Spinal metastases and metastatic spinal cord compression

This NICE guideline covers recognition, referral, investigation and management of spinal metastases and metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). It is also relevant for direct malignant infiltration of the spine and associated cord compression. It aims to improve early diagnosis and treatment to prevent neurological injury and improve prognosis.

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AL amyloidosis

In AL amyloidosis, amyloid fibrils, composed of abnormal light chain proteins, are produced by abnormal plasma cells in the bone marrow. AL amyloidosis is a plasma cell disorder but as the plasma cells are not truly cancerous, it is not regarded as a cancer. It is however closely related to myeloma and is diagnosed in…

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STOP-Bang Questionnaire

The following questionnaire can determine if you are at risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by screening for 4 self-reportable and 4 demographic characteristics. Note this is Property of the University Health Network. Modified from Chung F et al. Anesthesiology 2008; 108: 812-821, Chung F et al Br J Anaesth 2012; 108: 768-775, Chung…