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List Differential Diagnosis Mnemonics for Step 2 CS

Pediatric Fever:

GUM PASS

Gastroentritis
URI/ UTI
Measles, mumps, rubella, Meningitis
Pneumonia
Acute otitis media
Sepsis
Scarlet fever
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FATIGUE: i think lots of dd
but i tried to remember from FA is CHOP AT CD

Chronic fatigue syndrome
HIV infection
Obstructive sleep apnea
PTSD / Pancreatic tumour
Adjustment disorder
TB? thyroid problem
Colon cancer/ any cancer
DM, Depression, DI, Domestic abuse
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Menstrual Irregularities:

3 PTH
Preganancy
PCOD
Premature ovarian failure
Thyroid problem
Hyperprolectinoma
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Headache:

MC SITS

Migraine
Cluster headache
Sinusitis
Intracranial neoplasm
Trigeminal Neuralgia Tension Headache
SAH
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Depression:

ABCD of Depression

A
djustment disorder
Bereavement
Cyclothymic disorder
Dysthymic disorder
Depression
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KNEE/ Wrist/ hand pain and probably any joint pain:

SPORT


Septic arthritis, SLE
Pseudogout gout, Psoariatic arthritis
Osteoarthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis, Reactive and Reiter arthritis
Trauma and Tear ligament
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Eye pain/ discharge / Vision loss:

MD HAS Cataract

Macular degeneration
Diabetic Retinopathy
Hypertensive Retinopathy
Acute glucoma, anterior uveitis
Side effect medications
Cataract, Conjunctivitis, Corneal injury
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Hearing loss:

Cochlear POOMA

Cochlear nerve damage due to loud noises
Presbyacusis
Otosclerosis
Ototoxicity, Otitis Media
Meniere Disease
Acoustic neuroma
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Tremor:

WHIP PE

Wilson Disease
Hyperthyroid
Induced By Coffee, drugs
Parkinson Disease
Physiological tremor
Essential tremor
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Loss of consciousness / passing out:

SAH VCD

Seizure disorder
Aortic stenosis
Hypotension, Hypoglycemia
Vasovagal syncope
Convulsive syncope, Cardiac Arrythmia
Drug induced
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Confusion / memory loss:

VANISH

Vascular dementia . Vit B12 deficiency
Alzheimer Dementia
NPH
Induced by alcohol (Delirium)
Subdural hematoma
Hypothyroid, Hypoglycemia, Head injury
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Cool I had a modified one for Fatigue

First off thanks a lot Parag, most of them are helpful....just wanted to share mine as well for fatigue, you never know may help someone out.


Fatigue = CHOMP CANDy


C hronic fatigue syn, Chronic Pancreatitis
H ypothyroid, Hypoglycemia, Hiv infection, Hepatitis, Hypercalcemia
O bs sleep apnea (sleep deprivation)
M ono, Myasthenia gravis
P tsd, PUD

C ancer (RCC, Pancreatic, Colon), CHF, COPD
A djustment/Anxiety disorder, Anemia (esp females)
N arcolepsy
D epression, Domestic Abuse, Diabetes (DM & DI), Dehydration
Y u no memorize this yet? (word play)


and just to make it easier, I wrote the differentials from most likely to least, so for example on exam day you're more worried about D= depression first then domestic abuse then DM etc etc....

obviously there are so many DDx for fatigue, but in my opinion these are the ones likely to show up on CS and as always any additions/modifications are welcomed.....but these will MORE than take care of Fatigue, hope this helps guys, Goodluck!
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