Monday, March 14, 2011

The Infamous Stool Sample

Toward the end of a very rough day in the office, one of my patients tells me, "Doc, I have just one more complaint. . . ."  When a patient phrases it like that I have learned to brace myself, 'cause it's usually chest pain, or something major they saved for the last minute. Today, however, this patient says, "I brought you a stool sample thinking you were going to need it."  

Now, when a patient brings you a stool sample and reaches into their pocket to pull it out, you really begin to worry. He tells me he has been having trouble with his stools and thought he would bring me this sample to examine.  He wanted a diagnosis right there on the spot. . . 

So, I ask you, what's your diagnosis?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Medical News: Marijuana Use Precedes Psychosis - in Psychiatry, General Psychiatry from MedPage Today

A recent German study reports that users of marijuana have twice the risk of developing subsequent psychosis than those who have never used marijuana. The study was completed over an 8.5 year period with close to 2,000 participants ages 14-24. Risk for psychosis increased to 20% of those using marijuana. Read a summary of the study here.