Clinical Criteria for Bell’s Palsy (Idiopathic Facial Nerve Paralysis)

Bell’s palsy is a peripheral palsy of the facial nerve that results in muscle weakness on one side of the face.

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Clinical Diagnostic Criteria for Hospital-Acquired (or Nosocomial) Pneumonia (HAP)

Acute nosocomial pneumonia is broadly defined as pneumonia characterized by a new and persistent infiltrate (radiographically present for greater than 48 hours) PLUS one of the following:

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Wells Clinical Prediction Rule for Pulmonary Embolism and Deep Venous Thrombosis

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Diagnosis, Clinical Characteristics, and Treatment of Sarcoidosis

Diagnosis

  • Diagnosis of sarcoidosis is firm when chest radiographic evidence is accompanied by compatible clinical features and noncaseating granulomas on biopsy, with all other causes of granulomas ruled out.
  • Biopsy is indicated for all patients presumed to have sarcoidosis, except those with Löfgren’s syndrome.

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International Clinical Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic Macular Edema Disease Severity Scales

The levels in this new diabetic retinopathy disease severity scale consist of five scales with increasing risks of retinopathy.

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Clinical Criteria for Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders in Acute Stroke

A DNR order may be written any time that two of the following clinical criteria are present and the prognosis has become clear for and shared whenever possible between physician(s), patient, and family (or appropriate surrogate).

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Clinical Features of Nephrotic and Nephritic Syndrome

Clinical Features of Nephrotic Syndrome

The nephrotic syndrome is a clinical complex characterized by:

  • proteinuria of >3.5 g per 1.73 m2 per 24 h (in practice, >3.0 to 3.5 g per 24 h),
  • hypoalbuminemia,
  • edema,
  • hyperlipidemia,
  • lipiduria, and
  • hypercoagulability.

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Clinical and Laboratory “Low Risk” Criteria for Children Younger Than 3 Months with Fever and No Focus of Infection

Clinical criteria

  • Born at term (gestational age >/= 37 weeks)with uncomplicated nursery stay
  • Previously healthy infants
  • No toxic manifestations
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Clinical Conditions Associated with Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC)

Clinical Conditions Associated with Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC)

1. Sepsis/severe infection (any microorganism)

2. Trauma (e.g., polytrauma, neurotrauma, fat embolism)

3. Organ destruction (e.g., severe pancreatitis)

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