Triads, pentads and classic presentations (part 1)

Ever notice that medicine loves its triads, pentads and classic presentations? Well, here is the first of a series of posts that will allow you to find them in one place for easy studying.

  • Beck’s triad of the heart for tamponade: (1) Hypotension, (2) Distended neck veins, (3) distant heart sounds.

*Not to be confused with Beck’s cognitive triad for depression.

  • Virchow’s triad for thrombosis: (1) Stasis, (2) Hypercoagulability, (3) Vessel wall injury.
  • The asthma triad: (1) Airway inflammation, (2) Hyperreactive airways, (3) Reversible airflow obstruction.

 

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