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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721185/the-smooth-and-bumpy-road-of-trastuzumab-administration-from-intravenous-iv-in-a-hospital-to-subcutaneous-sc-at-home
#1
Waa Tjalma, M T Huizing, K Papadimitriou
Trastuzumab has become standard of care in the treatment of early and metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer. Initially trastuzumab could only be administered intravenously (IV), however since a few years there is also a subcutaneous (SC) formulation. The efficacy and the safety profile of both formulations is the comparable. The administration logistics however have an impact on the patients, the health care professionals (HCPs), the hospital and the government. The preference for the patients (89%) and the HCPs (77%) is in favour of the SC formulation...
March 2017: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721184/axillary-lymph-node-dissection-on-the-run
#2
N Maeseele, J Faes, T Van de Putte, J Vlasselaer, E de Jonge, J C Schobbens, K Deraedt, G Debrock, G Van de Putte
The standard approach of performing a completion axillary lymph node dissection (cALND) after a positive sentinel node for breast cancer patients is no longer generally accepted. This study applied the criterion of a 27% risk of having residual positive lymph nodes calculated by the MD Anderson nomogram to perform a cALND. This 27% cut-off is based on the number of positive non-sentinels in the Z0011 trial. A cohort of 166 cN0, sentinel positive breast cancer patients was used to validate the MD Anderson nomogram...
March 2017: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721183/infertility-in-the-global-south-raising-awareness-and-generating-insights-for-policy-and-practice
#3
T Gerrits, F Van Rooij, T Esho, W Ndegwa, J Goossens, A Bilajbegovic, A Jansen, B Kioko, L Koppen, S Kemunto Migiro, S Mwenda, H Bos
Infertility is a highly prevalent reproductive health condition in the global South, which often has a devastating impact on the people concerned. Yet, thus far it hardly received any attention from policy makers, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) or donors working in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). For this reason we have set up a project to increase knowledge and awareness about infertility and childlessness among those stakeholders and organizations and to generate insight into (possible) interventions in this field...
March 2017: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721182/mitochondria-in-oocyte-aging-current-understanding
#4
REVIEW
D Zhang, D Keilty, Z F Zhang, R C Chian
The oocyte is the largest cell found in multicellular organisms. Mitochondria, as the energy factories for cells, are found in high numbers in oocytes, as they provide the energy for oocyte maturation, fertilization, and embryo formation via oxidative phosphorylation. Failure of assisted reproduction is mainly attributed to oocyte aging and increased aneuploidy. As the most numerous organelle in the oocyte, the mitochondrion has been confirmed as a crucial player in the process of oocyte aging, which is highly influenced by mitochondrion dysfunction...
March 2017: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721181/adding-sildenafil-vaginal-gel-to-clomiphene-citrate-in-infertile-women-with-prior-clomiphene-citrate-failure-due-to-thin-endometrium-a-prospective-self-controlled-clinical-trial
#5
A N Fetih, D M Habib, I I Abdelaal, M Hussein, G N Fetih, E R Othman
We aimed to investigate the effect of adding sildenafil vaginal gel to clomiphene citrate (CC) in infertile women with prior CC failure. METHODS: This is a self- controlled clinical trial. Women with CC failure (in prior 5 cycles) and thin endometrium were recruited (N = 42). In their 6th (CC only) cycle, women continued on CC 100 mg/ day for 5 days, and had measurement of endometrial thickness and Doppler assessment of uterine arteries on day of HCG administration. In the 7th cycle, women (N = 36) were given usual dose of CC supplemented with sildenafil vaginal gel (5 gm, containing 50 mg sildenafil) twice daily from cycle day 8 to day of HCG administration...
March 2017: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721180/adenomyosis-back-to-the-future
#6
Z Ferraz, N Nogueira-Martins, F Nogueira-Martins
Adenomyosis is a benign invasion of endometrium into the myometrium. It produces a diffusely enlarged uterus and predominantly affects women in the late reproductive age. It has recently been associated with a negative impact on female fertility. Diagnosis is challenging because nonspecific symptoms can be present. However, it is asymptomatic in the majority of women. Medical treatment with GnRH agonist seems to be promising, particularly in subfertile women. A retrospective study was performed (182 patients) by examination of histopathological results with "adenomyosis" between January/2013 and September/2016...
