During November 2021 Clinical Knowledge Summaries were updated in the following areas.
- Antenatal care - uncomplicated pregnancy
- Herpes simplex - ocular
- Herpes simplex - oral
- Male pattern hair loss (male androgenetic alopecia)
- Morton's neuroma
- Otitis externa
- Sciatica (lumbar radiculopathy)
- Stroke and TIA
All topics have been reviewed and updated in keeping with current guidance with minor layout changes. The Otitis externa topic has been updated to remove information on oral flucloxacillin and clarithromycin because oral antibiotics are not routinely needed in primary care for the management of uncomplicated acute otitis externa. The Stroke and TIA topic has removed a recommendation that suspected transient ischaemic attack (TIA) taking anticoagulants should not be given an immediate dose of aspirin 300mg. This intervention is likely to carry a low risk of causing or aggravating bleeding and aspirin can now be given.
Action: Clinicians who see patients with any of these conditions may find the new and updated information useful when reviewing current clinical practice.