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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550759/venous-thromboembolism-in-the-elderly-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
T Tritschler, D Aujesky
Persons aged ≥65years not only account for over 60% of venous thromboembolism (VTE) events, they have also a higher mortality and VTE-related morbidity than younger patients, including anticoagulation-related bleeding and the postthrombotic syndrome. However, only few studies have focused specifically on VTE in older persons and practice guidelines commonly extrapolate study results from younger healthier patients to the multimorbid elderly. Evidence suggests that the clinical presentation is more subtle in the elderly with VTE and that commonly used diagnostic modalities, including clinical prediction rules, D-dimer tests, and planar ventilation-perfusion scans are less specific and efficient in older persons...
May 17, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550741/exploring-syndrome-differentiation-using-non-negative-matrix-factorization-and-cluster-analysis-in-patients-with-atopic-dermatitis
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Younghee Yun, Wonmo Jung, Hyunho Kim, Bo-Hyoung Jang, Min-Hee Kim, Jiseong Noh, Seong-Gyu Ko, Inhwa Choi
Syndrome differentiation (SD) results in a diagnostic conclusion based on a cluster of concurrent symptoms and signs, including pulse form and tongue color. In Korea, there is a strong interest in the standardization of Traditional Medicine (TM). In order to standardize TM treatment, standardization of SD should be given priority. The aim of this study was to explore the SD, or symptom clusters, of patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) using non-negative factorization methods and k-means clustering analysis...
May 22, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550611/-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-the-diagnosis-of-malignancy-in-patients-with-paraneoplastic-neurological-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Ana María García Vicente, Roberto C Delgado-Bolton, Mariano Amo-Salas, Jesús López-Fidalgo, Ana Paula Caresia Aróztegui, José Ramón García Garzón, Javier Orcajo Rincón, María José García Velloso, María de Arcocha Torres, Soledad Alvárez Ruíz
PURPOSE: The detection of occult cancer in patients suspected of having a paraneoplastic neurological syndrome (PNS) poses a diagnostic challenge. The aim of our study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the diagnostic performance of FDG PET for the detection of occult malignant disease responsible for PNS. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature (MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane, and DARE) was undertaken to identify studies published in any language...
May 27, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550594/comparison-of-rapid-diagnostic-tests-to-detect-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-paratuberculosis-disseminated-infection-in-bovine-liver
#4
Mehdi Zarei, Masoud Ghorbanpour, Samaneh Tajbakhsh, Nader Mosavari
Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) causes Johne's disease, a chronic enteritis in cattle and other domestic and wild ruminants. The presence of MAP in tissues other than intestines and associated lymph nodes, such as meat and liver, is a potential public health concern. In the present study, the relationship between the results of rapid diagnostic tests of the Johne's disease, such as serum ELISA, rectal scraping PCR, and acid-fast staining, and the presence of MAP in liver was evaluated. Blood, liver, and rectal scraping samples were collected from 200 slaughtered cattle with unknown Johne's disease status...
May 27, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550586/stress-echocardiography-with-smartphone-real-time-remote-reading-for-regional-wall-motion
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Maria Chiara Scali, Clarissa Carmona de Azevedo Bellagamba, Quirino Ciampi, Iana Simova, José Luis de Castro E Silva Pretto, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Claudio Dodi, Lauro Cortigiani, Angela Zagatina, Paolo Trambaiolo, Marco R Torres, Rodolfo Citro, Paolo Colonna, Marco Paterni, Eugenio Picano
The diffusion of smart-phones offers access to the best remote expertise in stress echo (SE). To evaluate the reliability of SE based on smart-phone filming and reading. A set of 20 SE video-clips were read in random sequence with a multiple choice six-answer test by ten readers from five different countries (Italy, Brazil, Serbia, Bulgaria, Russia) of the "SE2020" study network. The gold standard to assess accuracy was a core-lab expert reader in agreement with angiographic verification (0 = wrong, 1 = right)...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550499/systematic-review-of-fmri-compatible-devices-design-and-testing-criteria
#6
REVIEW
V Hartwig, N Carbonaro, A Tognetti, N Vanello
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) is at present one of the most used methodologies for functional brain exploration, both in clinical and research settings. fMRI can noninvasively measure neural activity by using specific experimental paradigms. Often, these paradigms require the stimulation of the subject to perform sensorimotor tasks: in the past, the stimuli have been administered manually for investigating fundamental aspects of tactile perception and somatosensory processing. Nowadays, the use of mechatronic devices to stimulate the subject during fMRI studies is growing, also to assure reproducibility, control, and monitoring of task performances...
May 26, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550489/impedance-ph-monitoring-for-diagnosis-of-reflux-disease-new-perspectives
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REVIEW
Marzio Frazzoni, Nicola de Bortoli, Leonardo Frazzoni, Salvatore Tolone, Vincenzo Savarino, Edoardo Savarino
Heartburn is the most specific symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In clinical practice, heartburn relief by a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) trial does suffice to confirm GERD. However, an objective diagnosis of GERD is required before anti-reflux endoscopic or surgical interventions, independently from PPI response. Thus, since normal findings at upper endoscopy are detected in the majority of patients with heartburn, reflux monitoring is often required. When traditional catheter-based or wireless pH tests are used, reflux episodes are conventionally identified by pH drops below 4...
