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Acta Clinica Belgica

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346081/pneumocystis-jiroveci-pneumonia-pjp-in-non-hiv-immunocompromised-individuals
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Kathleen Schoovaerts, Luc Dirix, Annemie Rutten, Jef Van Schaeren, Bruno Van Herendael, Sofie Van Grieken, Luc Heytens
OBJECTIVES: PJP is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised individuals. Diagnosing PJP is often difficult because respiratory signs might be minimal or absent and the sensitivity of a chest X-ray (CXR) is low. We studied the clinical risk factors in order to increase awareness and facilitate the diagnosis. METHODS: We studied a prospective case series over a one year period (from 1 January 2015 to 1 January 2016) and did a retrospective analysis (from 2013 to 2016) of all PJP positive bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) analysis...
March 27, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335691/cases-of-drug-induced-torsade-de-pointes-a-review-of-belgian-cases-in-the-eudravigilance-database
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Eline Vandael, Bert Vandenberk, Joris Vandenberghe, Rik Willems, Veerle Foulon
OBJECTIVES: Post-marketing surveillance is very important, especially for rare adverse drug reactions like QTc-prolongation and Torsade de Pointes (TdP). The objective of this study was to investigate the characteristics of Belgian cases of drug-related TdP reported in the EudraVigilance database. METHODS: The EudraVigilance database was searched for Belgian post-marketing cases of TdP reported between December 2001-April 2015. These cases were identified with MedDRA preferred terms...
March 24, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327055/the-evaluation-of-the-anti-cancer-activity-of-ixazomib-on-caco2-colon-solid-tumor-cells-comparison-with-bortezomib
#3
Selin Engür, Miriş Dikmen
Proteasome inhibition has recently emerged as a clinically effective anticancer therapeutic approach. The first proteasome inhibitor, bortezomib (Velcade, PS-341), and new proteasome inhibitors including ixazomib have become more important in the development of targeted cancer therapies. Under physiological conditions, MLN9708 (ixazomib citrate), the stable citrate ester drug substance, hydrolyzes rapidly to MLN2238 (ixazomib), the biologically active boronic acid. It is a second-generation proteasome inhibitor, similar to the well-known proteasome inhibitor bortezomib, which is currently being investigated in phase 3 trials as a treatment for multiple Myeloma...
March 22, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317474/young-general-practitioners-professional-activities-a-survey-in-the-french-speaking-part-of-belgium
#4
Anne-Laure Lenoir, Lou Richelle, Frédéric Ketterer, Bénédicte Fraipont, Marion Cayn, Christiane Duchesnes, Sophie Leconte
INTRODUCTION: This study described the professional activities of graduates of the Advanced Master of General Practice of the Belgian French-speaking universities from 1999 to 2013 and identified factors influencing their situation. METHODS: Between November 2014 and June 2015, all graduates were asked to complete a questionnaire concerning their professional activities. The first part of the analysis described the respondent's socio-demographic and professional characteristics...
March 20, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303771/epidemiology-and-outcome-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-children-a-single-center-study
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Werner Keenswijk, Jill Vanmassenhove, Ann Raes, Evelyn Dhont, Johan VandeWalle
BACKGROUND: Information on the epidemiology of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in children is scarce. We performed a single center retrospective cohort study to analyze the incidence of AKI, the male/female ratio, the underlying etiology, and age at presentation. We also aimed to assess outcome measured by mortality, duration of PICU stay, and development of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). METHODS: Records were searched for children presenting with or developing AKI between 1st January 2008 and 1st January 2015...
March 17, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287344/ewing-s-sarcoma%C3%A2-of-the-cranial-vault-a-case-report
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Jihene Feki, Zeineb Guermazi, Brahim Kammoun, Afef Khanfir, Nabil Toumi, Tahiya Boudawara, Zaher Boudawara, Jamel Daoud, Mounir Frikha
Ewing's sarcoma is a malignant tumor that mainly affects young patients. It represents 10% of primary malignant tumors of the bone and 3% of malignant tumors of the child. Cranial localization is extremely rare representing less than 1% of all the localizations. We report a case of a 10-year-old girl who presented with an intracranial hypertension syndrome with left parietal mass of progressive installation. The X-ray skull showed a lytic lesion with irregular margins involving the left parietal bone. Brain magnetic resonance imaging revealed extensive parietal bone destruction involving both the inner and outer tables...
March 13, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271744/an-exceptional-evolution-of-primary-peritoneal-serous-carcinoma
#7
Wala Ben Kridis, Syrine Sghaier, Nabil Toumi, Afef Khanfir, Jamel Daoud, Mounir Frikha
Primary peritoneal serous carcinoma (PPSC) is a rare malignancy of the peritoneum. Clinically and histopathologically, PPSC is similar to serous ovarian papillary carcinoma. Brain metastases (BM) from PPSC are exceedingly rare. We report here a new case of BM two years after complete remission from a PPSC, to make aware physicians about this entity. This case is exceptional; firstly given the rarity of this entity and secondly due to the good response after radiotherapy then systemic chemotherapy with Carboplatin and Paclitaxel...
