February 27, 2014

The use of a google search in the diagnosis of a rare condition.


The use of a google search in the diagnosis of a rare condition.
Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar-Apr;20(2):121-2
Authors: Evans JM, South MM, Jaekle R, Collins A, Lucas F, Simulian G

BACKGROUND: This study aims to describe the use of the Internet in aiding the diagnosis of a rare lower urinary tract finding in a primiparous woman.
METHODS: A case of bladder schistosomiasis was reviewed.
RESULTS: After the referral from the obstetrics service with a bladder lesion noted on dating ultrasound, an asymptomatic primipara with 9 weeks of gestational age presented for cystoscopy. A polypoid lesion was noted, and suspected diagnosis of schistosomiasis was made using a Google image search. Urine cytologic evaluation confirmed the diagnosis, and the patient was treated without need for further invasive testing or bladder biopsy.
CONCLUSIONS: The usefulness of Internet searches and other electronic resources should be appreciated in the diagnosis of rare conditions.

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