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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29538730/challenges-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-mucormycosis
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A Skiada, C Lass-Floerl, N Klimko, A Ibrahim, E Roilides, G Petrikkos
The diagnosis and treatment of mucormycosis are challenging. The incidence of the disease seems to be increasing. Hematological malignancies are the most common underlying disease in countries with high income and uncontrolled diabetes in developing countries. Clinical approach to diagnosis lacks sensitivity and specificity. Radiologically, multiple (≥10) nodules and pleural effusion are reportedly associated with pulmonary mucormycosis. Another finding on computerized tomography (CT) scan, which seems to indicate the presence of mucormycosis, is the reverse halo sign...
April 1, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29528853/drug-resistance-in-patients-with-tuberculous-pleural-effusions
#2
Vasileios S Skouras, Ioannis Kalomenidis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize data regarding categories, detection methods, prevalence and patterns of drug resistance among patients with tuberculous pleural effusion (TPE) and to comment on the management of suspected drug-resistant TPE. RECENT FINDINGS: Pleural and pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) present similar patterns of drug resistance. Approximately 10% and 6-10% of pleural Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates are resistant to at least one first-line anti-TB drug or at least isoniazid, respectively...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29507804/molecular-markers-and-new-diagnostic-methods-to-differentiate-malignant-from-benign-mesothelial-pleural-proliferations-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
Rossella Bruno, Greta Alì, Gabriella Fontanini
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive tumor associated with asbestos exposure. Histopathological analysis of pleural tissues is the gold standard for diagnosis; however, it can be difficult to differentiate malignant from benign pleural lesions. The purpose of this review is to describe the most important biomarkers and new diagnostic tools suggested for this differential diagnosis. There are many studies concerning the separation between MPM and benign pleural proliferations from both pleural tissues or effusions; most of them are based on the evaluation of one or few biomarkers by immunohistochemistry (IHC) or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs), whereas others focused on the identification of MPM signatures given by microRNA (miRNA) or gene expression profiles as well as on the combination of molecular data and classification algorithms...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29486726/concurrent-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-septicemia-and-pyomyositis-in-a-patient-with-dengue-hemorrhagic-fever-a-case-report
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N D B Ehelepola, R K G M Rajapaksha, D M U B Dhanapala, T D K Thennekoon, S Ponnamperuma
BACKGROUND: Concurrent presence of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), tropical pyomyositis and septicemia due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a previously healthy person has never been reported. These three conditions even individually are potentially fatal. "Here we describe a case of a patient contracting dengue and developing DHF along with concurrent pyomyositis likely to be due to MRSA, leading to MRSA septicemia with abscesses formed by MRSA". CASE PRESENTATION: A 44-year old previously healthy Sinhalese man presented on day 3 of the illness with fever, headache, arthralgia and myalgia and watery loose stools...
February 27, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324936/the-impact-of-lung-perfusion-scintigraphy-in-the-emergency-management-of-patients-with-suspected-pulmonary-embolism
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Cristina Ferrari, Alessandra Cimino, Giacomo Bianco, Francesca Iuele, Alessandra Di Palo, Margherita Fanelli, Artor Niccoli-Asabella, Giuseppe Rubini
OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is an emergency condition that requires immediate treatment. As the symptoms and the risk factors are nonspecific, PE differential diagnosis is often required. Even if angio-CT is considered the gold standard for PE diagnosis, the frequent allergic condition and/or chronic renal failure of patients make, in most cases, not possible the use of contrast enhancement in emergency with even more increasing use of Lung Perfusion Scintigraphy (LPS), as a simple and fast examination with no preparation/contraindication...
September 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225757/dengue-fever-in-a-south-asian-metropolis-a-report-on-219-cases
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Shiv Sekhar Chatterjee, Ankush Sharma, Shilpee Choudhury, Sushil Kumar Chumber, Ras Bage, Nittin Parkhe, Uma Khanduri
Background and Objectives: Yearly epidemics of Dengue fever occur post-monsoon in India's capital, Delhi. A prospective observational study was conducted during the outbreak months to understand the epidemiology and outcome of this infection and its economic impact. Materials and Methods: Febrile hospitalized (n=219) patients with dengue fever diagnosed by a combination of MAC-ELISA, GAC-ELISA and NS1Antigen-ELISA were enrolled. Epidemiologic (including economic) parameters, clinical, radiological and laboratory manifestations were noted and patients followed up over the period of hospital stay...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159031/solitary-fibrous-tumor-of-the-abdominal-wall-re-surfacing-as-unilateral-pleural-effusion-and-mass-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Xia Bi, Jixian Zhai, Carrie D Chun
Background: Solitary fibrous tumors (SFTs) are rare fibroblastic mesenchymal neoplasms that were initially described in the pleura, but have been increasingly recognized to occur in other parts of the body. They have been traditionally regarded as indolent tumors that are rare to metastasize after surgical resection. Here, we describe a case of a Filipino female who initially presented with unilateral pleural effusion and mass, and was ultimately diagnosed with recurrent solitary fibrous tumor that originated from the abdominal wall...
