The F word

As the title of the post suggests, this week’s post will take a turn towards the arguably-not-so-PC. If you don’t like one of the F words of this week’s mnemonic, I provide a more PC alternative. :)

When suspecting obstructive biliary disease, think of the 5 factors that describe the patient population frequently affected by gallbladder disease. These 5 factors are remembered with the “5 ‘F’s”

Fair

Female

Forty

Fertile

Fat (or use the more polite term “full”)

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Congratulations to the Canadian 4th year medical students on the residency Match!! Good luck to the Americans!

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Anatomy series (part 3)

This week’s mnemonic was shared by a WM reader, “Mrs James Barry”. It fits perfectly into the new anatomy series. To remember what structures cross the diaphragm, you may use the phrase “I ate 10 eggs at twelve”.

 

I ate = I 8 = IVC at the 8th thoracic vertebra

Ten eggs = 10 E = Esophagus at the 10th thoracic vertebra

At twelve = A 12 = Aorta at the 12th thoracic vertebra

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Thanks for the clever mnemonic, Mrs. James Barry! Happy December to All!

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Anatomy series (part 2)

As promised, The WM will be offering an anatomy series and here is part 2! Today’s featured organ is the spleen.

The spleen is known as the “odd” organ. That is, the odd-numbered organ. To describe the anatomy of the spleen, all you have to know are the numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11.

  • The spleen is 1 inch x 3 inches x 5 inches in dimensions
  • The spleen is usually about 7 ounces in weight
  • The spleen is found under ribs 9 and 11 (i.e. its surface anatomy)

Remember: the spleen is tucked below the diaphragm. You will only feel it on your physical exam if it is enlarged.

Last fact of the week: massive splenomegaly is felt 8 cm below the costal margin and weighs more than 1kg (!!).

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Anatomy series (part 1)

There are a couple of series on this blog, but there isn’t one for anatomy….yet! For those interested in surgery, or if you are ever putting in an arterial line, this series may come in handy. The first “Anatomy series” post will feature the contents of the femoral triangle. To remember the order of the contents from lateral to medial, use the mnemonic NAVEL.

N = Nerve (i.e. femoral nerve)

A = Artery (i.e. femoral artery, contained in the femoral sheath with the femoral vein)

V = Vein (i.e. femoral vein, contained in the femoral sheath with the femoral artery)

E = Empty space

L = Lymphatics

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If you like clubbing…

You might party harder with this mnemonic submitted by our friend rebch. I know, bad joke… but who can resist a pun?

C = Cirrhosis, congestive heart failure
L = Lung disease- malignancy, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis
U = Ulcerative colitis/Crohn’s disease
B = Biliary, Bulimia

Another blogger cphy wanted me to share her mnemonics as well. Here’s a link to her blog:

http://cphy.wordpress.com/med-mnemonics/

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Have a great week!!

Thanks to rebch and cphy for sharing.

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Embryology special: Terrible twos

On this 2nd day of June, The Weekly Mnemonic is all about twos. Enjoy these 2 well-known mnemonics that make use of the number “2”.

DiGeorge syndrome, also known as the 22q11.2 syndrome, has a variable presentation and the possible presenting features can be remembered as a “CATCH-22”:

C: Cardiac abnormalities (e.g. tetralogy of Fallot)
A: Abnormal facial features
T: Thymic aplasia
C: Cleft palate
H: Hypoparathyroidism/Hypocalcemia

22: The chromosomal anomaly involved is a deletion on the 22nd chromosome

Meckel’s Diverticulum can be well described using the “rule of twos”:

2% percent of the population
2 times more common in males
2 years is commonly the age of presentation
2 feet proximal from the ileocecal valve
2 types of ectopic tissue can be found: gastric and pancreatic

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Kdub’s racy mnemonic

To get through the anterior abdominal wall and to get to the pelvis (since the abdominal cavity is continuous with the pelvic cavity) you have to go on…
“Six Sexy DATES”

S = skin
S = superficial fascia
D = deep fascia
A = anterolateral wall muscles
T = transversalis fascia
E = extraperitoneal fat
S = serous parietal peritoneum

Credit: Kdub