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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814877/mechanism-and-therapeutic-effectiveness-of-nerve-growth-factor-in-osteoarthritis-pain
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REVIEW
Xiushuai Shang, Zhaofei Wang, Hairong Tao
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of articular joint arthritis and a cause of significant morbidity. In this review, we present the role of nerve growth factor (NGF) in pain generation, relationship between NGF and OA pain, and pathogenic factors (interleukin-1β, transforming growth factor-β1, mechanical loading, and adipokines) involved in OA development. Since NGF blocking is an efficient way to inhibit OA-associated pain, we summarize four categories of drugs that target NGF/tropomyosin receptor kinase A (TrkA) signaling...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814876/neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-and-mean-platelet-volume-in-central-serous-chorioretinopathy
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Muhammet Kazim Erol, Ayse Balkarli, Ozgur Yucel, Yusuf Akar, Berna Dogan, Elcin Suren
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate mean platelet volume (MPV) and neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) values and their relationship with clinical findings in patients with central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR). METHODS: Overall, 87 patients fulfilling inclusion criteria and 320 age- and sex-matched healthy individuals as controls were included in the study. The CSCR patients (n=87) were classified into 2 groups as acute CSCR (group 1, n=43) and chronic CSCR (group 2, n=44)...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794637/the-role-of-mediastinoscopy-in-the-diagnosis-of-non-lung-cancer-diseases
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Serdar Onat, Gungor Ates, Alper Avcı, Tekin Yıldız, Ali Birak, Cihan Akgul Ozmen, Refik Ulku
BACKGROUND: Mediastinoscopy is a good method to evaluate mediastinal lesions. We sought to determine the current role of mediastinoscopy in the investigation of non-lung cancer patients with mediastinal lymphadenopathy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed clinical parameters (age, gender, histological diagnosis, morbidity, mortality) of all patients without lung cancer who consecutively underwent mediastinoscopy in Hospital of Faculty of Medicine of Dicle University between June 2003 and December 2016...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794636/helicobacter-pylori-infection-and-severity-of-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-chronic-coronary-artery-disease
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Anita Jukic, Dorotea Bozic, Dusko Kardum, Tina Becic, Bruno Luksic, Mislav Vrsalovic, Marko Ljubkovic, Damir Fabijanic
AIM: Controversy exists concerning the relation between Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection and coronary artery disease (CAD). We aimed to examine the relationship between HP infection and severity of coronary atherosclerosis in patients with chronic CAD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 150 patients (109 [73%] men; mean age 62.61±10.23 years) scheduled for coronary artery bypass grafting surgery were consecutively enrolled in the cross-sectional study. According to rapid urease test and/or gastric biopsy samples stained with hematoxylin and eosin and according to Giemsa, patients were classified as HP positive (n=87; 58%) or HP negative (n=63; 42%)...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790835/subcutaneous-gentamicin-injection-around-the-cuff-in-treatment-of-resistant-exit-site-infection-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients-a-pilot-study
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Oguzhan Sıtkı Dizdar, Ozerhan Ozer, Selahattin Erdem, Ali Ihsan Gunal
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: One of the most common complications of the peritoneal dialysis (PD) is the infection of the exit site of the peritoneal catheter. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of the subcutaneous gentamicin injection around the cuff as a part of routine treatment of the resistant exit site infection (ESI). METHODS: If the exit site remains infected after a 2-week systemic antibiotics treatment, it is defined as resistant ESI. In these cases, systemic antibiotics were discontinued and a subcutaneous 40-mg gentamicin injection was administered around the external cuff of the PD catheter every 3 days...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790834/ofatumumab-a-valid-treatment-option-for-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-patients
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REVIEW
Salma M AlDallal
Ofatumumab Arzerra(®) is a human monoclonal antibody, which induces killing of a panel of tumor B-cell lines and primary tumor cells by the activation of in vitro complement-dependent cytotoxicity and antibody-dependent, cell-mediated cytotoxicity. The humanized anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients. This article summarizes this antibody's therapeutic effect on chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790833/collaboration-in-pharmacovigilance-lamotrigine-and-fatal-severe-cutaneous-adverse-reactions-a-review-of-spontaneous-reports
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Neil Brickel, Haris Shaikh, Andrew Kirkham, Greg Davies, Michelle Chalker, Pascal Yoshida
Pharmacovigilance presents many challenges, particularly when managing unpredictable, rare conditions, eg, severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCARs). Such rare events are often only detected from spontaneous reports, which present their own limitations, particularly during a prolonged global launch schedule. GlaxoSmithKline's routine pharmacovigilance includes regular reviews of global adverse event (AE) reports and aggregate data from a central safety database. Lamotrigine is one of the several antiepileptic drugs associated with SCARs...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790832/combination-of-sofosbuvir-and-daclatasvir-in-the-treatment-of-genotype-3-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-patients-on-maintenance-hemodialysis
