If you could find it in your heart to send me a link, or a dropbox address, or really anything at all – that would be amazing, because I don’t know anything about them. THINK OF THE FUTURE PATIENTS.
(Or, more selfishly, think of my medicine shelf grade. I’m taking the exam on Monday, and I am in trouble, because
Literally Everything I Know About These 2 Diseases:
1. Along with Lupus, they make up the holy differential diagnosis trinity of Confusing Multi-system Presentations.
2. If the question stem says the patient is African-American, they have sarcoidosis and you should order a CXR.
3. Amyloid is pink.
I realize this doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. That’s fair.)
The thing that bothers me about these 2 diseases is that it’s impossible to find a good summary. Every textbook (and class) is broken up into sections by specialty, and so Amyloidosis & Sarcoidosis just get fricasseed into a billion pieces because no one wants to take ownership of diseases that cross their specialty lines.
(This is why, I suspect, Metropolis Med never covered them. No sub-specialist feels qualified to talk about things outside their specialty. So they’ll tell you about the fibrosis caused in their favorite organ, and if you ask about the extra-systemic manifestations, they’ll just wave their hands and say “more fibrosis” – which is probably the correct answer – but still.)
Anyway, seriously, the shelf is the day after tomorrow and I’ve got nothing. If you could send me a link to your med school’s lecture on either of these diseases, you will be my new best friend. You will make my weekend amazing. You will cause me to fist-pump the air and say “yesss!” loudly.
… to everyone else, sorry this was a lame entry. Here’s a baby being a flamingo.