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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224062/correction-hydration-status-as-a-predictor-of-high-altitude-mountaineering-performance
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Eric Ladd, Katherine M Shea, Patrick Bagley, Sean Rundell, Paul S Auerbach, Elizabeth A Pirrotta, Ewen Wang, Grant S Lipman
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.7759/cureus.918.].
February 16, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331776/urinary-tract-infections-in-hospitalized-ischemic-stroke-patients-source-and-impact-on-outcome
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Einar Bogason, Kathy Morrison, Omar Zalatimo, David M Ermak, Erik Lehman, Eric Markley, Kevin Cockroft
BACKGROUND:  Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in ischemic stroke patients are a common occurrence and the frequent focus of quality improvement initiatives. However, many UTIs are community-acquired and the impact of such infections on patient outcomes remains controversial. METHODS:  We conducted a retrospective analysis of our Stroke Center Database and electronic medical records to determine the incidence of both community-acquired UTI (CA-UTI) and hospital-acquired UTI (HA-UTI) in hospitalized ischemic stroke patients...
February 6, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331775/diagonal-earlobe-crease-as-a-significant-marker-for-coronary-artery-disease-a-case-control-study
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Rida Kamal, Komal Kausar, Ahmed H Qavi, Moeed H Minto, Fariha Ilyas, Salman Assad, Saeed U Shah
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between diagonal earlobe crease (DELC) and coronary artery disease (CAD). Limited data exists in South Asia and no prior studies have been performed in Pakistan to assess this relationship. METHODS: In this case-control study, 200 participants from December 2015 to March 2016 at Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan were enrolled. Consecutive non-probability sampling was used to recruit patients. Cases were enrolled from cardiac care unit (CCU) of the hospital with angiography-proven CAD...
February 5, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331774/frameless-stereotactic-insertion-of-viewsite-brain-access-system-with-microscope-mounted-tracking-device-for-resection-of-deep-brain-lesions-technical-report
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Tim White, Shamik Chakraborty, Rohan Lall, Andrew A Fanous, John Boockvar, David J Langer
The surgical management of deep brain tumors is often challenging due to the limitations of stereotactic needle biopsies and the morbidity associated with transcortical approaches. We present a novel microscopic navigational technique utilizing the Viewsite Brain Access System (VBAS) (Vycor Medical, Boca Raton, FL, USA) for resection of a deep parietal periventricular high-grade glioma as well as another glioma and a cavernoma with no related morbidity. The approach utilized a navigational tracker mounted on a microscope, which was set to the desired trajectory and depth...
February 4, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331773/characteristics-and-factors-associated-with-antihypertensive-medication-use-in-patients-attending-peruvian-health-facilities
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Christian R Mejia, Virgilio E Failoc-Rojas, Edison So, Carmen Cervantes, Antonio J Aspajo, Jesus Galileo Leandro, Jhomar Cordova-De La Cruz, Julio C Charri, Kevin E García-Auqui, Lelis Gabriela Coronel-Chucos, Luz Delia Justo-Pinto, Marisol Stefanie Mamani-Apaza, Neil Arón Paz-Campos, Ricardo Correa
INTRODUCTION : Hypertension is a very common disease worldwide, and medication is needed to prevent its short-term and long-term complications. Our objective was to determine the characteristics and factors associated with antihypertensive medication use in patients attending Peruvian health facilities. MATERIALS & METHODS: We performed a multicenter, cross-sectional study with secondary data. We obtained self-reported antihypertensive medication from patients attending health facilities in 10 departments of Peru...
February 3, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331772/an-automated-gravity-driven-csf-drainage-system-decreases-complications-and-lowers-costs
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Robert E Lieberson, Jan Eckermann, William Meyer, Tung Trang
BACKGROUND: FlowSafe(TM) (BeckerSmith Medical, Irvine, CA, USA) is a novel, robotic, external lumbar drainage (ELD) system, which was designed to control cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage, reduce complications, and decrease treatment costs. METHODS:  Forty-seven consecutive neurosurgical patients requiring ELD were treated using the FlowSafe system. RESULTS: In 39 of 40 patients with traumatic and surgical dural openings, potential CSF leaks were avoided...
