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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102512/anti-phospholipid-syndrome-associated-with-schizophrenia-description-of-five-patients-and-review-of-the-literature
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Pikman Regina, Rotman Pnina, Aiman Natur, Levy Yair
Anti-phospholipid syndrome is an autoimmune disorder characterized by anti-phospholipid antibodies, arterial and venous thrombosis, pregnancy morbidity, and various neurological manifestations including psychiatric disorders. Higher incidence of various autoimmune disorders was found in schizophrenia. In addition, an association between the presence of anti-phospholipid antibodies and schizophrenia or psychosis was previously described, mainly as case reports. Although initially believed to be a result of neuroleptic treatment, the reasons for this association remain obscure...
January 19, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092273/in-vivo-testing-of-extracorporeal-membrane-ventilators-ila-activve%C3%A2-vs-prototype-i-lung%C3%A2
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Sabine Kischkel, Stefan Bergt, Beate Brock, Johan von Grönheim, Anne Herbst, Marc-Jonas Epping, Georg Matheis, Esther Novosel, Joerg Schneider, Philipp Warnke, Andreas Podbielski, Jan P Roesner, Peter I Lelkes, Brigitte Vollmar
A side-by-side comparison of the decarboxylation efficacy of two pump-driven veno-venous extracorporeal lung assist devices, i.e. a first prototype of the new miniaturized ambulatory extracorporeal membrane ventilator, I-lung® versus the commercial system iLA-activve® over a period of 72 hours in a large animal model.Fifteen German Landrace pigs were anesthetized and underwent mechanical hypoventilation to induce severe hypercapnia. Decarboxylation was accomplished by either the I-lung® or the iLA-activve® via a double lumen catheter in the jugular vein...
January 4, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065614/cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-presenting-feature-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Rajesh Kumar Singh, Sanjeev Kumar Bhoi, Jayantee Kalita, Usha Kant Misra
BACKGROUND: CVST (cerebral venous sinus thrombosis) may sometimes be associated with autoimmune disorders that require specific treatment. The clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients with CVST are presented and contrasted with CVST without SLE. METHODS: Consecutive patients with CVST admitted in neurology service during 2012-2016 were included. The diagnosis of CVST was confirmed by MR venography or digital subtraction angiography...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057606/diagnostic-approach-to-hemoglobins-with-high-oxygen-affinity-experience-from-france-and-belgium-and-review-of-the-literature
#4
Corentin Orvain, Philippe Joly, Serge Pissard, Stéphanie Badiou, Catherine Badens, Nathalie Bonello-Palot, Nathalie Couque, Béatrice Gulbis, Patricia Aguilar-Martinez
Congenital causes of erythrocytosis are now more easily identified due to the improvement of the molecular characterization of many of them. Among these causes, hemoglobins with high oxygen affinity take a large place. The aim of this work was to reevaluate the diagnostic approach of these disorders. To assess the current practices, we sent a questionnaire to the expert laboratories in the diagnosis of hemoglobinopathies in France and Belgium. In parallel, we gathered the methods used for the diagnosis of the hemoglobins with high oxygen affinity indexed in the international database HbVar...
January 5, 2017: Annales de Biologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050357/evaluation-of-biochemical-markers-serum-amylase-and-serum-lipase-for-the-assessment-of-pancreatic-exocrine-function-in-diabetes-mellitus
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Mahesh Basavaraj Madole, Chandrashekhar M Iyer, Mamatha Thimmanna Madivalar, Satish Kishanrao Wadde, Deepak Sadashiv Howale
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes mellitus (DM), a metabolic disorder characterized by hyperglycaemia, associated with deficiency or resistance to insulin indicates endocrinal abnormality of the pancreas. Amylase and lipase are enzymes secreted by the exocrine portion of the pancreas. Endocrinal derangement observed in diabetes may interfere with the exocrine function of the pancreas. AIM: To estimate the levels of fasting blood sugar, serum lipase, serum amylase in patients of type 1 and type 2 DM...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050066/antiphospholipid-syndrome-a-diagnostic-challenge
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REVIEW
R S Mallhi, Neerja Kushwaha, T Chatterjee, J Philip
The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an acquired autoimmune thrombophilic disorder that is characterized by thrombosis (venous, arterial and microvascular) and obstetric morbidity due to a diverse family of antibodies against phospholipid-binding proteins present in plasma. The term antiphospholipid antibody is actually a misnomer as the antibodies are not against the phospholipid per se, but target the plasma protein co-factors, which bind to anionic PLs. The exact etiology has not been elucidated and is multifactorial...
December 2016: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045864/bilateral-central-retinal-vein-occlusions-in-a-young-patient-with-a-history-of-eosinophilic-pneumonia-and-thalamic-stroke
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Gina Yu, Peng Sun, Tavé van Zyl, Rachel Tandias, Jorge G Arroyo
PURPOSE: To describe a case of a central retinal vein occlusion in a young patient with a history of eosinophilic pneumonia. METHODS: A retrospective case report of a 45-year-old woman with acute painless vision loss for 9 days after multiple episodes of eosinophilic pneumonia and thalamic stroke. Fluorescein angiography, spectral domain optical coherence tomography, and clinical examination were performed. She was then treated with intravitreal bevacizumab and pan-retinal photocoagulations...
