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Question Explaining the diagnosis to the SP!

When we are telling the probable diagnosis & differentials is it necessary to explain whats the disease means? in layman terms it takes a lot of time..what's the way?
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Say it in the most easy to understand language first and then ask the SP, if he/she has any questions. They'll tell you if you need to explain further.

Remember that they understand most of the terms, they understand Myocardial Infarction, Urinary tract infection, Pneumonia, Migraine, ...etc

It's in the pathophysiology when they don't understand for example:

Medical terms (do not use)
It looks like your pelviuretric junction is obstructed due to long stand intravesical hypertension that caused trabeculations.

Layman terms (use it)
The part of the urine passageway that connect your urter to the bladder seems to be blocked. This could have been due to long history of increased pressure inside your bladder. We'll do the necessary lab tests to see if that's the case with you so that we can treat it.

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