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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214369/diagnostic-accuracy-of-history-physical-exam-laboratory-tests-and-point-of-care-ultrasound-for-pediatric-acute-appendicitis-in-the-emergency-department-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#1
Roshanak Benabbas, Mark Hanna, Jay Shah, Richard Sinert
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis (AA) is the most common surgical emergency in children. Accurate and timely diagnosis is crucial but challenging due to atypical presentations and the inherent difficulty of obtaining a reliable history and physical examination in younger children. OBJECTIVES: To determine the utility of history, physical exam, laboratory tests, Pediatric Appendicitis Score (PAS) and Emergency Department-Point-of-Care Ultrasound (ED-POCUS) in the diagnosis of AA in ED pediatric patients...
February 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214297/advancing-neuromuscular-ultrasound-through-research-finding-common-sound
#2
Lisa Hobson-Webb, Michael S Cartwright
INTRODUCTION: Neuromuscular ultrasound (NMUS) is an accepted, but underutilized, diagnostic tool in the evaluation of neuromuscular disorders. The lack of uniform high-quality standards in published research and in clinical practice has been a limitation to its growth. METHODS: This article aims to address the shortcomings of NMUS research and establish basic standards to guide further work in the field. RESULTS: A review of the basic types of NMUS research papers is presented, along with the elements that each should include...
February 18, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213989/the-post-mortem-examination-in-ruminants-and-its-possible-benefit-to-ruminant-clinical-medicine
#3
K Wäsle, A Pospischil, M Hässig, C Gerspach, M Hilbe
To highlight the important role of post-mortem examination of ruminants and to identify possible benefits for modern ruminant medicine, a comparison of clinical and pathological diagnoses was conducted and influencing factors were identified. For this purpose, results from 2,000 ruminants that had undergone necropsy examination at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, were analysed retrospectively. Both clinical and pathological diagnoses were available for 81.40% of cattle, 80.22% of sheep and 66.66% of goats; no diagnoses were available for 3...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213975/lab-in-a-tube-real-time-molecular-point-of-care-diagnostics-for-influenza-a-and-b-using-the-cobas%C3%A2-liat%C3%A2-system
#4
Willem Jg Melchers, Judith Kuijpers, Joanna Sickler, Janette Rahamat-Langendoen
BACKGROUND: Rapid diagnosis of influenza A and B is important for direct treatment decisions in patient care and for the reduction of in-hospital transmissions. The new real-time PCR based molecular point-of-care (POC) assay, the cobas(®) Influenza A/B test on the cobas(®) Liat® System (cobas(®) Liat® Influenza A/B assay), generated a PCR result in less than 20 minutes, was evaluated for the detection of influenza A and B. METHOD OF THE STUDY: 121 retrospectively collected respiratory specimens, previously analyzed with a routine influenza A/B test (Diagenode) were tested using the cobas(®) Liat® Influenza A/B assay...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213923/diagnostic-accuracy-of-charcot-s-triad-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Steva Rumsey, Joel Winders, Andrew D MacCormick
BACKGROUND: Charcot's triad is a well-established diagnostic tool for acute cholangitis (AC). It has been recognized as an inaccurate test in clinical practice; however, its exact sensitivity and specificity remain unclear. This knowledge is key to informing the value of its continued clinical application. The objectives of this study are to calculate an estimate of the sensitivity and specificity of Charcot's triad based on published research and consider its applicability to clinical practice and medical education...
February 17, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213851/-sonoelastography-in-daily-clinical-routine
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J Rübenthaler, K Müller-Peltzer, M Reiser, D Rjosk-Dendorfer, D-A Clevert
CLINICAL ISSUE: In the daily clinical routine characterization of focal lesions using native B‑mode classical ultrasound and color Doppler can be difficult or insufficient; therefore, additional diagnostic information must be taken into consideration. STANDARD RADIOLOGICAL METHODS: Standard radiological methods in the daily clinical routine include native B‑mode ultrasound and color Doppler ultrasound. METHODICAL INNOVATIONS: Using sonoelastography it is possible to evaluate and characterize tissue properties and focal lesions regarding their stiffness to acquire additional information on a noninvasive basis...
