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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150029/-fungal-keratitis
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REVIEW
T Bourcier, A Sauer, A Dory, J Denis, M Sabou
Fungal keratitis, or keratomycoses, are corneal infections which must be considered in cases of corneal trauma, prior corneal surgery, chronic ocular surface disease, topical corticosteroids or contact lens wear. Filamentous fungi or yeasts may be involved. Presenting clinical features such as corneal infiltrates with feathery edges and/or raised surface, intact epithelium with deep stromal involvement, satellite lesions, endothelial plaques, lack of improvement with antibiotics and worsening with steroids are suggestive of fungal keratitis...
November 14, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149950/structural-and-functional-adaptation-of-the-remnant-kidney-after-living-kidney-donation-long-term-follow-up
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M Meier, J Winterhoff, L Fricke, H Lehnert, M Nitschke
OBJECTIVE: Several adjustments occur after nephrectomy (NT) in the donor's remnant kidney. We investigated kidney donors 10 years after NT and compared several parameters before and after transplantation. METHODS: A total of 42 kidney donors of the University of Luebeck's Transplant Center were scheduled for a 10-year follow-up and were offered several investigations: laboratory tests, urinalysis and kidney ultrasound examination including determination of kidney volume (KV), resistive index (RI) and pulsatility index (PI)...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149912/trial-to-incentivise-adherence-for-diabetes-triad-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Marcel Bilger, Mitesh Shah, Ngiap Chuan Tan, Kaye Louise Howard, Hui Yan Xu, Ecosse Luc Lamoureux, Eric Andrew Finkelstein
BACKGROUND: Many people with diabetes have suboptimal glycaemic control due to not being adherent to their treatment regimen. Behavioural economic theory suggests that the lack of adherence results from the disconnect between the timing of when costs and benefits accrue. One strategy to address this discontinuity is to offer patients a near-term benefit, such as a financial reward. Whereas there is evidence that rewards can improve treatment adherence and sometimes health outcomes, further research is needed to determine whether rewards are more effective when targeting processes or intermediary health outcomes...
November 17, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149910/sodium-chloride-pica-causing-recurrent-nephrolithiasis-in-a-patient-with-iron-deficiency-anemia-a-case-report
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Brittany Rogers, Joshua Kramer, Stephanie Smith, Vincent Bird, Eric I Rosenberg
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency anemia is a common finding in women of child-bearing age. Pica, or the ingestion of non-food or non-nutritive items, is a well-known manifestation of iron deficiency. A high sodium diet increases risk for nephrolithiasis. We describe the case of a 31-year-old woman with recurrent calcium nephrolithiasis and anemia who ate ice chips as well as spoons of salt daily. Treatment of pica may prove effective in preventing recurrent nephrolithiasis. CASE PRESENTATION: A 31-year-old white woman with a past medical history of menorrhagia, anemia, and recurrent calcium nephrolithiasis presented for preoperative evaluation prior to ureterolithotomy...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149830/diagnostic-devices-for-circulating-biomarkers-detection-and-quantification
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Chiara Bedin, Sara Crotti, Ennio Tasciotti, Marco Agostini
Nowadays, fast and sensitive methods for biomarkers detection exist, but the performance of most of them still rely in centralized laboratory testing. The development of small, fast and simple to use medical device that can help in making diagnosis accurate and with low-invasiveness is now a major challenge for nanotechnology. To develop diagnostic devices for cancer detection, nanomaterials-based systems have significant advantages over current conventional approaches in terms of simplicity, sensitivity, specificity and rapidity...
November 16, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149764/human-saliva-as-a-diagnostic-material
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REVIEW
Sylwia Chojnowska, Tomasz Baran, Iwona Wilińska, Paulina Sienicka, Iwona Cabaj-Wiater, Małgorzata Knaś
Today blood biochemical laboratory tests are essential elements to the diagnosis and monitoring of the treatment of diseases. However, many researchers have suggested saliva as an preferable diagnostic material. The collection of saliva is simple, painless, cheap and safe, both for patients and medical staff. An additional advantage of saliva is the fact that it may be retrieved several times a day, which makes repeat analysis much easier. Furthermore, saliva has very high durability. Although 94-99% of salivary content is water, saliva also contains numerous cellular elements and many organic and inorganic substances, including most biological markers present in the blood and urine that may be used in the early detection and monitoring of many dental and general diseases...
November 14, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149477/pathfinders-in-oncology-from-the-beginning-of-the-19th-century-to-the-inauguration-of-the-first-cancer-hospital-in-the-united-states
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Steven I Hajdu
The fields of medicine and oncology made substantial progress between 1800 and 1885. The first half of this period was dominated by the spectacular progress in physiology, cytology, histology, histopathology, and diagnostic microscopy. In the second half of the period, advancements in surgical techniques, anesthesia, asepsis, and laboratory medicine, including bacteriology, chemistry, and biochemistry, led to the development of medical specialties, including surgical pathology and surgical oncology. Although wars, revolutions, and socioeconomic upheavals interrupted the daily life of the populace, distinguished artists, scientists, and physicians continued, against all odds, to advance their field of interest...