March 8, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262030/highly-sensitive-assays-are-mandatory-for-the-differential-diagnosis-of-patients-presenting-with-symptoms-of-mast-cell-activation-diagnostic-work-up-of-38-patients
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Bea Van den Poel, Anne-Marie Kochuyt, Elke Del Biondo, Barbara Dewaele, Els Lierman, Thomas Tousseyn, Gert de Hertogh, Peter Vandenberghe, Nancy Boeckx
Mastocytosis is a heterogeneous disease caused by excessive mast cell (MC) proliferation. Diagnosis of systemic mastocytosis (SM) is based on the presence of major and minor criteria defined by the World Health Organization. Symptoms of MC activation can also occur in patients without SM or without allergic or inflammatory disease. These MC activation syndromes (MCAS) can be divided into primary (monoclonal) MCAS (MMAS) vs. secondary and idiopathic MCAS. In this single center study, the diagnostic work-up of 38 patients with a clinical suspicion of SM and/or with elevated basic tryptase levels is presented...
March 6, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251862/ingestion-of-white-spirit-resulting-in-perineal-skin-burns-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#9
Joke Vanhoucke, Walter Buylaert, Kirsten Colpaert, Peter De Paepe
In the literature, possible systemic effects on health of inhalation or ingestion of white spirit are well described. Only a few case reports discuss the toxic skin effects that can occur following massive ingestion. Ingestion of large amounts of white spirit produces a watery diarrhoea with a high concentration of white spirit, resulting in perineal skin burns when there is prolonged contact. We describe a patient who developed partial thickness perineal skin burns after ingestion of white spirit and review the literature...
March 2, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245723/asthma-exacerbations-factors-related-to-longer-hospital-stay
#10
Francisco-Javier Gonzalez-Barcala, Uxio Calvo-Alvarez, Francisco-Javier Salgado-Castro, David Facal, Maria-Teresa Garcia-Sanz, Xavier Muñoz, Nuria Garcia-Couceiro, Olalla Paz-Neira, Esther San-Jose, Luis Valdes-Cuadrado, Jose-Martin Carreira
BACKGROUND: Hospital admissions account for a significant part of asthma cost, but with significant differences between geographic areas. AIMS: The aim of our study is to analyse hospital admissions due to asthma, as well as the factors associated with longer hospital stays. METHODS: A review was retrospectively carried out on all admissions of patients over 18 years old due to exacerbation of asthma occurring in our hospital between the years 2000 and 2010...
March 1, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245726/effect-of-tadalafil-administration-on-insulin-secretion-and-insulin-sensitivity-in-obese-men
#11
Manuel González-Ortiz, Esperanza Martínez-Abundis, Diana M Hernández-Corona, Alejandra M Ramírez-Rodríguez
AIM: To evaluate the effect of tadalafil administration on insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity in obese men without diabetes. METHODS: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was carried out in obese male patients between 30 and 50 years of age. Eighteen subjects were randomly assigned to two groups of nine patients each. During a 28-day period, subjects received 5 mg orally of tadalafil or placebo each night. Patients were evaluated before and after the intervention...
February 28, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245724/sudden-bioprostethic-mitral-valve-dysfunction-years-after-implantation-3-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
#12
Elise Bakelants, Johan De Sutter
Mitral valve replacement is a common procedure. Degeneration of the valve is a complication that usually develops progressively. We discuss three cases of patients who underwent mitral valve replacement by means of a porcine bioprosthesis and who developed sudden and severe mitral regurgitation years after implantation.
February 28, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229625/is-pain-at-discharge-a-risk-factor-for-unplanned-hospital-readmission
#13
Mieke Deschepper, Peter Vermeir, Dirk Vogelaers, Jacques Devulder, Kristof Eeckloo
INTRODUCTION: Unplanned readmissions are associated with a high cost to health insurances and the incidence of preventable readmissions could be considered as a quality indicator for the initial hospital admission. We aimed to assess the predictive value for unplanned readmission of higher pain scores at discharge of the initial admission as well as of other pain and demographic characteristics. The documentation of significant associations would provide further support for a structured pain management policy...
February 23, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229620/successful-infliximab-therapy-in-a-patient-with-comorbid-spondyloarthritis-primary-biliary-cirrhosis-and-generalized-morphea
#14
Hatice Resorlu, Sevilay Kılıc, Selda Isık, Ferhat Gokmen
The patient in this report was diagnosed simultaneously with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), spondyloarthritis, and generalized morphea and was started on infliximab therapy. In addition to an improvement in clinical symptoms with this therapy, an improvement was also observed in laboratory parameters such as cholestatic enzymes, C-reactive protein, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate. Infliximab was well tolerated in this 56-year-old patient. However, further studies must be performed in order to clarify the therapeutic role of TNF-α blockers in, PBC and generalized morphea...
