With increasing affordability and availability of international travel, many endemic infections once restricted to overseas regions are now not uncommonly seen in our locality. Three cases of important arthropod-borne infections from returned travellers are reported and discussed.
Dr Ravichandran Nadarajah, a consultant at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Singapore General Hospital, speaks to Roshini Claire Anthony on the importance of early diagnosis and prevention of cervical cancer.
Dr Ravichandran Nadarajah, a consultant at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Singapore General Hospital, speaks to Roshini Claire Anthony on the significant role played by GPs in ensuring early diagnosis and prevention of cervical cancer.
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is associated with conditions such as gastritis, peptic ulcer, gastric cancer, and certain types of lymphoma. A common presenting complaint among all these H. pylori-related illnesses is dyspepsia. Dr Desmond Wai from the Desmond Wai Liver and Gastrointestinal Diseases Centre, Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Singapore, speaks on the important role general practitioners (GPs) play in recognizing, diagnosing, and treating H. pylori.
A 73-year-old man presented with 1 week’s history of progressive epigastric pain. The pain was dull in nature and the patient reported no vomiting or radiation of pain. On presentation, the patient was found to have a low-grade fever (temperature, 37.8°C). There was no tea-coloured urine. The patient had enjoyed good past health except for a previous surgery for spinal injury.
This is the case of a 77-year-old man with a history of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). In September 2015, he was admitted to a regional hospital in Hong Kong due to fever and shortness of breath, and was diagnosed with pneumonia, the fourth episode in his life.
Dengue fever is caused by the dengue virus and borne by the Aedes mosquito. The virus causes flu-like symptoms that generally resolve on their own with supportive care but severe cases require further management and possibly hospitalization. Primary care doctors are frequently the first point of contact for people with dengue fever. Radha Chitale spoke with Dr. Jenny Low, a senior consultant in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Singapore General Hospital, about what they can do for affected patients.
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The common antimicrobial agent, triclosan, has been implicated in colonic inflammation and the disease development of colitis and colitis-associated colon cancer, reveals a study appearing in Science Translational Medicine. [doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.aan4116]
The use of procalcitonin assays had little impact on antibiotic exposure in patients who presented to emergency departments (ED) with suspected lower respiratory tract infections, according to findings of the ProACT* trial presented at the recent sessions of the American Thoracic Society (ATS 2018).