Ear infections. Strep throat. Influenza. Diagnosing and treating these diseases usually
is pretty straightforward.
But every so often, you run across something that stumps you. And when you do, you
might be able to draw on the pearls you pick up in the audience response session titled
“Challenging Cases in Pediatric Infectious Diseases” led by James H. Brien, D.O.,
FAAP, and Margaret C. Fisher, M.D., FAAP, members of the AAP Section on Infectious
The session will be offered from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 (A2092) and again from
8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 (A4024) in room W312BC of the convention center.
“I believe a lot of people feel like they know infectious disease pretty well — well
enough to not need to talk about it very much. But the fact is it’s gotten very complex,
as evidenced by the consults that we get nowadays,” said Dr. Brien, adjunct professor
and pediatric infectious diseases staff, McLane Children's Hospital, Temple, Texas.
The session will focus on common manifestations of unusual infections or unusual manifestations
of common infections, Dr. Brien said.
He and Dr. Fisher will alternate presenting cases in a board exam-type format and
will pose multiple-choice questions that attendees can answer using an audience response
system. The correct answer then will be revealed, followed by a brief discussion of
Dr. Brien has presented the session at two previous national conferences with Dr.
Fisher, professor of pediatrics, medical director, chair of pediatrics, Drexel University
College of Medicine/RWJBarnabas Health/Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, N.J.
Dr. Fisher also served two four-year terms on the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases,
which produces the Red Book.
In the past, they covered sporotrichosis, hidradenitis suppurativa, leishmaniasis,
neurocysticercosis and occasionally infectious disease lookalikes, such as blister
beetle sore and phytophotodermatitis.
“As far as what we will present this year, one will have to just wait and see,” Dr.
One thing is certain, though. Participants will be in for a treat.
“She (Dr. Fisher) is the one people really come to see,” Dr. Brien said. “I just provide
some entertainment and window dressing with a bow tie.”