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Jan Sperl, Sona Frankova, Miluse Kreidlova, Dusan Merta, Monika Tothova, Julius Spicak
Chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) has a negative impact on the long-term survival of recipients of kidney transplants. HCV should be treated in hemodialyzed patients before their enlistment for kidney transplantation in order to avoid the reactivation of virus after transplantation. Direct-acting antivirals represent the current standard of care in hemodialyzed patients with HCV genotypes 1 and 4; in patients with genotypes 2 or 3, the optimal regimen is yet to be established. Sofosbuvir (SOF) and daclatasvir (DCV) represent an antiviral pangenotypic regimen with favorable pharmacokinetics in hemodialyzed patients...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769569/management-of-traumatic-tympanic-membrane-perforation-a-comparative-study
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Tianxi Gao, Xiaoli Li, Juan Hu, Weijun Ma, Jingjing Li, Na Shao, Zhenghui Wang
This prospective study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of sea buckthorn oil patches in treating traumatic tympanic membrane (TM) perforations. We enrolled 370 patients with traumatic TM perforations of different sizes. These patients were randomly assigned to control group and treatment group. In the treatment group, a sterile cotton patch with sea buckthorn oil was used to cover the TM perforations. In the control group, patients were treated with a sterile cotton patch. The healing rate and time were compared between the two groups...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769568/incidence-causative-drugs-and-economic-consequences-of-drug-induced-sjs-ten-and-sjs-ten-overlap-and-potential-drug-drug-interactions-during-treatment-a-retrospective-analysis-at-an-indonesian-referral-hospital
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Rizky Abdulah, Tazkia F Suwandiman, Nadhira Handayani, Dika P Destiani, Auliya A Suwantika, Melisa I Barliana, Keri Lestari
BACKGROUND: Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) are acute life-threatening adverse drug reactions (ADRs) that are commonly caused by medications. Apart from their contribution to morbidity and mortality, these diseases may also present substantial consequences on health care resources. In this study, we aimed to identify the incidence, causative drugs, and economic consequences of these serious ADRs and potential drug-drug interactions (DDIs) during treatment...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769567/thyroid-cancer-in-a-patient-with-lynch-syndrome-case-report-and-literature-review
#11
Monika Fazekas-Lavu, Andrew Parker, Allan D Spigelman, Rodney J Scott, Richard J Epstein, Michael Jensen, Katherine Samaras
Lynch syndrome describes a familial cancer syndrome comprising germline mutations in one of four DNA mismatch repair genes, MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, and PMS2 and is characterized by colorectal, endometrial, and other epithelial malignancies. Thyroid cancer is not usually considered to be part of the constellation of Lynch syndrome cancers nor have Lynch syndrome tumor gene mutations been reported in thyroid malignancies. This study reports a woman with Lynch syndrome (colonic cancer and a DNA mismatch repair mutation in the MSH2 gene) with a synchronous papillary thyroid cancer...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769566/association-of-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-with-contrast-induced-nephropathy-and-mortality-following-coronary-angiography-or-intervention-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Kun Wang, Hua-Long Li, Wei-Jie Bei, Xiao-Sheng Guo, Shi-Qun Chen, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam, Ji-Yan Chen, Yong Liu, Ning Tan
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is the most widely used parameter to evaluate the cardiac function in patients with heart failure (HF). However, the association between LVEF and contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is still controversial. Therefore, the aim of this study is to evaluate the association of LVEF with CIN and long-term mortality following coronary angiography (CAG) or intervention in patients with HF. METHODS: We analyzed 1,647 patients with HF (New York Heart Association [NYHA] or Killip class >1) undergoing CAG or intervention, including 207 (12...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769565/can-we-use-the-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-platelet-to-lymphocyte-ratio-and-mean-platelet-volume-values-for-the-diagnosis-of-anterior-uveitis-in-patients-with-behcet-s-disease
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Atil Avci, Deniz Avci, Fatma Erden, Ertas Ragip, Ali Cetinkaya, Kemal Ozyurt, Mustafa Atasoy
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to compare the value of hematological parameters, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR), and mean platelet volume (MPV), as indicators of anterior uveal segment involvement in patients with Behcet's disease (BD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Hospital-based records of a total of 912 patients with BD from the dermatology clinic and healthy volunteers from the checkup clinic were assessed retrospectively...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761351/alemtuzumab-a-review-of-efficacy-and-risks-in-the-treatment-of-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
#14
REVIEW
Cristina Guarnera, Placido Bramanti, Emanuela Mazzon
