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August 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639503/markers-of-disease-and-steroid-responsiveness-in-paediatric-idiopathic-nephrotic-syndrome-whole-transcriptome-sequencing-of-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
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Hee Gyung Kang, Heewon Seo, Jae Hyun Lim, Jong Il Kim, Kyoung Hee Han, Hye Won Park, Ja Wook Koo, Kee Hyuck Kim, Ju Han Kim, Hae Il Cheong, Il-Soo Ha
Objective To identify markers of disease and steroid responsiveness in paediatric idiopathic nephrotic syndrome. Methods Whole-transcriptome sequencing was performed of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients with NS. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were identified in patients with active NS vs those in remission, and those with steroid-sensitive NS (SSNS) vs steroid-resistant NS (SRNS). Results A total of 1065 DEGs were identified in patients with NS ( n = 10) vs those in remission ( n = 9)...
June 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639502/rituximab-as-first-line-treatment-for-acquired-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura
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Haifei Chen, Ailin Fu, Jing Wang, Tianqin Wu, Zhengyang Li, Jieqing Tang, Hongshi Shen, Jingjing Zhu, Jie Li, Qian Zhu, Longmei Qing
Objective To investigate the efficacy and safety of rituximab (RTX) as first-line treatment of acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (aTTP). Methods Twenty-five patients with acute aTTP and/or severe a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with a thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13 (ADAMTS13) deficiency were admitted to our centre from April 2009 to March 2015. Fourteen patients received RTX plus standard therapy (plasma exchange and corticosteroids) at acute episodes. Haemoglobin, platelet count, schistocytes, lactate dehydrogenase levels, ADAMTS13 activity and its inhibitors, and the ratio of B lymphocytes in the peripheral blood, were monitored...
June 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553766/intravenous-dexmedetomidine-during-spinal-anaesthesia-for-caesarean-section-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-trials
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Zeqing Bao, Chengmao Zhou, Xianxue Wang, Yu Zhu
Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of spinal anaesthesia using dexmedetomidine for caesarean section. Methods PubMed, The Cochrane Library, and CNKI were searched for relevant literature. Results The incidence of nausea and vomiting in the dexmedetomidine group was significantly lower than that in the control group (OR = 0.21, 95% CI: 0.12-0.35, P < 0.00001). No difference was found in the incidence of pruritus between the two groups (OR = 1.21, 95% CI: 0.36-4.09, P = 0.76).The dexmedetomidine group had a higher incidence of bradycardia than did the control group (OR = 2...
June 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553764/somatosensory-tinnitus-current-evidence-and-future-perspectives
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Massimo Ralli, Antonio Greco, Rosaria Turchetta, Giancarlo Altissimi, Marco de Vincentiis, Giancarlo Cianfrone
In some individuals, tinnitus can be modulated by specific maneuvers of the temporomandibular joint, head and neck, eyes, and limbs. Neuroplasticity seems to play a central role in this capacity for modulation, suggesting that abnormal interactions between the sensory modalities, sensorimotor systems, and neurocognitive and neuroemotional networks may contribute to the development of somatosensory tinnitus. Current evidence supports a link between somatic disorders and higher modulation of tinnitus, especially in patients with a normal hearing threshold...
June 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553762/evaluation-of-serum-neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-in-predicting-acute-kidney-injury-in-critically-ill-patients
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Chen-Chen Hang, Jun Yang, Shuo Wang, Chun-Sheng Li, Zi-Ren Tang
Objective This investigation evaluated the real-time point-of-care testing (RT-POCT) of neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) for detecting acute kidney injury (AKI) and prognosis of critically ill patients. Methods A total of 249 critically ill patients in the emergency department (ED), who were diagnosed with acute decompensated heart failure, sepsis or diabetic ketoacidosis were enrolled in this study. All enrolled patients were followed up for 28 days or to death and the mortalities were recorded...
June 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480811/changes-in-brain-activation-during-sedation-induced-by-dexmedetomidine
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Won-Ho Kim, Dongrae Cho, Boreom Lee, Jae-Jin Song, Teo Jeon Shin
Objective Dexmedetomidine (DEX) has been widely used as a sedative, acting as an α2-adrenergic agonist on autoreceptors, presynaptic receptors and postsynaptic receptors without risk of respiratory depression. Although consciousness impairment is closely related to disturbances of brain function in different frequency bands, the time-varying DEX effects on cortical activity in specific frequency bands has not yet been studied. Methods We used electroencephalography (EEG) to analyse differences in cerebral cortex activity between the awake and sedated states, using electromagnetic tomography (standardized low resolution electromagnetic tomography (sLORETA)) to localize multiple channel scalp recordings of cerebral electric activity to specific brain regions...
