (P. aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus) and, to a lesser extent, anaerobes (Bacteroides and Peptostreptococcus). Up to a third o in ections are polymicrobial. A small proportion (2-10%) o OE is caused by ungal overgrowth (eg, Aspergillus niger usually occurs with prolonged antibiotic use). 1 • Pathogenesis o OE includes the ollowing: ° Trauma, the usual inciting event, leads to breech in the integrity o EAC skin. ° Skin in ammation and edema ensue, which, in turn, lead to pruritus and obstruction o adnexal structures (eg, cerumen glands, sebaceous glands, and hair ollicles). ° Pruritus leads to scratching, which results in urther skin injury. ° Consequently, the milieu o the EAC is altered (ie, change in quality and quantity o cerumen, increase in pH o EAC, and dys unctional epithelial migration). ° Finally, the EAC becomes a warm, alkaline, and moist environment—ideal or growth o di erent pathogens.

RISK FACTO RS • Environmental actors3 ° Moisture—Macerates skin o EAC, elevates pH, and removes protective cerumen layer ( rom swimming, perspiration, high humidity). ° Trauma—Leads to injury o EAC skin ( rom cotton buds, f ngernails, hearing aids, ear plugs, paper clips, match sticks, mechanical removal o cerumen). ° High environmental temperatures. • Host actors ° Anatomic—Wax and debris accumulate and lead to moisture retention (eg, a narrow ear canal, hairy ear canal). ° Cerumen—Absence or overproduction o cerumen (leads to loss o the protective layer and moisture retention, respectively). ° Chronic dermatologic disease (eg, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis). ° Immunocompromise (eg, chemotherapy, HIV, AIDS).

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • OE can either be localized, like a uruncle, or generalized (Figure 24-4). The latter is known as “di use OE,” or simply OE. Seborrheic

FIGURE 24-4 Se b o e ic d e matitis causing e yt e ma and g e asy scale of t e e xte nal e a and e a canal. T e se b o e ic d e matitis itse lf cause s b e aks in t e skin and t e coe xisting u itus may le ad t e atie nt to d amag e t e i own e a canal. T is can b e come se cond a ily infe cte d . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Eric Kraus, MD.)

dermatitis o the external ear and EAC can be di use or generalized (see Figure 24-4). • Forms o (di use) OE1 ° Acute (< 6 weeks; Figures 24-5 and 24-6). ° Chronic (> 3 months)—May cause hearing loss and stenosis o the EAC (Figure 24-7). ° Necrotizing or malignant orm—Def ned by destruction o the temporal bone, usually in diabetic or immunocompromised people; o ten li e threatening (see Figure 24-1). • Key historical eatures ° Otalgia, including pruritus ° Otorrhea (see Figure 24-3) ° Mild hearing loss • Key physical f ndings ° Pain with tragal pressure or pain when the auricle is pulled superiorly, this may be absent in very mild cases. ° Signs o EAC in ammation (edema, erythema, aural discharge) (see Figures 24-5 to 24-7). ° Fever, periauricular erythema, and lymphadenopathy point to severe disease. ° Complete obstruction o EAC occurs in advanced OE. • Establishing the integrity o the tympanic membrane (TM) (through direct visualization) and the absence o middle-ear e usion (through pneumatic otoscopy) is crucial in di erentiating OE rom other diagnoses (eg, suppurative otitis media, cholesteatoma).




FIGURE 24-5 Acute otitis e xte na s owing u ule nt d isc a g e and na owing of t e e a canal. (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission from Roy F. Sullivan, PhD. Aud iolog y Forum: Vid e o O toscop y, FIGURE 24-7 C onic otitis e xte na in an old woman w o we a s a e a ing aid . T e e a canal is not na owe d b ut is coate d wit a u ule nt d isc a g e . (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission fro m Roy F. Sullivan, PhD. Aud iolog y Forum: Vid e o O toscop y,

LABO RATO RY AND IMAGING • Because OE is mostly a clinical diagnosis, diagnostic testing has a limited role. When a patient ails to respond to empiric treatment, obtaining a culture o aural discharge may help guide proper choice o treatment (antibacterial vs anti ungal agents). • I necrotizing or malignant OE is suspected, computed tomography (CT) or MRI o the ear or skull base is warranted.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Chronic suppurative otitis media—Otoscopy shows TM per oration; history reveals a chronically draining ear and recurrent middle-ear in ections with or without hearing loss (see Figure 24-3). • Seborrheic dermatitis involving the external ear and EAC can lead to in ammation and breaks in the skin (see Figure 24-4). The coexisting pruritus may lead the patient to damage their own ear canal. This can all become secondarily in ected and become an in ected OE. • Acute otitis media with per orated TM—Presents with purulent drainage rom the canal in the setting o ear pain and clinical signs or symptoms o acute illness such as ever. I the TM is visible, it will be red with a per oration (see Chapter 23, Otitis Media: Acute Otitis and Otitis Media with E usion). • Foreign body in the EAC—Otoscopy, with or without aural toilet, conf rms presence o oreign body (that incites an in ammatory response, leading to otalgia and otorrhea); see Chapter 25, Ear: Foreign Body. • Otomycosis—Pruritus is generally more prominent and EAC in ammation (otalgia and otorrhea) is less pronounced; ungal organisms have a characteristic appearance in the EAC. • Contact dermatitis—Usually caused by ototopical agents (eg, neomycin, benzocaine, propylene glycol); seen in patients with poor response to empiric OE treatment; prominent clinical eatures include pruritus, erythema o conchal bowl, crusting, and excoriations.

MANAGEMENT FIGURE 24-6 Acute otitis e xte na in an old man w o we a s a e a ing aid . Note t e viscous u ule nt d isc a g e and na owing of t e e a canal. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Roy F. Sullivan, PhD. Aud iolog y Forum: Vid e o O toscop y,

NO NPHARMACO LO GIC • The e ectiveness o ear cleaning is unknown. 3 SO R B




EAR, NO SE, AND THRO AT • The e ectiveness o specialist aural toilet (use o operating microscope to mechanically remove material rom external canal) or treating OE is unknown. 1 SO R B MEDICATIO NS • The management o acute OE should include an assessment o pain. The clinician should recommend analgesic treatment based on the severity o pain. 4 SO R B • Topical treatments alone are e ective or uncomplicated acute OE. Additional oral antibiotics are not required. 3 SO R B • The evidence or steroid-only drops is very limited. 3 SO R B • Given that most topical treatments are equally e ective, it would appear that in most cases the pre erred choice o topical treatment may be determined by other actors, such as risk o ototoxicity, risk o contact sensitivity, risk o developing resistance, availability, cost, and dosing schedule. 3 SO R B ° Evidence rom one trial o low quality ound no di erence in clinical e f cacy between quinolone and nonquinolone drops. Quinolones are more expensive than nonquinolones. 3 SO R B ° There is some evidence indicating that patients treated with topical preparations containing antibiotics and steroids benef t rom reduced swelling, severe redness, secretion, and analgesic consumption compared to preparations without steroids. There is a suggestion that high-potency steroids may be more e ective than low-potency steroids (in terms o severe pain, in ammation, and swelling). 3 SO R B ° Acetic acid was e ective and comparable to antibiotic or steroid at week 1. However, when treatment needed to be extended beyond this point it was less e ective. In addition, patient symptoms lasted 2 days longer in the acetic acid group compared to antibiotic or steroid group. 3 SO R B ° Topical aluminum acetate may be as e ective as a topical antibiotic or steroid at improving cure rates in people with acute OE. 1 SO R B • Patients prescribed with antibiotic or steroid drops can expect their symptoms to last or approximately 6 days a ter treatment has begun. Although patients are usually treated with topical medication or 7 to 10 days, it is apparent that this will undertreat some patients and overtreat others. It may be more use ul when prescribing ear drops to instruct patients to use them or at least a week. I they have symptoms beyond the f rst week they should continue the drops until their symptoms resolve (and possibly or a ew days a ter), or a maximum o an additional 7 days. 3 SO R B • Evidence rom one low-quality trial suggests a glycerine-ichthammol medicated wick may provide better pain relie in early severe acute OE than a triamcinolone/ gramicidin/ neomycin/ nystatin medicated wick.3 SOR B • There is no evidence on the use o topical anti ungal agents (with or without steroids) in OE. 1 SO R B

PREVENTIO N Prophylactic treatments to prevent OE (topical acetic acid, topical corticosteroids, or water exclusion) have not been evaluated in clinical trials. 1 SO R B

PRO GNO SIS Acute OE o ten resolves within 6 weeks but can recur.

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FO LLO W-UP • I the patient ails to respond to empiric therapy within 48 to 72 hours, the clinician should reassess the patient to conf rm the diagnosis o OE and to exclude other causes o illness. 4 SO R B • Patients with persisting symptoms beyond 2 weeks should be considered treatment ailures and alternative management should be initiated. 3 SO R B

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • To avoid recurrent in ections the ollowing recommendations or suggestions should be ollowed5: ° Recommend that patients not use cotton swabs inserted into the ear canal. ° Avoid requent washing o the ears with soap as this leaves an alkali residue that neutralizes the normal acidic pH o the ear canal. ° Avoid swimming in polluted waters. ° Ensure that the canals are emptied o water a ter swimming or bathing—This can be done by turning the head or holding a acial tissue on the outside o the ear to act as a wick. • Consider ear drops or swimmers who get requent OE. A combination o a 2:1 ratio o 70% isopropyl alcohol and acetic acid may be used a ter each episode o swimming to assist in drying and acidi ying the ear canal. 5 SO R C • Do not use earplugs while swimming because they may cause trauma to the ear canal leading to OE. 5


• Otitis Externa—http:/ / health/ otitis-externa. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Medscape. Otitis Externa—http:/ / article/ 994550.

REFERENCES 1. Hajio D, MacKeith S. Otitis externa. Clin Evid (Online). 2010 Aug 03;2010. pii:0510. 2. Raza SA, Denholm SW, Wong JC. An audit o the management o otitis externa in an ENT casualty clinic. J Laryngol Otol. 1995;109: 130-133. 3. Kaushik V, Malik T, Saeed SR. Interventions or acute otitis externa. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Jan 20;(1):CD004740. 4. Rosen eld RM, Brown L, Cannon CR, et al; American Academy o Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. Clinical practice guideline: acute otitis externa. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006;134(suppl 4):S4-S23. 5. Waitzman AA. Otitis Externa. Updated January 22, 2013. http:/ / article/ 994550-overview. Accessed on July 28, 2013.




25 EAR: FO REIGN BO DY Brian Z. Rayala, MD Mind y A. Smith, MD, MS

PATIENT STO RY A 28-year-old woman comes to urgent care with le t ear pain stating that, while hiking today, an insect ew into her ear. She tried rinsing her ear with water but nothing came out and she could hear the insect moving around in her ear. She is in obvious distress and on otoscopy you visualize a small live beetle near the tympanic membrane (TM). There is erythema in the external canal but the TM appears intact. The physician instills mineral oil into her ear which stops the movement. She then irrigates the ear and with suction removes the insect.

INTRO DUCTIO N Ear oreign bodies (FBs) can present with otalgia, otorrhea, or decreased hearing. At other times, patients may be asymptomatic.

EPIDEMIO LO GY Ear FBs are commonly seen in children, 1 but can be seen in adults, both healthy and cognitively impaired.

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • In a retrospective case series rom 2 Australian emergency departments, most patients presenting with ear FBs were adults (217/ 330). 2 Types o oreign bodies seen in adults included the ollowing: ° Inanimate objects such as cotton tips, cotton wool, and silicone ear plugs ° Insects (Figure 25-1) • Adults in this study were more likely to have associated otitis externa than children (see Chapter 24, Otitis Externa). 2 Following are some key elements o otitis externa in patients with ear oreign bodies: ° Initial breakdown o the skin-cerumen barrier (caused by presence o FB). ° Skin in ammation and edema leading to subsequent obstruction o adnexal structures (eg, cerumen glands, sebaceous glands, and hair ollicles). ° FB reaction leading to urther skin injury. ° In the case o alkaline battery electrochemical reaction, severe alkaline burns may occur.

RISK FACTO RS Silicone and wax ear plugs can become impacted in the ear canal when body temperature so tens them to a dough-like consistency becoming e ectively glued to the surrounding ear canal. 3

FIGURE 25-1 Ant in the e ar canal. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Vlad imir Zlinsky, MD in Roy F. Sullivan, PhD. Aud iolog y Forum: Vid e o O toscop y,

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • Key historical eatures include the ollowing: ° Otalgia ° Otorrhea or otorrhagia ° Mild hearing loss ° Ear itching or oreign body sensation ° Tinnitus ° History suspicious or FB insertion or witnessed FB insertion • Patients may be asymptomatic. • Hallmark o diagnosis includes visualization o FB on otoscopy (see Figures 25-1 to 25-3). • Otoscopy may reveal signs o external auditory canal (EAC) in ammation (eg, edema, erythema, aural discharge) (see Figure 25-2). LABO RATO RY AND IMAGING Aural FB is a clinical diagnosis. Laboratory and imaging studies have very limited use.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Otitis externa—Presents with otalgia, otorrhea, and mild hearing loss, all o which can be present in ear FB. Absence o FB (on otoscopic examination) is the key di erentiating actor (see Chapter 24, Otitis Externa). • Acute otitis media (with or without per orated TM)—Otoscopy shows absence o FB and presence o middle-ear in ammation and e usion (ie, bulging, erythematous, cloudy, immobile TM). Patients present with clinical signs or symptoms o acute illness like ever (see Chapter 23, Otitis Media: Acute Otitis and Otitis Media With E usion).





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PRO CEDURES • Proper instrumentation allows the uncomplicated removal o many ear FBs. SO R C ° The use o general anesthesia may be needed in some ear FBs whose contour, composition, or location predispose to traumatic removal in the ambulatory setting. 3 SO R C

FIGURE 25-2 Fore ig n b o d y (b e ad ) in the e ar canal of a 3-ye ar-o ld g irl with re active tissue around it. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from William Clark, MD.)

• Chronic suppurative otitis media—Otoscopy shows absence o FB and presence o TM per oration; history reveals a chronically draining ear and recurrent middle-ear in ections with or without hearing loss.

• Ear FBs can be removed by irrigation, suction, or instrumentation. The type o procedure depends on the type o FB being removed. ° Small inorganic objects can be removed rom the EAC by irrigation. Contraindications to irrigation include the ollowing: ■ Per orated TM. ■ Vegetable matter—Irrigation causes swelling o the vegetable matter which leads to urther obstruction. ■ Alkaline (button) battery—Irrigation enhances leakage and potential or lique action necrosis and severe alkaline burns. ° Objects with protruding sur aces or irregular edges can be removed with alligator orceps under direct visualization. ° Objects that are round or breakable can be removed using a wire loop, a curette, or a right-angle hook that is slowly advanced beyond the object and care ully withdrawn. ° Cyanoacrylate adhesive (eg, “superglue”) has been used to remove tightly wedged, smooth, round FBs. ° Live insects should be killed be ore removing them (by irrigation or orceps). Instilling alcohol or mineral oil into the auditory canal can kill them. REFERRAL

MANAGEMENT MEDICATIO NS Topical treatment may be needed i there is accompanying otitis externa (see Chapter 24, Otitis Externa).

Re erral to otolaryngology should be considered in case o the ollowing: • More than one attempt has been carried out without success. 4 • More than one instrument is needed or removal. 5 • Patients who have f rm, rounded FBs. 6 • Patients who have FBs with smooth, nongraspable sur aces (see Figure 25-1). 7

PREVENTIO N • E orts should ocus on preventing small children or cognitively impaired adults rom having access to tiny objects (eg, beads, small toys, etc). • Adults should be instructed to avoid use o cotton swabs inserted into the ear canal and to use caution with silicone or wax ear plugs, avoiding prolonged placement.

PRO GNO SIS Several retrospective studies rom urban emergency departments showed that emergency physicians success ully removed most FBs (53-80%) with minimal complications and no need or operative removal. 4-7 However, timely re erral or di f cult removal or ollowing unsuccess ul patient attempts at removal is prudent.

FO LLO W-UP FIGURE 25-3 Be ach sand g ranule s with e xostosis in the e ar of a cold wate r surfe r. The e xostose s are common in cold wate r swimme rs and surfe rs. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Roy F. Sullivan, PhD. Aud iolog y Forum: Vid e o O toscop y,

Follow-up is important in cases where EAC in ammation or in ection is likely (eg, numerous attempts, use o numerous instruments, protracted exposure to the FB).


PATIENT EDUCATIO N Parents should be in ormed that success ul removal depends a great deal on the length o time the FB has remained in the EAC. PATIENT RESO URCES

• eMedicine Health. Foreign Body, Ear—http:/ / www foreign_body_ear/ article_ em.htm. • WebMD Pain Management Center. Objects in the Ear—http:/ / pain-management/ tc/ objects-in-theear-topic-overview.


• ENT USA. External Ear Canal—http:/ / external_ear_canal.htm. • Medline Plus. Ear emergencies—http:/ / medlineplus/ ency/ article/ 000052.htm. • Medscape. Ear foreign body removal—http:/ / emedicine article/ 763712.


EAR, NO SE, AND THRO AT REFERENCES 1. Baker MD. Foreign bodies o the ears and nose in childhood. Pediatr Emerg Care. 1987;3:67-70. 2. Ryan C, Ghosh A, Wilson-Boyd B, et al. Presentation and management o aural oreign bodies in two Australian emergency departments. Emerg Med Australas. 2006;18:372-378. 3. Shakeel M, Carlile A, Venkatraman J, et al. Earplugs presenting as an impacted oreign body in the ear canal. Clin Otolaryngol. 2013;38(3):280-281. 4. Marin JR, Trainor JL. Foreign body removal rom the external auditory canal in a pediatric emergency department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2006;22:630-634. 5. Ansley JF, Cunningham MJ. Response to O’Donovan. Glue ear and oreign body. Pediatrics. 1999;103(4):857. 6. Thompson SK, Wein RO, Dutcher PO. External auditory canal oreign body removal: management practices and outcomes. Laryngoscope. 2003;113:1912-1915. 7. DiMuzio J Jr, Deschler DG. Emergency department management o oreign bodies o the external ear canal in children. Otol Neurotol. 2002;23:473-475.






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SYNO NYMS It is also known as chondrodermatitis nodularis chronica helicis.

Lind a Sp e e r, MD


PATIENT STO RY A 44-year-old white man presents with a pain ul nodule on his right ear or 1 year (Figure 26-1). He has a long history o occupational sun exposure but no skin cancers. He states that it is too pain ul to sleep on his right side because o the ear nodule. He tried to remove it once with nail clippers but it bled too much. The patient is told that this is likely a benign condition called chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis. A shave biopsy is per ormed or diagnostic purposes. It is explained to the patient that this could be a skin cancer as a result o his sun exposure history. The biopsy con rms chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis, and the options or de nitive treatment are described to the patient.

INTRO DUCTIO N Chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis is a benign neoplasm o the ear cartilage commonly believed to be related to excessive pressure, or example, during sleep, and sun exposure. The result is a localized overgrowth o cartilage, and subsequent skin changes. Preauricular tags are mal ormations o the external ear.

• The incidence o chondrodermatitis nodularis has not been determined. • Occurs most commonly in men older than 40 years o age, but older women can also be a ected. PREAURICULAR TAGS Occur in approximately 1 o 10,000 to 12,500 births without predilection or gender or race. Several chromosomal abnormalities include preauricular tags1 as one o the phenotypic expressions.

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY CHO NDRO DERMATITIS NO DULARIS HELICIS In rare cases, especially when occurring at younger ages, the lesion may be related to an underlying disease associated with microvascular injury, such as vasculitis or other necrobiotic collagen disease. 2 PREAURICULAR TAGS • Arise rom remnants o supernumerary branchial hillocks. 3 • Early-stage embryology involves the ormation o several slit-like structures on the side o the head, the branchial cle ts. The 3 hillocks between the rst 4 cle ts eventually orm the structure o the outer ear. Preauricular tags are generally minor mal ormations arising rom remnants o supernumerary branchial hillocks. 4

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES O F CHO NDRO DERMATITIS • Firm, pain ul nodule 3 to 20 mm in size (Figures 26-1 to 26-4). • The helix is most o ten a ected especially in men (see Figures 26-1 and 26-2). The antihelix is a ected more o ten in women (see Figures 26-3 and 26-4). • Overlying skin is normal in color or erythematous; a central ulcer may be present. CLINICAL FEATURES O F PREAURICULAR TAGS • Fleshy knob in ront o the ear (Figures 26-5 and 26-6) • Present rom the time o birth • Generally asymptomatic TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N • Chondrodermatitis is located at the helix or antihelix o the ear. The right ear is more o ten a ected than the le t. FIGURE 26-1 Chond rod e rmatitis nod ularis he licis on the rig ht e ar of a 44-ye ar-old man. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Preauricular tags may be unilateral or bilateral, more o ten present on the le t.




FIGURE 26-2 Chond rod e rmatitis nod ularis on the he lix of the rig ht e ar in a 62-ye ar-old man. Note the p e arly ap p e arance , which may b e se e n with a b asal ce ll carcinoma. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

BIO PSY • O ten required or chondrodermatitis nodularis to rule out malignancy, especially when occurring in individuals with actinic damage and/ or history o other skin cancers. • Not indicated or preauricular tag.

FIGURE 26-3 Chond rod e rmatitis nod ularis on the antihe lix of the rig ht e ar of an 86-ye ar-old woman. Note the e rythe ma and scale . A shave b iop sy was p e rforme d to make sure this was not a sq uamous ce ll carcinoma. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

FIGURE 26-4 Chond rod e rmatitis nod ularis on the antihe lix of the rig ht e ar of a 52-ye ar-old wo man. Note the p e arly nod ule with ce ntral scale . A shave b iop sy was p e rforme d to rule out b asal ce ll carcinoma and sq uamous ce ll carcinoma. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

FIGURE 26-5 Pre auricular tag in an ad ult man. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)





FIGURE 26-6 Pre auricular tag p re se nt since b irth in a 59-ye ar-old man. The p atie nt has ne ve r had any re nal ab normalitie s or re late d me d ical p rob le ms. He wants it re move d for cosme tic p urp ose s. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis may be con used with skin cancer, especially squamous cell carcinoma (SCC; see Chapter 169, Squamous Cell Carcinoma). In SCC, the overlying skin is o ten ulcerated and the tumor has poorly de ned margins. • Preauricular tags can be an isolated anomaly or part o a syndrome involving vital organs, especially the kidneys. Skin lesions that could appear similar include basal cell carcinoma (Figure 26-7) and cysts (Figure 26-8).

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FIGURE 26-7 Basal ce ll carcinoma in a p re auricular location. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Photodynamic therapy (combines a photosensitizer with a speci c type o light to kill nearby cells) has been reported to decrease pain in case reports. 6 SO R C • A small elliptical excision o the nodule with removal o inf amed cartilage provides excellent results (Figure 26-9). 7,8 SO R C • Preauricular tags can be le t alone or surgically excised or cosmetic reasons. SO R C

FO LLO W-UP Recurrences are common and may require urther treatment.

MANAGEMENT Chondrodermatitis nodularis is treated with the ollowing: NO NPHARMACO LO GIC A pressure-relieving prosthesis or donut-shaped pillow can be used. 4,5 SO R C This can also be created by cutting a hole rom the center o a bath sponge. The sponge can then be held in place with a headband i needed. A special pre abricated pillow is available rom http:/ / www . PRO CEDURES • Shave biopsy can be used to make the diagnosis and may relieve symptoms temporarily. SO R C • Cryotherapy, intralesional steroids, or curettage and electrodesiccation can be per ormed a ter the result rom the shave biopsy is known and there is no malignancy. SO R C

FIGURE 26-8 Pre auricular cyst marke d for e xcision. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)



EAR, NO SE, AND THRO AT REFERENCES 1. Roth DA, Hildesheimer M, Bardenstein S, et al. Preauricular skin tags and ear pits are associated with permanent hearing impairment in newborns. Pediatrics. 2008;122(4):e844-e890. 2. Magro CM, Frambach GE, Crowson AN. Chondrodermatitis nodularis helices as a marker o internal disease associated with microvascular injury. J Cutan Pathol. 2005;32:329-333. 3. Ostrower ST. Preauricular Cysts, Pits, and Fissures. http:/ / emedicine. article/ 845288-overview# a05. Accessed July 20, 2011. 4. Sanu A, Koppana R, Snow DG. Management o chondrodermatitis nodularis chronica helicis using a “donut pillow”. J Laryngol Otol. 2007;121(11):1096-1098. 5. Moncrie M, Sassoon EM. E ective treatment o chondrodermatitis nodularis chronica helices using a conservative approach. Br J Dermatol. 2004;150:892-894. 6. Pellegrino M, Taddeucci P, Mei S, et al. Chondrodermatitis nodularis chronics helicis and photodynamic therapy: a new therapeutic option? Dermatol Ther. 2011;24(1):144-147. 7. Rex J, Ribera M, Bielsa I, et al. Narrow elliptical skin excision and cartilage shaving or treatment o chondrodermatitis nodularis. Dermatol Surg. 2006;32:400-404.

FIGURE 26-9 Ellip tical e xcision of chond rod e rmatitis nod ularis he licis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

PATIENT EDUCATIO N Chondrodermatitis nodularis is a benign lesion that tends to recur; therapeutic options can be discussed. PATIENT RESO URCES

• A special prefabricated pillow is available that helps relieve pressure on the ear. For more in ormation, contact: CNH Pillow, PO Box 1247, Abilene, TX 79604; phone (800) 255-7487; http:/ / www . • Medline Plus. Ear tag—http:/ / medlineplus/ ency/ article/ 003304.htm. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• To learn how to perform an easy elliptical excision of chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis re er to the text and DVD: Usatine R, P enninger J, Stulberg D, Small R. Dermatologic and Cosmetic Procedures in O f ce Practice. Text and DVD. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012. • Medscape. Chondrodermatitis Nodularis Helicis—http:/ / article/ 1119141-overview. • Medscape. Preauricular Cysts, Pits, and Fissures—http:/ / article/ 845288-overview.

8. Hudson-Peacock MJ, Cox NH, Lawrence CM. The long-term results o cartilage removal alone or the treatment o chondrodermatitis nodularis. Br J Dermatol. 1999;141:703-705.






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27 NASAL PO LYPS Lind a Sp e e r, MD

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • The precise cause o nasal polyp ormation is unknown. • In ectious agents causing desquamation o the mucous membrane may play a triggering role.

PATIENT STO RY A 35-year-old man complains o unilateral nasal obstruction or the past several months o gradual onset. On examination o the nose, a nasal polyp is ound (Figure 27-1).

• Activated epithelial cells appear to be the major source o mediators that induce an inf ux o inf ammatory cells, including eosinophils prominently; these in turn lead to proli eration and activation o broblasts. 2 Cytokines and growth actors play a role in maintaining the mucosal inf ammation associated with polyps. • Food allergies are strongly associated with nasal polyps.

INTRO DUCTIO N Nasal polyps are benign lesions arising rom the mucosa o the nasal passages including the paranasal sinuses. They are most commonly semitransparent.

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • The appearance is usually smooth and rounded (see Figure 27-1). • Moist and translucent (Figure 27-2).

EPIDEMIO LO GY • Prevalence o 1% to 4% o adults. 1 • The male-to- emale ratio in adults is approximately 2:1. • Peak age o onset is between 20 and 40 years; rare in children younger than 10 years. • Associated with the ollowing conditions: ° Nonallergic and allergic rhinitis and rhinosinusitis ° Asthma—in 20% to 50% o patients with polyps ° Cystic brosis ° Aspirin intolerance—in 8% to 26% o patients with polyps ° Alcohol intolerance—in 50% o patients with polyps

FIGURE 27-1 N s l oly in l t mid d l m tus wit no m l su ound ing mucos . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from William Clark, MD.)

• Variable size. • Color ranging rom nearly none to deep erythema. TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N The middle meatus is the most common location. LABO RATO RY AND IMAGING • Consider allergy testing. • Computed tomography (CT) o the nose and paranasal sinuses may be indicated to evaluate extent o lesion(s) (Figure 27-3). BIO PSY Not usually indicated. Histology typically shows pseudostrati ed ciliary epithelium, edematous stroma, epithelial basement membrane, and proinf ammatory cells with eosinophils present in 80% to 90% o cases.

FIGURE 27-2 N s l oly in ig t n s l c vity in ti nt wit in m d mucos om ll g ic initis. (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission fro m William Clark, MD.)



EAR, NO SE, AND THRO AT • Oral doxycycline 100 mg daily or 20 days was shown to decrease polyp size, providing bene t or 12 weeks in one randomized controlled trial. 10 SO R B • Topical nasal decongestants may provide some symptom relie , but do not reduce polyp size. 11 SO R B • Montelukast reduces symptoms when used as an adjunct to oral and inhaled steroid therapy in patients with bilateral nasal polyposis.12 SOR B PRO CEDURES • Surgical excision is o ten required to relieve symptoms. • Consider immunotherapy or patients with allergies.

PRO GNO SIS Lesions are benign and tend to recur.

FO LLO W-UP FIGURE 27-3 CT sc n s owing oly s (aste risk) nd b il t l o cif d m xill y sinus s (MS). Not t n s l oly s to b coming om t l t m xill y sinus nd is b ov t in io tu b in t . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Periodic reevaluation is recommended because recurrence rates are high. 13

PATIENT EDUCATIO N DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Many relatively rare conditions can cause an intranasal mass including the ollowing:

Patients should be in ormed about the benign nature o nasal polyps and their tendency to recur. PATIENT RESO URCES

• Papilloma—About 1% o nasal tumors, a ecting 1 in 100,000 adults per year. Locally invasive, these tend to recur especially i excision is not complete. Papillomas are o unknown etiology but are associated with chronic sinusitis, air pollution, and viral in ections. They are irregular and riable in appearance and bleed easily. 3

• Mayo Clinic. Nasal Polyps—http:/ / health/ nasal-polyps/ DS00498.

• Meningoencephalocele—Grayish gelatinous appearance. 4


• Nasopharyngeal carcinoma—Firm, o ten ulcerated.

• Medscape. Nasal Polyps—http:/ / article/ 994274.

• Pyogenic granuloma—Relatively common benign vascular neoplasm o skin and mucous membranes (see Chapter 159, Pyogenic Granuloma). 5 • Chordoma—Locally invasive neoplasms with gelatinous appearance that arise rom notochordal (embryonic) remnants. Occurs in all age groups (mean age: 48 years). 6 • Glioblastoma—Rare mani estation o the most common kind o brain tumor in adults.

MANAGEMENT MEDICATIO NS • Medical treatment consists o intranasal corticosteroids. 7 SO R A • An initial short course (2-4 weeks) o oral steroids can be considered in severe cases. 8,9 SO R A • Steroid treatment reduces polyp size, but does not generally resolve them. Corticosteroid treatment is also use ul preoperatively to reduce polyp size.

• Medline Plus. Nasal Polyps—http:/ / medlineplus/ ency/ article/ 001641.htm.

• Medscape. Nonsurgical Treatment of Nasal Polyps—http:/ / article/ 861353.

REFERENCES 1. McClay JE. Nasal Polyps. http:/ / article/ 994274. Accessed July 26, 2013. 2. Pawliczak R, Lewandowska-Polak A, Kowalski ML. Pathogenesis o nasal polyps: an update. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2005;5:463-471. 3. Sadeghi N. Sinonasal Papillomas. http:/ / article/ 862677. Accessed July 26, 2013. 4. Kumar KK, Ganapathy K, Sumathi V, et al. Adult meningoencephalocele presenting as a nasal polyp. J Clin Neurosci. 2005;12:594-596. 5. Hoving EW. Nasal encephaloceles. Childs Nerv Syst. 2000;16: 702-706. 6. Palmer CA. Chordoma. http:/ / article/ 250902. Accessed July 20, 2011.





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7. Joe SA, Thambi R, Huang J. A systematic review o the use o intranasal steroids in the treatment o chronic rhinosinusitis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008;139(3):340-347.

10. Van Zele T, Gevaert P, Holtappels G, et al. Oral steroids and doxycycline: two di erent approaches to treat nasal polyps. JAllergy Clin Immunol. 2010;125(5):1069-1076.e4.

8. Martinez-Devesa P, Patiar S. Oral steroids or nasal polyps. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011;6(7):CD005232.

11. Johansson L, Oberg D, Melem I, Bende M. Do topical nasal decongestants a ect polyps? Acta Otolaryngol. 2006:126:288-290.

9. Vaidyanathan S, Barnes M, Williamson P, et al. Treatment o chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis with oral steroids ollowed by topical steroids: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. 2011;154(5):293-302.

12. Stewart RA, Ram B, Hamilton G, et al. Montelukast as an adjunct to oral and inhaled steroid therapy in chronic nasal polyposis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008;139(5):682-687. 13. Vento SI, Ertama LO, Hytonen ML, et al. Nasal polyposis: clinical course during 20 years. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2000;85:209-214.




28 SINUSITIS Mind y A. Smith, MD, MS

PATIENT STO RY A 55-year-old woman complains o sinus pressure or the past 2 weeks along with headache, rhinorrhea, postnasal drip, and cough. This all started with a cold 3 weeks ago. She has chronic allergic rhinitis, but now the pressure on the right side o her ace has become intense and her right upper molars are pain ul. The nasal discharge has become discolored and she eels everish. She is diagnosed clinically with right maxillary sinusitis and is prescribed an antibiotic. Two weeks later when her symptoms have persisted, a computed tomography (CT) is ordered and she is ound to have air- uid levels in both maxillary sinuses and loculated uid on the right side. (Figures 28-1 and 28-2.) The antibiotic is changed to amoxicillin/ clavulanate and she is given in ormation about nasal saline irrigation or symptom relie . I the symptoms do not improve the clinician plans to send her to ear, nose, and throat (ENT) or urther evaluation.

INTRO DUCTIO N Rhinosinusitis is symptomatic in ammation o the sinuses, nasal cavity, and their epithelial lining. 1 Mucosal edema blocks mucous drainage, creating a culture medium or viruses and bacteria. Rhinosinusitis is classif ed by duration as acute ( 12 weeks).

FIGURE 28-2 Maxillary sinusitis on coronal CT o same p atie nt. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Chris McMains, MD.)

EPIDEMIO LO GY • Rhinosinusitis is common in the United States, with an estimated prevalence o 14% to 16% o the adult population annually. 1,2 The prevalence is increased in women and in individuals living in the southern United States. • Only one-third to one-hal o primary care patients with symptoms o sinusitis actually have bacterial in ection. 3 • Sinusitis is the f th leading diagnosis or which antibiotics are prescribed in the United States. 1 • This problem is responsible or millions o o f ce visits to primary care physicians each year. 1

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Sinus cavities are lined with mucous-secreting respiratory epithelium. The mucus is transported by ciliary action through the sinus ostia (openings) to the nasal cavity. Under normal conditions, the paranasal sinuses are sterile cavities and there is no mucous retention. • Bacterial sinusitis occurs when ostia become obstructed or ciliary action is impaired, causing mucus accumulation and secondary bacterial overgrowth.

FIGURE 28-1 Bilate ral maxillary sinusitis on axial CT. Note that f uid le ve ls are g re ate r o n the rig ht. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Chris McMains, MD.)

• The causes o sinusitis include the ollowing4: ° In ection—Most commonly viral (eg, rhinovirus, parain uenza, and in uenza) ollowed by bacterial in ection (eg, community-acquired acute cases—about hal rom Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus inf uenzae ollowed by Moraxella catarrhalis). In immunocompromised patients, ulminant ungal sinusitis may occur (eg, rhinocerebral mucormycosis—Figure 28-3).





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is seen more o ten with bacterial sinusitis. Halitosis is also attributed to bacterial causes. • In a study o patients with chronic rhinosinusitis, diagnosis based on symptoms was problematic and only dysosmia (impairment in the sense o smell) and the presence o polyps could distinguish between normal and abnormal radiographs. 6 TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N Most sinus in ections involve the maxillary sinus ollowed in requency by the ethmoid (anterior), rontal, and sphenoid sinuses; however, most cases involve more than one sinus. LABO RATO RY AND IMAGING • Culture o nasal or nasopharyngeal secretions is not recommended as these have not been shown to di erentiate between bacterial and viral rhinosinusitis. 1

FIGURE 28-3 Mucormycosis sinusitis in a p atie nt with d iab e te s showing the classic b lack nasal d ischarg e . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Rand al A. O tto, MD.)

° Nonin ectious obstruction—Allergies, polyposis, barotrauma (eg,

deep-sea diving, airplane travel), chemical irritations, tumors (eg, squamous cell carcinoma, granulomatous disease, inverting papilloma), and conditions that alter mucous composition (eg, cystic f brosis).

DIAGNO SIS The diagnosis is based on the clinical picture with typical symptoms listed below. Symptoms arising rom viral in ection generally peak by day 5 or be ore. Acute bacterial rhinosinusitis is diagnosed when symptoms are present or 10 days or longer or when symptoms worsen a ter initial stability or improvement (“double worsening” or “double sickening”); it can also be presumed in patients with unusually severe presentations or extrasinus mani estations o in ection. 1 Superimposed bacterial in ection is estimated to occur in 0.5% to 2% o cases o viral rhinosinusitis. 1

• I culture is needed because o suspected bacterial resistance or persistence o in ection, a recent meta-analysis ound endoscopically directed middle meatal cultures to be reasonably sensitive (80.9%), specif c (90.5%), and accurate (87%; 95% conf dence interval, 81.3-92.8%) compared with maxillary sinus taps. 7 • Radiography should not be obtained or patients meeting diagnostic criteria or acute rhinosinusitis, unless a complication or alternate diagnosis is suspected. 1 I per ormed in cases o clinical uncertainty or or complications (eg, orbital, intracranial, or so t tissue involvement), plain sinus radiography is considered positive or acute sinusitis with the presence o air- uid level, complete opacif cation, or at least 6 mm o mucosal thickening; it has a reported sensitivity o 76% and specif city 79%. 8 There are considerable limitations to the sensitivity o plain f lms, especially in diagnosing ethmoid and sphenoid disease. • Nasal endoscopy, identi ying purulent material within the drainage area o the sinuses, may be comparable to plain sinus radiography in diagnosing acute sinusitis. 7 In one case series o patients with suspected chronic rhinosinusitis, the addition o endoscopy to symptom criteria had similar sensitivity (88.7% vs 84.1%) but signif cantly improved specif city (66% vs 12.3%) using CT as the gold standard. 9


• In acute disease, CT scanning is generally reserved or persistent or recurrent symptoms to conf rm sinusitis, or to investigate in ectious complications (Figures 28-4 and 28-5). Radiation dose (about 10 times that o plain radiography) can be lowered with care ul choice o technical actors. 1

• Most cases are seen in conjunction with viral upper respiratory in ections and represent sinus in ammation rather than in ection. 3


• Nonspecif c symptoms include cough, sneezing, ever, nasal discharge (may be purulent or discolored), congestion, and headache.

• Potentially li e-threatening complications include subperiosteal orbital abscess, meningitis, epidural or cerebral abscess, and cavernous sinus thrombosis (Figures 28-6 and 28-7).

• The American Academy o Otolaryngology guideline and the European Position Paper on Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps recommend a diagnosis o rhinosinusitis with a combination (2 or more) o purulent nasal drainage associated with nasal obstruction, acial pain-pressure- ullness, or both; the latter also recognizes reduction or loss o smell as a cardinal eature. 1,5 There are no prospective trials that validate this approach. • Other localizing symptoms include acial pain or pressure over the involved sinus when bending over or supine (ie, orehead in rontal sinusitis, cheek with maxillary sinusitis, between the eyes with ethmoid sinusitis, and neck and top o the head with sphenoid sinusitis) and maxillary tooth pain, most commonly the upper molars; the latter

• The risks o rontal sinusitis includes eroding through the rontal bone orward and causing a Pott’s pu y tumor, inward and spreading into the brain and cavernous sinuses (see Figure 28-5). • Orbital abscess is highly dangerous and can be the result o spread rom the rontal or ethmoid sinuses (see Figure 28-6). • In immunocompromised patients, ulminant ungal sinusitis may cause orbital swelling, cellulitis, proptosis, ptosis, impairment o extraocular motion, nasopharyngeal ulceration, and epistaxis. Bony erosion may be evident. 5 Nasal mucosa may appear black (see Figure 28-3), blanched white, or erythematous.




FIGURE 28-6 Rig ht orb ital ab sce ss with p rop tosis as a comp licatio n o rontal sinusitis e rod ing throug h the sup e rior orb ital b one s. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Rand al A. O tto, MD.)

FIGURE 28-4 Mucop yoce le in the sp he noid sinus (arrow) as a comp lication o b acte rial sinusitis. (Re prod uce d with pe rmission from Randal A. O tto, MD.)

• In hospitalized patients, patients may be critically ill and without localizing symptoms. In ections in these patients are o ten polymicrobial including Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Serratia marcescens, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Enterobacter. 5

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Upper respiratory tract in ections (URIs)—These are common in ections, primarily viral (most commonly rhinovirus), that cause 2 to 4 in ections per year in adults and 6 to 8 in ections per year in children.

FIGURE 28-5 Frontal sinusitis e rod e d throug h the rontal b one inward toward the b rain thre ate ning such comp lications as a b rain ab sce ss and cave rnous sinus thromb osis. Se e n on CT scan. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Rand al A. O tto , MD.)

In ections are sel -limited (lasting approximately 7-10 days) and typical symptoms include rhinorrhea, nasal congestion, sore throat, and cough. URI o ten precedes acute sinusitis. • Allergic rhinitis—Sneezing, itching, watery rhinorrhea. • Tumor (usually squamous cell carcinoma)—Rare; unilateral epistaxis or discharge and obstruction, recurrent sinusitis, sinus pain. Other causes o acial pain include the ollowing: • Migraine headache or cluster headache—Moderate-to-severe head pain that is usually deep seated, persistent, and pulsatile. There is a history o multiple occurrences and head pain may be associated with nausea, vomiting, photophobia, and scotomata. Attacks last or 4 to 72 hours.

FIGURE 28-7 Mucop yoce le (re d arrow) in the rig ht rontal sinus se e n on mag ne tic re sonance imag ing (MRI) scan as a comp lication o rontal sinusitis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Rand al A. O tto, MD.)





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• Trigeminal neuralgia—Pain ul condition characterized by excruciating, paroxysmal, shock-like pain lasting seconds to minutes along the distribution o the trigeminal nerve (ophthalmic, maxillary and/ or mandibular branches). Pain may be triggered by ace washing, air dra t, and chewing.

• In a Cochrane review o 59 trials evaluating antibiotic treatment or acute maxillary sinusitis, antibiotics decreased clinical ailure by approximately 10%. 15 Comparisons between classes o antibiotics showed no signif cant di erences; there ore, narrow-spectrum antibiotics should be the f rst-line therapy. 15

• Dental pain—Tooth pain may be secondary to caries or gingivitis. When caries extend into the tooth pulp, the tooth becomes sensitive to percussion and hot and cold ood and beverages. I pulp necrosis occurs, pain becomes severe, sharp, throbbing, and o ten worse when supine. Abscess ormation results in pain, swelling and erythema o the gum and surrounding tissue, and possibly purulent drainage.

• Based on the Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery clinical guideline, the modest benef t o antibiotics or improving rates o clinical cure or improvement at 7 to 12 days (number needed to treat = 7) must be weighed against the risks o harm (primarily gastrointestinal, but also skin rash, vaginal discharge, headache, dizziness, and atigue [number needed to harm = 9]). 1

• Temporal arteritis—Unilateral pounding headache that may be associated with visual changes and systemic symptoms (eg, ever, weight loss, muscle aches). Onset is usually in older adults (older than age 50 years) and laboratory testing reveals an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (>50).

PRO CEDURES • Surgery and intravenous antibiotics are used or complications, including abscess and cases with orbital involvement. 4 • Patients with ungal sinusitis are treated with aggressive debridement and adjunctive anti ungals (eg, amphotericin). 4

Duration o illness assists in decision making as most patients improve without specif c treatment; a period o watch ul waiting or up to 7 days is consistent with guidelines. 1 Treatment o symptoms, including pain, is important.

• Based on 3 RCTs, endoscopic sinus surgery is not superior to medical treatment; in one study there was a lower relapse rate (2.4% vs 5.6% without surgery). 16 SO R B Patients should be selected based on the severity o disease ( requency o antibiotics or oral steroid use), comorbidities (asthma, aspirin sensitivity, etc), and overall clinical picture (presence o polyps or ungal disease).



Nasal saline irrigation or acute upper respiratory tract in ection in adults is generally not help ul, although data are limited;10 2 trials suggested modest benef t rom bu ered hypertonic (3-5%) saline irrigation or acute rhinosinusitis. 1 SO R B In adults with chronic sinusitis, nasal saline irrigation provides symptom relie , both alone and as an adjunct to nasal steroids, and is well tolerated. 11 SO R B

With respect to alternative therapy, there is limited evidence that Sinupret and bromelain may be e ective adjunctive treatments in acute rhinosinusitis. 17 SO R B


MEDICATIO NS • Analgesics (acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-in ammatory drugs alone or in combination with an opioid) should be used or pain. 1 • Oral and topical (nasal) decongestants may be o ered or symptomatic relie ; however, there are no randomized controlled trials (RCTs) demonstrating e ectiveness or sinusitis and the e ect is limited to the nasal cavity. 12 Topical agents are more potent but rebound nasal congestion may develop a ter discontinuation; use or 3 days only is suggested. 1 • Topical corticosteroids appear to be o benef t in improvement and resolution o symptoms or acute sinusitis. 13 SO R B • There have been no clinical trials o mucolytics reported in adults with acute bacterial sinusitis. However, they may be use ul in preventing crust ormation and lique ying secretions. SO R C • Patients who ail to improve or have severe symptoms can be o ered oral antibiotics. SO R A Although 10 days is usually recommended or adults, a shorter course (3-5 days) may be equally e ective. 1 (500 mg 3 times daily or 875 mg ° Adults (a ter 7 days)—Amoxicillin twice daily) or 10 days;1 alternatives include trimethoprim-sul amethoxazole (TMS-SMX) (1 DS twice daily) or a macrolide or 10 days. 1 ° The In ectious Disease Society o America recommends use o amoxicillin-clavulanate rather than amoxicillin alone as empiric antimicrobial therapy or acute bacterial sinusitis in adults (low-quality evidence). 14

PREVENTIO N Smoking increases the risk or sinusitis; patients should be counseled about cessation. 1

PRO GNO SIS • Based on a Cochrane review, cure or improvement rate or acute sinusitis within 2 weeks was high in both the placebo group (80%) and the antibiotic group (90%). 15 • For patients with chronic sinusitis, a retrospective study o medical treatment reported treatment success in about hal o patients (N = 74); 26 patients had partial resolution and 45 patients underwent surgery. Facial pressure or pain, mucosal in ammation, and higher endoscopic severity grade predicted treatment ailure. 18

FO LLO W-UP For those adults who ail treatment a ter 7 days o antibiotic therapy, 1 a nonbacterial cause or resistant organism should be considered; amoxicillin-clavulanate (4 g per day amoxicillin equivalent) twice daily or 10 days, or a respiratory uoroquinolone (eg, levo oxacin, 500 mg daily) or 7 days are alternatives. 1,4 SO R C


PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Nasal congestion, purulent rhinitis, and acial pain ollowing a cold may indicate a sinus in ection. Symptoms due to a cold usually abate within 1 week. • Methods to improve sinus drainage include oral and nasal decongestants and nasal saline irrigation. Patients should be cautioned against using nasal decongestants or more than 3 days to avoid rebound symptoms. For longer-term management, topical nasal steroids may prove use ul. • Patients should be encouraged to see their primary care provider i symptoms persist or worsen a ter 10 days, suggesting bacterial in ection that may benef t rom antibiotic treatment. PATIENT RESO URCES

• National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Sinusitis— http:/ / topics/ sinusitis/ Pages/ Index.aspx. • MedlinePlus. Sinusitis—http:/ / medlineplus/ sinusitis.html. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Rosenfeld RM, Andes D, Neil B, et al. Clinical practice guideline: adult sinusitis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;137:365-377. • IDSA Clinical Practice Guideline for Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis in Children and Adults—http:/ / content/ 54/ 8/ 1041.long. REFERENCES 1. Rosen eld RM, Andes D, Neil B, et al. Clinical practice guideline: adult sinusitis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;137:365-377. 2. Anand VK. Epidemiology and economic impact o rhinosinusitis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2004;193(suppl):3-5. 3. Holleman DR Jr, Williams JW Jr, Simel DL. Usual care and outcomes in patients with sinus complaints and normal results o sinus roentgenography. Arch Fam Med. 1995;4:246-251. 4. Rubin MA, Gonzales R, Sande MA. In ections o the upper respiratory tract. In: Kasper DL, Braunwald E, Fauci AS, Hauser SL, Longo DL, Jameson, JL, eds. Harrison’s Principles o Internal Medicine. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2005:185-188.


EAR, NO SE, AND THRO AT 5. Daudia A, Jones NS. Sinus headaches. Rhinology. 2007;45:1-2. 6. Bhattacharyya N. Clinical and symptom criteria or the accurate diagnosis o chronic rhinosinusitis. Laryngoscope. 2006;116(7 pt 2 suppl 110):1-22. 7. Benninger MS, Payne SC, Ferguson BJ, et al. Endoscopically directed middle meatal cultures versus maxillary sinus taps in acute bacterial maxillary rhinosinusitis: a meta-analysis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006;134(1):3-9. 8. Berger G, Steinberg DM, Popoytzer A, Ophir D. Endoscopy versus radiography or the diagnosis o acute bacterial rhinosinusitis. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2005;262(5):416-422. 9. Bhattacharyya N, Lee LN. Evaluating the diagnosis o chronic rhinosinusitis based on clinical guidelines and endoscopy. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010;143(1):147-151. 10. Kassel JC, King D, Spurling GKP. Saline nasal irrigation or acute upper respiratory tract in ections. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010;(3):CD006821. 11. Harvey R, Hannan SA, Badia L, Scadding G. Nasal saline irrigations or the symptoms o chronic rhinosinusitis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007;(3):CD006394. 12. Shaikh N, Wald ER, Pi M. Decongestants, antihistamines and nasal irrigation or acute sinusitis in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010;(12):CD007909. 13. Zalmanovici Trestioreanu A, Yaphe J. Intranasal steroids or acute sinusitis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009;(4):CD005149. 14. Chow AW, Benninger MS, Brook I, et al. IDSA clinical practice guideline or acute bacterial rhinosinusitis in children and adults. Clin In ect Dis. 2012;54(8):e72-e112. 15. Ahovuo-Saloranta A, Rautakorpi U-M, Borisenko OV, et al. Antibiotics or acute maxillary sinusitis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;(2):CD000243. 16. Khalil HS, Nunez DA. Functional endoscopic sinus surgery or chronic rhinosinusitis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006;3:CD004458. 17. Guo R, Canter PH, Ernst E. Herbal medicines or the treatment o rhinosinusitis: a systematic review. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006;135(4):496-506. 18. Lal D, Scianna JM, Stankiewicz JA. E f cacy o targeted medical therapy in chronic rhinosinusitis, and predictors o ailure. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2009;23:396-400.






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29 ANGULAR CHEILITIS Lind a Sp e e r, MD Richard P. Usatine , MD

PATIENT STO RY A middle-aged woman presents to your o ce with soreness at the right corner o her mouth or 4 months (Figure 29-1). On examination, she has cracking and ssures at the right corner o her mouth. She is diagnosed with angular cheilitis and treated with nonprescription clotrimazole cream and 1% hydrocortisone ointment twice daily. Within 2 weeks she was ully healed.


FIGURE 29-2 Cand id a alb icans s n und th mic oscop a t g ntly sc ap ing a cas o ang ula ch ilitis and using KO H and b lu ink on th slid . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

Angular cheilitis is an inf ammatory lesion o the commissure or corner o the lip characterized by scaling and ssuring.

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY SYNO NYMS Angular cheilitis is also known as perlèche, angular cheilosis, commissural cheilitis, and angular stomatitis.


