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Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports

Waiel Abusnina, Eric Yiman Auyoung, Mohammed Megri, Toni Pacioles
Small cell carcinomas (SCCs) are aggressive neoplasms commonly associated with a pulmonary origin. However, albeit rare, extrapulmonary SCC can occur in a variety of sites with an incidence in North America approximated to be 0.1% to 0.4%. Among these sites, approximately 10% of extrapulmonary SCC cases occur in the prostate and are associated with a poor mortality with a median survival of 10 months. Because of the rarity of the prostatic SCC, there is no formal treatment protocol. In this case report, we present a patient who was diagnosed with SCC in the prostate as primary origin...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Jessica Lacy Yasuda, Paul A Rufo
A 20-month-old boy presented with a 2-week history of pallor and progressive abdominal distention. Nutritional history revealed long-standing excessive cow milk intake. He was subsequently found to be profoundly iron deficient and hypoproteinemic, with an elevated fecal α-1-antitrypsin level and occult blood positive stool, consistent with protein-losing enteropathy. He was treated with cow milk restriction and oral iron supplements, which resulted in resolution of his edema and laboratory anomalies. While small numbers of previous case reports have described the potential association between excessive cow milk intake and severe iron deficiency and protein-losing enteropathy, this constellation of clinical symptoms is infrequently recognized in clinical practice...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Chloe Grace Meyer, Thomas Paul Vacek, Amit Bansal, Ravi Gurujal, Analkumar Parikh
This report illustrates a case of a 42-year-old male with a history of intravenous drug abuse who presented with septic shock. Diagnostic studies, including a transthoracic echocardiogram, chest computed tomography angiography, transesophageal echocardiogram, and blood cultures ultimately revealed Serratia marcescens pulmonic valve infective endocarditis that was treated with intravenous antibiotics. In addition to the rare form of endocarditis and bacterium involved, this case brings into awareness the dynamic nature of the hospital course that requires vigilance in responding to hypotensive episodes for consideration of pulmonary embolism...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Darius Adomavicius, Mark Bock, Christian-Friedrich Vahl, Ekkehard Siegel
Background. Aerococcus urinae is a rare causative pathogen of infective endocarditis that results in a high risk of embolic events. The mortality rate for A urinae endocarditis is high. Old age and underlying urologic conditions are the best-known risk factors for infection. Case Description. We report the clinical course of the disease in a 49-year-old man who presented symptoms of a urinary tract infection. A few days later, transthoracic echocardiography showed a conspicuous mitral valve with myxomatous alterations...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Roopam Jariwal, Basel Shoua, Katayoun Sabetian, Piruthiviraj Natarajan, Everardo Cobos
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is a hereditary demyelinating disease of the peripheral nervous system that results in sensory and motor dysfunction. CMT includes a spectrum of diseases with different types of mutations in the genes encoding myelin protein, resulting in a variety of dysfunctions in its life cycle. In CMT subtype 1A there is duplication mutation of peripheral myelin protein 22 gene on chromosome 17. Incomplete penetrance, gene-dosage effect, and variable expressivity can attribute to the asymptomatic nature of the disease in some subset of patients...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Leonel J F Estofan, Stanislav Naydin, Gediminas Gliebus
We present a case report of a 20-year-old male with diabetes mellitus type 1, who developed severe painful peripheral neuropathy while on the second of a 10-day course with levofloxacin for the treatment of epididymitis. The intensity of the pain rapidly reached scores of 10/10 in a numeric scale 0/10, and the patient was transferred to an inpatient pain unit where he was treated aggressively with minimal improvement. A skin biopsy revealed small fiber neuropathy. Then the patient was treated with intravenous immunoglobulin, which improved the pain...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Fredrick Venter, Arash Heidari, Macsen Viehweg, Mark Rivera, Piruthiviraj Natarajan, Everardo Cobos