June 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425821/l-carnitine-supplementation-to-reverse-hyperammonemia-in-a-patient-undergoing-chronic-valproic-acid-treatment-a-case-report
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Cecilia Maldonado, Natalia Guevara, Alicia Silveira, Pietro Fagiolino, Marta Vázquez
Valproic acid is a broad-spectrum anticonvulsant that has also gained attention in the psychiatric setting. With respect to safety, valproic acid may induce a seemingly rare condition, hyperammonemia, which can induce a wide variety of symptoms ranging from irritability to coma. The proposed mechanism of hyperammonemia involves depletion of carnitine and overproduction of a toxic metabolite, 4-en-valproic acid, both of which impair the urea cycle and thus ammonia elimination. Carnitine is a commonly used antidote for acute intoxication of valproic acid, but is not a therapeutic option for management of chronic adults with adverse effects related to valproic acid...
June 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345420/peroneal-perforator-pedicle-propeller-flap-for-lower-leg-soft-tissue-defect-reconstruction-clinical-applications-and-treatment-of-venous-congestion
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Lifeng Shen, Yiyang Liu, Chun Zhang, Qiaofeng Guo, Wenhua Huang, Kelvin Kian Loong Wong, Shimin Chang
Objective To describe the characteristics of the perforator vessel in the peroneal artery of the lower leg and to explore the use of perforator pedicle propeller flaps to repair soft tissue defects in the lower leg, heel and foot. Methods This retrospective study enrolled patients with soft tissue defects of the distal lower leg, heel and foot who underwent surgery using peroneal perforator-based propeller flaps. The peroneal artery perforators were identified preoperatively by colour duplex Doppler ultrasound...
June 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415953/influence-of-etanercept-on-leptin-and-ghrelin-secretion-in-children-with-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Izabela Maciejewska-Paszek, Elżbieta Grochowska-Niedworok, Andrzej Siwiec, Anna Gruenpeter, Lechosław Dul, Tomasz Irzyniec
Objective To assess possible changes in leptin and ghrelin secretion due to etanercept in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Methods 50 patients with JIA and 16 age-matched controls were enrolled into this prospective, cross-sectional study. Serum leptin, total and acyl ghrelin were measured in addition to white blood cell (WBC) and lymphocyte counts. Results 25 patients received etanercept and 25 conventional therapies (including methotrexate) for JIA. There was no difference between treatment and control groups in leptin or ghrelin levels and no evidence of a relationship between leptin and ghrelin in patients with JIA...
April 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415952/effective-treatment-of-ketamine-associated-cystitis-with-botulinum-toxin-type-a-injection-combined-with-bladder-hydrodistention
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Jianfeng Zeng, Haibiao Lai, Dongxiang Zheng, Liang Zhong, Zhifeng Huang, Shanyun Wang, Weiwei Zou, Lianbo Wei
Objective Ketamine-associated cystitis (KAC) has been described in a few case reports, but its treatment in a relatively large number of patients has not been documented. This study aimed to describe our experience of treatment of 36 patients with KAC. Methods Thirty-six patients (30 males and 6 females, aged 19-38 years) with KAC, who had previously taken a muscarinic receptor blocker and/or antibiotics, but without symptomatic relief, were treated with botulinum toxin A injection combined with bladder hydrodistention...
April 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415951/superior-versus-anteroinferior-plating-of-displaced-midshaft-clavicular-fracture-in-patients-older-than-60-years
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Minpeng Lu, Hao Qiu, Xin Zhou, Cody S Lee, Dianming Jiang, Jing Dong, Zhengxue Quan
Objective To compare superior versus anteroinferior plating for displaced midshaft clavicular fracture in elderly patients. Methods We retrospectively compared the functional result, parameters, and perioperative course of displaced midshaft clavicular fracture in 42 patients >60 years treated with a 3.5-mm reconstruction plate placed superiorly versus anteroinferiorly. Results Groups were similar with regard to age, sex, bone mineral density, cause of injury, and fracture pattern. The superiorly-plated group had a significantly longer operation time and greater blood loss, complications and implant prominence...
April 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415950/ovarian-cystectomy-in-the-treatment-of-apparent-early-stage-immature-teratoma
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Ting Zhao, Yan Liu, Xiao Wang, Hao Zhang, Yuan Lu
Objective To investigate the role of ovarian cystectomy in patients with early-stage immature teratoma. Methods A retrospective review was undertaken on patients diagnosed pathologically with immature teratoma and with malignant lesions confined to the ovary. Patients were included if they had been treated between January 1997 and December 2015 at the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Relevant demographic and clinical data were retrieved from the medical records. Results Forty-three patients were included in the study; 14 underwent ovarian cystectomy (group 1) and 29 underwent unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (USO; group 2)...
April 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415949/%C3%AE-catenin-promotes-intracellular-bacterial-killing-via-suppression-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-triggered-macrophage-autophagy
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Qiang Fu, Kang Chen, Qian Zhu, Weijia Wang, Fuda Huang, Lishao Miao, Xinger Wu
Objective To investigate β-catenin-mediated bacterial elimination during Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection of macrophage-like RAW264.7 cells. Methods Cell viability and catenin beta 1 ( CTNNB1) expression in RAW264.7 cells following P. aeruginosa infection versus uninfected cells, were detected by cell counting kit-8 assay and β-catenin Western blots. RAW264.7 cells with CTNNB1 overexpression were established with β-catenin lentivirus using flow cytometry and clonogenic limiting dilution assays. Bacterial killing was measured by plate counts; phagocytosis and nitric oxide (NO) were measured by flow cytometry; and reactive oxygen species (ROS) were measured using Griess reaction...
