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Differential Diagnosis

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by Dr.Evil1, May 3, 2007.

  1. Dr.Evil1

    Dr.Evil1 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Hey,

    I have heard of snappy mnemonics for developing a complete differential diagnosis but can't remember any of them. Does anyone have this type of mnemonic, you know something that includes things like infectious, rheumatic, malignancy, vascular etc.

    Thanks
     
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  3. mlw03

    mlw03 Senior Member Physician 10+ Year Member

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    here's one from the smartest neuroscientist i know:
    VITAMIN CD
    vascular/post-vascular, infectious/post-infectious, trauma/post-traumatic, autoimmune, metabolic/toxic, idiopathic, neoplastic, congentital/hereditary, degenerative
     
  4. Mephisto

    Mephisto Senior Member 5+ Year Member

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    I always thought VINDICATE was a classic. I like "I VINDICATE" and have added to it to make things more specific and grouped properly.

    I - Idiopathic (ALWAYS a possiblity :p )

    V - Vascular (also includes hypoxia/ischemia/infarct)
    I - Infectious/Inflammatory/Invasive
    N - Neoplastic
    D - Degenerative
    I - Iatrogenic (i.e. drugs and toxins)
    C - Congenital (and hereditary)
    A - Allergic/Autoimmune
    T - Trauma
    E - Endocrine/Metabolic

    You can include "ischemic" in the I or keep it in the vascular since it's kinda vacular.

    Hope this helps.
     

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