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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822108/semi-quantitative-metabolic-values-on-fdg-pet-ct-including-extracardiac-sites-of-disease-as-a-predictor-of-treatment-course-in-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis
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Mitsutomi Ishiyama, Laurie A Soine, Hubert J Vesselle
BACKGROUND: Cardiac sarcoidosis is associated with major adverse cardiac events including cardiac arrest, for which anti-inflammatory treatment is indicated. Oral corticosteroid is the mainstay among treatment options; however, adverse effects are a major concern with long-term use. It would be beneficial for providers to predict treatment response and prognosis for proper management strategy of sarcoidosis, though it remains challenging. Fluorine (F)-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography(PET)/computed tomography(CT) has an advantage over anatomical imaging in providing semi-quantitative functional parameters such as standard uptake value (SUV), metabolic volume, and total lesion glycolysis (TLG), which are well-established biomarkers in oncology...
August 18, 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820610/asthma-treatment-and-outcomes-for-children-in-the-emergency-department-and-hospital
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Rupali Drewek, Lucia Mirea, Peter Touresian, Philip David Adelson
OBJECTIVE: To describe and compare the treatment of acute asthma exacerbations in children seen in the emergency department (ED) and admitted to acute care floor in the hospital or intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: Retrospective chart review of visits for acute exacerbation of asthma treated at Phoenix Children's Hospital between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016. RESULTS: A total of 287 asthma exacerbation cases were identified including 106 (37%) ED visits, 134 (47%) hospital floor and 47 (16%) ICU admissions...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807545/bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-myths-of-pharmacologic-management
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REVIEW
Steven M Donn
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is the leading cause of long-term respiratory morbidity in newborns who require respiratory support at birth. BPD is a multifactorial disorder, and infants are frequently subjected to treatment with multiple pharmacologic agents of dubious efficacy and questionable safety, including diuretics, bronchodilators, corticosteroids, anti-reflux medications, and pulmonary vasodilators. These agents, with narrow therapeutic indices, are widely used despite the lack of an evidence base, and some may do more harm than good...
August 11, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797833/percutaneous-rupture-of-zygapophyseal-joint-synovial-cysts-a-prospective-assessment-of-nonsurgical-management
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Gregory E Lutz, Michael R Nicoletti, George E Cyril, Julian R Harrison, Christopher Lutz, Jennifer L Solomon, Paul M Cooke, James F Wyss, Richard J Herzog, Peter J Moley
BACKGROUND: Although lumbar zygapophyseal joint synovial cysts are fairly well recognized, they are an uncommon cause of lumbosacral radicular pain. Non-operative treatments include percutaneous aspiration of the cysts under computed tomography or fluoroscopic guidance with a subsequent corticosteroid injection. However, there are mixed results in terms of long-term outcomes and cyst reoccurrence. This study prospectively evaluates percutaneous ruptures of zygapophyseal joint (Z-joint) synovial cysts for the treatment of lumbosacral radicular pain...
August 7, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768578/the-use-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-in-chronically-ventilated-preterm-infants
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Leif D Nelin, J Wells Logan
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is the most usual reason for preterm infants to require chronic mechanical ventilation. Inflammation is a key factor underlying the lung injury leading to the development of BPD, and the rationale for use of corticosteroids in the management of ventilator-dependent preterm infants is based on their anti-inflammatory effects. Because systemic corticosteroids are associated with significant adverse effects in preterm infants, attention has turned to the use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) as a potentially safer therapy for BPD...
July 30, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762591/ean-consensus-review-on-prevention-diagnosis-and-management-of-tick-borne-encephalitis
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P Taba, E Schmutzhard, P Forsberg, I Lutsar, U Ljøstad, Å Mygland, I Levchenko, F Strle, I Steiner
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is an infection of the central nervous system (CNS) caused by tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) and transmitted by ticks, with a variety of clinical manifestations. The incidence of TBE in Europe is increasing due to an extended season of the infection and the enlargement of endemic areas. Our objectives are to provide recommendations on the prevention, diagnosis and management of TBE, based on evidence or consensus decisions. METHODS: For systematic evaluation, the literature was searched from 1970 to 2015 (including early online publications of 2016), and recommendations were based on evidence or consensus decisions of the Task Force when evidence-based data were not available...
