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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222414/urinary-steroid-metabolites-in-a-case-of-florid-ectopic-cushing-s-syndrome-and-clinical-correlations
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Angelos Kyriacou, Karolina G Stepien, Basil Issa
A 51-year old woman was admitted with multiple cerebral, pulmonary and intra-abdominal abscesses. The combination of apparent immunosuppression, obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypokalaemia, osteoporotic fractures and bilateral shoulder avascular necrosis led to a clinical diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome (CS). This was biochemically confirmed as follows: midnight serum cortisol 4275 nmol/L (60-250), non-suppressed overnight dexamethasone suppression test, raised salivary cortisol 716 nmol/L (5-46) and ACTH 639 ng/L (0-46)...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219595/comparison-of-post-liver-transplantation-outcomes-in-portopulmonary-hypertension-and-pulmonary-venous-hypertension-a-single-center-experience
#2
P Rajaram, A Parekh, M Fisher, J Kempker, R Subramanian
BACKGROUND: In potential liver transplant candidates, pulmonary vascular diseases, including portopulmonary hypertension (PoPH) and pulmonary venous hypertension (PVH), can be associated with high morbidity and mortality. Although there are clear guidelines regarding management and transplant listing criteria for patients with PoPH, the listing criteria for PVH are not well defined. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe and compare the perioperative and postoperative morbidity and mortality associated with PoPH and PVH in patients undergoing liver transplantation...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218213/surgical-treatment-of-double-outlet-right-ventricle-complicated-by-pulmonary-hypertension
#3
Qing-Yu Wu, Dong-Hai Li, Hong-Yin Li, Ming-Kui Zhang, Zhong-Hua Xu, Hui Xue
BACKGROUND: Double outlet right ventricle (DORV) is a group of complex congenital heart abnormalities. Preoperative pulmonary hypertension (PH) is considered an important risk factor for early death during the surgical treatment of DORV. The aim of this study was to report our experience on surgical treatment of DORV complicated by PH. METHODS: From June 2004 to November 2016, 61 patients (36 males and 25 females) aged 2 weeks to 26 years (median: 0.67 years and interquartile range: 0...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218209/clinical-study-of-acute-vasoreactivity-testing-in-patients-with-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
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Qi-Xia Xu, Yuan-Hua Yang, Jie Geng, Zhen-Guo Zhai, Juan-Ni Gong, Ji-Feng Li, Xiao Tang, Chen Wang
BACKGROUND: The clinical significance of acute vasoreactivity testing (AVT) in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) remains unclear. We analyzed changes in hemodynamics and oxygenation dynamics indices after AVT in patients with CTEPH using patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) as controls. METHODS: We analyzed retrospectively the results of AVT in 80 patients with PAH and 175 patients with CTEPH registered in the research database of Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital between October 2005 and August 2014...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217802/-comparison-of-agonists-induced-contraction-between-main-and-the-third-order-branches-of-pulmonary-arteries-in-rats
#5
Qiu-Hong Huang, Yun-Ping Mu, Fu-Rong Yan, Jie-Ling Zhu, Xiao-Ru Liu, Mo-Jun Lin
This study was designed to observe the differences between main pulmonary arteries and the third-order branches of pulmonary arteries in the contractile response to phenylephrine (Phen), endothelin-1 (ET-1) and potassium chloride (KCl). The vascular tension changes of main and the third-order branches of pulmonary arteries induced by KCl, ET-1 and Phen were recorded by traditional vascular tone detection methods and microvascular ring technique, respectively. The results showed that Phen could cause a significant contraction in main pulmonary arteries, but did not induce apparent contraction in the third-order branches of pulmonary arteries...
February 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217316/subacute-right-heart-failure-revealing-three-simultaneous-causes-of-post-embolic-pulmonary-hypertension-in-metastatic-dissemination-of-breast-cancer
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Flavien Vincent, Nicolas Lamblin, Marion Classe, Guillaume Schurtz, Antoine Rauch, Marie Fertin, Pascal De Groote
A 72-year-old woman with history of breast cancer only treated surgically was referred to our department for pulmonary hypertension (PH) suspicion. Echocardiogram revealed elevated right ventricular systolic pressure. Computed tomography (CT) angiogram showed no pulmonary embolism (PE), but lung scan revealed two ventilation-perfusion mismatch areas. Right cardiac catheterization established precapillary PH. Despite treatment with PH specific therapy (sildenafil, ambrisentan, and epoprostenol), her condition worsened rapidly with acute right heart failure (RHF)...
