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Pressure receptors respond to pressure cheap 300 mg ranitidine with mastercard, vibration, and stretch Receptors may also be classified on the basis of sensory and are commonly found in the hypodermis of the skin and in adaptation (accommodation). The tactile and pressure re- burst of activity when a stimulus is first applied, but then quickly ceptors are summarized in table 15. Receptors with this response pattern are Corpuscles of Touch called phasic receptors. Receptors that produce a relatively con- A corpuscle of touch (Meissner’s corpuscle) is an oval receptor stant rate of firing as long as the stimulus is maintained are composed of a mass of dendritic endings from two or three nerve known as tonic receptors. These corpuscles are Phasic receptors alert us to changes in sensory stimuli and are numerous in the hairless portions of the body, such as the eye- in part responsible for the fact that we can cease paying atten- lids, lips, tip of the tongue, fingertips, palms of the hands, soles of tion to constant stimuli. Corpuscles of touch lie and touch, for example, adapt rapidly; bathwater feels hotter when within the papillary layer of the dermis, where they are especially we first enter it. Sensory Organs © The McGraw−Hill Anatomy, Sixth Edition Coordination Companies, 2001 Chapter 15 Sensory Organs 491 (see chapter 5). Sensations of fine or light touch are perceived as heat receptors and the latter cold receptors. The bulbs of Krause respond to light touches an object to determine its texture. Any mother can attest to the calming effect that holding and Braille symbols consist of dots that are raised 1 mm from the patting have on a crying baby. It has been known that the surface of the page and separated from each other by 2. There enced braille readers can scan words at about the same speed that a is now evidence that touching and caressing newborns actually en- sighted person can read aloud—a rate of about 100 words per minute. Even premature infants grow and mature faster if they Free Nerve Endings are regularly held and touched. Free nerve endings are the least modified and the most superfi- Experiments with rats have shown that licking and grooming by the mother stimulate the secretion of growth hormones in her pups cial of the tactile receptors. The amount of growth hormone is significantly reduced in lower layers of the epidermis, where they end as knobs between isolated pups that are not licked or groomed. Free nerve endings respond chiefly to pain stroked periodically with a paintbrush, however, have normal secre- tion of growth hormone.

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In this case discount ranitidine 300mg with mastercard, a clinical sign that is useless in primary care (LR barely above 1 and LR close to 1) is highly useful in tertiary care (LR of 5), and in this case specificity has risen (from 74% to 95%), not fallen, along the referral pathway. The solution to this paradox is revealed in the frequency of the sign in these two settings; it has fallen (from 28% to 14%), not risen, along the pathway from primary to tertiary care. We think that the explanation is that primary care clinicians, who do not want to miss any patient’s appendicitis, are “over-reading” abdominal rigidity compared to their colleagues in tertiary care. At this stage in our knowledge of this phenomenon we do not think the “standard correction factors” noted in the previous paragraph are advisable, and this paradox once again points to the need to replicate promising Phase III study results in “test” settings attended by patients (and clinicians! In this regard we welcome the creation of the CARE consortium of over 800 clinicians from over 70 countries14 for their performance of web- based, large, simple, fast studies of the clinical examination. For clinicians who wish to apply the bayesian properties of diagnostic tests, accurate estimates of the pretest probability of target disorders in their locale and setting are required. These can come from five sources: personal experience, population prevalence statistics, practice databases, the publication that described the test, or one of a growing number of primary studies of pretest probability in different settings. The ultimate value of a diagnostic test is measured in the health outcomes produced by the further diagnostic and therapeutic interventions it precipitates. Sometimes this benefit is self-evident, as in the correct diagnosis of patients with life threatening target disorders who thereby receive life saving treatments. At other times these outcomes can be hinted at in Phase III studies if the reference standard for the absence of the target disorder is a benign clinical course despite the withholding of treatment. More often, however, Phase IV questions are posed about diagnostic tests that achieve the early detection of asymptomatic disease, and can only be answered by the follow up of patients randomised to undergo the diagnostic test of interest or some other (or no) test. Methods for conducting randomised trials are discussed elsewhere,17 and we will confine this discussion to an example of the most powerful sort, a systematic review of several randomised trials of faecal occult blood testing. Number needed to screen to Relative Absolute prevent one Unscreened Screened risk risk more colorectal Outcome group group reduction reduction cancer death Colorectal 0.

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