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Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports

W Omata, A Tsutsumida, K Namikawa, A Takahashi, K Oashi, N Yamazaki
By the recent introduction of molecular targeting drugs against BRAF mutation and immune checkpoint inhibitors, the prognosis of patients with melanoma in advanced stage is now improving, but still in the minority. Mucosal melanoma lacks the BRAF mutations, and hence conventional chemotherapeutic regimens must be improved. We have conventionally used dacarbazine (DTIC) for patients with metastatic mucosal melanoma. However, the efficacy of DTIC in patients with metastatic mucosal melanoma has been limited. Therefore, we explored other possibilities to improve the prognosis of patients suffering from metastatic mucosal melanoma...
2017: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Carla Musso, Maria Laura Major, Eugenia Andres, Vinaya Simha
Generalized lipodystrophy (GL) is a rare inherited or acquired disease characterized by widespread loss of subcutaneous fat, leading to leptin deficiency, ectopic fat deposition, and severe metabolic abnormalities. Previous studies have shown the benefit of leptin replacement (metreleptin) in ameliorating metabolic complications, but little is known about the experience of metreleptin treatment outside of a research setting. We report on post-marketing clinical experience with metreleptin therapy in three patients with GL and marked hypoleptinemia, uncontrolled diabetes, and hypertriglyceridemia...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Subramanian Vaidyanathan, Tun Oo, Bakul M Soni, Peter L Hughes, Gurpreet Singh
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal administration of baclofen by implanted pump reduces rigidity and muscle spasms. Its use specifically to control bladder spasms has not been reported. CASE REPORT: A tetraplegic patient developed severe, protracted, bladder spasms, abdominal muscles spasms, and high blood pressure after change of suprapubic catheter; nifedipine, diazepam, and paracetamol did not control spasms; bolus dose of baclofen intrathecally produced prompt relief via baclofen pump...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Abidullah Khan, Mohammad Humayun, Iqbal Haider, Maimoona Ayub
BACKGROUND: Lujan-Fryns syndrome (LFS) is an extremely rare, X-linked disorder, for which the full clinical spectrum is still unknown. Usually, it presents with neuropsychiatric problems such as learning disabilities and behavioral issues in a typical combination with marfanoid features. Often, there is a positive family history for the disorder. However, sporadic cases have also been reported in males. More interestingly, there is no case of LFS presenting with acute-onset dysphagia in the English language medical literature...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Munish Sharma, Daniel Mascarenhas
Coronary ostial stenosis is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication of aortic valve replacement (AVR). It can present potential complications such as acute coronary syndrome, left ventricular failure, ventricular arrhythmias, or sudden death. Exact pathogenetic mechanism is not known, but a few hypotheses have been proposed. We present a case of left main coronary stenosis 11 months after AVR was done for symptomatic critical aortic stenosis. High index of clinical suspicion and timely coronary angiography helped to determine the exact etiology...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Nareg Minaskeian, Patrick P Hu
Primary cardiac tumors are a rare occurrence with myxomas accounting for about half of the benign tumors. Once diagnosed, surgical resection is the standard of care. Our case describes a female in her 50s who underwent a myxoma resection under cardiopulmonary bypass via biatrial approach. Intraoperatively, the thin septal crux between the wall of the aorta and mitral valve was damaged during resection, requiring stem cell tissue matrix for repair. The patient also developed severe mitral regurgitation suggesting infarct to the left coronary system during resection, subsequently receiving a mechanical mitral valve and a saphenous vein bypass graft...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Tetsu Akimoto, Tomoyuki Yamazaki, Eiji Kusano, Daisuke Nagata
Patients with active bleeding complications who concomitantly develop overt pulmonary embolism (PE) present distinct therapeutic dilemmas, since they are perceived to be at substantial risk for the progression of the embolism in the absence of treatment and for aggravation of the hemorrhagic lesions if treated with anticoagulants. A 76-year-old patient with nephrotic syndrome, which is associated with an increased risk of thromboembolism, concurrently developed acute PE and intracranial bleeding because of traumatic brain injury...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Anek Mungaomklang, Jiraruj Chomcheoy, Supaporn Wacharapluesadee, Yutthana Joyjinda, Akanitt Jittmittraphap, Apaporn Rodpan, Siriporn Ghai, Abhinbhen Saraya, Thiravat Hemachudha
