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Clement Chung
PURPOSE: Current strategies for managing neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) in adult patients are reviewed, with a focus on medication safety concerns. SUMMARY: NETs usually originate in the gastrointestinal or bronchopulmonary tract. Symptoms due to hormonal hypersecretion often occur in patients with foregut or midgut NETs or liver metastases. Surgical resection is recommended for most localized NETs, while systemic cytotoxic chemotherapy is typically used for high-grade and pancreatic tumors...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
M J Lin, F Baky, B C Housley, N Kelly, E Pletcher, J D Balshi, S P Stawicki, D C Evans
INTRODUCTION: Clinical information continues to be limited regarding changes in the temporal risk profile for readmissions during the initial postoperative year in vascular surgery patients. We set out to describe the associations between demographics, clinical outcomes, comorbidity indices, and hospital readmissions in a sample of patients undergoing common extremity revascularization or dialysis access (ERDA) procedures. We hypothesized that factors independently associated with readmission will evolve from "short-term" to "long-term" determinants at 30-, 180-, and 360-day postoperative cutoff points...
October 2016: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Xue-Fei Yang, Jia-Lin Liu
Abdominal incisional hernia is a common complication after open abdominal operations. Laparoscopic procedures have obvious mini-invasive advantages for surgical treatment of abdominal incisional hernia, especially to cases with big hernia defect. Laparoscopic repair of incisional hernia has routine mode but the actual operations will be various according to the condition of every hernia. Key points of these operations include design of the position of trocars, closure of defects and fixation of meshes. The details of these issues and experiences of perioperative evaluation and treatment will be talked about in this article...
September 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
K M Olsson, M Halank, B Egenlauf, D Fistera, H Gall, C Kaehler, K Kortmann, T Kramm, M Lichtblau, A Marra, C Nagel, A Sablotzki, H-J Seyfarth, D Schranz, S Ulrich, M M Hoeper, T J Lange
The 2015 European Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension are also valid for Germany. The guidelines contain detailed recommendations for the targeted treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, the practical implementation of the European Guidelines in Germany requires the consideration of several country-specific issues and already existing novel data. This requires a detailed commentary to the guidelines, and in some aspects an update already appears necessary. In June 2016, a Consensus Conference organized by the PH working groups of the German Society of Cardiology (DGK), the German Society of Respiratory Medicine (DGP) and the German Society of Pediatric Cardiology (DGPK) was held in Cologne, Germany...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Alessandro Laviano, Gianluca Di Lazzaro Giraldi, Angela Koverech
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cachexia is a negative prognostic factor in cancer patients. The pathogenesis is related to a variable combination of reduced food intake and metabolic changes. However, whether nutritional support may contribute to effectively prevent and treat cachexia remains a debated issue. RECENT FINDINGS: Consistent evidence demonstrates that anabolic windows of opportunity occur during the clinical trajectory of cancer patients. Also, the use of specific nutrients, namely omega-3 fatty acids, may enhance the efficacy of nutritional support when tumor-driven inflammatory response is high...
October 7, 2016: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
Marcelina Jasmine Silva, Andrea Rubinstein
Buprenorphine, a semisynthetic thebaine derivative, is a unique opioid, as it has activity at multiple receptors, including mu (partial agonist), kappa (antagonist), OLR-1 (agonist), and delta (antagonist). Because buprenorphine's pharmacology is relatively complex, misconceptions about its actions are common. Most other opioids act solely or predominately as full mu receptor agonists. Common practice at many institutions calls for the cessation of regular buprenorphine use 48-72 hours prior to surgery. This practice is based on three foundational theories that have come from scant data about the properties of buprenorphine: (1) that buprenorphine is only a partial mu agonist and therefore is not a potent analgesic; (2) because buprenorphine has a ceiling effect on respiratory depression, it also has a ceiling effect on analgesia; and (3) that buprenorphine acts as a "blockade" to the analgesic effects of other opiates when coadministered due to its strong binding affinity...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
Yinzhe Xu, Jiye Chen, Hongguang Wang, Hui Zheng, Dan Feng, Aiqun Zhang, Jianjun Leng, Weidong Duan, Zhanyu Yang, Mingyi Chen, Xianjie Shi, Shouwang Cai, Wenbin Ji, Kai Jiang, Wenzhi Zhang, Yongliang Chen, Wanqing Gu, Jiahong Dong, Shichun Lu
BACKGROUND: The high prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) imposes a huge burden of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in Asia. Surgical resection remains an important therapeutic strategy for HCC. Hepatic inflow occlusion, known as the Pringle maneuver, is the most commonly used method of reducing blood loss during liver parenchymal transection. A major issue with this maneuver is ischemia-reperfusion injury to the remnant liver, and the hemodynamic disturbance it induces in the tumor-bearing liver raises an oncological concern...
