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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342631/systematic-review-impact-of-the-new-task-force-criteria-in-the-diagnosis-of-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy
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Giuseppe Femia, Raymond W Sy, Rajesh Puranik
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is an inherited disorder of cardiac desmosomes associated with ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. The clinical diagnosis is problematic and relies on a complex criteria composed of clinical and non-clinical parameters. In 2010, the original 1994 Task Force Criteria (TFC) was revised with particular attention given to the imaging parameters. METHODS: Five retrospective studies compared the diagnostic concordance between the 1994 and 2010 TFC...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340066/diagnostic-test-accuracy-of-ultrasound-for-synovitis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Kaoru Takase-Minegishi, Nobuyuki Horita, Kouji Kobayashi, Ryusuke Yoshimi, Yohei Kirino, Shigeru Ohno, Takeshi Kaneko, Hideaki Nakajima, Richard J Wakefield, Paul Emery
Objective.: To evaluate diagnostic test accuracy of US compared with MRI for the detection of synovitis in RA patients. Methods.: A systematic literature search was performed in the PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library and Web of Science Core Collection databases. Studies evaluating the diagnostic test accuracy of US for synovitis detected by MRI as the reference standard for wrist, MCP, PIP and knee joints were included. To assess the overall accuracy, we calculated the diagnostic odds ratio using a DerSimonian-Laird random effects model and the area under the curve (AUC) for the hierarchical summary receiver operating characteristics using Holling's proportional hazards models...
March 3, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339700/a-clinical-perspective-on-the-2016-who-brain-tumor-classification-and-routine-molecular-diagnostics
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Martin J van den Bent, Michael Weller, Patrick Y Wen, Johan M Kros, Ken Aldape, Susan Chang
The 2007 World Health Organization (WHO) classification of brain tumors did not use molecular abnormalities as diagnostic criteria. Studies have shown that genotyping allows a better prognostic classification of diffuse glioma with improved treatment selection. This has resulted in a major revision of the WHO classification, which is now for adult diffuse glioma centered around isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) and 1p/19q diagnostics. This revised classification is reviewed with a focus on adult brain tumors, and includes a recommendation of genes of which routine testing is clinically useful...
February 21, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338596/operation-versus-antibiotics-the-appendicitis-conundrum-continues-a-meta-analysis
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Joseph V Sakran, Konstantinos S Mylonas, Alexandros Gryparis, Stanislaw P Stawicki, Christopher J Burns, Maher M Matar, Konstantinos P Economopoulos
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis continues to constitute a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. The aim of this study was to synthesize evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing nonoperative versus surgical management of uncomplicated acute appendicitis in adult patients. METHODS: A systematic literature search of the PubMed, Cochrane and Scopus databases was performed with respect to the PRISMA statement (end-of-search date: January 29, 2017). Data on the study design, interventions, participants, and outcomes were extracted by two independent reviewers...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338594/the-association-of-non-accidental-trauma-with-historical-factors-exam-findings-and-diagnostic-testing-during-the-initial-trauma-evaluation
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Mauricio A Escobar, Marc Auerbach, Katherine Flynn-O'Brien, Gunjan Tiyyagura, Matthew A Borgman, Susan J Duffy, Kelly Falcone, Rita Burke, John M Cox, Sabine Maguire
Early identification of non-accidental trauma (NAT) is a critical component of pediatric trauma care. Literature searches were conducted related to the association of NAT with seven key areas: history, exam findings (burns, oral trauma, bruising) and imaging (fractures, abdominal and brain injuries). When available, odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) for associations with NAT are presented. Systematic reviews have been published in six of the seven key areas and are described. The operational definition of NAT was widely variable across studies, prohibiting meta-analysis...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338349/clinical-features-of-children-and-adults-with-a-muscular-dystrophy-using-powered-indoor-outdoor-wheelchairs-disease-features-comorbidities-and-complications-of-disability
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Andrew Oliver Frank, Lorraine H De Souza
PURPOSE: To describe the clinical features of electric powered indoor/outdoor wheelchair users with a muscular dystrophy, likely to influence optimal prescription; reflecting features of muscular dystrophies, conditions secondary to disability, and comorbidities impacting on equipment provision. METHODS: Cross-sectional retrospective case note review of recipients of electric powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs provided by a specialist regional wheelchair service...
