7 signs to a wet lung

This week, instead of a mnemonic, let’s talk about what it means for a chest X-ray to “look wet”. If you know of a memory trick to remember these signs of pulmonary edema, please share! Here are the 7 signs of a “wet lung”:

1) The classic “bat wing” pattern (i.e. fluffy appearance of alveolar infiltrates in a wing- like distribution around the heart)

2) Cephalization of the pulmonary vessels (i.e. vessels in the upper chest are more prominent)

3) Air bronchograms (i.e. the dark air-filled spaces of the bronchi are outlined by the fluid of the alveoli)

4) Peribronchial cuffing (i.e. bronchial wall thickening from fluid)

5) Kerley B lines (i.e. septal lines of 1-2 cm at the lung periphery)

6) Enlarged cardiac silhouette

7) Pleural effusions

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“Let’s talk bowels.”

What are some common causes of a bowel obstruction? Think “A-B-C”:

Adhesions

Bulge (i.e. hernia)

Cancer OR Crohn’s

 

How do you know if a bowel loop is dilated? Easy! Remember the “3-6-9” rule!

The maximum diameter of the bowel should be the following:

 3 cm for the small intestine

6 cm for the large bowel

9 cm for the cecum

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Basic description of fractures

Back from the holidays! Hopefully everyone enjoyed the short time they had off.

Need to describe a fracture? Get all the basics in one “BLOC”.

B = Bone (What is the name of the injured bone?)

L = Location (Is it distal or proximal? Is it at the metaphysis, diaphysis or epiphysis?)

O = Orientation (Is the fracture transverse, oblique or spiral?)

C = Closed/Open (Is the fracture open or closed?)

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Thanks for reading!! Wishing you the best in 2014. Don’t be shy to share any study tricks you may have.

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