Internal Medicine Resident has Three Articles published in Cureus Journal

February 16, 2022

Congratulations to Vidya Baleguli, MD for this amazing achievement! Read below for the summary of her research.

Human Herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) Encephalitis in a Non-Transplant Patient With Polymyositis

HHV-6 infections are commonly described during the first three years of life during childhood. After primary infection, HHV-6 establishes latency like other herpes viral families. Roseola infantum, also known as exanthem subitum, is a well-known childhood disease caused by HHV6-B as a primary infection that resolves spontaneously. Considering how rare the primary infection is in adults, most cases are considered to represent reactivation disease by HHV-6. Numerous circumstantial case reports and case series have advocated that there has been improvement in presumed HHV-6 encephalitis after treatment with either foscarnet or ganciclovir. These conclusions require further validation in carefully controlled trials.

Heparin-Induced Renal Tubular Acidosis Masquerading as Hyperkalemia in a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Patient: A Case Report
Type 4 renal tubular acidosis is a type of metabolic acidosis characterized by hyperchloremia and hyperkalemia resulting from the reduction in and/or resistance to aldosterone. RTA can be caused by multiple different medications including angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor/angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), potassium-sparing diuretics, and heparin. In this case, we discuss renal tubular acidosis caused by heparin use for the prevention of thromboembolic disease in COVID-19 infections.

A Rare Cause of Esophageal Dysphagia – Secondary Esophageal Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It continues to be one of the most common causes of death in adults across all countries. We present a unique case of secondary esophageal TB with symptoms of dysphagia and odynophagia with primary TB focus on the lung. A prompt and accurate diagnosis can result in substantial therapeutic benefits, as observed in our patient, and decrease the associated mortality and morbidity if treatment is proper and promptly applied.

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