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From Pieter Sheth-Voss <>
Subject new user - why might cTAKES not recognize most of these concepts?
Date Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:45:52 GMT
Learning the cTAKES user application.  Successfully downloaded,
installed and loaded the application and the separate vocabulary.
Copied the following example from the intro tutorial
and added a number of extra medical terms as a test.

It successfully parses using [Run->Run AggregatePlainTextProcessor].
But strangely it recognizes only a very few medical terms as Concepts
 [AnnotationIndex - > uima.tcas.Annotation ->

1.   "Hyperlipidemia"
2.  "Aspirin"
3. "Knee"
4.  "Pain"

It doesn't recognize "BMI", "Asthma", "Hypertension", "lupus",
"inflammatory arthritis", "TNF inhibitor", doxycycline, etc.

Why might that be?

Pieter Sheth-Voss, PhD

Dr. Nutritious

Medical Nutrition Therapy for Hyperlipidemia, Hypertension, Asthma and lupus.
Referral from: Julie Tester, RD, LD, CNSD
Phone contact: (555) 555-1212
Height: 144 cm Current Weight: 45 kg Date of current weight: 02-29-2001
Admit Weight: 53 kg BMI: 18 kg/m2
Diet: General
Daily Calorie needs (kcals): 1500 calories, assessed as HB + 20% for activity.
Daily Protein needs: 40 grams, assessed as 1.0 g/kg.
Pt has been on a 3-day calorie count and has had an average intake of
1100 calories.
She was instructed to drink 2-3 cans of liquid supplement to help
promote weight gain.
She agrees with the plan and has my number for further assessment. May
want a Resting
Metabolic Rate as well. She takes an aspirin a day for knee pain,
asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, headache, dizziness, and hyperlipidemia.
  Patient currently taking aspirin, acetaminophen, hydrocodone,
orencia, rituximab, and placebo.

A 35 y/o male with HLA B27-positive inflammatory arthritis with severe
acne, currently on Indocin and Arava, where the acne is not responding
to TNF inhibitor drugs, and has previously failed isotretinoin and

Patient has asthma, currently taking albuterol and a leukotriene-inhibitor.

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