February 17, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213833/molecular-imaging-in-synthetic-biology-and-synthetic-biology-in-molecular-imaging
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REVIEW
Assaf A Gilad, Mikhail G Shapiro
Biomedical synthetic biology is an emerging field in which cells are engineered at the genetic level to carry out novel functions with relevance to biomedical and industrial applications. This approach promises new treatments, imaging tools, and diagnostics for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal inflammatory syndromes to cancer, diabetes, and neurodegeneration. As these cellular technologies undergo pre-clinical and clinical development, it is becoming essential to monitor their location and function in vivo, necessitating appropriate molecular imaging strategies, and therefore, we have created an interest group within the World Molecular Imaging Society focusing on synthetic biology and reporter gene technologies...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213611/transthyretin-amyloidosis-an-under-recognized-neuropathy-and-cardiomyopathy
#8
REVIEW
Natalie J Galant, Per Westermark, Jeffrey N Higaki, Avijit Chakrabartty
Transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis (ATTR amyloidosis) is an underdiagnosed and important type of cardiomyopathy and/or polyneuropathy that requires increased awareness within the medical community. Raising awareness among clinicians about this type of neuropathy and lethal form of heart disease is critical for improving earlier diagnosis and the identification of patients for treatment. The following review summarizes current criteria used to diagnose both hereditary and wild-type ATTR (ATTRwt) amyloidosis, tools available to clinicians to improve diagnostic accuracy, available and newly developing therapeutics, as well as a brief biochemical and biophysical background of TTR amyloidogenesis...
March 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213510/detecting-dysexecutive-syndrome-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-are-we-using-an-appropriate-approach-and-effective-diagnostic-tools
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EDITORIAL
Michele Poletti, Marco Cavallo, Mauro Adenzato
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212976/functional-lumen-imaging-probe-for-the-management-of-esophageal-disorders-expert-review-from-the-clinical-practice-updates-committee-of-the-aga-institute
#10
REVIEW
Ikuo Hirano, John E Pandolfino, Guy E Boeckxstaens
The functional luminal imaging probe is a Food and Drug Administration-approved measurement tool used to measure simultaneous pressure and diameter to guide management of various upper gastrointestinal disorders. Additionally, this tool is also approved to guide therapy during bariatric procedures and specialized esophageal surgery. Although it has been commercially available since 2009 as the endolumenal functional lumen imaging probe (EndoFLIP), the functional luminal imaging probe has had limited penetrance into clinical settings outside of specialized centers...
March 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212789/laboratory-diagnosis-of-echinococcus-spp-in-human-patients-and-infected-animals
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M Siles-Lucas, A Casulli, F J Conraths, N Müller
Among the species composing the genus Echinococcus, four species are of human clinical interest. The most prevalent species are Echinococcus granulosus and Echinococcus multilocularis, followed by Echinococcus vogeli and Echinococcus oligarthrus. The first two species cause cystic echinococcosis (CE) and alveolar echinococcosis (AE) respectively. Both diseases have a complex clinical management, in which laboratory diagnosis could be an adjunctive to the imaging techniques. To date, several approaches have been described for the laboratory diagnosis and followup of CE and AE, including antibody, antigen and cytokine detection...
2017: Advances in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212714/droplet-based-digital-pcr-application-in-cancer-research
#12
G Perkins, H Lu, F Garlan, V Taly
The efficient characterization of genetic and epigenetic alterations in oncology, virology, or prenatal diagnostics requires highly sensitive and specific high-throughput approaches. Nevertheless, with the use of conventional methods, sensitivity and specificity were largely limited. By partitioning individual target molecules within distinct compartments, digital PCR (dPCR) could overcome these limitations and detect very rare sequences with unprecedented precision and sensitivity. In dPCR, the sample is diluted such that each individual partition will contain no more than one target sequence...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212684/the-renape-observational-registry-rationale-and-framework-of-the-rare-peritoneal-tumors-french-patient-registry
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L Villeneuve, G Passot, O Glehen, S Isaac, F Bibeau, P Rousset, F N Gilly
BACKGROUND: Rare peritoneal cancers represent complex clinical situations requiring a specific and multidisciplinary management. Because of their rarity, lack of awareness and knowledge often leads to diagnostic delays and misdiagnosis. And patients are not systematically referred to expert centers as they should be. Clinicians and researchers also face unique challenges with these rare cancers, because it is hard to conduct adequately powered, controlled trials in such small patient population...
