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Acta Clinica Croatica

Višnja Nesek Adam, Antonia Bulić, Aleksandra Jokić, Nedžad Osmančević, Martina Matolić, Gordana Brozović
Venous thromboembolism is a frequent complication of gynecologic cancer, and may be the first symptom of occult malignant disease. Although anticoagulation therapy remains the standard of care in patients presenting with acute venous thromboembolism, inferior vena cava filters are an important alternative when anticoagulants are contraindicated or ineffective. We report a case of a 69-year-old woman who presented with left leg swelling secondary to deep venous thrombosis before the diagnosis of ovarian cancer...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Pavao Jurinović, Eni Jadrijević, Ana Repić-Buličić, Marina Titlić
Chorea is a movement disorder that can be caused by a large range of degenerative, vascular, metabolic and toxic disorders in basal ganglia. Arteriovenous malformations are rare vascular malformations the clinical presentation of which depends on the malformation characteristics and localization. They are most commonly presented with intracranial hemorrhage, while focal neurological deficit is the rarest presentation. A case is reported of a 64-year-old female patient presented with hemichorea. Magnetic resonance imaging and digital subtraction angiography revealed the presence of arteriovenous malformation in the right temporal lobe...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Mirko Mihalj, Dajana Vladić, Zoran Karlović, Željka Zadro, Višnja Majerić Kogler
Many papers have been published investigating the effects of intraoperative mechanical ventilation on the incidence of intra- and postoperative respiratory complications. The potential advantages of protective pressure over volume-controlled ventilation mode during laparoscopic surgery have yet to be proven. This study included 60 patients aged between 18 and 70 with ASA score 1-3, body mass index (BMI) ≤35 kg/m2, and without prior history of chronic respiratory diseases, who were scheduled for laparoscopic cholecystectomy under general anesthesia...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Arijana Lovrenčić-Huzjan, Marijana Bosnar-Puretić, Vlasta Vuković-Cvetković, Vanja Bašić Kes
In a certain percentage of patients with craniocervical artery dissection, dissections affect multiple arteries. Some investigators consider that the dissections diagnosed as multiple might have occurred sequentially within a short time frame. We describe an oligosymptomatic patient with bilateral progressive vertebral artery dissection. Careful history taking added new data on transient left arm weakens two months earlier, as a possibility of the earlier disease onset.
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Dunja Jurić Vukelić, Jelena Jurić
The aim was to analyze relationship between the application of hydrocolloid dressings in the treatment of chronic wounds and relation to the patient quality of life. The study included 33 vascular outpatients. The authors constructed a questionnaire for assessing the level of daily functional impairment and the quality of life. Participants assessed the level of pain, level of decreased independence in daily activities, level of sleep disturbance, difficulties with keeping hygiene, and level of odor caused by a chronic wound...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Nikola Bulatović, Miroslav Kezunović, Čedomir Vučetić, Nermin Abdić, Ivan Benčić, Tomislav Čengić
The rate of periprosthetic femoral fractures following total hip replacement has been growing steadily in the last 20 years and ranges from 0.1% to 2.1%. These fractures are mostly related to older patients with the presence of chronic diseases and frequently poor bone quality. The treatment is surgically very complex and demanding, followed by a series of complications. The evaluation in this retrospective study included 23 patients who were medically treated from January 2004 to December 2015 with the mean follow-up of 14...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Ivan Alerić, Darko Katalinić, Miroslav Krpan
Chronic heart failure places heavy burden on patients, their families and on health care resources, accounting for high numbers of hospital admissions. Despite huge improvements in the treatment of many heart disorders, the clinical syndrome of chronic heart failure as a final pathway of heart pathology is an exception, in that its prevalence is rising, and only small prolongations in survival are occurring. It is associated with high morbidity and poor prognosis, and a survival rate worse than that for some malignant tumors...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Ecaterina-Constanța Barbu, Cristina-Emilia Chițu-Tișu, Mihai Lazăr, Cristina Olariu, Mihai Bojincă, Răzvan Adrian Ionescu, Daniela Adriana Ion, Ioana Anca Bădărău
Hepatic osteodystrophy is a common and frequently untreated complication, manifested as osteoporosis or osteopenia, encountered in the evolution of chronic liver diseases. This article provides a narrative review of hepatic osteodystrophy. The aim is to revise the prevalence, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of hepatic osteodystrophy. We searched medical literature via PubMed, Google Scholar, Wiley, Science Direct, and Springer Link using respective keywords to obtain data on low bone mineral density connected to chronic liver diseases...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Darko Breitenfeld, Davor Kust, Tomislav Breitenfeld, Marin Prpić, Marko Lucijanić, Davor Zibar, Vedran Hostić, Maja Franceschi, Ante Bolanča
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted, systemic disease caused by the spirochete bacterium Treponema pallidum. The most common mechanism of transmission is sexual intercourse. Although there are several hypotheses, the exact origin of the disease remains unknown. Newly published evidence suggests that the hypothesis supporting the theory of the American origin of the disease is the valid one. Among 1500 analyzed pathographies of composers and musicians, data on ten Anglo-American composers and jazz musicians having suffered from neurosyphilis (tertiary stage of the disease) were extracted for this report...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Roman Pavić, Dijana Hnatešen, Petra Margetić
This retrospective study investigated the impact of age on fracture occurrence through the comparison of two patient groups, 17-64 and 64+ age groups. Study data covered all fractures treated at a large hospital in eastern Croatia. A total of 15,519 patients with fractures were treated at the trauma department (inpatient and outpatient), with a total of 17,257 fractures presented, 71% managed as outpatients and 29% as inpatients. A total of 11,046 outpatients were treated for 12,187 fractures and a total of 4473 inpatients were treated for 5070 fractures...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Vanja Bašić Kes, Marijana Lisak, Miljenka Jurašić, Iris Zavoreo, Ana Dimitrović, Ivana Kobasić, Lucija Zadro Matovina
