In 2013 Professor David Oliver wrote a blog, the Geriatrics “Profanisaurus”, a list of words and phrases that should be banned, he encouraged other ‘BGS-ers to join in the fun and add their own “unutterables”.
My contribution to this list is some frequently encountered diagnoses that should be approached with scepticism.
‘Bilateral cellulitis’: If both legs are infected then the person should be unwell. Usually red legs are caused by a combination of underlying pathology; acute lipodermatosclerosis, venous hypertension, venous stasis dermatitis, lymphoedema or panniculits. The legs are hot and swollen but in the context of someone who is afebrile with minimal inflammatory response. The reason they are not responding to antibiotics is because they do not have an infection. Continue reading →
Bladder and bowel problems are common but neglected areas of geriatric medicine practice. We are holding a meeting that will focus on providing comprehensive up to date information and practical tips from leading experts in the field.
The BGS Special Interest Group for Bladder and Bowel Health is holding a meeting on the 11th October 2013. This year we are focussing on the links between brain and the bladder and bowel. Topics also include bladder re-training and practical management in frail older people, organising an integrated continence service and with focused sessions on constipation, diarrhoea, bladder cancer.
This is our second meeting but with a completely different programme. The last one was rated highly so the omens are good!
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An older patient presenting acutely to A&E in an unwell and frail state can erroneously be assumed to be at their baseline pre-morbid state, with some additional new complaint like a “UTI” as an over-riding diagnosis. My active and mobile mother was reduced over a period of three months to a delirious crumpled wreck who didn’t know what day it was because of a persisting UTI that had not been dealt with. Her past medical history was complicated: stroke, heart attack, pacemaker, diverticulitis, arthritis, diabetes not well controlled, kidney function not right … you get the picture. But still, before the UTI she was sharp and active.
What follows is a brief account (you don’t want the detailed version) of what happened in A&E on three failed visits. Continue reading →