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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651086/age-at-first-febrile-seizure-correlates-with-perinatal-maternal-emotional-symptoms
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Fanny Thébault-Dagher, Catherine M Herba, Jean R Séguin, Gina Muckle, Sonia J Lupien, Lionel Carmant, Marie-Noëlle Simard, Gabriel D Shapiro, William D Fraser, Sarah Lippé
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal exposure to stress and fever are factors lowering seizure threshold in animal models. The fever effect on seizure threshold is well documented in human infants, however the associations between maternal perinatal stress and infants' susceptibility to seizures is unknown. This is the first study in humans to investigate longitudinally, whether in humans, the effect of maternal perinatal emotional symptoms such as stress, anxiety and depression that may trigger a biological stress response on age at first seizure occurrence...
June 10, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646887/intrapleural-dornase-and-tissue-plasminogen-activator-in-pediatric-empyema-dtpa-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Michael H Livingston, Sanjay Mahant, Felix Ratjen, Bairbre L Connolly, Kevin Thorpe, Muhammad Mamdani, Ian Maclusky, Sophie Laberge, Lucy Giglia, J Mark Walton, Connie L Yang, Ashley Roberts, Anna C Shawyer, Mary Brindle, Simon J Parsons, Cristina A Stoian, Eyal Cohen
BACKGROUND: A randomized controlled trial of adults with empyema recently demonstrated decreased length of stay in hospital in patients treated with intrapleurally administered dornase alfa and fibrinolytics compared to fibrinolytics alone. Whether this treatment strategy is safe and effective in children remains unknown. METHODS/DESIGN: This study protocol is for a superiority, placebo-controlled, parallel-design, multicenter randomized controlled trial. The participants are previously well children admitted to a children's hospital with a diagnosis of empyema requiring chest tube insertion and fibrinolytics administered intrapleurally...
June 24, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638939/-consequences-of-autopsies-for-the-living-causes-of-death-in-the-clinical-diagnosis-septic-and-toxic-shock
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REVIEW
L Ozretić, A Schwindowski, H-P Dienes, R Büttner, U Drebber, J W U Fries
BACKGROUND: There is reason to believe that the diagnosis of septic and toxic shock, as indicated on the death certificate, cannot be confirmed as the cause of death without autopsy and subsequent histological analysis. The external examination of the corpse can therefore not represent the sole basis for a reliable statement about the infection status of a corpse, e. g. as a prerequisite for embalming. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The validity of autopsy in determining septic and toxic shock as the cause of death is demonstrated in 7 exemplary cases...
June 21, 2017: Der Pathologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638723/low-dose-methotrexate-in-sickle-cell-disease-a-pilot-study-with-rationale-borrowed-from-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Silvia R Brandalise, Rosemary Assis, Angelo B A Laranjeira, José Andrés Yunes, Pedro O de Campos-Lima
BACKGROUND: Inflammation is a major feature of sickle cell disease (SCD). Low-dose methotrexate (MTX) has long been used in chronic inflammatory diseases. This pilot study examined the MTX effect on acute vaso-occlusive pain crises (VOC) in SCD patients. METHODS: Fourteen adults on hydroxyurea with severe and refractory VOC received one intramuscular injection of 10 mg of MTX per week for 12 weeks. A single weekly dose of 5 mg of leucovorin was administered orally 48 h after each MTX injection...