• Maceration is the usual predisposing actor. Microorganisms, most o ten Candida albicans, can then invade the macerated area (Figure 29-2). 2 Can also occur a ter use o antibiotics, especially in patients with risk actors described below (Figure 29-3). • Lip licking can cause a contact dermatitis to the saliva along with perlèche (Figure 29-4). Perlèche is derived rom the French word, “lecher,” meaning to lick.

It is most common in the elderly. In one study o institutionalized elderly patients in Scotland, angular cheilitis was present in 25% o patients. 1

• Historically associated with vitamin B de ciency, which is rare in developed countries.

FIGURE 29-1 Angula ch ilitis (p lèch ). Not d y, yth matous, and f ssu d app a anc . (Reproduced with permission from Richard P. Usatine, MD.)

FIGURE 29-3 Ang ula ch ilitis in a woman with p oo d ntition and th ush at c iving antib iotics o a u ina y t act in ction. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)



FIGURE 29-4 P lè ch in a woman with co ntact d matitis lat d to lip licking . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

RISK FACTO RS • Maceration can be related to poor dentition, deep acial wrinkles, orthodontic treatment, or poorly tting dentures in the elderly (Figure 29-5). • Other risk actors include incorrect use o dental f oss causing trauma or diseases that enlarge the lips such as oro acial granulomatosis.


FIGURE 29-6 Ang ula ch ilitis in a woman with atop ic d matitis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N Corners o the mouth (oral commissures or angles o the mouth), hence the names commissural cheilitis and angular cheilitis. LABO RATO RY DIAGNO SIS

• Atopic dermatitis (Figure 29-6).

A light scraping o the corner o the mouth can be placed on a slide with potassium hydroxide (KOH) to look or Candida (see Figures 29-2 and 29-3).

• HIV or other types o immunode ciency may lead to more severe case o angular cheilitis with overgrowth o Candida (Figure 29-7).


• Use o isotretinoin dries the lips and predisposes to angular cheilitis.

Not usually indicated.

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES Erythema and ssuring at the corners o the mouth, without exudates or ulceration (see Figures 29-3 to 29-7)

FIGURE 29-5 Ang ula ch ilitis in an ld ly woman. Not th w inkl lin xt nd ing d ownwa d om th co n o h mouth ind icating som chang in h acial anatomy that can p d isp os to this cond ition. Th p lè ch sta t d whil sh was waiting o h d ntu s to b p ai d . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Impetigo—Yellowish crusts or exudates are characteristic o impetigo but not angular cheilitis (see Chapter 118, Impetigo). • Herpes simplex (cold sores)—Initial blisters, ollowed by shallow ulcers, are characteristic o herpes simplex, but not angular cheilitis (see Chapter 128, Herpes Simplex).

FIGURE 29-7 S v ang ula ch ilitis in an HIV-p ositiv man with th ush. Not th whit Cand id a g owth on b oth co n s o his mouth. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)





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Protective lip balm may be help ul to prevent recurrences as long as the patient is not allergic to chemicals within the product. Plain petrolatum is o ten the sa est product or dry lips.

• Attempt to relieve precipitating causes such as poorly tting dentures. • Counsel patients to stop licking their lips i this is part o the cause (see Figure 29-4). • Recommend protective petrolatum or lip balm as needed. • Counsel patients to stop using tobacco, either chewing or smoking. MEDICATIO NS • Recommend topical anti ungal creams or ointments, such as clotrimazole, to be applied twice daily. 3 SO R B • Low-potency topical corticosteroid, such as 1% hydrocortisone cream twice daily, may be added to treat the inf ammatory component. SO R B

• Nystatin lozenges work well but their use is limited because o their unpleasant taste. 3 SO R C I thrush is also present, prescribe clotrimazole troches or treatment o both conditions. • One randomized controlled study showed that medicated chewing gum can decrease the risk o angular cheilitis in older occupants o nursing homes. Consider recommending xylitol-containing gum to elderly patients with angular cheilitis. 4 SO R B

PREVENTIO N Attempt to identi y predisposing actors and correct i possible, such as the ollowing: • Being edentulous • Poorly tting dentures • Drooling • Lip licking (see Figure 29-4) • Atopic dermatitis (see Figure 29-6)

PATIENT EDUCATIO N Encourage patients to identi y and correct predisposing actors (listed earlier). Protective lip balm may be help ul.


• Dr. Steven R. Pohlhaus’ website. Angular Chelitis—http:/ / www toppage2.htm# Angular Cheilitis. • National Center for Emergency Medicine Informatics. Perleche— http:/ / cse/ cse0409.htm. REFERENCES 1. Samaranayake LP, Wilkieson CA, Lamey PJ, MacFarlane TW. Oral disease in the elderly in long-term hospital care. Oral Dis. 1995;1(3): 147-151. 2. Sharon V, Fazel N. Oral candidiasis and angular cheilitis. Dermatol Ther. 2010;23(3):230-242. 3. Skinner N, Junker JA, Flake D, Ho man R. Clinical inquiries. What is angular cheilitis and how is it treated? J Fam Pract. 2005 May;54(5): 470-471. 4. Simons D, Brails ord SR, Kidd EA, Beighton D. The e ect o medicated chewing gums on oral health in rail older people: a 1-year clinical trial. JAm Geriatr Soc. 2002 Aug;50(8):1348-1353.




30 TO RUS PALATINUS Lind a Sp e e r, MD Mind y A. Smith, MD, MS

PATIENT STO RY An elderly woman is in the o ce or a physical examination. While looking in her mouth, a torus is seen at the midline on the hard palate (Figure 30-1). She states that she has had this or her whole adult li e and it does not bother her. You explain to her that it is a torus palatinus and that nothing needs to be done. She is pleased to know the name o this lump and even happier to know that it is not harm ul.

INTRO DUCTIO N Torus palatinus is a benign bony exostosis (bony growth) occurring in the midline o the hard palate. Torus mandibularis o ten presents as multiple benign bony exostoses on the f oor o the mouth.


FIGURE 30-2 To us l tinus in 42-y -old wom n. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • Hard lump protruding rom the hard palate into the mouth covered with normal mucous membrane (Figures 30-1 and 30-2). • Small size (< 2 mm) appear most requent (70% to 91%). 1

• Most common bony maxillo acial exostosis, unclear origin. • Usually in adults older than 30 years o age.

• Shapes include f at, nodular, lobular, or spindle-shaped; nodular appears most common. 1 They may even by bi d (Figure 30-3).

• Prevalence ranges rom 9.5% to 26.9%; among ethnic groups, the range is wider (0.9% in Vietnamese to 30.8% among A rican Americans). 1


• More common in women than men.

Midline hard palate.

• Some populations seem to be more predisposed (eg, Middle Eastern). 2

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Torus mandibularis is also a bony exostosis but is ound under the tongue. These appear similar to a torus palatinus but are usually bilateral rather than midline (see Figure 30-4).

FIGURE 30-1 To us l tinus in 66-y -old wom n. T ti nt w s sym tom tic nd t is w s n incid nt l f nd ing . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

FIGURE 30-3 Bif d to us Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

l tinus. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from





FIGURE 30-4 To us m nd ib ul is s n und t tong u c us d b y b ony xostos s. Not t s b il t l nd simil to to us l tinus. T to i w sym tom tic nd t is w s n incid nt l f nd ing . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Squamous cell carcinoma is not as hard and the mucous membranes are usually ulcerated. Mucous membranes are normal in appearance with torus palatinus unless traumatized. • Adenoid cystic carcinoma is a rare tumor that can start in a minor salivary gland over the hard palate. Note that this tumor will not be midline as ound in the torus palatinus. I a suspected torus is not midline a biopsy is needed to rule out this potentially atal carcinoma (Figure 30-5).

MANAGEMENT • Excision can be considered i the lesion inter eres with unction, such as the t o dentures. This is per ormed as an outpatient procedure. 3,4 • Sometimes it needs to be removed because o disturbances o phonation, traumatic inf ammation or ulcer, aesthetic reasons, or as source o autogenous cortical bone or gra ts in periodontal surgery. 1

PRO GNO SIS • Very slow growing; can stop growth spontaneously. 1 • Surgical complications include per oration o nasal cavities, palatine nerve damage, bone necrosis, hemorrhage, and racture o palatine bone. 1

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FIGURE 30-5 a d noid cystic c cinom in 22-y -old wom n. T ow oints to t is unil t l tumo t t s ould not b con us d wit to us l tinus. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Rand al A. O tto, MD.)

PATIENT EDUCATIO N Patients should be in ormed about the benign nature o the lesion and that removal can be considered, i bothersome. PATIENT RESO URCES

• Brea Dentistry. Torus Palatinus—http:/ / www.breadentistry .com/ f les/ pd / OPG_tor_pal.pd . PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Otolaryngology Dr. T. Balasubramanian has posted information on his Web site including a video o surgical excision—http:/ / torus.html.

REFERENCES 1. García-García AS, Martínez-González JM, Gómez-Font R, et al. Current status o the torus palatinus and torus madibularis. Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2010;15(2):e353-e360. 2. Yildiz E, Deniz M, Ceyhan O. Prevalence of torus palatinus in Turkish school children. Surg Radiol Anat. 2005;27:368-371. 3. Al-Quran FA, Al-Dwairi ZN. Torus palatinus and torus mandibularis in edentulous patients. J Contemp Dent Pract. 2006;7:112-119. 4. Cagirankaya LB, Dansu O, Hatipoglu MG. Is torus palatinus a feature o a well-developed maxilla? Clin Anat. 2004;17:623-625.





• Highest prevalence in winter.

Brian Williams, MD Richard P. Usatine , MD Mind y A. Smith, MD

• Up to 14% of deep neck infections result from pharyngitis. 3

• Acute rheumatic fever is currently rare in the United States.

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY PATIENT STO RY A 27-year-old woman complains of 2 days of sore throat, fever, and chills. She is unable to swallow anything other than liquids because of severe odynophagia. She denies any congestion or cough. On examination, she has bilateral tonsillar erythema and exudate (Figure 31-1). Her anterior cervical lymph nodes are tender. Based on the presence of fever, absence of cough, tender lymphadenopathy, and tonsillar exudate, she is diagnosed with a high probability of group A β-hemolytic Streptococcus (GABHS) pharyngitis and prescribed antibiotics.

INTRO DUCTIO N Pharyngitis is in ammation of the pharyngeal tissues, and is usually associated with pain. The complaint of “sore throat” is a common one in the primary care of ce, and can be accompanied by other symptoms and signs including throat scratchiness, fever, headache, malaise, rash, joint and muscle pains, and swollen lymph nodes.

• Some viruses, such as adenovirus, cause in ammation of the pharyngeal mucosa by direct invasion of the mucosa or secondary to suprapharyngeal secretions. 4 Other viruses, such as rhinovirus, cause pain through stimulation of pain nerve endings by mediators, such as bradykinin. • The GABHS releases exotoxins and proteases. Erythrogenic exotoxins are responsible for the development of the scarlatiniform exanthem (Figure 31-2). 5 Secondary antibody formation because of cross-reactivity may result in rheumatic fever and valvular heart disease. 6 Antigen–antibody complexes may lead to acute poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis. • Untreated GABHS pharyngitis can result in suppurative complications including bacteremia, otitis media, meningitis, mastoiditis, cervical lymphadenitis, endocarditis, pneumonia, or peritonsillar abscess formation (Figure 31-3). Nonsuppurative complications include rheumatic fever and poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis.

RISK FACTO RS • Immune de ciency


• Chronic irritation (eg, allergies, cigarette smoking)

• Pharyngitis accounts for 1% of primary care visits. 1 • Viral infections account for an estimated 60% to 90% of cases of pharyngitis. • Bacterial infections are responsible for between 5% and 30% of pharyngitis cases, depending on the age of the population and the season. • The GABHS accounts for 5% to 10% of pharyngitis in adults and 15% to 30% in children.2 Up to 38% of cases of tonsillitis are because of GABHS.

FIGURE 31-1 Str p p haryng itis showing to nsillar xud at and ryth ma. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Michae l Ng uye n, MD.)

FIGURE 31-2 Scarlatiniform rash in scarl t f v r. This 7-y ar-old b oy has a typ ical sand p ap r rash with his str p throat and f v r. Th ryth ma is p articularly conc ntrat d in th axillary ar a. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)






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FIGURE 31-4 Mononucl osis in a young ad ult with consid rab l tonsillar xud at . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Trace y Cawthorn, MD.)

anterior cervical lymphadenopathy with severe tenderness to palpation are additional ndings. • Palatal petechiae can be seen in all types of pharyngitis (Figure 31-6). • A sandpaper rash is suggestive of scarlet fever (see Figure 31-2). • Lymphoid hyperplasia can cause a cobblestone pattern on the posterior pharynx or palate from viral infections, gastroesophageal re ux disease (GERD), or allergies (Figure 31-7). Although it usually is more suggestive of a viral infection or allergic rhinitis, lymphoid hyperplasia can be seen in strep pharyngitis (Figure 31-8).

B FIGURE 31-3 A. P ritonsillar ab sc ss on th l ft showing uvular d viation away from th sid with th ab sc ss. B. P ritonsillar ab sc ss with sw lling and anato mic d istortion of th rig ht tonsillar r g ion. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Charlie Gold b e rg , MD. Cop yrig ht © 2005 The Re g e nts of the Unive rsity of California.)

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • Rhinorrhea and cough are more consistent with viral etiology. • Rapid-onset odynophagia, tonsillar exudates, anterior cervical lymphadenopathy, and fever are consistent with streptococcal pharyngitis. • Not all tonsillar exudates are caused by streptococcal pharyngitis. Mononucleosis and other viral pharyngitis can cause tonsillar exudates (Figures 31-4 and 31-5). The positive predictive value for tonsillar exudate in strep throat is only 31%; that is, 69% of patients with tonsillar exudate will have a nonstreptococcal cause. • Para- and supra-tonsillar edema with medial and/ or anterior displacement of the involved tonsil and uvular displacement to the contralateral side suggest peritonsillar abscess (see Figure 31-3). Trismus and

FIGURE 31-5 Viral p haryng itis in a young ad ult showing nlarg d cryp tic tonsils with som ryth ma and xud at . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

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FIGURE 31-6 Viral p haryng itis with visib l p alatal p t chia . Palatal p t chia can b s n in all typ s of p haryng itis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)



FIGURE 31-7 Viral p haryng itis with p romin nt vascular inj ction of th so ft p alat and lymp hoid hyp rp lasia. (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• The following criteria are helpful in the diagnosis of GABHS pharyngitis7-10: ° History of fever or temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) (1 point) ° Absence of cough (1 point) ° Tender anterior cervical lymph nodes (1 point) ° Tonsillar swelling or exudates (1 point) ° Age ■ Less than 15 years (1 point) ■ 15 to 45 years (0 points) ■ Greater than 45 years (–1 point) The probability of GABHS is approximately 1% with –1 to 0 points and approximately 51% with 4 to 5 points. 11 LABO RATO RY TESTS AND IMAGING • Rapid antigen detection is often used to diagnose GABHS. Test options include enzyme immunoassays, latex agglutination, liposomal method, and immunochromatograph assays; the latter has the highest reported sensitivity (0.97), speci city (0.97), and positive (32.3) and negative (0.03) likelihood ratios.12 • The gold standard for the diagnosis of streptococcal infection is a positive throat culture. However, GABHS is part of the normal oropharyngeal ora in many patients and the diagnosis of acute streptococcal pharyngitis must include both the clinical signs of acute infection and a positive throat culture. • False-positive tests for streptococcal infection can occur when the patient is colonized with GABHS but it is not the cause of the acute disease.

FIGURE 31-8 Str p p haryng itis with d ark n crotic ar a on rig ht tonsil and p romin nt lymp hoid hyp rp lasia in a cob b l ston p att rn on th p ost rior p harynx. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)




EAR, NO SE, AND THRO AT • False-negative tests for streptococcal infection can occur when poor sampling technique with the throat swab fails to recover the streptococcal organism when it is the cause of the acute infection. • A positive mono spot (likelihood ratio in the rst week of illness 5.7) and/ or greater than 40% atypical lymphocytes on the peripheral smear (likelihood ratio 39) indicate mononucleosis. 12 • Viral cultures obtained from vesicles can be obtained in Coxsackievirus and herpes infections, but the diagnosis is usually based on clinical suspicion and ndings. • Head-neck computed tomography (CT) scan can assist in the diagnosis and localization of peritonsillar abscess and should be obtained if further extension into the deeper neck is suspected. 13

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Infectious mononucleosis—Nausea, anorexia without vomiting, uvular edema, generalized symmetric lymphadenopathy, and lethargy particularly in teenagers and young adults, are more suggestive of acute mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr virus [EBV]) although the pharyngeal examination has a similar appearance to GABHS (see Figure 31-4). Hepatosplenomegaly is indicative of EBV in this group. • Herpangina or Coxsackievirus infection—Oropharyngeal vesicles and ulcers on the palate indicate herpangina, which is caused by Coxsackievirus A16 in the majority of cases (Figure 31-9). • Oral Candida—Whitish plaques of the oropharyngeal mucosa indicate oral Candida or thrush, which can be found in adults with immunosuppression (see Chapter 135, Candidiasis). • Sexually transmitted infections—Primary human immunode ciency virus, gonococcal and syphilitic pharyngitis can all present with the symptom of sore throat. Although uncommon, these diagnoses should be considered in high-risk populations.

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• Primary herpes gingivostomatitis causes oral ulcers and pain in the mouth. The wide distribution of ulcers with the rst case of herpes simplex virus (HSV)-1 distinguishes this infection from other types of pharyngitis (see Chapter 128, Herpes Simplex). • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)—Primary CMV infection in the immunocompetent host is usually asymptomatic. In the immunocompromised host, CMV may present with a mononucleosis-like syndrome clinically indistinguishable from EBV infection. • Deep neck infections—Asymmetry of the neck, neck masses, and any displacement of the peripharyngeal wall should raise suspicion. Associated shortness of breath may be a warning sign of impending airway obstruction. Other complications include aspiration, thrombosis, mediastinitis, and septic shock. 13 • Epiglottitis—Rapid-onset fever, malaise, sore throat, and drooling in the absence of coughing characterize acute epiglottitis; uncommon in adults. Progression of the disease can lead to life-threatening airway obstruction. Fortunately, this is a rare condition because of the preventive effect of the Haemophilus inf uenzae type b (HIB) vaccine. • Supraglottitis—Symptoms are similar to epiglottitis. Sore throat and painful swallowing are the most common presenting symptoms, seen in more than 90% of cases. Muf ed voice and drooling, dyspnea, stridor, and cough reported in less than 50% of cases. No de nite organism is identi ed in the majority of cases. Unlike epiglottitis in children, HIB is responsible for less than 20% of adult cases but still accounts for the majority of positive cultures. Mortality rates have been reported up to 20%. Currently it is more common than epiglottitis, because of HIB vaccine. • Diphtheria—A rare condition in the United States today, as most patients have been immunized. However, it needs to be considered, especially in unvaccinated and immigrant populations. Pharyngeal diphtheria presents with sore throat, low-grade fever, and malaise. The pharynx is erythematous with a grayish pseudomembrane that cannot be scraped off. Complications include myocarditis resulting in acute and severe congestive heart failure (CHF), endocarditis, and neuropathies. • Other bacterial causes—Non–group A Streptococcus, Fusobacterium necrophorum, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydophila pneumoniae, and Arcanobacterium haemolyticum have all been isolated as bacterial causes of pharyngitis; not as clinically signi cant, but all generally respond to treatments prescribed for strep pharyngitis.

MANAGEMENT NO NPHARMACO LO GIC • Hydration with plenty of liquids • Salt-water gargles • Lozenges for comfort MEDICATIO NS • Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be used for symptomatic relief of fever and pain. Doses can be alternated as needed.

FIGURE 31-9 H rp ang ina caus d b y Coxsacki virus A16.

• Steroids (eg, dexamethasone single 10-mg injection) are indicated in severe tonsillitis in patients without immunocompromise. 12 SO R However, there is no good evidence to recommend steroids in infectious mononucleosis. 14

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• In extreme cases of pharyngitis, 1 teaspoon of viscous lidocaine 2% in a half glass of water gargled 20 to 30 minutes before meals helps the odynophagia. This is typically only recommended in rare cases because of risk of aspiration, potential toxicity of lidocaine, and the risk for oral mucosal burns—consider hospitalization if symptoms are severe. • Antibiotic use—Use the clinical prediction rule (given earlier [see “Clinical Features”]) for estimating the probability of GABHS7-11: ° Low probability (no test, no treatment for GABHS): Patients scoring 0 points should be treated symptomatically and should not be given antibiotics. ° Intermediate probability (test and treatment based on result): Patients with 1 to 3 points (probability of GABHS is approximately 18%) should undergo a rapid antigen test and be treated with antibiotics if positive. ° High probability (no test, treatment for GABHS): Patients with 4 to 5 points should be considered for empiric antibiotic treatment. • For suspected or proven GABHS, penicillin V 500 mg orally 2 to 3 times daily for 10 days continues to be the treatment of choice for adults. 15 Erythromycin 500 mg orally 4 times daily may be used in penicillin allergic patients. Penicillin G 1.2 million units intramuscular (IM) single dose may be used if unable to tolerate oral medication. • Penicillin G (600 mg IV every 6 h for 24-48 h) in combination with metronidazole (15 mg/ kg IV more than 1 h followed by 7.5 mg/ kg IV more than 1 h every 6-8 h) is recommended for peritonsillar abscess. REFERRAL • If signs of airway impairment are present, the patient should be immediately transported to an emergency department. Intubation can be extremely dif cult and risky. • Refer patients with peritonsillar abscess to ear, nose, and throat (ENT). Incision and drainage is the treatment of choice in addition to using systemic antibiotics. • Consider ENT referral for tonsillectomy in proven recurrent GABHS cases, or under certain other conditions (eg, antibiotic allergies or intolerances) with recurrence. 16 However, there is no evidence to support tonsillectomy for isolated cases. 17

PRO GNO SIS • Sore throat, regardless of the cause, is typically self-limiting. Typical symptoms last for 3 to 4 days. • Longer-term complications are rare but antibiotic treatment to prevent these sequelae remains justi ed for treatment. Antibiotics shorten the duration of illness by approximately 1 day and can reduce the risk of rheumatic fever by approximately two-thirds in communities where this complication is common. 15 However, gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms like mild diarrhea are common side effects of antibiotic therapy. The number needed to treat to prevent 1 sore throat at day 3 is less than 6; at week 1 it is 21. 15

FO LLO W-UP Follow up if clinically deteriorating, especially if swallowing or breathing becomes more dif cult or severe headache develops.


EAR, NO SE, AND THRO AT PATIENT EDUCATIO N • The treatment for most cases of non-GABHS pharyngitis is education. Explain to patients the difference between a viral and a bacterial infection to help them understand why antibiotics were prescribed or not prescribed. Antibiotic treatment for a patient with an obvious viral infection is inappropriate, despite patient requests. Studies demonstrate that spending time with the patient to explain the disease process is associated with greater patient satisfaction than prescribing an antibiotic. 18,19 • Rest, liquids, and analgesics should be encouraged. • Patients receiving antibiotics should be reminded to complete the entire course, even if symptoms improve. Common antibiotic side effects, like rash, nausea, and diarrhea should be reviewed. • Patients with mononucleosis and splenomegaly should be warned to avoid contact sports because of the risk of splenic rupture.


• Healthline. Pharyngitis—http:/ / health/ pharyngitis# Overview1. • MedlinePlus. Strep throat— medlineplus/ ency/ article/ 000639.htm. • Mononucleosis—http:/ / amilydoctor/ en/ diseases-conditions/ mononucleosis .html. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Free clinical calculator online: Modi ed Centor Score for Strep Pharyngitis—http:/ / modif ed-centorscore- or-strep-pharyngitis.

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15. Spinks A, Glasziou PP, Del Mar CB. Antibiotics for sore throat. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006;(4):CD000023. 16. Baugh RF, Archer SM, Mitchell RB, et al. Clinical practice guideline: tonsillectomy in children. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011;144(suppl 1):S1-S30. 17. Neill RA, Scoville C. Clinical inquiries. What are the indications for tonsillectomy in children? J Fam Pract. 2002;51(4):314. 18. Hamm RM, Hicks RJ, Bemben DA. Antibiotics and respiratory infections: are patients more satis ed when expectations are met. J Fam Pract. 1996;43(1):56-62. 19. Ong S, Nakase J, Moran GJ, et al. Antibiotic use for emergency department patients with upper respiratory infections: prescribing practices, patient expectations, and patient satisfaction. Ann Emerg Med. 2007;50(3):213-220.





32 THE LARYNX (HO ARSENESS) Laura Matrka, MD C. Blake Simp son, MD J. Michae l King , MD




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A 47-year-old man with a 40 pack-year history of smoking presents with worsening hoarseness that began approximately 6 weeks ago. He complains of globus sensation and dif culty swallowing solid foods. He denies odynophagia, otalgia, hemoptysis, and hematemesis. There is no associated cough, and he has not had any constitutional symptoms such as fevers, chills, or recent weight loss. Hoarseness in a middle-aged man with the above symptoms is very common, and the differential diagnosis is long (all the diseases discussed later are possibilities in this case scenario). The patient’s smoking history and duration of symptoms should raise concern for a possible laryngeal malignancy. However, there is a higher incidence of laryngopharyngeal re ux (LPR) followed by benign vocal fold (cord) lesions.

INTRO DUCTIO N The evaluation of hoarseness typically involves rst ruling out the most serious pathologies, such as laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), in adults or recurrent respiratory papillomatosis in children, and then proceeding with a more focused and subtle evaluation to uncover any of the many benign pathologies that affect the larynx. Treatment of these benign pathologies must take into account the patient’s lifestyle and voice needs. It also often incorporates education on vocal hygiene, which involves increasing hydration, decreasing mucus and vocal abuse, and reducing acid re ux if a factor.


FIGURE 32-1 Normal larynx (true and alse vocal old s). FVF, alse vocal old ; TVF, true vocal old (cord ). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from C. Blake Simp son, MD.)

• Squamous cell carcinoma accounts for 95% of laryngeal cancer. Approximately 11,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. Peak incidence is in the sixth and seventh decades of life with a strong male predominance. 1 • Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) represents the most common benign neoplasm of the larynx among children and should be considered in children with chronic hoarseness. A known risk factor for juvenile onset is the triad of a rstborn child (75%), teenage mother, and vaginal delivery. The incidence is 4.3 per 100,000 children and 1.8 per 100,000 adults. 2 There is a known association between cervical human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in the mother and juvenileonset RRP, but the precise mode of transmission is unclear. The risk of a child contracting RRP after delivery from an actively infected mother with genital HPV ranges from 0.25% to 3%. 3 Because cesarean section does not prevent RRP in all cases, routine prophylactic cesarean section in mothers with active condyloma acuminata is currently not recommended.

SYNO NYMS AND DEFINITIO NS • Hoarseness, dysphonia, vocal strain, breathiness, raspiness

Vocal Process

• Vocal cords, true vocal cords, true vocal folds, glottis (Figure 32-1) • False vocal folds, false vocal cords (mucosal folds in the supraglottis, just superior to the true vocal folds and separated from the true folds by the ventricle) • Flexible beroptic laryngoscopy, direct laryngoscopy, nasopharyngeal scope (NP scope), transnasal beroptic laryngoscopy • Stroboscopy, videolaryngostroboscopy (VLS), strobe examination Right


EPIDEMIO LO GY • The most common cause of hoarseness in adults and children overall is viral infection causing laryngitis (Figure 32-2). • LPR disease may be present in up to 50% of patients presenting with voice and laryngeal disorders. 1 It is less commonly the sole cause of hoarseness.

FIGURE 32-2 Laryng itis—d i use e rythe ma and in ammation, irre g ular vocal old e d g e s. (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission fro m C. Blake Simp son, MD.)



EAR, NO SE, AND THRO AT ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Laryngitis is a nonspeci c term to describe in ammation of the larynx from any cause. Most commonly this is due to a viral upper respiratory infection. Compare the anatomy of the normal larynx (see Figure 32-1) with that of acute laryngitis (see Figure 32-2), with the primary differences being in the diffuse erythema and edema of the vocal folds and the often transient irregularities of the vocal fold medial edge as compared to the straight medial edge of the normal vocal fold. Laryngeal symptoms result from dry throat, mucous stasis, and recurrent trauma from coughing and throat clearing. • LPR must be differentiated from gastroesophageal re ux disease (GERD), in which acid re ux is more likely to cause heartburn, indigestion, and regurgitation and does not necessarily reach the larynx or upper aerodigestive tract. LPR is more likely to present with frequent throat clearing, dry cough, hoarseness, and globus sensation and does not include heartburn in more than 60% of patients. The larynx is highly sensitive to even small amounts of acid or pepsin. Thus, patients who do not have severe enough re ux to cause esophagitis, with its associated symptoms of GERD, may still develop symptomatic laryngeal mucosal injury, with its associated symptoms of LPR. 1,4-6 • SCC has a multifactorial etiology, but 90% of patients have a history of heavy tobacco and/ or alcohol use. These risk factors have a synergistic effect. Other independent risk factors include employment as a painter or metalworker, exposure to diesel or gasoline fumes, and exposure to therapeutic doses of radiation. • RRP is caused by HPV-6 and HPV-11. Onset is predominantly in young children, although an adult-onset variant exists. Its course is unpredictable and highly variable. Tracheal and bronchopulmonary spread can occur, as can malignant transformation to SCC; the latter is rare. Bronchopulmonary spread is uniformly fatal as a consequence of the lack of surgical options. • Vocal cord nodules are benign lesions arising from mechanical trauma (vocal abuse or misuse) and are often described as a “callous” of the vocal folds. Vocal cord polyps or cysts can arise from vocal abuse, a blocked mucous gland, vocal fold hemorrhage, a background of polypoid corditis (see below), or idiopathic etiologies. They are a common cause of dysphonia in singers, teachers, and other professional voice users. Vocal cord granulomas are associated with LPR and/ or intubation trauma and rarely require surgery. • Causes of vocal cord paresis or paralysis are myriad:1,7 ° Iatrogenic surgical injury (anterior spine fusion, carotid endarterectomy, thyroidectomy) is most common (25%). ° Nonlaryngeal malignancy (mediastinal, bronchopulmonary, and skull base) (24%). ° No identi able cause (idiopathic), often assumed to be viral (20%). ° Nonsurgical trauma (penetrating or blunt injury and intubation injury) (10%). ° Neurologic causes (stroke, central nervous system [CNS] tumors, multiple sclerosis [MS], and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS]) (8%). ° In ammatory or infectious disease (2-5%). • Presbyphonia is a diagnosis of exclusion denoting vocal changes from aging of the larynx (gradually weakening voice, poor vocal projection, and vocal “roughness”). Hoarseness in patients older than 60 years of age is most commonly a result of benign vocal fold lesions followed by malignancy and vocal fold paralysis. Once a thorough evaluation has

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been done to rule out organic causes, presbyphonia is the cause of hoarseness in approximately 10% of elderly patients; it is characterized by atrophied vocal folds. 8

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • Key historical and physical examination ndings can help differentiate benign pathology from potentially more serious problems: ° Otalgia (ear pain)—Often a source of referred pain from primary laryngeal and pharyngeal carcinomas; it is not typically seen with benign pathologies. ° Dysphagia and odynophagia (pain when swallowing)—Nonspeci c complaints, but potentially worrisome for obstructing lesions or reactive pharyngeal edema. ° Stridor or dyspnea—“Noisy breathing” with respiratory distress should be evaluated urgently to rule out impending airway obstruction. Less-severe dyspnea may be noted by patients with vocal cord paralysis caused by air escape during speech; a detailed history should reveal that it occurs only during speech or from the inability to perform adequate Valsalva maneuver as a result of loss of tight glottic closure. ° Globus pharyngeus—The persistent or intermittent nonpainful sensation of a lump or foreign body in the throat. This is commonly associated with LPR. ° Neck mass—Associated unilateral or bilateral lymphadenopathy is suspicious for a laryngeal neoplasm until proven otherwise. ° Timing—Onset, duration, and frequency of symptoms are important. • Red ags for laryngeal carcinoma include a history of smoking and/ or alcohol abuse, associated neck mass, weight loss or severe dysphagia, presence of stridor (often initially noted with sleep or when lying at), and otalgia. • LPR symptoms include hoarseness, throat clearing, “postnasal drip,” chronic cough, dysphagia, globus pharyngeus, and sore throat. “Heartburn” is not a requisite symptom! • Hallmark of diagnosis is direct visualization of the larynx, often performed by an otolaryngologist with a exible laryngoscopic examination. Stroboscopy is added to the evaluation when visualization of the mucosal wave of the vocal folds is necessary. Assessment of the mucosal wave aids in determining the depth of a lesion within the vocal fold and the severity of its effect on the voice. LABO RATO RY AND IMAGING • Laboratory studies are not usually helpful, except in the rare case that a previously undiagnosed rheumatologic disease presents with vocal complaints as the initial symptom. • Plain lms of the chest are useful to rule out bronchopulmonary or mediastinal masses as a cause of vocal cord paralysis, but are generally not helpful for primary laryngeal lesions. • A computed tomography (CT) of the neck and chest with contrast is useful in ruling out pathology along the length of the recurrent laryngeal nerve in cases of unexplained vocal cord paralysis and in cases suspicious for carcinoma, especially if there is associated cervical lymphadenopathy. A chest X-ray is sometimes used to replace the chest CT. • A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with and without gadolinium offers the best imaging for suspected primary CNS or skull base

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FIGURE 32-3 Laryng op haryng e al re ux. Postcricoid re g ion e d e ma (normal is le ss ull and ne arly concave ) and e d e ma just in e rior to the true vocal old e d g e (in rag lottic e d e ma) ind icative o chronic in ammation rom re ux, o te n calle d “p se ud osulcus.” O the r f nd ing s o LPR not se e n in this imag e includ e thick mucus and mucosal e rythe ma. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from C. Blake Simp son, MD.)

lesions; this is typically added to the workup for vocal cord paralysis when evidence of high vagal injury such as weakness in palate elevation is present. • Referral to a gastroenterologist for dual-channel 24-hour pH probe monitoring (while on antiref ux medications) is a useful diagnostic tool for patients with suspected LPR.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Laryngitis (see Figure 32-2)

FIGURE 32-5 Sq uamous ce ll carcino ma, ad vance d stag e with le t true vocal cord p aralysis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from C. Blake Simp son, MD.)

• Laryngeal papillomatosis (Figures 32-6 and 32-7) • Vocal cord nodule (Figure 32-8) • Vocal cord polyp (Figure 32-9) • Vocal cord cyst • Vocal cord paresis or paralysis • Presbyphonia • Neurologic disorders (MS, Parkinson disease, ALS, and essential tremor) • Systemic diseases (Wegener granulomatosis, sarcoidosis, rheumatoid arthritis)


• Laryngopharyngeal re ux (Figures 32-3 and 32-4) • Laryngitis—Empiric treatment is aimed at alleviating symptoms such as cough and thinning nasal or pharyngeal secretions. Hydration is critical for healing (increased water intake, steam showers, humidi ers,

• SCC (Figure 32-5)

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Arytenoid Process


Mucous Papilloma FIGURE 32-4 Laryng op haryng e al re ux d uring p honation with d i use e rythe ma, in ammation, and thick mucus. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from C. Blake Simp son, MD.)

FIGURE 32-6 Ad ult re curre nt re sp iratory p ap illomatosis. Arye p ig lottic old (A-E old ). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from C. Blake Simp son, MD.)





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FIGURE 32-7 Re curre nt re sp iratory p ap illomatosis in a 3-ye ar-old child . The p ap illomas are ne arly ob structing the airway and have re q uire d d e b rid e me nt. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from C. Blake Simp son, MD.)

and saunas may help). Throat clearing should be discouraged and voice rest encouraged. Talking should be conserved, not prohibited. Inform patients that whispering causes even more vocal strain than normal speech. • Vocal cord nodules, polyps, and cysts—Initial management involves speech therapy accompanied by medical treatment of dehydration, allergies, sinonasal secretions (postnasal drip), and LPR. Refractory disease may require surgical excision. • Laryngeal papillomatosis—Most children have a recalcitrant course that requires periodic surgical debridement by an otolaryngologist to prevent airway obstruction. Spontaneous remission may occur. Adjuvant therapy, such as intraepithelial injection of cidofovir at the time of surgery, is commonly utilized in more aggressive disease. It is hoped that the administration of the Gardasil vaccine will decrease the incidence of RRP over time. Some practitioners administer the Gardasil vaccine in a nonprophylactic manner to patients with existing RRP,

FIGURE 32-9 Larg e , ob structing laryng e al p olyp with thick mucus colle cting around it. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission fro m C. Blake Simp son, MD.)

although there is no strong evidence currently to support a treatment effect of the vaccine. 2,3 • LPR—Mainstay treatment involves patient education to modify diet and behavior (avoidance of acidic or greasy foods, tobacco cessation, limiting alcohol and caffeine, weight loss, and avoiding meals shortly before lying down). Medical therapy consists of twice-daily proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) 30 to 60 minutes before meals, which can often be weaned after several months of therapy. Some patients bene t from adding an H2-blocker, such as ranitidine 300 mg, at bedtime. • SCC—Multidisciplinary management is best. Depending on the staging and extent of disease, patients often receive one or more modalities of treatment including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. • Vocal cord paresis or paralysis—Treatment is targeted at the underlying disorder. Some patients may be candidates for surgical intervention to reposition the paralyzed cord medially with an implant. With a mobile vocal fold on the contralateral side, airway is rarely compromised by medialization of the paralyzed vocal fold. These procedures restore voice quality and often alleviate chronic aspiration problems. • Neurologic diseases—Laryngeal complaints can be associated with MS, myasthenia gravis, Parkinson disease, ALS, and essential tremor. In addition to managing the underlying disorder, a trial of voice therapy is sometimes useful.

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• Systemic diseases—Diseases such as Wegener granulomatosis, sarcoidosis, relapsing polychondritis, and rheumatoid arthritis rarely may involve the larynx. Voice and swallowing problems in these patients should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist for possible therapies to improve the voice and to rule out associated airway stenosis. • Presbyphonia—This is a diagnosis of exclusion. Once organic etiologies have been ruled out, a trial of voice therapy is recommended before considering surgical options, such as vocal fold injection augmentation to plump the atrophied vocal fold.


FIGURE 32-8 Vocal cord nod ule s. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from C. Blake Simp son, MD.)

• Urgent referral to an otolaryngologist for exible laryngoscopic examination of the larynx is advisable when the history and physical are suspicious for carcinoma.

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• When symptoms worsen or fail to resolve, referral to an otolaryngologist (or laryngologist) is indicated (see “Provider Resources” below to nd a laryngologist in your area).


• Patients suspected of having LPR should be seen approximately 6 to 8 weeks after initiating empiric therapy with a PPI and lifestyle measures. An otolaryngology and/ or gastroenterology consultation is indicated when symptoms do not improve after optimized behavioral and medical management or for patients who require long-term PPI therapy (longer than 12 months). Some of these patients, particularly those with chronic cough or long-standing requirement for PPIs, may require transnasal esophagoscopy (performed in the otolaryngologist’s of ce) or esophagogastroduodenoscopy (performed by a gastroenterologist in the endoscopy suite). Recent evidence has pointed to chronic cough as an independent indicator of esophageal adenocarcinoma, and Barrett esophagus should be ruled out in any patient requiring longterm PPI use. 9

2. Derkay CS. Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. Laryngoscope. 2001;111:57-69.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • In cases of nonmalignant pathology, vocal hygiene and other lifestyle measures often play an important role in treatment. Efforts should focus on increasing hydration, decreasing caffeine intake, tobacco cessation, and prevention of excessive alcohol use. • Vocal cord nodules, polyps, and cysts typically occur in professional voice users (ministers, auctioneers, teachers, singers, etc). Speech therapists can be integral in preventing and healing lesions by teaching patients how to avoid vocal misuse. • Benign laryngeal pathology may be improved, but not necessarily resolved, by controlling both gastroesophageal and LPR disease. Patients should be educated about GERD or LPR risk factors: ° Spicy, acidic, or greasy foods ° Tobacco and alcohol abuse ° Caffeinated beverages (especially carbonated sodas) ° Citric juices, tomato sauces, chocolate, mints ° Obesity ° Eating meals within 2 to 3 hours of lying down


• American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery— http:/ / healthinfo/ index.cfm. • ENT USA—http:/ / •—http:/ / PRO VIDER RESO URCES

•—http:/ / • Information about laryngeal pathology as well as an extensive list of laryngologists worldwide—http:/ / links/ physicians.html.

1. Ossoff R, Shapshay S, Woodson G, Netterville J. The Larynx. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003.

3. Gallagher TQ, Derkay CS. Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis: update 2008. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008;16:532-542. 4. Simpson CB. Patient of the month program: breathy dysphonia. American Academy o Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002;31(7):19-28. 5. Koufmann JA, Amin MA, Panetti M. Prevalence of re ux in 113 consecutive patients with laryngeal and voice disorders. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;123:385-388. 6. Koufman JA, Aviv JE, Casiano RR, Shaw GY. Laryngopharyngeal re ux: position statement of the committee on speech, voice, and swallowing disorders of the American Academy of OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002;127:32-35. 7. Benninger MS, Gillen JB, Altman JS. Changing etiology of vocal fold immobility. Laryngoscope. 1998;108:1346-1349. 8. Kendall K. Presbyphonia: a review. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;15:137-140. 9. Reavis KM, Morris CD, Gopal DV, et al. Laryngopharyngeal re ux symptoms better predict the presence of esophageal adenocarcinoma than typical gastroesophageal re ux symptoms. Ann Surg. 2004;239(6): 849-858.


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33 BLACK HAIRY TO NGUE Richard P. Usatine , MD Wand a C. Gonsalve s, MD

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SYNO NYMS BHT is also known as hyperkeratosis o the tongue, lingua villosa nigra.

EPIDEMIO LO GY PATIENT STO RY A 60-year-old man who smokes presents to the physician’s o ce smelling o alcohol. He complains o a black discoloration o his tongue and a gagging sensation on occasion. He admits to smoking 1 to 2 packs per day along with drinking at least 6 to 8 beers per day. The patient brushes his teeth in requently and has not seen a dentist or a long time. On physical examination, his teeth are stained and his tongue shows elongated papillae with brown discoloration (Figure 33-1). Diagnoses include black hairy tongue (BHT), poor oral hygiene, and tobacco and alcohol addiction.

INTRO DUCTIO N BHT is a benign disorder o the tongue characterized by abnormally hypertrophied and elongated li orm papillae on the sur ace o the tongue. 1 In addition, there is de ective desquamation o the papillae on the dorsal tongue resulting in a hair-like appearance. 2

The prevalence o BHT varies depending on the risk actors in the population being studied. • It can be as high as 57% in persons incarcerated or addicted to drugs. 3 • The prevalence in Minnesota schoolchildren was 0.06%. 4 • Turkish dental patients showed higher rates o BHT in men, smokers, and black tea drinkers. The highest prevalence was 54% in heavy smokers. 5

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • BHT (see Figure 33-1) is a disorder characterized by elongation and hypertrophy o li orm papillae and de ective desquamation o the papillae. 2,6 • These papillae, which are normally about 1 mm in length, may become as long as 12 mm. ° The elongated li orm papillae 1can then collect debris, bacteria, ungus, or other oreign materials. • In an extensive literature review o reported cases o drug-induced BHT, 82% o the cases were caused by antibiotics (Figure 33-2). 1 • Dry mouth (xerostomia) rom medications, tobacco, and radiation therapy can lead to BHT. 1

FIGURE 33-1 Black hairy tong ue (BHT) showing e long ate d f li orm a illae with b rown d iscoloration in a man who is a he avy smoke r and d rinke r. Note the tob acco-staine d te e th. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Brad Ne ville , DDS.)

FIGURE 33-2 Drug -ind uce d b lack hairy tong ue (BHT) with ye llowish-b rown e long ate d f li orm a illae in a atie nt taking a b road -s e ctrum antib iotic. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)


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RISK FACTO RS • Tobacco (smoking and chewing)1 • Alcoholism and drug abuse (especially drugs that are smoked) • Poor oral hygiene • Medications (especially antibiotics and those causing xerostomia) • Oxidizing mouthwashes (containing peroxide) • Cancer, especially with radiation therapy • Drinking black tea or co ee

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • Patients may be asymptomatic. However, the accumulation o debris in the elongated papillae may cause taste alterations, nausea, gagging, halitosis, and pain or burning o the tongue. 1 The diagnosis is made by visual inspection: • BHT may exhibit a thick coating o black, brown, or yellow discoloration, depending on oods ingested, tobacco use, and amount o co ee or tea consumed (Figure 33-3). TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N The lesion is restricted to the dorsum o the tongue, anterior to the circumvallate papillae, rarely involving the tip or sides o the tongue. LABO RATO RY TESTS Consider per orming a potassium hydroxide (KOH) preparation to rule out associated candidiasis.

FIGURE 33-3 Black hairy tong ue (BHT) that is also urrowe d in a he avy smoke r. Note this man also has ang ular che ilitis, oor d e ntition, and halitosis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

O RAL HEALTH DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Black tongue can occur with the ingestion o bismuth subsalicylate or minocycline. Although the tongue has a black coating, the papillae are not elongated. Without the hypertrophy o papillae this is not a BHT (Figure 33-4). • Hairy leukoplakia—Appears as aint white vertical keratotic streaks typically on the lateral side o the tongue (Figure 33-5). Do not conuse BHT with oral hairy leukoplakia, an Epstein-Barr virus–related condition typically a ecting the lateral tongue bilaterally in immunocompromised patients, especially those with HIV in ection. • Oral candidiasis—White plaques typically ound on the buccal mucosa, tongue, and palate when removed has an erythematous base. The white color should make this easy to distinguish rom BHT (see Chapter 135, Candidiasis).

MANAGEMENT NO NPHARMACO LO GIC • Avoidance o predisposing risk actors (eg, tobacco, alcohol, and antibiotics). SO R • Stop the o ending medication in drug-induced BHT whenever possible.1 SO R

• Regular tongue brushing using a so t toothbrush or tongue scraper. SO R

MEDICATIO NS I candidiasis is present, an oral anti ungal is indicated. I there is no liver disease, the pre erred regimen or oral candidiasis is f uconazole 100 mg daily or 14 days. An alternative is clotrimazole troches 5 times a day or 14 days. Nystatin is less e ective. Fluconazole-treated HIV patients with oropharyngeal candidiasis were more likely to remain disease- ree than those treated with other anti ungal agents. 7 SO R

FIGURE 33-4 Black tong ue without e long ate d a illae in a woman with untre ate d e m hig us vulg aris. Note the alatal e rosions along with the b lack co lor o the tong ue . The b lack color was g one in 2 d ays a te r re d nisone was initiate d and the atie nt was ab le to e at ag ain. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)






PATIENT EDUCATIO N Tell the patients to brush their teeth and tongue twice a day or to use a tongue scraper. Address addictions and o er help to quit. Suggest that patients should eat rm oods, like resh apples, that will help to clean the tongue.


• Mayo Clinic. Black, Hairy Tongue—http:/ / www.mayoclinic .com/ health/ black-hairy-tongue/ DS01134. PRO VIDER RESO URCES FIGURE 33-5 O ral hairy le uko lakia cause d b y E ste in-Barr virus on the tong ue o a man with AIDS. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

REFERRAL Patients with poor oral hygiene should be re erred to a dentist. All patients should be encouraged to see a dentist at least twice yearly.

PREVENTIO N Good oral hygiene and avoidance o risk actors are essential.

PRO GNO SIS BHT is generally a sel -limited disorder, so the prognosis should be excellent with good oral hygiene and treatment.

• Medscape. Hairy Tongue—http:/ / article/ 1075886.

REFERENCES 1. Thompson DF, Kessler TL. Drug-induced black hairy tongue. Pharmacotherapy. 2010;30(6):585-593. 2. Harada Y, Gaa ar H. Black hairy tongue. A scanning electron microscopic study. J Laryngol Otol. 1977;91:91-96. 3. Bouquot JE. Common oral lesions ound during a mass screening examination. JAm Dent Assoc. 1986;112(1):50-57. 4. Redman RS. Prevalence o geographic tongue, ssured tongue, median rhomboid glossitis, and hairy tongue among 3,611 Minnesota schoolchildren. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol. 1970;30:390-395. 6. Sarti GM, Haddy RI, Scha er D, Kihm J. Black hairy tongue. Am Fam Physician. 1990;41:1751-1755. 7. Albougy HA, Naidoo S. A systematic review o the management o oral candidiasis associated with HIV/ AIDS. SADJ. 2002;57(11):457-466.



34 GEO GRAPHIC TO NGUE Erne st Vald e z, DDS Richard P. Usatine , MD Wand a C. Gonsalve s, MD

O RAL HEALTH SYNO NYMS Geographic tongue is also known as benign migratory glossitis, geographic stomatitis.

EPIDEMIO LO GY PATIENT STO RY A 23-year-old man presents to the physician’s o ce complaining o his tongue’s “strange appearance.” He denies pain or discom ort and is unsure how long the lesions have been present. The lesions seem to change areas o distribution on the tongue. The examination reveals large, well-delineated, shiny and smooth, erythematous spots on the surace o the tongue (Figure 34-1). The diagnosis is geographic tongue (benign migratory glossitis). The physician explains that it is benign and that no treatment is needed unless symptoms develop.

INTRO DUCTIO N Geographic tongue is a recurrent, benign, usually asymptomatic, inf ammatory disorder o the mucosa o the dorsum and lateral borders o the tongue. Geographic tongue is characterized by circinate, irregularly shaped erythematous patches bordered by a white keratotic band. The central erythematous patch represents loss o li orm papillae o tongue epithelium. Geographic tongue can, although rarely, present as symptomatic.

• Geographic tongue has an estimated prevalence o 1% to 3% o the population. 1 • It may occur in either children or adults, and exhibits a emale predilection. • Geographic tongue in the United States has a greater prevalence among white and black persons than among Mexican Americans. 2

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Geographic tongue is a common oral inf ammatory condition o unknown etiology. • Some studies have shown an increased requency in patients with allergies, pustular psoriasis, stress, type 1 diabetes, ssured tongue, and hormonal disturbances. 3 • Histopathologic appearance resembles psoriasis. 4 • Oddly, geographic tongue has an inverse association with cigarette smoking. 2,5

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • The diagnosis is made by visual inspection and history o the lesion. The lesions are suggestive o a geographic map (hence geographic tongue) with pink continents surrounded by whiter oceans (see Figure 34-1). • Geographic tongue consists o large, well-delineated, shiny, and smooth, erythematous patches surrounded by a white halo (Figure 34-2). • Tongue lesions exhibit central erythema because o atrophy o the liorm papillae and are usually surrounded by slightly elevated, curving, white-to-yellow elevated borders (see Figures 34-1 and 34-2). • The condition typically waxes and wanes over time so the lesions appear to be migrating (hence migratory glossitis). • Lesions may last days, months, or years. The lesions do not scar. • Most patients are asymptomatic, but some patients may complain o pain or burning, especially when eating spicy oods. • Suspect systemic intraoral mani estations o psoriasis or reactive arthritis i the patient has psoriatic skin lesions or has conjunctivitis, urethritis, arthritis, and skin involvement suggestive o reactive arthritis (see Chapter 153, Reactive Arthritis). TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N FIGURE 34-1 Ge og rap hic to ng ue (b e nig n mig ratory g lossitis). Note the p ink contine nts among the white oce ans. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Gonsalve s WC, Chi AC, Ne ville BW. Common oral le sions: p art II. Am Fam Phys. 2007;75(4):501-508. Cop yrig ht © 2007 Ame rican Acad e my of Family Physicians. All rig hts re se rve d .)

• The lesions are typically ound on the anterior two-thirds o the dorsal tongue mucosa. • Geographic tongue usually a ects the tongue, although other oral sites may be involved such as the buccal mucosa, the labial mucosa and less requently, the so t palate. 3





FIGURE 34-2 Ge og rap hic to ng ue le sions in a 71-ye ar-old woman. Note the white halos around the p ink are as o atrop hy o f li orm p ap illae . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Michae ll Hub e r, DMD.)