November 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149476/clinical-parameters-before-and-after-the-transition-to-dialysis
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Dugan W Maddux, Len A Usvyat, Terry Ketchersid, Yue Jiao, Tommy C Blanchard, Peter Kotanko, Frank M van der Sande, Jeroen P Kooman, Franklin W Maddux
INTRODUCTION: The transition from pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD) to post-dialysis start is a critical period associated with high patient mortality and increased hospital admissions. Little is known about the trends of key clinical and laboratory parameters through this time of transition to start dialysis. METHODS: De-identified data including demographics, vital signs, lab results, and eGFR from the Fresenius Medical Care-CKD Registry were analyzed to determine trends in clinical and laboratory parameters through the time of transition from 12 months pre-dialysis start to 12 months post-dialysis start...
November 17, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149370/-hematological-diagnosis-in-the-corneal-consultation
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J Wasielica-Poslednik, A Gericke, M Munder, N Pfeiffer, W Lisch
This case report describes a diagnostic chain in a patient with atypical bilateral corneal opacity, which led to the diagnosis of a hematological disorder. The patient's medical history, clinical appearance and findings in confocal microscopy gave rise to the suspicion of a paraproteinemic keratopathy. The hematological laboratory diagnostics revealed a monoclonal gammopathy of the IgG kappa type. The bone marrow puncture led to the diagnosis of a lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma, which belongs to the group of B‑cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas...
November 17, 2017: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149155/lower-cutoffs-for-lc-ms-ms-urine-drug-testing-indicates-better-patient-compliance
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Kevin Krock, Amadeo Pesce, Dennis Ritz, Richard Thomas, Agnes Cua, Ryan Rogers, Phil Lipnick, Kristen Kilbourn
BACKGROUND: Urine drug testing is used by health care providers to determine a patient's compliance to their prescribed regimen and to detect non-prescribed medications and illicit drugs. However, the cutoff levels used by clinical labs are often arbitrarily set and may not reflect the urine drug concentrations of compliant patients. OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to test the hypothesis that commonly used cutoffs for many prescribed and illicit drugs were set too high, and methods using these cutoffs may yield a considerable number of false-negative results...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148955/experience-of-tubo-ovarian-abscess-a-retrospective-clinical-analysis-of-318-patients-in-a-single-tertiary-center-in-middle-turkey
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Zeynep Ozturk Inal, Hasan Ali Inal, Umit Gorkem
BACKGROUND: The objective was to identify the clinical and laboratory parameters, ultrasonographic (USG) morphology, and to predict surgical treatment for patients with tubo-ovarian abscess (TOA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data for a total of 318 patients with a diagnosis of TOA between January 2005 and December 2016 were analyzed retrospectively at a referral center in Turkey. Patients requiring surgical treatment were compared with those who did not with respect to demographic characteristics and clinical, USG, and laboratory findings...
November 17, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148899/patients-with-cranial-dural-arteriovenous-fistulas-may-benefit-from-expanded-hypercoagulability-and-cancer-screening
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Sean P Polster, Hussein A Zeineddine, Joseph Baron, Seon-Kyu Lee, Issam A Awad
OBJECTIVE Cranial dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs) have been associated with dural sinus occlusion, and previous reports have suggested the association of hypercoagulability with some cases. But the prevalence of a hypercoagulable state has not been systematically analyzed in conjunction with laboratory markers and clinical manifestations, including history of thromboembolism or systemic malignancy. The authors hypothesize that laboratory or clinical evidence of a hypercoagulable state, including cancer, is commonly identifiable in consecutively identified patients with DAVFs, with implications for clinical management...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148178/training-in-molecular-cytopathology-testing
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REVIEW
P Maxwell, M Salto-Tellez
Training in molecular cytopathology testing is essential in developing and maintaining skills in modern molecular technologies as they are introduced to a universal health care system such as extant in the UK and elsewhere. We review the system in place in Northern Ireland (NI) for molecular testing of solid tumours, as an example to train staff of all grades, including pathologists, clinical scientists, biomedical scientists and equivalent technical grades. We describe training of pathologists as part of the NI Deanery medical curriculum, the NI training programme for scientists and laboratory rotation for Biomedical Scientists...
November 17, 2017: Cytopathology: Official Journal of the British Society for Clinical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147636/drug-induced-lupus-erythematosus-associated-with-antiretroviral-therapy-in-a-patient-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-a-case-report
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Jazila Mantis, Ravi Bhavsar, Adriana Abrudescu
Antiretroviral medications are the mainstay of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) therapy and some have been in use for over 20 years. To date, there have been no reported cases of antiretroviral therapy (ART) induced drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DILE). We present a case of a 35-year-old woman who received a combination of emtricitabine, rilpivirine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate for HIV treatment. Three years later, she developed an extensive rash and polyarthralgia in her extremities with laboratory findings significant for positive antinuclear antibody (ANA), anti-double stranded deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) antibody (anti-dsDNA), and anti-histone antibody titers...