October 11, 2016: Trials
Ann Malley, Gary J Young
AIMS: To explore the issues and challenges of care transitions in the preoperative environment. BACKGROUND: Ineffective transitions play a role in a majority of serious medical errors. There is a paucity of research related to the preoperative arena and the multiple inherent transitions in care that occur there. DESIGN: Qualitative descriptive design was used. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted in a 975 bed academic medical center...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Derar Seyoum, Wasim Khan
The pre-operative assessment is used to clarify issues prior to surgery that can change management provided by a multidisciplinary team. A high proportion of rheumatoid arthritis patients are elderly requiring orthopaedic surgery which requires further investigations, assessment of risk through functional capacity and several anaesthetic considerations. Rheumatoid arthritis patients often provide a variety of medical issues that can be found on careful and thorough pre-assessment that can be accommodated for by the surgical and anaesthetic team, however aspects of holistic management is an important considerations for efficient and effective management...
September 27, 2016: Current Rheumatology Reviews
Matthew E Gitelis, Adelaide Kaczynski, Torin Shear, Mark Deshur, Mohammad Beig, Meredith Sefa, Jonathan Silverstein, Michael Ujiki
BACKGROUND: In 2009, NorthShore University HealthSystem adapted the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) at each of its 4 hospitals. Despite evidence that SSC reduces intraoperative mistakes and increase patient safety, compliance was found to be low with the paper form. In November 2013, NorthShore integrated the SSC into the electronic health record (EHR). The aim was to increase communication between operating room (OR) personnel and to encourage best practices during the natural workflow of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses...
August 16, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Felix J Hüttner, Rosa Klotz, Alexis Ulrich, Markus W Büchler, Markus K Diener
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer remains one of the five leading causes of cancer deaths in industrialized nations. For adenocarcinomas in the head of the gland and premalignant lesions, partial pancreaticoduodenectomy represents the standard treatment for resectable tumours. The gastro- or duodenojejunostomy after partial pancreaticoduodenectomy can be reestablished via either an antecolic or a retrocolic route. The debate about the more favourable technique for bowel reconstruction is ongoing...
September 30, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
W Hartwig, A Gluth, U Hinz, D Koliogiannis, O Strobel, T Hackert, J Werner, M W Büchler
BACKGROUND: In the recent International Study Group of Pancreatic Surgery (ISGPS) consensus on extended pancreatectomy, several issues on perioperative outcome and long-term survival remained unclear. Robust data on outcomes are sparse. The present study aimed to assess the outcome of extended pancreatectomy for borderline resectable and locally advanced pancreatic cancer. METHODS: A consecutive series of patients with primary pancreatic adenocarcinoma undergoing extended pancreatectomies, as defined by the new ISGPS consensus, were compared with patients who had a standard pancreatectomy...
September 30, 2016: British Journal of Surgery
Kaibing Tian, Haoyu Zhang, Junpeng Ma, Ke Wang, Xiaojuan Ru, Jiang Du, Guijun Jia, Liwei Zhang, Zhen Wu, Junting Zhang, Liang Wang
BACKGROUND: Although being a controversial and complex issue, the prognostic factors of skull base chordomas are worth exploring. METHODS: Prognostic factors associated with overall survival (OS) were retrospectively estimated on an individual cohort of skull base chordomas prospectively maintained for ten years by Kaplan-Meier method and univariate Cox proportional hazards model. Multivariate analysis by Cox regression analysis was performed to identify the independent prognostic factors...