2017: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630253/cold-induced-thermogenesis-and-inflammation-associated-cold-seeking-behavior-are-represented-by-different-dorsomedial-hypothalamic-sites-a-three-dimensional-functional-topography-study-in-conscious-rats
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Samuel P Wanner, M Camila Almeida, Yury P Shimansky, Daniela L Oliveira, Justin R Eales, Cândido C Coimbra, Andrej A Romanovsky
In the past, we showed that large electrolytic lesions of the dorsomedial hypothalamus (DMH) promoted hypothermia in cold-exposed restrained rats, but attenuated hypothermia in rats challenged with a high dose of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in a thermogradient apparatus. The goal of this study was to identify the thermoeffector mechanisms and DMH representation of the two phenomena and, hence, understand how the same lesion could produce two opposite effects on body temperature. We found that the permissive effect of large electrolytic DMH lesions on cold-induced hypothermia was due to suppressed thermogenesis...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613410/a-case-of-q-fever-after-liver-transplantation
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Lindsay A Petty, Helen S Te, Kenneth Pursell
Coxiella burnetii, the causative agent of Q fever, is a zoonosis that causes both acute and chronic disease in humans. Few cases have been reported in solid organ transplants, and this case highlights the need to include Q fever in the differential diagnosis for fever of unknown origin in solid organ transplant hosts. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
June 14, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611345/neuroblastoma-amplified-sequence-gene-mutation-a-rare-cause-of-recurrent-liver-failure-in-children
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Mohammed Y Hasosah, Alaa I Iskandarani, Ayman I Shawli, Ashraf F Alsahafi, Ghassan A Sukkar, Mansour A Qurashi
Neuroblastoma amplified sequence (NBAS) gene mutation or infantile liver failure syndrome type 2 (ILFS type 2) is an extremely rare disease characterized by episodic liver failure precipitated by intercurrent febrile illness, and liver function recovering completely. Here, we report a 4-year-old girl with recurrent hepatitis. A diagnosis of ILFS type 2 was made based on NBAS mutation gene found by whole-exome sequencing. Our case provides a new insight toward considering NBAS mutation as a part of the differential diagnoses of any infant presenting with recurrent liver failure or hepatitis...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611166/cytomegalovirus-duodenitis-in-immunocompetent-patients-what-else-should-we-look-for
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Dalila Costa, Dália Fernandes, Antónia Furtado, Andre Santa Cruz
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a well-recognised complication of immunodeficiency, although the burden of CMV disease in immunocompetent adults is still unknown. We present the case of a 54-year-old male patient admitted due to severe diarrhoea, epigastric pain and fever. Initial diagnostic workup revealed pericardial and pleural effusion, enlarged abdominal lymph nodes and mild elevation of liver enzymes. CMV serology was IgM positive, and upper endoscopy revealed proximal enteritis. Histology and immunohistochemistry of duodenal samples confirmed CMV disease...
June 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606022/severity-and-frequency-of-restless-legs-syndrome-in-patients-with-familial-mediterranean-fever
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Samet Yılmaz, Burhanettin Çiğdem, Şeyda Figül Gökçe, Sevil Ceyhan-Doğan, Hatice Balaban
OBJECTIVE: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a common sensory motor disorder. RLS an urge to move the extremities that may be accompanied by dysesthesias, and significantly affects quality of life of affected patients. The frequency of RLS is higher in different systemic inflammatory diseases. Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an inherited inflammatory disease characterized by attacks of polyserositis, arthritis, and fever. The prevalence of RLS in patients with FMF is unknown. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence rate of RLS in a sample of patients with FMF and compare this prevalence with that of a matched normal population...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605733/the-association-between-fever-and-prognosis-in-lung-cancer-patients-with-bone-metastases-receiving-zoledronic-acid
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Tomiko Sunaga, Kazushi Shimamoto, Shoko Nakamura, Noriko Takahashi, Mayumi Higashino, Tomomi Hozumi, Mitsuki Matsui, Akiko Nagatani, Fumio Kokubu, Mari Kogo, Tadanori Sasaki
Zoledronic acid is an established agent used in the management of metastatic bone disease. The administration of zoledronic acid improves overall survival (OS) of lung cancer patients with bone metastases receiving chemotherapy. However, it is currently unknown whether zoledronic acid-induced fever is associated with OS. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between zoledronic acid-induced fever and prognosis in lung cancer patients with bone metastases. We retrospectively analyzed 98 lung cancer patients with bone metastases who had received zoledronic acid...
