The recent report of a multi-state outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 secondary to romaine lettuce may to to parental fears - specifically hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Fortunately the risk of transmission is low. But, just in case you have someone who is worried and seeking reassurance - or actually needs a work up I wanted to provide some information.
Acute Flaccid Myelitis is a rare but serious disease characterized by rapid onset of muscle weakness. Diagnosis also requires an MRI with lesions in multiple spinal levels or CSF pleocytosis. cases have been reported over the past several years and though a specific cause is unknown strains of enterovirus are suspected culprits.
Stop what you’re doing and read this fantastic post from don’t forget the bubbles. It details a large study that looks at bacterial co-infection rates in infants with viruses.
Let's explore the accuracy of urinalysis for urinary tract infections in febrile infants 60 days and younger shall we?
Warning - swimming pool related puns ahead...
We don't yet have a consensus on how we assess pneumonia severity. This systematic review attempts to provide some clarity.
Does giving a dose of a corticosteroid make a difference in pharyngitis? R.E.B.E.L. EM has a great succinct post on the topic.
Per a large, multicenter study the upper limit for WBC in CSF in infants with fever ≤28 days is 15 cells/mm3 and 29–60 days: 9 cells/mm3.
Primary herpetic gingivostomatitis patients have ulcerative lesions of the gingiva and mucous membranes. Learn more abut it in this edition of Briefs.