September 7, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146387/dilemmas-in-genetic-counseling-for-low-penetrance-neuro-susceptibility-loci-detected-on-prenatal-chromosomal-microarray-analysis
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Dana Brabbing-Goldstein, Adi Reches, Ran Svirsky, Anat Bar-Shira, Yuval Yaron
BACKGROUND: Chromosomal microarray analysis is standard of care in fetuses with malformations, detecting clinically significant copy number variants in 5-7% of cases over conventional karyotyping. However, it also detects variants of uncertain significance in 1.6% - 4.2% of the cases, some of which are low-penetrance neuro-susceptibility loci. The interpretation of these variants in pregnancy is particularly challenging, because the significance is often unclear and the clinical implications may be difficult to predict...
November 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146225/response-comparison-of-multiple-myeloma-and-monoclonal-gammopathy-of-undetermined-significance-to-the-same-anti-myeloma-therapy-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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John P Campbell, Jennifer L J Heaney, Sankalp Pandya, Zaheer Afzal, Martin Kaiser, Roger Owen, J Anthony Child, David A Cairns, Walter Gregory, Gareth J Morgan, Graham H Jackson, Chris M Bunce, Mark T Drayson
BACKGROUND: Multiple myeloma is consistently preceded by monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), which is usually only treated by a form of anti-multiple myeloma therapy if it is causing substantial disease through deposition of secreted M proteins. However, studies comparing how MGUS and multiple myeloma plasma cell clones respond to these therapies are scarce. Biclonal gammopathy multiple myeloma is characterised by the coexistence of an active multiple myeloma clone and a benign MGUS clone, and thus provides a unique model to assess the responses of separate clones to the same anti-multiple myeloma therapy, in the same patient, at the same time...
November 13, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146038/microbiological-monitoring-of-medical-devices-after-cleaning-disinfection-and-sterilisation
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Rosa María Blázquez-Garrido, Eva Cuchí-Burgos, Carmen Martín-Salas, Patricia Ruiz-Garbajosa
The use of reusable semi-critical devices has been extended in current medical practice for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. However, reuse of these instruments carries the risk of cross-transmission of microorganisms from one patient to another. The process of cleaning and disinfecting these devices is complex, long, expensive and very error-prone. This paper analyses the epidemiological aspects of infections associated with the reuse of semi-critical devices and the role of the Microbiology laboratory in monitoring the cleaning and disinfecting process through microbiological controls...
November 13, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145930/assessment-of-predicted-rate-and-associated-factors-of-dabigatran-induced-bleeding-events-in-malaysian-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Semira Abdi Beshir, Lok Bin Yap, Szyuin Sim, Kok Han Chee, Yoke Lin Lo
PURPOSE: To assess the predicted rate and the factors associated with bleeding events among patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) receiving dabigatran therapy. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study includes adult patients of two tertiary hospitals in Malaysia. Potential study subjects were identified using pharmacy supply database or novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC) registry. Demographics, clinical data and laboratory test results were extracted from the medical records of the patients or electronic databases...
2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145890/pharmacokinetic-study-of-single-and-multiple-dosing-with-metolazone-tablets-in-healthy-chinese-population
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Xueqing Li, Rutao Wang, Yang Liu, Yun Liu, Heng Zheng, Yabo Feng, Na Zhao, Hongbin Geng, Wanzhi Zhang, Aidong Wen
BACKGROUND: Metolazone is a diuretic, saluretic and antihypertensive chemical compound from the quinazoline category that possesses medicinal features similar to those of other thiazide diuretic drugs. However, the pharmacokinetics of metolazone in the Chinese population has rarely been studied. This study aimed to examine the pharmacokinetic characteristics, safety characteristic, and tolerability of metolazone in healthy Chinese subjects after single and multiple doses taken orally as well as the effects that food and gender have on oral metolazone pharmacokinetic parameters...
November 16, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145864/intraductal-tubulopapillary-neoplasm-itpn-of-the-pancreas-associated-with-an-invasive-component-a-case-report-with-review-of-the-literature
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Stefanie Kuscher, Hartmut Steinle, Afschin Soleiman, Dietmar Öfner, Stefan Schneeberger, Georg Oberhuber
BACKGROUND: Intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasm (ITPN) depicts a distinct entity in the subgroup of premalignant epithelial tumors of the pancreas. Although the histomorphological and immunophenotypical characterization of ITPN has been described by several authors in terms of report of case series in the past, the rarity of that tumor subtype and similarity to other entities still makes identification of ITPN a challenge for radiologists and pathologists. To date, little is known about tubulopapillary carcinoma that can evolve from ITPN...
November 16, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
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