Finding what you really want with an Internet search

September 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Finding ‘stuff,’ even remotely pertaining to what I want, seems to be a matter of how I enter the search parameters. Sometimes shuffling, reversing or replacing terms is required

However, perhaps more importantly, is how I select which of the search results to review. Sometimes I will page on past 5, 6 or even 9 pages of returns before finding what I want.

For example the search terms “mri inflammation cidp” yield this, which while useful, is not what I want to find for your question.


To find ‘studies’ I usually add the search term “NIH”. Thus my search criteria becomes “NIH mri inflammation cidp”

Yielding, for example:


and, here is one, while perhaps not directly addressing your question does address pediatric cidp (and other conditions) at length. Page way way down.

“…[I]The diagnosis is supported by the presence of raised CSF protein without cells, [COLOR=”Green”]thickened and/or enhancing roots on MRI of the cervical or lumbar spine,[/COLOR] a positive response to immunomodulatory treatment [/I]…”


changing the search results to “nih magnetic imaging cidp”

“…[I]In a consecutive series of 30 patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) minor clinical evidence of CNS involvement was found in five. Cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed in 28 and revealed abnormalities consistent with demyelination in nine patients aged less than 50 years and abnormalities in five aged 50 years or over.[/I]…”


Therefore, for my purposes, finding a ‘study’ yields better results when using NIH and then looking, looking, and looking yet some more for what I want.

Happy Searching.

ah, ha, yes for the naysayers, they did say “…Minor clinical evidence in some patients of CNS involvement and Cranial abnormalities.” hmmmmmm, where’s that place I can hang my hat?