Important Topics to study for PLAB Exam should be focused on. Because this exam is is one of the great opportunities for the medical doctors for their bright career, Here is the listing of the topics that are very important for the PLAB Exam. You have to read and go through these listed important topics to study in order to get through the PLAB especially PLAB 1. Some points are marked as very important you need to focus on these points more focused.

Important Topics to study for PLAB Exam
Important Topics to study for PLAB Exam

Do focus on below Important Topics to Study for PLAB Exam

1) Hypercalcemia – esp. Types, causes, treatment.
2) Hypocalcemia –causes, signs and symptoms and treatment ( esp. initial treatment)
3) Postpartum hemorrhage –types, causes, and treatment.
4) Statins – esp side effects
5) Post streptococcal glomerulonephritis
6) Pharyngeal pouch
7) CURB- 65 scale – very very important!
8) Hiatus hernia.
9) Cancer esophagus.
10) Impetigo.
11) Acute otitis externa.
12) Acute and chronic otitis media.
13) Tonsillitis, Indications for tonsillectomy and peritonsillar abscess
14) Bronchiectasis
15) Bronchiolitis –treatment part is very important
16) UK national newborn blood spot screening.
17) Wilms tumor
18) Polycystic kidney disease.
19) Acne vulgaris and rosacea– treatment, aggravating and relieving factors
20) Rheumatoid arthritis
21) Nerve injuries in upper limb- all > median N, ulnar N, Radial N
22) Cutaneous nerve supply of Lower limb –all dermatomes are important
23) Cardiac enzymes and their applications
24) Endometrial cancer
25) Cervical cancer + pap smear – current guidelines
26) Breast cancer
27) Hirschsprung’s disease
28) Extrinsic allergic alveolitis
29) Colorectal cancer – including screening programmes in UK
30) Hormone replacement therapy
31) Antiphospholipid syndrome
32) ITP
33) Achalasia
34) Supraventricular tachycardia –esp WPW syndrome
35) NSAIDs – side effects/ classification
36) Cancers of thyroid – esp papillary and anaplastic
37) Rotator cuff tear
38) Acute cholecystitis
39) Intussusception
40) Infant respiratory distress syndrome
41) Renal stones – types and managements more imp
42) Celiac disease –both children and adults + examples of a gluten-free diet
43) Post pill amenorrhea
44) Premature ovarian failure

45) Treatment of constipation
46) Infertility –causes and management for both men and women
47) Vaccination schedule in the UK
48) List of live vaccines- esp vaccines
49) Developmental milestones: very very important!!!!!!
50) Epiglottitis
51) Croup
52) Testicular cancer
53) Depression
54) Personality disorders
55) Tumor markers- very very imp
56) COC pills –UKMEC contraindications
57) Suicide
58) Pneumonia in children, COPD pts, etc
59) Cardiac tamponade
60) Marfans syndrome
61) Downs syndrome
62) Insulin and types+ OHAs + treatment of diabetes –step by step according to NICE and WHO
63) Cauda equine syndrome
64) Migraine
65) Frozen shoulder
66) Vomiting in pregnancy-stages and treatment
67) List of AD/AR/XLD/XLR diseases
68) Costochondritis
69) Morphine dosing and converting doses like from oral to iv etc
70) GERD/Peptic ulcer/H pylori/ referral etc.
71) Anal fissure
72) Torsion of testes
73) Drugs that stain teeth – commonly asked
74) Treatment of menorrhagia / DUB– step by step from NICE
75) Hypertension classification/treatment/malignant hypertension
76) Ace inhibitors –side effects asked-remember it causes hyperkalemia 9 asked in sept 2016
PLAB1 )
77) Legionnaires disease
78) Fibromyalgia
79) Aplastic anemia
80) Atrial fibrillation
81) Types and causes of neonatal jaundice + phototherapy
82) SDH/EDH/SAH- causes and diagnosis
83) Head injury – GCS/ Indications for CT
84) Meningitis
85) Hypothy/hypertrophy, thyroglossal cyst
86) Conns syndrome
87) Bladder cancer
88) Vaccine in splenectomy
89) Drugs causing impotence
90) Cong rubella syndrome
91) Measles

92) Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
93) Urinary Incontinence-types and their treatment
94) 5th disease
95) Phenytoin / Antipsychotics/antidepressants/ mood stabilizers –side effects and monitoring
96) PIH
97) GDM
98) Innocent murmurs
99) Crohns ds/ Ulcerative colitis
100) Leukaemias
101) Abdominal aneurysms
102) Psychiatric screening tools
103) Heart blocks
104) Nephrotic syndrome/nephritic syndrome
105) DVT- diagnosis and prophylaxis
106) Asthma plus stepwise approach in the management
107) Paracetamol/ opiate/cocaine/salicylate poisoning/TCA
108) Physiological changes in pregnancy
109) Colles#
110) Irritable bowel disease
111) Multiple endocrine neoplasias
112) Acromegaly
113) Cushing syndrome and Cushing disease
114) Normal pressure hydrocephalus
115) Renal artery stenosis
116) Retinal detachment
117) Fibroids and complications
118) Contraception 0 types, mechanism of their actions and side effects –very very
important!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
119) BPH/ Prostate ca
120) Causes of dementia –esp Alzheimers/vascular and Lewy body
121) Undescended testes
122) Hemothroax/pneumothorax –causes and treatment – very very imp!!
123) Rashes in different types of illness among- measles/herpes simplex/ hand foot
mouth/ molluscum contagiosum/ 5ht ds/rubella/roseola –read about them as well
124) Carbon monoxide poisoning
125) Steroids – side effects, ointment strengths
126) Infective endocarditis
127) Cystic Fibrosis
128) Cystic hydroma/dermoid cyst
129) Lambert Eaton syndrome/ myasthenia gravis
130) Antiemetics drugs
131) Bisphos scores
132) WETFAG – google this mnemonic!!
133) Reactive arthritis
134) Chickenpox
135) Post-op atelectasis
136) Anaphylaxis and treatment with adrenaline –for diff age groups
137) Wilsons disease

