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Hélio A G Teive, Délcio C Bertucci, Renato P Munhoz
Objective: Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) may present with unusual motor and non-motor symptoms and signs in the early stage of the disease. Methods: Cases were collected over a five-year period at two tertiary movement disorders clinics. All had a diagnosis of PD with unusual presentations defined retrospectively as the presence of complaints not objectively related to any of the classic cardinal signs of parkinsonism or the typical early non-motor features of PD...
October 2016: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
Daniele Starnoni, Roy Thomas Daniel, Mercy George, Mahmoud Messerer
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous meningoencephaloceles of the lateral sphenoid sinus are rare entities and their peculiar location represent a surgical challenge due to the importance of a wide exposure and skull base reconstruction. They are thought to arise from congenital base defect of the lateral sphenoid or in some cases have been postulated to represent a rare manifestation of altered CSF dynamics. We report the first case in literature of a Chiari malformation type I and a lateral sphenoid encephaloceles revising the theoretical etiology and surgical technique of endoscopic repair...
October 8, 2016: World Neurosurgery
D T Nguyen, C Rumeau, M Felix-Ravelo, P-L Nguyen-Thi, R Jankowski
OBJECTIVE: Assessment of sinonasal symptoms on a self-reported questionnaire is thoroughly subjective, but indispensable for quantifying symptoms. The present study sought to compare responses on the DyNaChron questionnaire just before and just after consultation for chronic sinonasal dysfunction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 78 patients (mean age, 43.1±16.9 years) consulting for chronic sinonasal dysfunction took part in a prospective study, responding to the computerized version of the DyNaChron self-reported questionnaire, in a dedicated room, just before and just after medical interview and physical examination...
October 7, 2016: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
Katherine N Cahill, Tanya M Laidlaw
The acute clinical symptoms that develop following the oral ingestion of aspirin, or any other inhibitor of cyclooxygenase-1, are well established in aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease: nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, and bronchospasm. Less commonly, gastrointestinal distress, rash, angioedema, or urticaria also develops. However, the pathobiology that drives these clinical reactions is poorly understood. Use of an intranasal aspirin challenge protocol or administration of premedications inhibiting the leukotriene pathway decreases the severity of clinical reaction, which suggests the involvement of both local effector cells and cysteinyl leukotrienes in the pathogenesis of aspirin-induced reactions...
November 2016: Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America
Lonneke Timmers, Christel C L M Boons, Dirk Mangnus, Peter M Van de Ven, Pieter H Van den Berg, Aart Beeker, Eleonora L Swart, Richard J Honeywell, Godefridus J Peters, Epie Boven, Jacqueline G Hugtenburg
Introduction: Capecitabine is a widely prescribed oral anticancer agent. We studied medication adherence and explored its use in daily practice from a patients' perspective. Patients and Methods: Patients (n = 92) starting capecitabine were followed up to five 3-week cycles. Adherence was assessed using a pill count, pharmacy data and dosing information from the patients' medical file. Self-reported adherence was measured using the Medication Adherence Report Scale (MARS). At baseline and during week 2 of cycles 1, 3, and 5, patients filled out questionnaires about quality of life, symptoms, attitude toward medicines and disease and use in daily practice...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Khuen F Ng, Kah K Tan, Zhi H Sam, Grace Ss Ting, Wan Y Gan
AIM: The aim of this study is to describe epidemiology, clinical features, laboratory data and severity of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI) in Malaysian children and to determine risk factors associated with prolonged hospital stay, paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission and mortality. METHODS: Retrospective data on demographics, clinical presentation, outcomes and laboratory findings of 450 children admitted into Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban, Malaysia from 2008 to 2013 with documented diagnosis of RSV ALRI were collected and analysed...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Yaofeng Ji, Yin Liu, Na Yang
Rhinitis is a common global disorder that impacts on the quality of life of the sufferer and caregivers. Treatment for pediatric rhinitis is empirical and does not include a detailed history of the allergy triggers or allergy testing. Thus, allergen avoidance advice is not tailored to the child's sensitivities, which may result in adenoid hypertrophy. However, infant onset rhinitis, especially its relationship with respiratory viruses, remains to be further clarified. Rhinitis basically involves inflammation of the upper nasal lining, presenting typically with symptoms of runny nose (rhinorrhea), nasal blockage, and/or sneezing...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Eric C Landsness, Leo H Wang, Robert C Bucelli
Migraine headache is among the most prevalent neurologic disorders. Status migrainosus often leads to hospitalization, and multiple medications are sometimes required for symptomatic relief. In 2008, neurologists at our institution started using the atypical antipsychotic ziprasidone as an abortive medication for status migrainosus. The Clinical Investigation Data Exploration Repository was used to search for patients admitted to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital inpatient neurology service with diagnoses of "headache" or "migraine...