December 29, 2016: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043496/uric-acid-levels-in-patients-on-antituberculosis-drugs-in-the-southwest-region-of-cameroon
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Benjamin D Thumamo Pokam, Enoh J Eeteneneng, Aniekan Umoh, Nse O Umoh, Prisca W Guemdjom
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Antituberculosis drugs (ATDs) efficiently combat Mycobacterium tuberculosis either through direct molecular interactions or its metabolites. However, a variety of adverse effects have been reported, leading to frequent interruptions of treatment. In order to investigate possible metabolic disturbances resulting from antituberculosis treatment, the uric acid level of patients on ATDs was measured in the Southwest region of Cameroon. METHODS: This hospital-based cross-sectional study involved 96 tuberculosis patients on ATDs and 32 controls who were neither on ATDs nor any other treatment that could increase uric acid levels...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032647/fetal-hemodynamics-and-adverse-outcome-in-primary-school-aged-children-with-fetal-growth-restriction-a-prospective-longitudinal-study
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Noora Korkalainen, Juha Räsänen, Tuula Kaukola, Hanna Kallankari, Mikko Hallman, Kaarin Mäkikallio
INTRODUCTION: Fetal growth restriction is associated with short-term and long-term mortality and morbidity. We hypothesized that adverse outcome in children with fetal growth restriction at primary school age is associated with fetoplacental circulatory abnormalities. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Comprehensive ultrasonographic assessment of fetoplacental hemodynamics was performed in 72 growth-restricted fetuses prenatally, and short-term outcome data were collected. At the median age of 9 years, mortality and morbidity were determined using medical charts and questionnaires...
January 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031668/bilateral-superficial-femoral-artery-thrombosis-in-a-15-year-old-caucasian-male-with-homozygous-prothrombin-g20210a-genotype-and-associated-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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Uzung Yoon, LaiLai Kwok, Ingo Flessenkaemper
Prothrombin mutation was usually associated with other well-established predisposing factors for venous thrombosis such as antiphospholipid antibodies. Recently, even isolated prothrombin gene mutation G20210A has been reported to present severe or unusual vein thrombosis. Less clear is the role of prothrombin mutation in the formation of arterial thrombosis. We present a case of a 15-year-old healthy White male with acute bilateral femoral artery thrombosis. The patient presented with increasing left leg pain for about 1 week...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031663/cardiovascular-involvement-in-beh%C3%A3-et-disease-clinical-implications
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Malka Yahalom, Lev Bloch, Khaled Suleiman, Bar Rosh, Yoav Turgeman
Behçet disease (BD) is a multisystem disorder, with vasculitis as its underlying pathological process, in contrast to the classic triad of recurrent oral and genital ulcerations, with uveitis. Vascular involvement in BD includes venous thrombosis, arterial occlusion, and pulmonary artery and aortic aneurysm formation. Cardiac involvement is rare and often obscure. It includes intracardiac thrombi formation, and is associated with a poor prognosis. Our objectives are to describe two cases with BD, complicated with vascular and cardiac involvement, and to raise awareness of these rare complications, the needed routine surveillance, and thus to prevent inappropriate interventions, serious outcomes, and mortality...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029639/sleep-disordered-breathing-exacerbates-muscle-vasoconstriction-and-sympathetic-neural-activation-in-patients-with-systolic-heart-failure
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Denise M L Lobo, Patricia F Trevizan, Edgar Toschi-Dias, Patricia A Oliveira, Rafael B Piveta, Dirceu R Almeida, Charles Mady, Edimar A Bocchi, Geraldo Lorenzi-Filho, Holly R Middlekauff, Carlos E Negrão
BACKGROUND: Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is common in patients with heart failure (HF), and hypoxia and hypercapnia episodes activate chemoreceptors stimulating autonomic reflex responses. We tested the hypothesis that muscle vasoconstriction and muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) in response to hypoxia and hypercapnia would be more pronounced in patients with HF and SDB than in patients with HF without SDB (NoSBD). METHODS AND RESULTS: Ninety consecutive patients with HF, New York Heart Association functional class II-III, and left ventricular ejection fraction ≤40% were screened for the study...
November 2016: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029591/cardiorespiratory-interactions-in-paediatrics-it-s-almost-always-the-circulation-stupid
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REVIEW
M L Rigby, M Rosenthal
The interaction of the heart and lungs is probably the most important aspect of life and survival. Fortunately, it is not difficult to understand the fundamentals. The purpose of the lungs and their ventilation is to present oxygen to the circulation via the alveoli and to receive carbon dioxide from the circulation and then expel it. The relations of the heart and lungs and the matching of blood flow to the various organs with ventilation and lung perfusion may be disrupted by a variety of congenital or acquired heart malformations...
