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Alicia J Spittle, Jennifer M Walsh, Cody Potter, Emma Mcinnes, Joy E Olsen, Katherine J Lee, Peter J Anderson, Lex W Doyle, Jeanie L Y Cheong
AIM: To examine the association between newborn neurobehavioural assessments and neurodevelopmental outcomes at 2 years in infants born moderate-to-late preterm (MLPT). METHOD: Two-hundred and one infants born MLPT (born 32-36(+6) wks' gestation) were assessed with the Hammersmith Neonatal Neurological Examination (HNNE) and NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS), with suboptimal performance defined as scores lower than the 10th centile. Development was assessed at 2 years corrected age with the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development 3rd Edition, with delay defined as scores less than 1 standard deviation (SD) below the mean...
October 24, 2016: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Angela J Drake-Holland, Mark I M Noble
Hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte abnormality and is often neglected, especially in elderly and seemingly terminal patients. Hyponatremia can be asymptomatic or can cause symptoms ranging from nausea and lethargy to convulsions and coma. This condition has become increasingly common over time with a similar time course to the increase in adoption of low salt diets. The popularization of low salt may not be justified in people with normal kidney function in whom the compatible statistically based evidence that salt causes hypertension has been challenged by experimental evidence to the contrary...
2016: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Saganuwan Alhaji Saganuwan, Orinya Agbaji Orinya
Piroxicam is a benzothiazine compound with anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and analgesic properties. Because of the very high efficacy of piroxicam and its increasing use in the treatment of carcinomas in dogs and cats, there is a need for acute toxicity study of piroxicam in monogastric animals and its potential for causing secondary poisoning in puppies. Piroxicam manufactured by Shanxi Federal Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd. was used for this study. Revised up-and-down procedure was used for the estimation of median lethal dose in mouse (259...
2016: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
Sarah Wills, Hugues Beaufrère, Gwyneth Watrous, Michelle L Oblak, Dale A Smith
CASE DESCRIPTION A 13-year-old female green iguana (Iguana iguana) was examined because of a 6-day history of vomiting, anorexia, and lethargy and a 4-day history of decreased fecal and urate output. CLINICAL FINDINGS Physical examination revealed a distended abdomen, signs of depression, pallor, tachycardia, harsh lung sounds, and vomiting. Abdominal radiographs revealed gas distention of the stomach and small intestine with fluid lines evident on the lateral view. Plasma biochemical analysis indicated hypochloremic metabolic alkalosis, hyperglycemia, and hyperuricemia...
November 1, 2016: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Leyla Baykal Selçuk, Deniz Aksu Arıca, Hanife Baykal Şahin, Savas Yaylı, Sevgi Bahadır
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Acne vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the pilosebaceous unit in the skin. Isotretinoin is a synthetic vitamin A derivative regarded as the most effective agent in the treatment of acne. There have recently been increasing reports of adverse effects of isotretinoin on the skeletal system. Our aim in this study was to evaluate the rheumatic side-effects triggered by this drug, and particularly the prevalence of sacroiliitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-three patients receiving isotretinoin due to moderate or severe acne vulgaris were included...
October 20, 2016: Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology
E Corden, E Higgins, C Smith
A 55-year-old man with severe plaque psoriasis presented with a 2-week history of feeling generally unwell with lethargy and thirst. His symptoms had developed 6 weeks after commencement of the topical vitamin D3 analogue calcitriol. Investigations revealed hypercalcaemia and acute-on-chronic kidney injury, probably directly induced by systemic absorption of vitamin D3 following extensive topical use. Topical calcitriol had been started as a steroid-sparing agent to reduce the patient's liberal potent corticosteroid usage during anti-tumour necrosis factor-alfa therapy...
October 20, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Christian Geier, Jessica Davis, Marc Siegel
A previously healthy 66-year-old woman living in the Mid-Atlantic USA presented to the hospital with lethargy, ataxia and slurred speech. 2 weeks prior she had removed a tick from her right groin. She reported malaise, fevers, diarrhoea, cough and a rash. Physical examination revealed a maculopapular rash on her chest, and lung auscultation revealed bi-basilar rales. Laboratory tests were remarkable for hyponatraemia, leucopenia and thrombocytopenia. Chest X-ray demonstrated bilateral pleural effusions with pulmonary oedema...