Low-risk human papillomavirus types 6 and 11 can manifest as giant condylomata acuminata (GCA) of Buschke-Lowenstein. Up to 50% of GCA can slowly progress over years to fungating, invasive tumors. The malignant potential is attributed to unique immune evading abilities of the human papillomavirus. A 42-year-old male presented with pain and foul-smelling discharge from his genital warts. The histopathological examination of the mass showed invasive squamous cell carcinoma, and it was associated with paraneoplastic hypercalcemia...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Massimo Radin, Luca Bertero, Dario Roccatello, Savino Sciascia
The hypereosinophilic syndrome is a rare disease characterized by the association between high absolute eosinophil count and eosinophil-mediated organ damage. We describe a case of a 70-year-old male with an absolute eosinophil count of 2130 cells/µL. Clinical symptoms and signs included the following: severe asthenia, axonal sensitive motor neuropathy, basal pleural effusion with signs of hypoventilation on chest radiography, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as severe diarrhea, weight loss (-10 kg in 6 months), abdominal pain, and vomiting...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Mona L Camacci, Ronaldo Paolo Panganiban, Zachary Pattison, Kamyar Haghayeghi, Alexander Daly, Cindy Ojevwe, Ryan J Munyon
Human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) is a tick-borne, infectious disease caused by Anaplasma phagocytophilum that generally presents with nonspecific symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, malaise, and myalgia. If not treated immediately, HGA can cause hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a well-documented but underrecognized sequela of severe HGA. In this article, we report a case of severe HGA with hyperferritinemia in a 74-year-old male from Central Pennsylvania who initially presented with recurrent fevers, nausea, and malaise to our emergency department and was subsequently discharged home that same day...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Ankur Sinha, Ravikaran Patti, Paurush Ambesh, Chukwudi Obiagwu, Namrita Malhan, Kabu Chawla
A 29-year-old female with adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) presented with progressive shortness of breath both on rest and on exertion, increased abdominal girth, and swelling in both legs. She was on oral prednisone and was recently started on canakinumab (interleukin-1 antagonist) for joint pain and rash of AOSD. Echocardiogram showed severely dilated right ventricle, dilated pulmonary artery, moderately reduced right ventricular systolic function, but with normal left ventricular systolic function. Computed tomography with contrast ruled out pulmonary embolism...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Hassan Mehmood, Noman Khan, Saad Ullah, Asad Ullah, Asghar Marwat
Sphingomonas paucimobilis is a nonfermentative gram-negative bacillus of low pathogenicity. The organism has been involved in causing a wide range of infections in community and hospital settings. Only 3 cases of meningitis caused by this organism have been reported so far. We report a rare case of S paucimobilis meningitis who presented with atypical symptoms. A 50-year-old female presented with headache, dizziness, chills, shakiness, and neck pain along with nuchal rigidity. On physical examination, severe neck rigidity along with decreased range of motion was noticed...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Hassan Mehmood, Muzammil Khan, Asghar Marwat, Medha Joshi, Varun Malhotra
Oxymorphone is a semisynthetic extended release opiate used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain. The Food and Drug Administration approved the oral form of oxymorphone available as Opana and Opana ER (extended release) since 2006. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued warning against intravenous use of Opana ER. We are presenting a case report of a 37-year-old female with a history of active intravenous drug abuse who presented to our hospital with acute kidney injury...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Cynthia Wong
A 47-year-old woman presented to her GP (general practitioner) surgery with a left leg pain of 4 days duration after a recent 4-hour flight. She was taking the oral combined contraceptive pill and had no past medical history. She had a low predictive Wells score for deep vein thrombosis, but her D-dimer was positive, so she had a proximal lower limb vein ultrasound scan as per the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines, which was negative. Two days later, she presented to the emergency department with a collapse and dyspnea...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Hayan Jouni, Ronald S Kuzo, Nandan S Anavekar
Erdheim-Chester disease is a rare non-Langerhans cell histiocytosis with multisystem involvement and insidious symptoms. In this article, we describe an interesting case of Erdheim-Chester disease that was eventually diagnosed 8 years after symptoms initially started.