August 1, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731673/-kawasaki-disease-interdisciplinary-and-intersocieties-consensus-clinical-guidelines-brief-version
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Kawasaki disease is an acute self-limiting systemic vasculitis. It is the most common cause of acquired heart disease, with the risk of developing coronary artery aneurysms, myocardial infarction and sudden death. Diagnosis is based on the presence of fever in addition to other clinical criteria. The quarter of the Kawasaki disease patients have "incomplete" presentation. Treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin within ten days of fever onset improves clinical outcomes and reduces the incidence of coronary artery dilation to less than 5%...
August 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725955/biologics-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Federica Vanoni, Francesca Minoia, Clara Malattia
In the past years, pediatric rheumatology has seen a revolution in the treatments for rheumatic diseases, particularly juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Even if nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), intra-articular corticosteroids (IAC) injections, and methotrexate remain the mainstay of the treatment for JIA patients, in aggressive disease, these treatments may be not sufficient to reach disease remission and to prevent long-term disability. Comprehension of immunological mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of the diseases allowed to conceive new drugs targeting specific steps of the immune response...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716038/an-update-on-the-use-of-biologic-therapies-in-the-management-of-uveitis-in-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-a-comprehensive-review
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Thomas W McNally, Erika M Damato, Philip I Murray, Alastair K Denniston, Robert J Barry
ᅟ: Behçet's disease (BD) is a systemic vasculitis characterised by a relapsing remitting course, affecting multiple organ systems. In the eye, it is a cause of potentially blinding inflammation in the form of uveitis. Management of uveitis in BD often requires the use of systemic immunosuppression, in order to reduce disease activity and prevent accumulation of irreversible damage. Whilst corticosteroids remain the mainstay of treatment, long-term use is limited by the development of adrenocorticotrophic side effects...
July 17, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710882/mid-trimester-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes-pprom-etiology-diagnosis-classification-international-recommendations-of-treatment-options-and-outcome
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Michael Tchirikov, Natalia Schlabritz-Loutsevitch, James Maher, Jörg Buchmann, Yuri Naberezhnev, Andreas S Winarno, Gregor Seliger
Mid-trimester preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), defined as rupture of fetal membranes prior to 28 weeks of gestation, complicates approximately 0.4%-0.7% of all pregnancies. This condition is associated with a very high neonatal mortality rate as well as an increased risk of long- and short-term severe neonatal morbidity. The causes of the mid-trimester PPROM are multifactorial. Altered membrane morphology including marked swelling and disruption of the collagen network which is seen with PPROM can be triggered by bacterial products or/and pro-inflammatory cytokines...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705403/symptomatic-lower-limb-giant-cell-arteritis-characteristics-management-and-long-term-outcome
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C Le Hello, L Auboire, L Berger, D Gouicem, M T Barrellier, S Duthois
OBJECTIVE: To describe characteristics and long-term outcomes of the rare symptomatic lower-limb giant-cell arteritis (LL-GCA). METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 8 patients (6 women; mean±SD age, 63.6±10.9 years; follow-up, 137.3±57.3 months). RESULTS: Four patients satisfied≥3 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) GCA-classification criteria; 4 had<3 criteria and histological LL-GCA proof or associated typical upper-limb involvement...
May 2017: J Med Vasc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705339/-surgical-and-endoluminal-management-of-the-inflammatory-aortitis-a-tunisian-center-experience
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H Ben Jmaà, R Karray, H Jmal, T Cherif, F Dhouib, I Souissi, A Karoui, Z Bahloul, S Masmoudi, N Elleuch, I Frikha
Non-infectious aortitis is usually due to giant-cell arteritis, Takayasu disease or Behçet disease. The main aortic lesions are stenoses, occlusions and aneurysms in the Takayasu disease and aneurysms in the Behçet disease and giant-cell arteritis. Treatment is based on corticosteroid therapy and surgery. Endoluminal management is now the rule. We report a retrospective descriptive study of 10 patients who underwent surgical or endoluminal management of inflammatory lesions of the aorta between January 2000 and December 2015...
July 2017: J Med Vasc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700988/high-dose-rituximab-ineffective-for-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-a-long-term-observation-study
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Dario Roccatello, Savino Sciascia, Daniela Rossi, Mirella Alpa, Carla Naretto, Massimo Radin, Antonella Barreca, Roberta Fenoglio, Simone Baldovino, Elisa Menegatti
BACKGROUND: A beneficial effect of rituximab (RTX) on focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in pediatric patients or in transplant recipients has been reported in isolated cases. However, the use of RTX in adult patients with idiopathic FSGS needs further investigation. METHODS: Eight patients who had biopsy-proven FSGS (63.9 ± 14.0, range 40-81 years, 4 women, 4 men) with major risk factors precluding corticosteroids or conventional immunosuppression were treated with a high dose of RTX (8 weekly doses of 375 mg/m2) and prospectively followed up for at least 2 years (29...