138) Hepatitis
139) Nasal polyps
140) Heamarthrosis
141) Epididymal cysts
142) Eosinophilia
143) Types of abortions – very very important
144) MIRENA – a fav of British examiners!!
145) Acromegaly
146) Types of headache
147) HSP
148) HUS
149) Pulm embolism also wells criteria
150) Orbital floor #
151) Addison’s disease –very very imp!
152) Acute coronary syndromes and its management
153) Hyper parathyroidism
154) Appendicitis in pregnancy
155) Ectopic pregnancy – very very imp!!
156) Psoriasis + psoriatic arthropathy
157) Haemorrhoids
158) CME retinitis
159) Gall stones – diagnosis and treatment
160) Pesudomemb colitis
161) Sheehans syndrome
162) Typhoid fever
163) Waterhouse Friedrichsen syndrome
164) Basal cell ca/sq cell ca – differentiating between both.. very very imp!
165) Warfarin monitoring
166) Ottawa knee rules
167) Hernias
168) Hydrocele/ undescended testes
169) Toxoplasmosis
170) Ankylosing spondylitis
171) Hereditary spherocytosis
172) Pertussis
173) Digoxin toxicity
174) Ramsay hunt syndrome
175) Bells palsy – treatment
176) Chlamydia/candida/bacterial vaginosis/PID – also read about national chlamydia
screening program
177) Mental health act
178) Presbycusis
179) Meniere’s disease
180) Osteoporosis
181) Disulfiram
182) Primary sclerosing cholangitis
183) Duodenal atresia/ pyloric stenosis –diagnosis
184) Hemochromatosis

185) Genital ulcers –differential diagnosis very very important!!!!
186) Conjunctivitis –types and treatment
187) Congenital syndromes – Williams, DiGeorge, patau, Edward, cotards
188) Drugs causing PNH
189) Treatment of hyperkalemia
190) Causes of sterile pyuria
191) Carcinoid
192) Amebic liver disease
193) HOCM
194) Cong dislocation of the hip
195) Legg clave Perthes disease
196) Eczema – types and treatment
197) Pleural effusions
198) Somatization disorder/ hypochondriasis /Munchausen syndrome/ malingering
199) Systemic sclerosis
200) Markers for various connective tissue diseases
201) Electrolyte abnormalities in various endocrine diseases
202) Treatment of postherpetic neuralgia
203) Trigeminal neuralgia
204) Diff between large and small bowel obstruction
205) Placental disorders –abruption/praevia/ vasa Previa
206) Diabetic ketoacidosis/ HONK
207) Smoking cessation
208) Osteoarthritis –x-ray findings and diff it from RA
209) VBW diseases
210) Mesothelioma
211) GBS
212) Complications of MI
213) Hemorrhagic disease of the newborn
214) Locating MI region on the basis of leads
215) Pulsus paradoxus –causes
216) Anti- D indications
217) Paralytic illues –causes and management- very very imp!
218) Asherman syndrome
219) Anorexia nervosa +bulimia nervosa–features/ grading/ scoff questionnaire
220) Utricaria and calcaneal fracture
221) Sarcoidosis
222) Congenital cmv infection
223) Prolactinomas
224) Asbestosis
225) Amenorrhea -primary and secondary
226) Diphtheria
227) Child abuse
228) Burns
229) Pan coast tumor
230) Gilbert syndrome
231) Pancreatitis –grading, causes and treatment
232) B12 deficiency

233) Tinea infection
234) Volvulus
235) Whiplash injury
236) Pel ebstien fever
237) Diabetes insipidus
238) Knee ligament –diagnostic tests
239) Fasciohumeral muscular dystrophy
240) Acute psychosis/mania
241) Schizophrenia
242) Epilepsy
243) Amourosis fugax
244) Necrotising enterocolitis
245) Cow milk allergy
246) Drugs causing gynecomastia
247) Pterygium
248) Syringomyelia
249) Histoplasmosis
250) Osgood schattlers disease
251) SIRS
252) Pelvic congestions syndrome
253) Drugs safe and contraindicated in pregnancy
254) Tocix megacolon
255) Acute fatty liver of pregnancy
256) Ototoxic drugs
257) Andenomyosis/endometriosis
258) Ovarian cancer
259) UTI – very very important-read according to nice guidelines
260) Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
261) Alopecia
262) Amyloidosis

Important Topics to study for PLAB Exam

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