April 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415948/use-of-platelet-rich-plasma-for-regeneration-in-non-vital-immature-permanent-teeth-clinical-and-cone-beam-computed-tomography-evaluation
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Adel Alagl, Sumit Bedi, Khalid Hassan, Jehan AlHumaid
Objective This study was performed to assess the clinical and radiological outcomes of a revascularization procedure in immature teeth with apical periodontitis using platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The PRP protocol and conventional revascularization protocol, which used a blood clot as the scaffold, were compared. Methods Thirty non-vital immature permanent teeth were randomly categorized into two groups. After disinfecting the root canal space with triple antibiotic paste (1:1:1 ciprofloxacin, metronidazole, and cefaclor), a tissue scaffold was created using either PRP or a blood clot (control) and covered with white mineral trioxide aggregate...
April 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415947/effect-of-pretreatment-with-midazolam-on-etomidate-induced-myoclonus-a-meta-analysis
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Chengmao Zhou, Yu Zhu, Zhen Liu, Lin Ruan
Objective To investigate the effect of pretreatment with midazolam on myoclonus induced by etomidate injection. Methods A meta-analysis was performed using Review Manager software, version 5.2. Two researchers independently searched PubMed, Cochrane Library, and Embase® databases for randomized controlled trials involving patients who underwent etomidate induced general anaesthesia with or without midazolam pretreatment, published between 1990 and 2016. Outcome measures comprised overall myoclonus incidence rate and incidence rate classified by degree of myoclonus following etomidate injection...
April 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415946/azacitidine-induced-acute-lung-injury-in-a-patient-with-therapy-related-myelodysplastic-syndrome
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Shinichi Makita, Wataru Munakata, Daisuke Watabe, Akiko Miyagi Maeshima, Hirokazu Taniguchi, Kosuke Toyoda, Nobuhiko Yamauchi, Suguru Fukuhara, Dai Maruyama, Yukio Kobayashi, Kensei Tobinai
Azacitidine is a first-in-class demethylating agent, and it is widely used globally as a first-line treatment for higher-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Here, we report the case of a patient with MDS who suffered from a rare adverse event, an acute lung injury (ALI), which was suspected to have been caused by azacitidine and was successfully treated with corticosteroids. As it is a rare, but critical, adverse event, clinicians should consider ALI as one of the differential diagnoses in cases where 1) pneumonia and fever of unknown etiology arise in MDS patients treated with azacitidine, 2) antimicrobial agents are not effective, and 3) microbiological tests produce negative results...
April 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415945/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-endophthalmitis-caused-by-accidental-iatrogenic-ocular-injury-with-a-hypodermic-needle
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Cheng-Wei Lu, Ji-Long Hao, Xiu-Fen Liu, Ling-Ling Liang, Dan-Dan Zhou
Iatrogenic traumatic endophthalmitis is a rare but serious ocular infection that can lead to severe vision loss. A 44-year-old man presented with pain and decreased vision in the right eye 4 hours after injury with a hypodermic needle during irrigation of his eye. Slit-lamp examination revealed a penetrating corneal puncture and iris hole in the right eye. Twenty hours later, his visual acuity had decreased to hand motion, and severe fibrinoid uveitis was noted. He immediately underwent irrigation of the anterior chamber and intravitreal antibiotic injection...
April 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415944/pentoxifylline-plus-aceis-arbs-for-proteinuria-and-kidney-function-in-chronic-kidney-disease-a-meta-analysis
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Dong Liu, Li-Na Wang, Hong-Xia Li, Ping Huang, Liang-Bo Qu, Fei-Yan Chen
Objective This meta-analysis aimed to investigate the efficacy and safety of pentoxifylline (PTF) plus angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs)/angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) for proteinuria and kidney function in chronic kidney disease (CKD). Methods CENTRAL, EMBASE, Ovid-MEDLINE, PubMed, and CNKI were searched for relevant, randomized, controlled trials (RCTs). A meta-analysis was performed to review the effect of PTF plus ACEIs/ARBs vs. ACEIs/ARBs alone on proteinuria and kidney function in CKD...
April 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415943/effects-of-scalp-block-with-bupivacaine-versus-levobupivacaine-on-haemodynamic-response-to-head-pinning-and-comparative-efficacies-in-postoperative-analgesia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Banu O Can, Hülya Bilgin
Objective This study was performed to determine the effects of scalp blocks with bupivacaine versus levobupivacaine on the haemodynamic response during craniotomy and the efficacies and analgesic requirements of these drugs postoperatively. Methods This randomized, prospective, placebo-controlled, double-blind study included 90 patients (age, 18-85 years; American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status, I or II). The patients were randomly divided into three groups: those who received 20 mL of 0.5% bupivacaine (Group B, n = 30), 20 mL of 0...
April 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
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