February 23, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222655/a-cytologic-diagnosis-of-braf-v600e-erdheim-chester-disease-on-pericardial-fluid
#15
P Chasseur, M Kyriakopoulou, B Vokaer, I Beukinga, R Casado Arroyo, E Cogan, B Couturier
We report the case of a 74-year-old woman admitted to the emergency unit for resting dyspnea. Clinical presentation, cardiac MRI and echocardiography were consistent with cardiac tamponade requiring emergency pericardiocentesis. Cytologic examination of the pericardial fluid revealed the presence of CD68(pos) CD1a(neg) S100(neg) foamy histiocytes (Fig. 1). Additional investigations complied with the diagnosis of Erdheim-Chester histiocytosis. Treatment with αIFN was initiated but the patient developed severe neutropenia that contraindicated further administration...
February 22, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222652/results-from-the-belgian-mantle-cell-lymphoma-registry
#16
Vibeke Vergote, Ann Janssens, Marc André, Christophe Bonnet, Vanessa Van Hende, Eric Van Den Neste, Koen Van Eygen, Marie Maerevoet, Delphine Pranger, Wilfried Schroyens, Sarah Debussche, Vincent Maertens, Karolien Beel, Jan Lemmens, Charlotte Caron, Vanessa Delrieu, Isabelle Van Den Broeck, Gaetan Vanstraelen, Caroline Jacquy, Liesbeth Schauvlieghe, Hade De Samblanx, Vincent Madoe, Stef Meers, Dominique Boulet, Gregor Verhoef, Achiel Van Hoof
INTRODUCTION: Mantle cell lymphoma is a B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma characterized by a t(11;14), resulting in overexpression of cyclin D1. Conventional chemotherapy obtains frequent (but short) remissions, leading to a poor median overall survival (OS) of 3-5 years. To obtain more information about the prevalence and current treatment of Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) in Belgium, we collected data in a Belgian registry of MCL. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All Belgian MCL patients, t(11;14) and/or cyclin D1 positive, seen in hematology departments over a one-year period (April 2013-March 2014) were included...
February 22, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220718/the-big-imitator-strikes-again-a-case-report-of-neurosyphilis-in-a-patient-with-newly-diagnosed-hiv
#17
Sévérine de Bruijn, Chris Kenyon, Nicolas Léonard, Erika Vlieghe
BACKGROUND: Neurosyphilis is the result of an infection of the central nervous system caused by the spirochete Treponema pallidum. Its clinical presentation includes meningovascular syphilis, tabes dorsalis, and dementia paralytica, resulting in a wide range of symptoms such as psychosis, Parkinsonism, and depression. CASE REPORT: A 49-year-old male was admitted to a psychiatric hospital because of social withdrawal and self-neglect, indicative of a major depression...
February 21, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206874/a-quality-improvement-initiative-on-the-use-of-psychotropic-drugs-in-nursing-homes-in-flanders
#18
Majda Azermai, Maarten Wauters, Dirk De Meester, Lisa Renson, Danny Pauwels, Laurine Peeters, Hans Warie, Mirko Petrovic
INTRODUCTION: Government-funded quality improvement projects aimed to reduce the high psychotropic medication use in Belgian long-term care settings. DESIGN: A pilot project (2013-2014) with a pre-post and follow-up intervention design. METHODS: Two nursing homes received three educational courses. In the intervention nursing home (INH) additionally, a transition towards person-centred care through professional support was applied. Drug use was recorded at baseline, after 10 months (post) and after 22 months (follow-up), and coded into the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical classification...
February 16, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156198/a-multicenter-record-review-of-in-hospital-adverse-drug-events-requiring-a-higher-level-of-care
#19
Kristel Marquet, Neree Claes, Elke De Troy, Gaby Kox, Martijn Droogmans, Arthur Vleugels
OBJECTIVE: Adverse drug events (ADEs) are a worldwide concern, particularly when leading to a higher level of care. This study defines a higher level of care as an unplanned (re)admission to an intensive care unit or an intervention by a Medical Emergency Team. The objectives are to describe the incidence and preventability of ADEs leading to a higher level of care, to assess the types of drug involved, and to identify the risk factors. METHODS: A three-stage retrospective review was performed in six Belgian hospitals...
February 3, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074705/an-uncommon-cause-of-sciatic-pain-tuberculous-osteomyelitis-of-the-ischial-tuberosity
#20
Pieter De Mulder, Charlotte Harth, Louis Ide, Jurgen Vallaeys, Nick Baelde, Thomas De Bo
A 66-year-old Caucasian female presented with insidious sciatic pain leading to an uncommon diagnosis of tuberculous osteomyelitis with unknown portal entry. The patient did not report a history of a previous tuberculosis (TB) infection and her chest X-ray was negative for TB. Considering TB in the differential diagnosis of a 'bone abscess', it is of paramount importance to come to a correct diagnosis. Conventional radiographs still remain the first-line imaging modality for evaluation of skeletal symptomatology...
January 11, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
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