October 6, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, Edwin H Cook, Bryan H King, Peter Zarevics, Maryann Cherubini, Karen Walton-Bowen, Mark F Bear, Paul P Wang, Randall L Carpenter
Several lines of emerging data point to an imbalance between neuronal excitation and inhibition in at least a subgroup of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including in those with fragile X syndrome (FXS), one of the most common genetic syndromes within ASD. In animal models of FXS and of ASD, GABA-B agonists have improved both brain and behavioral phenotypes, including social behavior. A phase 2 randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial found that the GABA-B agonist arbaclofen improved social avoidance symptoms in FXS...
October 17, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Lara Cusack, Cara Field, Alexa McDermott, Brandon Pogue, Tonya Clauss, Gregory Bossart, Alvin Camus
A 19-year-old male African penguin ( Spheniscus demersus ) was presented with coelomic distention after a 6-week history of lethargy and decreased appetite. Results of radiographs showed loss of coelomic detail, and ultrasound and computed tomography results revealed coelomic fluid and dilated hepatic veins. Echocardiography revealed moderate right atrial enlargement. Findings were consistent with right-sided cardiac disease. Treatment with furosemide initially reduced ascites, but the clinical condition worsened weeks later and enalapril, pimobendan, and sildenafil were added to the medical therapy...
September 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
Conor Rowan, Laura Cuddy, Jill Bryan, Robert Shiel, Séamus Hoey
A 5-year-old female entire German Shepherd presented for otitis and lethargy. An incidental abdominal mass was identified on examination. Ultrasound examination (US) identified a heterogeneous left ovarian mass. Computed tomography (CT) was performed for surgical planning and staging. The reproductive tract was removed en bloc and submitted for histopathology. Multiple small (1-5 mm) nodules identified at coeliotomy on the surface of the liver, spleen and peritoneum were biopsied. The lesions were not visible on CT nor US on review...
October 13, 2016: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Yuki Kawashima Sonoyama, Toshihiro Tajima, Masanobu Fujimoto, Akiko Hasegawa, Naoki Miyahara, Rei Nishimura, Yuichiro Hashida, Atsushi Hayashi, Keiichi Hanaki, Susumu Kanzaki
Pseudohypoaldosteronism type 1 (PHA1) is a rare genetic disease characterized by resistance to aldosterone, and the renal form of PHA1 is associated with heterozygous inactivating mutations in NR3C2, which encodes mineralocorticoid receptor (MR). Here we report a case of renal PHA1 due to a novel frameshift mutation in NR3C2. A 10-day-old Japanese male infant, born at 39 weeks gestation (birth weight, 2,946 g), was admitted to our hospital because of lethargy and vomiting, with a 6.7% weight loss since birth...
October 5, 2016: Endocrine Journal
P J Grattan-Smith, R C Dale
Functional neurologic disorders (FND) of children have many similarities to those of adults, and there is a potential to learn much from the study of FND in children. In this chapter we discuss multiple aspects of pediatric FND. These include their frequency, historic features, the diagnosis, and controversies over the nature of FND and the "correct" name that should be used. We also discuss methods of informing the child and family of the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. FND of children typically affect girls in the 10-14-years age range...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
F Scholz, E Fringuelli, M Bolton-Warberg, M Marcos-López, S Mitchell, P Prodhol, D Moffet, P Savage, S Murphy O'Sullivan, I O Connor, E McCarthy, H D Rodger
A microsporidian species with 98.3-98.4% nucleotide identity to Tetramicra brevifilum (Journal of Fish Diseases, 3, 1980, 495) was diagnosed in lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus, L.) broodstock held at a breeding and rearing facility in western Ireland. The fish were wild-caught from the west coast of Ireland, and the first case was diagnosed one year after capture. Clinical signs included severe bloating, lethargy, exophthalmos, anorexia, white patches on the cornea and externally visible parasitic cysts on skin and fins...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Fish Diseases
Luana Sicuro Correa, Yara Hahr Marques Hökerberg, Raquel de Vasconcellos Carvalhaes de Oliveira, Danielle Martins de Souza Barros, Helenara Abadia Ferreira Alexandria, Regina Paiva Daumas, Carlos Augusto Ferreira de Andrade, Sonia Regina Lambert Passos, Patrícia Brasil
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the use of dengue warning signs by pediatric healthcare staff in the Brazilian public health care system. METHODS: Cross-sectional study (2012) with physicians, nurses, and nurse technicians assisting children in five health care facilities. Participants reported the use and importance of dengue warning signs in pediatrics clinical practice through a structured questionnaire. Differences in the use of signs (chi-square test) and in the ranking assigned to each of them (Kruskal-Wallis) were assessed according to health care occupation and level of care (p<0...