February 3, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293486/sacral-insufficiency-fractures-recognition-and-treatment-in-patients-with-concurrent-lumbar-vertebral-compression-fractures
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Jesse Hatgis, Michelle Granville, Robert E Jacobson, Aldo Berti
INTRODUCTION: In reviewing a larger group of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (VCFs), we found that the overall incidence of sacral insufficiency fractures (SIFs) is higher than commonly reported values. This is especially seen in patients with previous or concurrent lumbar VCFs and also in a subgroup that had lumbar stenosis or hip arthroplasty. The altered biomechanics due to associated lumbar stenosis or hip arthroplasty lead to increased mechanical stress on already weakened and deficient sacral alae, which are more vulnerable to osteoporotic weakening than other parts of the sacrum...
February 2, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293485/a-long-term-survivor-of-metastatic-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-free-of-recurrence-12-years-after-treatment-of-oligometastatic-disease
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John M Stahl, Zenta Walther, Bryan W Chang, Howard S Hochster, Kimberly L Johung
Aggressive local therapy for patients with oligometastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has traditionally not been pursued due to high rates of distant progression. We describe a 62-year-old male initially presenting with resectable PDAC who underwent the Whipple procedure but developed multiple liver metastases within two months of starting adjuvant gemcitabine. Oxaliplatin was added to the regimen and complete resolution of the liver lesions resulted. He remained disease-free for five years until re-staging revealed a small lung nodule...
February 2, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289572/human-listeriosis-presenting-as-breast-abscess-report-of-a-rare-case
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Venkataramana Kandi
An abscess is defined as a collection of pus in various tissues of the body including skin and other organs. Abscesses most commonly are formed on the skin under the armpits, groin areas, and rectal areas. Most abscesses involve microbial infections with few remaining sterile. The treatment of abscesses includes both medical and surgical intervention. In the era of multidrug resistance, isolation and identification of the causative microbe and testing for antimicrobial susceptible patterns assume greater significance for the better management of patients, thereby reducing the resultant morbidity and mortality...
February 1, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286724/a-questionnaire-based-survey-of-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-residency-training-in-pakistan
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Farooq A Rathore, Aamir W Butt, Nabila Soomro, Noreen Akhtar
Pakistan is one of the three countries in South East Asia that has an active postgraduate physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) training program. College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) offers a four-year structured training program in PM&R. It consists of clinical teaching, lectures, rotations in other specialties, and writing a research dissertation. The aim of this survey was to provide an objective analysis of the current PM&R training program, including the facilities available for training, the participation of residents in academic activities, and their participation in different PM&R procedures...
January 31, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286723/fecal-myeloperoxidase-as-a-biomarker-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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REVIEW
David R Hansberry, Kush Shah, Prateek Agarwal, Nitin Agarwal
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic condition involving the inflammation of the colon and small intestine. IBD affects as many as 1.4 million people in the U.S. alone and costs the health care industry over $1.7 billion annually. Managing IBD normally requires invasive and often discomforting diagnostic tests. In an effort to alleviate the painful and costly nature of traditional diagnosis, there has been increasing research initiative focused on noninvasive biomarkers. PubMed, provided by the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health, was utilized with the following search terms: 1) myeloperoxidase (MPO) 2), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and 3) neutrophils...
January 31, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286722/acute-neuropathic-orchalgia-and-scrotalgia-after-percutaneous-spinal-cord-stimulator-lead-placement-two-cases-with-an-unusual-complication
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Meng Huang, Virendra R Desai, David Ho, Richard K Simpson
Spinal cord stimulation is an effective adjunct to the treatment of a variety of chronic pain syndromes. Complications are relatively low in morbidity and are most often secondary to hardware malfunction/malposition. Infection and undesired dysesthesias represent only a minority of complications. Neuropathic orchalgia and scrotalgia after placement of epidural spinal cord stimulator is a previously unreported morbidity. While alarming, this condition is physiologically benign, causing no neurological or urological dysfunction...
January 30, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280655/foundational-elements-of-applied-simulation-theory-development-and-implementation-of-a-longitudinal-simulation-educator-curriculum
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Michelle Chiu, Glenn Posner, Susan Humphrey-Murto
Simulation-based education has gained popularity, yet many faculty members feel inadequately prepared to teach using this technique. Fellowship training in medical education exists, but there is little information regarding simulation or formal educational programs therein. In our institution, simulation fellowships were offered by individual clinical departments. We recognized the need for a formal curriculum in educational theory. Kern's approach to curriculum development was used to develop, implement, and evaluate the Foundational Elements of Applied Simulation Theory (FEAST) curriculum...