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Erythroplakia or leukoplakia—May be suspected when lesions a ect the so t palate (see Chapter 38, Leukoplakia). • Lichen planus—Reticular orms are characterized by interlacing white lines commonly ound on the buccal mucosa, or erosive orms, characterized by atrophic erythematous areas with central ulceration and surrounding radiating striae (see Chapter 152, Lichen Planus) (Figure 34-3). • Psoriasis—Intraoral lesions have been described as red or white plaques associated with the activity o cutaneous lesions (see Chapter 150, Psoriasis) (Figure 34-4).

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FIGURE 34-4 White p laq ue s on the tong ue o a b lack woman with se ve re cutane ous p laq ue p soriasis. A histolog ic sp e cime n would ap p e ar similar to g e og rap hic tong ue . (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission fro m E.J. Maye aux, Jr., MD.)

described as painless ulcerative papules on the buccal mucosa and palate (see Chapter 153, Reactive Arthritis). • Fissured tongue—An inherited condition in which the tongue has ssures that are asymptomatic. Although it has been called a scrotal tongue in the past, the term f ssured tongue is pre erred by patients (Figure 34-5).

MANAGEMENT Most individuals are asymptomatic and do not require treatment (Figure 34-6).

• Reactive arthritis—A condition characterized by the triad o “urethritis, arthritis, and conjunctivitis,” may have rare intraoral lesions

FIGURE 34-3 Liche n p lanus o the tong ue . The re are white striae ; the surace is smooth in the a e cte d are a b e cause o the lo ss o p ap illae . (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

FIGURE 34-5 Fissure d to ng ue p re se nt since b irth. Althoug h this has also b e e n calle d a scrotal tong ue , the p re e rre d te rminolog y is now f ssure d tong ue , or ob vious re asons. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)


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O RAL HEALTH • The tongue swells signi cantly. • The patient has trouble breathing. • The patient has trouble talking or chewing/ swallowing.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N Patients should be reassured o the conditions that are benign in nature. Tell patients with geographic tongue to avoid irritating spicy oods and liquids. PATIENT RESO URCES

• Medline Plus. Geographic Tongue—http:/ / medlineplus/ ency/ article/ 001049.htm. PRO VIDER RESO URCES FIGURE 34-6 A mild asymp tomatic case o g e og rap hic tong ue . Note the atrop hic f li orm p ap illae and the sub tle white halo. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• For symptomatic cases, several treatments have been proposed but not proven e ective with good clinical trials6,7: ° Topical steroids such as triamcinolone dental paste (Oralone or Kenalog in Orabase) SO R ° Supplements such as zinc, vitamin B12, niacin, and ribof avin SO R ° Antihistamine mouth rinses (eg, diphenhydramine elixir 12.5 mg per 5 mL diluted in a 1:4 ratio with water) SO R 6,7 ° Topical anesthetic rinses SO R Geographic tongue can rarely present as persistent and pain ul (Figure 34-7). In one case report, 0.1% tacrolimus ointment was applied twice daily or 2 weeks with signi cant improvement o symptoms. 8 SO R No treatment has been proven to be uni ormly e ective. 9

FO LLO W-UP Tell the patient to contact you i the symptoms continue rom the past 10 days and to go to the emergency department immediately i the ollowing conditions occur:

• Medscape. Geographic Tongue—http:/ / emedicine.medscape .com/ article/ 1078465. • Mayo Clinic. Geographic Tongue—http:/ / www.mayoclinic .com/ health/ geographic-tongue/ DS00819.

REFERENCES 1. Redman RS. Prevalence o geographic tongue, ssured tongue, median rhomboid glossitis, and hairy tongue among 3,611 Minnesota schoolchildren. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol. 1970;30:390-395. 2. Shulman JD, Carpenter WM. Prevalence and risk actors associated with geographic tongue among US adults. Oral Dis. 2006;12:341-346. 3. Assimakopoulos D, Patrikakos G, Fotika C, Elisa M. Benign migratory glossitis or geographic tongue: an enigmatic oral lesion. Am J Med. 2002;113:751-755. 4. Espelid M, Bang G, Johannessen AC, et al. Geographic stomatitis: report o 6 cases. J Oral Pathol Med. 1991;20:425-428. 5. Darwazeh AM, Almelaih AA. Tongue lesions in a Jordanian population. Prevalence, symptoms, subject’s knowledge and treatment provided. Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2011;16:e745-e749. 6. Abe M, Sogabe Y, Syuto T, et al. Success ul treatment with cyclosporin administration or persistent benign migratory glossitis. J Dermatol. 2007;34:340-343. 7. Reamy BV, Derby R, Bunt CW. Common tongue conditions in primary care. Am Fam Physician. 2010; 81:627-634. 8. Ishibashi M, Tojo G, Watanabe M, et al. Geographic tongue treated with topical tacrolimus. J Dermatol Case Rep. 2010;4:57-59. 9. Gonsalves W, Chi A, Neville B. Common oral lesions: part 1. Supercial mucosal lesions. Am Fam Physician. 2007;75:501-507.

FIGURE 34-7 Ge og rap hic to ng ue with more se ve re symp tomatolog y, includ ing p ain and a b urning se nsation whe n e ating sp icy ood s. The contrast b e twe e n the normal tong ue tissue and the p ink atrop hic p ap illae is striking . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Elle n Eise nb e rg , DMD.)





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35 GINGIVITIS AND PERIO DO NTAL DISEASE Richard P. Usatine , MD Wand a C. Gonsalve s, MD

PATIENT STO RY A 35-year-old woman presents to clinic for a routine physical examination. She says that for the last 6 months her gums bleed when she brushes her teeth. She reports smoking 1 pack of cigarettes per day. The oral examination nds generalized plaque and red swollen intradental papilla (Figure 35-1). The physician explains to her that she has gingivitis and that she should brush twice daily and use oss daily. The physician tells her that smoking is terrible for her health in all ways, including her oral health. The physician offers her help to quit smoking and refers her to a dentist for a cleaning and full dental examination.

INTRO DUCTIO N Gingivitis is the in ammation of the gingiva (gums). Gingivitis alone does not affect the underlying supporting structures of the teeth and is reversible (see Figure 35-1). Periodontitis (periodontal disease) is a chronic in ammatory disease, which includes gingivitis along with loss of connective tissue and bone support for the teeth. It damages alveolar bone (the bone of the jaw in which the roots of the teeth are connected) and the periodontal ligaments that hold the roots in place. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults (Figures 35-2 to 35-4).


FIGURE 35-2 He althy p e riod ontal anatomy ve rsus p e riod ontal d ise ase . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from the Ame rican Acad e my of Pe riod o ntolog y; http ://www.p e /consume r/2a.html. Cop yrig ht 2014, Ame rican Acad e my of Pe riod ontolog y.)

• It is estimated that 35% of adults of age 30 years or older in the United States have periodontal disease: 22% have a severe form and 13% have a moderate-to-severe form. 1 • Homeless people are a very high-risk group for gingivitis, periodontitis, and all dental disease (see Figure 35-4). • Periodontal disease has been shown in some studies to be an associated factor in coronary heart disease and chronic kidney disease. 2 • Periodontal disease in pregnancy is associated with an increase in preterm birth. 3,4

• Gingivitis and periodontal diseases are the most common oral diseases in adults.

FIGURE 35-1 Chronic g ing ivitis in which the intrad e ntal p ap illae are e d e matous and b lunte d . The re is some loss of g ing ival tissue . The g ums b le e d with b rushing . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Ge rald Fe rre tti, DMD.)

FIGURE 35-3 Se ve re p e riod ontal d ise ase in a woman who smoke s and is ad d icte d to cocaine . Note the b lunting of the intrad e ntal p ap illae and the d ramatic loss of g ing ival tissue . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)


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O RAL HEALTH associated with α -hemolytic streptococci, anaerobic fusiform bacteria, and nontreponemal oral spirochetes. The term trench mouth was coined in World War I when ANUG was common among soldiers in the trenches. Predisposing factors now include diabetes, HIV, and chemotherapy. 2 • The most common form of gingivitis is chronic gingivitis induced by plaque (see Figure 35-1). This type of gingivitis occurs in half of the population 4 years of age or older. The in ammation worsens as mineralized plaque forms calculus (tartar) at and below the gum surface (sulcus). The plaque that covers calculus causes destruction of bone (an irreversible condition) and loose teeth, which result in tooth mobility and tooth loss. • Gingivitis may persist for months or years without progressing to periodontitis. This suggests that host susceptibility plays an important role in the development of periodontal disease. 5

FIGURE 35-4 Se ve re p e riod ontal d ise ase in an alcoholic smoke r with ve ry e d e matous and b lunte d intrad e ntal p ap illa. This home le ss man has alre ad y lost 2 te e th se cond ary to his se ve re p e riod ontal d ise ase . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Periodontal diseases are caused by bacteria in dental plaque that create an in ammatory response in gingival tissues (gingivitis) or in the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth (periodontitis).

RISK FACTO RS Risk factors that contribute to the development of periodontal disease include poor oral hygiene, smoking, alcohol dependence, environmental factors (eg, crowded teeth and mouth breathing), and comorbid conditions, such as a weakened immune status (eg, HIV, steroids, or diabetes), low educational attainment, and low income. 6-8


• The normal healthy gingival attachments form the gingival cuff around the tooth to help protect the underlying bone and teeth from the bacteria of the mouth.


• Gingivitis is caused by a reversible in ammatory process that occurs as the result of prolonged exposure of the gingival tissues to plaque and tartar (see Figure 35-2).

• Simple or marginal gingivitis rst causes swelling of the intradental papillae and later affect the gingiva and dental interface (see Figures 35-1 to 35-4).

• Gingivitis may be classi ed by appearance (eg, ulcerative, hemorrhagic), etiology (eg, drugs, hormones), duration (eg, acute, chronic), or by quality (eg, mild, moderate, or severe).

• Mild gingivitis is painless and may bleed when brushing or eating hard foods.

• A severe form, acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG) (Figure 35-5), also known as Vincent disease or trench mouth, is

• ANUG (see Figure 35-5) is painful, ulcerative, and edematous, and produces halitosis and bleeding gingival tissue. Patients with ANUG may have systemic symptoms such as myalgias and fever. TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N Gingivitis begins at the gingival and dental margins and may extend onto the alveolar ridges. LABO RATO RY STUDIES AND IMAGING Radiographs of the mouth are used to evaluate for bone loss in periodontal disease.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Gingivitis can be from poor dental hygiene only or secondary to conditions that affect the immune system such as diabetes, Addison disease, HIV, and pregnancy. FIGURE 35-5 Acute ne crotizing ulce rative g ing ivitis (ANUG) with inte nse e rythe ma and ulce rations around the te e th. This is an acute infe ctious p roce ss. Note the d e struction of the p ap illae b e twe e n the te e th. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Gingival hyperplasia is an overgrowth of the gingiva with various etiologies, including medications such as calcium channel blockers, phenytoin, and cyclosporine. This can occur with or without coexisting gingivitis (see Chapter 36, Gingival Overgrowth).




O RAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT • Recommend smoking cessation for all patients who smoke. 7 SO R Offer help to support the patients’ smoking cessation efforts with behavioral counseling and pharmacologic methods (see Chapter 237, Tobacco Addiction). SO R • Recommend alcohol cessation for patients with alcoholism and refer to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or another resource. For patients in whom alcohol use is heavy but addiction has not been diagnosed, at least recommend a decrease in alcohol use (see Chapter 238, Alcoholism). 8 SO R • Dental experts recommend tooth brushing twice a day and ossing daily. SO R However, a Cochrane systematic review failed to show a bene t for daily ossing on plaque and clinical parameters of gingivitis. 9 SO R • Some experts suggest that electric toothbrushes may have additional bene t over manual brushing, but this remains unproven. SO R In fact, one study of dental students showed that one electric toothbrush was no better than 2 different manual toothbrushes with respect to plaque control. 10 SO R • Systematic reviews indicate that there is strong evidence supporting the ef cacy of chlorhexidine as an antiplaque, antigingivitis mouthrinse. 11 SO R Mouthwashes should not be used as a replacement for tooth brushing. Chlorhexidine oropharyngeal 0.12% is available as a generic mouthrinse. Recommended dosing is 15 mL to swish (for 30 seconds) and spit twice daily. • The treatments with chlorhexidine (gel and spray) achieved a signi cant reduction in plaque and gingival bleeding in children with special needs. The parents or caregivers preferred the administration of chlorhexidine in spray form. 12 SO R

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• Consider use of chlorhexidine-containing mouthrinse. • Consult a dentist for regular checkups, especially when the condition does not improve after using good oral hygiene. • Pregnancy is not a contraindication for dental visits and cleaning.

FO LLO W-UP Follow up patients with ANUG closely. All patients need regular dental care and follow-up with their dentist.


• PubMed Health. Gingivitis—http:/ / pubmedhealth/ PMH0002051/ . • The American Academy of Periodontology. Types of Gum Disease— http:/ / consumer/ 2a.html. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Stephen JM. Gingivitis—http:/ / article/ 763801.

REFERENCES 1. Albandar JM, Brunelle JA, Kingman A. Destructive periodontal disease in adults 30 years of age and older in the United States, 1988-1994. J Periodontol. 1999;70:13-29. 2. Fisher MA, Borgnakke WS, Taylor GW. Periodontal disease as a risk marker in coronary heart disease and chronic kidney disease. Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens. 2010;19:519-526.

• In patients with ANUG, treatment involves antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-in ammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and topical 2% viscous lidocaine for pain relief. Oral rinses with saline, hydrogen peroxide 3% solution, or chlorhexidine 0.12% may be of bene t. SO R

3. Corbella S, Taschieri S, Francetti L, et al. Periodontal disease as a risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of case-control studies. Odontology. 2012;100(2): 232-240.

• Antibiotics recommended for ANUG include penicillin VK, erythromycin, doxycycline, and clindamycin. SO R

4. Chambrone L, Pannuti CM, Guglielmetti MR, Chambrone LA. Evidence grade associating periodontitis with preterm birth and/ or low birth weight: II: a systematic review of randomized trials evaluating the effects of periodontal treatment. J Clin Periodontol. 2011;38: 902-914.

• Everyone should receive ongoing care from a dental professional for prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.

PREVENTIO N • No smoking or tobacco use at all • Avoid alcohol and drug abuse • Good oral hygiene with tooth brushing and ossing • Dental visits at least twice yearly even during pregnancy

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • There is no safe level of smoking. Quitting is crucial to good health. • Drink alcohol in moderation or do not drink at all. • Practice good oral hygiene to remove plaque (ie, brush twice a day and use oss daily).

5. Kornman KS, Crane A, Wang HY, et al. The interleukin-1 genotype as a severity factor in adult periodontal disease. J Clin Periodontol. 1997;24:72-77. 6. Boillot A, El Halabi B, Batty GD, et al. Education as a predictor of chronic periodontitis: a systematic review with meta-analysis population-based studies. PLoS One. 2011;6(7):e21508. 7. Hanioka T, Ojima M, Tanaka K, et al. Causal assessment of smoking and tooth loss: a systematic review of observational studies. BMC Public Health. 2011;11:221. 8. Amaral CS, Vettore MV, Leao A. The relationship of alcohol dependence and alcohol consumption with periodontitis: a systematic review. J Dent. 2009;37:643-651. 9. Berchier CE, Slot DE, Haps S, Van der Weijden GA. The ef cacy of dental oss in addition to a toothbrush on plaque and parameters of gingival in ammation: a systematic review. Int J Dent Hyg. 2008;6:265-279.

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10. Parizi MT, Mohammadi TM, Afshar SK, et al. Ef cacy of an electric toothbrush on plaque control compared to two manual toothbrushes. Int Dent J. 2011;61:131-135. 11. Gunsolley JC. Clinical ef cacy of antimicrobial mouthrinses. J Dent. 2010;38(suppl 1):S6-S10.


O RAL HEALTH 12. Chibinski AC, Pochapski MT, Farago PV, et al. Clinical evaluation of chlorhexidine for the control of dental bio lm in children with special needs. Community Dent Health. 2011;28:222-226.





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36 GINGIVAL O VERGRO WTH Richard P. Usatine , MD Wand a C. Gonsalve s, MD

PATIENT STO RY A 31-year-old woman with a history o seizure disorder notices increasing gum enlargement (Figure 36-1). She is unemployed and does not have dental insurance. She has not been to a dentist in at least 10 years. She brushes her teeth only once a day and does not oss at all. She has been on phenytoin (Dilantin) since early childhood, and this does prevent her seizures. You talk to her about dental hygiene and re er her to a lowcost dental clinic that cares or people with limited resources.

INTRO DUCTIO N Gingival overgrowth (GO) (hyperplasia) can be hereditary or induced as a side e ect o systemic drugs, such as phenytoin, cyclosporine, or calcium channel blockers. Besides the cosmetic e ect it can make good oral hygiene more di f cult to maintain.

SYNO NYMS It is also known as gingival hyperplasia, drug-induced gingival overgrowth (DIGO), hereditary gingival f bromatosis.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • The prevalence o phenytoin-induced gingival hyperplasia is estimated at 15% to 50% in patients taking the medication1,2 (Figures 36-1 and 36-2).

FIGURE 36-1 Ging ival ov g ow s cond a y o p ny oin (Dilan in) in a woman wi p il p sy. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

FIGURE 36-2 Mul ip l iny ama omas on g ums f om Cowd n d is as wi g ing ival ov g ow s cond a y o p ny oin. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• In patients receiving cyclosporine or more than 3 months, the incidence o GO can approach 70%3 (Figure 36-3). • The incidence o gingival hyperplasia has been reported as 10% to 20% in patients treated with calcium channel blockers in the general population. 2

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Although the etiology o GO is not entirely known, risk actors known to contribute to GO include the ollowing: nonspecif c chronic in ammation associated with poor hygiene, hormonal changes (pregnancy), medications (calcium channel blockers, phenytoin, and cyclosporine), and systemic diseases (leukemia, sarcoidosis, and Crohn disease). ° Studies suggest that phenytoin, cyclosporine, and ni edipine interact with epithelial keratinocytes, f broblasts, and collagen to lead to an overgrowth o gingival tissue in susceptible individuals. 2

FIGURE 36-3 Ging ival ov g ow s cond a y o cyclo sp o in us fo 1 y a o a s v p laq u p so iasis. No b lun d and ick n d in d nal p ap illa . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)


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° More than 15 drugs have been shown to cause GO. ° The most common nonreversible DIGO is caused by phenytoin (see Figures 36-1 and 36-2).

• Histopathologically, tissue enlargement is the result o proli eration o f broblasts, collagen, and chronic in ammatory cells.

RISK FACTO RS • Prolonged use o phenytoin, cyclosporine, or calcium channel blockers (especially ni edipine) • Pregnancy • Systemic diseases (leukemia, sarcoidosis, and Crohn disease) • Poor oral hygiene and the presence o periodontal disease


FIGURE 36-4 Pyog nic g anuloma g owing ap id ly on g ums af mino auma. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission fro m Gonsalve s WC, Chi AC, Ne ville BW. Common oral le sions: p art II. Masse s and ne op lasia. Am Fam P ysician. 2007;75(4):509-512. Cop yrig ht © 2007 Ame rican Acad e my of Family Physicians. All Rig hts Re se rve d .)

SIGNS AND SYMPTO MS • The diagnosis is made by visual inspection and by obtaining a thorough history (see Figures 36-1 to 36-3). • The gingiva appears edematous and bulky with loss o its stippling. It may be so t or f rm. • Nonspecif c chronic in ammation, hormonal and systemic causes such as leukemia appear red and in amed and may bleed. TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N Lobular gingiva enlargement occurs f rst at the interdental papillae and anterior acial gingiva approximately 2 to 3 months a ter starting the drug, and increases in maximum severity in 12 to 18 months (see Figure 36-3). LABO RATO RY TESTS Consider checking a complete blood count (CBC) with di erential count to investigate or leukemia i there is not an obvious etiology. IMAGING The periodontist or oral medicine specialist may order bitewing radiographs and periapical f lms to evaluate or the presence o periodontal disease.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Generalized gingivitis—Gums around the teeth become in amed. This condition o ten occurs with poor oral hygiene (see Chapter 35, Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease). • Pregnancy gingivitis—In amed gums. More than hal o pregnant women will develop gingivitis during pregnancy because o hormonal changes. • Pyogenic granuloma—A small red bump that may bleed and grow to approximately hal an inch. These are most o ten ound on the skin but can occur in the mouth secondary to trauma or pregnancy. When they occur in pregnancy, they are sometimes called pregnancy tumor. In reality, these are neither pyogenic nor granulomatous but are a type o

lobular capillary hemangioma (see Chapter 159, Pyogenic Granuloma) (Figure 36-4). • Leukemia—Leukemic cells may inf ltrate the oral so t tissues producing a di use, boggy, nontender swelling o the gingiva that may ulcerate or bleed.

MANAGEMENT NO NPHARMACO LO GIC • Teach and emphasize good oral hygiene including cleanings at least every 3 months to control plaque. SO R C • The use o a powered toothbrush, together with oral hygiene instruction, reduces GO or pediatric transplantation patients on cyclosporine. In one study, the sonic toothbrushing and oral hygiene instruction group had less severe GO a ter 12 months than did the control group. 4 SO R B • I possible, stop drugs that induce gingival hyperplasia as discontinuing the medications may reverse the condition in most cases (except phenytoin). • I drugs cannot be stopped, try reducing the dose, i possible, as gingival hyperplasia can be dose dependent. MEDICATIO NS • Tacrolimus is an alternative to cyclosporine to prevent transplant rejection; it causes less GO. In one study on the prevalence o gingival growth a ter renal transplantation, GO occurred in 29% o patients treated with tacrolimus and in 60% o patients treated with cyclosporine. 5 SO R B In another study, switching patients rom cyclosporine to tacrolimus reduced GO in the f rst month a ter the change was made. 6 SO R B • Case reports have reported regression o overgrowth with both oral metronidazole and azithromycin. In one randomized controlled trial (RCT), patients with GO were randomized to receive either 1 course o 5 days o azithromycin or 7 days o metronidazole. The extent o GO was measured at 0, 2, 4, 6, 12, and 24 weeks, and azithromycin was ound to be more e ective than metronidazole.3 SO R B




O RAL HEALTH • Azithromycin with an oral hygiene program resulted in a reduction in cyclosporine-induced GO, whereas oral hygiene alone improved oral symptoms (pain, halitosis, and gum bleeding) but did not decrease cyclosporine-induced GO. 7 Patients were randomized into 2 groups, both receiving oral hygiene instructions, with the treatment group receiving 3 days o azithromycin 500 mg daily. They were evaluated a ter 15 and 30 days and only the azithromycin group had a reduction in GO. 7 SO R B • Chlorhexidine 12% (Peridex) once be ore going to bed or Biotene mouthwash a ter meals is recommended or patients who are known to be at risk or gingivitis. 2 SO R C Warn patients that chlorhexidine 12% will taste bad and can stain the teeth. This staining can be removed with dental cleaning. This in ormation should help improve adherence to the use o this mouthwash. REFERRAL For patients who do not respond to the above measures, re er to a dental health pro essional or possible gingivectomy. This can be done with a scalpel or a laser.

PREVENTIO N Ensure healthy periodontal tissue prior to starting calcium channel blockers or phenytoin, or be ore any organ transplantation in which cyclosporine will be prescribed. Folic acid supplementation, 0.5 mg per day, is associated with prevention o GO in children taking phenytoin monotherapy. O patients in the olic acid arm, 21% developed GO, as compared with 88% receiving placebo. 1 SO R B

PATIENT EDUCATIO N Advise patients to practice good oral hygiene (ie, brush at least twice a day and oss at least once a day) and have regular ollow-up with their dental health pro essional to monitor or worsening periodontal disease.

FO LLO W-UP Patients should be monitored by a periodontist or an oral medicine specialist as long as the patients are taking medicines that induce gingival hyperplasia.

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• The Merck Manual of Health and Aging. Periodontal Disease— http:/ / pubs/ mmanual_ha/ sec3/ ch36/ ch36c.html. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Mejia L. Drug-induced Gingival Hyperplasia—http:/ / emedicine article/ 1076264.

REFERENCES 1. Arya R, Gulati S, Kabra M, et al. Folic acid supplementation prevents phenytoin-induced gingival overgrowth in children. Neurology. 2011;76:1338-1343. 2. Mejia L. Drug-Induced Gingival Hyperplasia. http:/ / article/ 1076264. Accessed January 23, 2012. 3. Chand DH, Quattrocchi J, Poe SA, et al. Trial o metronidazole vs. azithromycin or treatment o cyclosporine-induced gingival overgrowth. PediatrTransplant. 2004;8:60-64. 4. Smith JM, Wong CS, Salamonik EB, et al. Sonic tooth brushing reduces gingival overgrowth in renal transplant recipients. Pediatr Nephrol. 2006;21:1753-1759. 5. Cota LO, Aquino DR, Franco GC, et al. Gingival overgrowth in subjects under immunosuppressive regimens based on cyclosporine, tacrolimus, or sirolimus. J Clin Periodontol. 2010;37:894-902. 6. Parraga-Linares L, Almendros-Marques N, Berini-Aytes L, GayEscoda C. E ectiveness o substituting cyclosporin A with tacrolimus in reducing gingival overgrowth in renal transplant patients. Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2009;14:e429-e433. 7. Ramalho VL, Ramalho HJ, Cipullo JP, et al. Comparison o azithromycin and oral hygiene program in the treatment o cyclosporineinduced gingival hyperplasia. Ren Fail. 2007;29:265-270.




37 APHTHO US ULCER Richard P. Usatine , MD

PATIENT STO RY A 58-year-old man presents with a 1-year history o pain ul sores in his mouth. (Figures 37-1 to 37-3). He has lost 20 lb over the past year because it hurts to eat. The ulcers come and go, but are ound on his tongue, gums, buccal mucosa, and inner lips. Prior to the onset o these lesions the patient had been in good health and was not on any medications. The physician recognized his condition as recurrent aphthous ulcers with giant ulcers. No underlying systemic diseases were ound on workup. The patient was started on oral prednisone and given dexamethasone oral elixir to swish and swallow. Within 1 week the patient was able to eat and drink liquids com ortably and began regaining his lost weight. Long-term management o his problem required the use o other medications so as to success ully taper him o prednisone without recurrences.

FIGURE 37-2 Two t ous ulc s on t tong u o 58-y -old m n wit cu nt t ous stom titis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

EPIDEMIO LO GY INTRO DUCTIO N Aphthous ulcers are pain ul ulcerations in the mouth which can be single, multiple, occasional, or recurrent. These ulcers can be small or large but are uni ormly pain ul and may inter ere with eating, speaking, and swallowing. Oral trauma, stress, and systemic diseases can contribute to the occurrence o these ulcers but no precise etiology is apparent. Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) is a rustrating condition that merits aggressive treatment aimed at pain relie and prevention.

SYNO NYMS Aphthous ulcers are also known as canker sores, aphthous stomatitis, aphthae, recurrent aphthous ulcer (RAU), RAS.

FIGURE 37-1 M jo t ous ulc on t b ucc l mucos o 58-y m n w o s b n su ing wit cu nt t ous stom titis o t y . (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission fro m Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

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• Twenty percent o general population are estimated to have aphthous ulcers. 1 • Incidence rates o RAUs o 0.85% among adults and 1.5% among adolescents have been reported. 1 • RAS is more common in women, in people younger than age 40 years, in whites, in nonsmokers, and in people o high socioeconomic status. 1

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • The precise etiology and pathogenesis o this condition remains unknown, although a variety o host and environmental actors have been implicated.

FIGURE 37-3 Mino t ous ulc occu ing simult n ously wit m jo t ous ulc s on t b ucc l mucos nd to ng u o 58-y -old m n wit cu nt t ous ulc s. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)





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• A positive amily history is seen in about one-third o RAS patients. A genetic predisposition is suggested by an increased requency o human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types A2, A11, B12, and DR2. 1 • In one study, Th1 (T-helper subtype 1) activation was more intense in the patients with RAUs. Many conditions that increase the incidence o RAUs, such as psychological stress, nonsteroidal anti-in ammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Crohn disease, and celiac disease, also shi t the immune response toward the Th1 subtype. Conditions and medications that inhibit the Th1 immune response pathway, such as pregnancy, thalidomide, glucocorticoids, and tetracycline, decrease the incidence o RAUs. 2 • Another study ound signif cantly higher-than-normal serum level o tumor necrosis actor (TNF)-α in 20% to 39% o patients in the ulcerative stage o RAUs. 3 Medications that have anti–TNF-α e ects, such as pentoxi ylline, levamisole, and thalidomide, have also been ound to be use ul in the treatment o RAUs. 1-4 • Although studies show that there are active immune mechanisms associated with RAUs, there is still much to learn regarding their etiology and pathogenesis.

FIGURE 37-4 Two t ous ulc s on t insid o t low li in 27-y -old m n wit isto y o cu nt t ous ulc s. Not t g y n c otic c nt s nd su o und ing yt m on t l b i l mucos . T t ous ulc s t nd to cu d u ing tim s o st ss. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

RISK FACTO RS TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N • Oral trauma • Stress and anxiety • Systemic diseases (celiac disease, Crohn disease, Behçet syndrome, HIV, reactive arthritis) • Medications (NSAIDs, β-blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors [ACEIs]) • Vitamin def ciencies (zinc, iron, B12, olate) • Food and chemical sensitivities

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES History • Symptoms may begin with a burning sensation and the pain is exacerbated by moving the area a ected by the ulcer. • Eating o ten hurts, especially oods and drinks with a high acid content. • Ask about recurrences and onset in relation to the use o medications. • Ask about gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, genital ulcers, HIV risk actors, and joint pain. Physical • Three clinical variations are described based on the size o the ulcers: 1. Minor (4-9 mm) (see Figure 37-3)—most common 2. Major (>10 mm) (see Figure 37-1) 3. Herpeti orm ( 3 d ays or major surg e ry within 12 we e ks re q uiring g e ne ral/re g ional ane sthe sia


Localize d te nd e rne ss along the d istrib ution o the d e e p ve nous syste m


Entire le g swolle n


Cal swe lling 3-cm larg e r than asymp tomatic sid e (me asure d 10 cm b e low the tib ial tub e rosity)


Pitting e d e ma con ne d to the symp tomatic le g


• Risk actors including recent immobilization, cancer history, hormone therapy

Collate ral sup e r cial ve ins (nonvaricose )


Pre viously d ocume nte d DVT



Alte rnative d iag nosis at le ast as like ly as DVT


FIGURE 46-2 Rig ht lowe r-e xtre mity DVT with ob vious swe lling and e rythe ma note d in the cal and oot. Dup le x ultrasound re ve ale d thromb osis in the p e rone al and p oste rior tib ial ve ins. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from De an S, Satiana B. Color Atlas and Synop sis o Vascular Dise ase . Ne w York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2014.)

DIAGNO SIS HISTO RY • Leg pain and/ or swelling • Previous history o DVT

• There is unilateral swelling, erythema, and tenderness to palpation o the a ected extremity (Figure 46-2). • Increased cal diameter (> 3 cm) in the symptomatic leg is consistent with DVT but not specif c. LABO RATO RY STUDIES • Dimerized plasmin ragment D(D-dimer) assays are sensitive but not specif c or VTE (a positive test does not “rule in” VTE; however, a negative test lowers the likelihood o VTE). • A normal D-dimer in outpatients with low or intermediate probability o DVT is associated with a 0.4% to 0.5% 3-month incidence o DVT.

CLINICAL PREDICTIO N RULES • The most widely accepted method or making the diagnosis o DVT is use o the modif ed Wells clinical score. • The modif ed Wells clinical score (Table 46-1) assigns a specif ed point value or each patient characteristic present. 4 ° History items—active cancer, immobilization o leg, recently bedridden, previous conf rmed DVT. ° Physical examination items—tenderness along the deep venous system, swelling o entire leg, cal swelling greater than 3 cm, pitting edema o involved leg, collateral superf cial veins.

DIAGNO STIC STEPS The ollowing diagnostic steps are used3: 1. I Wells score indicates low probability, measure the D-dimer. a. I D-dimer measurement is negative, DVT is e ectively ruled out. b. I D-dimer measurement is positive, per orm a compression ultrasound o the a ected extremity.

Total score ≤0 ind icate s low p rob ab ility or DVT. Total score 1-2 ind icate s inte rme d iate p rob ab ility or DVT. Total score ≥3 ind icate s hig h p rob ab ility or DVT.

i. I ultrasound is positive, begin treatment or DVT. ii. I ultrasound is negative, repeat the ultrasound in 1 week. (1) I repeat ultrasound is negative, DVT is e ectively ruled out. (2) I repeat ultrasound is positive, begin treatment or DVT. 2. I Wells score indicates intermediate or high probability, per orm a compression ultrasound o the a ected extremity. a. I ultrasound is positive, begin treatment or DVT. b. I ultrasound is negative, measure the D-dimer. i. I D-dimer measurement is negative, DVT is e ectively ruled out. ii. I D-dimer measurement is positive, repeat the ultrasound in 1 week. (1) I repeat ultrasound is negative, DVT is e ectively ruled out. (2) I repeat ultrasound is positive, begin treatment or DVT.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS The ollowing entities may mimic the presentation o DVT3: • Venous insu f ciency rom incompetent venous valves can be age related or caused by obesity. • Superf cial thrombophlebitis typically presents as a tender and f rm varicose vein (Figure 46-3). • Muscle strain/ tear can be di erentiated by pain that occurs with a particular range o motion o a muscle group, usually with an antecedent leg injury or trauma. • A Baker cyst can lead to pain located in the popliteal portion o the posterior leg, typically diagnosed by ultrasound. Once a Baker cyst ruptures, the pain and in ammation can mimic a DVT.

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FIGURE 46-4 Ce llulitis with lymp hang itic sp re ad up the le g . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.) FIGURE 46-3 Sup e r cial thromb o p hle b itis p re se nting with a line ar inf ammatory ind uration ove r the p o ste rior asp e ct o this p atie nt’s le g . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Wolff K, Johnson RA. Fitzp atrick’s Color Atlas and Syno p sis o Clinical De rmato lo g y. 6th e d . Ne w Yo rk, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2013.)

• Cellulitis presents with erythema, warmth, and edema o the skin (Figure 46-4). There may also be an ascending lymphangitis, which would not be seen in a DVT. I a DVT is being considered, then an ultrasound will be negative or thrombosis. • Lymphedema o the leg o ten causes more swelling in the oot than DVT. Lymphedema is most o ten chronic, causing long-standing changes in the tissues, which become brawny with a red-brown coloration. There may also be papules o lymphatic swelling and weeping o uid (Figure 46-5).

MANAGEMENT • The mainstay o treatment is anticoagulation. A DVT in the upper extremity is treated in the same manner as a DVT in the lower extremity. An upper extremity DVT caused by a catheter does not require that the catheter be removed i it is unctioning properly and there is an ongoing need or the catheter. 2 • Hospitalization is recommended in the ollowing situations3,5: ° Renal insu f ciency (CrCl < 30 mL/ min) ° Presence o pulmonary embolus ° Presence o bilateral DVTs or recurrent DVTs ° Severe pain requiring opioids ° Increased risk o bleeding ° Recent immobility ° Chronic heart ailure ° Cancer

° A known hypercoagulable state ° Pregnancy ° Those not likely to be adherent to outpatient therapy • Outpatient treatment or the treatment o DVT is sa e and e ective compared to inpatient treatment in selected patients. 5 (SO R ) • Anticoagulation with one o the ollowing should be started immediately once a DVT is strongly suspected (barring any contraindications)3,5: ° Guidelines suggest the use o low molecular weight heparin (LMWH), not un ractionated heparin (UFH), as f rst-line therapy in patients with DVT (SO R ). 5 ■ The dose or LMWH is • Dalteparin—200 IU/ kg SC once daily • Enoxaparin—1 mg/ kg SC twice daily • Tinzaparin—175 IU/ kg SC once daily ■ For patients not able to take heparin (eg, a history o heparininduced thrombocytopenia), consider ondaparinux at 7.5 mg SC once daily. ■ I using UFH because o unavailability o LMWH, the dose is 80 U/ kg bolus, ollowed by 18 U/ kg/ h titrated to a partial thromboplastin time (PTT) 1.5 to 2.5 times the upper limit o normal. ° Long-term oral anticoagulation with war arin should also be started on day 1, overlapping with one o the previously mentioned or at least 4 to 5 days and until the INR is in the therapeutic range o 2.0 to 3.0 or 2 consecutive days. ■ At this point, heparin/ LMWH/ ondaparinux can be discontinued and oral anticoagulation continued with war arin. ■ The duration o war arin therapy depends on the circumstances surrounding the diagnosis o DVT (Table 46-2). 3,5 ■ Extended-duration therapy with war arin decreases the risk o recurrent DVT or as long as it is used; although the overall risk o recurrent DVT declines with time, the risk o bleeding remains. 5,6





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TABLE 46-2 Re comme nd e d Duratio n o Tre atme nt or DVT


Charact e rist ic

Durat io n o f The rap y

Transie nt risk actor (now re solve d )

3 months

Transie nt risk actor (p e rsiste nt)

Continue until 6 we e ks a te r actor re solve d

Id iop athic (1st e ve nt)—low susp icion or hyp e rcoag ulab le state

6 months

Id iop athic (1st e ve nt)—hig h susp icion or hyp e rcoag ulab le state

Ind e nite

Re curre nt id iop athic e ve nt

Ind e nite

Re curre nt thromb osis while on anticoag ulants (whe the r cause d b y id e nti e d risk or id iop athic)

Ind e nite

Thromb osis with malig nancy

Ind e nite

• Adjunctive measures3,5: ° Early ambulation—highly recommended or an uncomplicated DVT while on anticoagulants. ° Compression stockings—decrease the rate o postthrombotic syndrome by 50%. These should be worn at a pressure o 20 to 40 mm Hg or 6 to 12 months (SO R ). 5,9

PRO GNO SIS/ CLINICAL CO URSE • Recurrence rate o VTE is approximately 7% in the f rst 6 months. 1 • Within 3 years a ter an initial, unprovoked DVT, 19.7% o men will develop a recurrence, as will 9.1% o women. 10 • War arin decreases the risk o recurrent DVT or as long as it is used, and although the overall risk o recurrent DVT declines with time, the risk o bleeding remains. • In one study, the incidence o postthrombotic syndrome was 24.5%, 29.6%, and 29.8%, a ter 2, 5, and 8 years, respectively. 11 B FIGURE 46-5 Lymp he d e ma with le g swe lling and re d -b rown coloration. Note the p ap ule s that re p re se nt d ilatio n o the lymp hatic tissue . A. The b rown color is rom he mosid e rin d e p osition. B. Note the we e p ing o f uid and the d ilate d lymp hatic tissue . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

FO LLO W-UP • Patients on war arin will need to have their INR monitored regularly to ensure that it is in the therapeutic range. • I a hypercoagulable state is suspected, workup or this should be perormed 2 weeks a ter the cessation o anticoagulation therapy.

° Newer anticoagulants, including direct thrombin inhibitors (eg, dabigatran) and actor Xa inhibitors (eg, rivaroxaban) have shown promise in treating DVT (SO R ). 7,8 2 ° Other options : ■ In erior vena cava f lter—should be placed i anticoagulation is contraindicated, i recurrent thrombosis occurs while on anticoagulants, or i patient is at high risk or a pulmonary embolus ■ Catheter-directed thrombolysis— used or a massive, limbthreatening ileo emoral DVT ■ IV tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)—used or a hemodynamically signif cant pulmonary embolus

• Monitor and treat patients or postthrombotic syndrome (presence o recurrent pain, swelling, and dermatologic signs o stasis).

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Anticoagulation can increase the risk o serious bleeding, and patients should avoid activities that predispose to potential bodily injury. • Large amounts o dietary vitamin B12 will a ect the quality o anticoagulation. The dose o war arin needs to be adjusted in such cases to prevent suboptimal therapy.

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• Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Blood Thinner Pills—http:/ / consumer/ btpills.htm. • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: What Is Deep Venous Thrombosis? http:/ / health/ healthtopics/ topics/ dvt/ . • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Deep Vein Thrombosis— http:/ / topic.cfm?topic=A00219&return_ link=0. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Antithrombotic and Thrombolytic Therapy, 8th Ed.: ACCPGuidelines— http:/ / content/ 133/ 6_suppl.

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CARDIO VASCULAR 5. Snow V, Qaseem A, Barry P, et al. Management o venous thromboembolism: a clinical practice guideline rom the American College o Physicians and the American Academy o Family Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2007;146:204. 6. Hutten BA, Prins MH. Duration o treatment with vitamin K antagonists in symptomatic venous thromboembolism [Cochrane Review]. Cochrane Libr. 2011 Issue 3. Chichester, UK: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. 7. The EINSTEIN Investigators, Bauersachs R, Berkowitz SD, et al. Oral rivaroxaban or symptomatic venous thromboembolism. N Engl J Med. 2010;363(26):2499-2510. 8. Schulman S, Kearon C, Kakkar AK, et al, or the RE-COVER Study Group. Dabigatran versus war arin in the treatment o acute venous thromboembolism. N Engl J Med. 2009;361(24):2342-2352. 9. Brandjes DP, Büller HR, Heijboer H, et al. Randomised trial o e ect o compression stockings in patients with symptomatic proximal-vein thrombosis. Lancet. 1997;349(9054):759-762. 10. Douketis J, Tosetto A, Marucci M, et al. Risk o recurrence a ter venous thromboembolism in men and women: patient level metaanalysis. BMJ. 2011;342:d813. 11. Prandoni P, Villalta S, Bagatella P, et al. The clinical course o deepvein thrombosis. Prospective long-term ollow-up o 528 symptomatic patients. Haematologica. 1997;82(4):423-428.





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PATIENT STO RY A 25-year-old man presented to the o ce because he had been eeling tired and everish or several weeks. He admitted to injecting heroin regularly in the last 2 months. On examination, he was ebrile and had a heart murmur o which he was previously unaware. His ngernails showed splinter hemorrhages (Figure 47-1). His unduscopic examination revealed Roth spots (Figures 47-2 and 47-3). An echocardiogram demonstrated vegetation on the tricuspid valve. He was hospitalized and treated empirically or bacterial endocarditis. A ter his blood cultures returned Staphylococcus aureus, his regimen was adjusted based on sensitivities and continued or 6 weeks.

INTRO DUCTIO N Bacterial endocarditis is a serious in ection seen most commonly in patients with prosthetic valves; injection drug users; patients with HIV, especially those who use intravenous (IV) drugs; and patients who are immunosuppressed. Diagnosis is made based on Duke criteria. Treatment is IV antibiotics. Mortality, despite treatment, is 26% to 37%.


FIGURE 47-1 Sp lint r morr ag s ap p aring as r d lin ar str aks und r t nail p lat and wit in t nail b d . Alt oug nd ocard itis can caus t is, sp lint r morr ag s ar mor commonly s n in p soriasis and trauma. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Common organisms include S. aureus (IV drug users, nosocomial in ections, prosthetic valve patients), Streptococcus bovis (elderly patients), enterococci (nosocomial in ections), and Staphylococcus epidermis (early in ection in prosthetic valve patients). • Blood contacts subendothelial actors, which promote coagulation.


• About 5 to 7.9 cases per 100,000 patient-years. ° Historically it is more common in men; however, the incidence in women is increasing. Incidence in men and women 8.6 to 12.7 and 1.4 to 6.7 cases per 100,000 person-years, respectively. 1 increased rom 46.5 years (1980-1984) to 70 years ° Average age has (2001-2006). 1 ° Incidence2 in IV drug users is 3 per 1000 person-years or 1% to 5% per year. 2 Incidence in HIV-positive IV drug users is 13.8 per 1000 person-years. °

• Pathogens bind and activate monocyte, cytokine, and tissue actor production, enlarging the vegetations on the heart valves.

• Seen in immunosuppressed patients with central venous catheters or hemodialysis patients. care associated, 43% community acquired, and ° Fi ty percent health 7.5% nosocomial. 1 3 Mortality ranges rom 16% to 37%. ° • Prosthetic valve endocarditis makes up 10% to 15% o endocarditis cases. 4 4 Incidence o 0.1% to 2.3% person-year. ° ° Can occur early (2 months a ter surgery) or late.

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Endothelium is injured by mechanical or inf ammatory processes. • Microbes adhere to compromised endothelium during transient bacteremia.

FIGURE 47-2 Rot sp ots t at ar r tinal morr ag s wit w it c nt rs s n in b act rial nd ocard itis. T s can also b s n in l uk mia and d iab t s. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

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CARDIO VASCULAR • Diagnosis is considered possible with 1 major and 1 minor or 3 minor criteria. 5

FIGURE 47-3 Clos -up o a Rot sp ot, w ic is actually a cotton-wool sp ot surround d b y morr ag . T cotton-wool com s rom isc mic b ursting o axons and t morr ag com s rom isc mic b ursting o an art riol . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Paul D. Come au.)

• The vegetations enlarge and damage the heart valves (Figure 47-4). This process can lead to death i not treated adequately in time. • Septic emboli can occur, most commonly in the brain, spleen, or kidney. 4

RISK FACTO RS • Prosthetic valve • Injection drug use • HIV in ection

• Major criteria include the ollowing5: ° Two separate blood cultures positive with the ollowing actors: ■ Streptococcus viridans, S. bovis, Haemophilus, Actinobacillus, Cardiobacterium, Eikenella, Kingella ■ Community-acquired S. aureus or Enterococcus without a primary ocus ■ Microorganisms consistent with prior positive blood cultures in in ective endocarditis ° Endocardial involvement as evidenced by the ollowing actors: ■ Echocardiogram evidence o vegetation, abscess, or new partial dehiscence o a prosthetic valve ■ New valvular regurgitation 5: Minor criteria include the ollowing ° ■ Predisposition (eg, heart condition such as a congenital or acquired valvular de ect, injection drug use, prior history o endocarditis) ■ Temperature greater than 38°C (100.4°F) ■ Clinical signs that include arterial emboli, septic pulmonary in arcts, mycotic aneurysms, intracranial hemorrhages, Janeway lesions (Figures 47-5 and 47-6) ■ Glomerulonephritis, Osler nodes, Roth spots, or positive rheumatoid actor (see Figures 47-2, 47-3, and 47-6) ■ Positive blood culture not meeting major criteria ■ Echocardiographic ndings consistent with in ective endocarditis that do not meet major criteria CLINICAL FEATURES • Fever—Seen in 85% to 99% o patients, typically low grade, approximately 39°C (102.2°F) • New or changing heart murmur—Seen in 20% to 80% o patients

• Immunode ciency

DIAGNO SIS • Duke criteria use a combination o history, physical examination, laboratory, and echocardiogram ndings, and have a sensitivity o approximately 80% across several studies. 5 • Diagnosis is considered de nite when patients have 2 major, 1 major and 3 minor, or 5 minor criteria. 5

FIGURE 47-4 Pat olog y sp cim n o a p ati nt w o d i d o b act rial nd ocard itis. Bact rial g rowt can b s n on t 3 cusp s o t is art valv . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Larry Fowle r, MD.)

FIGURE 47-5 Jan way l sions on t p alm o a woman osp italiz d wit acut b act rial nd ocard itis. T s w r not p ain ul. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from David A. Kasp e r, DO , MBA.)





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• Prosthetic valve endocarditis—Site o any prosthetic valve • In IV drug users—Tricuspid valve, ollowed by aortic valve LABO RATO RY AND ANCILLARY TESTING In addition to blood cultures, consider a complete blood count or anemia and leukocytosis, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) (elevated in approximately 90%), and urinalysis or proteinuria or microscopic hematuria (seen in approximately 50%). • Positive blood culture—First 2 sets o cultures are positive in 90%. 4 IMAGING • Abnormal echocardiogram in 85%. 5 • I transthoracic echocardiogram is normal and endocarditis is still suspected, order a transesophageal echo. 6 SO R

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Fever without a clear cause may be seen with the ollowing: • Connective tissue disorders—Typically with other signs depending on the disorder, negative blood cultures, normal echocardiogram • Fever o unknown origin—Negative blood cultures or positive cultures with atypical organisms, normal echocardiogram in noncardiac causes FIGURE 47-6 O sl r nod causing p ain wit in p ulp o t b ig to in t sam woman osp italiz d wit acut b act rial nd ocard itis. (O sl r nod s ar p ain ul—r m mb r “O ” or O uc and O sl r.) Not t multip l p ainl ss f at Jan way l sions ov r t sol o t o ot. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from David A. Kasp e r, DO , MBA.)

• Intra-abdominal in ections—Fever and positive blood cultures, normal echocardiogram Echocardiogram ndings similar to bacterial endocarditis may be seen with the ollowing: • Nonin ective vegetations—No ever and negative blood cultures

• Septic emboli—Seen in up to 60%, largely dependent on the size (> 10 mm) and mobility o the vegetation

• Cardiac tumors—Embolic complications, right or le t heart ailure, o ten located o valves in cardiac chambers, negative blood cultures

• Intracranial hemorrhages—Seen in 30% to 40% o patients, bleeding rom septic emboli or cerebral mycotic aneurysms

• Cusp prolapse—No ever and negative blood cultures

• Mycotic aneurysms—Aneurysms resulting rom in ectious process in the arterial wall, most commonly in the thoracic aorta, also ound in the cerebral arteries

• Lamb excrescences—Stranding rom wear and tear on the valve, most commonly aortic, no ever, and negative blood cultures

• Janeway lesions—Very rare, f at, painless, red to bluish-red spots on the palms and soles (see Figures 47-5 and 47-6) • Splinter hemorrhages—Red, linear streaks in the nail beds o the ngers or toes (see Figure 47-1) • Glomerulonephritis—Immune mediated that can result in hematuria and renal insu ciency, occurs in approximately 15% o patients with endocarditis • Osler nodes—Tender, subcutaneous nodules in the pulp o the digits (see Figure 47-6) • Roth spots—Retinal hemorrhages rom microemboli, seen in approximately 5% o endocarditis (see Figures 47-2 and 47-3) • Positive rheumatoid actor—Seen in up to 50% o patients TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N • Native endocarditis—Mitral valve (prior rheumatic ever or mitral valve prolapse), ollowed by aortic (prior rheumatic ever, calci c aortic stenosis o bicuspid valve)

• Myxomatous changes—Extra connective tissue in the valve leaf ets

MANAGEMENT • Draw blood cultures (2 to 3 sets) and admit suspected cases to the hospital or IV antibiotics. • Start antibiotics empirically (SO R

or speci c regiments).

MEDICATIO NS • Cover Streptococcus in native valve endocarditis: penicillin G 12 to 18 million units divided every 4 hours and gentamicin 1.5 mg/ kg loading dose, then 1 mg/ kg every 8 hours. • Cover Staphylococcus in IV drug abusers: na cillin 2 g every 4 hours and gentamicin; use vancomycin instead o na cillin when concerned about methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) (prior history o MRSA in ection). • Cover MRSA in prosthetic valve endocarditis: Vancomycin 30 mg/ kg per day divided every 8 hours and gentamicin.


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• Alter antibiotics based on culture results. SO R • Treat gram-positive with a β-lactam; current evidence does not support adding an aminoglycoside. 7 SO R SURGICAL CO NSULTATIO N • Surgical excision o in ected tissue has a 10% to 16% mortality rate in the immediate post-op period. 8,9 Consider surgical consultation when the ollowing occur: ° Congestive heart ailure is severe with mitral or aortic regurgitation. ° Fever and/ or bacteremia persist or 7 to 10 days despite adequate antibiotic therapy, abscesses or perivalvular involvement occurs, or ungal organisms are identi ed. ° Embolic events recur on adequate antibiotic therapy or the risk o embolic events is high because o vegetations larger than 10 mm. SO R

• Early surgery in patients with large vegetations reduced the risk o embolic events, but did not a ect all-cause mortality. 10 • Anticoagulation and aspirin are not indicated or in ective endocarditis and are contraindicated with cerebral complications or aneurysms.