February 25, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336114/paradoxical-aortic-stenosis-a-systematic-review
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Rita Cavaca, Rogério Teixeira, Maria João Vieira, Lino Gonçalves
Aortic stenosis (AS) is a complex systemic valvular and vascular disease with a high prevalence in developed countries. The new entity "paradoxical low-flow, low-gradient aortic stenosis" refers to cases in which patients have severe AS based on assessment of aortic valve area (AVA) (≤1 cm(2)) or indexed AVA (≤0.6 cm(2)/m(2)), but paradoxically have a low mean transvalvular gradient (<40 mmHg) and a low stroke volume index (≤35 ml/m(2)), despite preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (≥50%)...
March 20, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336071/sensitive-protein-detection-and-quantification-in-paper-based-microfluidics-for-the-point-of-care
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Caitlin E Anderson, Kamal G Shah, Paul Yager
The design of appropriate diagnostic assays for the point of care requires development of suitable biosensors, detection methods, and diagnostic platforms for sensitive, quantitative detection of biological analytes. Protein targets in particular are especially challenging to detect quantitatively and sensitively due to the lack of amplification strategies akin to nucleic acid amplification. However, recent advances in transducer and biosensor design, new detection labels, and paper-based microfluidics may realize the goal of sensitive, fast, portable, and low-cost protein detection...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333949/metabolic-syndrome-and-its-components-among-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-a-comprehensive-updated-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jamal Hallajzadeh, Saeid Safiri, Mohammad Ali Mansournia, Maliheh Khoramdad, Neda Izadi, Amir Almasi-Hashiani, Reza Pakzad, Erfan Ayubi, Mark J M Sullman, Nahid Karamzad
BACKGROUND: Estimating the current global prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS), and its components, among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients is necessary in order to formulate preventative strategies and to ensure there are adequate community resources available for these patients. Furthermore, the association between RA and MetS is controversial and has not previously been comprehensively assessed. Therefore, the present study aimed to: 1) determine the prevalence of MetS, and its components, among RA patients across the world 2) update the odds ratio of MetS in RA patients, compared to healthy controls, using a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333221/surgical-treatment-of-adhesion-related-chronic-abdominal-and-pelvic-pain-after-gynaecological-and-general-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Barend A van den Beukel, Roy de Ree, Suzanne van Leuven, Erica A Bakkum, Chema Strik, Harry van Goor, Richard P G Ten Broek
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is a frequent post-operative complication, affecting ~20-40% of patients who have undergone surgery of the female genital or alimentary tract. Chronic pain is an important risk factor for diminished quality of life after surgery. Adhesions are frequently associated with chronic post-operative pain; however, surgical treatment of adhesion-related pain is controversial. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and harms of surgical interventions for chronic post-operative pain attributable to adhesions...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332431/diagnosis-and-management-of-symptomatic-seminal-vesicle-calculi
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Michelle Christodoulidou, Arie Parnham, Raj Nigam
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to review the management of patients with symptomatic seminal vesicle calculi, from presentation and diagnosis to postoperative outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic review of the English literature in MEDLINE and Embase was performed, based on the following model: patients with a diagnosis of seminal vesicle calculi; all interventions considered with or without control groups with single and comparator interventions; outcomes considered were incidence, presentation, diagnostic methods and treatment...
March 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332014/diagnostic-accuracy-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-techniques-for-treatment-response-evaluation-in-patients-with-high-grade-glioma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Bart R J van Dijken, Peter Jan van Laar, Gea A Holtman, Anouk van der Hoorn
OBJECTIVE: Treatment response assessment in high-grade gliomas uses contrast enhanced T1-weighted MRI, but is unreliable. Novel advanced MRI techniques have been studied, but the accuracy is not well known. Therefore, we performed a systematic meta-analysis to assess the diagnostic accuracy of anatomical and advanced MRI for treatment response in high-grade gliomas. METHODS: Databases were searched systematically. Study selection and data extraction were done by two authors independently...