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Devon S McKenzie, Josephine Anuforo, Jennah Morgan, Elvira Neculiseanu
Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia is a well-known, life-threatening complication that occurs in 5% of patients exposed to heparin. It causes thrombocytopenia in roughly 85% to 90% of affected individuals, with expected recovery in approximately 4 to 10 days following heparin withdrawal. However, there is an entity known as refractory heparin-induced thrombocytopenia with thrombosis in which patients have prolonged thrombocytopenia, refractory to the current standard of care. We present one such case of a 48-year-old male with R-ISS (Revised International Staging System) stage II kappa light chain multiple myeloma in stringent complete response status postinduction therapy...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Kyle Ball, Thomas P Vacek
A rare cause of reflex syncope is metastatic cancers involving the head and neck. These can irritate the glossopharyngeal nerve and lead to glossopharyngeal neuralgia with associated syncope. This type of syncope is difficult to treat since it commonly involves both a vasodepressor and cardioinhibitory response, and typically requires removal of the irritative focus. We report a case of a 52-year-old male who presented from home with syncope. He endorsed a 5-week history of progressively worsened positional headaches and dramatic 40-pound weight loss with night sweats over 6 months...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Anum Bilal, Paul Der Mesropian, Franklin Lam, Gulvahid Shaikh
Amyloidosis is a systemic illness characterized by the extracellular deposition of abnormal proteins in body tissues and organs. In addition to renal involvement, amyloidosis can also present with a variety of skin manifestations, though rarely with alopecia. Sixteen cases of alopecia secondary to systemic amyloidosis are reported. There is one reported case that presented with alopecia universalis. We report a case of a 68-year-old woman presenting with alopecia universalis, rapid decline in kidney function, and nephrotic syndrome who was found to have multiple myeloma-associated AL amyloidosis (immunoglobulin light chain)...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Stephanie Wu, Anna Sarcon, Khuyen Do, Jerold Shinbane, Rahul Doshi, Helga Van Herle
We present a case of a 48-year-old female who developed myocarditis and near fatal arrhythmias during high dose Il-2 therapy for metastatic renal cancer. On day 5 of therapy, the patient developed sudden onset chest pain, elevated cardiac enzymes and ST segment changes on EKG. Coronary angiogram was normal, however echocardiogram showed reduced ejection fraction and hemodynamic measurements showed elevated bilateral elevated filling pressures. The patient then developed episodes of recurrent ventricular arrhythmia, precipitated by bradycardia and PVC, requiring defibrillation and temporary pacemaker placement...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Karan Seegobin, Somphanh Khousakhoun, Ryan Crooks, Satish Maharaj, Cherisse Baldeo
A 58-year-old male, known to have hepatitis C virus (HCV), presented with intermittent headaches and left-sided sensorimotor symptoms. There were no focal neurological deficits on examination. Electrocardiogram was unremarkable. Computed tomography angiography head and neck displayed extracranial right internal carotid artery occlusion. Magnetic resonance imaging showed right cortical vein thrombosis, with hemorrhagic infarction. Echocardiography with bubble study was unremarkable. Hypercoagulable workup was significant for protein S deficiency...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Paurush Ambesh, Joseph Weissbrot, Sabina Ratner, Ankur Sinha, Ravikaran Patti, Jasminka Balderacchi, Michael Marcelin, Lawrence Wolf, Stephan Kamholz
Neoplastic lesions that demonstrate neuroendocrine features are rare. However, esophageal tumors containing both adenocarcinomatous and neuroendocrine components are exceedingly rare. Mixed adenoneuroendocrine carcinomas (MANECs) are gastrointestinal tumors with both adenocarcinomatous and neuroendocrine differentiation. They have a tendency for early metastases but clinically manifest relatively late. Imaging studies are often nonspecific with regard to tumor type, and a histopathologic study of biopsy material is required for definitive diagnosis...
October 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
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