CARDIO VASCULAR PRO GNO SIS Bacterial endocarditis requires early detection and aggressive antibiotic therapy to decrease mortality. • Thirty-day mortality is 16% to 25%. 3 • Ninety-day mortality is 14.5%. 3 • Greater than 6-month mortality is 20% to 37%. 3

FO LLO W-UP • Most patients with bacterial endocarditis will require 4 to 6 weeks o IV antibiotics. • Depending on the antibiotics, some patients will need to have medication levels monitored. • Repeat blood cultures to ensure response to therapy. • An echocardiogram at the end o treatment provides baseline imaging, as patients with endocarditis are at risk or another episode. 6 SO R

PREVENTIO N • Bacterial endocarditis is a serious li e-threatening disease requiring long-term antibiotics and close ollow-up. • Educate patients with high risk or endocarditis o the importance o prophylactic antibiotics be ore certain procedures. Following are the 2007 American Heart Association recommendations11: ° Prescribe prophylactic antibiotics only to patients at the highest risk: SO R

Patients with prosthetic cardiac valves ■ Patients with previous bacterial endocarditis ■ Cardiac transplant recipients with cardiac valvuloplasty ■ Patients with these congenital heart de ects (CHDs): unrepaired cyanotic CHD, CHD repaired with prosthetic material within the last 6 months, repaired CHD with a residual de ect at or adjacent to the site o a prosthetic device ° Prophylactic antibiotics are no longer recommended or patients with mitral valve prolapse. ° Prescribe prophylactic antibiotics only to patients undergoing one o the ollowing: ■ Any dental procedure that involves manipulation o gingival tissue or the periapical region o teeth or per oration o the oral mucosa ■


Respiratory procedures involving incision or biopsy o the respiratory mucosa such as a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy SO R ■ Procedures on in ected skin or musculoskeletal tissue ° Endocarditis prophylaxis is no longer recommended or patients undergoing gastrointestinal or genitourinary procedures. SO R regimen to be taken 30 minutes to 1 hour ° Prescribe a one-dose 11 be ore the procedure : ■ Amoxicillin 2 g orally. ■ Unable to take oral medications: ampicillin 2 g intramuscular (IM) or IV or ce azolin or ce triaxone 1 g IM or IV. ■ Penicillin allergic: clindamycin 600 mg PO, IM, or IV; or azithromycin or clarithromycin 500 mg PO. I allergy to penicillin is not anaphylaxis, angioedema, or urticaria, may also use cephalexin 2 g PO; or ce azolin or ce triaxone 1 g IM or IV. ■

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Bacterial endocarditis is a serious disease with a signi cant mortality rate. • Finish all antibiotics and keep ollow-up appointments to ensure adequate treatment. • Mortality remains elevated even 6 months a ter an episode. • Recurrence is common, especially i risk actors remain (ie, continued immunosuppression or IV drug use). PATIENT RESO URCES

• The American Heart Association has information about who is at risk or bacterial endocarditis and a printable wallet card or at-risk patient, available in English or Spanish—http:/ / www.heart .org/ HEARTORG/ Conditions/ CongenitalHeartDefects/ TheImpactofCongenitalHeartDefects/ InfectiveEndocarditis_UCM_307108_Article.jsp. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• The American Heart Association guidelines on endocarditis prophylaxis—http:/ / content/ 116/ 15/ 1736 .full.pdf. • Guidelines on Infective Endocarditis: Diagnosis, Antimicrobial Therapy, and Management o Complications—http:/ / circ content/ 111/ 23/ e394.full. • MedCalc has an interactive Web site with Duke criteria for infective endocarditis— endocarditis.html.

REFERENCES 1. de Sa DD, Tleyjeh IM, Anavekar NS, et al. Epidemiological trends o in ective endocarditis: a population-based study in Olmsted County, Minnesota. Mayo Clin Proc. 2010;85(5):422-426.




CARDIO VASCULAR 2. Wilson LE, Thomas DL, Astemborski J, et al. Prospective study of in ective endocarditis among injection drug users. J Infect Dis. 2002;185(12):1761-1766. 3. Nomura A, Omata F, Furukawa K. Risk actors o mid-term mortality o patients with in ective endocarditis. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2010;29(11):1355-1360. 4. Prendergast BD. The changing ace o in ective endocarditis. Heart. 2006;92(7):879-885. 5. Habib G. Management o in ective endocarditis. Heart. 2006;92(1): 124-130. 6. Baddour LM, Wilson WR, Bayer AS, et al. American Heart Association Scienti c Statement on In ective Endocarditis. Circulation. 2005;111:e394-e434. 7. Falagas ME, Matthaiou DK, Bliziotis IA. The role o aminoglycosides in combination with a beta-lactam or the treatment o bacterial

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endocarditis: a meta-analysis o comparative trials. JAntimicrob Chemother. 2006;57(4):639-647. 8. Fayad G, Leroy G, Devos P, et al. Characteristics and prognosis o patients requiring valve surgery during active in ective endocarditis. J HeartValve Dis. 2011;20(2):223-228. 9. Mokhles MM, Ciampichetti I, Head SJ, et al. Survival o surgically treated in ective endocarditis: a comparison with the general Dutch population. AnnThorac Surg. 2011;91(5):1407-1412. 10. Kang DH, Kim YJ, Kim SH, et al. Early surgery versus conventional treatment or in ective endocarditis. N Engl J Med. 2012;366: 2466-2473. 11. Wilson W, Taubert KA, Gewitz M, et al. Prevention of infective endocarditis: a guideline rom the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2007;116:1736-1754.



48 HYPERTENSIO N He id i Chumle y

CARDIO VASCULAR • Blood pressure control is lowest among those without health insurance (29%), Mexican Americans (37%), and adults ages 18 to 39 years (31%). 1,2 • Ninety percent o patients with uncontrolled HTN have a usual source o care and health insurance. 2

PATIENT STO RY A 40 year-old man presents a ter his blood pressure was measured as 180/ 100 mm Hg at a health screening. He has no complaints. His blood pressure today is 178/ 98 mm Hg. Based on these 2 readings, he is diagnosed with stage 2 hypertension (HTN). His amily history is very positive or essential HTN. His examination is normal other than an enlarged and laterally displaced point o maximal impulse. His body mass index is normal. The provider sends him or a urinalysis, complete blood count (CBC), asting lipid pro le, and a chemistry panel that includes blood glucose, potassium, serum creatinine, and calcium. An electrocardiogram (ECG) shows le t ventricular hypertrophy (Figure 48-1). He is counseled regarding li estyle change, started on 2 medications, and asked to ollow-up within a couple o weeks.

• In the United States, HTN contributes to 1 o every 7 deaths and to hal o the cardiovascular disease-related deaths. 2 • Cost o HTN to the US health care system is estimated to be $131 billion per year. 2

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Primary HTN (> 90% o patients)—The speci c cause is unknown, but environmental actors (ie, salt intake, excess alcohol intake, obesity) and genetics both play a role. • Secondary HTN (5%-10% o patients)—Causes include medications, kidney disease, renal artery stenosis (Figure 48-2), thyroid disease, hyperaldosteronism, and sleep apnea. Rare causes include coarctation o the aorta, Cushing syndrome, and pheochromocytoma.

INTRO DUCTIO N Hypertension is a major risk actor or both myocardial in arction and stroke. Primary HTN constitutes 90% o HTN cases. Initial treatment includes li estyle modi cations and medications. Most patients require at least 2 medications to achieve control. Patients who are not controlled on 3 medications should undergo a workup or secondary causes.

RISK FACTO RS • Family history or genetic predisposition • Obesity • High sodium chloride intake

EPIDEMIO LO GY • O US adults older than age 18 years, 30.4% have HTN. 1,2 • Blood pressure is controlled in approximately 50% o adults with HTN. 1,2

• Medications, including oral contraceptives, nonsteroidal antiinf ammatory drugs (NSAIDs), decongestants, and some antidepressants • Substances, including ca eine, licorice, amphetamines, cocaine, and tobacco

FIGURE 48-1 ECG showing le t ve ntricular hyp e rtrop hy in this 58-ye ar-old man with curre nt b lood p re ssure o 178/98. Note how S V1 + R V5 > 35 mm. Also his ECG shows le t axis d e viation and nonsp e ci c ST chang e s in the hig h late ral le ad s (I and aVL). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Gary Fe re nchick, MD.)





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FIGURE 48-3 Hypertensive and diabetic retinopathy with dot-blot hemorrhage s, a f ame hemorrhag e, and hard exudates. The arte rioles are attenuate d rom the hypertension. (Re produced with p ermission from Carrie Cooke.)

• Consider testing or thyroid disorders with a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) i other signs or symptoms are present. FIGURE 48-2 Ang iog ram re ve aling b ilate ral re nal arte ry ste nosis (arrows), one o the mo re common cause s o se cond ary hyp e rte nsion, most o te n a re sult o athe roscle rotic d ise ase in old e r p atie nts. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Fig ure 111-15A in Hurst’s the He art, 13th e d .)

DIAGNO SIS Average o 2 or more seated blood pressure readings on each o 2 or more o ce visits based on systolic (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) blood pressures. • Prehypertension—SBP 120 to 139 mm Hg or DBP 80 to 89 mm Hg • Stage 1 HTN—SBP 140 to 159 mm Hg or DBP 90 to 99 mm Hg • Stage 2 HTN—SBP equal to or greater than 160 mm Hg or DBP equal to or greater than 100 mm Hg

• For patients with abnormal screening tests, signs indicating a secondary cause, or inadequate control on 3 medications include the ollowing: ° Serum aldosterone and plasma renin activity are use ul in patients with hypokalemia. ° A 24-hour urine protein and creatinine or suspected renal disease. ° A 24-hour urine- ree cortisol or a dexamethasone suppression test or suspected Cushing syndrome. ° Plasma and urine catecholamines or metanephrines or suspected pheochromocytoma. ° Parathyroid hormone level or suspected hyperparathyroidism. IMAGING AND ANCILLARY TESTS • ECG on all patients with HTN.


• Chest radiograph is usually not ordered or primary HTN; however, i obtained, cardiomegaly may be present. I coarctation o the aorta is expected, rib notching may be present.

• No symptoms may be present.

• Echocardiogram may also demonstrate le t ventricular hypertrophy.

• When blood pressure is high, patients may have headaches, vision changes, con usion, chest pain or myocardial in arction, pulmonary edema, stroke, or hematuria.

• Renal artery stenosis can be seen on magnetic resonance angiography or by angiography (see Figure 48-2).

• Hypertensive retinopathy may be present (Figure 48-3 and Chapter 18, Hypertensive retinopathy). • An S4 can be an early physical examination nding. • Le t ventricular hypertrophy may be mani est as an enlarged laterally displaced point o maximal impulse, abnormal ECG (see Figure 48-1), or abnormal chest radiograph. • Abdominal bruits may be present with renal artery stenosis.

• Renal ultrasound may demonstrate small or absent kidney.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Falsely elevated blood pressure readings can be a result o improper cu size (too small with a large-arm diameter) or method (patient not seated, arm in incorrect position, etc).


• Acute elevations in blood pressure may be caused by substances (eg, tobacco).

• Be ore initiating therapy or presumed primary HTN per orm the ollowing tests: urinalysis, CBC, asting lipid pro le, and chemistry panel, including asting blood glucose, potassium, creatinine, and calcium.

• White-coat HTN is de ned as blood pressure that is consistently over 140/ 90 mm Hg in the presence o a health care provider with an ambulatory monitoring average o less than 135/ 85 mm Hg.


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• Schedule visits monthly until blood pressure goal is obtained.

• Weight reduction i overweight or obese.

• Consider more requent visits or patients with stage 2 HTN or signi cant comorbid conditions.

• Dietary approaches to stop hypertension (DASH) diet, rich in ruits and vegetables, aimed at reducing sodium intake and eating a variety o oods rich in nutrients that help lower blood pressure, such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. • Low- at diet. • Low dietary sodium chloride. • Regular aerobic exercise. • Moderate alcohol intake: no more than 2 drinks per day or men and 1 drink per day or women.

• See patients with controlled HTN every 3 to 6 months.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • HTN is a chronic disease requiring li elong li estyle modi cations and one or more daily medications or most patients. • Adequate control o HTN reduces the risk or heart attack and stroke.

• Smoking cessation or cardiovascular risk reduction (see Chapter 237, Tobacco Addiction).



• The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. What Is High Blood Pressure?—http:/ / health/ healthtopics/ topics/ hbp/ .

• Start a thiazide-type diuretic in most patients. An angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) may be the initial choice in white males. • Consider starting 2 medications when blood pressure is 20/ 10 mm Hg higher than goal. Goal is 140/ 90 mm Hg or 130/ 80 mm Hg in patients with diabetes or chronic kidney disease. • Add an ACEI, angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), β-blocker (BB), or calcium channel blocker (CCB) i control is not achieved with initial agent. • Speci c medications have compelling indications in these situations: ° Heart ailure—Diuretic, BB, ACEI, ARB, aldosterone antagonist (AA) ° Postmyocardial in arction—BB, ACEI, AA ° Diabetes—Diuretic, BB, ACEI, ARB, CCB ° Chronic kidney disease—ACEI, ARB ° Recurrent stroke prevention—Diuretic, ACEI REFERRAL O R HO SPITALIZATIO N • Re er patients in whom adequate blood pressure control is not obtained. • Women with HTN who are planning a pregnancy or who become pregnant should be re erred to a provider with experience managing chronic HTN in pregnancy.

PREVENTIO N Healthy li estyle or all persons, including weight reduction (i overweight or obese), use o DASH, initiation and maintenance o adequate physical activity, and moderate alcohol intake.

PRO GNO SIS • Risk o cardiovascular disease increases as blood pressure increases. • Between 115/ 75 and 185/ 115 mm Hg, every 20 mm Hg SBP or 10 mm Hg DBP doubles the risk o cardiovascular disease or adults ages 40 to 70 years. 3


• The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment o High Blood Pressure (JNC 7)—http:/ / guidelines/ hypertension/ express.pdf. • The Eighth Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment o High Blood Pressure (JNC 8)—http:/ / guidelines/ hypertension/ jnc8/ index.htm.

REFERENCES 1. Egan BM, Zhao Y, Axon RN. US trends in prevalence, awareness, treatment and control o hypertension, 1988-2008. JAMA. 2010;303(2):2043-2050. 2. Centers or Disease Control and Prevention. Vital signs: awareness and treatment o uncontrolled hypertension among adults—United States, 2003-2010. MMWR Morb MortalWkly Rep. 2012;61(35): 703-709. 3. Lewington S, Clarke R, Qizilbash N, et al. Age-speci c relevance o usual blood pressure to vascular mortality: a metaanalysis o individual data or one million adults in 61 prospective studies. Lancet. 2002;360:1903-1913.






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• Six-and-a-hal percent o adults (< 1% with age 20-30 years; 15% older than 80 years o age) had echocardiogram ndings consistent with pericardial e usion in a population-based study o 5652 adults and adult amily members o participants in the Framingham Heart Study. 2 • Seventy-seven percent o patients a ter cardiac surgery or valves or bypass have pericardial e usions, which rarely ( 90%. ■ Fetal hemoglobin (HbF) = approximately 6%. ■ HbA = approximately 3.5%. 2 ■ HbA = 0% (unless the patient has received a blood trans usion in the past ew months).

• Simple trans usion is given when urgently needed; the goal is to restore hemoglobin and reduce HbS levels. SO R ° Urgent indications include aplastic crisis, acute chest syndrome or acute neurologic event, sepsis (including meningitis), multiple organ ailure, acute hemorrhage, and sequestration in the liver or spleen. ° Repeated trans usions are associated with iron overload and are not indicated as a primary treatment or acute pain ul crises. ° Do not trans use to a hemoglobin level o greater than 10 g/ dL as blood viscosity increases. • Consider a simple trans usion to a hemoglobin o 10 g/ dL preoperatively. 2 • Consider an urgent exchange trans usion in patients with SSA with acute CVA because this more rapidly decreases the HbS concentration. SO R

• Sickle cell trait ° Approximately 10% o blacks have sickle cell trait; that is, they are heterozygous or the sickle cell gene, and their genotype is bS/ bA. ° Sickle cell trait is benign, and patients are essentially normal and protected against alciparum malaria, but they may have di f culty concentrating their urine (hyposthenuria). ° Hemoglobin electrophoresis shows both HbA and HbS: ■ HbA is always greater than 50%, and ■ HbS percentage depends on the a genotype; thus HbS occurs in • 35% to 45% in patients with 4a genes • 30% to 35% with 3a genes • 25% to 30% with 2a genes • 17% to 25% with 1a gene

• Analgesics (opioid and nonopioid) are given or pain. Patients may require large doses o narcotics or pain relie .

• Hemoglobin SC disease (one b chain has hemoglobin S and the other has hemoglobin C) ° HbS approximately 50% ° Hemoglobin C (HbC) approximately 50%

• Hydroxyurea increases HbF and reduces long-term mortality in patients with SSA and decreases daily pain intensity. The decrease in pain intensity correlates with the amount o HbF increase in response to treatment. 11,12 SO R

• Sickle-b + -thalassemia ° Thalassemia genes produce normal hemoglobin but in reduced amounts. + ° Di erentiation among SSA and sickle-b-thalassemia (both b , in which there are some b chains, and b°, in which there are no b chains) may be di f cult.

• Treatment o acute chest syndrome includes oxygen, adequate hydration, broad-spectrum antibiotics, bronchodilators/ incentive spirometry, and trans usions to decrease the raction o HbS to less than 30%. 2 • Inhaled nitric oxide was not associated with resolution o the sickle cell crisis among 150 patients presenting with a sickle cell vaso-occlusive pain crisis. 10 CHRO NIC MANAGEMENT • For newborns who screen positive, give a pneumococcal vaccine and provide prophylactic oral penicillin or 5 years to prevent serious in ections. SO R

• Long-term use o hydroxyurea reduced mortality as measured over 17.5 years and was not associated with an increased risk o malignancy. 11 20% may be a threshold or the prevention o vaso-occlusive ° HbF o6,12,13 crisis.



° Hydroxyurea was associated with a 44% reduction in pain crises and a 40% lower mortality rate. ° Exchange trans usions decrease the percentage o HbS. ° Omega-3 atty acid supplements in 16 patients with SSA decreased the number o pain ul crises in a 6-month pilot study. 14 SO R ° Bone marrow transplantation can cure patients, with a 95% diseaseree survival. 15 SO R ° Iron overload rom multiple trans usions is a risk or patients with SSA. Guidelines suggest initiating iron chelation therapy in patients with a serum erritin over 1000 ng/ mL or patients with a cumulative trans usion o more than 120 packed RBCs. Patients with SSA treated with a once-daily oral iron chelator (de erasirox) decreased serum erritin by 50%; this has a clinically acceptable sa ety prof le in patients with SSA at risk or iron overload because o requent trans usions. 16,17

PRO GNO SIS/ CLINICAL CO URSE • Major complications o SCD include the ollowing: ° Cerebrovascular complications occur in 8.5% to 17% o patients with SSA in the United States. ° Neurocognitive def cits are common in patients with SSA, including those relating to IQ, memory, processing speed, and measures o executive unction. 18 ° Proli erative retinopathy is more common in HbSCD than other sickle cell syndromes. ° Cardiopulmonary complications, including acute chest syndrome, are the most requent cause o death o patients with SSA, congestive heart ailure, and pulmonary hypertension, which is associated with a 25% to 50% chance o death within 2 years. 19 ° Cholelithiasis occurs in patients with SCD with symptomatic bilirubin stones. ° Splenic sequestration can occur. ° Renal complications ■ A “normal” creatinine in SCD is di erent rom that or other patients; serum creatinine is very low (0.2 to 0.5 mg/ dL) in patients with SCD. ■ A normal creatinine level o 1.2 mg/ dL is associated with up to 40% loss o renal unction in SCD. ■ Conf rm with glomerular f ltration rate and consider early therapy with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. ° Priapism—A ter major attacks o priapism, about one-third o the patients are completely impotent, one-third are partially impotent, and one-third recover normal unction. ° Leg ulcers—Approximately 5% to 10% o adult patients with SCD with SSA develop a leg ulcer at some time, especially near the malleoli. These are more common in male versus emale patients with SCD20 (Figure 54-1). ° Avascular necrosis is a problem. ° In ection—Patients with SSA have a compromised immune system that predisposes them to in ection. ° Blood pressure is generally lower than normal in patients with SSA. Patients with high values relative to this population are at an increased risk or increased morbidity and mortality. ° Dactylitis (hand- oot syndrome) (Figure 54-3), splenomegaly, and splenic sequestration are common in children, especially be ore age 5 years. ° Aplastic crises are commonly caused by coin ection with parvovirus B19.

HEMATO LO GY FO LLO W-UP • Stable patients should be ollowed every 4-6 months. • Consider periodic retinal screening by an ophthalmologist and periodic echocardiography to assess or pulmonary hypertension.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N Avoid extreme heat or cold and maintain adequate hydration. PATIENT RESO URCES

• Sickle Cell Disease Association of America—http:/ / www • American Academy of Pediatrics. Health Supervision for Children with Sickle Cell Disease—http:/ / content/ 109/ 3/ 526.full. • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Sickle Cell Disease— http:/ / condition/ sickle-cell-disease. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Clearinghouse or many articles and guidelines or SSA—http:/ / Guidelines/ Anemia_and_ hemoglobinopathies/ Sickle_cell_anemia.htm. • Note that the SCDAA does not support the screening of athletes for sickle cell trait as a means to decrease heat- and exertion-related deaths among athletes—http:/ / index.cfm?page=sickle-cell-trait-athletics. • Bender MA, Hobbs W. Sickle cell disease. Gene Rev. 2012, May. http:/ / books/ NBK1377/ .

REFERENCES 1. Taylor LE, Stotts NA, Humphreys J, et al. A review o the literature on the multiple dimensions o chronic pain in adults with sickle cell disease. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2010;40(3):416-435. 2. Steinberg MH. Sickle cell disease. Ann Int Med. 2011;155:ITC31. 3. Platt OS, Thorington BD, Brambilla DJ, et al. Pain in sickle cell disease. Rates and risk actors. N Engl J Med. 1991;325(1):11-16. 4. Laurie GA. Acute chest syndrome in sickle cell disease. Intern Med J. 2010;40(5):372-376. 5. Gladwin MT, Vichinsky E. Pulmonary complications o sickle cell disease. N Engl J Med. 2008;359(21):2254-2265. 6. Smith WR, Penberthy LT, Bovbjerg VE, et al. Daily assessment of pain in adults with sickle cell disease. Ann Intern Med. 2008;148:94-101. 7. Strouse JJ, Jordan LC, Lanzkron S, et al. The excess burden o stroke in hospitalized adults with sickle cell disease. Am J Hematol. 2009;84:548-552. 8. Adams RJ, McKie VC, Hsu L, et al. Prevention o a f rst stroke by trans usions in children with sickle cell anemia and abnormal results on transcranial Doppler ultrasonography. N Engl J Med. 1998;339:5-11. 9. Parent F, Bachir D, Inamo J, et al. A hemodynamic study o pulmonary hypertension in sickle cell disease. N Engl J Med. 2011;365:44-53.






10. Gladwin MT, Kato GJ, Weiner D, et al. Nitric oxide for inhalation in the acute treatment o sickle cell pain crisis: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2011;305(9):893-902.

16. Voskaridou E, Plata E, Douskou M, et al. De erasirox e ectively decreases iron burden in patients with double heterozygous HbS/ b-thalassemia. Ann Hematol. 2011;90(1):11-15.

11. Steinberg MH, McCarthy WF, Castro O, et al. The risks and benef ts o long-term use o hydroxyurea in sickle cell anemia: a 17.5 year ollow-up. Am J Hematol. 2010;85:403-408.

17. Vichinsky E, Bernaudin F, Forni GL, et al. Long-term sa ety and e f cacy o de erasirox (Exjade) or up to 5 years in trans usional iron-overloaded patients with sickle cell disease. Br J Haematol. 2011;154(3):387-397.

12. Ware RE, Aygun B. Advances in the use of hydroxyurea. Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2009:62-69. 13. Smith WR, Ballas SK, McCarthy WF, et al. The association between hydroxyurea treatment and pain intensity, analgesic use, and utilization in ambulatory sickle cell anemia patients. Pain Med. 2011;12(5): 697-705. 14. Okpala I, Ibegbulam O, Duru A, et al. Pilot study o omega-3 atty acid supplements in sickle cell disease. APMIS. 2011;119(7):442-448. 15. Hsieh MM, Kang EM, Fitzhugh CD, et al. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation or sickle cell disease. N Engl J Med. 2009;361:2309-2317.

18. Vichinsky EP, Neumayr LD, Gold JI, et al. Neuropsychological dysunction and neuroimaging abnormalities in neurologically intact adults with sickle cell anemia. JAMA. 2010;303:1823-1831. 19. Gladwin MT, Sachdev V, Jison ML, et al. Pulmonary hypertension as a risk actor or death in patients with sickle cell disease. N Engl J Med. 2004;350:886-895. 20. Koshy M, Entsuah R, Koranda A, et al. Leg ulcers in patients with sickle cell disease. Blood. 1989;74(4):1403-1408.

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St re ng t h o Re co mme nd at io n (SO R)

De f nit io n


Re comme nd ation b ase d on consiste nt and g ood -q uality p atie nt-orie nte d e vid e nce .*


Re comme nd ation b ase d on inconsiste nt or limite d -q uality p atie nt-orie nte d e vid e nce .*


Re comme nd ation b ase d on conse nsus, usual p ractice , op inion, d ise ase -orie nte d e vid e nce , or case se rie s or stud ie s o d iag nosis, tre atme nt, p re ve ntion, or scre e ning .*

Se e Ap p e nd ix A on p ag e s 1241-1244 or urthe r in ormation.





PATIENT STO RY A 32-year-old Hispanic woman presents to your o ce with a chronic cough or 3 months. She states the cough is dry and started with a cold 3 months ago. She denies ever, chills, and night sweats. She has never been diagnosed with asthma or lung disease in the past. She does admit to having had persistent dry coughs that linger on a ter getting colds in the past. She is not sure what wheezing is but she has noticed a tight eeling in her chest at night with some whistling sound. On physical examination, her lungs are clear and she is moving air well. Her height is 5 t and her weight is 220 lb giving her a body mass index (BMI) o 43. Her peak expiratory f ow (PEF) in the o ce is at 80% o predicted. Even though she is not wheezing, her history and physical examination are highly suspicious or asthma. You prescribe a short-acting β 2-agonist (SABA) rescue inhaler with spacer and order pulmonary unction tests (PFTs). You have your nurse provide asthma education (including proper use o an inhaler) and suggestions or weight loss. The patient returns 1 week later and the cough is much improved. You review her PFTs (Figure 55-1) and note that she has reversible bronchospasm especially in the small airways ( orced expiratory f ow [FEF]25%-75% shows a 70% improvement with inhaled albuterol). See Table 55-1 or the meaning o the typical abbreviations using with PFTs. Her lung volumes (Figure 55-1B) show hyperinf ation with a high residual volume and her di using capacity is normal. The whole picture is consistent with asthma. An asthma action plan is created and a re erral to a nutritionist is o ered to help the patient with her obesity.

INTRO DUCTIO N Asthma is a chronic inf ammatory airway disorder with variable airf ow obstruction and bronchial hyperresponsiveness that is at least partially reversible, spontaneously or with treatment (eg, β 2-agonist treatment). Patients with asthma have recurrent episodes o wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and cough (particularly at night or in the early morning).

EPIDEMIO LO GY • Estimated prevalence o asthma in noninstitutionalized adults over age 18 years in the United States (2010) is approximately 8.2% (18.7 million cases). 1 • The number o deaths rom asthma in 2009 was 3388 (1.1/ 100,000 population). 1

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ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Although the precise cause is unknown, early exposure to airborne allergens (eg, house–dust mite, cockroach antigens) and childhood respiratory in ections (eg, respiratory syncytial virus, parainf uenza) are associated with asthma development. • In addition to environmental actors, asthma has an inherited component, although the genetics involved remain complex. 3 The gene ADAM 33 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase) may increase the risk o asthma as metalloproteinases appear to e ect airway remodeling. 4 • The pulmonary obstruction characterizing asthma results rom combinations o mucosal swelling, mucous production, constriction o bronchiolar smooth muscles, and neutrophils (the latter, particularly important in smokers or those with occupational asthma). 4 Over time, airway smooth muscle hypertrophy and hyperplasia, remodeling (thickening o the subbasement membrane, subepithelial brosis, and vascular proli eration and dilation), along with mucous plugging complicate the disease. 4 • Allergen-induced acute bronchospasm involves immunoglobulin E (IgE)-dependent release o mast cell mediators. 4

RISK FACTO RS • Family history o asthma. 5 • Recurrent childhood chest in ections or atopy. 5 • Parental smoking. 5 • Male gender. 5 • Recent use o acetaminophen has also been associated with asthma symptoms in adolescents (odds ratio [OR], 1.43; 95% con dence interval [CI], 1.33-1.53 and OR, 2.51; 95% CI, 2.33-2.70 or at least once a year and at least once a month use vs no use, respectively). 6 One possible mechanism is through acetaminophen reducing the immune response and prolonging rhinovirus in ection. 7 • Modi able risk actors include obesity (OR 3.3 or adult-onset asthma) and tobacco smoking; the latter also increases the risk o occupational asthma. 4

DIAGNO SIS The diagnosis o asthma is made on clinical suspicion (presence o symptoms o recurrent and partially reversible airf ow obstruction and airway hyperresponsiveness) and con rmed with spirometry. 3 Alternative diagnoses should be excluded. CLINICAL FEATURES

• Asthma was the rst-listed diagnosis or 479,000 hospital discharges in 2009 with an average length o stay o 4.3 days. 1

Asthma’s most common symptoms are recurrent wheezing, di culty breathing, chest tightness, and cough. An absence o wheezing or normal physical examination does not exclude asthma. 3 In act, up to 25% o patients with asthma have normal physical examinations even though abnormalities are seen on pulmonary unction testing. 4 As part o the diagnosis o asthma, ask about the ollowing3:

• Estimated direct costs associated with asthma in the United States grew rom about $53 billion in 2002 to about $56 billion in 2007 (6% increase). 2

• Pattern o symptoms and precipitating actors. Symptoms o ten occur or worsen at night and during exercise, viral in ection, exposure to inhalant allergens or irritants (eg, tobacco smoke, wood smoke,

• Asthma accounts or 17 million visits per year (physician o ces, emergency departments, and hospital outpatient sites). 1

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B FIGURE 55-1 Pulmonary unction te sts (PFTs) in a woman with susp e cte d asthma. A. Sp irome try b e ore and a te r b ronchod ilation with ow volume loop s and g rap h o orce d vital cap acity (FVC). The FEV1 is normal, b ut the FEV1/FVC ratio and FEF25%-75% are re d uce d . Following ad ministration o b ronchod ilators, the re is a g oo d re sp o nse e sp e cially in the small airways as re p re se nte d b y FEF25%-75%. B. Lung volume s are all incre ase d (e sp e cially the re sid ual volume ) ind icating ove rin ation and air trap p ing . The d i using cap acity is normal. Conclusions: minimal airway ob struction, ove rin ation, and a re sp onse to b ronchod ilators are consiste nt with a d iag nosis o asthma. The p atie nt has minimal ob structive airways d ise ase o the asthmatic typ e . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)





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TABLE 55-1 Pulmonary Function Te sts, Ke y to Ab b re viations


Force d vital cap acity


Force d vital cap acity at one se cond


FEV1 d ivid e d b y FVC

FEF25%-75% (L/s)

Force d e xp iratory ow b e twe e n 25% and 75% o cap acity—same as maximal mid e xp iratory ow rate (MMFR)

FEFmax (L/s)

Force d e xp iratory ow maximum

FEF25% (L/s)

Force d e xp iratory ow rate whe n 25% o the FVC has b e e n e xhale d (slop e o FVC curve at 25% e xhale d )

FEF50% (L/s)

Force d e xp iratory ow rate whe n 50% o the FVC has b e e n e xhale d

FEF75% (L/s)

Force d e xp iratory ow rate whe n 75% o the FVC has b e e n e xhale d


Force d insp iratory vital cap acity

FIF50% (L/s)

Force d insp iratory ow at 50% cap acity


Slow vital cap acity


Total lung cap acity

RV (L)

Re sid ual volume


Re sid ual volume d ivid e d b y total lung cap acity


Thoracic g as volume


Airway re sistance


Exp iratory re se rve volume

IC (L)

Insp iratory cap acity


Di using cap acity o lung (using carb on monoxid e me asuring )

VA (L)

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airborne chemicals), changes in weather, strong emotional expression (laughing hard or crying), menstrual cycle, and stress. 3 • Family history o asthma, allergy or atopy in close relatives. • Social history (eg, day care, workplace, social support). • History o exacerbations (eg, requency, duration, treatment) and impact on patient and amily. Findings on physical examination may include the ollowing3: • Upper respiratory tract—Increased nasal secretion, mucosal swelling, and/ or nasal polyp. • Lungs—Decreased intensity o breath sounds is the most common (33%-65% o patients). 4 Additional ndings can include wheezing, prolonged phase o orced exhalation, use o accessory respiratory muscles, appearance o hunched shoulders, and chest de ormity. During a severe exacerbation o asthma, minimal airf ow can result in no audible wheezing. • Skin—Atopic dermatitis and/ or eczema (see Chapters 143, 145, and 146). There is a strong association between asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, and eczema (Figure 55-2), although the “atopic or allergic triad” with the coexistence o all 3 conditions at one time (Figure 55-3)

is not very common. Data support a sequence o atopic mani estations beginning typically with atopic dermatitis in in ancy ollowed by allergic rhinitis and/ or asthma in later stages. 8 Findings in patients with status asthmaticus (prolonged or severe asthma attack that is not responsive to standard treatment) may include the ollowing4: • Tachycardia (heart rate >120 beats/ min) and tachypnea (respiratory rate > 30 breaths/ min) • Use o accessory respiratory muscles • Pulsus paradoxus (inspiratory decrease in systolic blood pressure > 10 mm Hg) • Mental status changes (due to hypoxia and hypercapnia) • Paradoxical abdominal and diaphragmatic movement on inspiration LABO RATO RY TESTING • Spirometry is recommended by National Asthma Education Program (NAEP) or all adolescent and adult patients to determine airway obstruction that is at least partially reversible (Figures 55-1, 55-4 and 55-5). 3 SO R


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FIGURE 55-2 Patie nt with se ve re asthma, atop ic d e rmatitis, and alle rg ic rhinitis—atop ic triad . (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission fro m Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

FIGURE 55-3 Patie nt with the “atop ic triad ” and a visib le cre ase ove r he r nose rom the “alle rg ic salute ” se cond ary to alle rg ic rhinitis. (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission from Richard Usatine , MD.)

• Assess severity—Severity is de ned as the intrinsic intensity o the disease process.3 The NAEP divides severity into 4 groups: intermittent, persistent-mild, persistent-moderate, and persistent-severe (Table 55-2).

• Additional tests that may be use ul include the ollowing3:

• Initially, severity can be assessed in the o ce, urgent or emergency care setting with predicted orced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) or PEF; a value o less than 40% indicates a severe exacerbation. A value o equal to or greater than 70% predicted FEV1 or PEF is a goal or discharge rom the emergency care setting. • Once asthma control is achieved, severity can be assessed by the step o care required or control (ie, amount o medication) (see Medications).


• Pulmonary unction testing i a diagnosis o chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), restrictive lung disease, or vocal cord dys unction is considered. • Bronchoprovocation (using methacholine, histamine, cold air or exercise challenge) i spirometry is normal or near-normal and asthma is still suspected; a negative test is help ul in ruling out asthma. • Pulse oximetry or arterial blood gas i hypoxia is suspected (eg, cyanosis, rapid respiratory rate). • In the emergency room setting, B-type natriuretic peptide can help distinguish between heart ailure and pulmonary disease. 4

Ins pira tory Ca pa city (IC)


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Re s idua l Volume (RV)

Re s idua l Volume (RV)

Tida l Volume (TV)

Functiona l Re s idua l Ca pa city (FRC)

FIGURE 55-4 Grap h o lung volume s showing the re lationship o tid al volume to vital cap acity and othe r imp ortant lung volume s.

Tota l Lung Ca pa city (TLC)



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DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS The di erential diagnosis o an adult with episodic wheezing, chest tightness, cough, and di culty breathing includes the ollowing: • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—Usually begins a ter age 40 years with dyspnea (persistent or progressive or worse with exercise), chronic cough (even i intermittent or nonproductive) and/ or sputum production, and/ or a history o COPD risk actors including a amily history o COPD (Chapter 56, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). • Chronic bronchitis—A clinical diagnosis de ned as the presence o cough and sputum production o at least 3 months in 2 consecutive years9; although o ten seen in patients with COPD, chronic bronchitis can occur in patients with normal spirometry. FIGURE 55-5 Patie nt having p ulmonary unction te sts (PFTs). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Pneumonia—Symptoms include ever, chills, and pleuritic chest pain; physical ndings include dullness to percussion, bronchial breathing, egophony (E-A change), and crackles with area o in ltrate or pneumonia usually con rmed on CXR (Chapter 59, Pneumonia). • Tuberculosis—Any age, symptoms o chronic cough. CXR shows in ltrate, positive culture con rms (Chapter 64, Tuberculosis).

IMAGING A chest X-ray (CXR) is not use ul or diagnosis but is help ul or excluding other diseases (eg, pneumonia) or identi ying comorbidity (eg, heart ailure). The main nding on CXR is hyperinf ation (occurring in about 45% o patients with asthma). 4 Hyperinf ation is maniested by the ollowing: • Increased anteroposterior (AP) diameter

• Congestive heart ailure—Nonspeci c basilar crackles, CXR shows cardiomegaly, echocardiogram con rms (Chapter 44, Congestive Heart Failure). • Cough secondary to drugs (eg, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor), vocal cord dys unction—identi ed on medication history or PFT. • Asthma may occur in conjunction with these conditions.

• Increased retrosternal air space (Figure 55-6)


• In racardiac air • Low-set f attened diaphragms (best assessed in lateral chest) • Vertical heart Atelectasis is another nding seen during acute severe episodes (Figure 55-7).

NAEP outlines 4 components o care: assessment and monitoring, provision o education, control o environmental actors and comorbid conditions, and use o medications. 3 The goals o asthma therapy are 2- old3:

TABLE 55-2 Classif cation o Asthma Se ve rity

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Mild Pe rsist e nt

Mo d e rat e Pe rsist e nt

Se ve re Pe rsist e nt

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Throug hout the d ay

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2 ×’s p e r month or le ss

3-4 × ’s p e r month

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Re scue Inhale r Use

2 or le ss d ays p e r we e k

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Se ve ral time s p e r d ay

Int e r e re nce Wit h No rmal Act ivit y


Minor limitation

Some limitation

Extre me ly limite d

Lung Funct io n

FEV1 >80% p re d icte d and normal b e twe e n e xace rb ations

FEV1 > 80% p re d icte d

FEV1 60%-80% p re d icte d

FEV1 le ss than 60% p re d icte d

Data rom National He art, Lung and Blood Institute . Exp e rt Pane l Re p ort 3: g uid e line s or the d iag nosis and manag e me nt o asthma.


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FIGURE 55-6 Acute asthma e xace rb ation with incre ase d lung volume s on CXR. The late ral p roje ction re ve als e nlarg e me nt o the re troste rnal cle ar sp ace (arrow). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Carlos Santiag o Re stre p o, MD.)

• Reduce impairment—Prevent chronic symptoms, require in requent (twice weekly or less) use o rescue inhaler, maintain near-normal pulmonary unction, maintain normal activity levels, meet patient and amily expectations and satis action with care. • Reduce risk—Prevent recurrent exacerbations and minimize need or emergency or hospital care, prevent loss o lung unction, and provide optimal pharmacotherapy while minimizing side e ects and adverse e ects.

NO NPHARMACO LO GIC • Exercise should be encouraged. In a randomized clinical trial (RCT) o aerobic exercise in patients with persistent asthma, the group randomized to exercise showed signi cant improvements in physical limitations, requency o symptoms, health-related quality o li e, number o asthma-symptom- ree days, and anxiety and depression levels over the control group (education and breathing exercises only). 10 • For patients exposed to secondhand smoke in the home, use o highe ciency, particulate-arresting (HEPA) air cleaners was shown in one RCT to decrease unscheduled asthma visits or children ages 6 to 12 years. 11 • Dietary changes may also be use ul. In a cross-sectional study, greater adherence to a Mediterranean-type diet was associated with a lower prevalence o asthma symptoms. 12 • Provide patient education. SO R Reduction in hospital and emergency department (ED) visits and missed work or school has also been shown or sel -management education with written asthma action plans and physician review. 4 • Consider interventions to control home environmental triggers; comprehensive individual programs may reduce symptom days. 4 SO R ° Many people who have asthma are allergic to dust mites (Figure 55-8). Two relatively easy interventions to decrease dust mite exposure are encase pillows and mattresses in special dust mite–proo covers and wash the sheets and blankets on the bed each week in hot water. 3 environmental triggers can be ound ° Other suggestions or reducing in the NAEP re erence3 at http:/ / guidelines/ asthma/ asthsumm.pd .

FIGURE 55-7 Acute asthma e xace rb ation in a 28-ye ar-old man. Frontal che st rad iog rap h d e monstrate s incre ase d lung volume s and ill-d e f ne d op acity in the rig ht in rahilar re g ion consiste nt with mid d le lob e se g me ntal ate le ctasis (arrow). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Carlos Santiag o Re stre p o, MD.)

MEDICATIO NS To determine appropriate medication management, assess severity based on symptoms, medication usage, and lung unction. In addition, assess risk based on number o exacerbations requiring systemic steroids.






(severe asthma). 3 In a RCT with inner-city children, adolescents, and young adults (N = 419) with persistent asthma, omalizumab reduced symptom days, and the proportion o subjects who had one or more exacerbations (30.3% vs 48.8% on placebo). 15 • To assist with smoking cessation, consider nicotine replacement therapy (bupropion [150 mg, twice daily], varenicline [1 mg twice daily], nortriptyline [75-100 mg daily], or nicotine replacement [gum, inhaler, spray, patch]) and supportive counseling and ollow-up; using these interventions improves rates o smoking cessation by up to 2- old. 16-18 SO R (Chapter 237, Tobacco Addiction) • In patients with persistent asthma attributed to allergies, consider allergy immunotherapy. 3 SO R One meta-analysis concluded that speci c immunotherapy or patients with positive skin tests resulted in a reduction in need or increased medications (number needed to treat = 5) and another study in patients with high IgE ound immunotherapyreduced exacerbations. 4 FIGURE 55-8 Dust mite s und e r the microscop e . Dust mite s are a common alle rg e n or p atie nts who su e r ro m asthma and alle rg ic rhinitis. Environme ntal control to minimize d ust mite e xp osure can he lp control asthma or some ind ivid uals. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

For youths (age 12 years and up) and adults, persistent asthma is divided into mild, moderate, or severe; these categories are matched to steps o medications described below. The NAEP 6 steps o care with respect to asthma medications are as below3: • Step 1: For all aged patients with intermittent asthma, an inhaled SABA is recommended. SO R Metered-dose inhalers with spacers are at least as e ective (with ewer side e ects) as nebulized treatment or most patients. • Step 2: Low-dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are the pre erred longterm control therapy or all ages with persistent asthma. SO R Alternatives include cromolyn inhaler, leukotriene receptor antagonist (LTRA), nedocromil, or theophylline. LTRAs are less e ective than ICS but better than placebo. 3 SO R • Step 3: Combination low-dose ICS and long-acting β 2-agonist (LABA) or medium-dose ICS are equally pre erred options. 3 SO R Alternatives include low-dose ICS plus LTRA (less e ective than ICS and LABA), theophylline, or zileuton. Theophylline requires monitoring serum concentration levels. Zileuton is less desirable due to limited supporting data and need to monitor liver unction. Authors o a Cochrane review ound the combination ICS-LABA modestly more e ective in reducing the risk o exacerbations requiring oral corticosteroids than higher-dose ICS or adolescents and adults. 13 • Step 4: Combination medium-dose ICS and LABA. Alternatives are combination medium-dose ICS plus LTRA, theophylline, or zileuton (see above). • Step 5: Combination high-dose ICS and LABA. • Step 6: Combination high-dose ICS and LABA plus oral corticosteroid. Other drug options • In a RCT, the addition o tiotropium bromide (a long-acting anticholinergic agent approved or the treatment o COPD but not asthma) to inhaled ICS was superior to doubling the ICS dose in improving lung unction and symptoms and nonin erior to the addition o a LABA to ICS (step 3). 14 • Omalizumab should be considered or patients over 11 years o age who have allergies or or adults who require step 5 or 6 care

• The use o proton pump inhibitor therapy in adults with asthma is not likely to add signi cant bene t. 19 For patients with an exacerbation o asthma (dyspnea with activity, PEF ≥70% predicted or personal best), SABAs and sometimes oral corticosteroids are used or home management o patients with a mild exacerbation, ollowing their action plan. NAEP does not recommend doubling the dose o ICS or home management versus oral steroids or exacerbations. 3 A Cochrane review concluded that a short course o oral steroids was e ective in reducing the number o relapses to additional care, hospitalizations, and use o SABA without an apparent increase in side e ects. 20 • Moderate exacerbation (dyspnea inter eres with usual activity, PEF 40% to 69% predicted or personal best) usually requires an o ce or ED visit; SABA and oral corticosteroids (typically 40-60 mg prednisone or adults) are recommended or 3 to 10 days. SO R SABA can be administered every 20 minutes as needed and the addition o inhaled ipratropium bromide may reduce the need or hospitalization (0.68-0.75). 4 SO R Symptoms usually abate in 1 to 2 days. • Severe exacerbation (dyspnea at rest, PEF < 40% predicted or personal best) usually requires an ED visit and/ or hospitalization; consider combination SABA and anticholinergic nebulized treatment hourly or continuously as needed, oral corticosteroids, and adjunctive treatment as needed (see below). Symptoms last or longer than 3 days a ter treatment begins. • Li e-threatening exacerbation (too dyspneic to speak, diaphoresis, PEF 3 cm b ut < 5 cm (2a) and has any o the ollowing : involve s the main b ronchus (> 2 cm d istal to the carina), invad e s visce ral p le ura, or associate d with ate le ctasis or ob structive p ne umonitis e xte nd ing to the hilar re g ion (T2a N0 M0) • Stag e IIA—Tumor size > 5 cm b ut < 7 cm (2b ) (T2b N0 M0, T1a,b N1 M0, T2a N1 M0) • Stag e IIB—Tumor size >5 cm b ut 7 cm or d ire ctly invad e s the che st wall, d iap hrag m, p hre nic ne rve , me d iastinal p le ura, p arie tal p e ricard ium; or tumor in the main b ronchus < 2 cm d istal to the carina b ut without carina involve me nt; or associate d ate le ctasis or ob structive p ne umonitis o the e ntire lung or se p arate tumor nod ule (s) in the same lob e as the p rimary (T3) (T2b N1 M0, T3 N0 M0) • Stag e IIIA—Any size tumor includ ing a tumor that invad e s the me d iastinum, he art, g re at ve sse ls, trache a, re curre nt laryng e al ne rve , e sop hag us, ve rte b ral b od y, carina, or se p arate tumor in a d i e re nt ip silate ral lob e to that o the p rimary (T4) (T1a,b or T2a,b N2 M0, T3 N1or 2 M0, T4 N0 or 1 M0) T, Tumor (size and e xte nt); N, re g ional lymp h nod e s (N0 no re g ional lymp h nod e me tastasis, N1 me tastasis in ip silate ral p e rib ronchial and / o r ip silate ral hilar lymp h no d e s and intrap ulmo nary no d e s, includ ing involve me nt b y d ire ct e xte nsion, N2 me tastasis in ip silate ral me d iastinal and /or sub carinal lymp h nod e [s], N3 me tastasis in contralate ral me d iastinal, contralate ral hilar, ip silate ral or contralate ral scale ne , or sup raclavicular lymp h nod e [s]); M, me tastase s (M0 no d istant me tastasis, M1 d istant me tastasis).

• Pain medication should be provided as needed (Chapter 4, End o Li e). Opioids, such as codeine or morphine, may reduce cough.

• Preoperative chemotherapy in patients with NSCLC increases survival by about 6% (absolute bene t) at 5 years. 20 Advantages o preoperative chemotherapy include early start on potential micrometastases and higher adherence to therapy. 8 • Maintenance therapy with either cytotoxic agents or tyrosine kinase inhibitor agents (or switch therapy) can be considered as it appears to increase overall survival or patients with nonprogressive NSCLC. 21 • Management o patients with SCLC includes combination, platinumbased chemotherapy (see later). 5,22 SO R Targeted therapies have not proven bene cial or patients with SCLC. 22 CO MPLEMENTARY O R ALTERNATIVE THERAPY In a small RCT o patients with NSCLC on chemotherapy, nutritional intervention with 2.2 g o sh oil per day provided a bene t on maintenance o weight and muscle mass over standard care. 23 Fish oil also increased the response to chemotherapy in those with advanced NSCLC and may provide a survival bene t (trend). 24 SURGERY AND RADIATIO N Management o patients with NSCLC includes the ollowing: • Localized stage I and II—Pulmonary resection. 5,25,26 SO R Evidence is conf icting about whether video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery o ers advantages over standard lobectomy; either technique can be used. 8,25,26 • In patients undergoing resection, intraoperative systematic mediastinal lymph node sampling or dissection is recommended or accurate staging. 25 Although data are limited, a Cochrane review concluded that resection combined with complete mediastinal lymph node dissection is associated with a modest survival improvement compared with resection combined with systematic sampling o mediastinal nodes in patients with stage I to IIIA NSCLC. 27 • For patients with stage I disease who are not surgical candidates, external beam radiotherapy is recommended;28 stereotactic body radiation therapy or percutaneous ablation can be considered as a treatment option. 25,26 SO R • Adjuvant chemotherapy is recommended or patients with stage II disease. 25,29 • Stage IIIA and avorable age, cardiovascular unction, and anatomy— Possible surgery and/ or concurrent chemo- or radiation therapy. • Stage IIIB—Concurrent chemo- or radiation therapy. 25 • Stage IV—Options include radiation therapy to symptomatic local sites, chemotherapy or molecular targeted agents, chest tube or



malignant e usion, and consideration o resection o primary or isolated brain or adrenal metastases. 5,25 A Cochrane review concluded that chemotherapy improves overall survival in patients with advanced NSCLC (absolute improvement in survival o 9% at 12 months [20%-29%] or absolute increase in median survival o 1.5 months [ rom 4.5 months to 6 months]). 30 • Curative radiotherapy should be considered or patients with good perormance status and inoperable stage I to III disease. 25 Management o patients with very limited (stage I) SCLC is surgical resection and adjuvant combined cisplatin-based chemotherapy, possibly with prophylactic cranial irradiation. 22 • Other patients with limited-stage SCLC (stages II-III) should be o ered thoracic irradiation concurrently with the rst or second cycle o chemotherapy or ollowing completion o chemotherapy i there has been at least a good partial response within the thorax. 5,22 Prophylactic cranial irradiation should be considered i nonprogressive a ter induction treatment. 22 • For patients with extensive disease (stage IV), limited data support prolonged survival (added 63-84 days) using chemotherapy. 31 Supportive care plus palliative thoracic irradiation should be considered ollowing chemotherapy (combination etoposide and cisplatin or non-Asian patients and irinotecan and cisplatin or Asian patients). 22 • For patients who are not candidates or chemotherapy, palliative radiotherapy should be considered. 22 Palliative radiotherapy is associated with a modest increase in survival (5% at 1 year) in patients with better per ormance status who are given higher-dose radiotherapy. 32 Other targeted therapies, based on molecular testing o tumor mutational pro iles (eg, erlotinib or mutant EGFR) should be considered. • External beam radiotherapy could also be considered or the relie o breathlessness, cough, hemoptysis, or chest pain. 5

PREVENTIO N • Avoid smoking or smoking exposure or quit, i already smoking. • Avoid workplace and home exposures (listed in risk actors). • Daily aspirin appears to protect against lung adenocarcinoma. 33 • Routine screening or lung cancer is not currently recommended; the US Preventive Services Task Force concluded insu cient evidence to support screening with any modality. 34 Results o the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial (N = 154,901) demonstrated no bene t o annual CXR screening on reducing lung cancer mortality compared with usual care. 35 • However, the National Lung Screening Trial (N = 53,454 patients at high risk or lung cancer) reported lower mortality rom lung cancer a ter 3 annual screenings or patients randomized to low-dose CT versus single-view posteroanterior chest radiography (247 deaths rom lung cancer per 100,000 person-years and 309 deaths per 100,000 person-years, respectively). 36 There was also reduced all-cause mortality in this group by 6.7%. As the risk o alse positives with low-dose CT is high (33% a ter 2 screenings)37 and there is potential or radiation-induced cancer, it is not clear that routine screening or high-risk patients should be conducted.