In 2014, two unusual peaks of H1N1 influenza outbreak occurred in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, in Thailand. Among 2,406 cases, one of the 22 deaths in the province included a 6-year-old boy, who initially presented with acute necrotizing encephalopathy. On the other hand, his sibling was mildly affected by the same influenza virus strain, confirmed by whole-genome sequencing, with one silent mutation. Absence of acute necrotizing encephalopathy and other neurological illnesses in the family and the whole province, with near identical whole viral genomic sequences from the two siblings, and an absence of concomitant severe lung infection (cytokine storm) at onset suggest nonpermissive infection as an alternative pathogenetic mechanism of influenza virus...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Nicole A Scheer, Lucas R Alstat, Robert S Van Zant
PURPOSE: The purpose of this case report was to describe the use of Astym therapy to improve hamstring flexibility and Achilles tendinopathy in a child with cerebral palsy. CASE DESCRIPTION: An eight-year-old female with cerebral palsy was referred to physical therapy for the treatment of bilateral hamstring inflexibility and Achilles tendinopathy. Treatment focused on an Astym therapy protocol of eccentric exercise, stretching, active and passive range of motion, gait training, and a home exercise program...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Alexander J Sweidan, Navneet K Singh, Natasha Dang, Vinh Lam, Jyoti Datta
INTRODUCTION: Amiodarone is often used in the suppression of tachyarrhythmias. One of the more serious adverse effects includes amiodarone pulmonary toxicity (APT). Several pulmonary diseases can manifest including interstitial pneumonitis, organizing pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, diffuse alveolar hemorrhage, pulmonary nodules or masses, and pleural effusion. Incidence of APT varies from 5-15% and is correlated to dosage, age of the patient, and preexisting lung disease...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Kelly Pennington, Martin Van Zyl, Patricio Escalante
Citrobacter koseri is a motile, gram-negative rod traditionally known to cause infection in individuals with significant comorbidities and immunocompromised status. While most cases represent nosocomial infections, rarely community-acquired infections have been reported. We present a previously healthy man in his 60s with C. koseri pneumonia who was subsequently found to have underlying pulmonary adenocarcinoma, illustrating the need for further investigation for immunodeficiency and/or intrapulmonary pathology...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Sarah J Moore, Omid Rashidipour, Ronald B Moore
This male patient presented with a scrotal abscess and urinary obstruction. The patient's history included a perineal abscess and the development of urethrocutaneous fistulae (watering-can perineum). He underwent multiple debridement procedures without resolution. During the fifth debridement for Fournier's gangrene, a biopsy revealed invasive squamous cell carcinoma. The patient was bedridden because of the large mass, a wide en bloc resection with lymphadenectomy and reconstruction was performed revealing a large (22 cm) squamous cell carcinoma originating from the urethra...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Paola Pasquino, Roberto Canaparo, Tiziana Capello, Barbara Deorsola, Laura Perazzolo, Claudio Marengo, Loredana Serpe
We present a case report of a 52-year-old man who was hospitalized for right leg pain due to a relevant hemorrhagic effusion. He was on dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT): acetylsalicylic acid and ticagrelor, a reversible P2Y12 receptor antagonist. Signs, symptoms, and laboratory blood tests led to the diagnosis of acquired hemophilia A (AHA). Ticagrelor therapy-associated AHA was hypothesized due to the fact that, before adding this drug, all laboratory and clinical examinations were repeatedly normal. Prednisone and cyclophosphamide treatment was started without DAPT interruption due to the high risk of stent thrombosis...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Minako Yokoyama, Fumie Oyama, Asami Ito, Megumi Yokota, Daisuke Matsukura, Shinji Tsutsumi, Tomonori Kasai, Yohshiro Nitobe, Akiko Morikawa, Takashi Ozaki, Yoshihito Yokoyama