March 2017: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721179/early-and-late-onset-complications-of-gynaecologic-surgery-a-multimodality-imaging-approach
#7
REVIEW
I De Blasis, V Vinci, M E Sergi, F Capozza, M Saldari, F Moro, M C Moruzzi, A C Testa, L Manganaro
The role of imaging after surgery is pivotal to drive clinical management of early and/or late onset complications. Most frequently used imaging technique after pelvic surgery is Ultrasound (US), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT). While Ultrasound is a standard procedure, using grey scale and/or colour Doppler evaluation, MRI and CT scan protocols should be derived on the basis of the specific indication of the exam. Correct evaluation of female pelvis after gynaecologic surgery, having in mind the most frequent complications, is based on the correct use of the instruments and on the experience of the examiner, who should be aware of the history of the patient, type of surgery and clinical symptoms for which the exam is required; the clinician should be aware of the possibilities and limits of the different techniques, in order to choose the most appropriate imaging modality and promptly make a correct diagnosis...
March 2017: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721178/global-reproductive-health-why-do-we-persist-in-neglecting-the-undeniable-problem-of-childlessness-in-resource-poor-countries
#8
EDITORIAL
W Ombelet, J Goossens
The consequences of involuntary childlessness in developing countries create more wide-ranging societal problems compared to Western societies, particularly for women. Negative psychosocial and economical consequences for childless couples are often severe and underestimated by the local and international society. Infertility treatment is often limited to certain procedures and certain costumers. Most common arguments against supporting infertility care in resource-poor countries are the "overpopulation" and the "limited resources" argument, but they totally neglect the reproductive rights and systematic exclusion of millions of women from the right to reproduce...
March 2017: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210484/in-the-arab-bedroom-the-sex-life-of-arabs
#9
P Dupont
The sex life of Arabs is terra incognita for scientists and policy makers. Shereen El Feki's book "Sex and the Citadel" is the first serious attempt to chart sexual intimacy in the rapidly changing Arab world.
December 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210483/intra-peritoneal-leiomyoma-of-the-round-ligament-in-a-patient-with-mayer-rokitansky-k%C3%A3-ster-hauser-mrkh-syndrome
#10
G Salem Wehbe, R Bitar, T Zreik, M Samaha, C Walter, Z Sleiman
BACKGROUND: The occurrence of an extra-uterine leiomyoma, arising from the intra-peritoneal portion of the round ligament in a lady with Müllerian agenesis diagnosed at the age of forty is extremely rare. We report a case of this rare combination in a Middle Eastern woman. CASE: A 40 years old lady, primarily amenorrheic, presented to our clinic for an infertility consultation. The work- up showed features suggestive of Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome with a leiomyoma arising from the intra-peritoneal part of the round ligament...
December 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210482/delayed-interval-delivery-can-save-the-second-twin-evidence-from-a-systematic-review
#11
REVIEW
S Feys, Y Jacquemyn
BACKGROUND: In case of preterm birth in twins, it is not well established if the second twin benefits from a delayed-interval delivery. OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this systematic review is to evaluate survival benefit of the second twin from delayed interval delivery compared to the first twin. Secondly, we will evaluate the survival benefit of the procedure when performed equal to or after 24 weeks gestational age of the first born. METHODS: Delayed interval delivery was defined as every attempt to perform a delayed interval delivery with at minimum placement of a high ligature of the umbilical cord and a delay of delivery of at least 24 hours...
December 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210481/human-papillomavirus-hpv-virion-induced-cancer-and-subfertility-two-sides-of-the-same-coin
#12
REVIEW
C E Depuydt, J Beert, E Bosmans, G Salembier
In the natural history of HPV infections, the HPV virions can induce two different pathways, namely the infec- tious virion producing pathway and the clonal transforming pathway. An overview is given of the burden that is associated with HPV infections that can both lead to cervical cancer and/or temporal subfertility. That HPV infections cause serious global health burden due to HPV-associated cancers is common knowledge, but that it is also responsible for a substantial part of idiopathic subfertility is greatly underestimated...
December 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210480/cross-cultural-psychometric-evaluation-of-the-dutch-mcgill-qol-questionnaire-for-breast-cancer-patients
#13
T De Vrieze, D Coeck, H Verbelen, N Devoogdt, W Tjalma, N Gebruers
AIM OF THE STUDY: Assessing the cross-cultural psychometric properties of the Dutch-MQoL for breast cancer patients. METHODS: 26 patients were recruited at the Antwerp University Hospital. Eligible patients filled in the MQoL on different moments in time in order to evaluate clinimetric properties. To determine the validity; MQoL was correlated to the EORTC QLQ-C30. Internal consistency was analysed using Cronbach's and test-retest reliability was determined by ICC...