October 2016: Neurohospitalist
Ayman A El Shazly, Mohammed A El Wardany, Tamer A Abo El Ezz
CONTEXT: Many reconstructive techniques have been proposed to prevent postoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage after trans-sphenoidal pituitary surgery. However, no total agreement has been reached to the best technique. AIM: Assessment of the efficacy of sellar repair with autologous muscle and composite septal cartilage grafts for treatment of intraoperative and delayed postoperative CSF leakage following trans-sphenoidal pituitary surgery without the use of postoperative external lumbar CSF drain...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Vivek Kumar Kankane, Gaurav Jaiswal, Tarun Kumar Gupta
Pneumocephalus is commonly seen after head and facial trauma, ear infections, and tumors of the skull base or neurosurgical interventions. In tension pneumocephalus, the continuous accumulation of intracranial air is thought to be caused by a "ball valve" mechanism. In turn, this may lead to a mass effect on the brain, with subsequent neurological deterioration and signs of herniation. Tension pneumocephalus is considered a life-threatening, neurosurgical emergency burr-hole evacuation was performed and he experienced a full recovery...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Charlotte G Neumann, Winstone Nyandiko, Abraham Siika, Natalie Drorbaugh, Goleen Samari, Grace Ettyang, Judith A Ernst
This paper describes morbidity in a group of HIV-positive drug-naïve rural women in western Kenya. A total of 226 drug-naïve HIV-positive women were evaluated for baseline morbidity, immune function, and anthropometry before a food-based nutrition intervention. Kenyan nurses visited women in their homes and conducted semi-structured interviews regarding symptoms and physical signs experienced at the time of the visit and during the previous week and physical inspection. Blood and urine samples were examined for determination of immune function (CD4, CD8, and total lymphocyte counts), anaemia, malaria, and pregnancy status...
September 2016: African Journal of AIDS Research: AJAR
Omar H Ahmed, Sonya Marcus, Jenna R Tauber, Binhuan Wang, Yixin Fang, Richard A Lebowitz
OBJECTIVE: Perioperative lumbar drain (LD) use in the setting of endoscopic cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak repair is a well-established practice. However, recent data suggest that LDs may not provide significant benefit and may thus confer unnecessary risk. To examine this, we conducted a meta-analysis to investigate the effect of LDs on postoperative CSF leak recurrence following endoscopic repair of CSF rhinorrhea. DATA SOURCES: A comprehensive search was performed with the following databases: Ovid MEDLINE (1947 to November 2015), EMBASE (1974 to November 2015), Cochrane Review, and PubMed (1990 to November 2015)...
September 27, 2016: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Yingbai Chen, Yunhai Tu, Ben Chen, Jieliang Shi, Bo Yu, Wencan Wu
PURPOSE: To assess the feasibility and efficacy of endoscopic transnasal removal of cavernous hemangiomas of the optic canal. DESIGN: Retrospective, non-comparative case series. METHODS: Eleven consecutive patients (11 eyes) with cavernous hemangioma of the optic canal underwent endoscopic trans-ethmoidal-sphenoidal removal of the tumor at the Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University from January 2009 to March 2016. In each case, the indication for surgery was decreased visual acuity due to the tumor...
September 23, 2016: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Austin S Adams, David O Francis, Paul T Russell
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic repair of anterior skull-base defects has become the gold standard for management of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea. Both improved techniques and adjuvant therapies have led to accepted success rates of greater than 90%. As management has evolved, shorter hospitalizations have been required and the goal of this study is to analyze the outcomes of patients repaired on an outpatient basis vs those managed as inpatients postoperatively. METHODS: Patients undergoing endoscopic repair of CSF rhinorrhea between 2004 and 2014 were identified by review of medical records...