2018: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091002/adverse-prognostic-ct-findings-for-patients-with-advanced-lung-adenocarcinoma-receiving-first-line-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-therapy
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Suyon Chang, Jin Hur, Yoo Jin Hong, Hye-Jeong Lee, Young Jin Kim, Kyunghwa Han, Byoung Wook Choi
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to investigate adverse prognostic CT findings in patients with advanced-stage lung adenocarcinoma who are receiving epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy as first-line therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included 199 patients (71 men and 128 women; mean ± SD age, 64.3 ± 11.2 years) with stage IIIB or IV lung adenocarcinoma who received first-line EGFR-TKI therapy between January 2009 and December 2015...
January 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986615/perforations-associated-with-peripherally-inserted-central-catheters-in-a-neonatal-population
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Andrew J Sertic, Bairbre L Connolly, Michael J Temple, Dimitri A Parra, Joao G Amaral, Kyong-Soon Lee
BACKGROUND: Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) are increasingly used in neonates but perforations can result in devastating complications such as pericardial and pleural effusions. Identifying risk factors may guide surveillance and reduce morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE: To determine the risk factors for PICC perforation in neonates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective case:control (1:2) study of neonates admitted between 2004-2014...
January 2018: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864054/quality-gaps-and-comparative-effectiveness-of-management-strategies-for-recurrent-malignant-pleural-effusions
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David E Ost, Jiangong Niu, Hui Zhao, Horiana B Grosu, Sharon H Giordano
BACKGROUND: Guidelines for recurrent malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) recommend definitive procedures, such as indwelling pleural catheters (IPCs) or pleurodesis, over repeat thoracentesis. We hypothesized that many patients have multiple thoracenteses rather than definitive procedures and that this results in more procedures and complications. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study using SEER-Medicare data from 2007 to 2011. Patients 66 to 90 years of age with an MPE were included...
February 2018: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840015/a-review-of-the-management-of-complex-para-pneumonic-effusion-in-adults
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REVIEW
Vikas Koppurapu, Nikhil Meena
A complex para-pneumonic effusion is a descriptive term for exudative effusions, which complicate or are likely to complicate the anatomy of the pleural space after pneumonia. We performed an online search was performed using the resources PubMed and Google Scholar to provide an update on the management of such effusions based on review of published literature. Search terms including pleural effusion (PE), parapneumonic effusion, and empyema were used. Relevant studies were identified and original articles were studied, compared and summarized...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754530/tuberculosis-in-children-from-diagnosis-to-decision-to-treat
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S Ramos, R Gaio, F Ferreira, J Paulo Leal, S Martins, J Vasco Santos, I Carvalho, R Duarte
SETTING: Confirmation of tuberculosis (TB) in children is difficult, so clinicians use different procedures when deciding to treat. OBJECTIVE: Identify criteria to initiate and maintain TB treatment in children younger than 5 years-old, without diagnosis confirmation. DESIGN: A web-based survey was distributed by email to the corresponding authors of journal articles on childhood TB. The observations were clustered into disjoint groups, and analyzed by Ward's method...
November 2017: Revista Portuguesa de Pneumologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728273/-a-retrospective-study-of-the-perioperative-complications-following-whole-lung-lavage-in-the-treatment-of-pulmonary-alveolar-proteinosis
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Z Q Zhou, W L Guo, Y Chen, C H Zhong, S Y Li
Objective: To evaluate the safety of the procedures of whole lung lavage(WLL) for pulmonary alveolar proteinosis(PAP) in perioperative period. Methods: In this retrospective study, we collected clinical data from 78 WLL procedures of PAP patients from January 2006 to June 2016 in Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Disease. The causes of perioperative complications were analyzed. Results: Eighteen (23.07%) of the 78 procedures developed complications, including pleural effusion(n=4), pneumonia(n=4), cardiac failure(n=2), cardiac arrhythmia (n=2), pneumothorax(n=2), atelectasis(n=1), lung edema(n=1), laryngeal edema(n=1), pleural effusion and pneumonia(n=1)...
July 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673835/when-should-parapneumonic-pleural-effusions-be-drained-in-children
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REVIEW
Gilberto Bueno Fischer, Helena Teresinha Mocelin, Cistiano Feijó Andrade, Edgar E Sarria
Pneumonia is an important health problem in children, and parapneumonic pleural effusion (PPE) is a frequent complication. There is no standard strategy for treating PPE, reflected in the few international guidelines that have been published on the issue. Compared to adults, there is no consensus on the utility of pleural fluid analysis in paediatric PPE. This is because of the lack of good evidence either in favour or against it and the risks of procedural sedation for acquiring pleural fluid for analysis to guide management...