September 23, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Ahmed Kayssi, Steven Dilkas, Derry L Dance, Charles de Mestral, Thomas L Forbes, Graham Roche-Nagle
BACKGROUND: The heterogeneity of medical complications that lead to amputation has resulted in a diverse patient population with differing rehabilitation needs; however, the rehabilitation trends for patients with lower extremity amputations across Canada have not been studied previously. OBJECTIVE: To describe trends in rehabilitation after lower extremity amputations and the factors affecting rehabilitation length of stay in Canada. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort analysis...
September 21, 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Ewan D McNicol, Aikaterini Tzortzopoulou, Roman Schumann, Daniel B Carr, Aman Kalra
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review first published in 2008. Scoliosis surgery is often associated with substantial blood loss and potentially detrimental effects in children. Antifibrinolytic agents are often used to reduce perioperative blood loss. Clinical trials have evaluated their efficacy in children undergoing surgical correction of scoliosis, but no systematic review has been published. This review was first published in 2008 and was updated in 2016...
September 19, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Taichi Sakaguchi
Since its introduction in the mid-1990s, minimally invasive mitral valve surgery (MIMVS) has been shown to be a feasible alternative to a conventional full-sternotomy approach, and several studies have reported excellent clinical outcomes with low perioperative morbidity and mortality. As a result, MIMVS is being increasingly employed as a routine procedure worldwide. On the other hand, several issues have been raised, including complications specific to this technique and its steep learning curve, while there are also concerns regarding the durability of a mitral valve repair through a limited access...
September 16, 2016: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Andreas Volk, Philipp Nitschke, Franziska Johnscher, Nuh Rahbari, Thilo Welsch, Christoph Reißfelder, Jürgen Weitz, Marius Distler, Soeren Torge Mees
BACKGROUND: The most common major complication after pancreatic resection is the postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF). Somatostatin analogs can reduce POPF, but the use of somatostatin analogs is still controversial. The aim of this study was to assess treatment algorithms for pancreatic surgery in Germany with a special focus on the application of somatostatin analogs. METHODS: A questionnaire evaluating the perioperative management-especially the use of somatostatin analogs-and postoperative complications after pancreatic surgery was developed and sent to 209 German hospitals performing >12 pancreatoduodenectomies per year (the requirement for certification as a pancreas center)...
September 15, 2016: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
Timothy L T Siu, Kainu Lin
OBJECTIVE: The concept of minimally invasive tubular discectomy is based on precise placement of the retractor over the surgical target to minimize collateral tissue trauma. For far lateral disc herniation, the junction between the pars and the transverse process has generally been adopted as the target for facilitating early nerve root exposure; however, this may limit access to the disc space and increase the risks of iatrogenic neuralgia. An alternative approach to help address these issues involving docking the retractor caudally directly over the disc space with the aid of a microscope is here proposed...
August 2016: Orthopaedic Surgery
Mazda K Turel, Mark Bernstein
The current trend in all fields of surgery is towards less invasive procedures with shorter hospital stays. The reasons for this change include convenience to patients, optimal resource utilization, and cost saving. Technological advances in neurosurgery, aided by improvements in anesthesia, have resulted in surgery that is faster, simpler, and safer with excellent perioperative recovery. As a result of improved outcomes, some centers are performing brain tumor surgery on an outpatient basis, wherein patients arrive at the hospital the morning of their procedure and leave the hospital the same evening, thus avoiding an overnight stay in the hospital...
September 2016: Neurology India
David Ae Imber, Massimiliano Pirrone, Changsheng Zhang, Daniel F Fisher, Robert M Kacmarek, Lorenzo Berra
With a rising incidence of obesity in the United States, anesthesiologists are faced with a larger volume of obese patients coming to the operating room as well as obese patients with ever-larger body mass indices (BMIs). While there are many cardiovascular and endocrine issues that clinicians must take into account when caring for the obese patient, one of the most prominent concerns of the anesthesiologist in the perioperative setting should be the status of the lung. Because the pathophysiology of reduced lung volumes in the obese patient differs from that of the ARDS patient, the best approach to keeping the obese patient's lung open and adequately ventilated during mechanical ventilation is unique...
September 13, 2016: Respiratory Care
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