The first hospital-based registry of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) was established at the University Department of Neurology, Sestre milosrdnice University Hospital Centre, Zagreb, Croatia, in 2014. The aim of the registry was to continuously provide data on the number of hospital-managed MS patients, patterns of disease progression, predictors of disability progression, changes in lifespan and long-term outcomes. Relevant medical data included age and gender of MS patients, family history of MS, data on previous immunization, disease course, Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score, cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) lesion load quantification, and cerebrospinal fluid analysis...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Josipa Rikić, Petrana Beljan, Milan Milošević, Ivan Miškulin, Maja Miškulin, Aida Mujkić
The aim of this study was to determine whether there is a transgenerational transmission of violence within the family on a sample of parents of preschool children in Croatia, and to identify the factors that increase the likelihood of child abuse. The Child Abuse Questionnaire was self-administered to the sample of 118 parents of preschool children (91 mothers and 27 fathers) during February 2013. There were 7.7% of mothers and 3.8% of fathers who answered that they slapped their child, while 15.4% of the fathers answered that they even hit their child with a fist...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Mara Tripković, Ivana Bakija, Joško Sindik, Matko Marlais, Iva Zečević
The aim of this study was to determine the level of self-harm behaviors among adolescents in the general population (students of secondary schools in Zagreb, Croatia), as well as to determine if the level of self-harm behaviors differed according to financial circumstances of the family and marital status of the parents. The study was conducted in 701 adolescents (male and female, age range 14 to 19 years). A specially designed questionnaire that included family and demographic data was used to determine the family financial circumstances...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Tomislav Badel, Ivona Bago Jurič, Vesna Fugošić, Ivan Zajc, Andreja Carek, Dijana Zadravec
The aim of this study was to evaluate Croatian undergraduate students' knowledge based on what they learned in the recent course, as well as the students' own judgment and opinions about geriatric dentistry education concerning temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) of the elderly. The study was carried out by means of a questionnaire administered in the last study year to students of the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb and students of the Department of Dental Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Rijeka...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Leo Grandić, Ivna Olić, Zenon Pogorelić, Ivana Mrklić, Zdravko Perko
The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of etiology, types of injury, levels of consciousness and the Injury Severity Score (ISS) and Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) values on the selection of treatment modality and survival in patients with injuries of parenchymal abdominal organs. Case records of 224 patients treated for traumatic injury of parenchymal abdominal organs from January 2003 until December 2015 were reviewed. Th e values of ISS and AIS of injury severity were calculated and compared to the values obtained according to the etiology, state of consciousness and survival...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Ivan Utrobičić, Frane Utrobičić, Ivona Prološčić, Toni Utrobičić, Milka Jerić, Antonia Jeličić Kadić, Livia Puljak
The management of postoperative pain after carpal tunnel syndrome surgical treatment at a tertiary hospital was analyzed and compared with the guidelines for perioperative pain management. This retrospective study included 579 patients operated on for carpal tunnel syndrome at the Split University Hospital Center in Split, Croatia. The following key data were collected from patient medical records: age, gender, type and dosage of premedication, type and dosage of anesthesia, type and dosage of postoperative analgesia per each postoperative day...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Yesim Yaman Aktas, Małgorzata Nagórska, Neziha Karabulut
The aim of this study was to determine the problems related to nurse-patient communication in the intensive care unit (ICU), with a focus on differences between Poland and Turkey. A descriptive survey design was used. The study was conducted in Surgical ICU, Lwowska Hospital in Poland and ICU, Training and Research Hospital in Turkey. Fifty critical care nurses in Poland and 52 critical care nurses in Turkey were included in the study. Patient data were collected using a questionnaire that was prepared by the researchers...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Alen Sekelj, Davorin Đanić
Lyme borreliosis is a vector-borne infectious disease characterized by three disease stages. In the areas endemic for borreliosis, every acute facial palsy indicates serologic testing and implies specific approach to the disease. Th e aim of the study was to identify and confirm the value of acoustic refl ex and House-Brackman (HB) grading scale as prognostic indicators of facial palsy in neuroborreliosis. Th e study included 176 patients with acute facial palsy divided into three groups based on serologic testing: borreliosis, Bell's palsy, and facial palsy caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Tatjana Rotim, Branka Kristek, Tajana Turk, Domagoj Kretić, Marija Perić, Ivo Pušeljić, Tijana Pandurović, Mario Štefanić
The aim of the study was to assess diagnostic value and utility of selected morphological features in predicting lymph node (LN) malignancy using B-mode, Doppler ultrasonography and multivariate settings in a tertiary radiological referral center. The study included 123 patients having undergone ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration and cytologic analysis (FNAC) of cervical, axillary and inguinal LNs. Each LN was characterized by long/L and short/T-axis, shape, margins, echogenicity, cortical thickness, vascularization, and examiner's subjective impression...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Andrijana Kopić, Dubravka Biuk, Josip Barać, Maja Vinković, Tvrtka Benašić, Vlatko Kopić
Over the past decade, intravitreal injections of anti-VEGF agents have been widely used and intensively developed as a treatment option for many ophthalmological indications. Due to its availability and low cost, the most frequently used anti-VEGF agent is bevacizumab. This type of therapy is often indicated in patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) and diabetic macular edema (DME). If, in addition to these two conditions, patients have a diagnosis of primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), they also present with optic nerve head (ONH) retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thinning...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
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