PULMO NARY PRO GNO SIS • Perioperative mortality rom a large database o over 18,000 lung cancer resections per ormed at 111 participating centers was 2.2% and composite morbidity and mortality occurred in 8.6%. 38 Predictive actors o mortality included pneumonectomy, bilobectomy, per ormance status, induction chemoradiation, steroids, age, and renal dys unction among other actors. • Adverse prognostic actors or NSCLC include presence o pulmonary symptoms, large tumor size (> 3 cm), nonsquamous histology, metastases to multiple lymph nodes within a TNM-de ned nodal station, and vascular invasion. 4 • The overall 5-year relative survival rom lung cancer (SEER data 2001-2007) was 15.6%. Five-year relative survival by race and sex was 18.3% or white women, 14.5% or black women, 13.7% or white men, and 11.6% or black men. 2 • Five-year survival decreases by stage at diagnosis ranging rom 52.2% or localized disease to 3.6% or those with distant metastases. 2 Estimates or 5-year survival by stage are stage IA 73%, stage IB 65%, stage IIA 46%, stage IIB 36%, stage IIIA 24%, stage IIIB 9%, and stage IV 13%. 16 • For SCLC, median survival or patients with limited-stage disease is about 15 to 20 months (20%-40% survive to 2 years). For those with extensive-stage SCLC disease, median survival is about 8 to 13 months with 2-year survival o 5%. 8 • Following lung cancer resection, there is a 1% to 2% risk per patient per year that a second lung cancer will occur. 5 One author reported higher risks o second tumors in long-term survivors, including rates o 10% or second lung cancers and 20% or all second cancers. 39 For patients with SCLC, second primary tumors are reported in 2% to 10% o patients per year. 22

FO LLO W-UP Surveillance or the recognition o a recurrence o the original lung cancer and/ or the development o a metachronous tumor should be coordinated through a multidisciplinary team approach. • This team should develop a li elong surveillance plan appropriate or the individual circumstances o each patient immediately ollowing initial curative-intent therapy. 5 SO R • In patients ollowing curative-intent therapy or lung cancer, the use o blood tests, FDG-PET scanning, sputum cytology, tumor markers, and f uorescence bronchoscopy is not currently recommended or surveillance. 2

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Smoking cessation, never initiating smoking, and avoidance o occupational and environmental exposure to carcinogenic substances are recommended to reduce the risk o recurrence or a second primary in curatively treated patients. In patients with metastatic disease, although smoking cessation has little e ect on overall prognosis, it may improve respiratory symptoms.




PULMO NARY • In ormation about local hospice services and support groups should be provided. The Lung Cancer Alliance Web site, listed in “Patient Resources” below, can be used to nd support groups.


• Information for patients can be accessed at the Web site of National Cancer Institute—http:/ / cancertopics/ types/ lung. • More information for patients can be accessed from—http:/ / health/ lung-cancer/ DS00038. • American Lung Association—http:/ / • Support groups for patients and families can be found at the following Web site—http:/ / get-help-and-support/ coping-with-lung-cancer/ support-groups.html. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Providers may nd information on lung cancer and ongoing clinical trials at the ollowing Web sites—http:/ / medlineplus/ lungcancer.html and http:/ / www.cancer .gov/ cancertopics/ types/ lung.

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58 PLEURAL EFFUSIO N Satish Chand olu, MD

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SYNO NYMS • Hydrothorax • Parapneumonic e usion

PATIENT STO RY A 63-year-old woman with a 48 pack-year smoking history and lung cancer that was diagnosed 1 year ago with metastasis involving mediastinal lymph nodes presents with shortness o breath or the past 3 days. She also admits to experiencing cough with no sputum production and orthopnea. She was admitted 3 months previous or a similar problem, at which time she was diagnosed with a malignant pleural e usion and was treated with therapeutic thoracentesis. On examination, she is noted to have dullness to percussion on the right side o her chest, with the dullness extending rom the right base to the apex, and decreased breath sounds and vocal remitus on the same side. Chest radiography shows a pleural e usion extending to the apex o the lung on the right side o her chest (Figure 58-1). She is admitted to the hospital and is put on a PleurX catheter drain; within several hours, her dyspnea resolves.

INTRO DUCTIO N The pleural space exists between the visceral and parietal pleura, which normally has about 10 mL o uid. A pleural e usion is the presence o an excess amount o uid in the pleural space. Pleural uid is ormed by capillaries and drained by lymphatics in the same parietal pleura. 1 The lymphatics in parietal pleura have the capacity to drain 20 times more uid than the capillaries in the periphery.

• Chylothorax—lymphatic uid (chyle) accumulating in the pleural cavity • Empyema—pus in the pleural cavity

ETIO LO GY/ PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Conditions that can decrease the oncotic pressure, leading to a transudate, include the ollowing: ° Cirrhosis ° Nephrotic syndrome ° Peritoneal dialysis ° Myxedema • Conditions that can increase hydrostatic pressure, leading to a transudate, include the ollowing: ° Congestive heart ailure (CHF) ° Pulmonary embolism ° Superior vena cava obstruction • Conditions that can disrupt the vessel wall, leading to exudates, include the ollowing: ° Trauma (including esophageal rupture) ° Any in ection ° Collagen vascular disorders ° Malignancy ° Iatrogenic ° Lymphatic abnormalities ° Treatments (certain drugs and chemotherapy) ° Intra-abdominal conditions (exudate) ° Pancreatic disease ° Intra-abdominal abscesses ° Diaphragmatic hernia ° A ter abdominal surgery ° Endoscopic variceal sclerotherapy ° A ter liver transplant • Fluid may also accumulate rom visceral pleura or rom the abdomen (through diaphragmatic openings).

DIAGNO SIS HISTO RY/ SYMPTO MS Based on the etiology, the patient may present with the ollowing: • shortness o breath, • orthopnea, • paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, • chest pain, • cough, • ever, • chills, FIGURE 58-1 A p oste roante rior che st rad iog rap h d e monstrating a larg e p le ural e usion in the rig ht he mithorax rom a p ulmonary malig nancy. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Gary Fe re nchick, MD.)

• weight loss, or • abdominal distention


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PHYSICAL EXAMINATIO N • Inspection may show tracheal deviation to the opposite side o pleural e usion depending on the onset and severity o the e usion. • Palpation, depending on the etiology, may show tenderness o the chest or abdomen. • Percussion will show a stony dullness at the site o involvement. I the abdomen is involved, uid thrill or shi ting dullness may be present. • Auscultation will reveal decreased breath sounds at the site o pleural involvement, and egophony may be heard at the air- uid level. IMAGING • Chest radiography (both posteroanterior [PA] and lateral) is the most use ul test or diagnosing a pleural e usion. ° Based on the etiology, it can show bilateral or unilateral e usion. ° Typically, about 300 mL o uid are necessary to appreciate a pleural e usion in the PA f lm, but a lateral decubitus f lm can detect as little as 50 mL uid. 2 ° The other advantage o a decubitus radiograph is to di erentiate loculated e usion rom ree uid. ° The typical radiographic signs o pleural e usion include blunting o the costophrenic (ie, the angle between pleura and diaphragm) and cardiophrenic (ie, the angle between heart borders and diaphragm) angles, opacity caused by uid (Figure 58-2). Depending on the etiology, radiography also may show le t atrial enlargement and prominent pulmonary vasculature (i the cause is cardiac), inf ltrate or cavity changes (eg, parapneumonic e usions), or lymph node enlargement. • Thoracic computed tomographic (CT) scanning is most sensitive in diagnosing uid in the thorax and can detect as little as 10 mL o uid (Figure 58-3). CT can also detect underlying lung inf ltrate, suggesting parapneumonic e usion, thickened pleura, splitting o pleura,

FIGURE 58-3 A che st comp ute d tomog rap hic scan d e monstrating an e usion me asuring more than 10 mm rom the lung to the che st wall. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Gary Fe re nchick, MD.)

pleural calcif cations, lung abscess, empyema, hemothorax, or liver cirrhosis and helps in guiding thoracentesis. 3 • Thoracic ultrasound can help in identif cation o ree uid rom loculated uid and helps di erentiating the latter with solid masses. 4 LABO RATO RY TESTING • Thoracentesis is a procedure to remove uid rom the pleural space. It can be diagnostic or therapeutic. • Diagnostic thoracentesis is indicated i the cause o e usion is not clear. • Pleural uid analysis may di erentiate a transudate rom an exudate. This di erentiation and uid analysis are crucial in planning a specif c treatment. • Light’s criteria to di erentiate transudate rom exudative e usions include the ollowing5: Parame t e r

Transud at e Exud at e

Ple ural f uid p rote in/se rum p rote in

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Ple ural f uid LDH/se rum LDH

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° A transudate should meet all three criteria. ° These criteria, however, may classi y nearly 25% o transudates as exudates, and i the clinical suspicion o a transudate is high, measuring the protein gradient (a di erence o protein level between serum and pleural uid) may help. ° Although the uid is exudate per the criteria, a gradient o more than 31 g/ L is almost always a transudate. FIGURE 58-2 A che st rad iog rap h d e monstrating b ilate ral p le ural e usion in a p atie nt with cirrhosis. Note the me niscal sig n at the costop hre nic ang le (ye llow arrows). Also note the p romine nt horizontal ssure on the rig ht rom f uid in the ssure (re d arrow). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Gary Fe re nchick, MD.)

• In an exudate, urther uid analysis, including Gram stain, acid- ast bacillus (AFB) stain, glucose, amylase, pH, cytology, di erential cell count, triglycerides, cholesterol, and culture, may help identi y the underlying diagnosis.




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• New criteria have been proposed whose diagnostic accuracy is similar to Light’s criteria. Presence o at least one criterion rom this list qualif es the uid as an exudate: 6 ° Two-test rule ■ Pleural uid cholesterol greater than 45 mg/ dL ■ Pleural uid LDH greater than 0.45 times the upper limit o the laboratory’s normal serum LDH 6 ° Three-test rule ■ Pleural uid protein greater than 2.9 g/ dL (29 g/ L) ■ Pleural uid cholesterol greater than 45 mg/ dL (1.165 mmol/ L) ■ Pleural uid LDH greater than 0.45 times the upper limit o the laboratory’s normal serum LDH

MANAGEMENT • Transudates and exudates rom nonmalignant pleural e usions (NMPF) o ten respond to treatment o underlying disease. • But, i the symptoms are rom the pleural uid or i the uid persists even a ter the treatment o an underlying condition, a therapeutic thoracentesis may be necessary. • Reaccumulation o uid—Repeat thoracentesis may be needed i the uid accumulates slowly (nearly once in a month, but no specif c guidelines) and i the procedure is not burdensome to the patient. • Pleurodesis ° This treatment involves obliterating the pleural space by injecting talc, bleomycin, or tetracyclines to create in ammation and then f brosis. It is necessary or f brosis to develop between the visceral and parietal pleural space without creating a gap where uid can reaccumulate. Chemical pleurodesis may not be success ul i the pleural uid initially accumulated rapidly (eg, hepatic hydrothorax) or i any anatomical inter erence (eg, trapped lung) is present. 7 ° The e f cacy o pleurodesis is high in chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, yellow nail syndrome, chylothorax, nephrotic syndrome, lupus pleuritis, heart ailure, and malignant pleural e usions.

FIGURE 58-4 A che st rad iog rap h d e monstrating a massive le t p le ural e usion with a “white out” and a p ig tail ind welling cathe te r at the b ottom o the le t lung (arrow). (Re produce d with pe rmission from Gary Fe re nchick, MD.)

• Pleurodesis rom talc may cause an acute in ammatory reaction, including a systemic in ammatory response. • Pleurodesis may ail i lungs are not well expanded during the process o sclerosis.

• Other treatment options ° Chest tube placement to acilitate uid drainage and to let the underlying lung expand during the acute episode is an option when the patient has signif cant dyspnea rom pleural e usion. ° Indwelling catheter drainage (commonly called a “pigtail” catheter or PleurX) in the dependent part o the uid can be used to drain uid out intermittently8 (Figure 58-4). 9 ° Pleuroperitoneal shunts (internal drainage) are an option. ° Pleurovenous shunts (internal drainage) can be used. 10 ° Surgical pleurectomy can be a treatment option.

CO MPLICATIO NS • Untreated uid may become in ected. • Fluid may prevent the underlying lung rom expanding, causing atelectasis or pneumonia. • Thoracentesis may rupture blood vessels and may cause bleeding and hemothorax. • Thoracentesis may injure underlying lung parenchyma and cause pneumothorax (Figure 58-5).

FIGURE 58-5 A che st rad iog rap h d e monstrating a comb ination o p ne umothorax (ye llow arrows) and a hyd rothorax (re d arrows) in a 62-ye ar-old woman with an iatrog e nic p ne umothorax. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Gary Fe re nchick, MD.)


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• Congestive heart ailure ° CHF commonly produces bilateral e usions. ° I a unilateral e usion is present in a patient with CHF, per orm thoracentesis and assess pleural uid N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP); i it is greater than 1500 pg/ mL, this is virtually diagnostic o an e usion secondary to CHF.

• PubMed Health. Pleural Effusion—http:/ / www.ncbi.nlm.nih .gov/ pubmedhealth/ PMH0001150/ .

• Parapneumonic e usions ° The possibility o a parapneumonic e usion should be considered whenever a patient with bacterial pneumonia is initially evaluated. ° I the ree uid separates the lung rom the chest wall by more than 10 mm, a therapeutic thoracentesis should be per ormed. Consider the ollowing actors or determining therapeutic thoracentesis in parapneumonic e usions11: ■ Loculated pleural uid ■ Pleural uid pH less than 7.20 ■ Pleural uid glucose less than 3.3 mmol/ L (0) or has hypoxia, worsening symptoms, preexisting conditions that compromise sa ety o home care or or patients who ail to improve in more than 72 hours. 3,14

PREVENTIO N • Vaccination—Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine is recommended or persons greater than or equal to 65 years o age and or those with selected high-risk concurrent diseases. 14 SO R All adolescents, persons greater than or equal to 50 years o age, others at risk or in uenza complications, and health care workers should be immunized annually with vaccines or in uenza virus to prevent CAP. 14 SO R Vaccination status should be assessed at the time o hospital admission or all patients and appropriate vaccines should be o ered at discharge. 14 SO R • Smoking cessation assistance should be o ered to patients who smoke. • To prevent spread o respiratory pathogens, respiratory hygiene measures should be practiced. 14 These include the coughing into the elbow and use o hand hygiene and masks or tissues or patients with cough, particularly in outpatient settings and emergency departments.


coverage (quinolone monotherapy to β-lactams or cephalosporins) in hospitalized patients with CAP. 23 • Hospitalized patient in ICU—β-Lactam (ce otaxime, ce triaxone, or ampicillin-sulbactam) plus either azithromycin SO R or a uoroquinolone. SO R For penicillin-allergic patients, a respiratory uoroquinolone and aztreonam are recommended. For Pseudomonas in ection, an antipneumococcal, antipseudomonal β-lactam (piperacillin-tazobactam, ce epime, imipenem, or meropenem) plus either cipro oxacin or levo oxacin (750-mg dose) or above β-lactam plus an aminoglycoside and azithromycin or above β-lactam plus an aminoglycoside and an antipneumococcal uoroquinolone. • I the etiology o CAP is identif ed on the basis o reliable microbiological methods, antimicrobial therapy should be directed at that pathogen. • Early treatment (within 48 hours o the onset o symptoms) with oseltamivir or zanamivir is recommended or in uenza A. 14

PRO GNO SIS • Patients on adequate therapy or CAP should demonstrate clinical (and laboratory) signs o improvement within 48 to 72 hours. • Outpatient mortality rate is 1%. The mortality rate or those who require admission to the hospital averages 12%, and the mortality rate or patients with severe CAP in the ICU setting approaches 40%. 3 In a multihospital study in Canada, 9% (N = 89) o patients died in hospital, 10% had died at 30 days, and 247 (26%) had died by 1 year. In-hospital mortality was higher among patients with admission hypoglycemia. 25 • Using a large database, guideline concordant therapy or CAP (65% o cases) was associated with decreased in-hospital mortality (OR, 0.70; 95% CI, 0.63-0.77), sepsis (OR, 0.83; 95% CI, 0.72-0.96), and renal ailure (OR, 0.79; 95% CI, 0.67-0.94), and reduced hospital LOS and duration o parenteral therapy (0.6 days or both). 26


• Duration—A minimum o 5 days. SOR The patient should be a ebrile or 48 to 72 hours and have no more than one CAP-associated sign o instability (eg, temperature >37.8°C, tachycardia, respiratory rate >24 breaths/ min, hypotension, oxygen saturation 2 cm rom the edge o the lung to the thorax as measured at the level o the hilum) should be hospitalized and have a chest tube inserted to reexpand the lung. SO R • Patients who are clinically stable with a smaller pneumothorax (1-2 cm rom the edge o the lung to the thorax as measured at the level o the hilum) should be hospitalized and treated with aspiration with a 16- to 18-gauge needle cannula in an attempt to reexpand the lung, with the goal o achieving a pneumothorax o less than 1 cm. I this is not success ul, then a chest tube should be inserted. SO R • Unstable patients with pneumothoraces o any size should be hospitalized and have a chest tube inserted to reexpand the lung. SO R • Because a secondary pneumothorax can be lethal, a procedure to prevent urther pneumothorax recurrence is recommended. SO R Surgical thoracoscopy is the pre erred method o recurrence prevention. • Patients with persistent air leaks who re use a surgical procedure can continue to be observed with prolonged chest tube drainage or 5 days. SO R

• Tension pneumothorax should always be treated by per orming a large tube thoracostomy.

PRO GNO SIS/ CLINICAL CO URSE • The prognosis o patients with pneumothorax depends on the patient’s underlying condition, severity o prior lung dys unction, and physiological impairment rom the pneumothorax itsel . 4 ° PSP is seldom atal. ° SSP is more dangerous than PSP and can be li e threatening. • Patients who are critically ill and those with a tension pneumothorax have the worst prognoses. Early studies showed mortality rom tension pneumothorax to be 7%; delayed diagnosis increased mortality to 31%.

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• The incidence o recurrent PSP is estimated to be 25% to more than 50%; most recurrences occur within 1 year o the initial event. tall stature, low ° Risk actors or recurrence include male gender, body weight, and ailure to stop smoking. 4 ° Estimates o recurrence rates ollowing SSP range rom 39% to 47%. • Complications associated with pneumothorax include bronchopleural stula and pulmonary edema related to reexpansion. ° Bronchopleural stula is more commonly associated with SSP, traumatic pneumothorax, and pneumothorax in mechanically ventilated patients. ° Pulmonary edema related to reexpansion is a rare complication characterized by unilateral pulmonary edema that occurs within 48 hours a ter lung reexpansion. Treatments include supportive management and mechanical ventilation or acute respiratory ailure.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Smokers have a higher risk o recurrence. Patients who smoke should be advised to stop smoking (see Chapter 237, Tobacco Addiction). 5 The patients who continued smoking had a higher recurrence rate (70%) than those patients who stopped smoking a ter the rst pneumothorax (40%). 5 • Patients are advised to avoid diving permanently unless the patient has a de nite bilateral surgical pleurectomy. 4,6 • A 1- to 2-month delay is recommended or air travelers who recovered rom PSP. 7 PATIENT RESO URCES


• MacDuff A, Arnold A, Harvey J; BTS Pleural Disease Guideline Group. Management of spontaneous pneumothorax: British Thoracic Society pleural disease guideline 2010. Thorax. 2010;65(suppl 2): ii18-ii31. http:/ / content/ 65/ Suppl_2/ ii18.long. REFERENCES 1. Melton LJ III, Hepper NG, Offord KP. Incidence of spontaneous pneumothorax in Olmsted County, Minnesota: 1950 to 1974. Am Rev Respir Dis. 1979;120:1379-1382. 2. Abolnik IZ, Lossos IS, Gillis D, Breuer R. Primary spontaneous pneumothorax in men. Am J Med Sci. 1993;305:297-303. 3. Bense L, Eklund G, Wiman LG. Smoking and the increased risk of contracting spontaneous pneumothorax. Chest. 1987;92:1009-1012. 4. MacDuff A, Arnold A, Harvey J; BTS Pleural Disease Guideline Group. Management of spontaneous pneumothorax: British Thoracic Society pleural disease guideline 2010. Thorax. 2010;65(suppl 2):ii18-ii31. 5. Sadikot RT, Greene T, Meadows K, Arnold AG. Recurrence of primary spontaneous pneumothorax. Thorax. 1997;52:805-809. 6. Ziser A, Vaananen A, Melamed Y. Diving and chronic spontaneous pneumothorax. Chest. 1985;87:264-265. 7. Curtin SM, Tucker AM, Gens DR. Pneumothorax in sports: issues in recognition and ollow-up care. Phys Sportsmed. 2000;28:23-32.




PATIENT STO RY A 52-year-old woman developed acute shortness o breath 3 weeks a ter a hysterectomy. She denied leg pain or swelling. She has no chronic medical problems and takes no medications. Her pulse is 105 beats/ min, respiratory rate is 20 breaths/ min, and the rest o her examination is unremarkable. She had an elevated hemidiaphragm on chest X-ray (CXR). These ndings placed her at moderate risk or pulmonary embolism (PE) based on the Geneva score. Chest computed tomography (CT) demonstrated a moderate-sized PE similar to the one shown in Figure 61-1. She was treated with anticoagulation without complications.

INTRO DUCTIO N PE is a thromboembolic occlusion (total or partial) o one or more pulmonary arteries usually arising rom a deep venous thrombosis (DVT).

EPIDEMIO LO GY • Population estimate o the age- and sex-adjusted annual incidence o DVT is 48 per 100,000 and 69 per 100,000 or PE; the incidence increases with age. 1

PULMO NARY • PEs are noted as incidental ndings in 1% to 4% o chest CT studies. 2 • One meta-analysis concluded that nearly 1 in every 4 to 5 patients presenting with an exacerbation o chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has a PE; presenting signs and symptoms did not distinguish patients with and without PE. 3 • In a meta-analysis o randomized controlled trials (RCTs) o patients on venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis, the pooled rates o symptomatic DVT were 0.63% (95% con dence interval [CI], 0.47%-0.78%) ollowing knee arthroplasty and 0.26% (95% CI, 0.14%-0.37%) ollowing hip arthroplasty. The pooled rates or PE were 0.27% (95% CI, 0.16%-0.38%) ollowing knee arthroplasty and 0.14% (95% CI, 0.07%-0.21%) ollowing hip arthroplasty. 4

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • PE is most commonly caused by embolization o a thrombus rom a proximal leg or pelvic vein that enters the pulmonary artery circulation and obstructs a vessel. PE may also be caused by the ollowing actors1: ° An upper extremity thrombus ( rom indwelling catheters or pacemakers) (see Figure 61-1) ° Fat embolus ( ollowing surgery or trauma) ° Hair/ talc/ cotton embolus ( rom intravenous drug use) ° Amniotic f uid embolus ( rom a tear at the placental margin in a pregnant woman) • PE results rom vascular endothelial injury which promotes platelet adhesion, blood f ow stasis, and/ or hypercoagulation causing more coagulants to accumulate than usual and resulting obstruction. Although most PEs are asymptomatic and do not alter physiology, PE can cause the ollowing: ° Increased pulmonary, vascular, and airway resistance ( rom obstruction o vessels or distal airways). ° Impaired gas exchange ( rom increased dead space and right-to-le t shunting). ° Alveolar hyperventilation ( rom stimulation o irritant receptors). ° Decreased pulmonary compliance ( rom lung edema, hemorrhage, or loss o sur actant). ° Right ventricular (RV) dys unction ( rom increased pulmonary vascular resistance, increased RV wall tension, and reduced right coronary artery f ow). in arction; most PEs are ° Only about 10% o emboli cause pulmonary multiple and involve the lower lobes. 5

RISK FACTO RS In a population study, independent risk actors or DVT included the ollowing6: • Surgery (odds ratio [OR], 21.7; 95% CI, 9.4-49.9). • Trauma (OR, 12.7; 95% CI, 4.1-39.7). • Hospital or nursing home con nement (OR, 8.0; 95% CI, 4.5-14.2). • Malignant neoplasm with (OR, 6.5; 95% CI, 2.1-20.2) or without (OR, 4.1; 95% CI, 1.9-8.5) chemotherapy. • Central venous catheter or pacemaker (OR, 5.6; 95% CI, 1.6-19.6). FIGURE 61-1 C e st X-ray s owing a we d g e -s ap e d p ulmonary in arction wit t e b ase on t e p le ural sur ace and t e ap e x at t e tip o a p ulmonary arte ry cat e te r; t e cat e te r cause d t e occlusion o a p e rip e ral arte ry. (Re prod uce d with p e rmission from Mille r WT, Jr. Diag nostic T oracic Imag ing . Ne w York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2006:272, Fig ure 5-61, Cop yrig ht 2006.)

• Super cial vein thrombosis (OR, 4.3; 95% CI, 1.8-10.6). A recent study ound a slightly higher OR, 6.3 (95% CI, 5-8) or DVT and 3.9 (95% CI, 3-5.1) or PE. 7 • Neurologic disease with extremity paresis (OR, 3.0; 95% CI, 1.3-7.4).





PULMO NARY • Other risk actors or PE include hormonal treatment (ie, combined estrogen/ progestogen oral contraceptives [OCs] or menopausal hormone therapy), pregnancy, obesity, smoking, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, immobility, bed rest or more than 3 days, and clotting disorders. In a Danish population study, the risk o venous thrombosis in current users o combined OCs decreased with duration o use (OR 4 years 2.76 [95% CI, 2.53-3.02]) and decreasing oestrogen dose.8 OCs with desogestrel, gestodene, or drospirenone were associated with a signi cantly higher risk o venous thrombosis than those with levonorgestrel while progestogen-only pills and hormone-releasing intrauterine devices were not associated with an increased risk.

Diagnostic strategy begins with the determination o a patient’s (pretest) probability o PE using a clinical decision rule (see Figure 61-2). The 2 most requently used rules are the Geneva and the Wells score. 11,12 Online calculators are available or the Wells score (http:/ / wells-criteria- or-pulmonary-embolism-pe/ . Accessed June 2013). The Geneva score appears to be the most consistent across experience o examiner;13 and the revised Geneva scoring system per orms as well as the Wells and also does not require laboratory testing or imaging. 14 A score o 0 to 3 indicates a low probability o PE (8%); 4 to 10 indicates intermediate probability o PE (28%); and greater than 10 indicates a high probability o PE (74%). The revised Geneva score is derived by summing the ollowing points:

• Genetic predisposition includes actor V Leiden and prothrombin gene mutations.

• Age older than 65 years (+1)

• Use o an antipsychotic agent (particularly atypical antipsychotics) increased risk o DVT in a population nested case-control study (OR 1.32, 95% CI, 1.23-1.42). 9

• Previous DVT or PE (+3) • Surgery or racture within 1 month (+ 2) • Active malignant condition (+ 2) • Unilateral lower limb pain (+3) • Hemoptysis (+ 2)

DIAGNO SIS A history and physical examination should be completed to assess risk actors and determine whether the patient is clinically stable. I unstable (eg, hemodynamic instability [including systolic blood pressure < 90 mm Hg, or a drop in 40 mm Hg], syncope, severe hypoxemia, or respiratory distress), thrombolytic therapy should be considered (Figure 61-2). 2,10

• Heart rate 75 to 94 beats/ min (+ 3) or greater than or equal to 95 beats/ min (+ 5) • Pain on lower limb deep venous palpation and unilateral edema (+4) The Wells score is derived by summing the actors below; a score less than 2 indicates a low probability o PE (15%); 2 to 6 indicates intermediate

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*Ba s e d on clinica l impre s s ion, high proba bility with pos itive D-dime r a nd ne ga tive CTPA, or confus ing pre s e nta tion.

FIGURE 61-2 Ap p roac to t e p atie nt wit susp e cte d p ulmonary e mb o lus.




probability o PE (29%); and greater than 6 indicates a high probability o PE (59%). Alternatively, the Wells score can be dichotomized as PE less likely or likely (the latter with score greater than 4)2: • Clinically suspected DVT (+ 3) • Alternative diagnosis is less likely than PE (+ 3) • Tachycardia (+ 1.5) • Immobilization or surgery in previous 4 weeks (+1.5) • History o DVT or PE (+ 1.5) • Hemoptysis (+ 1) • Malignancy (treatment or within 6 months, palliative) (+1) Patients with a high pretest probability o PE or high risk due to comorbidities (eg, pulmonary hypertension) should be started on anticoagulation during the workup. 2,10 CLINICAL FEATURES • Dyspnea—It is the most common symptom and tachycardia is the most common sign. Sudden onset o dyspnea is the best single predictor (positive likelihood ratio [LR+ ] 2.7). • Chest pain—May be caused by a small, peripheral PE with pulmonary in arction. • Other signs—Include ever, neck vein distention, and accentuated pulmonic component o the second heart sound. • Massive PE—May present with shock, syncope, and cyanosis. LABO RATO RY STUDIES AND ECG • The combination o a clinical decision rule and sensitive plasma 15,16 SO R d -dimer is used to rule out PE (sensitive but not speci c). The test is suggested or patients with low or moderate probability o a PE; i low probability and negative (< 500 ng/ mL), there is only approximately a 0.4% chance that the patient has a PE. 14 I low or intermediate probability, a negative d -dimer concentration is associated with a posttest probability o PE below 5% (negative likelihood ratio [LR− ] 0.08 [0.04-0.18]). 17 O patients with a PE, 90% will have a value greater than 500 ng/ mL. Use o an age-adjusted d -dimer (patient’s age × 10 µg/ L) was shown in one study to increase the percentage o patients in whom PE could be sa ely excluded ( rom 13% to 14% to 19% to 22%). 18 I the d -dimer is positive, urther testing is needed (see Figure 61-2). 2

FIGURE 61-3 C e st X-ray s owing b ilate ral p ulmonary inf ltrate s t oug t to re p re se nt p ne umonia. (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission fro m Mille r WT, Jr. Diag nostic T oracic Imag ing . Ne w York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2006:273, Fig ure 5-63 A, Cop yrig ht 2006.)

° A peripheral wedge-shaped density (see Figure 61-1). ° Decreased vascular markings (Figure 61-5). • When a patient has an intermediate or high PE probability score, PE is con rmed by a positive CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) or highprobability lung scan and ruled out by a negative CTPA or normal lung scan (see Figure 61-2). The American College o Radiology (ACR) and Institute or Clinical Systems Improvement recommend CTPA over V/ Q scan or patients with suspected PE, unless the ormer is contraindicated or nondiagnostic (see Figure 61-2). 2,19 CT (see Figure 61-4) can also provide evidence o alternate diagnoses.

• An electrocardiography (ECG) may be indicated to search or alternate diagnoses. The most requent, sensitive, and speci c ECG nding or PE is T-wave inversion in leads V1-4 indicative o RV strain. Other ndings include tachycardia, new-onset atrial brillation or f utter, S in lead I, Q and inverted T in lead III, and a QRS axis greater than 90 degrees. • An arterial blood gas is obtained i clinically indicated. A platelet count should be obtained prior to initiation o ondaparinux. 10 IMAGING • CXR is o ten nonspeci c; dyspnea with a near-normal CXR should suggest PE. Findings that may be seen on CXR include the ollowing: ° Triad o basal in ltrate, blunted costophrenic angle, and elevated hemi-diaphragm. ° In ltrates similar to pneumonia (Figure 61-3) that may be diagnosed using CT (Figure 61-4).

FIGURE 61-4 CT scan rom t e p atie nt in Fig ure 61-3 d e monstrate s se ve ral larg e we d g e -s ap e d p ulmonary op acitie s wit air b ronc og rams c aracte ristic o p ulmonary in arcts (re d arrows). Incid e ntally note d is t e p re se nce o b ilate ral p le ural e usions (g re e n arrows). (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission from Mille r WT, Jr. Diag nostic T oracic Imag ing . Ne w York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2006:273, Fig ure 5-63 B, Cop yrig ht 2006.)





FIGURE 61-5 Pulmonary e mb o lism: We ste rmark sig n, an avascular zone b e cause o ob structe d ve sse l rom a b lood clot. In t is p atie nt, b ot lung ap ice s and t e mid -to -lowe r t orax ave d e cre ase d vascular marking s. Note t e usi orm e nlarg e me nt o b ot ila and t e p romine nt p ulmonary arte ry me d iastinal s ad ow c aracte ristic o p ulmonary yp e rte nsion. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Mille r WT, Jr. Diag nostic T oracic Imag ing . Ne w York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2006:748, Fig ure 14-19 A, Cop yrig ht 2006.)

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FIGURE 61-6 Pulmonary ang iog ram in t e p atie nt in Fig ure 61-5 s owing ab rup tly truncate d p ulmonary arte rie s associate d wit re g ions o d iminis e d p e r usion typ ical o c ronic p ulmonary e mb oli. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Mille r WT, Jr. Diag nostic T oracic Imag ing . Ne w York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2006:748, Fig ure 14-19 B, Cop yrig ht 2006.)

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • A V/ Q scan is considered the initial test or patients with high probability o PE who have renal insu ciency or dye allergy. A highprobability scan or PE (positive predictive value o 90%) has 2 or more segmental per usion de ects with normal ventilation. • For pregnant women with suspected PE, the American Thoracic Society or Society o Thoracic Radiology recommend CXR as the initial study ollowed by lung scintigraphy (V/ Q scan) i the CXR is normal and CTPA i the V/ Q scan is nondiagnostic. 20 • I the CTPA or lung scan is nondiagnostic, a leg ultrasound with compression is usually per ormed. I positive or a DVT, proceed with treatment as below. I normal or nondiagnostic, other testing such as a pulmonary angiogram is suggested (see Figure 61-2). • Pulmonary angiography is generally reserved or patients with nondiagnostic CTPA, lung scans, or leg ultrasound and or patients who will undergo embolectomy or catheter-directed thrombolysis. ACR also recommends pulmonary angiography in circumstances where a speci c diagnosis (ie, PE) is considered necessary or the proper patient management and be ore placement o an in erior vena cava (IVC) lter. 10 An intraluminal lling de ect may be seen along with truncated arteries associated with regions o diminished per usion (Figure 61-6). • Although magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is not indicated in the routine evaluation o suspected PE, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is used in certain centers with particular interest and expertise, and in patients in whom contrast administration or CTPA or pulmonary angiography is thought to be contraindicated because o renal ailure, prior reaction to iodinated contrast, pulmonary hypertension or or other reasons. 19

The di erential diagnosis o a symptomatic PE includes the ollowing: • Pneumonia—Symptoms include chills, ever, and pleuritic chest pain (the latter 2 can occur with PE); physical ndings include dullness to percussion, bronchial breathing, egophony (E-A change), and crackles with area o in ltrate or pneumonia usually con rmed on CXR (see Chapter 59, Pneumonia). • Congestive heart ailure—History o previous heart ailure or myocardial in arction; symptoms o paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, orthopnea or the presence o bilateral lower extremity edema, third heart sound, hepatojugular ref ex, and jugular venous distention. CXR may show pulmonary venous congestion, interstitial or alveolar edema, and cardiomegaly (see Chapter 44, Congestive Heart Failure). • Pneumothorax—History o previous pneumothorax or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or current rib racture; physical ndings include absence o breath sounds and CXR may show ree air, an elevated hemidiaphragm or a shi t o the mediastinum to the contralateral side with a tension pneumothorax.

MANAGEMENT NO NPHARMACO LO GIC • Knee-high compression stockings (30-40 mm Hg) are recommended to reduce recurrence and prevent postthrombotic syndrome. 10 SO R • Psychological support may be needed.



MEDICATIO N • Primary treatment o PE is considered or patients with hemodynamic instability, RV dys unction, or in arct. In selected patients with massive PE, systemic administration o thrombolytic therapy (via a peripheral vein with a 2-hour in usion) is suggested. 2,10 SO R Brain natriuretic peptide and troponin testing, combined with echocardiography, can help identi y patients at high risk o deterioration who would be candidates or thrombolytic therapy. 2

PULMO NARY most or massive or submassive PEs in the main pulmonary trunk or bilateral main pulmonary arteries, operative mortality was 5.3%. 27 No patients exhibited newly developed neurologic damage. • IVC lter placement is reserved or patients with contraindications to anticoagulation or or ailure o anticoagulation (ie, recurrence or progression o thromboembolism despite anticoagulation). 2,10 SO R While decreasing recurrent PE, they do not appear to improve longterm survival.

• Moderate-to-large PE can be treated similarly or with anticoagulation only. In a recent Cochrane review, authors ound no trials comparing thrombolytic therapy to surgical intervention and were unable to determine whether thrombolytic therapy was better than heparin or PE. 21

• Adjunctive therapy, i needed, includes pain relie and supplemental oxygen. RV ailure or shock may be treated with dobutamine.

• Acute PEs or proximal DVT are treated with oral anticoagulation to prevent uture PE. In addition to beginning oral anticoagulation (eg, war arin 5 mg daily, adjusted based on international normalized ratio [INR]), treatment options include intravenous un ractionated heparin (IV UFH) using a weight-based nomogram, subcutaneous (SC) lowmolecular-weight heparin (LMWH; 1 mg/ kg twice daily) or SC ondaparinux (a selective actor Xa inhibitor) or a minimum o 5 days. 2,10 SO R The American College o Chest Physicians (ACCP) recommends LMWH as rst choice unless there is a massive PE, concern about SC absorption, severe renal insu ciency, or thrombolytic therapy is under consideration or planned; IV UFH is then the pre erred agent. 10 I UFH is used, therapeutic levels (activated partial thromboplastin time [aPTT] 1.5-2.5 times normal) should be achieved within 24 hours. 22

• Consider consultation with a coagulation specialist or patients with recurrent VTE, i alternative anticoagulants are being considered, i there is an increased risk o bleeding, and or pregnant women.

• Once the INR is therapeutic (range 2-3) ( or at least 24 hours prior to discontinuing above treatment), oral anticoagulation is continued or a minimum o 3 to 12 months or inde nitely unless there is a known reversible or time-limited risk actor (eg, recent surgery) when oral anticoagulation may be discontinued a ter 3 months. 2,10 SO R For additional recommendations on duration o therapy, see the ACCP guideline. 10 A Cochrane review reported no excess recurrence o VTE a ter stopping therapy and while absolute risk o recurrence declines over time, the risk or major bleeding remains. 23

• Mechanical methods (graduated compression stockings [GCS] and/ or intermittent pneumatic compression) are recommended or thromboprophylaxis in hospitalized patients at high risk o bleeding or possibly as an adjunct to anticoagulant-based prophylaxis. 10 SO R For more detailed in ormation on prophylaxis (eg, surgical or cancer patients), see the ACCP guidelines.

• In another Cochrane review based on 15 RCTs, xed-dose SC un ractionated heparin could not be proven nonin erior to standard treatment with respect to DVT and PE at 3 months (trend avored standard arm), but was sa e and e ective with regard to rates o major bleeding and death. 24 • Patients with a history o heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) should not be treated with either UFH or LMWH. Fondaparinux is an option although several cases o ondaparinux-associated HIT have been reported. 10 • Direct thrombin inhibitors (eg, ximelagatran) appear to be as e ective as LMWH in prevention o venous thromboembolism and treatment o PE, may have ewer side e ects, and do not require routine monitoring. They are not considered initial therapy using current guidelines. In one trial, idraparinux was not as e ective as heparin or PE treatment. 25 In another trial, oral ximelagatran was as e ective as enoxaparin ollowed by war arin in patients with PE. 26 SURGERY AND PRO CEDURES Highly compromised patients who are unable to receive thrombolytic therapy or whose critical status does not allow su cient time to in use thrombolytic therapy may be treated with pulmonary embolectomy. 10 SO R In a Japanese case series o 19 patients undergoing embolectomy,


• Patients with cardiovascular or respiratory compromise should be admitted to the intensive care unit. Patients with symptomatic PE are usually hospitalized due to decreased cardiopulmonary reserve. 10 One open label trial (N = 344) ound no signi cant di erences between inpatient and outpatient treatment with only 1 patient dying in each group. 28 However, 2 outpatients had major bleeding in the rst 14 days and 3 by 90 days versus no patients in the inpatient group.


• A Cochrane review ound GCS e ective in reducing the risk o DVT in hospitalized patients rom 26% without GCS to 13% with GCS and rom 16% with another method o prophylaxis alone to 4% with GCS with another method o prophylaxis. 29 • The American College o Physicians recommends assessment o thromboembolism and bleeding risk and pharmacologic prophylaxis with heparin or a related drug unless the assessed risk or bleeding outweighs the likely bene ts or hospitalized nonsurgical patients. They recommend against use o GCS or routine hospitalized nonsurgical patients. 30 • For long-distance travelers (eg, f ights > 8 hours) avoidance o constrictive clothing around the lower extremities or waist, maintenance o adequate hydration, and requent cal muscle contraction are recommended. 10 SO R In high-risk individuals, consider use o GCS providing 15 to 30 mm Hg o pressure at the ankle or a single prophylactic dose o LMWH, injected prior to departure. 10 SO R

PRO GNO SIS • In a large multicenter study o patients with acute PE (N = 1880), mortality rate directly attributed to PE was 1% (95% CI, 0%-1.6%). 31 Mortality rom hemorrhage was 0.2% and the all-cause 30-day mortality rate was 5.4% (95% CI, 4.4%-6.6%). Delay in initiating anticoagulation appeared to be a mortality actor as only 3 o 20 patients with atal PE had systemic anticoagulation initiated be ore diagnostic con rmation; another 3 o these 20 received a brinolytic agent.




PULMO NARY These gures were much improved over a 3-country registry o patients (N = 2110) with acute PE rom 1999, where the 3-month mortality rate was 15.3%. 32 • In a retrospective Japanese study o patients with PE treated surgically, the 10-year survival rate was 83.5% ± 8.7%.29.

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• In one study with a rate o adverse events o 7.4% (N = 42) at 30 days ollowing acute PE, actors associated with those events included altered mental state (OR 6.8; 95% CI, 2-23.3), shock on admission (OR 2.8; 95% CI, 1.1-7.5) and cancer (OR 2.9; 95% CI, 1.2-6.9). 33

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FO LLO W-UP • Patients on war arin should be monitored using a standard protocol. Patients on LMWH do not require routine monitoring except or pregnant women where monitoring with anti-Xa levels is recommended. 10 SO R • For patients with serious bleeding complications, management includes holding war arin, giving vitamin K1 10-mg slow IV plus resh rozen plasma or prothrombin complex concentrate, and repeating vitamin K1 every 12 hours as needed. SO R • PE is slow to resolve; based on 4 imaging studies, the percentage o patients with residual pulmonary thrombi was 87% at 8 days a ter diagnosis, 68% a ter 6 weeks, 65% a ter 3 months, 57% a ter 6 months, and 52% a ter 11 months. 36

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62 PULMO NARY FIBRO SIS Gary Fe re nchick, MD

PATIENT STO RY A 68-year-old man presents with dyspnea on exertion and mild intermittent cough or the previous 2 months. He is a nonsmoker and denies chronic exposure to organic or nonorganic dust. On examination, he has normal vital signs and a resting oximetry o 92%, which decreased to 87% with a 6-min walk test. His cardiac examination reveals an accentuated P2 and bilateral crackles on lung auscultation. Chest radiography reveals interstitial changes, and a high-resolution chest computed tomographic (CT) scan revealed extensive pulmonary brosis (Figures 62-1 and 62-2). Subsequent testing or connective tissue disease and hypersensitivity pneumonitis is negative. A diagnosis o idiopathic pulmonary brosis (IPF) is subsequently established a ter a lung biopsy.

FIGURE 62-2 Che st comp ute d tomog rap hic scan o the same p atie nt as in Fig ure 62-1 showing g ro und -g lass co nsolid ation o inte rstitial lung d ise ase . Howe ve r, the d e ve lop me nt o b ilate ral p le ural e usions sug g e ste d a comp one nt o cong e stive card iac ailure . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Carlos Tave ra, MD.)

EPIDEMIO LO GY INTRO DUCTIO N Idiopathic pulmonary brosis (IPF) is characterized by progressive dyspnea and a decline in lung unction associated with progressive brosing interstitial pneumonia o unknown etiology, occurring primarily in older adults. 1 The diagnosis o IPF requires the exclusion o other causes o interstitial lung disease, including those associated with environmental exposures, medications, or connective tissue diseases.

SYNO NYMS Usual synonyms or IPF are interstitial pneumonia, cryptogenic brosing alveolitis, and idiopathic interstitial pneumonia.

The incidence o IPF is between 4.6 and 16.3 cases per 100,000 population, and prevalence is estimated to be up to 43 per 100,000 population. 1

RISK FACTO RS • Genetic actors. • Smoking (>20 pack-years) is strongly associated with IPF. • Exposures to inorganic and organic particles, including metal, wood, vegetable, and animal dust may be associated with IPF. • No de nitive conclusions on the association between in ectious agents (such as Epstein-Barr virus in ection) and IPF can be made. • Gastroesophageal ref ux (GERD) may be a risk actor or IPF.

DIAGNO SIS HISTO RY • A history o progressive dyspnea is the most common symptom and may be accompanied by cough. • Symptoms are present or months to years and progress in varying degrees. ° Wheezing and hemoptysis are unusual eatures. • Evaluation or comorbid conditions and risk actors involves searching or occupational or environmental exposures, collagen vascular disease, human immunode ciency virus (HIV) in ection, use o drugs, or toxic exposures. • A record o environmental exposure to smoking must be obtained as well as evaluation o current or previous malignancies and amily history o lung disease. PHYSICAL EXAMINATIO N FIGURE 62-1 This che st rad iog rap h d e monstrate s d i use alve olar op acitie s throug hout b oth lung s, with more consolid ative chang e s at b oth b ase s. The re is p ulmonary f b rosis and a small p le ural e usion on the rig ht sid e . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Carlos Tave ra, MD.)

• Bibasilar inspiratory “Velcro” crackles are present; they may be widespread. • Look or cor pulmonale signs with an accentuated second pulmonary sound.




FIGURE 6 2-3 Club b ing showing so t-tissue swe lling o the d istal e nd s o the d ig its, asso ciate d with incre ase d curvature o the nails and lo ss o the d orsal nail- o ld ang le . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Clubbing is seen in 30% to35% o cases (Figure 62-3). • Look or extrapulmonary ndings o systemic disease (rash, joint de ormities). LABO RATO RY TESTING • Serological testing to investigate or other diagnoses includes ° Antinuclear antibody (ANA) titers, rheumatoid actor, and anticitrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA) to help identi y lupus or rheumatoid arthritis as antecedent diseases. The two ACPAs include antibodies against anti-cyclic citrullinated protein (ACCP) and antimutated citrullinated vimentin (anti-MCV). ° Elevated angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) levels are associated with sarcoidosis. Antibodies to organic antigens can be used to detect other explanations or brosis (eg, armer’s lung and bird ancier’s disease). • Spirometry is used to indicate restrictive lung disease (decreased vital capacity o ten with an increased ratio o orced expiratory volume in the rst second o expiration and orced vital capacity [FEV1/ FVC]) and impaired gas exchange (increased alveolar-arterial oxygen di erence with rest or exercise or decreased lung di using capacity or carbon monoxide [DLCO]). • Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) f uid may help to exclude in ection, tumors, pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, Langerhans cell histiocytosis, hemosiderin-laden macrophages (suggesting alveolar hemorrhage), or lipid-laden macrophages (seen in aspiration rom stomach or upper airway, lipid emboli, or amiodarone therapy). • Surgical lung biopsy may establish a rm clinicopathological diagnosis that allows patients and clinicians to make in ormed decisions about therapy and its potential risks.

IMAGING • Chest radiographs do not make the diagnosis o pulmonary brosis but are help ul in excluding other causes o breathlessness and in evaluating clinical deterioration by looking or cancer, superimposed in ection, and superimposed pulmonary edema.

FIGURE 62-4 Note the coarse ning o the inte rstitial marking at the lung base s (hone ycombing note d in the costophre nic angle s bilate rally) and uppe r lung f e lds. Also, note the large bullae at the le t ape x. This patie nt has inte rstitial f brosis rom rhe umatoid arthritis. (Re produce d with p ermission from Gary Fe renchick, MD.)

° A normal chest radiograph does not rule out pulmonary brosis in the presence o otherwise-unexplained dyspnea. ° Typical chest radiographic changes, i present, in pulmonary brosis include coarse interstitial marking at the lung bases and upper lung elds (Figure 62-4). • High-resolution CT (HRCT) scanning is an important test or patients with a suspected diagnosis o IPF and is highly accurate (90%-100% positive predictive value). 1 Findings include honeycombing (clusters o cystic air spaces between 3 mm and 2.5 cm) just below the pleural sur ace, reticular opacities, and ground-glass opacities.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis is suggested with BAL ndings o greater than 40% lymphocytosis. • Collagen vascular diseases are associated with extrapulmonary signs and symptoms, including joint pain and positive serological studies. ° Pulmonary brosis can precede other mani estations o connective tissue disease, so ordering rheumatoid actor, ACCP, and ANA studies is recommended by the American Thoracic Society (ATS). ° Note that i the patient has established criteria or connective tissue disease, the patient does not have IPF. This should be suspected (even in the absence o established diagnostic criteria) in those younger than 50 years. • Alveolar hemorrhage syndromes as seen in Goodpasture syndrome would be associated with a positive anti-GBM antibody. • Occupational lung disease is suggested by exposures to dusts, silica, umes, or radiation. • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is suggested by exposure to thermophilic bacteria or other animal proteins. • Drug toxicity rom drugs such as amiodarone, nitro urantoin, and sulasalazine, among others.




PULMO NARY • Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP) ° The ormal term is bronchiolitis obliterans obstructive pneumonia (BOOP). ° The term organizing pneumonia is o ten used or both in ectious and nonin ectious etiologies. ° There is equal gender distribution, and it can occur in nonsmokers. ° The illness has a median presentation o less than 3 months, variable degrees o cough (may produce clear sputum), and dyspnea. Weight loss, chills, intermittent ever, and myalgias may be common. ° On chest radiography, Bilateral or unilateral patchy peripheral consolidations and consolidations can be migratory. ° CT—There are areas o air space consolidation in 90% o patients, and there are peribronchial distribution and bronchial dilation. Ground-glass attenuation occurs in 60% o cases. ° The majority o patients recover on steroidal treatment: prednisone 1 to 1.5 mg/ kg daily or 6 to 8 weeks. • Acute Interstitial Pneumonia ° Another term is Hamman-Rich syndrome, a rare ulminant orm o lung injury. ° Mean age at presentation is 50 years; there is no gender predominance, and it is not associated with smoking. ° Onset is insidious, and there is a relentless progressive course; median time rom rst symptom to presentation is less than 3 weeks, o ten preceded by viral syndrome. ° Consolidation and ground-glass opaci cation occur. ° CT scan—Bilateral patchy areas o ground-glass attenuation sometimes occur with air space consolidation. Appearance is similar to adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). ° Most patients have moderate-to-severe hypoxia and develop respiratory ailure. ° Treatment is supportive. ° Mortality rate is greater than 60%, with patients dying within 6 months o presentation.


