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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429607/thalamic-hemorrhagic-stroke-in-the-term-newborn-a-specific-neonatal-syndrome-with-non-uniform-outcome
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Laura Merlini, Sylviane Hanquinet, Joel Fluss
BACKGROUND: Neonatal thalamic hemorrhagic stroke is related to cerebral sinus venous thrombosis and associated with neurological sequelae. Predicting factors are however lacking. METHODS: Clinical and radiological findings at onset and on follow-up of 5 neonates with thalamic hemorrhage stroke are described. RESULTS: All neonates presented with abrupt lethargy, ophistotonos, irritability and/or seizures. The thalamic hemorrhagic stroke was most often unilateral (4/5), involving the posterior/entire thalamus in 3 cases and the anterior thalamus in 2...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427497/mirtazapine-induced-steatosis%C3%A2
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Elin Thomas, Hasan Haboubi, Namor Williams, Aled Lloyd, Chin Lye Ch'ng
Mirtazapine is a commonly used drug indicated for the treatment of severe depression. It works as a presynaptic α2-adrenoreceptor antagonist that increases central noradrenergic and serotonergic neurotransmission, and it is metabolized by the p450 cytochrome oxidase system. There is evidence within the literature to suggest a link between antidepressants and increased liver enzymes, although case reports demonstrating a link between mirtazapine specifically and steatosis are sparse. Here, we present a case of mirtazapine-induced steatosis in a 48-year-old office worker...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416785/a-novel-mutation-in-the-glycine-decarboxylase-gene-in-patient-with-non-ketotic-hyperglycinemia
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Engin Kose, Uluc Yis, Semra Hiz, Nur Arslan
Non-ketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH) is a rare inborn error of metabolism and is caused by a glycine cleavage system deficiency. Eighty-five percent of patients present with the neonatal type of NKH, the infants initially develop lethargy, seizures, and episodes of apnea, and most often death. Between 60-90% of cases are caused by mutations in the glycine decarboxylase (GLDC). We believed that more mutation reports especially for rare disease as NKH help to evaluate the genotype-phenotype relationship in patients with GLDC...
April 2017: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414668/autoimmune-diabetes-presented-with-diabetic-ketoacidosis-induced-by-immunotherapy-in-an-adult-with-melanoma
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A A Alzenaidi, J Dendy, L Rejjal
INTRODUCTION: Immunotherapy has been approved for treatment of melanoma. Autoimmune endocrinopathies have been reported in trials involving immunotherapy but autoimmune diabetes has not been definitively linked to them. Here we describe a case of autoimmune diabetes presenting with DKA after receiving combined immunotherapy with anti-CTLA4 and anti-PD1 monoclonal antibodies. CASE: A 47year old gentleman with metastatic melanoma presented to our institution with confusion, abdominal pain and decreased oral intake...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413174/an-outbreak-of-duck-hepatitis-a-virus-type-1-infection-in-japan
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Masahiro Kamomae, Mamoru Kameyama, Jun Ishii, Mikoto Nabe, Yuji Ogura, Hiroshi Iseki, Yu Yamamoto, Masaji Mase
In June 2015, a highly fatal and acute disease broke out in a duckling farm in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The birds exhibited poor growth, reduced movement, lying in a dorsal recumbent position, depression, lethargy, ataxia and opisthotonus, with a high mortality rate of approximately 76%. By performing a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) using primers specific for duck hepatitis A virus type 1 (DHAV-1), we obtained the PCR products of a predicted size. The nucleotide sequences of the PCR products showed a >96% identity with that of the DHAV-1, HB02 strain, which was isolated in China...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403743/nonclinical-profile-of-blz-100-a-tumor-targeting-fluorescent-imaging-agent
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Julia Parrish-Novak, Kelly Byrnes-Blake, Narine Lalayeva, Stefanie Burleson, Janean Fidel, Rhonda Gilmore, Pamela Gayheart-Walsten, Gregory A Bricker, William J Crumb, K S Tarlo, Stacey Hansen, Valorie Wiss, Errol Malta, William S Dernell, James M Olson, Dennis M Miller
BLZ-100 is a single intravenous use, fluorescent imaging agent that labels tumor tissue to enable more complete and precise surgical resection. It is composed of a chlorotoxin peptide covalently bound to the near-infrared fluorophore indocyanine green. BLZ-100 is in clinical development for intraoperative visualization of human tumors. The nonclinical safety and pharmacokinetic (PK) profile of BLZ-100 was evaluated in mice, rats, canines, and nonhuman primates (NHP). Single bolus intravenous administration of BLZ-100 was well tolerated, and no adverse changes were observed in cardiovascular safety pharmacology, PK, and toxicology studies in rats and NHP...
March 2017: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399895/impact-of-maternal-respiratory-infections-on-low-birth-weight-a-community-based-longitudinal-study-in-an-urban-setting-in-pakistan
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Asad Ali, Umber Zaman, Sadia Mahmud, Gul-E-Shehwar Zahid, Momin Kazi, William A Petri, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Anita Zaidi, Molly A Hughes
BACKGROUND: The health of mothers and their newborns is intricately related. The weight of the infant at birth is a powerful predictor of infant growth and survival, and is considered to be partly dependent on maternal health and nutrition during pregnancy. We conducted a longitudinal study in an urban community within Karachi to determine maternal predictors of newborn birth weight. METHODS: Four hundred pregnant women were enrolled in the study during the period 2011-2013...