July 13, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700361/persistent-pain-in-cancer-survivors
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Elaine G Boland, Sam H Ahmedzai
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As people are living longer after a diagnosis and primary treatment for cancer, or indeed living with cancer as a chronic disease, new problems are emerging in this growing population of so-called 'survivors'. Persistent or chronic pain is one of the commonest complaints, arising from the tissue damage caused by the original neoplasm, consequences of surgery and other therapies, and - especially in older people - multimorbidity. This review explores some of the principle causes and mechanisms of this phenomenon and reviews the evidence for their management...
September 2017: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694251/advances-in-the-causes-and-management-of-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-adults
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REVIEW
Richard G Wunderink, Grant Waterer
Community acquired pneumonia remains a common cause of morbidity and mortality. Usually, the causal organism is not identified and treatment remains empiric. Recent computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging studies have challenged the accuracy of the clinical diagnosis of pneumonia, and epidemiologic studies are changing our perspective of what causes community acquired pneumonia, especially the role of viral pathogens and the frequent finding of multiple pathogens. The past decade has seen increasing overuse of empiric coverage of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and antibiotic resistant Gram negative pathogens owing to inappropriate application of guidelines for healthcare associated pneumonia...
July 10, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691537/pharmacological-management-of-dermatomyositis
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Zoltán Griger, Melinda Nagy-Vincze, Katalin Dankó
Dermatomyositis is a rare heterogeneous systemic autoimmune disease with multiple organ involvement which can result in significant disability and mortality. Despite the lack of placebo-controlled trials, glucocorticoids are considered to be the mainstay of initial management. Treatment strategies are mainly based on uncontrolled studies, evidence based guidelines for treatments do not exist. Areas covered: This review provides an overview of the currently available pharmacological treatments in the field of dermatomyositis including conventional immunosuppressants, biologics and topical agents...
July 17, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673685/controversies-in-the-treatment-of-seizures-associated-with-neurocysticercosis
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REVIEW
Gagandeep Singh, Ravina Sharma
Seizures are the commonest manifestation of brain parenchymal cysticercosis. In terms of pathophysiological basis and prognostic significance of the seizures, a distinction might be applied between viable cysts, solitary cysticercus granuloma and calcific cysticerci. A number of uncertainties shroud the management of seizures in people with neurocysticercosis (NCC). Although antihelminthic treatment is effective in eliminating viable cysts and possibly cysticercus granulomas, its effect on seizure outcome remains uncertain...
June 30, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644565/long-term-risk-of-infection-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease-on-anti-tnf-treatment-a-prospective-single-center-cohort-study-in-china
#18
Yue Li, Hui Jun Shu, Hong Lu, Hong Yang, Ji Li, Bei Tan, Jiaming Qian
BACKGROUND: Anti-TNF agents have demonstrated to greatly improve management strategies for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Clinical trials and registry studies in Western countries have shown that infections and malignancy are the most concerned complications of anti-TNF treatment. However, data derived from clinical practice in China are limited. The aim of this study is to explore the long-term infection risk of infliximab (IFX) in treating patients with Crohn's disease (CD) from a tertiary IBD center in China...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644389/chronic-respiratory-infection-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-what-is-the-role-of-antibiotics
#19
REVIEW
Marc Miravitlles, Antonio Anzueto
Chronic infections are associated with exacerbation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The major objective of the management of these patients is the prevention and effective treatment of exacerbations. Patients that have increased sputum production, associated with purulence and worsening shortness of breath, are the ones that will benefit from antibiotic therapy. It is important to give the appropriate antibiotic therapy to prevent treatment failure, relapse, and the emergence of resistant pathogens...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639290/comparison-between-anti-vegf-therapy-and-corticosteroid-or-laser-therapy-for-macular-oedema-secondary-to-retinal-vein-occlusion-a-meta-analysis
#20
REVIEW
T Qian, M Zhao, X Xu
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Therapeutic effects of anti-VEGF agents, corticosteroids and laser therapy have been previously examined for treating macular oedema secondary to branch and central retinal vein occlusion (BRVO and CRVO). However, anti-VEGF efficacy has not been previously compared to corticosteroid or laser therapy efficacy. We performed a meta-analysis to compare these treatments. METHODS: Pertinent publications were identified through comprehensive literature searches...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
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