2016: PloS One
P Krishnamoorthy, P P Sengupta, Sangita Das, M Ligi, B R Shome, H Rahman
Aim of the present study was to assess the cytokine gene expression in liver, kidney and spleen and histopathological changes in mice infected with buffalo and dog isolates of Trypanosoma evansi. Forty-four Swiss albino mice was divided into eleven groups of four mice each and injected subcutaneously with 1 × 10(5) trypanosomes of buffalo and dog isolate to twenty mice each, four mice served as control. Mice were examined for clinical signs, blood smear for trypanosome counts. Blood for PCR, liver, kidney, spleen, heart, lung, testis and abdominal muscle for histopathology and liver, kidney, spleen for cytokine gene expression studies, were collected...
October 1, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Martina Fabbi, Stefano Di Palma, Sabrina Manfredi, Giacomo Gnudi, Francesca Miduri, Eleonora Daga, Gabriele Costantino Melis, Ezio Bianchi, Simone Voccia, Antonella Volta
A 13-year-old spayed female German shepherd dog was presented for acute onset of lethargy, anorexia, and disseminated erythematous skin lesions. Thoracic radiographs and abdominal ultrasonographic findings were consistent with metastatic hemangiosarcoma. Multiple, ill-defined, irregularly shaped hypoechoic nodules were also detected within the thoracic and abdominal wall. Hemangiosarcoma metastases to the skeletal muscle were confirmed based on histopathological examination. Multivisceral involvement was also confirmed by necropsy...
October 4, 2016: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Frank H Morriss, Julie B Lindower, Heather L Bartlett, Dianne L Atkins, Jean O Kim, Jonathan M Klein, Bradley A Ford
Objective We describe five neonates with enteroviral (EV) infection to demonstrate central nervous system (CNS) and cardiac complications and report successful treatment of myocarditis with immunoglobulin intravenous (IVIG) in two. Study Design Case series identified during three enteroviral seasons in one neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for EV in neonates suspected to have sepsis, but with sterile bacterial cultures...
July 2016: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
Michael F Rosser, Dana M Lindemann, Anne M Barger, Matthew C Allender, Shih-Hsuan Hsiao, Mark E Howes
A 5-yr-old, intact male red ruffed lemur ( Varecia rubra ) presented for evaluation as the result of a 1-wk history of lethargy and hyporexia. Physical examination findings included thin body condition, muffled heart sounds, harsh lung sounds, and liquid brown diarrhea. Complete blood count and serum biochemistry showed an inflammatory leukogram, mild hyponatremia, and mild hypochloremia. Orthogonal trunk radiographs revealed a severe alveolar pattern in the right cranial lung lobes with cardiac silhouette effacement...
September 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Stephen King, Elizabeth S Roberts, Jonathan N King
BACKGROUND: Few pharmaceuticals are registered in cats for the management of post-operative pain and inflammation. The objective of this study was to assess the field efficacy and safety of an injectable formulation of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug robenacoxib in cats undergoing surgery. The study was a multi-center, prospective, randomized, masked, parallel-group, placebo-controlled clinical trial. A total of 349 cats were enrolled and underwent surgery comprising forelimb onychectomy, as an example of orthopedic surgery, plus either ovariohysterectomy or castration...
September 29, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
M Crealey, T Mandiwanza, D Crimmins, A Foran, J F A Murphy
There is no available Irish data on the rate of Ventriculo-peritoneal (VP) shunt insertion in infants with group B streptococcus (GBS) meningitis. We performed a retrospective case series of 40 infants with GBS meningitis over 6 years. Four (10%) infants required insertion of VP shunt for hydrocephalus. Those infants who required a VP shunt initially presented with seizures, lethargy and a low serum white cell count.
2016: Irish Medical Journal
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