April 11, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399888/a-guinea-pig-model-of-zika-virus-infection
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Mukesh Kumar, Keeton K Krause, Francine Azouz, Eileen Nakano, Vivek R Nerurkar
BACKGROUND: Animal models are critical to understand disease and to develop countermeasures for the ongoing epidemic of Zika virus (ZIKV). Here we report that immunocompetent guinea pigs are susceptible to infection by a contemporary American strain of ZIKV. METHODS: Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs were inoculated with 10(6) plaque-forming units of ZIKV via subcutaneous route and clinical signs were observed. Viremia, viral load in the tissues, anti-ZIKV neutralizing antibody titer, and protein levels of multiple cytokine and chemokines were analyzed using qRT-PCR, plaque assay, plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT) and multiplex immunoassay...
April 11, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397513/paratuberculosis-in-a-domestic-dog-in-south-africa
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Michele A Miller, Sewellyn C Davey, Lesley S Van Helden, Frank Kettner, Sandy M May, Rick Last, John D Grewar, Louise Botha, Paul D Van Helden
This case report shows that Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) infection can cause clinical disease in domestic dogs, and should be considered as a differential diagnosis for gastrointestinal inflammatory conditions. A male dachshund presented with lethargy and pain. Enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes were found on abdominal ultrasound examination. Cytological examination of lymph node aspirates was consistent with granulomatous inflammation, which was culture-confirmed as MAP. Although we were unable to confirm the source of infection, the dog's history included exposure to sheep in the Western Cape...
March 30, 2017: Journal of the South African Veterinary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392538/listeria-monocytogenes-meningitis-complicating-rotavirus-gastroenteritis-in-an-immunocompetent-child
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Takuma Ohnishi, Akiko Kawano, Mayumi Araki, Yuko Hamahata, Machiko Usui, Motoko Shimoyamada, Takuya Tamame, Masayuki Akashi, Seiji Sato
Listeria monocytogenes only occasionally causes bacterial meningitis in immunocompetent children. We report a case of L. monocytogenes meningitis associated with rotavirus gastroenteritis. The patient was a previously healthy 20-month-old girl who was admitted because of sustained fever and lethargy after suffering from gastroenteritis for 6 days. The patient's peripheral white blood cell count was 18,600/µL and the C-reactive protein level was 2.44 mg/dL. A stool sample tested positive for rotavirus antigen...
April 7, 2017: Keio Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390179/gene-editing-as-applied-to-prevention-of-reproductive-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome
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Kristin M Whitworth, Randall S Prather
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) causes severe reproductive failure in sows, as well as transplacental transfer of PRRS virus (PRRSV) to late-gestation fetuses, resulting in abortions, early farrowing, increased number of stillborn piglets, and weak neonatal piglets. PRRSV-infected boars present with anorexia and lethargy, and have decreased sperm quality. The gene for the cellular receptor that the PRRSV uses, Cluster of differentiation 163 (CD163), was edited using Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 gene-editing technology to create biallelic DNA edits to the CD163 gene in 100% of the offspring...
April 8, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389465/acquired-brucella-bacteraemia-in-a-young-infant
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Ambar Bhatnagar, Daisy Khera, Kuldeep Singh, Anuradha Sharma
An infant aged 6 weeks presented with failure to thrive since birth, fever and lethargy for 4 days. The child was fed on unpasteurised diluted goat's milk after birth. She was diagnosed to have brucellosis both by blood culture and serology. Her mother's Brucella serology was negative. She was successfully treated with injection amikacin and tablet rifampicin and had satisfactory weight gain thereafter. Acquired brucellosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of failure to thrive in young infants...
April 7, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384730/intractable-epilepsy-and-progressive-cognitive-decline-in-a-young-man
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Alexander L Cohen, Lyell K Jones, Joseph E Parisi, James P Klaas
A young man with normal neurodevelopment presented with 3 years of medically refractory, progressive epilepsy and myoclonus. Initial examination included neuroimaging, electroencephalography, and biochemical analyses, all of which were unremarkable except for mildly enlarged ventricles. Over the following year, the patient experienced rapid cognitive decline with new-onset recurrent visual hallucinations and progressive lethargy. Results of subsequent electroencephalography and brain imaging were unchanged, and a fluorodeoxyglucose F 18 positron emission tomographic scan was normal...