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° Acetylcysteine monotherapy (as noted previously). ° Anticoagulants (low-molecular-weight heparin ollowed by wararin). Use was associated with a decrease in hospital mortality or those with acute exacerbations in one unblinded study. 3 • Therapies without speci c recommendations by the ATS include the ollowing: ° Sildena l reduces pulmonary vasculature pressures in patients with IPF and pulmonary hypertension. In patients with IPF and reduced DLCO ( 10% in FVC indicating disease progression). • A DLCO decline o 15% is also a marker o disease progression. PATIENT RESO URCES

• American Lung Association. Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Fibrosis—http:/ / lung-disease/ pulmonary-f brosis/ . • Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation—http:/ / www .pulmonaryf . • PubMed Health. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis—http:/ / www pubmedhealth/ PMH0001134/ . PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Raghu G, Collard HR, Egan JJ, et al. An o cial ATS/ ERS/ JRS/ ALAT statement: idiopathic pulmonary brosis: evidence-based guidelines or diagnosis and management. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011;183(6):788-824. http:/ / content/ 183/ 6/ 788.long# content-block. • Medscape. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis—http:/ / emedicine article/ 301226.

PULMO NARY REFERENCES 1. Raghu G, Collard HR, Egan JJ, et al. An o cial ATS/ ERS/ JRS/ ALAT statement: idiopathic pulmonary brosis: evidence-based guidelines or diagnosis and management. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011;183(6):788-824. 2. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Clinical Research Network, Raghu G, Anstrom KJ, King TE Jr, Lasky JA, Martinez FJ. Prednisone, azathioprine, and N-acetylcysteine or pulmonary brosis. N Engl J Med. 2012;366(21):1968-1977. 3. Kubo H, Nakayama K, Yanai M, et al. Anticoagulant therapy or idiopathic pulmonary brosis. Chest. 2005;128(3):1475-1482. 4. Richeldi L, Costabel U, Selman M, et al. E cacy o a tyrosine kinase inhibitor in idiopathic pulmonary brosis. N Engl J Med. 2011;365(12):1079-1087.





63 SARCO IDO SIS Gina R. Chacon, MD

PATIENT STO RY A 39-year-old A rican-American woman presents with an acute onset o ever and new skin lesions on her shins that she noticed a week ago a ter she returned rom a spring break trip. She also complains o dry cough, mild shortness o breath, eeling tired, and pain in her ankles. Her lungs are clear, and lower extremity examination reveals a number o tender 2-cm red nodules (Figure 63-1). Her physician recognized her leg lesions as erythema nodosum and was aware that this is ound with sarcoidosis and tuberculosis. There ore, a chest radiograph is ordered; it reveals bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy without parenchymal in ltrates. As this is consistent with sarcoidosis, workup and treatment is pursued with the provisional diagnosis o sarcoidosis. It is decided not to biopsy the erythema nodosum as the ndings are nonspeci c or the etiology and the leg lesions clinically support this nding.

INTRO DUCTIO N Sarcoidosis is a multisystem granulomatous disorder o yet unknown etiology; it predominantly involves the lungs in more than 90% o cases but can also involve any organ in the body, with the lymphatics, skin, eyes, and liver the most common. 1

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EPIDEMIO LO GY • Sarcoidosis is a worldwide disease but with variable incidences, maniestations, and prognosis. 2 • In the United States, the age-adjusted annual incidence rate in Caucasians is 10.9 in 100,000, and in A rican Americans, it is 35.5 in 100,000. 2 • Sarcoidosis a ects all ages and races and both sexes. The prevalence is slightly higher in women than in men. 3 • Its onset is most o ten observed in adults under the age o 40 in both sexes, with a peak incidence between 20 and 29 years. 1

ETIO LO GY/ PATHO PHYSIO LO GY The cause o this disease is still uncertain. Recent ndings suggest that sarcoidosis may be caused by a chronic immune response produced by exposure o a genetically susceptible individual to an as-yet-unde ned environmental antigenic stimulus. 4,5

DIAGNO SIS For an accurate diagnosis, the multimodality approach, including clinical, radiological, and histopathological evaluation is recommended. 2 DIAGNO STIC CRITERIA • Sarcoidosis is characterized by the ormation o well- ormed, nonnecrotizing granulomas in a ected organs. There are no ormal diagnostic criteria or sarcoidosis, and the presence o noncaseating granulomas does not con rm the diagnosis o sarcoidosis on its own. 2 • Sarcoidosis is a diagnosis o exclusion, and as such, other causes o granulomas, in ectious and nonin ectious, need to be evaluated or and ruled out. 6 CLINICAL FEATURES • Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disease that can a ect any organ. 2 • The clinical presentation can vary rom asymptomatic organ involvement that is detected incidentally to a slowly progressive disease. • An acute orm o sarcoidosis, Lö gren syndrome, is de ned as an acute onset o ever, erythema nodosum, polyarthritis, and chest radiograph showing bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy (Figure 63-2) with or without parenchymal in ltrates. portends an excellent course, with ° Lo gren syndrome typically spontaneous resolution. 2,7 o sarcoidosis ° The pulmonary system is involved in more than 90%2,8 cases ollowed by skin, lymph nodes, eyes, and liver. • In the ACCESS (A Case-Control Etiologic Study o Sarcoidosis) study, hal o the sarcoidosis cohort had only 1 organ involved, 30% had 2 organs involved, 13% had 3 organs involved, and 7% had 4 or more organs involved with sarcoidosis. 8 PULMO NARY MANIFESTATIO NS

FIGURE 63-1 Erythe ma nod o sum in a 40-ye ar-old b lack woman ne wly p re se nting with sarcoid osis. Note how the e rythe ma is le ss p romine nt b e cause o the d ark p ig me ntation. The nod ule s are cle arly visib le , p alp ab le , and te nd e r. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• The lungs are the most common organs involved in sarcoidosis. 9 • Patients can be asymptomatic, but more commonly they have nonspeci c symptoms, such as cough, atigue, and dyspnea on exertion.






FIGURE 63-2 A. Poste roante rior and B. late ral che st rad iog rap h showing b ilate ral hilar lymp had e nop athy (arrows) without p are nchymal in ltrate s rom a p atie nt with sarcoid osis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Gary Fe re nchick, MD.)

• On physical examination, ndings can include normal pulmonary examination, dry inspiratory crackles or wheezes rom airway involvement with sarcoidosis, or airway distortion rom brotic changes. 2 SKIN MANIFESTATIO NS

NEURO LO GIC MANIFESTATIO NS • Neurosarcoidosis a ects 5% to 15% o patients. • Any part o the nervous system can be a ected, but cranial nerves are those most a ected, the acial nerve being the most common, ollowed by the optic nerve.

• Skin is the second most common organ involved in sarcoidosis (see Chapter 173, Sarcoidosis). • Cutaneous mani estations occur in 20%-35% o patients with sarcoidosis. 8-10 • Sarcoidosis can present with reactive nonspeci c lesions like erythema nodosum. 3,10 • Speci c lesions typically show noncaseating granulomas when biopsied. 11 ° They include lupus pernio, papules, subcutaneous nodules, plaques, and in ltrated scars (Figures 63-3 and 63-4). ° The nasal alae are common locations or the noncaseating granulomas to orm (Figure 63-5). EYE MANIFESTATIO NS • Ocular involvement can be seen in 10% to 80% o patients with sarcoidosis. • The most common mani estation is anterior uveitis, but any part o the orbit or adnexa can be involved (Figure 63-6). 12 GASTRO INTESTINAL MANIFESTATIO NS • The liver is involved in about 30% to 80% o patients with sarcoidosis. • Patients can be asymptomatic or complain o nonspeci c abdominal pain or pruritus. Jaundice may be evident. 10,13 • Hepatomegaly is detected clinically in 21% o cases and radiographically in more than 50% o patients. 13

FIGURE 63-3 Sarcoid osis causing a lup us p e rnio p atte rn on the ace o this A rican Ame rican woman with sarcoid osis. Note how some o the p laq ue s have a malar d istrib ution, as se e n in lup us e rythe matosus. The p atie nt d oe s not have cutane ous lup us as this p atte rn is cause d b y sarcoid osis alone . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)





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FIGURE 63-6 O cular sarcoid osis with in ltration o the conjunctiva o the e ye lid s in this A rican Ame rican woman with e xte nsive sarcoid o sis o the skin and lung s. She has also had uve itis se cond ary to he r sarcoid osis in the p ast. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

MUSCULO SKELETAL MANIFESTATIO NS FIGURE 63-4 Cutane ous sarcoid osis on the arm with some annular p atte rns in the same p atie nt with lup us p e rnio in Fig ure 63-3. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Sometimes, the signs and symptoms are nonspeci c and include cranial neuropathies, meningeal irritation, increased intracranial pressure, peripheral neuropathies, endocrine dys unction, cognitive dys unction, and personality changes. 14 CARDIAC MANIFESTATIO NS • Cardiac sarcoidosis is detected clinically in about 5% o cases, but on autopsy in about 40% o cases. • Cardiac involvement can be asymptomatic or present with palpitations, dyspnea, syncope or presyncopal episodes, or, rarely, sudden cardiac death.15

• Sarcoidosis can involve the articular, skeletal, and muscular systems (Figure 63-7). • Early in the course o the disease, acute polyarthritis may be observed in up to 40% o patients, but this is o ten sel -limited. • Chronic or recurrent sarcoid arthritis is rare, a ecting only 1% to 4% o patients. • Asymptomatic involvement o muscles has been reported in 25% to 75% o patients in small series, but symptomatic involvement o muscles is rare (300 mg/ d) in about 30% o patients.





FIGURE 63-8 Biop sy imag e o sarcoid osis o the skin. The re is a d e nse , noncase ating g ranulomato us in ltrate locate d within the d e rmis. The g ranulomatous inf ammatio n is comp ose d o circumscrib e d colle ctions o e p ithe lioid histiocyte s with variab le numb e rs o multinucle ate d g iant ce lls. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Sand ra O sswald , MD.)

• Abnormal liver unction tests o ten accompany sarcoidosis; most commonly, there is mild elevation o alkaline phosphatase levels. Alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, and bilirubin levels are usually normal. 17 • Increased serum angiotensin-converting enzyme levels are elevated in 60% o patients at the time o diagnosis. Sensitivity and speci city as a diagnostic tests are 60% and 70%, respectively. • Pulmonary unction test—Granulomas and brosis o lung tissue reduce total lung capacity and decrease the carbon monoxide-di using capacity.


• Pathology study o biopsy—Noncaseating granulomas (Figure 63-8) can be used. Cutaneous lesions can provide an easily accessible source o tissue or histopathologic examination i present. • Microscopic examination o specimens o lung tissue or other tissue o organs involved can show granulomas. 9 • Echocardiogram and ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) (Holter and event monitors) are help ul in urther investigating symptoms such as palpitations and dyspnea, which are suspicious or potential cardiac sarcoidosis. 15

IMAGING • Chest radiography—Bilateral hilar adenopathy can be the rst indication o sarcoidosis.

C FIGURE 63-7 63-7 Musculoske le tal sarcoid osis in a 57-ye ar-old woman who also has skin, e ye , and p ulmonary involve me nt. A. Both hand s showing joint swe lling and a swan ne ck d e ormity. B. Close -up o one hand . C. Close -up o sarcoid osis a e cting the toe s. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI) and cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) imaging are new modalities used in the assessment o cardiac sarcoidosis. 18 ° With cMRI and computed tomography (CT), the regions o sarcoid involvement produce a scar appearance with late gadolinium enhancement, which may be enough to establish the diagnosis in someone without other reasons or scar ormation. ° When additional con rmation is needed, PET can be used to show that these areas o the “scar” are actually hypermetabolic, consistent with sarcoid.




PULMO NARY • Radiographs o the a ected areas may show cystic or lytic lesions. Bone scans and PET can also detect increased activity in the involved bones. 16

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involvement o the upper respiratory tract, advanced lung brosis, bone cysts, and eye disease. • With correct diagnosis and proper management, most patients with sarcoidosis continue to lead a normal li e.

RISK FACTO RS • A rican American • Female gender

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Sarcoidosis is known as the “great imitator”; there ore, the di erential diagnosis list is long (see the section on di erential diagnosis in Chapter 173, Sarcoidosis o the Skin).

MANAGEMENT • Management o patients with sarcoidosis is best accomplished in collaboration with a sarcoidosis center or expert and appropriate subspecialists as dictated by organ involvement. • Immunosuppressive therapy is indicated when major organs are involved (neurologic, ophthalmologic, or cardiac) or when there is evidence o organ dys unction or progressive disease in other organs. 2 SO R

• Corticosteroids are the basis o treatment o symptomatic sarcoidosis. Oral prednisone is o ten started to provide quick relie o symptoms. • Methotrexate is an important steroid-sparing agent and may be used to taper patients o prednisone or to treat patients when corticosteroids are contraindicated. 1 • Inf iximab may be used. • I patient has pain or ever, nonsteroidal anti-inf ammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibupro en, may be taken. SO R

PRO GNO SIS/ CLINICAL CO URSE • In general, sarcoidosis appears brief y and resolves without relapse in most cases. • Lo gren syndrome is the acute mani estation o sarcoidosis, typically presenting in the springtime with arthritis, erythema nodosum, uveitis, and enlarged hilar lymph nodes. 1 • It usually has an excellent prognosis, with high rates o spontaneous remission. 2 • O these patients, 20% to 30% are le t with some permanent lung damage, and 10% to 15% develop chronic sarcoidosis that may last or many years.

MAJO R CO MPLICATIO NS O F SARCO IDO SIS • Hypercalcemia and hypercalciuria could be the initial mani estation o sarcoidosis, with patients presenting with symptoms o hypercalcemia, including lethargy, constipation, mental status changes, renal dys unction, or nephrolithiasis. 19 • High-grade conduction blocks and ventricular or atrial arrhythmias, le t ventricular dys unction, and wall motion abnormalities can occur. 15 • Portal hypertension can be present with or without cirrhosis and can also develop rom compression o the portal vein by enlarged lymph nodes in the hepatic hilum. 10,13 • Eye damage such as asymptomatic uveitis may occur.

FO LLO W-UP • I a patient ails to respond to corticosteroids, then the clinician should reassess the need or additional or di erent treatment. • Stable patients should be ollowed every 4 to 6 months. • Consider a periodic echocardiogram to assess or pulmonary hypertension i the patient presents symptoms like dyspnea and peripheral edema. • Patients need ophthalmologic examination and to be monitored or ophthalmic side e ects and toxicities rom immunosuppressive agents, such as steroids and hydroxychloroquine. 2 SO R

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • The patient should see a physician i any new symptoms appear or the medication is not working. • Smoking should be avoided. PATIENT RESO URCES

• Sarcoidosis support groups—http:/ / www.sarcoidosisonlinesites .com/ index.html. • Sarcoid Networking Association—http:/ / www PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• In 5% to 10% o cases, the disease can become atal i either granulomas or brosis seriously a ects vital organs, such as the lungs, heart, nervous system, liver, or kidneys. End-stage lung disease may require lung transplantation.

• American Lung Association. Sarcoidosis—http:/ / www.lungusa .org/ lung-disease/ sarcoidosis.

• Cutaneous sarcoidosis usually has a prolonged course. Papules and nodules tend to resolve over months or years. Lupus pernio is o ten present in patients with chronic sarcoidosis and is associated with

• MedlinePlus. Sarcoidosis—http:/ / medlineplus/ sarcoidosis.html.

• World Association for Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Disorders—http:/ / .


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PULMO NARY 11. Abu-Hilal M, Krotva J, Chichierchio L, Obeidat N, Madanat M. Dermatologic aspects and cutaneous mani estations o sarcoidosis. G Ital DermatolVenereol. 2007;145(6):733-745. 12. Heiligenhaus A, We elmeyer D, We elmeyer E, Rosel M, Schrenk M. The eye as a common site or the early clinical mani estation o sarcoidosis. Ophthalmic Res. 2011;46(1):9-12. 13. Ebert EC, Kierson M, Hagspiel KD. Gastrointestinal and hepatic mani estations o sarcoidosis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2008;103(12): 3184-3192; quiz 93. 14. Hoitsma E, Drent M, Sharma OP. A pragmatic approach to diagnosing and treating neurosarcoidosis in the 21st century. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2010;16(5):472-479. 15. Mehta D, Lubitz SA, Frankel Z, et al. Cardiac involvement in patients with sarcoidosis: diagnostic and prognostic value o outpatient testing. Chest. 2008;133(6):1426-1435. 16. Zisman DA, Shorr AF, Lynch JP 3rd. Sarcoidosis involving the musculoskeletal system. Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2002;23(6):555-570. 17. Sharma OP. Vitamin D, calcium, and sarcoidosis. Chest. 1996;109(2): 535-539. 18. Ohira H, Tsujino I, Ishimaru S, et al. Myocardial imaging with 18F-f uoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging in sarcoidosis. Eur J Nuclear Med Mol Imaging. 2008;35(5):933-941. 19. Burke RR, Rybicki BA, Rao DS. Calcium and vitamin D in sarcoidosis: how to assess and manage. Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2010;31(4):474-484.





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64 TUBERCULO SIS Mind y A. Smith, MD, MS

PATIENT STO RY A 25-year-old man rom Mexico presents to the emergency room in a South Texas hospital with a persistent cough or 3 weeks, low-grade ever, and night sweats. His chest X-ray (CXR) shows mediastinal and right hilar lymphadenopathy and right upper lobe consolidation concerning or primary tuberculosis (TB) (Figure 64-1). Upon review o the radiograph, the emergency room sta admits the patient to a single room with negative pressure. The patient is placed in respiratory isolation, sputum is sent or acid- ast bacillus (AFB) stain and cultures, and the results show AFB consistent with Mycobacterium spp. (Figure 64-2). While culture results are pending, the patient is started on 4 antituberculosis drugs. Fortunately the sputum culture result shows pan susceptible Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and his treatment continues with directly observed therapy (DOT) through the local city health department. A

INTRO DUCTIO N Tuberculosis is a bacterial in ection caused by M. tuberculosis, an obligate intracellular pathogen that is aerobic, acid-fast, and nonencapsulated. TB primarily involves the lungs, although other organs are involved in one-third o cases. Improvements in diagnostics, drugs, vaccines, and understanding o biomarkers o disease activity are expected to change uture management o this devastating worldwide disease.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • Over 8 million cases occur annually around the world, with nearly 2 million TB-related deaths;1 95% o TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. • A total o 11,182 TB cases (3.6/ 100,000 persons) were reported in the United States in 2010. This represents the lowest incidence rate since recording began in 1953. 2 An estimated 2 billion people worldwide have latent TB. 3 • The multiple drug-resistant (MDR) TB rate in the United States was 1.2% (88 cases) in 2010; a rate which remains relatively stable in the United States. 1 MDR TB rates are highest in India, China, the Russian ederation, South A rica, and Bangladesh. 3 • Based on the 2010 data, 60% o reported US cases o M. tuberculosis occurred in oreign-born individuals (case rate 11 times higher than US-born individuals). 1

B FIGURE 64-1 Typ ical p re se ntation o a p rimary p ulmonary TB in e ction in a 20-ye ar-old man. A. Frontal che st rad iog rap h shows me d iastinal and rig ht hilar lymp had e nop athy (b lack arrows) and rig ht up p e r lob e consolid ation (white arrow). B. Contrast-e nhance d CT d e monstrate s low-d e nsity e nlarg e d me d iastinal lymp h nod e s with p e rip he ral rim e nhance me nt consiste nt with ne crotizing lymp had e nop athy (arrows). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Carlos Santiag o Re stre p o, MD.)

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • In ection is transmitted by aerosolized respiratory droplet nuclei. 4

• There were 547 reported deaths rom TB in the United States in 2009 (a 7% decrease rom 2008). 1

• About 10% o those in ected develop active TB, usually within 1 to 2 years o exposure; risk actors or the development o active TB are listed later.

• Prophylactic treatment o those with latent TB (in ection without active disease—diagnosed by tuberculin skin test conversion rom negative to positive or by an inter eron-γ release assay per ormed on blood) can reduce the risk o active TB by 90% or more. 4 SO R

• There are 3 host responses to in ection: immediate nonspeci c macrophage and likely neutrophil ingestion o those bacilli reaching the alveoli, later tissue-damaging response (delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction), and speci c macrophage activating and potentially




FIGURE 64-2 The acid - ast b acilli o Mycob acte rium tub e rculosis se e n with acid - ast staining at 100 p owe r with oil imme rsion micro scop y. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

neutrophil-related response—the latter, i e ective, walling o in ection into granulomas. Recent evidence suggests that mycobacteria themselves may promote granuloma ormation and these granulomas are dynamic, blurring distinctions between latent and active TB. 3 • In areas o high prevalence, TB is o ten seen in children. The disease process usually localizes to the middle and upper lung zones accompanied by hilar and paratracheal lymphadenopathy (as the tubercle bacilli spread rom lung to lymphatic vessels). The primary ocus usually heals spontaneously and may disappear entirely or, i encapsulated by broblasts and collagen bers, be visible as a calci ed lung nodule (Ghon complex) (Figure 64-3).

RISK FACTO RS Risk actors or in ection or progression to active TB include the ollowing2,3,4:

FIGURE 64-3 Primary TB may coale sce into a small g ranulo ma in the up p e r lob e re e rre d to as a Ghon comp le x. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Mille r WT, Jr. Diag nostic Thoracic Imag ing . Ne w York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2006:289, Fig ure 6-5 E..)

• Adult women (ratio 2:1 adult man). • Older age (both in ection and progression). • Children under 4 years o age who are exposed to high-risk individuals.

• Minority and oreign-born populations (subject to overcrowding and malnutrition).

• Recent in ection (< 1 year) (RR [progression to active TB] 12.9 vs old in ection).

• HIV (relative risk [RR] or progression to active TB 100) and other immunocompromised states (eg, cancer, treatment with tumor necrosis actor antagonists) (RR [progression to active TB] 10). As a result o the high susceptibility o HIV-in ected patients, 12% o worldwide TB cases are HIV-associated with sub-Saharan A rica accounting or 4 out o every 5 o these cases. 3

• Fibrotic lung lesions (spontaneously healed) (RR [progression to active TB] 2-20).

• Chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus (RR 3) or chronic renal ailure/ hemodialysis (RR [in ection and progression to active TB] 10-25 or renal ailure). • Malignancy.

• Silicosis (RR [in ection] 3 and RR [progression to active TB] 30). • Malnutrition (RR [progression to active TB] 2). • In a study o hospital personnel, only the percentage o low-income persons within the employee’s residential postal zone was independently associated with conversion (odds ratio [OR] 1.39, 95% con dence interval [CI], 1.09-1.78). 5


• Genetic susceptibility. • Bariatric surgery or jejunoileal bypass (RR [progression to active TB] 30-60) recipients. • Injection drug users (RR [progression to active TB] 10-30). • Smoking (RR 2 or progression and in ection). • Personnel who work or live in high-risk settings (eg, prisons, longterm care acilities, and hospitals).

The diagnosis o active TB requires a high index o suspicion. In addition, targeted testing or latent TB in vulnerable populations who would bene t rom treatment (recent [ 15,000). ■ Vancomycin 125 mg every 6 h orally or 10 to 14 days. SO R ■ Colonic levels i vancomycin are extremely high a ter an oral dose. It is not e ective with intravenous dosing. ■ Use vancomycin per rectum as a retention enema i ileus is present. ° Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) may be tried as more than 50% o the population has detectable antibodies to C. di f cile toxins A and B; thus, IVIG has toxin-neutralizing capability (400 mg/ kg). 2 However, no controlled trials have been per ormed. ° ° Per orm a subtotal colectomy or severely ill patients or i there are signs o toxic megacolon. 2 SO R Monitor serum lactate levels; i greater than 5, there is an increase in perioperative mortality.


Pulse dose course o vancomycin 125, 250, or 500 mg every 3 days or 4 to 6 weeks

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Colonization with C. di f cile is with ecal-oral transmission; there ore, hand hygiene is important. • The use o antibiotics disrupts the balance o the intestinal ora, predisposing to CDI in patients colonized with C. di f cile; there ore, limiting the unnecessary use and duration o antibiotic therapy is important.


• Kelly CP, LaMont JT. Patient information: antibiotic-associated diarrhea caused by Clostridium di f cile (Beyond the Basics). UpToDate. http:/ / contents/ patientin ormation-antibiotic-associated-diarrhea-caused-byclostridium-di f cile-beyond-the-basics?source=search_ result&search=clostridium+di f cile&selectedTitle=1~ 2. • JAMA Patient Page: Clostridium dif cile Colitis—http:/ / jama content/ 301/ 9/ 988. ull.pd +html?sid= a210a6c7-b4e5-4dda-9891-b4209905e 90. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

PRO GNO SIS • Complications o CDI include dehydration, electrolyte disturbance, toxic megacolon, bowel per oration, renal ailure, systemic in ammatory response syndrome, sepsis, and death. 2

• Clinical Practice Guidelines or Clostridium di f cile In ection in Adults: 2010 Update by the Society or Healthcare Epidemiology o America (SHEA) and the In ectious Diseases Society o America (IDSA). http:/ / stable/ 10.1086/ 651706.

• Recurrent episodes o CDI occur in 6% to 25% o patients with a frst episode.2 REFERENCES

FO LLO W-UP • Patients should be ollowed or signs o clinical improvement, including resolution o ever, reduction in stool requency, improvement in stool consistency, and rehydration. • Repeated stool testing is not necessary in patients with resolved symptoms as treatment o asymptomatic carriers is not indicated. ° I C. di f cile diarrhea recurs, treat the second episode with the same regimen as the f rst episode. ° Third and subsequent episodes should be treated with only vancomycin to avoid neurotoxicity associated with repeated administrations o metronidazole. ■ These recurrences should be treated with 10 to 14 days o oral vancomycin, ollowed by one o the ollowing: ■ Tapering dose o vancomycin 125 mg orally twice a day or 7 days, then 125 mg orally every day or 7 days, then 125 mg orally every 2 to 3 days or 2-8 weeks

1. Hessen MT. In the clinic. Clostridium di f cile in ection. Ann Intern Med. 2010;153(7):ITC41-15; quiz ITC416. 2. Cohen SH, Gerding DN, Johnson S, et al. Clinical practice guidelines or Clostridium di f cile in ection in adults: 2010 update by the Society or Healthcare Epidemiology o America (SHEA) and the In ectious Diseases Society o America (IDSA). In ect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010;31(5):431-455. 3. Oughton MT, Loo VG, Dendukuri N, et al. Hand hygiene with soap and water is superior to alcohol rub and antiseptic wipes or removal o Clostridium di f cile. In ect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2009;30:939-44. 4. Owens RC Jr, Donskey CJ, Gaynes RP, et al. Antimicrobialassociated risk actors or Clostridium di f cile in ection. Clin In ect Dis. 2008;46 Suppl 1:S19-31. 5. Bartlett JG and Gerding DN. Clinical recognition and diagnosis of Clostridium di f cile in ection. Clin In ect Dis. 2008;46 Suppl 1:S12-8.


66 CO LO N CANCER Mind y A. Smith, MD, MS Bonnie Wong , MD


GASTRO INTESTINAL • The incidence and mortality have been slowly but steadily declining in the United States or the past decade. 2 The American Cancer Society estimated 142,570 new cases o colorectal cancer (102,900 colon cancer cases) and 51,370 deaths in 2010. 3 • Onset is a ter age 50 years and peaks at around age 65 years. • Proximal colon carcinoma rates in blacks are higher than in whites. 4

PATIENT STO RY A 72-year-old man reports rectal bleeding with bowel movements over the past several months and the stool seems narrower with occasional diarrhea. He has a history o hemorrhoids but at this time is not experiencing rectal irritation or itching, as with previous episodes. His medical history is signi cant or controlled hypertension and a remote history o smoking. On digital rectal examination, his stool sample tests positive or blood but anoscopy ails to identi y the source o bleeding. On colonoscopy, a mass is seen at 30 cm (Figure 66-1). A biopsy was obtained and pathology con rmed adenocarcinoma.

INTRO DUCTIO N Colon cancer is a malignant neoplasm o the colon, most commonly adenocarcinoma. With the establishment o screening programs and treatment improvements, there has been a slow decline in both the incidence and mortality rom colon cancer, although it is still a leading cause o cancer death. 1

• Colon cancer appears to be a multipathway disease with tumors usually arising rom adenomatous polyps or serrated adenomas; mutational events occur within the polyp including activation o oncogenes and loss o tumor-suppressor genes. 1,5 • The probability o a polyp undergoing malignant trans ormation increases or the ollowing cases1: ° The polyp is sessile, especially i villous histology or f at. ° Larger size—Malignant trans ormation is rare i smaller than 1.5 cm, 2% to 10% i 1.5 to 2.5 cm, and 10% i larger than 2.5 cm. • Important genes involved in colon carcinogenesis include adenomatous polyposis gene mutations, KRAS oncogene, chromosome 18 loss o heterozygosity leading to inactivation o SMAD4, and DCCtumor suppression genes (deleted in colon cancer). Other mutations in genes such as MSH2, MLH1, and PMS2 result in what is known as high- requency microsatellite instability (H-MSI), which is ound in cases o hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer and in about 20% o sporadic colon cancers.4


EPIDEMIO LO GY • Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in the United States, second only to lung cancer as a cause o death. 1

FIGURE 66-1 A s ssil colon mass s Michae l Harp e r, MD.)


• Ingestion o red and processed meat1,6 • Hereditary syndromes—Polyposis coli and nonpolyposis syndromes (40% li etime risk)4

n at 35 cm. At su g y, this was ound to b a Duk stag A ad noca cinoma. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from




GASTRO INTESTINAL • Inf ammatory bowel disease • Bacteremia with Streptococcus bovis— Increased incidence o occult tumors

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Physical signs o ten appear later in the course o the disease and can include the ollowing4: • Weight loss and cachexia

• Following ureterosigmoidostomy procedures (5%-10% incidence over 30 years)

• Abdominal distention, discom ort, or tenderness

• Smoking

• Ascites

• Alcohol consumption

• Rectal bleeding or occult blood on rectal examination

• Family history o colon cancer in a rst-degree relative • Obesity

DIAGNO SIS The diagnosis o colon cancer is sometimes made ollowing a positive screening test (ie, digital rectal examination, ecal occult blood testing [FOBT], sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or barium enema). For patients who have symptoms and signs suggestive o colon cancer, the con rmative diagnostic test most commonly per ormed is colonoscopy with biopsy. Colonoscopy allows direct visualization o the lesion, examination o the entire large bowel or synchronous and metachronous lesions, and an ability to obtain tissue or histologic diagnosis. CLINICAL FEATURES Symptoms vary, primarily based on anatomic location, as ollows1: • Right-sided colon tumors more commonly ulcerate, occasionally causing anemia without change in stool or bowel habits. • Tumors in the transverse and descending colon (Figure 66-2) o ten impede stool passage causing abdominal cramping, occasional obstruction, and rarely per oration. • Tumors in the rectosigmoid region are associated more o ten with hematochezia, tenesmus (ie, urgency with a eeling o incomplete evacuation), narrow caliber stool, and uncommonly, anemia.

• Abdominal or rectal mass

TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N Colon cancers are approximately equally distributed between the right and le t colon. 7 IMAGING, ENDO SCO PY, AND WO RKUP • Colonoscopy o the entire colon is recommended to identi y additional neoplasms or polyps (see Figures 66-1 and 66-2). • Evaluation or metastatic disease includes the ollowing8: ° Local metastasis: Abdominal or pelvic computed tomography(CT) scans. ° Lung metastasis: Chest X-ray (CXR) or chest CT. ° Liver metastasis: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (pelvis), CT (abdomen and pelvis), or positron emission tomography (PET) CT scan (whole body). ° The American College o Radiology also recommends transrectal rectum ultrasound or pretreatment staging or patients with rectal cancer and the addition o MRI o the abdomen or patients with large rectal tumors. 9 ° Preoperative carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)—An elevated pretreatment CEA (C-stage) has been shown to be an independent predictor o overall mortality (60% increased risk) in patients with colon cancer. 10 CEA may be elevated or reasons other than colon cancer, such as pancreatic or hepatobiliary disease; elevation does not always ref ect cancer or disease recurrence. Post-treatment CEA levels can be used to monitor or recurrence.

FIGURE 66-2 Plat 2 in this s i s shows no mal c cum. Th maining am s show a la g iabl mass. Biopsy conf m d ad noca cinoma. Th tumo was s ct d and d t min d to b Duk stag B ad noca cinoma. Colonoscopy 3 y a s lat was n g ativ . (Re produce d with pe rmission from Michae l Harpe r, MD.)



° At surgery, surgeons per orm an examination o the liver, pelvis, hemidiaphragm, and ull length o the colon or evidence o tumor spread. 1 BIO PSY Colonic adenocarcinomas can be microscopically well-di erentiated or poorly di erentiated glandular structures. 4 The addition o cytology brushings to orceps biopsies may increase the diagnostic yield, especially in the setting o obstructing tumors that cannot be traversed. 11

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Other causes o abdominal pain in patients in this age group are as ollow: • Inf ammatory bowel disease, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease (see Chapter 77, Inf ammatory Bowel Disease); symptoms include bloody diarrhea, tenesmus, passage o mucus, and cramping abdominal pain. Extraintestinal mani estations, more common in Crohn disease, include skin involvement (eg, erythema nodosum), rheumatologic symptoms (eg, peripheral arthritis, symmetric sacroiliitis), and ocular problems (eg, uveitis, iritis). Diagnosis can be made on the basis o endoscopy and biopsy.

GASTRO INTESTINAL MANAGEMENT MEDICATIO NS • Chemotherapy with f uorouracil (5-FU), irinotecan, with or without leucovorin (LV) is o marginal bene t with overall response in approximately 15% to 20% o patients. 1 For patients with stage II (Duke B) tumors (invasion into or through muscularis propria), authors o a systematic review ound similar mortality rates with and without adjuvant chemotherapy. 12 • Six months o postoperative treatment with 5-FU and LV decreased recurrence or stage III (Duke C) tumors (lymph node involvement) by 40% and increased survival;1 the absolute survival bene t in one trial over LV alone was approximately 12% (49% vs 37%, respectively). 13 A reduction in relapse rate and a modest increase in 3-year disease- ree survival were also seen in patients with Duke B and C colon cancer by adding oxaliplatin to 5-FU–leucovorin; however, overall survival is only improved or a subgroup o patients. 14 • For patients with metastatic disease (stage IV/ Duke D), rst-line multiagent chemotherapy can be considered. Three randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have demonstrated improved response rates, progression- ree survival, and overall survival when a biological agent (irinotecan or oxaliplatin) was combined with 5-FU–leucovorin. 15

• Diverticulitis—Patients present with ever, anorexia, lower le t-sided abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Abdominal distention and peritonitis may be ound on physical examination. Diagnosis is clinical or made on the basis o abdominal CT scan.


• Appendicitis—Initial symptoms include periumbilical or epigastric abdominal pain with time becoming more severe and localized to the right lower quadrant. Additional symptoms include ever, nausea, vomiting, and anorexia.

• For super cial lesions, local excision or polypectomy with clear margins is per ormed; or other localized disease, wide surgical resection and reanastomosis is used.

Following are other causes o rectal bleeding: • In ectious agents—Salmonella, Shigella, certain Campylobacter species, enteroinvasive Escherichia coli, Clostridium di f cile, and Entamoeba histolytica can cause bloody, watery diarrhea, and are identi ed by culture test. Bacterial toxins may be identi ed with C. di f cile. Additional symptoms include ever and abdominal pain and the disease is o ten sel -limited. • Hemorrhoids (see Chapter 72, Hemorrhoids) and ssures—Bleeding is usually bright red and seen in the toilet or with wiping a ter bowel movements. Hemorrhoids can sometimes be visible as a protruding mass o ten associated with pruritus and ssures are identi ed as a cut or tear occurring in the anus. Hemorrhoidal pain is described as a dull ache but may be severe i thrombosed. • Diverticula—Bleeding is usually abrupt in onset, painless, and can be massive, but o ten stops spontaneously. These may be seen on endoscopy or in radiographic study. • Vascular colonic ectasias—Bleeding tends to be chronic resulting in anemia. Bleeding source may be identi ed during colonoscopy, but a radionuclide scan or angiography may be needed. • Colon polyp (see Chapter 67, Colon Polyps)—Usually asymptomatic, although abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation can occur o ten with decreased stool caliber. Imaging studies o ten can distinguish and biopsy con rms absence o malignancy. Other causes o intestinal obstruction include adhesions, peritonitis, inf ammatory bowel disease, ecal impaction, strangulated bowels, and ileus. 2

• Total resection o the tumor is completed or attempted cure or or symptoms; open surgery or laparoscopic techniques can be used. 16

• For patients with metastatic disease (stage IV/ Duke D), treatment options include surgical resection, resection o liver metastases, palliative radiation or chemotherapy, rst-line multiagent chemotherapy (see above) or participation in clinical trials. • Total colonic resection is per ormed or patients with amilial polyposis and multiple colonic polyps. • For rectal carcinoma, sharp dissection is recommended (vs blunt) or rectal tumors to reduce recurrence to approximately 10%. 1 In addition, radiation therapy o the pelvis also decreases regional recurrence. 1 Postoperative treatment with 5-FU and radiation decreases recurrence or stage B2 and C tumors. 1 • Preoperative radiation therapy can be used to shrink large tumors prior to resection.

PREVENTIO N AND SCREENING • Primary prevention—Increased dietary ber (conf icting evidence) and possibly increased ingestion o ruits, vegetables, sh, and milk. 6,17 High levels o physical activity also appear protective. 6,17 Low-dose aspirin is also associated with a lower risk o colon cancer and death rom colon cancer. 18 Other medications possibly associated with a lower colon cancer risk include hormone therapy and oral contraceptives. • Individuals who undergo at least one round o screening or colon cancer have a reduced risk o death rom bowel cancer. In addition,





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early polyp removal by colonoscopy with polypectomy is associated with a reduced risk or colorectal cancer in the population setting. 19 O the screening tests, high-sensitivity ecal occult blood testing (FOBT), f exible sigmoidoscopy (FSG) with FOBT, and colonoscopy are recommended options. 20 The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening or colorectal cancer in adults, beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. 20 SO R

• FOBT—This test will be positive in 2% to 4% o asymptomatic patients; less than 10% will have colon cancer. 1 There is a good evidence that periodic FOBT reduces mortality rom colorectal cancer; annual screening is recommended. 20 • FSG—There is good evidence that sigmoidoscopy in combination with FOBT reduces mortality rom colon cancer. 11 The ideal interval or surveillance is unknown but the USPSTF recommended a 5-year interval o surveillance by FSG combined with high-sensitivity FOBT every 3 years. 20 • Colonoscopy—There is emerging evidence that screening colonoscopy is e ective in reducing colorectal cancer mortality. Population-based observational study has shown a declining incidence o colon cancer and gains in li e-years where colonoscopy screening programs are in place. Colonoscopy also allows inspection o the proximal colon and early removal o polyps. 11,21 Examples o colonoscopy pictures are shown in Figures 66-1 to 66-3. • Double-contrast barium enema—This test o ers an alternative means o whole-bowel examination, but is less sensitive than colonoscopy and there is no direct evidence that it is e ective in reducing mortality rates. Figures 66-4 and Figure 66-5 display classic “apple-core de ormities” o the colon rom colon cancer. • Other Tests—CT colonography and stool DNA test have been available or colorectal cancer screening. However, more research is needed to study their potential bene ts and harms be ore widespread clinical use o these tests can be recommended as screening tools. 22

FIGURE 66-4 An “ap p l -co ” l sion on b a ium n ma consist nt with colon canc . Th p ati nt is a 72-y a -old A ican Am ican man who p s nt d with w ig ht loss. A comp l t b lood count d monst at d mod at an mia and his H moccult ca d s w p ositiv . (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission from E.J. Maye aux, Jr., MD.)

• Secondary prevention—Low-dose aspirin (81 mg) has been shown to prevent adenomas in patients with previous colon cancer. 23

FIGURE 66-3 Ad noca cinoma in th c cum ound on colonoscop y. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Marvin De re zin, MD.)

FIGURE 66-5 A b a ium n ma v als a la g “ap p l -co ” l sion consist nt with colon canc . Th p ati nt in a 64-y a -old man who had a b a ium n ma p o m d as p a t o th wo kup o w ig ht loss and vag u ab d ominal p ain. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from E.J. Maye aux, Jr., MD.)



PRO GNO SIS • Duke A (T1N0M0)—Cancer limited to mucosa and submucosa; 5-year survival: 90.1%. 1, 24


• Medline Plus. Colon cancer—http:/ / medlineplus/ ency/ article/ 000262.htm. • National Cancer Institute—http:/ / cancertopics/ pdq/ treatment/ colon/ patient.

• Duke B1 (T2N0M0)—Cancer extends into muscularis; 5-year survival: 85%.


• Duke B2 (T3N0M0)—Cancer extends into or through serosa; 5-year survival: 70% to 80%.

• National Cancer Institute—http:/ / cancertopics/ pdq/ treatment/ colon/ HealthProfessional.

• Duke C (TxN1M0)—Cancer involves regional lymph nodes; 5-year survival: 35% to 69.2%.

• Medscape. Colon Adenocarcinoma—http:/ / emedicine.medscape .com/ article/ 277496-overview.

• Duke D (TxNxM1)—Distant metastases (ie, lung, liver); 5-year survival: 5% to 11.7%. • In addition to node involvement and metastases, poor outcome is associated with the ollowing1: ° ° ° ° ° ° ° °

Number o regional lymph nodes involved Tumor penetration or per oration through the bowel wall Histology o poor di erentiation Tumor adherence to adjacent organs Venous invasion Elevated preoperative CEA (ie, > 5 ng/ mL) Aneuploidy Speci c chromosomal deletion (eg, allelic loss on chromosome 18q)

FO LLO W-UP • Staging is based on tumor depth and spread and predicts survival as above1: • Surveillance recommendations are as ollows25: ° O ce visits and CEA evaluations should be per ormed at a minimum o 3 times per year or the rst 2 years o ollow-up. SO R ° There is insu cient data to recommend or or against CXR as a part o routine colorectal cancer ollow-up. SO R ° Posttreatment colonoscopy should be per ormed at 3-year intervals. SO R

° Periodic anastomotic evaluation is recommended or patients who have undergone resection/ anastomosis or local excision o rectal cancer. SO R ° Serum hemoglobin, Hemoccult II (FOBT), and liver unction tests (hepatic enzymes tests) should not be routine components o a ollow-up program. SO R • For patients with progressive disease, options or urther therapy must be discussed including discontinuing therapy, intrahepatic chemotherapy (i appropriate), and experimental (ie, phase I) therapy.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Most recurrences occur within the rst 3 to 4 years, so survival at 5 years is a good indication o cure. 1 • Surveillance or recurrence should be conducted over the irst 5 years ollowing treatment as noted above. In addition to identi ying recurrence, a second tumor is ound in 3% to 5% and adenomatous polyps will be ound in more than 15% o patients over that period. 1

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GASTRO INTESTINAL 13. Laurie JA, Moertel CG, Fleming TR, et al. Surgical adjuvant therapy o large-bowel carcinoma: an evaluation o levamisole and the combination o levamisole and f uorouracil. The North Central Cancer Treatment Group and the Mayo Clinic. J Clin Oncol. 1989;7(10): 1447-1456. 14. André T, Boni C, Navarro M, et al. Improved overall survival with oxaliplatin, f uorouracil, and leucovorin as adjuvant treatment in stage II or III colon cancer in the MOSAIC trial. J Clin Oncol. 2009;27 (19):3109-3116. 15. National Cancer Institute. http:/ / cancertopics/ pdq/ treatment/ colon/ HealthPro essional/ page9. Accessed June 2013. 16. National Cancer Institute. http:/ / cancertopics/ pdq/ treatment/ colon/ HealthPro essional/ page4. Accessed June 2013. 17. National Cancer Institute. Colorectal Cancer Prevention. http:/ / cancer .gov/ cancertopics/ pdq/ prevention/ colorectal/ HealthPro essional. Accessed November 2011. 18. Rothwell PM, Wilson M, Elwin CE, et al. Long-term e ect o

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67 CO LO N PO LYPS Cathy Ab b ott, MD Mind y A. Smith, MD, MS


GASTRO INTESTINAL • Familial adenomatous polyposis o the colon is a rare autosomal dominant disorder. Thousands o adenomatous polyps appear in the large colon, generally by age 25 years, and colorectal cancer develops in almost all o these patients by age 40 years. 1 Other hereditary polyposis syndromes include Gardner syndrome, Turcot syndrome, PeutzJeghers syndrome, Cowden disease, amilial juvenile polyposis, and hyperplastic polyposis. 3

PATIENT STO RY A 62-year-old woman presents to her physician or routine annual examination. She has no known amily history o colon disease and is asymptomatic. Stool cards and exible sigmoidoscopy were recommended and on exible sigmoidoscopy a 2.4-cm polyp was noted at 35 cm. A colonoscopy was per ormed and additional polyps were identif ed in the descending colon and cecum (Figure 67-1).

INTRO DUCTIO N Colon polyps are growths that arise rom the epithelial cells lining the colon.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • More than 30% o middle-aged and elderly patients are ound to have adenomatous polyps on screening and based on autopsy surveys; ewer than 1% will become malignant. 1 The li etime risk o colon cancer is 5.12%. 2 • Patients with an adenomatous polyp have a 30% to 50% risk or developing another adenoma and are at higher risk or colon cancer. This risk is greatest in the f rst 4 years a ter diagnosis o the f rst polyp, and greater i a villous adenoma or more than 3 polyps were ound.

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Following are the several types o colon polyps: ° Hyperplastic polyps—These contain increased numbers o glandular cells with decreased cytoplasmic mucus and an absence o nuclear hyperchromatism, stratif cation, or atypia. Traditionally thought to be benign, recent evidence suggests malignant potential particularly or right-sided polyps, especially proximal hyperplastic serrated polyps1 and those associated with hyperplastic polyposis syndrome (a amilial disorder with multiple [>30] hyperplastic polyps proximal to the sigmoid colon with 2 or more > 10 mm). 3 The percentage o polyps reported to be in this category ranges rom 12% to 90%. 3,4 ° Adenomatous polyps—These may be tubular, villous (papillary), or tubulovillous. In a case series o 582 patients who had a polyp removed, 81% were adenomatous, including 65% that were tubular, 25.8% tubulovillous, 7.2% villous adenomas, and 0.5% mixed adenomatous hyperplastic polyps; 12 (1.4%) were invasive carcinomas. 4 ■ Adenomatous polyps may be pedunculated or sessile; cancers more requently develop in sessile polyps. 1 ° Villous polyps can cause hypersecretory syndromes characterized by hypokalemia and pro use mucous discharge; these more requently harbor carcinoma in situ or invasive carcinoma than other adenomas. 3 ° Nonneoplastic hamartoma (juvenile polyp)—These are benign cystic polyps with mucous- illed glands, most commonly ound

FIGURE 67-1 Colon p olyp s se e n on colonoscop y. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Michae l Harp e r, MD.)




GASTRO INTESTINAL in male children, ages 2 to 5 years, and are o ten ound as singular lesions, but additional polyps are ound on panendoscopy in 40% to 50% o children. Juvenile polyps in adolescence may be associated with hereditary syndromes that carry malignant potential. 5 • A series o genetic or molecular changes have been ound that are thought to represent a multistep process rom normal colon mucosa to malignant tumor. 3 These include the ollowing: ° Point mutations in the K-ras protooncogene lead to gene activation and deletion o DNA at the site o tumor-suppressor gene. ° This results in an altered proli erative pattern and polyp ormation. ° Mutational activation o an oncogene, coupled with loss o tumorsuppressor genes, leads to malignant trans ormation. ° Serrated polyps, which have in the past been characterized as hyperplastic polyps, are now known to have epigenetic alterations that may develop into colon cancers by another pathway—the CpG-island-methylation-phenotype pathway. 6 ° Patients with amilial polyposis inherit a germline alteration that leads into the above pathway. • Insulin resistance, with increased concentrations o insulin-like growth actor type I, may also stimulate proli eration o the intestinal mucosa.

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• For patients with a amily history o amilial adenomatous polyposis, DNA testing may be per ormed to detect the adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene mutation; this can lead to a def nitive diagnosis be ore the development o polyps. 1 SO R A positive test f nding only indicates susceptibility, not the actual presence o a polyp. 3 • Genetic testing can also be considered or patients with a amily history o hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), which is caused by germline mutation o the DNA mismatch repair genes (hMLH1, hMSH2, hPMS1, hPMS2, hMSH6). 10 SO R IMAGING AND ENDO SCO PIC FEATURES • Polyps may be identif ed on barium enema (Figures 67-2 and 67-3), exible sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy (including virtual computer tomography colonoscopy) (Figures 67-1 and 67-4). • A polyp is def ned as a grossly visible protrusion rom the mucosal surace, although adenomas can also be at or even depressed. 11 • Colonoscopy must be subsequently per ormed to identi y additional lesions and remove all lesions. • Synchronous lesions occur in one-third o cases (see Figure 67-1). BIO PSY • Polyps upon removal are sent or histology to determine type and whether dysplasia or carcinoma in situ is present (Figure 67-5).

RISK FACTO RS • Older age—99% o cases occur in people older than age 40 years and 85% in those older than age 60 years. 7 • Family history—Present in 10% to 20% o cases. 7 • Diet appears to be associated with colon polyps and colon cancer. Animal ats may alter anaerobes in the gut micro ora, increasing conversion o normal bile acids to carcinogens. Also, increased cholesterol is associated with an enhanced risk o development o adenomas. • There may be an association between Helicobacter exposure and colonic polyps. 8,9

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • Usually asymptomatic. • Patients may experience overt or occult rectal bleeding. • Change in bowel habits—Diarrhea or constipation can occur, o ten with decreased stool caliber. • Secretory villous adenomas can occasionally mani est as a syndrome o severe diarrhea with massive uid and electrolyte loss. 3 TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N • Cancer distribution is approximately equal between the right and le t colon. Juvenile polyps are usually ound in the rectosigmoid region. LABO RATO RY TESTING • Occult blood in the stool is ound in less than 5% o patients with polyps. 1 O the 2% to 4% o asymptomatic patients who have heme positive stool on screening, 20% to 30% will have polyps. 1

FIGURE 67-2 A 69-ye ar-old woman with a family history of colon cance r p re se nte d for scre e ning . He r He moccult te st was p ositive . He r d oub le -contrast b arium e ne ma (air contrast) d e monstrate d a larg e colonic p olyp , which was found on surg e ry to b e hig hly d ysp lastic. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from E.J. Maye aux, Jr., MD.)


FIGURE 67-3 While g e tting a b arium e ne ma for othe r re asons, this p atie nt was found to have a larg e colonic p olyp . Biop sy of the p olyp d e monstrate d e arly-stag e colon cance r, which was tre ate d b y surg ical re se ction. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from E.J. Maye aux, Jr., MD.)

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Other causes o rectal bleeding include the ollowing: • In ectious agents—Salmonella, Shigella, certain Campylobacter species, enteroinvasive Escherichia coli, Clostridium di f cile, and Entamoeba histolytica can cause bloody, watery diarrhea and are identif ed by culture. Bacterial toxins may be identif ed with C. di f cile (see Chapter 65, Clostridium di f cile Colitis). Additional symptoms include ever and abdominal pain, and the disease is o ten sel -limited. • Hemorrhoids and f ssures—Bleeding is usually bright red blood and seen in the toilet or with wiping a ter bowel movements. Hemorrhoids can sometimes be visible as a protruding mass o ten associated with pruritus, and f ssures are identif ed as a cut or tear occurring in the anus (see Chapter 72, Hemorrhoids). Hemorrhoidal pain is described as a dull ache, but may be severe i thrombosed.



FIGURE 67-5 Polyp e cto my b e ing p e rforme d throug h the colonoscop e . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Marvin De re zin, MD.)

• Diverticula—Bleeding is usually abrupt in onset, painless, and may be massive but o ten stops spontaneously. These may be seen on endoscopy or on radiographic study. • Vascular colonic ectasias—Bleeding tends to be chronic, resulting in anemia. Bleeding source may be identif ed during colonoscopy but a radionuclide scan or angiography may be needed. • Colon cancer—Other symptoms include abdominal cramping, tenesmus (ie, urgency with a eeling o incomplete evacuation), narrow caliber stool, occasional obstruction, and, rarely, per oration. Imaging studies o ten can distinguish and biopsy conf rms malignancy (see Chapter 66, Colon Cancer). • In ammatory bowel disease—This includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease; symptoms include diarrhea, tenesmus, passage o mucus, and cramping abdominal pain (see Chapter 77, In ammatory Bowel Disease). Extraintestinal mani estations are more common in Crohn disease and include skin involvement (eg, erythema nodosum), rheumatologic symptoms (eg, peripheral arthritis, symmetric sacroiliitis), and ocular problems (eg, uveitis, iritis). Diagnosis may be made on endoscopy.

