Diagnostic Criteria for Thromboangiitis Obliterans (Buerger’s Disease)

Since specificity of Buerger’s disease is characterized by peripheral ischemia of an inflammatory nature and with a self-limiting course, diagnostic criteria should be discussed from clinical of view.

Several different criteria have been proposed for the diagnosis of thromboangiitis obliterans:

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Criteria for Diagnosis of Still’s Disease

Yamaguchi criteria for classification of adult Still’s disease

Presence of 5 or more criteria, of which at least 2 are Major (96% sensitivity; 92% specificity)

Yamaguchi criteria for classification of adult Still’s disease
Presence of 5 or more criteria, of which at least 2 are Major (96% sensitivity; 92% specificity)

Major Criteria

  • Temperature of >39°C for >1 wk
  • Leukocytosis >10,000/mm3 with >80% PMNs
  • Typical rash
  • Arthralgias >2 wk

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Diagnostic Criteria for Meniere’s Disease

Meniere´s disease is defined as recurrent, spontaneous episodic vertigo, hearing loss, aural fullness and tinnitus. Recurrent endolymphatic hypertension (hydrops) is believed to cause the episodes.

According to the guidelines from AAO-HNS Committee of Hearing and Equilibrium the three major symptoms are described as follows:

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Definition and Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

NKF Definition of Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Kidney damage for three or more months, as defined by structural or functional abnormalities of the kidney, with or without decreased GFR, manifested by pathologic abnormalities or markers of kidney damage, including abnormalities in the composition of the blood or urine or abnormalities in imaging tests

  • GFR < 60 mL per minute per 1.73 m2 for three months or more, with or without kidney damage

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GOLD Staging System for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD) Severity

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) diagnostic criteria for COPD include the following symptoms: coughing, sputum production and/or dyspnoea, as well as a history of exposure to risk factors for COPD. The diagnosis is confirmed by a post-bronchodilator FEV1/FVC < 0.7 in spirometry, as sign of the airflow limitation that is not fully reversible.

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