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Clostridium Difficile Colitis

Clostridium difficile, also known as "C. diff," is a species of bacteria that causes severe diarrhea and other intestinal disease when competing bacteria in the gut have been wiped out by antibiotics (see Wikipedia entry). In rare cases a C. diff infection can progress to toxic megacolon which can be life-threatening. In a very small percentage of the adult population C. difficile bacteria naturally reside in the gut. Other people accidentally ingest spores of the bacteria while patients in a hospital or nursing home.

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Depression

Depression accounts for substantial morbidity and mortality worldwide and risk of experiencing it may have a genetic component.  Depressive disorders manifest along a gradient from mild to severe.[1]  Electronic health record (EHR) data linked to large, multi-site biobanks[2] facilitate exploration of the genetic component of depression.

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Digital Rectal Exam

Described in this document are the Stanford University algorithms for extracting both cases and controls of digital rectal examination (DRE) from electronic health records (EHR) of prostate cancer patients. DRE is a clinical procedure, part of a set of quality metrics used to determine quality care for these patients. In this regard, DRE is defined as quality care when it is performed within a time period of up to six months before first treatment for prostate cancer. For the purposes of this algorithm a case is defined as DRE documented, whereas a control is DRE not documented.

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Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

An algorithm for finding patients with diverticulosis, and of those, patients who also have diverticulitis, and to also find control patients.  Control patients will have had a colonoscopy but have no evidence of diverticula.

Simple NLP (a portable program is posted here, with instructions, and support is availabe from NU as needed) of colonoscopy reports is the gold standard algorithm, but if the text of colonoscopy reports is not available, an alternate algorithm using CPT & ICD-9 codes can be used, which is also posted.

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Electronic Health Record-based Phenotyping Algorithm for Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a relatively common Mendelian genetic disorder that is associated with elevated plasma low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels and dramatically increased lifetime risk for premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). FH can be diagnosed based on clinical presentation and/or genetic testing results, with a positive genetic testing considered to be the “gold standard”.

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Herpes Zoster

Herpes zoster, also known as zoster or shingles, is caused by a virus called varicella zoster virus (VZV). Initial infection with the virus causes chickenpox. After chickenpox resolves the virus continues to resides in certain nerve cells. It may remain latent for many years. It may also re-activate, many years later, and cause shingles which is a painful skin rash. How the virus remains latent in the body is not well understood.

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