December 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210479/pregnant-after-assisted-reproduction-a-risk-pregnancy-is-born-18-years-perinatal-outcome-results-from-a-population-based-registry-in-flanders-belgium
#14
W Ombelet, G Martens, L Bruckers
BACKGROUND: Although the increased risk for perinatal morbidity and mortality of babies born after ART is largely attributed to a higher rate of multiple gestations, a significantly worse perinatal outcome for singleton pregnancies following ART compared to pregnancies after natural conception has been reported as well. Most studies only include IVF/ICSI pregnancies; studies describing the perinatal outcome of pregnancies after non-IVF assisted reproduction are scarce. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Population-based cohort study with three exposure groups: a study group of pregnancies (1) after ovarian stimulation (OS), with or without artificial insemination (AI), (2) after IFV or ICSI and (3) a naturally conceived (NC) comparison group...
December 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210478/the-twin-epidemic-in-infertility-care-why-do-we-persist-in-transferring-too-many-embryos
#15
EDITORIAL
W Ombelet
The epidemic of iatrogenic multiple births as a result of infertility treatment are responsible for an unacceptable high incidence of maternal, perinatal and childhood morbidity and mortality. Healthcare costs due to infertility therapy are too high and this may lead to social and political concern. The introduction of single embryo transfer (SET) was a real breakthrough, but was only accepted in most European countries and Japan. The United States, Latin America and most developing countries still have high multiple pregnancy rates...
December 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003874/helen-b-taussig-1898-1986
#16
J Van Robays
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003873/is-anti-hormonal-treatment-in-dcis-of-the-breast-a-need
#17
Waa Tjalma
Ductal carcinomas in situ (DCIS) represent one fifth of all detected breast cancers. The detection of DCIS can be regarded as collateral damage of breast cancer screening. The treatment of DCIS is based on surgery with or without radiotherapy. Women treated for DCIS have a 10 years survival of 98 %. Could there be a role for systemic therapy in case of a DCIS? Recent published studies suggest there is. However, anti-hormonal therapy (tamoxifen, anastrozole) in DCIS causes an increased morbidity without a reduced mortality...
September 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003872/a-reversible-posterior-leucoencephalopathy-syndrome-including-blindness-caused-by-preeclampsia
#18
G Vandenbossche, J Maquet, P Vroonen, G Lambert, M Nisolle, F Kridelka, E Emonts
Complications of (pre)eclampsia may involve multiple systems and organs. Neurological symptoms may occur. Visual symptoms concern up to 25% the of patients with severe preeclampsia and 50% of the patients with eclampsia. An uncommon effect of severe preeclampsia is sudden blindness. Blindness may be part of a clinical and radiological presentation named Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES). PRES may lead to permanent neurological deficit, recurrences or death. We report the case of a 24-year-old Caucasian patient, gravida 5 para 2 who developed preeclampsia and PRES complicated with blindness at 32 weeks of gestation...
September 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003871/laparoscopic-posterior-colpotomy-for-a-cervico-vaginal-leiomyoma-hymen-conservative-technique
#19
G S Wehbe, M Doughane, R Bitar, Z Sleiman
BACKGROUND: Leiomyomas are the most common benign tumours of the uterus. The diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of prolapsed pedunculated submucous myoma may need vaginal access compromising sometimes the hymenal integrity. Laparoscopic management of a pedunculated submucous myoma in a Middle Eastern virgin patient is described as a safe alternative. CASE: A 20-year-old, nulliparous virgin woman presented to the outpatient clinic for irregular menstrual bleeding of 2 months duration...
September 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003870/new-perspective-on-maintenance-therapies-for-platinum-sensitive-recurrent-ovarian-cancer-in-women-with-germline-and-somatic-mutations-in-brca1-and-brca2-genes
#20
I Vergote, V Bours, B Blaumeiser, J-F Baurain
Ovarian cancer (OC) is the seventh most common cancer in women. Although women diagnosed with OC are usually treated frontline with platinum-based chemotherapy, most of them relapse once treatment is halted. Therefore, maintenance therapies have been developed to secure the response and delay further chemotherapy. There are two established maintenance therapies for women affected by platinum-sensitive recurrent OC: bevacizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting vascular endothelial growth factor, and olaparib, an inhibitor of poly (adenosine diphosphate [ADP]-ribose) polymerase (PARPi)...
September 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
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