September 14, 2016: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
Jashika Adil Shroff Makhasana, Meena A Kulkarni, Suhas Vaze, Adil Sarosh Shroff
Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma (JNA) is a rare benign tumor arising predominantly in the nasopharynx of adolescent males. It is an aggressive neoplasm and shows a propensity for destructive local spread often extending to the base of the skull and into the cranium. Clinically, however, it is obscure with painless, progressive unilateral nasal obstruction being the common presenting symptom with or without epistaxis and rhinorrhea. Diagnosis of JNA is made by complete history, clinical examination, radiography, nasal endoscopy and by using specialized imaging techniques such as arteriography, computer tomography and magnetic resonance imaging...
May 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
Lütfi Postalci, İbrahim Erdim, Bülent Demirgil, Ömür Günaldi, Murad Asiltürk, Hakan Demirci, Hakan Kina, Uzay Erdoğan, Mine Yazici, Erhan Emel
AIM: Major complications from microscopic transnasal hypophyseal surgery (MTHS), such as cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea, carotid injury, and optic nerve injury, are very rare. However, late rhinological complications can be ignored because they are a minor cause of morbidity compared with major complications. In this study, we extensively examined postoperative rhinological complications in patients who underwent MTHS for pituitary adenoma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-one patients diagnosed with pituitary adenoma, who underwent MTHS and whose preoperative nasal examinations were recorded between January 2007 and January 2014, were included in the study...
October 2, 2015: Turkish Neurosurgery
Hasan A Kakli, Timothy D Riley
Among the atopic disorders, allergic rhinitis is the most prevalent. Patients who suffer from allergic rhinitis sustain significant morbidity and loss of productivity. Cardinal symptoms include nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, sneezing, and nasal itching, although multiple related symptoms may occur. Causes should be ruled out with a thorough history and physical examination, with particular attention to red flag or atypical symptoms. Skin testing or serum sampling can confirm diagnosis and also guide therapy...
September 2016: Primary Care
Kazuhiro Hashiguchi, Sho Kanzaki, Ken-Ichiro Wakabayashi, Nobuaki Tanaka, Kayoko Kawashima, Kiyochika Suematsu, Shoji Tokunaga, Kaoru Ogawa, Kimihiro Okubo
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the clinical efficacy of a combination therapy of levocetirizine (LCTZ) and fluticasone furoate nasal spray (FFNS), compared with LCTZ monotherapy, for the suppression of seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) symptoms induced in an artificial exposure chamber. METHODS: This study was a single-center, placebo-controlled, randomized, 3-way cross-over comparative study performed in 42 Japanese cedar pollinosis patients. These subjects received (1) LCTZ plus FFNS (combination group), (2) LCTZ plus FFNS placebo (monotherapy group), or (3) LCTZ placebo plus FFNS placebo (placebo group) once on the night prior to exposure, with a 1-week washout period between exposures...
2013: J Drug Assess
G Peyraga, C Lafond, Y Pointreau, P Giraud, P Maingon
The nasal cavity and parasinusal cancer are rare (10% of tumors of the head and neck) and are mainly represented by squamous cell carcinoma of the nasal cavity or the maxillary sinus and adenocarcinoma of the ethmoid sinus (occupational disease, wood dust). The most common clinical sign is nasal obstruction, but tumors can also manifest as rhinorrhea and/or epistaxis (usually unilateral signs). A magnetic resonance imaging of the facial structure is systematic for staging before treatment. The treatment consists of a first surgery if the patient is operable with a resectable tumor...
September 2016: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
Oded Scheuerman, Galia Barkai, Michal Mandelboim, Hagit Mishali, Gabriel Chodick, Itzhak Levy
BACKGROUND: Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is a major cause of upper and lower respiratory tract infection (URTI, LRTI) in children. The prognosis of hMPV is unclear in immunocompromised patients. OBJECTIVES: To describe the characteristics of hMPV infection in immunocompromised pediatric patients and to review the literature. STUDY DESIGN: This retrospective study included 39 immunocompromised children (age 0-18 years) with proven hMPV infection attending two tertiary pediatric medical centers in 2004-2014...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
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