MANAGEMENT Removal o a solitary polyp can be completed during sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy (see Figure 67-5).


FIGURE 67-4 Polyp in the ce cum se e n on colonosco p y. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Marvin De re zin, MD.)

• Primary prevention o colon cancer should be encouraged. ° Dietary alterations may be use ul. ■ Decreasing animal ats as diets high in animal ats are thought to be a major risk actor based on epidemiologic studies. However, in the Women’s Health Initiative study, a low- at dietary intervention did not reduce the risk o colorectal cancer in postmenopausal women during 8.1 years o ollow-up. 12




GASTRO INTESTINAL Additional dietary f ber has not shown to be help ul in controlled studies. 13 ■ Increasing water consumption to 8 glasses per day may be help ul. ■ Diets high in avonols ( ruits, vegetables, and tea) are associated with decreased risk o colon polyps, possibly by reducing serum interleukin (IL)-6, which is associated with in ammation and carcinogenesis. 14 ° Calcium supplements (1200 mg/ d) have been shown to reduce the development o adenomatous polyps. 15 SO R 16 Hormone therapy in women reduces colon cancer incidence. ° ■


° A meta-analysis ailed to show that olic acid supplementation reduced the risk o recurrent colon adenomas. 17 ° Low-dose aspirin (81 mg/ d) was ound to decrease recurrent adenomas, including those containing advanced neoplasms. 18 SO R In patients with amilial adenomatous polyposis, once-daily treatment with 25-mg ro ecoxib signif cantly decreased the number and size o rectal polyps in one randomized trial. 19 20 ° Smoking cessation. polyps and ° Increasing physical activity reduces the risk o advanced neoplasia, possibly by decreasing insulin resistance. 21

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PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Attention to li estyle actors can contribute to decreasing the risk o colon polyps. • Patients should be encouraged to undergo screening or colon cancer, including use o high-sensitivity Hemoccult cards, exible sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy. 25 SO R • Patients diagnosed with polyps should be encouraged to engage in continued surveillance or polyps and colon cancer. Those at increased risk or a subsequent advanced neoplasia (see earlier) should have a ollowup colonoscopy at 3 or ewer years. 23 SO R For other patients, ollow-up is recommended at 5 to 10 years. 10 SO R PATIENT RESO URCES

• National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Colon Polyps—http:/ / ddiseases/ pubs/ colonpolyps_ez/ index.htm. • Mayo Clinic. Colon Polyps—http:/ / health/ colon-polyps/ DS00511/ DSECTION=4. PRO VIDER RESO URCES

PRO GNO SIS Patients with a polyp with tubulovillous eatures or with more than 3 polyps larger than 10 mm are at increased risk or urther aggressive lesions on ollow-up colonoscopy, and untreated patients with polyps larger than 10 mm are at increased risk or colon cancer both at the site o polyp and at other sites. 22

FO LLO W-UP • Secondary prevention o colon cancer should be maximized through screening and removal o additional or recurrent polyps or colon cancer in these patients (see Chapter 66, Colon Cancer). Although there is debate regarding the requency o screening, the American Cancer Society, the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, and the American College o Radiology updated guideline recommends repeat colonoscopy at the ollowing intervals: ° Every 5 to 10 years or those with 1 to 2 small tubular adenomas with low-grade dysplasia a ter initial polypectomy. ° Every 3 years or patients with 3 to 10 adenomas or 1 adenoma larger than 1 cm or any adenoma with villous eatures or high-grade dysplasia. ° Less than every 3 years or patients with more than 10 adenomas. in patients with sessile ° At 2 to 6 months to veri y complete removal adenomas that are removed piecemeal. 23 • Although screening options that enable detection o both adenomatous polyps and colon cancer include exible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, and computed tomography (CT) colonography (use o dyes or other visual enhancements during colonoscopy), authors o a Cochrane review ound that chromoscopic colonoscopy enhances the detection o polyps in the colon and rectum. 24 This orm o colonoscopy can be used to identi y at polyps, increasing the sensitivity o colonoscopy, and may allow or detection o high-risk polyps without the need or biopsy.

• Medscape. Colonic Polyps—http:/ / emedicine.medscape .com/ article/ 172674. REFERENCES 1. Mayer R. Gastrointestinal tract cancer. In: Kasper DL, Braunwald E, Fauci AS, Hauser SL, Longo DL, Jameson, JL, eds. Harrison’s Principles o Internal Medicine, 16th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2005:523-533. 2. National Cancer Institute. http:/ / stat acts/ html/ colorect.html. Accessed July 2013. 3. Enders GH. Colon Polyps. http:/ / article/ 172674-overview. Accessed July 2013. 4. Khan A, Shrier I, Gordon PH. The changed histologic paradigm o colorectal polyps. Surg Endosc. 2002;16(3):436-440. 5. Barnard J. Gastrointestinal polyps and polyp syndromes in adolescents. Adolesc Med Clin. 2004;15(1):119-129. 6. No singer AE. Serrated polyps and colorectal cancer: new pathway to malignancy. Annu Rev Pathol. 2009;4:343-364. 7. Ballinger AB, Anggiansah C. Colorectal cancer. BMJ. 2007;335: 715-718. 8. Mizuno S, Morita Y, Inui T, et al. Helicobacter pylori in ection is associated with colon adenomatous polyps detected by high-resolution colonoscopy. Int J Cancer. 2005;117(6):1058-1059. 9. Abbass K, Gul W, Beck G, et al. Association o Helicobacter pylori in ection with the development o colorectal polyps and colorectal cancer. South Med J. 2011;104(7):473-476. 10. American Gastroenterological Association medical position statement: hereditary colorectal cancer and genetic testing. Gastroenterology. 2001;121(1):195-197. 11. Anderson JC. Risk actors and diagnosis o at adenomas o the colon. Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2011;5(1):25-32. 12. Beres ord SA, Johnson KC, Ritenbaugh C, et al. Low- at dietary pattern and risk o colorectal cancer: the Women’s Health Initiative


Randomized Controlled Dietary Modif cation Trial. JAMA. 2006;295(6):643-654. 13. Asano TK., McLeod RS. Dietary f bre or the prevention o colorectal adenomas and carcinomas. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(2): CD003430. 14. Bobe G, Albert PS, Sansbury LB, et al. Interleukin-6 as a potential indicator or prevention o high risk adenoma recurrence by dietary avonols in the polyp prevention trial. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2010;3(6):764-775. 15. Weingarten MAMA, Zalmanovici Trestioreanu A, Yaphe J. Dietary calcium supplementation or preventing colorectal cancer and adenomatous polyps. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;(1):CD003548. 16. Nelson HS, Humphrey LL, Nygren P, et al. Postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy. JAMA. 2002;288(7):872-881. 17. Ibrahim EM, Zekri JM. Folic acid supplementation or the prevention o colorectal adenomas: metaanalysis o interventional trials. Med Oncol. 2010;27(3):915-918. 18. Baron JA, Cole BF, Sandler RS, et al. A randomized trial o aspirin to prevent colorectal adenomas. N Engl J Med. 2003;348(10):891-899. 19. Higuchi T, Iwama T, Yoshinaga K, et al. A randomized, doubleblind, placebo-controlled trial o the e ects o ro ecoxib, a selective


GASTRO INTESTINAL cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor, on rectal polyps in amilial adenomatous polyposis patients. Clin Cancer Res. 2003;9(13):4756-4760. 20. Botteri E, Iodice S, Raimondi S. Cigarette smoking and adenomatous polyps: a meta-analysis. Gastroenterology. 2008;134:388-395. 21. Wolin KY, Yan Y, Colditz GA. Physical activity and risk o colon adenoma: a meta-analysis. Br J Cancer. 2011;104(5):882-885. 22. Hassan C, Pickhardt PJ, Kim DH, et al. Systematic review: distribution o advanced neoplasia according to polyp size at screening colonoscopy. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2010;31(2):210-217. 23. Levin B, Lieberman DA, McFarland B, et al. Screening and surveillance or the early detection o colorectal cancer and adenomatous polyps, 2008: a joint guideline rom the American Cancer Society, the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, and the American College o Radiology. Gastroenterology. 2008;134: 1570-1595. 24. Brown SR, Baraza W. Chromoscopy versus conventional endoscopy or the detection o polyps in the colon and rectum. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010;(10):CD006439. 25. United States Preventive Services Task Force. Colorectal Cancer Screening. Summary. http:/ / clinic/ colorsum.htm. Accessed July 2013.





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68 DIVERTICULITIS O live r Ab e la, MD

PATIENT STO RY A 68-year-old man presents with a 3-day history o constant pain in the le t lower quadrant (LLQ) associated with nausea, ever, and chills. The pain is not relieved by bowel movement. He has never had abdominal pain in the past, and he has never had a colonoscopy. His past medical history is signif cant or hypertension and headaches, or which he takes hydrochlorothiazide and acetaminophen as needed. On physical examination, his temperature is 102.1°F, his blood pressure is 135/ 75 mm Hg, his pulse rate is 93/ min, and his respiration rate is 16/ min. There is tenderness to palpation o the LLQ without rebound or guarding, and his bowel sounds are decreased. His rectal examination is normal, and examination o his stool or occult blood is negative. His leukocyte count is 16,000/ µL (16 × 109/ L), and his contrast-enhanced computed tomographic (CT) scan o the abdomen and pelvis shows diverticula o the sigmoid colon with pericolic atty inf ltration and thickening o the bowel wall consistent with diverticulitis (Figure 68-1). The CT also shows a 1-cm abscess in association with the diverticulitis and a small amount o air in the abscess. There are no masses, strictures, obstructions, or f stula present. Patient is started on cipro oxacin and metronidazole, clear liquids, intravenous uids, and pain medications. He improves a ter 3 days o medical management; his diet is advanced, and he is sent home to f nish a 14-day course o antibiotics.

INTRO DUCTIO N Diverticulitis is a disease in a spectrum that includes subclinical in ammation through a li e-threatening in ammatory in ectious condition. Diverticulitis is associated with acquired diverticulum. It rarely a ects people in developing countries owing to the highly cultural risk actors o low-f ber diet and

FIGURE 68-2 Multip le d ive rticuli are se e n p roje cting o the sig moid colon in this b arium e ne ma imag e . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Gary Fe re nchick, MD.)

minimal physical activity ound in industrialized cultures. In cultures in which diverticular disease is prevalent, it is highly correlated with increasing age.

TERMINO LO GY • Diverticulosis is the presence o diverticula (outpouchings) that are asymptomatic (Figure 68-2). • Diverticular disease is the presence o diverticula associated with symptoms (ie, hematochezia). • Diverticulitis re ers to evidence o diverticular in ammation commonly associated with symptoms o ever or tachycardia, with or without localized symptoms. • Complicated diverticulitis includes per oration into the peritoneum, abscess, phlegmon, f stula ormation, stricture, and obstruction.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • O the US population, 30% have diverticulosis by 60 years and 60% by 80 years. 1 • O the population with diverticulosis, 10% to 25% will develop diverticulitis, and 25% o these cases will be complicated. 1,2 • Overall annual age-adjusted admissions or acute diverticulitis increased rom 120,500 in 1998 to 151,900 in 2005, a 26% increase. 3

ETIO LO GY/ PATHO PHYSIO LO GY FIGURE 68-1 Ab d ominal comp ute d tomog rap hic scan d e monstrating sig moid d ive rticulitis. Note the in ammatory d e nsity outsid e the sig moid colon, with a small amount o air sug g e sting p e r oration in this 45-ye ar-old man, who p re se nte d with acute le t lowe r q uad rant ab d ominal p ain. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Gary Fe re nchick, MD.)

• A low-f ber diet leads to less-bulky stools that retain less water and increase transit time, and these actors increase intracolonic pressure. • Increased intracolonic pressure causes the mucosa and submucosa to protrude as pouches through the musculature.



° Such protrusions occur at locations o weakness, o 4ten where the vasculature travels through the layers o the colon. • Stasis or obstruction in the narrow-necked diverticulum by ecal material leads to increased mucus secretion, bacterial overgrowth, tissue in ammation, and ischemia, subsequently leading to translocation o bacteria into the peritoneum and per oration. 2,4 • In ammation and ocal necrosis lead to micro- or macroscopic per orations. 5

GASTRO INTESTINAL • Inquire about the presence or absence o a known history o diverticular disease, symptoms o prior hematochezia, constipation, and lowf ber diet. • Because o the broad di erential based on the symptoms described by the patient, many times the diagnosis is not conf rmed until CT imaging is completed. IMAGING

• An acute episode o diverticulitis ranges rom subclinical in ammation to generalized peritonitis with abscess and f stula ormation. 5

• CT scanning is 97% sensitive and 99% specif c or diverticulitis. 4

• The sigmoid colon is less compliant than the ascending colon. This may predispose to the classic type o diverticulosis seen in Western countries characterized by increased intraluminal pressures, in ectious complications, and per oration. 2

• CT can also assess or the presence o complications and their severity, such as abscess ormation, and likelihood o responding to medical management. 5

RISK FACTO RS ° Age—The risk o diverticulosis is 10%2 or those younger than 40 and up to 67% or those older than 80. ° Low-f ber, high- at diets. 4 Chronic constipation. °



• Specif c CT f ndings include the ollowing: ° Pericolonic at stranding is present in 98% (Figure 68-3). ° Diverticula are present in 84% (Figure 68-3). ° Bowel wall thickening greater than 4 mm is present in 70% (Figure 68-3B). ° Phlegmon/ pericolic uid is present in 35% (Figure 68-3). • Contrast barium enema radiography (Figure 68-2), cystography, ultrasound, and endoscopy are sometimes help ul in the initial workup o suspected diverticulitis but are used less o ten because o the superiority o CT scanning. 5 DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS

• Classic symptoms include LLQ abdominal pain and tenderness, nausea, constipation, and ever.

• Nephrolithiasis/ ureteral calculi are di erentiated by the presence o colicky pain associated with gross or microscopic hematuria and a positive CT scan or the presence o a stone.

• Variable symptoms include right or central abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea.

• Cystitis/ pyelonephritis can be di erentiated by the presence o pyuria/ bacteriuria and costovertebral angle tenderness.



FIGURE 68-3 A. The re is a hazy ap p e arance to the p e ricolonic at cause d b y e d e ma (op e n arrow p oints to p e ricolonic ascia thicke ning ). B. Contrast-f lle d d ive rticulum p roje cts o thicke ne d p roximal sig moid colon (arrow).




GASTRO INTESTINAL • Small-bowel obstruction (SBO) is associated with more prominent emesis plus obstipation and abdominal radiographs demonstrating dilated loops o bowel and air uid levels. • Colonic cancer presents with symptoms most likely rom a secondary obstructive process, chronic anemia rom stool occult bleeding, and no previous screening colonoscopy. • In ectious colitis should be considered i the patient had recent antibiotic use, is presenting with rank hematochezia, and the microscopic examination o the stool reveals positive stool white blood cells. • In ammatory bowel disease (IBD) is associated with markedly elevated C-reactive protein/ erythrocyte sedimentation rate (CRP/ ESR), Hemoccult-positive stool, CT consistent with IBD, and a conf rmatory biopsy on colonoscopy. • Ovarian cyst or ectopic pregnancy should be considered in premenopausal women; the pregnancy test will be positive in an ectopic pregnancy, and a transvaginal ultrasound can conf rm diagnosis o both. • Appendicitis is commonly associated with early-onset epigastric pain migrating to the right lower quadrant (RLQ).

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options should be considered. Some studies showed stages I and II

were reasonably managed with drainage and antibiotics and stages III and IV usually required surgery. 7 Other studies showed more o ten those with stages I and II having a sigmoid colectomy with a primary anastomosis and in stage III or IV having a colostomy and Hartmann pouch as the most commonly used procedure to avoid the risk o anastomosis leakage associated with primary anastomosis in overly in amed colon. 8,9

PRO GNO SIS/ CLINICAL CO URSE • O patients with uncomplicated diverticulitis, 85% will resolve with medical management. 1 • Abscesses are present in 16% o those with acute diverticulitis without peritonitis. 10 • Purulent peritonitis mortality is 6%. • Fecal peritonitis mortality is 35%. • O those a ected, 33% will have a recurrent attack. 1

MANAGEMENT • Factors to consider or admission include severity o pain, oral intake tolerance, older age, and comorbidities. 5 • Provide bed rest, clear liquids i tolerated, and analgesics. 5 ° Hospitalization is recommended i the patient cannot tolerate oral intake, needs better pain control, has complicated diverticulitis, ailed outpatient treatment, or is immunocompromised. 4 • Antibiotics are given to cover gram-negative rods and anaerobes (ie, typical dose in a patient without renal compromise includes metronidazole 500 mg orally or intravenously every 6 hours or 7-14 days plus cipro oxacin 400 mg orally or intravenously every 8-12 hours or 7-14 days). 5 • Indications or emergent surgery1 SO R ° Purulent or ecal peritonitis ° Uncontrolled sepsis ° Fistula ° Obstruction ° Inability to exclude carcinoma ° Failure o medical management

• The likelihood o recurrence does not increase with requency o attacks but with the severity o an attack and its complications. 1 • O all patients with a diagnosis o acute diverticulitis, 20% will require surgery at some point in their li etime. 10 • Approximately 2% to 11% o surgical patients may need repeat surgery or recurrent episode in the more proximal colon. 5

FO LLO W-UP • The standard o care is to recommend colonoscopy approximately 6 weeks a ter an episode (so that per oration risk is closer to baseline) to assess or other possible etiologies, including malignancy, IBD, and ischemia. 1 SO R Colonoscopy will commonly demonstrate a diverticulum (Figure 68-4).

• Abscess size greater than 2 cm is less likely to resolve; CT-guided drainage ollowed by one-stage primary anastomosis is an option. 1 SO R

• Operative treatment options include colectomy, descending ° Hartmann procedure, which is a sigmoid colostomy, and rectal stump closure1 1 ° Primary anastomosis with or without intraoperative colonic lavage ° Resection with temporary diverting ileostomy 1 ■ Laparoscopic approach is optimal in selected patients SO R • Hinchey classif cation6 ° Stage 1—Pericolic or mesenteric abscess (mortality < 5%) ° Stage 2—Walled-o or pelvic abscess (mortality < 5%) ° Stage 3—Generalized purulent peritonitis (mortality < 13%) ° Stage 4—Generalized ecal peritonitis (mortality < 43%) • The Hinchey classif cation provides mortality likelihoods and aids in the individualized decision making about which operative management

FIGURE 68-4 Asymp tomatic d ive rticulosis. This is a common f nd ing in scre e ning colonoscop ie s and ind icate s p re cursor le sions or the d e ve lop me nt o d ive rticulitis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from John Rod ne y, MD.)


• Elective surgery to prevent urther attacks should be individualized. SO R

° Factors that should be considered include the patient’s age; comorbidities (diabetes mellitus, collagenous disease, compromised immune system); severity o attacks (with complications); and persistent symptoms a ter acute attack. 5 ° Young age is more likely a actor in elective resection preventing urther attacks because o an inherent increased cumulative risk over time (not because o increased severity in younger individuals). 1 ° Recurrence o diverticulitis is 36% at 5 years; complicated recurrence, which is def ned by the presence o a f stula, per oration, or abscess ormation, recurs in about 4% o patients. ■ Recurrent disease is more common in patients with a amily history o diverticulitis, diverticulitis involving more than 5 cm o the sigmoid colon, or the presence o a retroperitoneal abscess. Patients with right-side diverticulitis (5% o total cases) are at low risk o recurrence. 11

PATIENT EDUCATIO N • Sel -reported vegetarians are at a 31% lower risk o diverticular disease than meat eaters. 12 • High dietary f ber is associated with a 41% lower risk o diverticular disease. 12


GASTRO INTESTINAL 2. Janes SE, Meagher A, Frizelle FA. Management o diverticulitis. BMJ. 2006;332:271-275. 3. Etzioni DA, Mack TM, Beart RW Jr, Kaiser AM. Diverticulitis in the United States: 1998-2005: changing patterns o disease and treatment. Ann Surg. 2009;249:210-217. 4. Jacobs DO. Clinical practice. Diverticulitis. N Engl J Med. 2007;357: 2057-2066. 5. Szojda MM, Cuesta MA, Mulder CM, Felt-Bersma RJ. Review article: management o diverticulitis. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2007;26(suppl 2):67-76. 6. Schwesinger WH, Page CP, Gaskill HV 3rd, et al. Operative management o diverticular emergencies: strategies and outcomes. Arch Surg. 2000;135:558-562; discussion 62-63. 7. Hinchey EJ, Schaal PG, Richards GK. Treatment o per orated diverticular disease o the colon. Adv Surg. 1978;12:85-109. 8. Wong WD, Wexner SD, Lowry A, et al. Practice parameters or the treatment o sigmoid diverticulitis—supporting documentation. The Standards Task Force. The American Society o Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Dis Colon Rectum. 2000;43:290-297. 9. Schilling MK, Maurer CA, Kollmar O, Buchler MW. Primary vs. secondary anastomosis a ter sigmoid colon resection or per orated diverticulitis (Hinchey Stage III and IV): a prospective outcome and cost analysis. Dis Colon Rectum. 2001;44:699-703; discussion 705.


10. Chautems RC, Ambrosetti P, Ludwig A, Mermillod B, Morel P, Soravia C. Long-term ollow-up a ter f rst acute episode o sigmoid diverticulitis: is surgery mandatory? A prospective study o 118 patients. Dis Colon Rectum. 2002;45:962-966.

• National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis— http:/ / digestive.niddk.nih .gov/ ddiseases/ pubs/ diverticulosis/

11. Hall JF, Roberts PL, Ricciardi R, et al. Long-term ollow-up a ter an initial episode o diverticulitis: what are the predictors o recurrence? Dis Colon Rectum. 2011; 54(3):283-288.


12. Crowe FL, Appleby PN, Allen NE, Key TJ. Diet and risk o diverticular disease in Ox ord cohort o European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC): prospective study o British vegetarians and non-vegetarians. BMJ. 2011;343:d4131. doi:10.1136/ bmj.d4131.

• Nuts, corn, or popcorn consumption is not a risk actor in diverticulosis ormation, diverticulitis, or complications. 13

• Medscape. Diverticulitis—http:/ / article/ 173388. REFERENCES 1. Ra erty J, Shellito P, Hyman NH, Buie WD. Practice parameters or sigmoid diverticulitis. Dis Colon Rectum. 2006;49:939-944.

13. Strate LL, Liu YL, Syngal S, Aldoori WH, Giovannucci EL. Nut, corn, and popcorn consumption and the incidence o diverticular disease. JAMA. 2008;300:907-914.





69 GALLSTO NES Mind y A. Smith, MD, MS

PATIENT STO RY A 44-year-old woman reports frequent episodes of severe pain in the mid and upper right side of her abdomen that usually occurs shortly after her evening meal and sometimes at night. She is obese, but otherwise healthy. The pain lasts for several hours and is steady and often causes vomiting. On physical examination she complains of slight tenderness in the right upper quadrant (RUQ). An ultrasound con rms the presence of gallstones (Figure 69-1).

INTRO DUCTIO N Gallstones are inorganic masses usually composed of cholesterol that form in the gallbladder or bile duct. They are formed by concretion (joining together of adjacent parts and hardening) or accretion (growth by addition or adherence of parts normally separated) of normal and/ or abnormal bile constituents.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • Based on autopsy data, 20% of women and 8% of men have gallstones. 1 • Approximately 20 million people in the United States are affected, with 1 million new cases each year. 1 • In a Swedish incidence study of 621 randomly selected individuals ages 35 to 85 years, 42 (8.3%) of the 503 subjects available at 5 years developed gallstones; this yielded an incidence for newly developed gallstones of 1.39 per 100 person-years. 2

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• Among pregnant women, 5% to 12% have gallstones and 20% to 30% have gallbladder sludge (thick mucus material containing cholesterol crystals and mucin thread or mucous gels). Gallbladder sludge is a possible precursor form of gallstone disease. 1 • Patients with asymptomatic gallstones have a 1% to 2% risk per year of developing symptoms or complications of gallstones. Based on data primarily for men, this will occur in 10% by 5 years, 15% by 10 years, and 18% by 15 years following diagnosis. 1 • Gallstone disease is responsible for approximately 10,000 deaths per year in the United States. Most (7000) of these deaths are attributable to acute gallstone complications (eg, cholecystitis, pancreatitis, cholangitis). 3 • Although gallbladder cancers most often occur in the setting of stones (91% of 34 patients with gallbladder cancer in one study), 4 gallbladder cancer is rare. An incidence rate of 0.28% for incidental gallbladder carcinoma was reported in a Swiss database study of a population of more than 30,000 patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy. 5

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • There are 2 types of gallstones: cholesterol stones (80%) and pigmented stones (primarily calcium bilirubinate, 20%). • The solute components of bile include bile acids (80%), lecithin and other phospholipids (16%), and unesteri ed cholesterol (4%). 1 Cholesterol gallstones form when there is excess cholesterol or an abnormal ratio of cholesterol, bile acids, and lecithin. • Excess biliary cholesterol can occur from a secondary increase in secretion of cholesterol caused by obesity, high cholesterol diet, clo brate therapy, or a genetic predisposition to increased hydroxymethylglutarylcoenzyme A reductase. • The excess cholesterol becomes supersaturated and can precipitate out of solution in a process called nucleation, forming solid cholesterol monohydrate crystals that can become trapped in gallbladder mucus, producing sludge, and/ or grow and aggregate to form cholesterol gallstones. • Gallbladder hypomotility is a predisposing and possibly necessary factor in stone formation because of the failure to completely empty supersaturated or crystal-containing bile. 1 Situations associated with hypomotility include pregnancy, prolonged parenteral nutrition, surgery, burns, and use of oral contraceptives or estrogen therapy. • Pigmented stones occur when increasing amounts of unconjugated bilirubin in bile precipitate to form stones. Bilirubin, a yellow pigment derived from the breakdown of heme, is actively secreted into bile by liver cells. In situations of high heme turnover such as chronic hemolytic states (eg, sickle cell anemia), calcium bilirubinate can crystallize from solution and form stones. • Chronic gallstones may cause progressive brosis of the gallbladder wall and loss of function.

RISK FACTO RS FIGURE 69-1 Ultr sound s owing 2 e c og e nic g llstone s in t e g llb l d d e r. Note t e b se nce o e c oe s p oste rior to t e g llstone c lle d “s d owing ” (arrowhe ad s). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Schwartz’s Princip le s of Surg e ry. 9th e d . Ne w York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2010:1141, Fig ure . 32-6. Cop yrig ht 2010, McGraw-Hill.)

• Genetic mutations can result in reduction of bile acids and lecithin that predispose some patients to stone formation. A high prevalence of gallstones is found in rst-degree relatives of patients with gallstones and among Native Americans, Chilean Indians, and Chilean Hispanics. 1

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• In a case-control study, the prevalence of gallstones was 28.6% in rstdegree relatives of subjects with gallstones versus 12.4% in rst-degree relatives of subjects without gallstones (relative risk [RR] 1.80, 95% con dence interval [CI] 1.29-2.63). 3 • Other risk factors for gallstones include rapid weight loss (10%-20% of these patients form stones), 1 increasing age, liver or ileal disease, and cystic brosis.

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • Symptoms of gallstones are caused from in ammation or obstruction as stones migrate into the cystic or common bile duct (CBD). ° Biliary colic is a steady, severe pain or ache, usually of sudden onset, located in the epigastrium or RUQ. Pain episodes last between 30 minutes and 5 hours and may radiate to the interscapular area, right scapula, or right shoulder. ° Gallstone-related pain may be precipitated by a fatty meal, a regular meal, or a large meal followed by a prolonged fast. ° Pain is recurrent and often nocturnal. • RUQ tenderness may be elicited on physical examination. • Nausea and vomiting are common. • Accompanying fever and chills suggests a complication of gallstones. Complications are more common in patients with a calci ed gallbladder or in those who have had a previous episode of acute cholecystitis. 1 LABO RATO RY STUDIES • No laboratory testing is usually indicated as the results are usually normal. However, an elevated γ-glutamyl transpeptidase suggests a CBD stone. In a study of patients with acute calculous gallbladder disease, investigators found a 1-in-3 chance of CBD stones when the γ-glutamyl transpeptidase level was above 90 U/ L and a 1-in-30 chance when the level was less than 90 U/ L. 6 IMAGING

FIGURE 69-2 G llstone s visib le in t e g llb l d d e r o 43-ye r-old wom n wit rig t up p e r q u d r nt (RUQ ) p in nd p ositive Murp y sig n. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Richard P. Usatine , MD.)

• Radioisotope scans (eg, technetium [Tc]-99m hepatoiminodiacetic acid [HIDA]) can be used to con rm acute cholecystitis (nonvisualizing gallbladder) and can be useful in evaluating functional abnormalities. • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography is used for imaging bile ducts. Stones in bile appear as lling defects in the opaci ed ducts. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography is usually performed in conjunction with endoscopic retrograde sphincterotomy and gallstone extraction.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Severe epigastric and RUQ pain can be seen in the following conditions: • Acute cholecystitis—Pain may radiate to the back, and fever is usually present. Physical examination can reveal RUQ rigidity and guarding with a positive Murphy sign (RUQ pain worsening with deep

• Ultrasound is the diagnostic test of choice and is 95% accurate for stones as small as 2 mm in diameter (see Figure 69-1). 1 Shadowing, a discrete acoustic shadow caused by the absorption and re ection of sound by the stone that changes with patient positioning, is an important diagnostic feature that is shown in Figures 69-1 and 69-2. • In one study, high-resolution ultrasound was more accurate than endoscopic ultrasonography or CT in differentiating benign disease from malignancy in cases with gallbladder polypoid lesions. 7 • Gallstones may be seen on plain lm, but only calci ed stones are seen (Figures 69-3 and 69-4). This includes only 10% to 15% of cholesterol stones and 50% of pigmented stones. 1 Stones may be single or multiple and the gallbladder wall may be calci ed (referred to as a porcelain gallbladder), indicating severe chronic cholecystitis or adenocarcinoma. • CT is less sensitive and more expensive than ultrasound for the detection of gallstones (Figures 69-5 and 69-6). However, CT can detect both radiopaque stones and radiolucent stones. • An oral cholecystogram can be used to assess cystic duct patency and emptying function. This test has largely been replaced by gallbladder ultrasound.

FIGURE 69-3 Pl in f lm s owing multip le g llstone s (white arrow). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Schwartz DT, Re isd orff EJ. Eme rg e ncy R d iolog y. Ne w York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2000:536, Fig ure . 19-37. Cop yrig ht 2000, McGraw-Hill.)





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FIGURE 69-6 R d iog r p ic Me rce d e s-Be nz sig n se e n o n CT cut t roug t e g llb l d d e r (t e g llstone s p rod uce b l ck p tte rn t t re se mb le s Me rce d e s-Be nz log o in t e ce nte r). (Re p rod uce d with p e rmissio n from Mike Fre ckle ton, MD.)

amylase are found and pancreatic pseudocysts or abscess may be present on ultrasound (see Chapter 75, Pancreatitis).

FIGURE 69-4 G llstone ile us in n e lde rly p tient wit di be te s; note dil te d loops o sm ll bowe l nd n e ctopic g llstone (arrow). (Re prod uce d with pe rmission from Schwartz DT, Re isdorff EJ. Eme rge ncy R diology. Ne w York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2000:527, Fig ure . 19-21. Cop yrig ht 2000, McGraw-Hill.)

inspiration while the examiner maintains steady pressure below the right costal margin). White blood count, serum amylase, aspartate transaminase, and alanine transaminase may all be elevated. • Pancreatitis—Pain is located in the midepigastrium and left upper quadrant, but may radiate to the RUQ. Abdominal distention and diminished bowel sounds may be present. Elevations in lipase and

• Peptic ulcer disease—Pain may be described as burning and is usually epigastric and often relieved by antacids. Onset is 1 to 3 hours after meals or following nonsteroidal anti-in ammatory drug usage. Stool Hemoccult testing may be positive. An ulcer may be visualized on upper gastrointestinal (GI) barium swallow or endoscopy (see Chapter 76, Peptic Ulcer Disease). • Hepatitis—Other symptoms and signs include malaise, anorexia, pruritus, tender liver, and low-grade fever. Jaundice may be present and urine may be dark (ie, bilirubinuria). Aspartate transaminase and alanine transaminase are elevated (see Chapter 74, Liver Disease).

MANAGEMENT • Silent gallstones may be managed expectantly; prophylactic cholecystectomy is unwarranted based on the few who develop symptoms over time and the very low rate of complications (3%-4%). 8 There are no randomized controlled trials comparing cholecystectomy to watchful waiting for silent gallstones. 9 SO R • Cholecystectomy should be considered for patients with the following symptoms:1 ° Frequent symptoms that interfere with daily life ° A prior complication of gallstone disease ° The presence of an underlying condition (eg, calci ed gallbladder) that predisposes the patient to increased risk of complications • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the surgical treatment of choice because of the low rate of complications (4%) and mortality ( 1000 mg/ dL). ° Hypercalcemia caused by hyperparathyroidism. ° Post-ERCP (~ 5% o patients have pancreatitis within 30 days o ERCP). ° Congenital anomalies o pancreatic biliary system ■ Pancreatic divisum (absence o usion between dorsal and ventral ductal systems, leading to stenosis, which prevents normal drainage o pancreatic secretions, leading to increased pressure within pancreatic ducts, eg, ductal hypertension). ■ Pancreatic divisum, however, occurs in about 5% o the healthy population, and only a small minority develop pancreatitis. ° Consider genetic causes in unexplained recurrent pancreatitis.

HISTO RY/ SYMPTO MS Speci cally ask about the ollowing: • Location o pain—Pancreatitis causes epigastric or RUQ pain. • Onset and duration o pain ° Pain rom gallstone pancreatitis is sudden in onset. ° Pain rom alcoholic pancreatitis is more gradual in onset. ° Pancreatitis pain is usually acute in onset and constant in duration. • Radiation o pain—pain radiates to the back. • Nausea/ vomiting—These are common with pancreatitis. PHYSICAL EXAMINATIO N speci cally look or or establish the ollowing: • Tenderness in the epigastric area and RUQ. • Ecchymoses in the f ank (Turner sign or Grey-Turner sign as seen in Figure 75-2) or periumbilical area (Cullen sign as seen in Figure 75-3) are seen in less than 3% o patients, but their presence is associated with high mortality (~ 40%).





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other inf ammatory diseases in the abdomen, such as penetrating peptic ulcers and cholecystitis. ° Macroamylasemia is the presence o high serum but low urine amylase. • Serum lipase concentrations remain higher or longer than serum amylase concentrations. IMAGING • Acute abdominal series might show a localized ileus.

FIGURE 75-2 Turne r sig n se e n in he morrhag ic p ancre atitis. This 40-ye ar-old woman had worse ning e p ig astric p ain o 5 d ays’ d uration. O n e xamination, she had hyp ote nsion, a b oard -like ab d ome n, and e xte nsive e cchymose s ove r he r rig ht loin. Eme rg e ncy ce liotomy d isclose d a b og g y p ancre as, at ne crosis o the ome ntum, and re d d ish-b rown pe ritone al f uid . The e cchymotic d iscoloration o he r loin (Turne r’s sig n) is not sp e ci c or p ancre atitis. In the ab se nce o trauma or blood disord e rs, it is a mani e station o re trop e ritone al or intra-ab d ominal he morrhag e . The imag e shown d isp lays anothe r ind ication o re trop e ritone al he morrhag e : e cchymotic p atche s on the ante rolate ral sur ace o one or b oth thig hs just b e low the ing uinal lig ame nt (Fox sig n). The d iscoloration (arrows) p re sumab ly re sults rom b lood y f uid tracking e xtrap e ritone ally along the ascia o the p soas and iliacus muscle s, be coming sub cutane ous in the up p e r thig h. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Fre d HL, van Dijk HA. Imag e s o Me morab le Case s: 50 Ye ars at the Be d sid e . Houston, TX: Long Tail Pre ss/Rice Unive rsity Pre ss; 2007.)

LABO RATO RY TESTING • Serum amylase that is more than 3 times normal supports the diagnosis. ° Amylase values rise within several hours o symptom onset and returns to normal within 5 days. ° Normal amylase values may be seen in about 20% o patients with acute pancreatitis on admission, possibly because o rapid urinary clearance. ° False-positive increases in serum amylase are seen in macroamylasemia, renal insu ciency (because o decreased clearance o amylase), salivary gland diseases (ie, mumps and parotitis), and

FIGURE 75-3 Culle n sig n in acute p ancre atitis. This 36-ye ar-old man p re se nte d with a 4-d ay history o se ve re e p ig astric p ain ollowing an alcoholic b ing e . His se rum amylase le ve l was 821 U/L, and an ab d ominal comp ute d tomog rap hic scan showe d marke d inf ammatory chang e s in his p ancre as, ome ntum, and surround ing me se nte ry. In p atie nts with acute p ancre atitis, e cchymose s o the ab d ominal wall may ap p e ar ne ar the mid line anywhe re rom the umb ilicus to the symp hysis p ub is (Culle n sig n). The se e cchymose s, howe ve r, are not sp e ci c o r p ancre atitis and , in the ab se nce o trauma and b lood d isord e rs, me re ly sig nal re trop e ritone al or intra-ab d ominal he morrhag e . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Fre d HL, van Dijk HA. Imag e s o Me morab le Case s: 50 Ye ars at the Be d sid e . Houston, TX: Long Tail Pre ss/ Rice Unive rsity Pre ss; 2007.)

• Abdominal computed tomographic (CT) scan is 90% sensitive and speci c or the diagnosis o pancreatitis. ° CT can also be help ul in identi ying gallstones and ruling out other causes o pain. • Ultrasound is more sensitive or identi ying gallstones, gall bladder sludge, and bile duct dilation.


RUQ p ain, e ve r, jaund ice ; b ilirub in > 4; asp artate aminotrans e rase (AST) > 1000

• Acute chole cystitis Pain in the e p ig astrium and RUQ and b iliary colic rad iate s to rig ht should e r or should e r b lad e ; live r unction te sts (LFTs) incre ase d • Inte stinal ob struction

Pain is colicky; ob structive p atte rn se e n on imag ing

• Disse cting aortic ane urysm

Sud d e n onse t; p ain may rad iate to lowe r e xtre mitie s

• Pe r orate d p e p tic ulce r d ise ase (PUD)

RUQ or mid e p ig astric p ain; sud d e n onse t; re e intrap e ritone al air; p e r oratio n o PUD mimics chole cystitis

• Pulmonary/p le ural d ise ase

Consid e r i p le uritic p ain is a d ominant symp tom

• He p atitis

Malaise ; alanine aminotrans e rase (ALT) > 1000

• In e rior wall myocard ial in arction (MI)

Mid e p ig astric p ain; shortne ss o b re ath; ab normal e le ctrocard iog ram; MI should b e in the d i e re ntial d iag nosis in all p atie nts with up p e r ab d ominal p ain

• Me se nte ric ische mia

Ab d ominal p ain se ve re , out o p rop ortion to te nd e rne ss, with a airly b e nig n e xamination; look or p ostp rand ial ab d ominal p ain, we ig ht loss, and ab d ominal b ruit

• Fitz-Hug h-Curtis synd rome

Gonococcal p e rihe p atitis with RUQ p ain, ad ne xal te nd e rne ss

• Pne umonia

Fe ve r and re sp iratory symp toms (d ysp ne a, coug h, sp utum, che st p ain) p re se nt

• Ap p e nd icitis

Pain may start in e p ig astrium b ut e ve ntually move s to rig ht lowe r q uad rant (RLQ )




MANAGEMENT ACUTE MANAGEMENT • Determine the cause o pancreatitis. • Studies have shown that ERCP or persistent biliary obstruction lowers the risk o pancreatitis-associated complications. 2 SO R • Supportive ° Intravenous f uids are given to maintain adequate intravascular volume to prevent hemoconcentration (250-500 cc/ h i no renal or heart disease)2; a hematocrit value above 44 is a risk actor or pancreatic necrosis. ° Pain medications. ° Supplemental oxygen. ° Antiemetics as needed. ° Nothing by mouth—to avoid stimulation o the pancreas; begin eeding when pain is diminished and there is no small bowel ileus (usually 2-3 days). ° Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis. • Consider in ection o pancreatic necrosis (usually occurs 1-2 weeks a ter onset o the symptoms) i there is ever, leukocytosis, ailure to improve, or sudden deterioration (Figure 75-4). ° This occurs during second week in about 50% o patients. ° I suspected, give intravenous imipenem or meropenem or 14 days. ° Consider prophylactic antibiotics in severe acute pancreatitis (> 30% necrosis seen on CT) to prevent translocation o bacteria rom gut to pancreatic bed. 2 SO R ° Surgical consult is needed i there is biliary pancreatitis or in ected necrosis, abscess, or pseudocyst. LO NG-TERM MANAGEMENT • Pseudocysts develop over the course o weeks and are caused by pancreatic duct disruptions that lead to localized collection o f uid with high concentrations o pancreatic enzymes (Figure 75-5).

FIGURE 75-5 Two p se ud ocysts (ye llow arrows) in the p ancre as se e n on this comp ute d tomog rap hic scan 4 we e ks a te r an e p isod e o acute g allstone p ancre atitis. Disrup tion o the p ancre atic d uct rom inf ammation allows e nzyme s and f uid to colle ct in an are a walle d o b y b rous tissue and g ranulation tissue . Consid e r the d iag nosis o p se ud ocyst whe n p ain p e rsists a te r an e p isod e o acute p ancre atitis. Most re solve with sup p ortive care , b ut ab out 10% b e come in e cte d . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Gary Fe re nchick, MD.)

• I there are no symptoms, treat conservatively. • Obtain a surgical consult i the patient has pain unresponsive to medical treatment; especially i the disease is limited to the head or tail o the pancreas, the pancreatic duct is dilated.

PRO GNO SIS/ CLINICAL CO URSE • Severity is determined by the presence or absence or organ ailure or the development o local complications. • O the cases, 80% are mild and sel -limited. • Severe disease associated with complications, such as multiple organ dys unction, is seen in 20% o cases. O the patients with severe pancreatitis, up to 30% will die; severe pancreatitis is commonly associated with the ollowing: ° Hypovolemia ° Renal impairment ° Pulmonary complications (mild → acute respiratory distress syndrome [ARDS]) • Pancreatic necrosis is the most severe local complication and is commonly associated with pancreatic in ections (Figure 75-4).

FIGURE 75-4 Acute p ancre atitis with ne crosis o p ancre atic tissue (re d arrow) on this comp ute d tomog rap hic scan. Note the e d e matous p ancre as with e vid e nce o air (b lack) within the ne crotic mass. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Gary Fe re nchick, MD.)

• Markers o the risk o severe pancreatitis include ° C-reactive protein (CRP) or predicting severity o pancreatitis— Use ul marker o necrosis (> 150 mg/ L) when measured 48 hours a ter admission 3 ° CT severity index (Table 75-1) ° Clinically with Ranson criteria, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II), or Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) scores





GASTRO INTESTINAL TABLE 75-1 CT Se ve rity Ind e x (CSI)

Pro g no st ic Ind icat o r

Po int s

CT Grad e

■ ■

SIRS Age above 60 Presence o pleural e usion

• Obesity (body mass index [BMI] > 30) is associated with 3 times increased risk o severe clinical course.

Normal p ancre as


Enlarg e d p ancre as



Fat strand ing


Sing le colle ction o f uid


• PubMed Health. Acute pancreatitis—http:/ / www.ncbi.nlm.nih .gov/ pubmedhealth/ PMH0001332/ .

Multip le colle ctions o f uid or g as


• National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Pancreatitis—http:/ / ddiseases/ pubs/ pancreatitis/ index.aspx.



Ne crosis 30%


• American Gastroenterological Association. Understanding Pancreatitis—http:/ / patient-center/ digestive-conditions/ pancreatitis.

Ne crosis 50%


Ne crosis > 50%


Ne crosis Score

CSI Sco re O ut co me


• UK Working Party on Acute Pancreatitis. UK guidelines or the management o acute pancreatitis. Gut. 2005;54(suppl 3):iii1-iii9. doi:10.1136/ gut.2004.057026. http:/ / www.ncbi.nlm.nih .gov/ pmc/ articles/ PMC1867800/ pdf/ v054p0iii1.pdf.




Comp lications (%)





De ath (%)




1. Frossard JL, Steer ML, Pastor CM. Acute pancreatitis. Lancet. 2008;371(9607):143-152.

° These measure injuries in extrapancreatic organs; the greater number o organs involved, the higher the score will be. ° The Bedside Index o Severity has recently been shown to be as accurate as the APACHE II score in predicting mortality in acute pancreatitis. Mortality is less than 1% or a score less than 2 and 20% or a score o 5. 4 One point is given or each o the ollowing: ■ Serum urea nitrogen (BUN) greater than 25 mg/ dL ■ Impaired mental status

2. Tonsi AF, Bacchion M, Crippa S, Maleo G, Bassi C. Acute pancreatitis at the beginning o the 21st century. The state o the art. World J Gastroenterol. 2009;15:2945-2959. 3. Whitcomb DC. Clinical practice. Acute pancreatitis. N Engl J Med. 2006;354(20):2142-2150. 4. Wu BU, Johannes RS, Sun S, Tabak Y, Conwell DL, Banks PA. The early prediction o mortality in acute pancreatitis: a large populationbased study. Gut. 2008;57(12):1698-1703.




76 PEPTIC ULCER DISEASE He nd Azhary, MD Mind y A. Smith, MD, MS

PATIENT STO RY A 41-year-old man presents with a 4-month history o epigastric pain. The pain is dull, achy, and intermittent; there is no radiation o the pain; and it has not changed in character since it began. Co ee intake seems to exacerbate the symptoms, whereas eating or drinking milk helps. In requently, he is awakened at night rom the pain. He reports no weight loss, vomiting, melena, or hematochezia. On examination, there is mild epigastric tenderness with no rebound or guarding. The reminder o the examination is unremarkable. A stool antigen test is positive or Helicobacter pylori, and the patient is treated or peptic ulcer disease with eradication therapy.

INTRO DUCTIO N Peptic ulcer disease (PUD) is a disease o the gastrointestinal (GI) tract characterized by a break in the mucosal lining o the stomach or duodenum secondary to pepsin and gastric acid secretion; this damage is greater than 5 mm in size and with a depth reaching the submucosal layer. 1

EPIDEMIO LO GY • PUD is a common disorder a ecting approximately 4.5 million people annually in the United States. It encompasses both gastric and duodenal ulcers (Figures 76-1 and 76-2). 2 • One-year point prevalence is 1.8%, and the li etime prevalence is 10% in the United States. 2 • Prevalence is similar in both sexes, with increased incidence with age. 1 Duodenal ulcers most commonly occur in patients between the ages o

FIGURE 76-2 End oscop ic vie w of p ylo ic ulce nd n e o sio n of t e mucos . T e ulce nd e osion e b e nig n p e p tic ulce d ise se nd not m lig n nt. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Marvin De re zin, MD.)

30 and 55 years, whereas gastric ulcers are more common in patients between the ages o 55 and 70 years. 2 • PUD incidence in H. pylori-in ected individuals is approximately 1% per year (6- to 10- old higher than unin ected subjects). 1 • Physician o ce visit and hospitalization or PUD have decreased in the last ew decades. 1 • The current U.S. annual direct and indirect health care costs o PUD are estimated at approximately $10 billion. However, the incidence o peptic ulcers keeps declining, possibly as a result o the increasing use o proton pump inhibitors and eradication o H. pylori in ection. 3

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Causes o PUD include the ollowing: ° NSAIDs, chronic H. pylori in ection,2and acid hypersecretory states such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. ° Uncommon causes include Cytomegalovirus (especially in transplantation recipients), systemic mastocytosis, Crohn disease, lymphoma, and medications (eg, alendronate). 2 2 Up to 10% o ulcers are idiopathic. ° • In ection with H. pylori, a short, spiral-shaped, microaerophilic gramnegative bacillus, is the leading cause o PUD. It is associated with up to 70% to 80% o duodenal ulcers. 2 • H. pylori colonize the deep layers o the gel that coats the mucosa and disrupt its protective properties causing release o certain enzymes and toxins. These make the underlying tissues more vulnerable to damage by digestive juices and thus cause injury to the stomach (Figures 76-1 to 76-3) and duodenum cells. 1 • NSAIDs are the second most common cause o PUD and account or many H. pylori-negative cases.

FIGURE 76-1 End oscop ic p ictu e s of g st ic ulce . Pl te s 1 nd 2 s ow e osions. Note t t t e b le e d ing is f om b iop sy. Pl te s 3 nd 4 s ow l g e c te wit e vid e nce of e ce nt b le e d ing . Bot e consiste nt wit se ve e ulce d ise se . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Michae l Harp e r, MD.)

• NSAIDs and aspirin inhibit mucosal cyclooxygenase activity reducing the level o mucosal prostaglandin causing de ects in the protective mucous layer. • There is a 10% to 20% prevalence o gastric ulcers and a 2% to 5% prevalence o duodenal ulcers in long-term NSAID users. 2 The annual





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• Around 20% o patients with ulcer complications such as bleeding and nearly 61% o patients with NSAID-related ulcer complications have no antecedent symptoms. • Rare and nonspeci c physical ndings include the ollowing: ° Epigastric tenderness ° Heme-positive stool ° Hematemesis or melena in cases o GI bleeding TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N • Duodenal ulcers occur most o ten in the rst portion o the duodenum (> 95%), with approximately 90% o ulcers located within 3 cm o the pylorus. 1

FIGURE 76-3 Stom c ulce in p tie nt wit with p e rmission from Michae l Harp e r, MD.)

i t l e ni . (Re p rod uce d

risk o a li e-threatening ulcer-related complication is 1% to 4% in long-term NSAID users, with older patients having the highest risk. 4

RISK FACTO RS • Severe physiologic stress—Burns, central nervous system trauma, surgery, and severe medical illness increase the risk or secondary (stress) ulceration. 5 • Smoking—Evidence that tobacco use is a risk actor or duodenal ulcers in not conclusive, with several studies producing contradictory ndings. However, smoking in the setting o H. pylori in ection may increase the risk o relapse o PUD. 6 • Alcohol use—Ethanol is known to cause gastric mucosal irritation and nonspeci c gastritis. Evidence that consumption o alcohol is a risk actor or duodenal ulcer is inconclusive. 6 • Medications—Corticosteroids alone do not increase the risk or PUD; however, they can potentiate ulcer risk in patients who use NSAIDs concurrently. 5

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • Epigastric pain (dyspepsia), the hallmark o PUD, is present in 80% to 90% o patients; however, this symptom is not sensitive or speci c enough to serve as a reliable diagnostic criterion or PUD. Pain is typically described as gnawing or burning, occurring 1 to 3 hours a ter meals and relieved by ood or antacids. It can occur at night, and sometimes radiates to the back. 2 Less than 25% o patients with dyspepsia have ulcer disease at endoscopy. 5 • Other dyspeptic symptoms including belching, bloating, and distention are common but also not speci c eatures o PUD as they are commonly encountered in many other conditions. • Additional symptoms include atty ood intolerance, heartburn, and chest discom ort.

