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March 2016

Patient Care

Prices shouldn't keep patients with HCV from seeking care
Assessment of the extent of liver disease is critical in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Insurers may be reluctant to cover patients with HCV who don't have advanced cirrhosis or fibrosis. Mayo offers noninvasive testing, evaluation and advocacy.

Flexible cryoprobes offer an alternative to forceps transbronchial or surgical biopsies
Mayo pulmonary specialists have evaluated the use of cryobiopsies in selected patients with diffuse parenchymal lung diseases for several years. Advantages include the ability to collect much larger specimens while preserving the underlying lung architecture.

Ventricular arrhythmia is a rare and often unexpected finding in pediatric patients

When a child presents with ventricular arrhythmia, specific causes warrant consideration and guide the subsequent work-up and treatment strategy.


Obese liver transplant recipients have higher morbidity, not mortality
Although early studies linking obesity with worse survival among liver transplant recipients are flawed, obesity in general and post-transplant weight gain in particular increase the risk of perioperative and postoperative complications.

Research sheds light on post-TKA arthrofibrosis
Despite improved surgical techniques and implant design, rates of arthrofibrosis after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) have remained relatively unchanged for two decades. Now, translational studies are increasing understanding of arthrofibrosis pathology and pointing to potential treatments.

See all Family Medicine and General Internal Medicine Clinical Trials at Mayo Clinic

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Rheumatology Review for Primary Care 2016
May 5-7, 2016, in Amelia Island, Fla.
This course reviews clinical and therapeutic aspects for rheumatologic conditions plus current etiology, pathogenesis and treatment of rheumatologic disorders. Topics include interpretation of laboratory testing results and identification of patients who should be managed in primary care or referred.

Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Training June 2016 — General Session
June 18, 2016, in Pocono Manor, Pa.
In-person training for health care professionals who perform physical examinations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers also includes these options:

23rd Mayo Clinical Reviews and Primary Care Update 2016
June 20-24, 2016, in Amelia Island, Fla.
This course provides a review of primary care subjects plus new strategies of care, as well as recommendations involving related medical subspecialties. The comprehensive program includes lectures, workshops and panel discussions on topics of general interest.

See all Family Medicine and Internal Medicine and Subspecialty Continuous Professional Development courses


In the Video Center

Study Suggests Acutely Injured Kidneys can be Considered for Transplant
Research suggests that some acutely injured kidneys from donors who are deceased can be used for transplant with safe, positive outcomes. Raymond L. Heilman, M.D., discusses the single-site study.

Visit the Medical Professional Video Center to view specialty and Grand Rounds presentations

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