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BrainWaves #72 Teaching through clinical cases: A middle aged woman with proximal weakness

MedLink Neurology Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: August 17, 2017

This week's clinical case features Dr. Megha Dhamne, a neuromuscular fellow from the Cleveland Clinic. Two weeks ago, she reviewed some of the antibodies associated with autoimmune myositis. But what happens when you suspect an autoimmune myositis and antibody testing is negative?

Produced by James E Siegler. Music by Chris Zabriski, The New Valleys, and Hyson. Voiceover by Tuyche Smrstik. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision-making.


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