June 13, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600002/diagnostic-yield-of-fdg-pet-ct-in-fever-of%C3%A2-unknown-origin-a-systematic-review-meta-analysis-and-delphi-exercise
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T Bharucha, A Rutherford, S Skeoch, A Alavi, M Brown, J Galloway
AIM: To perform a systematic review, meta-analysis and Delphi exercise to evaluate diagnostic yield of combined 2-[(18)F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose (FDG) positron-emission tomography and computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) in fever of unknown origin (FUO). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four databases were searched for studies of FDG-PET/CT in FUO 1/1/2000-1/12/2015. Exclusions were non-English language, case reports, non-standard FDG radiotracer, and significant missing data...
June 7, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598059/cardiac-abscess-with-ventricular-aneurysm-secondary-to-old-myocardial-infarction
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N Nand, S K Singla, S Magu
Myocardial Abscess (MA) is a rare life threatening condition mostly occurring secondary to underlying infective endocarditis. But it can also be found secondary to septicemia with some unknown focus of sepsis in the body. Development of MA as a consequence of left ventricular aneurysm (LVA) secondary to myocardial infarction is very rare. We report the case of 56 year old male, who presented with high grade fever and leukocytosis. On detailed evaluation, he was found to have a myocardial abscess with underlying LVA...
May 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593481/molecular-survey-of-coxiella-burnetii-in-wildlife-and-ticks-at-wildlife-livestock-interfaces-in-kenya
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David Ndeereh, Gerald Muchemi, Andrew Thaiyah, Moses Otiende, Samer Angelone-Alasaad, Michael J Jowers
Coxiella burnetii is the causative agent of Q fever, a zoonotic disease of public health importance. The role of wildlife and their ticks in the epidemiology of C. burnetii in Kenya is unknown. This study analysed the occurrence and prevalence of the pathogen in wildlife and their ticks at two unique wildlife-livestock interfaces of Laikipia and Maasai Mara National Reserve (MMNR) with the aim to determine the potential risk of transmission to livestock and humans. Blood from 79 and 73 animals in Laikipia and MMNR, respectively, and 756 and 95 ixodid ticks in each of the areas, respectively, was analysed...
June 7, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589116/gene-environment-interactions-what-can-these-tell-us-about-the-relationship-between-asthma-and-allergy
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REVIEW
Steve Turner
Asthma is a common condition, which is associated with atopy and allergic conditions including hay fever, eczema, and food allergies. Asthma and atopy are both complex conditions where genetic and environmental factors are implicated in causation. Interactions between genetic and environmental factors, likely via epigenetic mechanisms, are widely thought to be important in determining the risk for developing asthma and atopy. The nature of the relationship between asthma and atopy is unclear and the answer to the question "does atopy cause asthma?" remains unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586777/patients-with-fever-of-unknown-origin-and-splenomegaly-diagnostic-value-of-splenectomy-and-preoperative-risk-factors-suggestive-of-underlying-lymphomas
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Lu Zhang, Wei Zhang, Huacong Cai, Xinxin Cao, Miao Chen, Jian Li, Tienan Zhu, Minghui Duan, Shujie Wang, Bing Han, Daobin Zhou
BACKGROUND: We reviewed patients with fever of unknown origin (FUO) and splenomegaly and assessed the diagnostic value of splenectomy and measured risk factors suggestive of an underlying lymphoma. METHODS: FUO patients (n = 83) who had splenomegaly and underwent splenectomy were enrolled into this retrospective single-center study. Clinical presentations were documented and risk factors suggestive of an underlying lymphoma were tested. RESULTS: Seventy-four patients (89...