January 27, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286721/functional-outcome-after-decompressive-craniectomy-in-patients-with-dominant-or-non-dominant-malignant-middle-cerebral-infarcts
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Bilal Kamal Alam, Ahmed S Bukhari, Salman Assad, Pir Muhammad Siddique, Haider Ghazanfar, Muhammad Junaid Niaz, Maryam Kundi, Saima Shah, Maimoona Siddiqui
BACKGROUND:  The use of decompressive craniectomy (DC) has been studied in the setting of different conditions, including traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and malignant middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction. The rationale of this study is to determine the functional outcome after DC in patients with malignant MCA infarcts. METHODS:  A longitudinal cohort study was performed based on patients diagnosed with malignant MCA territory infarction admitted to the Neurosurgery Department of a tertiary care hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan between July 2015 and November 2016...
January 26, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280654/prevalence-and-perceptions-of-musculoskeletal-disorders-among-hospital-nurses-in-pakistan-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Farooq A Rathore, Rayan Attique, Yumna Asmaa
INTRODUCTION: Nursing is a professionally demanding job, and nurses are prone to develop musculoskeletal disorders. However, no data is available regarding its prevalence among Pakistani nurses. This study was conducted to document the pattern of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMDs) in Pakistani nurses and their perceptions about contributing factors and management of WRMDs. METHODS: A questionnaire-based, cross-sectional survey was conducted in six hospitals in Lahore and Rawalpindi, which were selected using a convenient sampling technique...
January 26, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280653/microvascular-decompression-versus-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-trigeminal-neuralgia-a-decision-analysis
#16
Ian Berger, Nikhil Nayak, James Schuster, John Lee, Sherman Stein, Neil R Malhotra
INTRODUCTION:  Both microvascular decompression (MVD) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) have been demonstrated to be effective in treating medically refractory trigeminal neuralgia. However, there is controversy over which one offers more durable pain relief and the patient selection for each treatment. We used a decision analysis model to calculate the health-related quality of life (QOL) for each treatment. METHODS:  We searched PubMed and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews for relevant articles on MVD or SRS for trigeminal neuralgia published between 2000 and 2015...
January 26, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280652/malignant-proliferating-trichilemmal-tumor-treated-with-radical-radiotherapy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#17
Duncan Sutherland, Kathryn Roth, Edward Yu
Reported here is the first case of a malignant proliferating trichilemmal tumor treated with radical radiotherapy. Complete clinical response was achieved, and this obviated the need for aggressive surgery. These tumors have a tendency to develop in older patients, and have a propensity for affecting women more than men. The standard of treatment is surgical excision with a margin of normal tissue. Given that not all patients are good surgical candidates, the role of different treatment modalities in the management of this tumor is discussed...
January 26, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280651/prehospital-systolic-hypertension-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-spontaneous-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#18
Stacy Hatcher, Connie Chen, Prasanthi Govindarajan
BACKGROUND: It is well known that hematoma volume and expansion is associated with poor outcomes in patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (sICH). The factors associated with hematoma volume and possible expansion include the use of anticoagulant medications, autoimmune or bacterial diseases that reduce platelet production, and genetic defects of Von Willebrand factor causing inhibition or reduction of platelet aggregation. However, little is known about the role of elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP) on hematoma volume and its ultimate role on sICH when identified in the prehospital setting...
January 26, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280650/polycystic-liver-disease-and-sarcoidosis-unusual-coexisting-etiologies-of-portal-hypertension
#19
Waseem Amjad, Sophia Jagroop, Rukma Parthvi
Both polycystic liver disease (PLD) and sarcoidosis can involve liver. Most of the time, liver disease in both conditions is asymptomatic, but they can rarely cause portal hypertension. Our aim is to report a case of a 51-year-old female with a history of adult dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) and sarcoidosis who presented with multiple episodes of hematemesis. An endoscopy showed grade 3 esophageal varices. A computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen showed ascites with polycystic liver, nodular contour, and calcified granuloma...
January 25, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280649/first-case-of-foot-drop-associated-with-capecitabine-in-a-patient-with-thymidylate-synthase-polymorphism
#20
Andrew B Wilks, Muhammad W Saif
Capecitabine, an oral prodrug of 5-FU, has been approved by the FDA for use in patients with breast and colon cancers. In addition, capecitabine is commonly used in patients with other malignancies such as pancreatic, gastroesophageal, and hepatobiliary tract cancers. Though cerebellar toxicity is a rare but well-known side effect of intravenous 5-FU therapy, peripheral neuropathy with capecitabine has only been described in rare cases. In this case report, we describe a 79-year-old patient with locally advanced adenocarcinoma of the pancreas undergoing chemoradiation therapy with capecitabine who developed peripheral sensorimotor neuropathy...
January 24, 2017: Curēus
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