• Benign gastric ulcers are located most commonly in the antrum (60%) and at the junction o the antrum and body on the lesser curvature (25%) (Figure 76-3). 1 LABO RATO RY STUDIES • In most patients with uncomplicated PUD, routine laboratory tests are not help ul. 5 • Noninvasive tests include serum H. pylori antibody detection, ecal antigen tests, and urea breath tests; the latter 2, i positive, indicate active disease. 7 • Serum enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is the least accurate test and is use ul only or diagnosing the initial in ection. • The stool antigen test is less convenient but is highly accurate and also can be used to con rm H. pylori eradication, as can the urea breath test. 7 • Obtaining a serum gastrin may be use ul in patients with recurrent, re ractory, or complicated PUD and in patients with a amily history o PUD to screen or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. 1 IMAGING • Upper endoscopy is the procedure o choice or the diagnosis o duodenal and gastric ulcers (Figures 76-1 to 76-3). 2 • Endoscopy provides better diagnostic accuracy than barium radiography and a ords the ability to biopsy or the presence o malignancy and H. pylori in ection. Endoscopy is usually reserved or the ollowing situations: ° Patients with red f ag signs (eg, bleeding, dysphagia, severe pain, abdominal mass, recurrent vomiting, weight loss) or age older than 55 years ° Patients who ail initial therapy ° Patients whose symptoms recur a ter appropriate therapy • Duodenal ulcers are virtually never malignant and do not require biopsy. 2 • Gastric ulcers should be biopsied because 3% to 5% o benign-appearing gastric ulcers prove to be malignant. 2 • Barium upper gastrointestinal (UGI) series is an acceptable alternative to endoscopy but is not as sensitive or the diagnosis o small ulcers (< 0.5 cm) and does not allow or biopsy with gastric ulcer. 7

• Nausea and anorexia may occur with gastric ulcers.

• Patient’s testing positive or PUD should undergo noninvasive testing or H. pylori.

• Signi cant vomiting and weight loss are unusual with uncomplicated ulcer disease and suggest gastric outlet obstruction or gastric malignancy. 2

• UGI series has limited accuracy in distinguishing benign rom malignant gastric ulcers; there ore, all patients diagnosed this way should be reevaluated with endoscopy a ter 8 to 12 weeks o therapy.


DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS Disease processes that may present with “ulcer-like” symptoms include the ollowing: • Nonulcer or unctional dyspepsia (FD)—The most common diagnosis among patients seen or upper abdominal discom ort; it is a diagnosis o exclusion. Dyspepsia has been reported to occur in up to 30% o the U.S. population. • Gastroesophageal ref ux—Classic symptoms are heartburn (ie, substernal pain that may be associated with acid regurgitation or a sour taste) aggravated by bending orward or lying down, especially a ter a large meal. Endoscopy is considered i symptoms ail to respond to treatment (eg, histamine-2-receptor agonist, proton pump inhibitor [PPI]) or red f ag signs and symptoms occur. • Gastric cancer—Most patients do not become symptomatic until late in the disease; symptoms include upper abdominal pain, postprandial ullness, anorexia and mild nausea, vomiting (especially with pyloric tumors), weight loss, and a palpable mass. Endoscopic biopsy is used to make this diagnosis (see Chapter 60, Gastric Cancer). • Biliary colic is characterized by discrete, intermittent episodes o pain that should not be con used with other causes o dyspepsia. • Gastroduodenal Crohn disease—Symptoms include epigastric pain, nausea, and vomiting. On endoscopy, patients o ten have H. pylori-negative gastritis and may develop gastric outlet obstruction. Extraintestinal maniestations include erythema nodosum, peripheral arthritis, conjunctivitis, uveitis, and episcleritis. Endoscopy shows an inf ammatory process with skip lesions, stulas, aphthous ulcerations, and rectal sparing. Small bowel involvement is seen on imaging with longitudinal and transverse ulceration (cobblestoning) in addition to segmental colitis and requent stricture (see Chapter 77, Inf ammatory Bowel Disease).

MANAGEMENT • The approach to patients with dyspepsia includes per orming endoscopy or patients with red f ag symptoms or who are older than age 55 years. For patients who have an ulcer identi ed on endoscopy, eradication o H. pylori is attempted (as below) and a PPI is continued or 4 to 8 weeks. For those without an ulcer on endoscopy, treatment with a PPI or H2 blocker is provided. 4 • For patients without red f ag ndings, testing and treating or H. pylori; counseling to avoid smoking, alcohol, and NSAIDs; and appropriate use o antisecretory therapy or 4 weeks will be success ul in the majority o patients. 4 • The goals o treatment o active H. pylori-associated ulcers are to relieve dyspeptic symptoms, to promote ulcer healing, and to eradicate H. pylori in ection. Eradication o H. pylori is better than ulcerhealing drug therapy or duodenal ulcer healing8 and greatly reduces the incidence o ulcer recurrence rom 67% to 6% in patients with duodenal ulcers and rom 59% to 4% in patients with gastric ulcers. 4 • The worldwide empiric use o traditional triple therapy with PPI, clarithromycin, and amoxicillin no longer provides an acceptable cure rate (cure rate below 80%) because o the increasing prevalence o clarithromycin resistance. 9 • Four drug combinations currently provide the best results and consist o 2 general combinations: (1) a PPI, amoxicillin, clarithromycin, metronidazole/ tinidazole given either sequentially or concomitantly,


GASTRO INTESTINAL or (2) a PPI, a bismuth, tetracycline HCL, and metronidazole/ tinidazole. 9 SO R • A PPI, levof oxacin, and amoxicillin or 10 days appears to be more e ective and better tolerated than a PPI, bismuth, tetracycline, and metronidazole in patients with persistent H. pylori in ection but requires validation in North America. 7 • The European Helicobacter Study Group consensus guideline states that triple therapy (PPI-clarithromycin-amoxicillin/ metronidazole) or Bismuth quadruple therapy remain rst-line treatment in areas with low clarithromycin resistance. For areas with high clarithromycin resistance (> 20%), Bismuth or non-Bismuth quadruple therapy are pre erred. 10 • Treat NSAID-induced ulcers with cessation o NSAIDs, i possible, and an appropriate course o standard ulcer therapy with an H2-receptor antagonist or a PPI. I NSAIDs are continued, prescribe a PPI. SO R • H. pylori-negative ulcers that are not caused by NSAIDs can be treated with appropriate antisecretory therapy, either H2-receptor antagonist or PPI. SO R • For patients with bleeding peptic ulcers, high-dose PPIs do not reduce rates o rebleeding, surgical intervention, or mortality a ter endoscopic treatment compared with non–high-dose PPIs. 11

PREVENTIO N • In a large randomized controlled trial (RCT) (N = 2426) o PUD prevention in patients taking low-dose acetylsalicylic acid who were at risk or ulcer development (eg, prior ulcer, GI symptoms and erosions, age older than 65 years), esomeprazole 40 mg or 20 mg reduced the rate o endoscopically con rmed peptic ulcer development (1.5% and 1.1%, respectively) versus placebo (7.4%). 12 • Authors o a metaanalysis ound the use o prophylactic H2 blockers to prevent stress ulcers was not necessary in patients receiving enteral nutrition and that such therapy was associated with pneumonia and higher risk o hospital mortality. 13 In another metaanalysis, PPIs were similar to H2-receptor antagonists in terms o stress-related UGI bleeding prophylaxis, pneumonia, and mortality among patients admitted to intensive care units. 14

PRO GNO SIS • Hospitalization rate is approximately 30 per 100,000 cases. 5 • Mortality rate is approximately 1 per 100,000 cases. 5 • When the underlying cause is addressed, the prognosis is excellent. • With the eradication o H. pylori in ection, there has been a decrease in the ulcer recurrence rate rom 60% to 90% to approximately 10% to 20% with the regard to NSAID-related ulcers. 5 • The incidence o per oration is approximately 0.3% per patient year, and the incidence o obstruction is approximately 0.1% per patient year. 5

FO LLO W-UP • Endoscopy is required to document healing o gastric ulcers and to rule out gastric cancer; this is per ormed 6 to 8 weeks a ter the initial diagnosis.





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• Con rmation o H. pylori eradication in patients with uncomplicated ulcers is not necessary.

4. Ramakrishnan K, Salinas RC. Peptic ulcer disease. Am Fam Physician. 2007;76(7):1005-1012.

• Con rmation o healing with endoscopy is required in all patients with ulcer complicated by bleeding, per oration, or obstruction.

5 Anand BS, Bank S, Qureshi WA, et al. Peptic Ulcer D isease. http:/ / article/ 181753-overview. Accessed October 2011.

• For patients without initial endoscopy who have persistent symptoms ollowing initial treatment, the PPI or H2 blocker can be continued or another 4 to 8 weeks. 4 I there is inadequate response to therapy, endoscopy and evaluation or hypersecretory states should be considered.

PATIENT EDUCATIO N Patients with PUD should be encouraged to eat balanced meals at regular intervals, avoid heavy alcohol use, and avoid smoking (which has been shown to retard the rate o ulcer healing and increase the requency o recurrences); stress-reduction counseling might be help ul in individual cases. PATIENT RESO URCES

• National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House—http:/ / ddiseases/ pubs/ pepticulcers_ez/ index.htm. • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—http:/ / www.cdc .gov/ ulcer/ . PRO VIDER RESO URCES

• Medscape. Peptic Ulcer Disease—http:/ / emedicine.medscape .com/ article/ 181753. REFERENCES 1. Del Valle J. Peptic ulcer disease and related disorders. In: Kasper DL, Braunwald E, Fauci AS, Hauser SL, Longo DL, Jameson JL, eds. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 16th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2005:1746-1762. 2. McPhee SJ, Papadakis MA, Tierney LW Jr. Current Medical Diagnosis andTreatment. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2007. 3. University o Michigan Health System. Peptic Ulcer Disease. http:/ / pd / guideline/ PUD05.pd . Accessed October 2011.

6. Aldoori WH, Giovannucci EL, Stamp er MJ, et al. A prospective study o alcohol, smoking, ca eine, and the risk o duodenal ulcer in men. Epidemiology. 1997;8(4):420-424. 7. Chey WD, Wong BCY; Practice Parameters Committee o the American College o Gastroenterology. American College o Gastroenterology guideline on the management o Helicobacter pylori in ection. Am J Gastroenterol. 2007;102:1808-1825. 8. Ford AC, Delaney B, Forman D, Moayyedi P. Eradication therapy or peptic ulcer disease in Helicobacter pylori positive patients. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006;(2):CD003840. 9. Graham DY, Rugge M. Diagnosis and evaluation o dyspepsia: clinical practice. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2010;44(3):167-172. 10. Mal ertheiner P, Megraud F, O’Morain CA, et al; The European Helicobacter Study Group (EHSG). Management o Helicobacter pylori in ection—The Maastricht IV/ Florence Consensus Report. Gut. 2012;61:646-664. 11. Wang CH, Ma MH, Chou HC, et al. High-dose vs non-high-dose proton pump inhibitors a ter endoscopic treatment in patients with bleeding peptic ulcer: a systematic review and meta-analysis o randomized controlled trials. Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(9): 751-758. 12. Scheiman JM, Devereaux PJ, Herlitz J, et al. Prevention o peptic ulcers with esomeprazole in patients at risk o ulcer development treated with low-dose acetylsalicylic acid: a randomised, controlled trial (OBERON). Heart. 2011;97(10):797-802. 13. Marik PE, Vasu T, Hirani A, Pachinburavan M. Stress ulcer prophylaxis in the new millennium: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Crit Care Med. 2010;38(11):2222-2228. 14. Lin PC, Chang CH, Hsu PI, et al. The e cacy and sa ety o proton pump inhibitors vs histamine-2 receptor antagonists or stress ulcer bleeding prophylaxis among critical care patients: a meta-analysis. Crit Care Med. 2010;38(4):1197-1205.



PATIENT STO RY A 30-year-old man presents with several days o diarrhea with a small amount o rectal bleeding with each bowel movement. This is his second episode o bloody diarrhea; the rst seemed to resolve a ter several days and occurred several weeks ago. He has cramps that occur with each bowel movement, but eels ne between bouts o diarrhea. He has no travel history outside o the United States. He is o Jewish descent and has a cousin with Crohn disease. Colonoscopy shows mucosal riability with super cial ulceration and exudates con ned to the rectosigmoid colon, and he is diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (Figure 77-1).

INTRO DUCTIO N Inf ammatory bowel disease (IBD) comprises ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn disease. The intestinal inf ammation in UC is usually con ned to the mucosa and a ects the rectum with or without parts or the entire colon (pancolitis) in an uninterrupted pattern. In Crohn disease, inf ammation is o ten transmural and a ects primarily the ileum and colon, o ten discontinuously. Crohn disease, however, can a ect the entire GI tract rom mouth to anus.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • Incidence o UC in the West is 8 to 14 per 100,000 people and 6 to 15 per 100,000 people or Crohn disease. 1 Prevalence or UC and Crohn disease in North America (one o the highest rates in the world) is 37.5 to 238 per 100,000 people and 44 to 201 per 100,000 people, respectively; IBD, there ore, a ects an estimated 1.3 million people in


GASTRO INTESTINAL the United States. 1 Rates o IBD are increasing in both the West and in developing countries. 1 • Age o onset is typically 30 to 40 years or UC and 20 to 30 years or Crohn disease. A bimodal distribution with a second peak at ages 60 to 70 years has been reported but not con rmed. 1 • Predilection or those o Jewish ancestry (especially Ashkenazi Jews) ollowed in order by non-Jewish whites and A rican Americans, Hispanics, and Asians. 1 • Inheritance (polygenic) plays a role with a concordance o 20% in monozygous twins and a risk o 10% in rst-degree relatives o an incidence case. 2

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Unknown etiology—Current theory is that colitis is an inappropriate response to microbial gut f ora or a lack o regulation o intestinal immune cells in a genetically susceptible host with ailure o the normal suppression o the immune response and tissue repair. 2,3 • Genetic regions containing nucleotide oligomerization domain 2 (NOD2; encodes an intracellular sensor o peptidoglycan), autophagy genes (regulate clearing o intracellular components like organelles), and components o the interleukin-23–type 17 helper T-cell (Th17) pathway are associated with IBD; the autophagy gene, ATG16L1, is associated with Crohn disease. 3 • Multiple bowel pathogens (eg, Salmonella, Shigella species, and Campylobacter) may trigger UC. This is supported by a large cohort study where the hazard ratio o developing IBD was 2.4 (95% con dence interval [CI], 1.7 to 3.3) in the group who experienced a bout o in ectious gastroenteritis compared with the control group; the excess risk was greatest during the rst year a ter the in ective episode. 4 People with IBD also have depletion and reduced diversity o some members o the mucosa-associated bacterial phyla, but it is not known whether this is causal or secondary to inf ammation. 3 • Other abnormalities ound in patients with IBD include increased permeability between mucosal epithelial cells, de ective regulation o intercellular junctions, in ltration into the lamina propria o innate (eg, neutrophils) and adaptive (B and T cells) immune cells with increased production o tumor necrosis actor α and increased numbers o CD4+ T cells, dysregulation o intestinal CD4+ T-cell subgroups, and the presence o circulating antimicrobial antibodies (eg, antif agellin antibodies). 3 Many o the therapeutic approaches target these areas. • Psychological actors (eg, major li e change, daily stressors) are associated with worsening symptoms. • Patients with long-standing UC are at higher risk o developing colon dysplasia and cancer; this is believed to be a developmental sequence (see “Prognosis” below).

RISK FACTO RS • Smokers are at increased risk or Crohn disease and tend to have more severe disease, whereas ormer smokers and nonsmokers are at greater risk or UC. 1,2

FIGURE 77-1 Ulce tive colitis in t e e ctosig moid colon s vie we d t oug t e colonoscope . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Marvin De re zin, MD.)

• Environmental actors appear to be important triggers, especially o Crohn disease in children. 1 • Appendectomy reduces the risk o UC. 1





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DIAGNO SIS The diagnosis depends on the clinical evaluation, sigmoid appearance, histology, and a negative stool or bacteria, Clostridium di cile toxin, and ova and parasites. 2 CLINICAL FEATURES • Major symptoms o UC—Diarrhea, rectal bleeding, tenesmus (ie, urgency with a eeling o incomplete evacuation), passage o mucus, and cramping abdominal pain. • Symptoms in patients with Crohn disease depend on the location o disease; patients become symptomatic when lesions are extensive or distal (eg, colitis), systemic inf ammatory reaction is present, or when disease is complicated by stricture, abscess, or stula. Gross blood and mucus in the stool are less requent and systemic symptoms, extracolonic eatures, pain, perineal disease, and obstruction are more common. 2 There is no relationship between symptoms and anatomic damage. 1 • UC is classi ed by severity based on the clinical picture and results o endoscopy5; treatment is based on disease classi cation. ° Mild: Less than 4 stools per day, with or without blood, no signs o systemic toxicity, and a normal erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). ° Moderate: More than 4 stools per day but with minimal signs o toxicity. ° Severe: More than 6 bloody stools per day, and evidence o toxicity demonstrated by ever, tachycardia, anemia, and elevated ESR. ° Fulminant: May have more than 10 bowel movements daily, continuous bleeding, toxicity, abdominal tenderness and distention, a blood trans usion requirement, and colonic dilation on abdominal plain lms. • Extraintestinal mani estations are present in 25% to 40% o patients with IBD but are more common in Crohn disease than UC:2,6 ° Dermatologic (2%-34%)—Erythema nodosum (10%) that correlates with disease activity (see Chapter 176, Erythema Nodosum) and pyogenic gangrenosum (pustule that spreads concentrically and ulcerates surrounded by violaceous borders) in 1% to 12% o patients. 2 ° Rheumatologic—Peripheral arthritis (5%-20%), spondylitis (1%-26%, but nearly all who are positive or human leukocyte antigen B27), and symmetric sacroiliitis (< 10%). 6 ° Ocular—Conjunctivitis, uveitis, iritis, and episcleritis (0.3%-5%). ° Hepatobiliary—The most serious complication in this category is primary sclerosing cholangitis; although 75% o patients with this disease have UC, only 5% o those with UC and 2% o patients with Crohn disease develop it. 6 Hepatic steatosis ( atty liver) and cholelithiasis can also occur. ° Cardiovascular—Increased risk o deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolus, and stroke (because o a hypercoagulable state rom thrombocytosis and gut losses o antithrombin III among other actors); endocarditis; myocarditis; and pleuropericarditis. 2 ° Bone—Osteoporosis and osteomalacia rom multiple causes including medications, reduced physical activity, inf ammatory-mediated bone resorption, vitamin D de ciency, and calcium and magnesium malabsorption. Fracture risk in patients with IBD is 1 per 100 patient-years (40% higher than the general population). 6 and stulization o ° Renal—Nephrolithiasis, obstructive uropathy, the urinary tract occur in 6% to 23%. 6

FIGURE 77-2 C o n colitis wit d e e p long itud in l ulce s nd no m lp p e ing tissue b e twe e n. T e b iop sie s t t s owe d no m l tissue b e twe e n t e ulce s clinc e d t e d i g nosis o C o n d ise se . Ulce tive colitis is d i use w e e s C o n d ise se o te n skip s e s s se e n in t is p tie nt’s colon. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Marvin De re zin, MD.)

• Extraintestinal mani estations may occur prior to the diagnosis o IBD. For example, 10% to 30% o patients with IBD-related arthritis develop arthritis prior to IBD diagnosis. 6 • Severe complications include toxic colitis (15% initially present with catastrophic illness), massive hemorrhage (1% o those with severe attacks), toxic megacolon (ie, transverse colon diameter >5-6 cm) (5% o attacks may be triggered by electrolyte abnormalities and narcotics), and bowel obstruction (caused by strictures and occurring in 10% o patients). 1 • On endoscopy in patients with Crohn disease, rectal sparing is requent and cobblestoning o the mucosa is o ten seen. Small bowel involvement is seen on imaging in addition to segmental colitis and requent strictures (Figure 77-2). • Diagnosis is changed rom UC to Crohn disease over time in 5% to 10% o patients. 7 TYPICAL DISTRIBUTIO N • At presentation, about a third o patients with UC have disease localized to the rectum, another third have disease present in the colorectum distal to the splenic f exure, and the remainder with disease proximal to the splenic f exure; pancolitis is present in 1 quarter. 1 Adults appear to always have rectal involvement, which is not the case or children. Over time (20 years), hal will have pancolitis (Figure 77-1). 8 • In patients with Crohn disease, lesions occur in equal proportions in the ileum, colon, or both; 10% to 15% have upper GI lesions, 20% to 30% present with perianal lesions; and about hal eventually develop perianal disease. Around 15% to 20% o patients have or have had a stula. 1 LABO RATO RY TESTS • Acute disease can result in a rise o acute phase reactants (eg, C-reactive protein) and elevated ESR (rare in patients with just proctitis). C-reactive protein is elevated in nearly all patients with Crohn disease and in approximately hal o the patients with UC. 9




• Obtain hemoglobin (to assess or anemia) and platelets (to assess or reactive thrombocytosis). • O the biomarkers available to detect IBD, ecal calprotectin and lacto errin are most commonly used. 9 The ormer is an indirect measure o neutrophil in ltrate in the bowel mucosa, and the later is an iron-binding protein secreted by mucosal membranes and ound in neutrophil granules and serum. Although the optimal threshold value or calprotectin in detecting IBD is unknown, a study o adult patients suspected o having IBD based on clinical evaluation reported a sensitivity and speci city o the test o 93% and 96%, respectively. 10 Test characteristics or lacto errin are lower at 80% and 82%. • Stool should be examined to rule out in ectious causes including C. di cile; the incidence o C. di cile is increasing in patients with UC and is associated with a more severe course in those with IBD. 11 ENDO SCO PY AND IMAGING Imaging has become more important or patients with IBD, not only or diagnosis in symptomatic patients but or early detection and treatment o inf ammation in asymptomatic patients with Crohn disease and or monitoring inf ammation and disease complications. 12 • Colonoscopy with ileoscopy and mucosal biopsy should be per ormed in the evaluation o IBD and or di erentiating UC rom Crohn disease (Figures 77-1 to 77-5). 13 SO R It is the best test or detection o colonic inf ammation. 5,10 • Colonoscopy can show pseudopolyps in both active UC (Figure 77-4) and inactive UC (Figure 77-5). Risks o ileocolonoscopy include peroration, limited small bowel evaluation, and inability to stage penetrating disease. 12 • Capsule endoscopy (CE) is a less-invasive technique or evaluating the small intestine in patients with Crohn disease and is more sensitive than radiologic and endoscopic procedures or detecting small bowel lesions and mucosal inf ammation. 12,13 SO R CE should not be

FIGURE 77-4 Pseudopolyps in “ ctive” ulce tive colitis viewed t oug colonoscope. (Reproduced with permission from Marvin Derezin, MD.)

per ormed in patients with Crohn disease known or suspected to have a high-grade stricture. In that case, consider CT enterography. 13 The major risk is retention. 12 • In patients with initial presentation o symptomatic Crohn disease, the American College o Radiology (ACR) recommends CT enterography.14 Magnetic resonance (MR) enterography may be substituted based on institutional pre erence as this test appears to have similar test characteristics and avoids radiation exposure; it is the pre erred test or investigating perianal disease. 13 In addition to radiation, risks o CT enterography are related to the iodine dye and or MR enterography, image quality can be suboptimal in some patients; both tests have limited ability to detect colonic cancer. 12

FIGURE 77-3 Ulce tive colitis. End oscop ic im g e s owing i b ility nd e xud te s ove sup e f ci l ulce tion in t e sig moid co lon. T e e is e d e m in t e ce cum t t, ll tog e t e , ind ic te s p n colitis. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Michae l Harp e r, MD.)





FIGURE 77-5 Pse ud op olyp s in “in ctive ” ulce tive colitis vie we d t oug colonoscop e . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Marvin De re zin, MD.)

• In patients with severe disease, a plain supine lm may show edematous, irregular colon margins, mucosal thickening, and toxic dilation. 2

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • In ections o the colon—Salmonella, Shigella species, and Campylobacter have a similar appearance with bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain but disease is usually sel -limited and stool culture can con rm the presence o these bacteria. C. di cile and Escherichia coli can also mimic IBD. • Numerous in ectious agents including Mycobacterium, Cytomegalovirus, and protozoan parasites can mimic UC in immunocompromised patients. • Ischemic colitis—May present with sudden onset o le t lower quadrant pain, urgency to de ecate, and bright red blood via rectum (See Chapter 73, Ischemic Colitis). It can be chronic and di use and should be considered in elderly patients ollowing abdominal aorta repair or when a patient has a hypercoagulable state. Endoscopic examination o ten demonstrates normal rectal mucosa with a sharp transition to an area o inf ammation in the descending colon or splenic f exure (Figure 77-6). • Colitis associated with NSAIDs—Clinical eatures o diarrhea and pain, but may be complicated by bleeding, stricture, obstruction, and per oration. History is help ul and symptoms improve with withdrawal o the agent.

MANAGEMENT MEDICATIO N Treatment o acute disease in patients with UC (treatment algorithms can be ound in the re erence provided) is based on disease activity as ollows15: • Mild to moderate distal disease—Oral aminosalicylates (ASAs), topical mesalamine, or topical steroids. 5 SOR An oral 5-ASA agent can be a

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FIGURE 77-6 Isc e mic colitis in n e ld e ly p tie nt. (Re p ro d uce d with p e rmission Marvin De re zin, MD.)

prodrug (eg, sul asalazine, 4-6 g/ day), a drug with a pH-dependent coating (eg, Asacol, 2.4-4.8 g/ day), or a slow-release agent (Pentasa, 2-4 g/ day). Mesalamine suppositories (1 g/ day) are the best way to induce remission in patients with proctitis. 15 Rectal suppositories or enemas should also be used to improve medication delivery when treating active distal colitis, and a combination o oral and rectal mesalamine is better than monotherapy or stopping rectal bleeding (89% vs. 46% [oral only] or 69% [rectal only]). 5,15 SOR Fi ty percent to 75% o patients will show clinical improvement with 2 g/ day o 5-ASA and a similar percentage will maintain remission with doses o 1.5 to 4 g/ day. 2 • For patients with mild to moderate active proctitis who do not respond to topical mesalamine, adding a topical corticosteroid should be considered. In patients re ractory to oral ASAs or topical corticosteroids, mesalamine enemas or suppositories may still be e ective. 5 SO R An oral steroid (eg, prednisone, 40-60 mg/ day) or inf iximab (induction regimen o 5 mg/ kg at weeks 1, 2, and 6) can be added or patients with mild-moderate local disease who have an inadequate response to initial therapy; the latter is o ten reserved or patients who do not respond to or tolerate steroids. 5,13 SO R • Mild to moderate extensive colitis—Oral sul asalazine (titrated to 4-6 g/ day) or 5-ASA (up to 4.8 g/ day) with or without topical therapy. SO R Oral steroids are generally reserved or patients re ractory to combined oral and topical ASA therapy or or those with severe symptoms requiring more prompt improvement. 5 SO R Immunomodulators (6-mercaptopurine and azathioprine) are e ective or patients who do not respond to oral steroids and continue to have moderate disease. 5 SO R Patients who are steroid re ractory, intolerant, or steroid-dependent despite adequate doses o a thiopurine can be considered or inf iximab induction as above. 5 SO R Inf iximab is contraindicated in patients with active in ection, untreated latent tuberculosis, preexisting demyelinating disorder or optic neuritis, moderate to severe congestive heart ailure, or current or recent malignancies. • Severe colitis—Patients presenting with toxicity should be admitted to the hospital or IV steroids (methylprednisolone, 40 to 60 mg/ day, or hydrocortisone, 200 to 300 mg/ day) ollowing hospitalization. 5,15 SO R Otherwise, treat with oral prednisone, oral ASA drugs, and





topical medications with the addition o inf iximab (5 mg/ kg) i re ractory to treatment and urgent hospitalization is not necessary. 5 SO R I the patient ails to improve within 3 to 5 days, colectomy SO R or IV cyclosporine SO R should be considered. Antibiotics have no proven e cacy without proven in ection and parenteral nutrition has not been shown to be o bene t as primary therapy or UC. 5 • Fulminant disease—Patients should be treated as above with IV glucocorticoid and maintained without oral intake and with use o a decompression tube i small bowel ileus is present.5 IV cyclosporine (2-4 mg/ kg per day) or inf iximab may be considered or patients who are not improving on maximal medical therapy as above. • Patients with Crohn disease are treated similarly except that there is limited response to mesalamine or cyclosporin and better response to nutritional therapy. A research tool called the Crohn Disease Activity Index can be used to monitor disease activity (online calculator available at http:/ / cdai/ . Accessed July 2013). • Mild to moderate active ileocolic Crohn disease—Budesonide (9 mg) or prednisone i distal colonic disease is present. 15 Nutrition therapy is the rst-line treatment or children. For patients who do not tolerate steroids or in cases where steroids are ine ective, biologic therapy with inf iximab, adalimumab, or certolizumab pegol is appropriate. Methotrexate (up to 25 mg/ week) is also e ective. 15 Patients with weight loss or strictures may bene t rom early introduction o biologic or immunomodulator therapy. 15 • Severe Crohn disease in any location-Initial treatment with oral or intravenous steroids; antitumor necrosis actor therapy is reserved or patients who do not respond to initial therapy. In a single-center cohort study o 614 patients treated with inf iximab, only 10.9% were not primary responders by 12 weeks, and sustained bene t was seen in 63% who received long-term treatment (mean ollow-up: 55 months). 16 Management also includes nutritional support and treatment o iron de ciency. • Side e ects o biologic therapy include serious in ections, induction o autoimmune phenomena, and neurotoxicity.17 However, in a report o a cohort o 734 patients with IBD treated with inf iximab, the most commonly observed systemic side e ects were skin eruptions including psoriasi orm eruptions in 20%; 2 patients developed tuberculosis but none o the 16 patients with positive skin tests who received prophylaxis.18 SURGERY Surgery—Total proctocolectomy with ileostomy or continence-preserving operation (ie, ileal pouch-anal anastomosis [IPAA]) is per ormed in approximately hal o patients with UC within 10 years o disease onset. Indications or surgery include the ollowing2,5: SO R • Intractable or ulminant disease • Toxic megacolon • Massive hemorrhage • Colonic obstruction or per oration • Colon cancer or dysplasia in f at mucosa, 8 SO R prophylaxis.

or or cancer

PRO GNO SIS • In UC (Figure 77-7), disease f ares and remissions with mucosal healing occur; remission is seen in about hal o the patients within a year o onset. 1 Those who have complete clinical and endoscopic remission

FIGURE 77-7 Ulce tive colitis in 27-ye -old m n p e se nting wit b le e d ing . (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Mark Koch, MD.)

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have a signi cantly decreased risk o colectomy. 1 Disease activity lessens over time with longer periods o remission. In a population study o 1575 patients with UC in Denmark, 13% had no relapse, 74% had 2 or more relapses, and 13% had active disease every year or 5 years a ter diagnosis. 19 • The probability o colectomy over 25 years or those with UC is 20% to 30%. 1 Colectomy is not necessarily curative as pouchitis episodes occur in hal o these patients by 5 years postoperatively, and in up to 10% o cases, pouchitis is chronic and o ten re ractory to antibiotic treatment. 1 • Overall mortality is not increased or patients with UC, unless there is severe disease. 1 Although UC-related mortality rom liver disease or colorectal cancer is increased, there is a decreased rate o death rom pulmonary cancer and other tobacco-related diseases. 1 • Recurrence postoperatively is the norm or patients with Crohn disease; only 5% have normal endoscopy at 10 years ollow-up and symptoms occur about 2 to 3 years a ter anatomic lesions are ound. 20 Natural progression o the disease with or without surgery is variable with spontaneous and treatment-related remissions, especially o more super cial lesions. Only approximately 10% to 15% o patients have chronic continuous disease. 1 • Most patients with Crohn disease (60%-80%) require surgery by the time they have had the disease or 20 to 30 years (estimated at 3%-5% per year) and greater than 10% eventually require ecal diversion, especially in patients with colorectal disease or anal stenosis. 1 • Factors associated with poor prognosis in IBD are younger age and more extensive disease. Other actors associated with poor prognosis are pouchitis and extraintestinal mani estations at surgery (IPAA) or UC and need or steroids at presentation or Crohn disease. 1 • Mortality rate or Crohn disease is slightly increased (standardized mortality ratio = 1.52); most deaths are connected to malnutrition, postoperative complications, and intestinal cancer.



GASTRO INTESTINAL • Both patients with UC and Crohn disease are at increased risk or colorectal cancer. The risk increases with duration and extent o disease and decreases ollowing success ul treatment. 21 Colorectal cancer is rare within the rst 7 years o colitis onset and increases at a rate o approximately 0.5% to 1% per year therea ter, which is likely associated with histologic disease activity. 9 It is not clear i anti-inf ammatory medications reduce this risk. 9 • Patients with cholestasis should be evaluated or primary sclerosing cholangitis and subsequent cholangiocarcinoma. 5

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• National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, Ulcerative Colitis—http:/ / ddiseases/ pubs/ colitis/ . • National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, Crohn Disease—http:/ / ddiseases/ pubs/ crohns/ . • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America— PRO VIDER RESO URCES

FO LLO W-UP • Support and patient education should be provided to address medication side e ects, the uncertain nature o the disease, and potential complications. Discuss medication adherence in patients with apparent inadequate response to treatment. • For maintenance o remission o mild to moderate distal disease—Mesalamine suppositories (proctitis) or enemas (distal colitis) can be dosed as in requently as every third night.5 SOR Patients, however, pre er oral therapy. 15 Sul asalazine, mesalamine compounds, and balsalazide are also e ective in maintaining remission; the combination o oral and topical mesalamine is more e ective than either one alone.5 SOR I these ail, thiopurines and inf iximab may be e ective.5 SO R • For maintenance o remission o mild to moderate extensive colitis— Sul asalazine, olsalazine, mesalamine (2.4 g/ day), and balsalazide are e ective in reducing relapses; chronic steroid use should be avoided. 5 SO R Inf iximab can be used or maintenance o remission in patients who respond to inf iximab induction. 5 SO R For patients who relapse despite therapy, azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine can be used (number needed to treat to prevent 1 recurrence is 5). 15 • For patients with severe colitis, long-term remission is signi cantly enhanced with the addition o maintenance 6-mercaptopurine. 5 SO R • Periodic bone mineral density assessment is recommended or patients on long-term corticosteroid therapy (> 3 months). 22 SO R • Annual ophthalmologic examinations are recommended or patients on long-term corticosteroid therapy. 22 SO R • Patients with long-standing IBD are at higher risk o developing colon dysplasia and cancer. For patients with pancolitis, the risk is 0.5% to 1% per year a ter 8 to 10 years o disease. 1,2 Surveillance colonoscopy with multiple biopsies should be per ormed every 1 to 2 years beginning a ter 8 to 10 years o disease. 5 SO R There is evidence that cancers are detected at an earlier stage in patients who are undergoing surveillance. 23 • In the near uture, it may be possible to monitor patients or intestinal ulcerations or thickening using noninvasive techniques (assays or C-reactive protein, ecal calprotectin, and lacto errin; videocapsule and magnetic resonance imaging) and treat them as early as possible to prevent disease progression.1,12 In addition, biomarkers may be use ul or assessing mucosal healing, predicting relapse, and making therapeutic adjustments.9


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• Patients should be in ormed about the unpredictable course o IBD and the need or requent contact with an experienced provider or medical management, support, and surveillance.

12. Fletcher JG, Fider JL, Bruining DH, Huprich JE. New concepts in intestinal imaging or inf ammatory bowel disease. Gastroenterology. 2011;140(6):1795-1806.

• Smoking cessation should be stressed, particularly or patients with Crohn disease. 2

13. Leighton JA, Shen B, Baron TH, et al; Standards o Practice Committee, American Society or Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.


ASGE guideline: endoscopy in the diagnosis and treatment o inf ammatory bowel disease. Gastrointest Endosc. 2006;63(4):558-565. 14. ACR Appropriateness Criteria Crohn’s Disease. http:/ / www.guideline .gov/ content.aspx?id= 35137. Accessed July 2013. 15. Burger D, Travis S. Conventional medical management o inf ammatory bowel disease. Gastroenterology. 2011;140(6):1827-1837. 16. Schnitzler F, Fidder H, Ferrante M, et al. Long-term outcome o treatment with in iximab in 614 patients with Crohn’s disease: results rom a single-centre cohort. Gut. 2009;58:492-500. 17. Van Assche G, Vermeire S, Rutgeerts P. Sa ety issues with biological therapies or inf ammatory bowel disease. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2006;22(4):370-376. 18. Fidder H, Schnitzler F, Ferrante M, et al. Long-term sa ety o inf iximab or the treatment o inf ammatory bowel disease: a single-centre cohort study. Gut. 2009;58(4):501-508. 19. Jess T, Riis L, Vind I, et al. Changes in clinical characteristics, course, and prognosis o inf ammatory bowel disease during the last


GASTRO INTESTINAL 5 decades: a population-based study rom Copenhagen, Denmark. Inf amm Bowel Dis. 2007;13:481-489. 20. Olaison G, Smedh K, Sjodahl R. Natural course of Crohn’s disease a ter ileocolic resection: endoscopically visualized ileal ulcers preceding symptoms. Gut. 1992;33:331-335. 21. Ullman TA, Itzkowitz SH. Intestinal inf ammation and cancer. Gastroenterology. 2011;140(6):1807-1816. 22. Lichtenstein GR, Abreu MT, Cohen R, Tremaine W. American gastroenterological association institute medical position statement on corticosteroids, immunomodulators, and inf iximab in inf ammatory bowel disease. Gastroenterology. 2006;130(3): 935-939. 23. Collins PD, Mpo u C, Watson AJ, Rhodes JM. Strategies or detecting colon cancer and/ or dysplasia in patients with inf ammatory bowel disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006;(2): CD000279.


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78 BLADDER CANCER Mind y A. Smith, MD, MS

PATIENT STO RY A 68-year-old man, who is a retired painter and in good health, comes to the o ce at the insistence o his wi e. He reports that his urinary stream is smaller and he has occasional dysuria. He has no major medical problems, although he continues to smoke one pack o cigarettes per day. His urinalysis in the o ce shows microscopic hematuria, and an irregular mass is seen in the bladder on CT scan (Figure 78-1). Cystoscopy shows a bladder tumor (Figure 78-2). Complete endoscopic resection is perormed and con rms transitional cell carcinoma.

INTRO DUCTIO N Bladder cancer is a malignant neoplasm o the bladder, almost exclusively urothelial (transitional cell) carcinoma.

EPIDEMIO LO GY • In 2008, there were approximately 398,329 men and 139,099 women alive in the United States who had a history o cancer o the urinary bladder. 1 • Almost 70,000 new cases (52,020 men and 17,230 women) were diagnosed and approximately 14,990 deaths occurred rom bladder cancer in 2011. 1 Mean age at diagnosis is 73 years. • The age-adjusted incidence rate (based on 2004-2008 data) was 21.1 per 100,000 men and women per year with a male-to- emale ratio o approximately 4:1. Among men, bladder cancer is more prevalent in whites than in blacks or Hispanics (ratio o 2:1) and more prevalent in whites than in Asian/ Paci c Islander or American Indian/ Alaska Natives (ratio 2.4:1); or white women, incidence rates are also higher but the di erences are not as great. 1

FIGURE 78-1 CT wit contrast re ve als a b lad d e r cance r in a 68-ye ar-old man wit e maturia. (Re p rod uce d with pe rmission from Michae l Freckle ton, MD.)

FIGURE 78-2 Cystosco ic vie w of t e transitional ce ll carcinoma in t e man in Fig ure 72-1. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Carlos Enriq ue Be rme jo, MD.)

ETIO LO GY AND PATHO PHYSIO LO GY • Around 90% to 95% are transitional cell cancers and the remainder are nonurothelial neoplasms, including primarily squamous cell, adenocarcinoma, and small cell carcinoma2,3 (Figures 78-1 to 78-4). Rare orms include nonepithelial neoplasms (approximately 1%), including benign tumors, such as hemangiomas or lipomas, and malignant tumors, such as angiosarcomas. 3 • Transitional cells line the urinary tract rom the renal pelvis to the proximal two-thirds o the urethra. Ninety percent o transitional cell tumors develop in the bladder, and the others develop in the renal pelvis, ureters, or urethra. 2

FIGURE 78-3 CT wit contrast of a small transitional ce ll carcinoma of t e b lad d e r t at was b are ly visib le until t e atie nt was scanne d on sid e . A small b lad d e r d ive rticulum is visib le as we ll. (Re p rod uce d with p e rmission from Michae l Fre ckle ton, MD.)


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GENITO URINARY/ RENAL • Irritative symptoms (ie, dysuria, requency) are the most common presentation. • Obstructive symptoms may occur i the tumor is located near the urethra or bladder neck. LABO RATO RY • Urine microscopy and culture to rule out bladder in ection.3 • Urine cytology (high speci city [90%-95%] but low sensitivity [23%-60%]), CT scan o the pelvis (Figures 78-1, 78-3, and 78-4) or intravenous urography (IVU), and cystoscopy with biopsy (Figure 78-2) comprise the basic work-up. 2 Fluorescence cystoscopy (use o photosensitizer instilled into the bladder), can enhance detection o f at neoplastic lesions like carcinoma in situ (CIS).4 When CIS is ound in a cystectomy specimen, 9% to 13% o patients have upper urinary tract disease.4

FIGURE 78-4 CT of locally invasive transitional cell carcinoma (arrow) of t e blad der exte nding outsid e of t e bladd er in a 71-year-old man. T e carcinoma on t e atie nt’s rig t is dis lacing t e contrast toward t e left sid e of t e atient’s b lad der. (Reproduced with permission from Michael Freckleton, MD.)

• Most tumors are super cial (75%-85%). 4 At diagnosis, approximately 51% are in situ and 35% are localized (con ned to primary site) with an additional 7% o cases having regional spread and 4% having distant metastases at diagnosis (3% unknown). 2 • Multiple tumors are seen in 30% o cases. 4 • Bladder tumor cells are also graded based on their appearance and behavior into well di erentiated or low grade (grade 1), moderately well di erentiated or moderate grade (grade 2), and poorly di erentiated or high grade (grade 3). • The most common sites o hematogenous spread are lung, bone, liver, and brain. Super cial lesions do not metastasize until they invade deeply and may remain indolent or years. 2

RISK FACTO RS • Risk actors include smoking (odds ratio increased by 3-4 old; 50% attributable risk) and exposure to pelvic radiation, 5 the drugs phenacetin and chlornaphazine, external-beam radiation, and chronic in ection, including Schistosoma haematobium and genitourinary tuberculosis. 2,3 • There is an increased risk in certain occupations, particularly those involving exposure to metals (eg, aluminum), paint and solvents, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, diesel engine emissions, aniline dyes (eg, workers in chemical plants exposed to benzidine or o-toluidine), 2 and textiles. 6 • An increased risk was also seen with drinking tap water (odds ratio [OR] or > 2 L/ day vs. ≤0.5 L/ day was 1.46 [1.20-1.78]), with a higher risk among men (OR = 1.50, 1.21-1.88). 7 • Familial cases indicate a genetic predisposition. 8

• Bladder wash cytology during cystoscopy detects most CIS. 3 • A complete blood count, blood chemistry tests (including alkaline phosphatase tests), liver unction tests, CT or MRI o the chest or abdomen, and a bone scan may be needed or suspected metastatic disease. 2,3 Bone scanning may be limited to patients with bone pain and/ or elevated levels o serum alkaline phosphatase. 4 • Tumor markers such as f uorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis and nuclear matrix protein (NMP) 22 identi y changes in cells in the urine and are more sensitive than urine cytology or low-grade tumors with equivalent sensitivity or high-grade tumors and CIS. 9 As speci city is low, tumor markers should not be used or diagnosis. IMAGING • For pretreatment staging o invasive bladder cancer, the American College o Radiology (ACR) recommends a chest X-ray (with chest CT i equivocal), CT o the abdomen and pelvis (without and with contrast) or MRI o the pelvis (especially in cases where patients are unable to undergo contrast injection), and possibly IVU; contrastenhanced MRI is pre erred over CT or local staging. 4 SO R • The European Association o Urology (EAU) recommends multidetector-row CT (MDCT) o the chest, abdomen, and pelvis as the optimal orm o staging or patients with con rmed muscle-invasive bladder cancer, including MDCT urography or examination o the upper urinary tracts. 9 I MDCT is not available, alternatives are excretory urography and a chest X-ray. SO R • EAU recommends renal and bladder ultrasonography, and IVU or CT prior to transurethral resection or presumed invasive bladder cancer. 10 SO R ACR agrees that ultrasound is use ul or local tumor staging. 4 For patients with veri ed invasive bladder cancer, EAU recommends either MRI with ast dynamic contrast-enhancement or MDCT with contrast enhancement or patients considered suitable or radical treatment. SO R BIO PSY Diagnosis is made by cystoscopy, biopsy, and histology.

DIAGNO SIS CLINICAL FEATURES • Hematuria in 80% to 90%; with microscopic hematuria approximately 2% have bladder cancer and with gross hematuria approximately 20% have bladder cancer. 3

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNO SIS • Among adult patients with microscopic hematuria, most patients have benign pathology, such as urinary tract in ection, with 25% having prostate cancer and only 2% having bladder cancer. 2




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GENITO URINARY/ RENAL • Among adult patients with gross hematuria, 22% have benign cystitis and 15% to 20% have bladder cancer. 2

• Cisplatin-containing combination chemotherapy is rst-line therapy or patients with metastatic disease, and treated patients can achieve a median survival o up to 14 months. 9,13 SO R SURGICAL

MANAGEMENT MEDICATIO NS Neoadjuvant cisplatin-containing combination chemotherapy (administered prior to main treatment) improves overall 5-year survival by 5% to 7% and should be considered in muscle-invasive bladder cancer irrespective o de initive treatment. 9,11 SO R It is not recommended or patients with per ormance status o 2 or more and impaired renal unction or or primary therapy or localized bladder cancer. 9 • The role o adjuvant chemotherapy (usually administered a ter surgery) or invasive bladder cancer is under debate. A Cochrane review based on 6 small trials (N = 491) ound a 25% relative reduction in the risk o death or chemotherapy compared to control patients (hazard ratio or survival 0.75; 95% CI 0.60, 0.96), suggesting a bene t or these patients. 12

It depends on the extent (depth and grade) or spread o the disease (Table 78-1). Recommendations have been provided by the American Urological Association (AUA, 2007)13 and the EAU (2009)9 as given below: • Non–muscle-invasive disease (70%-75% o cases)—Complete endoscopic resection with or without intravesical treatment (bacille Calmette-Guérin [BCG] weekly or 6 weeks or inter eron or mitomycin C). SO R Low-grade tumors (Ta tumors) can be treated with resection alone or with a single postoperative dose o intravesical chemotherapy. SO R In a metaanalysis o 3 trials, tumor recurrence was signi cantly lower with intravesical BCG, but there was no di erence in disease progression or survival. 14 SO R BCG treatment causes urinary requency (71%), cystitis (67%), hematuria (23%), ever (25%), 15 and, rarely, systemic granulomatous in ection requiring antituberculosis treatment.

TABLE 78-1 Blad d e r Cance r Cate g orie s, Stag e , and 5-Ye ar Survival Rate

Tumo r Cat e g o ry

St ag e o Tumo r *

De scrip t io n

5-Ye ar Survival

Non–muscle -invasive d ise ase Ta

Stag e 0 (N0,M0)

Nonmuscle -invasive a illary carcinoma



Stag e 0 (N0,M0)

Carcinoma in situ



Stag e I (N0,M0)

Tumor invad ing t e lamina ro ria


Stag e II (N0,M0)

Tumor g rown into inne r alf of muscle laye r


Stag e II (N0,M0)

Tumor g rown into oute r alf of muscle laye r


Stag e III (N0,M0)

Tumor t roug muscle laye r into fatty tissue


Stag e III (N0,M0)

Tumor b e yond fatty tissue into ne arb y org ans ‡


Stag e IV (N0,M0)

Tumor b e yond into e lvic or ab d ominal wall‡


Stag e IV

No lym


Stag e IV

S re ad to sing le lym


Stag e IV

S re ad to 2 or more lym

Muscle -invasive d ise ase 70.7%

Lymp h nod e


nod e involve me nt


nod e in true e lvis nod e s in true e lvis

S re ad to nod e s along t e common iliac arte ry

Me tastatic d ise ase M0 M1 *

Stag e IV

No d istant s re ad


Cance r as s re ad to d istant site s *

De te rmine d b y comb ining t e tumor cate g ory wit re se nce or ab se nce and numb e r of lym nod e s involve d (N), and re se nce or ab se nce or d istant s re ad (e g , d istant lym nod e s, b one s, lung s, and live r). † Also d ivid e d into a (microsco ic s re ad into fatty tissue ) and b (visib le s re ad on imag ing or to t e e ye ). ‡ Also d ivid e d into a (s re ad to rostate or ute rus/vag ina) and b (s re ad to e lvic or ab d ominal wall). Information b ase d on SEER d ata. tt ://se e r.cance r.g ov/statfacts/ tml/urinb . tml. Acce sse d June 2014.

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• For Ta, Tis, or T1 tumors that are initially histologically con irmed as high grade, the AUA recommends repeat resection and additional intravesical therapy (induction course o BCG ollowed by maintenance therapy). 13 SO R A Cochrane review based on 5 small trials ound that immunotherapy with intravesical BCG ollowing surgery bene its patients with medium/ high risk Ta or T1 bladder cancer on delaying tumor recurrence. 15 Additional Cochrane reviews ound intravesical BCG more e ective than intravesical epirubicin or mitomycin C in reducing tumour recurrence (the latter only or patients at high risk o recurrence) 16,17; mitomycin C, however, was equivalent to BCG or disease progression and survival. SO R

• The EAU working group suggests use o a weighted scoring system to estimate recurrence and progression risk. 19 Factors include number, size, category, and grade o tumors; recurrence; and concomitant CIS. Scores range rom 0 to 17 or recurrence and 0 to 23 or progression. These scores are translated into probabilities or 1-year and 5-year recurrence (15% and 31%, respectively, or a score o 0, and 61%78%, respectively, or a score o 10-17) and 1-year and 5-year progression (0.2% and 0.8%, respectively, or a score o 0, and 17%-45%, respectively, or a score o 14-23).

• Persistent or recurrent super icial disease—Repeat resection with an induction course o BCG; maintenance BCG or mitomycin C is recommended or consideration o intravesical chemotherapy (valrubicin or gemcitabine). SO R For treatment ailure o patients with non–muscle-invasive bladder tumors, EAU recommends radical cystectomy or those with high-grade tumors and cystectomy or other patients with T1 tumors. 9 SO R Delay in cystectomy or these patients increases the risk o progression and cancer-speci ic death. 9

• Five-year survival rates or super cial disease are 90%; in ltrating (stage II or III), 35% to 70%; metastatic disease (stage IV), 5.4% to 20% (see Table 78-1). 1 Long-term disease- ree survival is reported in approximately 15% o patients with nodal disease and good per ormance status.

• Recurrent high-grade T1 tumors or invasive-muscle disease (extends to muscle or lymph nodes)—Radical cystectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy with or without systemic chemotherapy. 2,9 SO R In men, radical cystectomy includes removal o the prostate, seminal vesicles, and proximal urethra resulting in impotence. In women, the uterus, ovaries, and anterior vaginal wall are removed. Most patients receive cutaneous reservoirs (bowel or orthotopic neobladder) drained by intermittent sel -catheterization.

• Recurrence rates overall are 50% with a median recurrence at 1 year (0.4 to 11 years), and 5% to 20% progress to a more advanced stage. Patients should be seen every 3 months or the rst year. SO R The ACR and EAU recommend stopping oncologic surveillance a ter 5-years o normal ollow-up to be replaced by unctional surveillance (eg, renal unction). 4,9

• Chemotherapy is not used or nonurothelial cancers, such as squamous cell carcinoma or adenocarcinoma, which are primarily treated with cystectomy. 2

• Risk o disease progression by tumor grade: 10% to 15% progress with grade 1 tumors, 14% to 37% with grade 2, and 33% to 64% with grade 3 tumors. 20


• For patients with high-grade Ta and T1 disease, cystoscopy, urinalysis, and urine cytology are recommended every 3 months or 2 years, then every 6 months or 2 years, then annually. Imaging o the upper tract collecting system is per ormed every 1 to 2 years. 2,4


• For patients with muscle-invasive disease, laboratory tests (liver unction test, creatinine clearance, electrolyte panel) in addition to a chest X-ray are recommended every 6 to 12 months with imaging o upper urinary tract, abdomen, and pelvis or recurrence every 3 to 6 months or 2 years, and then as clinically indicated. 3

• In a Cochrane revie