2017: Acta Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583280/clinical-value-of-fdg-pet-ct-for-the-evaluation-of-rheumatic-diseases-rheumatoid-arthritis-polymyalgia-rheumatica-and-relapsing-polychondritis
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REVIEW
Kazuo Kubota, Hiroyuki Yamashita, Akio Mimori
FDG is a tracer for visualizing glucose metabolism. PET/CT using FDG is widely used for the diagnosis of cancer, because glycolysis is elevated in cancer cells. Similarly, active inflammatory tissue also exhibits elevated glucose metabolism because of glycolysis in activated macrophages and proliferating fibroblasts. Elevated FDG uptake by active inflammatory tissues, such as those affected by arthritis, vasculitis, lymphadenitis, and chondritis, has enabled the diagnosis of inflammatory diseases using FDG-PET/CT...
July 2017: Seminars in Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580649/myeloperoxidase-antineutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-causes-different-renal-diseases-by-immune-complex-formation-and-pauci-immune-mechanism-a-case-report
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Shun Manabe, Michiyasu Hatano, Marie Nakano, Teruhiro Fujii, Kosaku Nitta, Michio Nagata
Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) has been known to cause pauci-immune crescentic glomerulonephritis. In addition, several reports described membranous glomerulonephritis (MN) concurrent with ANCA-associated glomerulonephritis. Because the two glomerular diseases simultaneously appear in an ANCA-positive patient, the mechanisms whereby ANCA causes the two different glomerular diseases remain ambiguous. Herein, we report a case of 19-year-old man who presented with hematuria, pre-nephrotic proteinuria, and high titer of myeloperoxidase (MPO)-ANCA...
June 4, 2017: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574333/depression-as-an-independent-predictor-of-postoperative-delirium-in-spine-deformity-patients-undergoing-elective-spine-surgery
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Aladine A Elsamadicy, Owoicho Adogwa, Emily Lydon, Amanda Sergesketter, Rayan Kaakati, Ankit I Mehta, Raul A Vasquez, Joseph Cheng, Carlos A Bagley, Isaac O Karikari
OBJECTIVE Depression is the most prevalent affective disorder in the US, and patients with spinal deformity are at increased risk. Postoperative delirium has been associated with inferior surgical outcomes, including morbidity and mortality. The relationship between depression and postoperative delirium in patients undergoing spine surgery is relatively unknown. The aim of this study was to determine if depression is an independent risk factor for the development of postoperative delirium in patients undergoing decompression and fusion for deformity...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573444/lung-lesions-during-fever-of-unknown-origin
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Renata Krupa, Tadeusz M Zielonka, Malgorzata Hadzik-Blaszczyk, Kazimierz A Wardyn, Katarzyna Zycinska
Fever of unknown origin (FUO) remains one of the most difficult diagnostic challenges. The causes of FUO can be various diseases located in different organs. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence and nature of pulmonary lesions during FUO. One hundred and sixty one patients with FUO participated in this prospective study. We performed a detailed comprehensive history, physical examination, and a wide spectrum of tests. The most common causes of FUO were infections (39%), autoimmune conditions (28%), and neoplasms (17%)...
June 2, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572804/serum-cytokine-profiles-differentiating-hemorrhagic-fever-with-renal-syndrome-and-hantavirus-pulmonary-syndrome
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Svetlana F Khaiboullina, Silvana Levis, Sergey P Morzunov, Ekaterina V Martynova, Vladimir A Anokhin, Oleg A Gusev, Stephen C St Jeor, Vincent C Lombardi, Albert A Rizvanov
Hantavirus infection is an acute zoonosis that clinically manifests in two primary forms, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). HFRS is endemic in Europe and Russia, where the mild form of the disease is prevalent in the Tatarstan region. HPS is endemic in Argentina, as well as other countries of North and South American. HFRS and HPS are usually acquired via the upper respiratory tract by inhalation of virus-contaminated aerosol. Although the pathogenesis of HFRS and HPS remains largely unknown, postmortem tissue studies have identified endothelial cells as the primary target of infection...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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