February 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217180/hypoxic-pulmonary-vasoconstriction-in-humans-tale-or-myth
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REVIEW
A Hussain, M S Suleiman, S J George, M Loubani, A Morice
Hypoxic Pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) describes the physiological adaptive process of lungs to preserves systemic oxygenation. It has clinical implications in the development of pulmonary hypertension which impacts on outcomes of patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. This review examines both acute and chronic hypoxic vasoconstriction focusing on the distinct clinical implications and highlights the role of calcium and mitochondria in acute versus the role of reactive oxygen species and Rho GTPases in chronic HPV...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217026/atrial-arrhythmias-and-scintigraphic-d-shape-sign-in-pulmonary-artery-hypertension
#8
Federico Ferrando-Castagnetto, Roberto Ricca-Mallada, Valentina Selios, Rodolfo Ferrando
Pulmonary hypertension significantly changes biventricular anatomy and physiology, frequently evolving to clinical deterioration and right ventricular failure. The case of a woman developing atrial arrhythmias complicating dipyridamole stress in concomitance with scintigraphic "D-shaped" left ventricle is briefly reported. Although rare, our finding may suggest that nonselective vasodilators should be used with caution in this clinical setting.
January 2017: World Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216495/-clinical-value-of-adma-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-combination-with-congenital-heart-disease
#9
Pengfei Chen, Yiyuan Huang, Zhenfei Fang, Xinqun Hu, Xiangqian Shen, Shenghua Zhou
To study the concentration of the asymmetrical dimethyl-L-arginine (ADMA) in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) commbination with congenital heart disease (CHD) and its clinical value as a biomaker for diagnosis and prognosis.
 Methods: A total of 100 patients with CHD and 25 healthy adult subjects were recruited. CHD patients were divided into three groups: normal pulmonary arterial pressure group (group A, n=25), mild-to-moderate PAH group (group B, n=25), severe PAH group (group C, n=50)...
January 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216071/antiphospholipid-antibodies-disappearance-in-primary-antiphospholipid-syndrome-thrombosis-recurrence
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REVIEW
Gabriela Medina, Eduardo Briones-García, María Pilar Cruz-Domínguez, Oscar I Flórez-Durante, Luis J Jara
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical outcome after aPL (antiphospholipid antibodies) disappearance in primary APS patients. METHODS: From a cohort of 70 patients with primary APS, we selected patients with positive aPL determinations at onset and ≥2 subsequent negative aPL determinations during the last 5years. To corroborate the immunologic profile, we determined IgG/IgM aCL antibodies, IgG/IgM antiβ2GPl, anti-annexin A5 antibodies and lupus anticoagulant (LA)...
February 13, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215423/chads2-score-predicts-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-undergoing-elective-pulmonary-lobectomy
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Svetlana Kotova, Mansen Wang, Katie Lothrop, Gary Grunkemeier, Heather E Merry, John R Handy
BACKGROUND: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (PAF) affects 12% to 17% of patients undergoing lobectomy and is associated with increased morbidity. CHADS2 (congestive heart failure history, hypertension history, age ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus history, and stroke or transient ischemic attack symptoms previously) is used to predict stroke risk in patients with existing AF. It also has been shown also to predict new-onset PAF. Our objective was to determine whether CHADS2 can predict PAF in patients undergoing lobectomy...
February 16, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215234/moderate-to-severe-obstructive-sleep-apnea-is-associated-with-subclinical-myocardial-injury-and-impaired-hemodynamics-in-pulmonary-hypertension-patients
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Takashi Kohno, Masaharu Kataoka, Takashi Kawakami, Ryoma Fukuoka, Yuichi Tamura, Mai Kimura, Makoto Takei, Yuichiro Maekawa, Motoaki Sano, Keiichi Fukuda
BACKGROUND: The clinical significance of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients remains unclear. We investigated the hemodynamics and serum troponin T concentrations associated with OSA in PH patients. METHODS: Cross-sectional study was performed on data from 97 clinically stable PH patients. Using overnight sleep study, we evaluated apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) and divided patients into two groups: none-to-mild OSA (AHI < 15/h, N = 81) and moderate-to-severe OSA (AHI ≥ 15/h, N = 16)...
February 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214892/baicalin-attenuates-cardiac-dysfunction-and-myocardial-remodeling-in-a-chronic-pressure-overload-mice-model
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Yanqing Zhang, Pingping Liao, Meng'en Zhu, Wei Li, Dan Hu, Siming Guan, Long Chen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Baicalin has been shown to be effective for various animal models of cardiovascular diseases, such as pulmonary hypertension, atherosclerosis and myocardial ischaemic injury. However, whether baicalin plays a role in cardiac hypertrophy remains unknown. Here we investigated the protective effects of baicalin on cardiac hypertrophy induced by pressure overload and explored the potential mechanisms involved. METHODS: C57BL/6J-mice were treated with baicalin or vehicle following transverse aortic constriction or Sham surgery for up to 8 weeks, and at different time points, cardiac function and heart size measurement and histological and biochemical examination were performed...
