Cardiovascular System

{"ops":[{"insert":"Diagnosis and reasoning"},{"insert":"\n","attributes":{"header":1}},{"insert":"Acute lower back pain is one of the most commonly encountered complaints in primary care practice. It is frequently benign in origin and tends to resolve with conservative management.\n\nHowever, serious diseases such as malignancies (either primary bone malignancies or metastases to the spine), vertebral fractures, vertebral infections, inflammatory conditions, abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) and major disc herniation may also present in this manner - thus a comprehensive history and examination is mandatory in these patients.\n\nA reasonable clinical approach would be to assess the patient for \u0022red flag signs\u0022 suggestive of a sinister etiology. This patient\u0027s history contains two such red flags : the initial onset of pain being over the age "}]}

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