Medication Errors in Adults-Case #8: Geriatric Patients
February 20, 2014

Rising medication use and polypharmacy, along with physiological changes in older patients, greatly increase their risk of medication-related problems and adverse events.

A New Look at Age-old Geriatric Ills: Photo Quiz
February 19, 2014

Many older adults have several related medical problems that have various causes and involve many parts of the body, complicating patient care. This week’s photo quiz offers some common geriatric presentations to test your knowledge.

Multiple Conditions Lower Seniors’ Quality of Life
October 29, 2013

In a recent study, both baseline and new multiple chronic conditions led to worse health in older patients.

Hospitalization for Constipation: A Most Preventable Admission
October 16, 2013

What accounts for the 129% increase in admissions for constipation over the past decade-and what can be done to avoid these expensive and often unnecessary admissions? Primary care clinicians take note.

Ecchymoses and Erosion on Fragile Skin
September 18, 2013

These wounds occurred when this 77-year-old woman fell when chasing her dog. Such wounds-a combination of ecchymoses and erosion caused by blunt and sheering forces on fragile skin-are common in the elderly, even after relatively mild trauma. Simple interventions will promote healing.

Statins Beneficial for Primary Prevention in the Elderly
September 10, 2013

Statins used for primary prevention in elderly patients result in a significant reduction in MI and stroke.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma In Situ
July 29, 2013

Eccentric and irregular pigmentation prompted a biopsy in this elderly woman with a history of basal cell carcinoma and melanoma. The surprising diagnosis was a heavily pigmented squamous cell carcinoma in situ.

Strangulated Rectal Prolapse
July 24, 2013

Incarcerated rectal prolapse is uncommon and seen mainly in elderly female patients. If ischemia is present, perineal proctosigmoidectomy is the only remaining treatment option.

Geriatric Concerns-A Photo Essay
May 02, 2013

Preseptal cellulitis, myasthenia gravis, squamous cell carcinoma, atheromatous embolism, calciphylaxis are shown here.