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LEMS

August 6, 2009

So…I’ve been a working MT for all of 3 months now.  And so far the reports I’ve been doing have been pretty standard… GI/GU surgeries, run-of-the-mill ER cases, some labor and deliveries, progress notes.  Really, nothing particularly exotic or with terribly unfamiliar terminology.  Until this week it seems.  Don’t know if it’s just the reports that are coming in, or if my supervisor has released more difficult ones to be available to me, or what…but I’m sure finding it interesting.

Today I transcribed a report for a woman with a history of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome.  Say what?!  Never heard of that one before.  Looked it up and here’s what it is:

Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome:  An autoimmune disease characterized by weakness and fatigue of the proximal muscles (those near the trunk), particularly the muscles of the pelvic girdle (the pelvis and hips) and the thighs, with relative sparing of eye and respiratory muscles. Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is associated in 40% of cases with cancer, most often with small cell cancer of the lung and less often with other tumors. The neuromuscular defect in LEMS is due to insufficient release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine by nerve cells.

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