PURPOSE: We encountered a case where an infection with group A streptococcus (GAS; ie, Streptococcus pyogenes) initially caused primary peritonitis and then subsequently caused streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. The patient's life was likely saved by an emergency laparotomy followed by extensive peritoneal lavage and drainage. CASE PRESENTATION: A 40-year-old woman was admitted to the Emergency Department for lower abdominal pain and numbness in the extremities...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Fatehi Elzein, Nada Albogami, Mustafa Saad, Nazik El Tayeb, Abdullah Alghamdi, Ghaleb Elyamany
BACKGROUND: Intravesical instillation of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) remains a first-line treatment for superficial transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. Although its use is relatively safe, severe complications such as granulomatous hepatitis, osteomyelitis, pneumonitis, and sepsis occur in few patients. Complications of intravesical instillation of BCG can be local or systemic, with early or late presentation. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we report an 88-year-old man who developed fever, rigors, and episodes of syncope following fourth intravesical BCG instillation for the treatment of superficial transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Bradley Elliott, Michelle Mina, Chrystalla Ferrier
A 34-year-old obese male (96.8 kg; BMI, 30.2 kg m(-1)) volitionally undertook a 50-day fast with the stated goal of losing body mass. During this time, only tea, coffee, water, and a daily multivitamin were consumed. Severe and linear loss of body mass is recorded during these 50 days (final 75.4 kg; BMI, 23.5 kg m(-1)). A surprising resilience to effects of fasting on activity levels and physical function is noted. Plasma samples are suggestive of early impairment of liver function, and perturbations to cardiovascular dynamics are also noted...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Tetsu Akimoto, Tomoyuki Yamazaki, Osamu Saito, Shigeaki Muto, Eiji Kusano, Daisuke Nagata
Several viral infections may occasionally induce supraglottic mass lesions, resulting in an obstructive airway emergency. We herein report one such case in a 63-year-old male immunocompromised patient with nephrotic syndrome due to membranous nephropathy who also had ophthalmic herpes zoster with a laryngeal mass, which required urgent intubation and mechanical ventilation. The patient was initially treated with acyclovir; however, because a serological analysis revealed a concurrent cytomegalovirus infection, we discontinued the administration of acyclovir and gave priority to the simultaneous treatment of the cytomegalovirus and varicella-zoster virus infections with ganciclovir...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Naoko Otani-Takei, Tetsu Akimoto, Ai Sadatomo, Osamu Saito, Shigeaki Muto, Eiji Kusano, Daisuke Nagata
Abdominal hernias are a common cause of bowel obstruction. The major types of abdominal hernias are external or abdominal wall hernias, which occur at areas of congenital or acquired weakness in the abdominal wall. An alternative entity is internal hernias, which are characterized by a protrusion of viscera through the peritoneum or mesentery. We herein present the case of a female peritoneal dialysis patient with bowel obstruction due to an internal hernia. Although an initial work-up did not lead to a correct diagnosis, an exploratory laparotomy revealed that she had intestinal herniation due to a defect in the broad ligament of the uterus, which was promptly corrected by surgery...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
G Kagmeni, R Cheuteu, Y Bilong, P Wiedemann
We reported a case of unusual intraocular Loa loa in a 27-year-old patient who presented with painful red eye. Biomicroscopy revealed a living and active adult worm in the anterior chamber of the right eye. After surgical extraction under local anesthesia, parasitological identification confirmed L. loa filariasis.
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Sarah A Elkourashy, Abdulqadir J Nashwan, Syed I Alam, Adham A Ammar, Ahmed M El Sayed, Halima El Omri, Mohamed A Yassin
Extranodal lymphoma (ENL) occurs in approximately 30%-40% of all patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and has been described in almost all organs and tissues. However, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is the most common histological subtype of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, primarily arising in the retroperitoneal region. In this article, we report a rare case of an adult male diagnosed with primary diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the gluteal and adductor muscles with aggressive bone involvement. All appropriate radiological and histopathological studies were done for diagnosis and staging...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
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