The algorithm uses Structured Query Language to identify AAA cases, controls, and excludes from the Electronic Medical Record. AAA cases were defined as meeting at least one of three criteria: had a AAA repair procedure (Case Type 1), had at least one vascular clinic encounter with a diagnosis of ruptured AAA (Case Type 2), or had at least two vascular clinic encounters with a diagnosis of unruptured AAA (Case Type 3).
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Appendicitis is one of the most common acquired surgical conditions of childhood. Diagnosis of appendicitis remains difficult. Much work has been done on validation of clinical scores to reduce the number of unnecessary surgeries and radiographic tests while maintaining a high sensitivity for disease. However, no score performs well enough in practice to reduce these risks (Kulik et al., 2013). It is also known that appendicitis has a familial predominance, but little is known about the genetic factors that may increase a certain child's risk for the condition (Oldmeadow et al., 2009).
Atrial Fibrillation phenotype algorithm for the DNA Demonstration project. The algorithm selects cases based on atrial fibrillation but no presence of a heart transplant. Controls select for records with no evidence of atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, or atrial tachycardia but with at least one ECG.
Autoimmune diseases (AID) refer to destructive conditions involving an aberrant chronic activation of the adaptive immune system, where the immune cells instead of producing antibodies to attack foreign invaders, mistakenly attack the body’s own healthy cells. While autoimmune diseases are heterogeneous according to symptoms, lesion types, and prognosis, and are usually studied in isolation according to groups based on organ system; various autoimmunity diseases share similar immune effector mechanisms. Recent genetic studies suggest that many autoimmune and chronic autoinflammatory condi
Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the U.S. Known breast cancer risk factors include age, race/ethnicity, reproductive factors, and benign breast disease. Family history of breast cancer and hereditary cancer syndromes, such as BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations, confer the strongest risk for this disease.
Carotid artert atherosclerosis disease (CAAD) is measured in cases and controls by both structured data, including ICD diagnosis codes, and quantitative measurements of carotid stenosis based on doppler and other imaging technologies.
The phenotype algorithm includes typical eMERGE pseudo code for implementing the structured data components of the algorithm, as well as a portable natural language processing (NLP) system used to extract percent stenosis measurements from imaging reports.
We used a multi-modal strategy consisting of structured database querying, natural language processing on free-text documents, and optical character recognition on scanned clinical images to identify cataract subjects and related cataract attributes.