Alemtuzumab is a selective humanized monoclonal antibody directed against the CD52 antigen, and has been found to be a powerful treatment for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. Alemtuzumab demonstrated high efficacy in several clinical studies. The risk of relapse and sustained accumulation of disability showed significant reduction in the Phase II CAMMS223 and the Phase III clinical trials CARE MS I and CARE MS II. The data presented at the 32nd Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis confirmed these results...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761350/effect-of-treatment-with-single-total-dose-intravenous-iron-versus-daily-oral-iron-iii-hydroxide-polymaltose-on-moderate-puerperal-iron-deficiency-anemia
#15
Chukwuemeka Anthony Iyoke, Fausta Chioma Emegoakor, Euzebus Chinonye Ezugwu, Lucky Osaheni Lawani, Leonard Ogbonna Ajah, Jude Anazoeze Madu, Hyginus Uzo Ezegwui, Frank Okechukwu Ezugwu
BACKGROUND: Iron-deficiency anemia is the most common nutritional cause of anemia in pregnancy and is often responsible for puerperal anemia. Puerperal anemia can impair postpartum maternal and neonatal well-being. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of treatment of moderate puerperal iron-deficiency anemia using a single intravenous total-dose iron dextran versus daily single dose oral iron(III)-hydroxide polymaltose. METHODOLOGY: A randomized controlled study in which postpartum women with moderate iron-deficiency anemia were randomized into treatment with either a single total-dose intravenous iron dextran or with daily single doses of oral iron(III)-hydroxide polymaltose tablets for 6 weeks...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744135/sex-differences-of-in-hospital-outcome-and-long-term-mortality-in-patients-with-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
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K J Weidner, I El-Battrawy, M Behnes, K Schramm, C Fastner, J Kuschyk, U Hoffmann, U Ansari, M Borggrefe, I Akin
BACKGROUND: Previous studies revealed that patients with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) have a higher mortality rate than the general population. It is still unclear whether sex differences may influence long-term prognosis of TTC patients. The purpose of this study was to determine whether sex differences do influence the short- and long-term outcomes of TTC. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 114 patients with TTC were admitted to the University Medical Centre Mannheim from January 2003 to September 2015 and entered into the TTC database of the University Medical Centre Mannheim, and retrospectively analyzed...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744134/reconstruction-of-fingers-after-electrical-injury-using-lateral-tarsal-artery-flap
#17
Minghua Zhang, Mitao Huang, Pihong Zhang, Pengfei Liang, Licheng Ren, Jizhang Zeng, Jie Zhou, Xiong Liu, Tinghong Xie, Xiaoyuan Huang
OBJECTIVE: Electrical injuries to the fingers account for the majority of total severe burns that occur each year. While several types of flaps have been used in covering finger defects, all have limitations or disadvantages. The purpose of this study was to introduce our clinical experiences of using the lateral tarsal artery (LTA) flap to successfully restore fingers after electrical injury. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From 2005 to 2012, 10 patients with 14 severe electrical burns to their fingers, including six thumbs and four index and four middle fingers, were treated with LTA flap...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740395/diagnostic-reliability-of-pediatric-appendicitis-score-ultrasound-and-low-dose-computed-tomography-scan-in-children-with-suspected-acute-appendicitis
#18
Ashraf Othman Sayed, Nancy Selim Zeidan, Dalia Monir Fahmy, Hossam A Ibrahim
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of appendicitis in children is clinically challenging. Computed tomography (CT) is the gold standard for diagnosis; however, radiation exposure early in life is a concern with this technique. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to evaluate the diagnostic reliability of low-dose CT, pediatric appendicitis score (PAS), and abdominal ultrasound (US) in children with acute appendicitis, to reach a safe diagnosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted on 140 children who were admitted with clinically suspected acute appendicitis (45 with positive appendicitis and 95 children with negative appendicitis)...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740394/a-case-of-iatrogenic-pneumothorax-in-which-chest-tube-placement-could-be-avoided-by-intraoperative-evaluation-with-transthoracic-ultrasonography
#19
Izumi Sato, Hirotsugu Kanda, Megumi Kanao-Kanda, Atsushi Kurosawa, Takayuki Kunisawa
We report a case of iatrogenic pneumothorax in which chest tube placement was avoided by continuous intraoperative evaluation with transthoracic ultrasonography. A 53-year-old man had undergone a subsegmentectomy. While attempting to place a central venous catheter in the right internal jugular vein after the induction of anesthesia, we identified gas absorption during the puncture and suspected a pneumothorax. Chest X-ray revealed an ~5-mm collapse of the right lung apex. Tension pneumothorax was a concern during surgery because of the long-term positive pressure ventilation, but we decided to start the operation without preventative chest tube placement...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740393/current-evidence-for-the-use-of-c-mac-videolaryngoscope-in-adult-airway-management-a-review-of-the-literature
#20
REVIEW
Fu-Shan Xue, Hui-Xian Li, Ya-Yang Liu, Gui-Zhen Yang
The C-MAC videolaryngoscope is the first Macintosh-typed videolaryngoscope. Since the advent of its original version video Macintosh system in 1999, this device has been modified several times. A unique feature of C-MAC device is its ability to provide the 2 options of direct and video laryngoscopy with the same device. The available evidence shows that in patients with normal airways, C-MAC videolaryngoscope compared with direct laryngoscopy can provide comparable or better laryngeal views and exerts less force on maxillary incisors, but does not offer conclusive benefits with regard to intubation time, intubation success, number of intubation attempts, the use of adjuncts, and hemodynamic responses to intubation...
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