March 2018: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673074/pediatric-pleural-empyema-one-of-the-management-challenges-in-children-of-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Kibwe Alphonse Simbi, Valentin Kazadi, Louis-Marie Aissi, François Mbahewaka Katsuva, Numbi Oscar Luboya, Léon Tshilolo, Vincenzo Zanardo
Empyema is a serious complication characterized by purulent exudate and bacteria in the pleural space, which may progress to necrosis, cavitations or fistulas in the thoracic cavity. It remains a major challenge throughout low-income countries. Objectives were to emphasize the role of basic medical and radiologic approach and to resolve a severe lung complication when facilities are inadequate. A five-year-old female was referred with distress respiratory to the Emergency Unit of Monkole, a large public-private missionary hospital in Kinshasa, Congo...
June 23, 2017: La Pediatria Medica e Chirurgica: Medical and Surgical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550588/value-of-ct-signs-and-measurements-as-a-predictor-of-pulmonary-hypertension-and-mortality-in-symptomatic-severe-aortic-valve-stenosis
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Matthias Eberhard, Monika Mastalerz, Jovana Pavicevic, Thomas Frauenfelder, Fabian Nietlispach, Francesco Maisano, Felix C Tanner, Thi Dan Linh Nguyen-Kim
To assess the value of computed tomography (CT) for non-invasive detection of pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with severe aortic stenosis undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and to correlate CT measurements and signs with mortality after TAVI. 257 TAVI patients (median 84 years; 134 females) with both right heart catheterisation (RHC) and CT within 3 days were retrospectively analyzed. According to guidelines PH was defined as mean pulmonary artery pressure ≥25 mmHg in RHC. CT-signs for PH assessment were evaluated...
October 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538388/myxedema-coma-a-case-report-of-pediatric-emergency-care
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Yueniu Zhu, Wenjuan Qiu, Mengyan Deng, Xiaodong Zhu
RAIONALE: Myxedema coma (MC) is extremely rare but lethal in pediatric patients with hypothyroidism leading to altered mental status and hypothermia. But there is no clinical guideline for such cases. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 6-year-old Chinese girl presented with coma and hypothermia preceded by pneumonia. Her lab results were: free thyroxin (T4) 4.18 pmol/L and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) > 150 μIU/mL with extremely elevated anti-thyroid peroxidase (TPO-Ab) and anti-thyroglobulin...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509402/a-combined-hands-on-teaching-program-and-clinical-pathway-focused-on-pleural-ultrasound-and-procedure-supervision-transforms-pleural-procedure-outcomes
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Timothy Edwards, Alistair Cook, Matthew Salamonsen, Farzad Bashirzadeh, David Fielding
INTRODUCTION: Management of pleural effusions is a common diagnostic and management problem. We reviewed the outcomes from pleural procedures after the instigation of pleural effusion management guidelines focusing on pleural ultrasound and a hands-on teaching program followed with procedure supervision that enabled many operators to perform such procedures. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of all procedures performed for pleural effusions on medical patients. Outcomes were assessed prior to the instigation of pleural effusion management guidelines (pleural pathway) and hands-on teaching (January 2010 to June 2011) and following these interventions (January 2012 to June 2013)...
May 16, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443595/evaluation-of-the-diagnostic-role-of-bedside-lung-ultrasonography-in-patients-with-suspected-pulmonary-embolism-in-the-emergency-department
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Hüseyin Acar, Serkan Yılmaz, Elif Yaka, Nurettin Özgür Doğan, Asım Enes Özbek, Murat Pekdemir
BACKGROUND: Despite the existence of detailed consensus guidelines, challenges remain regarding efficient, appropriate, and safe imaging methods for the diagnosis of suspected pulmonary embolism. AIMS: To investigate the role of the wedge sign, B-lines, and pleural effusion seen on bedside lung ultrasound in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. STUDY DESIGN: Diagnostic accuracy study. METHODS: During the first evaluation of patients with suspected pulmonary embolism, bedside lung ultrasound was performed, and the B-lines, wedge sign, and pleural effusion were investigated...
August 4, 2017: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430713/a-national-survey-of-neonatologists-barriers-and-prerequisites-to-introduce-point-of-care-ultrasound-in-neonatal-icus
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Hussnain S Mirza, Gregory Logsdon, Anoop Pulickal, Mark Stephens, Rajan Wadhawan
Point-of-care (POC) ultrasound refers to the use of portable imaging. Although POC ultrasound is widely available to the neonatologists in Australia and Europe, neonatologists in the United States report limited availability. Our objective was to seek the US neonatologists' perception of barriers and prerequisites in adopting POC ultrasound in neonatal intensive care units. An online survey link was sent via e-mail to 3000 neonatologists included in the database maintained by the American Academy of Pediatrics...
December 2017: Ultrasound Quarterly
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