August 12, 2016: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028026/diagnosis-risk-stratification-and-response-evaluation-in-classical-myeloproliferative-neoplasms
#14
Elisa Rumi, Mario Cazzola
Philadelphia-negative classical myeloproliferative neoplasms include polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia, and primary myelofibrosis. The 2016 revision of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification of tumors of hematopoietic and lymphoid tissues includes new criteria for the diagnosis of these disorders. Somatic mutations in the 3 driver genes, that is, JAK2, CALR, and MPL, represent major diagnostic criteria in combination with hematologic and morphological abnormalities. Polycythemia vera is characterized by erythrocytosis with suppressed endogenous erythropoietin production, bone marrow panmyelosis, and JAK2 mutation...
December 27, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027187/analysis-of-morbidity-readmission-and-reoperation-after-craniosynostosis-repair-in-children
#15
Kevin T Jubbal, Nikhil Agrawal, Larry H Hollier
The impact of specific patient comorbidities on outcomes in craniosynostosis surgical repair is not well defined. The aim of this retrospective review was to evaluate the short-term 30-day reoperation rate, unplanned readmission rate, and overall morbidity of craniosynostosis surgical repair using the 2012 through 2014 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatrics (ACS NSQIP-Pediatric) database. Overall morbidity included pneumonia, wound occurrence, shock/sepsis, venous thromboembolism, cardiac complication, renal and urinary complications, or nerve injury...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012884/erythrocytes-properties-in-varicose-veins-patients
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L Gwozdzinski, A Pieniazek, J Bernasinska, M Grabowski, E Kowalczyk, K Gwozdzinski
Varicose veins (VV) are enlarged veins of the subcutaneous tissue, usually caused by faulty or damaged venous valves leading to impaired blood flow. Blood stasis, excessive clotting disorder and alterations in the vein walls are symptoms of Virchow's triad which may affect the morphotic elements of blood, including erythrocytes. The aim of this study was to investigate alterations in the properties of the erythrocytes taken from varicose veins in comparison to those from antecubital vein of patients with chronic venous disease...
December 21, 2016: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012839/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-delirium-in-acute-stroke-patients-a-retrospective-5-years-clinical-series
#17
Francisco José Alvarez-Perez, Fatima Paiva
BACKGROUND: Delirium is characterized by disturbances of attention and cognition that cause functional decline and complications. The predisposing factors of delirium are age, male gender, systemic or metabolic disorders, dementia, and stroke. This study aims to evaluate the prevalence of delirium and to identify risk factors. METHODS: This is a retrospective study that includes patients admitted over 5 years with acute stroke. Patients with transient ischemic attack or venous thrombosis were excluded...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008405/renal-vein-and-inferior-vena-cava-thrombosis-a-rare-extrasplanchnic-complication-of-acute-pancreatitis
#18
Ruchir Patel, Dhaval Choksi, Alisha Chaubal, Nirav Pipaliya, Meghraj Ingle, Prabha Sawant
Acute pancreatitis is an inflammatory disorder often associated with various complications. Approximately one fourth of patients with acute pancreatitis develop vascular complications, of which venous thrombosis forms a major group. Extrasplanchnic venous thrombosis is less common, and simultaneous renal vein and inferior vena cava thrombosis is reported only twice. We report a case of alcohol-related acute pancreatitis complicated by simultaneous renal vein and inferior vena cava thrombosis.
August 2016: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006856/the-thoracic-outlet-syndromes-part-2-the-arterial-venous-neurovascular-and-disputed-thoracic-outlet-syndromes
#19
Mark A Ferrante, Nicole D Ferrante
The thoracic outlet syndromes (TOSs) are a group of etiologically and clinically distinct disorders with 1 feature in common: compression of 1 or more neurovascular elements as they traverse the thoracic outlet. The medical literature reflects 5 TOSs: arterial, venous, traumatic neurovascular, true neurogenic, and disputed. Of these, the first 4 demonstrate all of the features expected of a syndrome, whereas disputed TOS does not, causing many experts doubt its existence altogether. Thus, some categorize disputed TOS as cervicoscapular pain syndrome rather than as a type of TOS...
December 22, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006844/the-thoracic-outlet-syndromes-part-1-overview-of-the-thoracic-outlet-syndromes-and-review-of-true-neurogenic-thoracic-outlet-syndrome
#20
Mark A Ferrante, Nicole D Ferrante
The thoracic outlet syndromes (TOSs) are a group of etiologically and clinically distinct disorders with 1 feature in common: compression of 1 or more neurovascular elements as they traverse the thoracic outlet. The medical literature reflects 5 TOSs: arterial, venous, traumatic neurovascular, true neurogenic, and disputed. Of these, the first 4 demonstrate all of the features expected of a syndrome, whereas disputed TOS does not, causing many experts to doubt its existence altogether. Thus, some categorize disputed TOS as a cervicoscapular pain syndrome rather than as a type of TOS...
December 22, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
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