February 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214482/catheter-directed-ultrasound-assisted-thrombolysis-is-a-safe-and-effective-treatment-for-pulmonary-embolism-even-in-high-risk-patients
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Kristen A Lee, Andrew Cha, Mark H Kumar, Combiz Rezayat, Clifford M Sales
OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess the early success and safety of catheter-directed, ultrasound-assisted (CDUA) thrombolysis for acute pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients deemed to be "high risk" for thrombolytic therapy. METHODS: A retrospective evaluation of patients who underwent CDUA pulmonary thrombolysis in our practice during 39 months is reported. There were 91 patients considered, all of whom presented with acute PE as diagnosed by computed tomography angiography...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214275/detection-of-pneumocystis-jirovecii-by-nested-pcr-in-hiv-negative-patients-with-pulmonary-disease
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Cristina Rodrigues Santos, Ângela M de Assis, Edson A Luz, Luzia Lyra, Ivan F Toro, José Claudio C Seabra, Dira H Daldin, Tathiane U Marcalto, Marcos T Galasso, Ronaldo F Macedo, Angélica Z Schreiber, Francisco H Aoki
BACKGROUND: Nested PCR can be used to determine the status of Pneumocystis jirovecii infection in other lung diseases. AIMS: This study sought to detect a target DNA fragment (mitochondrial large subunit rRNA or mtL SUrRNA) of P. jirovecii in patients with lung disease who underwent bronchoscopy with collection of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). METHODS: The results from toluidine blue staining were compared with those obtained using molecular methods that included an "in house" DNA extraction procedure, PCR and nested PCR...
February 14, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214153/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-atypical-clinical-presentation
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José Marçalo, Luiz Menezes Falcão
A 67-year-old man was admitted to our hospital after episodes of syncope preceded by malaise and diffuse neck and chest discomfort. No family history of cardiac disease was reported. Laboratory workup was within normal limits, including D-dimers, serum troponin I and arterial blood gases. The electrocardiogram showed sinus rhythm with T-wave inversion in leads V1 to V3. Computed tomography angiography to investigate pulmonary embolism showed no abnormal findings. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) displayed massive enlargement of the right ventricle with intact interatrial septum and no pulmonary hypertension...
February 14, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214126/pulmonary-nodules-in-african-migrants-caused-by-chronic-schistosomiasis
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REVIEW
Federico Gobbi, Dora Buonfrate, Andrea Angheben, Anna Beltrame, Matteo Bassetti, Luca Bertolaccini, Giuseppe Bogina, Simone Caia, Silvia Duranti, Maria Gobbo, Valentina Marchese, Stefania Marocco, Maria Merelli, Geraldo Monteiro, Alberto Terzi, Zeno Bisoffi
Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease that can cause mainly hepatic and genitourinary damage, depending on the species. Involvement of the lungs has been commonly described in acute infection (Katayama syndrome) and chronic infection (pulmonary hypertension). Although rarely reported in the scientific literature, cases of lung nodules due to chronic schistosome infection are also possible and are probably more frequent than commonly thought. Here we report seven cases of African migrants who were diagnosed with chronic schistosomiasis and pulmonary nodules due to deposition of schistosome eggs, and we compare our findings to the case reports found in the scientific literature...
February 14, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214001/comparison-of-pulmonary-venous-and-left-atrial-remodeling-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-versus-with-hypertensive-heart-disease
#18
Kentaro Yoshida, Hideyuki Hasebe, Yasuaki Tsumagari, Hidekazu Tsuneoka, Mari Ebine, Yoshiko Uehara, Yoshihiro Seo, Kazutaka Aonuma, Noriyuki Takeyasu
Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC) increases susceptibility to atrial fibrillation. Although phenotypical characteristics of the hypertrophied left ventricle are clear, left atrial (LA) and pulmonary venous (PV) remodeling has rarely been investigated. This study aimed to identify differences in LA and PV remodeling between HC and hypertensive heart disease (HHD) using 3-dimensional computed tomography. Included were 33 consecutive patients with HC, 25 with HHD, and 29 without any co-morbidities who were referred for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213957/a-bosentan-pharmacokinetic-study-to-investigate-dosing-regimens-in-paediatric-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-future-3
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R M F Berger, M Gehin, M Beghetti, D Ivy, A Kusic-Pajic, P Cornelisse, S Grill, D Bonnet
AIM: To investigate whether increasing bosentan dosing frequency from 2 mg/kg twice daily (b.i.d.) to 2 mg/kg three times daily (t.i.d.) in children with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) (from ≥3 months to <12 years of age) would increase exposure. METHODS: An open-label, prospective, randomised, multicentre, multiple-dose, Phase 3 study was conducted. Patients (n = 64) were randomised 1:1 to receive oral doses of bosentan of 2 mg/kg b.i...
February 18, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213937/targeting-phosphodiesterase-5-as-a-therapeutic-option-against-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-and-in-treating-heart-failure
#20
REVIEW
Sevil Korkmaz-Icöz, Tamás Radovits, Gábor Szabó
Phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) selectively hydrolyses the second messenger cyclic 3´-5´guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) into 5'-GMP, thereby regulating its intracellular concentrations. Dysregulation of the cGMP-dependent pathway plays a significant role in various cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, its modulation by drugs, such as PDE5 inhibitors, may represent an effective therapeutic approach. There are currently four PDE5 inhibitors available for the treatment of erectile dysfunction: sildenafil, vardenafil, tadalafil, and avanafil...
February 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
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