Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cases Come In Pairs

I was called to see patient C.N. to have tonic-clonic seizures. My primary consideration was that the seizure is due to hypoglacemia and alcohol. A day prior, he had a drinking spree and the following morning he was not able to eat because of abdominal pain and vomiting. He was then seen to have tonic-clonic convulsions. At the wards, he had no episodes of seizures. The laboratory exams done were all normal except for the low potassium.

At my clinic, I saw patient M.C. who had twitching of the right arm. The patient was able to tell what happened to her. And laboratory results were all normal.

Initially, I thought both are cases of seizure disorder, but they turned to be not. Cases may come in pairs, sometimes in threes. Worst, there were times that I have two mortalities few days apart. I hate those days.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I went to Antipolo General Hospital to get my professional fee for patient M.E. She has not gone home yet after I discharge her 3 weeks ago. Reason: she has no money. This is not the first time it happened in this hospital or in any other hospital I am affiliated. Worst, the hospital may ask her just to pay only the hospital bills and leave me with a promissory note. This is not the first time it happened to me either. I have a lot of promissory notes. This is part of my apostolate.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Complicated Pregnancy

E. K. is a 41 year old female admitted for headache and numbness of the whole body. She was admitted in May for palpitation and in June for weakness of the right side of the body. This case looks simple but what complicates my management is the fact she is 7 months pregnant.

In May, good that her obstetrician-gynecologist allowed be to give Amiodarone 200 mg capsules BID which reverted her cardiac rhythm to normal at once. In June, only Vitamin B complex was given which offered relief. I think that all these signs and symptoms are due to hormonal changes of pregnancy.

This admission, she is being treated for pre-eclampsia (hypertension with pregnancy) with Methyldopa 250 mg tablet TID.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Start of the Filipino Physician OnLine

     Hi! I am Dr. Dindo Ferdinand C. Santos, an Internist and a Family Physician, practicing medicine in the Philippines. I am the Filipino Physician OnLine. 

     I am a graduate of University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (1988). I finished my residency training in Internal Medicine in 1995 and had my certification in Family Medicine in 2003. Internal Medicine deals with the medical treatment of adults while Family Medicine deals with general practice. So, I can treat both adults and children that don't need surgery. 

     I started web designing in 1995 with my own personal website. I am the webmaster of my club, the Rotary Club of Marikina, 2001 to 2005 and 2007-2010; and our district, Rotary International District 3800, from 2001 to 2008 and 2009 to 2010. 

     When I started my personal website entitled Filipino Internist on the Internet, I had the topic “The Doctor Is In” where my visitors can ask medical question via email. One case that I will never forget was a teenager in the US whose parents went on a vacation. She had continuous abdominal pain. She could have waited for her parents but I advised her to go to the emergency room immediately. Her sister brought her and true enough she was diagnosed to have appendicitis. If she had waited, her appendix could have ruptured. 

     If you have some medical queries, you can email me. I will answer them to the best of my ability. But please remember, there is no substitute to a consultation with your physician.