An Approach to Rare Diseases in Primary Care
Doctors Sara and Lisa talk to GP Dr David Bartlett who works with the Neuroendocrine Cancer UK charity and GP Dr Will Evans who is a researcher specialising in rare diseases. We wanted to discuss how they approach finding rare diseases in General Practice whilst balancing this with the risk of over investigating. We start with definitions and classifications before discussing where neuroendocrine cancers fit into this landscape. Their pearls of wisdom could help us keep our antenae up, referrals helpful and resources for clinicians and patients well stocked.
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British Journal of General Practice Article: Rare diseases in General Practice: Recognising the Zebras among the Horses. Evans, W & Rafi I (Vol 66, 2016): https://bjgp.org/content/66/652/550
Rare Disease UK: https://www.raredisease.org.uk/
Neuroendocrine Cancer UK: https://www.neuroendocrinecancer.org.uk/
Royal College of GPs eLearning on Neuroendocrine Cancers (search here): https://www.rcgp.org.uk/learning-resources/courses-and-events/elearning-courses
Medics for Rare Diseases: https://www.m4rd.org/
Information on Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome: https://www.gosh.nhs.uk/conditions-and-treatments/conditions-we-treat/beckwith-wiedemann-syndrome-bws/
Inattentional Bias Studies with Radiology:
Mnemonic Family GENES Reference: Genetic red flags: clues to thinking genetically in primary care practice. Whelan et al. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice (Sept 2006): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15331244/
Resource with helpful leaflets for Chromosomal Diseases: https://rarechromo.org/
OMIM: An Online Catalogue of Human Genes and Genetic Disorders: https://www.omim.org/
Gene Reviews: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1116/
Orphanet Rare Disease Platform with Search Engine: https://www.orpha.net
Rare Disease Search Engine: https://www.findzebra.com/https://www.ndr-uk.org/browse
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