March 22, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331326/lithium-in-late-life-mania-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Pasquale De Fazio, Raffaele Gaetano, Mariarita Caroleo, Maria Pavia, Giovanbattista De Sarro, Andrea Fagiolini, Cristina Segura-Garcia
The prevalence of mania among >65-year-olds ranges from 0.1% to 0.4% and its treatment is a particular challenge for clinicians. Although lithium is the treatment of choice for bipolar disorder (BD), its use in elderly population was recently questioned. This study provides a comprehensive review of literature on the efficacy and tolerability of lithium as a pharmacologic treatment for mania in elderly BD patients. We conducted a systematic review, based on PRISMA guidelines, of articles published between 1970 and August 2016 and indexed in the following databases: EMBASE, MEDLINE, Cochrane Library Databases and PsycINFO...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330657/diagnostic-accuracy-of-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-with-czt-technology-systemic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-comparison-with%C3%A2-invasive-coronary-angiography
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Francesco Nudi, Ami E Iskandrian, Orazio Schillaci, Mariangela Peruzzi, Giacomo Frati, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to summarize the evidence on stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) using cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) technology for the diagnosis of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). The CZT cameras are newly introduced, and comparative data with the conventional Anger technology (Anger-MPI) are lacking. BACKGROUND: The diagnostic accuracy of Anger-MPI for detection of angiographically significant CAD is well established; however, less evidence is available on the diagnostic accuracy of CZT-MPI...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330453/a-systematic-review-of-primary-care-models-for-non-communicable-disease-interventions-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Jennifer Kane, Megan Landes, Christopher Carroll, Amy Nolen, Sumeet Sodhi
BACKGROUND: Chronic diseases, primarily cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer, are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where communicable disease prevalence still outweighs that of non-communicable disease (NCDs), rates of NCDs are rapidly rising and evidence for primary healthcare approaches for these emerging NCDs is needed. METHODS: A systematic review and evidence synthesis of primary care approaches for chronic disease in SSA...
March 23, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328160/co-morbidities-in-severe-asthma-clinical-impact-and-management
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REVIEW
Celeste Porsbjerg, Andrew Menzies-Gow
Patients with severe asthma represent a minority of the total asthma population, but carry a majority of the morbidity and healthcare costs. Achieving better asthma control in this group of patients is therefore of key importance. Systematic assessment of patients with possible severe asthma to identify treatment barriers and triggers of asthma symptoms, including co-morbidities, improves asthma control and reduces healthcare costs and is recommended by international guidelines on management of severe asthma...
March 22, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326329/diagnostic-value-of-ck-18-fgf-21-and-related-biomarker-panel-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Lei He, Linfeng Deng, Quan Zhang, Jianli Guo, Jinan Zhou, Wenjian Song, Fahu Yuan
Liver biopsy still remains the gold standard for diagnosing nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), but with limitations. There is an urgent need to develop noninvasive tests that accurately distinguish NASH from simple steatosis. The purpose of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the diagnostic value of serum biomarkers including cytokeratin 18 (CK-18), fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF-21), and combined biomarker panel (CBP) in the diagnosis of NAFLD, especially NASH. A total of 25 studies met the inclusion criteria...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326182/birt-hogg-dub%C3%A3-syndrome-a-case-report-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Dea Kejlberg Jensen, Anders Villumsen, Anne-Bine Skytte, Mia Gebauer Madsen, Mette Sommerlund, Elisabeth Bendstrup
Background: Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome (BHDS) is a rare autosomal dominant inherited syndrome caused by mutations in the folliculin coding gene (FLCN). The clinical manifestations of the syndrome involve the skin, lungs, and kidneys. Because of the rarity of the syndrome, guidelines for diagnosis and management of the patients with BHDS are lacking. Objective: To present a case story and a review of the literature on BHDS in order to give an update on genetics, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and follow-up strategies...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324284/nonoperative-management-or-watch-and-wait-for-rectal-cancer-with-complete-clinical-response-after-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-a-critical-appraisal
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Tarik Sammour, Brandee A Price, Kate J Krause, George J Chang
BACKGROUND: There is increasing interest in nonoperative management (NOM) for rectal cancer with complete clinical response (cCR) after neoadjuvant chemoradiation (nCRT). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review was to summarize the available data on NOM, with the intention of formulating standardized protocols on which to base future investigations. METHODS: A systematic review following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines was conducted...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323667/central-venous-access-in-children-indications-devices-and-risks
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Guillermo Ares, Catherine J Hunter
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Central venous catheters (CVCs) have a prominent role in the diagnostic and therapy of neonates and children. Herein, we describe the multiple indications for CVC use and the different devices available for central venous access. Given the prevalent use of CVCs, healthcare systems are focused on reducing complications from their use, particularly central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). The most up-to-date information available sheds light on best practices and future areas of investigation...
March 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
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