Posts By: Curt Samlaska

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Student Visionary for 2023…

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My daughter is a Student Visionary for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this year, starting on January 19, 2023 and going through to March 9, 2023.  This is a wonderful charity raising money for children and adults with these severe and complex disorders.  Londyn has decided to focus on fund raising  for research. I hope… Read more »

Bot Fly Myiasis: What’s eating me…

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Case of the Month:  A 70 year gentleman spends his time between Las Vegas and Costa Rica, where he has a home.  He was at his house in Costa Rica one day when he decided to walk into the surrounding wooded area near his home.  He notes that he experienced a number of insect bites… Read more »

Pyoderma Gangrensum: It’s not an infection…

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Pyoderma Gangrenosum (PG) was initially described by Brunsting in 1930.  Classic PG begins as an inflammatory pustule with a surrounding halo that enlarges and subsequently ulcerates.  A primary lesion may not be seen and most of these patients present with frank ulcerations.  Satellite violaceous papules may be found peripheral to the border of the ulceration. … Read more »

Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis: Small-Vessel Vasculitis…

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Vasculitis is a direct result of inflamed blood vessels.  The vast majority of cases of cutaneous Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis, also referred to as Small-Vessel Vasculitis (LCV) follow an acute infection or exposure to a new medication.  Palpable Purpura is the hallmark of LCV, the lesions ranging from pinpoint to several centimeters in diameter. Annular, vesicular, bullous… Read more »

Silicone Granulomas: Body Contouring Disasters…

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Liquid injectable Silicone (LIS) has been used for decades as a permanent filler for soft tissue augmentation in many locations to include the face, lips, eyelids, buttocks, hips and penis.  LIS has a chemical composition of dimethyl polysiloxane.  Pure LIS is nontoxic, noncarcinogenic, chemically inert and does not support the growth of microorganisms.  It has… Read more »

Keloids: Beyond the Margins…

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Keloids are benign dermal fibroproliferative tumors with no malignant potential.  The first description of abnormal scar formation in the form of Keloids was recorded in the Smith Papyrus regarding surgical techniques in Egypt around 1700 B.C.  The actual term Keloid, means “crab claw” and was first coined by Alibert in 1806 in an attempt to… Read more »

Kaposi Sarcoma: The Old & The New…

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Kaposi Sarcoma (KS) was originally described by Moritz Kaposi in 1872 when he called it “multiple benign pigmented idiopathic hemorrhagic sarcoma.”  Since those initial descriptions there have been three clinical presentations that have been referred to as “Classic form” or Old World KS:  Initially KS was an indolent disease seen chiefly in middle-age men of… Read more »

Xanthomas: Signs of Dyslipidemia…

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Xanthomas are deposits of lipids in tissues, usually skin and tendons.  These are often signs of dyslipidemia, which is a sign of inherited hyperlipidemia, often hypercholesterolemia.  In other words, there are abnormalities of lipid amount or processing in the body and thus are important markers of underlying potential for heart disease and strokes.  There are… Read more »

Ultimate Trainer/Recovery: The Science of Fitness…

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Many performance-enhancing supplements are increasing in popularity among professional and amateur athletes alike.  There is gathering evidence that these agents demonstrate significant benefits not only for athletes, but may also prove helpful in critically ill patients in whom preservation and restoration of lean body mass and neuromuscular function are crucial.  Beneficial supplements include creatine, branched-chain… Read more »