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Cardiopulmonary Medicine

Functional evaluation of the diaphragm with a noninvasive test

Bruno Bordoni, DO, PhD; and Allan R. Escher, DO
Cardiac surgery with median sternotomy causes iatrogenic damage to the function of the diaphragm muscle that is both temporary and permanent. Myocardial infarction itself causes diaphragmatic genetic alterations, which lead the muscle to nonphysiological adaptation. This article reviews the neurophysiological relationships of the diaphragm muscle and the symptoms of diaphragmatic contractile dysfunction, and the authors discuss a scientific basis for the use of a new noninstrumental diaphragmatic test in the hope of stimulating research.
Letters to the Editor

Red reflex variations in black patients

Chinwe Abaraoha, OMS I; and Athina Giovanis, DO
Letters to the Editor

Response to “Tocilizumab therapy and COVID-19”

Pallavi Bhargava, MD

2021 George W. Northup, DO, Medical Writing Award

Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and the American Osteopathic Association congratulate John C. Licciardone, DO, and Robert J. Gatchel, PhD, recipients of the George W. Northup, DO, Medical Writing Award for their article, “Osteopathic Medical Care With and Without Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Pain Registry–Based Study.” Read the full article here.

Journal of Osteopathic Medicine launches inaugural issues

Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (JOM) – known for 119 years as the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association – published its inaugural issue in January 2021. Learn how the osteopathic medical profession’s journal of record has been refreshed and refocused by reading the introductory Editorial from Dr. Ross Zafonte, JOM’s Editor in Chief; a Q&A with Melissa Schmidt, JOM’s Director; and an announcement from AOA President Dr. Thomas Ely and CEO Dr. Kevin Klauer.

Clinical Image

Scimitar syndrome

A 42 year old woman presented in December 2018 to a primary care clinic with six weeks of rhinorrhea and cough following a viral respiratory infection. She was diagnosed with acute bacterial sinusitis and treated with amoxicillin. Her evaluation included a chest radiograph notable for a curvilinear structure of the right mid- to lower lungs. Subsequent investigations included computed tomography with contrast notable for anomalous pulmonary venous drainage of the right upper, middle, and lower lobes with drainage into the inferior vena cava. An echocardiogram demonstrated normal atrial anatomy and size without pulmonary hypertension or atrial septal defect. The patient’s symptoms resolved completely following completion of 10 days of antibiotic therapy. Read more