April 3, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381106/atypical-cytologic-presentation-of-a-histiocytic-sarcoma-in-a-cavalier-king-charles-spaniel-dog
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Lorelei L Clarke, Lisa S Kelly, Bridget Garner, Cathy A Brown
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog was presented because of a 10-d history of progressive vomiting, inappetence, and lethargy, with mild neurologic signs. Fine-needle aspirates of splenic nodules seen on ultrasound were suggestive of a carcinoma. On autopsy, a disseminated neoplasm was present in the lung, spleen, and adrenal glands. Additionally, there was a Chiari-like malformation of the skull with corresponding syringomyelia of the cranial spinal cord. Histologically, the neoplasm was comprised of a pleomorphic population of round cells with a high mitotic rate...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363079/identification-of-bacteria-in-blood-cultures-from-clinically-ill-captive-antillean-manatees-trichechus-manatus-manatus
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Mariana C O Silva, Fernanda F L Attademo, Augusto C B Freire, Glaucia P Sousa, Fábia O Luna, Débora C V Lima, Rinaldo A Mota, Emiko S Mendes, Jean C R Silva
Between September 2001 and March 2013, 62 bacterial cultures (37 aerobic and 25 anaerobic) were performed on 37 blood samples from 23 Antillean manatees ( Trichechus manatus manatus) that were kept in captivity at the Brazilian National Center for Research and Conservation of Aquatic Mammals (CMA) in Pernambuco (CMA-PE) and Alagoas (CMA-AL), Brazil. All of the animals sampled exhibited clinical signs at the time of sampling including abscesses (n = 8), debilitation and anorexia (n = 22), and profound lethargy-moribundity (n = 7)...
March 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363070/multihormonal-islet-cell-carcinomas-in-three-komodo-dragons-varanus-komodoensis
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Ronan Eustace, Michael M Garner, Kimberly Cook, Christine Miller, Matti Kiupel
  Multihormonal pancreatic islet cell carcinomas were found in one female and two male captive geriatric Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis). Gross changes in the pancreas were visible in two of the cases. Clinical signs noted in the Komodo dragons were lethargy, weakness, and anorexia. Histologically, the tumors were comprised of nests and cords of well-differentiated neoplastic islet cells with scant amounts of eosinophilic cytoplasm and round, euchromatic nuclei, with rare mitoses. Infiltration by the islet cell tumor into the surrounding acinar tissue was observed in all cases, but no metastatic foci were seen...
March 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361069/posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-associated-with-left-horizontal-gaze-palsy
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Amer Hawatmeh, Sarah Studyvin, Moh'd Al-Halawani, Sawsan Amireh, Mohammad Thawabi
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is characterized by rapid onset of symptoms including headache, seizures, altered consciousness, and visual disturbance, as well as radiologic findings of focal reversible vasogenic edema. Multiple visual disturbances have been described in PRES, such as hemianopia, visual neglect, auras, visual hallucinations, and cortical blindness. However, horizontal gaze palsy has not been previously reported. We report a 72-year-old female who presented with blurred vision, severe headache, lethargy, and later developed seizures...
March 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349722/comparison-of-the-poisoning-severity-score-and-national-poison-data-system-schemes-for-the-severity-assessment-of-animal-poisonings-a-pilot-study
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Sarah E McFarland, Alvin C Bronstein, Shireen Banerji, Jane LeBlond, Reinhard H Mischke, Kathrin Begemann, Herbert Desel, Matthias Greiner
CONTEXT: To date, there are no publicly available schemes designed and evaluated specifically for severity assessment of animal poisonings. This poses challenges for the evaluation and comparison of animal poisoning exposure data. OBJECTIVE: Our objective for this pilot study was to evaluate agreement between raters using the Poisoning Severity Score (PSS) and National Poison Data System (NPDS) medical outcome scheme for severity assessment of canine exposures reported to a multistate poison center (PC) and to identify issues regarding their use for severity assessment of animal poisonings...
March 28, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344164/outbreak-of-brainstem-encephalitis-associated-with-enterovirus-a71-in-catalonia-spain-2016-a-clinical-observational-study-in-a-children-s-reference-centre-in-catalonia
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Dídac Casas-Alba, Mariona F de Sevilla, Ana Valero-Rello, Claudia Fortuny, Juan-José García-García, Carlos Ortez, Jordi Muchart, Thais Armangué, Iolanda Jordan, Carles Luaces, Irene Barrabeig, Rubén González-Sanz, María Cabrerizo, Carmen Muñoz-Almagro, Cristian Launes
OBJECTIVES: To describe the characteristics of an outbreak of brainstem encephalitis and encephalomyelitis related to enterovirus (EV) infection in Catalonia (Spain), a setting where these manifestations were uncommon. METHODS: Clinical and microbiological data from patients with neurological symptoms associated with EV detection admitted to a reference paediatric hospital between April and June 2016 were analysed. RESULTS: Fifty-seven patients were included...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336122/familial-acute-necrotizing-encephalopathy-with-ranbp2-mutation-the-first-report-in-northeast-asia
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Yun-Jeong Lee, Su-Kyeong Hwang, So Mi Lee, Soonhak Kwon
BACKGROUND: Acute necrotizing encephalopathy (ANE) is a rare but rapidly progressing encephalopathy following a febrile illness, commonly a viral infection. It is characterized by the features of acute encephalopathy such as seizure, alteration of consciousness, and symmetric involvement of the bilateral thalamus on neuroimaging tests. Although most ANE cases have occurred sporadically, familial or recurrent ANE has been reported in Caucasian patients, with genetic susceptibility to ANE noted in some patients due to a RANBP2 mutation...
March 20, 2017: Brain & Development
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