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Old 11-24-2012
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Default How are you guys approaching CS?

I just started.
I use FA and UW for now and in the process of getting CSE videos.

So what I do is I learn DD and then go over pt. encounter. I want to go over these first of all myself before I will ask my gf. to be my guinea pig...

What is the significance of writing the DD in the patient note?
How important it is to put the most probable diagnosis to the first place and not the second?

I mean for example, I am leaning toward putting Pseudodementia in case of an old lady who had a gradual decline in memory after her housband died one year ago and it is bothering her, instead of Alzheimers (cuz I thought alzheimers will take longer to develop + patients are not aware of what is happening)?

So would that be a mistake if I put pseudodementia first and then, lets say Neurosyphilis or something and Alzheimers only on the 3rd place?
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