February 17, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212566/genetic-characterization-of-polish-ccrcc-patients-somatic-mutation-analysis-of-pbrm1-bap1-and-kdmc5-genomic-snp-array-analysis-in-tumor-biopsy-and-preliminary-results-of-chromosome-aberrations-analysis-in-plasma-cell-free-dna
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Katarzyna Kluzek, Malgorzata I Srebniak, Weronika Majer, Agnieszka Ida, Tomasz Milecki, Kinga Huminska, Robert M van der Helm, Adrian Silesian, Tomasz M Wrzesinski, Jacek Wojciechowicz, Berna H Beverloo, Zbigniew Kwias, Hans A R Bluyssen, Joanna Wesoly
BACKGROUND: Mutation analysis and cytogenetic testing in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is not yet implemented in a routine diagnostics of ccRCC. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We characterized the chromosomal alterations in 83 ccRCC tumors from Polish patients using whole genome SNP genotyping assay. Moreover, the utility of next generation sequencing of cell free DNA (cfDNA) in patients plasma as a potential tool for non-invasive cytogenetic analysis was tested...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211805/diagnostic-accuracy-and-interobserver-variability-of-dynamic-vascular-pattern-dvp-in-primary-liver-malignancies-a-simple-semiquantitative-tool-for-the-analysis-of-contrast-enhancement-patterns
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B Schellhaas, M J Waldner, R S GÖrtz, F Vitali, Ch Kielisch, L Pfeifer, D Strobel, R Janka, M F Neurath, D Wildner
BACKGROUND: Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is a valuable tool in the diagnostic approach of focal liver lesions, but occasionally subjective and observer-dependent. Semiquantitative evaluation of dynamic CEUS (DCEUS) with standardised software programmes such as Dynamic Vascular Pattern (DVP) could help to improve diagnostic accuracy and objectivity in liver tumour assessment. OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed at evaluation of diagnostic accuracy of DVP in a clinical setting...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210799/dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mr-imaging-pharmacokinetic-parameters-as-predictors-of-treatment-response-of-brain-metastases-in-patients-with-lung-cancer
#16
Grégory Kuchcinski, Emilie Le Rhun, Alexis B Cortot, Elodie Drumez, Romain Duhal, Maxime Lalisse, Julien Dumont, Renaud Lopes, Jean-Pierre Pruvo, Xavier Leclerc, Christine Delmaire
OBJECTIVES: To determine the diagnostic accuracy of pharmacokinetic parameters measured by dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in predicting the response of brain metastases to antineoplastic therapy in patients with lung cancer. METHODS: Forty-four consecutive patients with lung cancer, harbouring 123 newly diagnosed brain metastases prospectively underwent conventional 3-T MRI at baseline (within 1 month before treatment), during the early (7-10 weeks) and midterm (5-7 months) post-treatment period...
February 16, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209098/the-predictive-value-of-negative-capsule-endoscopy-for-the-indication-of-obscure-gastrointestinal-bleeding-no-reassurance-in-the-long-term
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C Van de Bruaene, P Hindryckx, C Snauwaert, D Dooremont, B Vanduyfhuys, L Vandenabeele, M De Vos, D De Looze
BACKGROUND: Capsule Endoscopy (CE) has become the first-line tool to identify an underlying etiology for Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding (OGIB) in the small bowel (SB). This study aims to investigate the long-term outcome of patients with a negative CE. METHODS: Retrospective review of standardized application forms of all patients who underwent CE for OGIB at the Ghent University Hospital between 2002 and 2013. Follow-up data on patients with a negative CE result (n=263) were collected by contacting the referring physician...
September 2016: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209060/the-use-of-spectroscopic-techniques-for-evaluating-the-coupling-of-porphyrins-on-biocompatible-nanoparticles-a-potential-system-for-photodynamics-theranostics-and-nano-drug-delivery-applications
#18
Lais N Magno, Fabio C Bezerra, Luiz E S Freire, Rubens A Guerra, Andris Figueiroa Bakuzis, Pablo Jose Goncalves
Modern medicine has been searching for new and more efficient strategies for diagnostics and therapeutics applications. Considering this, porphyrin molecules have received great interest for applications in photodiagnostics and phototherapies, even as magnetic nanoparticles for drug-delivery systems and magnetic-hyperthermia therapy. Aiming to obtain a multifunctional system, which combines diagnostics with therapeutic functions on the same platform, the present study employed UV/Vis absorption and fluorescence spectroscopies to evaluated the interaction between meso-tetrakis(p-sulfonatofenyl) porphyrin (TPPS) and maghemite nanoparticles (γ-Fe2O3)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208897/a-validation-of-an-examination-protocol-for-cerebral-visual-impairment-among-children-in-a-clinical-population-in-india
#19
Swetha Sara Philip, Sherab Tsherlinga, Maya Mary Thomas, Gordon N Dutton, Richard Bowman
INTRODUCTION: Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) is a leading cause of vision impairment in developed and developing countries due to and increased survival of preterm and low birth weight infants. There are few data concerning the validity of protocols available to diagnose CVI. AIM: This study aimed to document the face, content and construct validity of an assessment protocol namely, a 15-domain, Structured Clinical Question Inventory (SCQI), which is based on structured history taking and clinical examination, for the diagnosis of CVI in a clinical population of India...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208863/fine-needle-aspiration-cytology-of-papulonodular-lesions-of-skin-a-study-of-50-cases
#20
Sapna Patel, Asha Mahadevappa, Gubbanna Vimalambike Manjunath
INTRODUCTION: Skin is one of the frequent site of disease in human body. Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) is a safe diagnostic method in these cases. FNAC has some limitation, particularly related to representativity of samples, exact typing of skin adnexal tumours and classifying the nature of metastatic cutaneous nodules. Thus, FNAC alone may not give a confirmative diagnosis regarding few skin lesions. Hence, histopathological study has been the standard technique for the diagnosis of skin lesions...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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