May 26, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550478/olfactory-impairment-in-parkinson-s-disease-is-a-consequence-of-central-nervous-system-decline
#8
Emilia Iannilli, Lars Stephan, Thomas Hummel, Heinz Reichmann, Antje Haehner
Early diagnosis and timely treatment of Parkinson's disease are essential factors to provide these patients with a longer period of a better quality of life. Olfactory loss is among the first non-motor symptoms of the disease; however, in light of the many causes of smell loss, it is a very unspecific biomarker and should only be used as part of a diagnostic test battery. In this study, we investigated the olfactory response in 71 subjects, consisting of Parkinson's disease patients, hyposmic and anosmic patients of other causes, and normosmic individuals searching for sensitive, distinct biomarkers for which we used scalp event-related 64-channel electroencephalography and psychophysical tests...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550465/differential-diagnosis-of-oligodendroglial-and-astrocytic-tumors-using-imaging-results-the-added-value-of-perfusion-mr-imaging
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Hyun Jung Yoon, Kook Jin Ahn, Song Lee, Jin Hee Jang, Hyun Seok Choi, So Lyung Jung, Bum Soo Kim, Shin Soo Jeun, Yong Kil Hong
PURPOSE: The purposes of the present study are to assess whether different characteristics of oligodendrogliomas and astrocytic tumors are visible on MR imaging and to determine the added value of perfusion imaging in conventional MR imaging when differentiating oligodendrogliomas from astrocytic tumors. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 22 oligodendroglioma and 54 astrocytic tumor patients, including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The morphological tumor characteristics were evaluated using MR imaging...
May 26, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550356/orbital-malignant-lesions-in-adults-multiparametric-mr-imaging
#10
Bo Sun, Liyuan Song
PURPOSE: To assess the benefit of combining diffusion-weighted imaging and dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MR imaging in the preoperative evaluation of orbital lymphoma and other malignancies in adults. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study was institutional review board-approved and informed consent was waived. Pretreatment MR imaging was performed in 52 patients with malignant orbital lesions. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and DCE MR parameters were evaluated in 30 patients with orbital lymphoma and 22 patients with other orbital malignancies...
May 26, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550344/diagnosing-mild-cognitive-impairment-in-parkinson-s-disease-which-tests-perform-best-in-the-italian-population
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Angela Federico, Michela Trentin, Giampietro Zanette, Daniela Mapelli, Alessandro Picelli, Nicola Smania, Michele Tinazzi, Stefano Tamburin
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is common in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and should be recognized early because it represents a predictor of PD-related dementia and worse disease course. Diagnostic criteria for PD-related MCI (PD-MCI) have recently been defined by a Movement Disorders Society (MDS) task force. The present study explored which neuropsychological tests perform best for a level II (i.e., comprehensive neuropsychological assessment) diagnosis of PD-MCI according to the MDS task force criteria in Italian-speaking PD patients...
May 26, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550069/incidence-and-prevalence-of-nmosd-in-australia-and-new-zealand
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Wajih Bukhari, Kerri M Prain, Patrick Waters, Mark Woodhall, Cullen M O'Gorman, Laura Clarke, Roger A Silvestrini, Christine S Bundell, David Abernethy, Sandeep Bhuta, Stefan Blum, Mike Boggild, Karyn Boundy, Bruce J Brew, Matthew Brown, Wallace J Brownlee, Helmut Butzkueven, William M Carroll, Celia Chen, Alan Coulthard, Russell C Dale, Chandi Das, Keith Dear, Marzena J Fabis-Pedrini, David Fulcher, David Gillis, Simon Hawke, Robert Heard, Andrew P D Henderson, Saman Heshmat, Suzanne Hodgkinson, Sofia Jimenez-Sanchez, Trevor Killpatrick, John King, Christopher Kneebone, Andrew J Kornberg, Jeannette Lechner-Scott, Ming-Wei Lin, Christpher Lynch, Richard Macdonell, Deborah F Mason, Pamela A McCombe, Michael P Pender, Jennifer A Pereira, John D Pollard, Stephen W Reddel, Cameron Shaw, Judith Spies, James Stankovich, Ian Sutton, Steve Vucic, Michael Walsh, Richard C Wong, Eppie M Yiu, Michael H Barnett, Allan G Kermode, Mark P Marriott, John D E Parratt, Mark Slee, Bruce V Taylor, Ernest Willoughby, Robert J Wilson, Angela Vincent, Simon A Broadley
OBJECTIVES: We have undertaken a clinic-based survey of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSDs) in Australia and New Zealand to establish incidence and prevalence across the region and in populations of differing ancestry. BACKGROUND: NMOSD is a recently defined demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS). The incidence and prevalence of NMOSD in Australia and New Zealand has not been established. METHODS: Centres managing patients with demyelinating disease of the CNS across Australia and New Zealand reported patients with clinical and laboratory features that were suspicious for NMOSD...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549927/molecular-classification-of-adult-diffuse-gliomas-conflicting-idh1-idh2-atrx-and-1p-19q-results
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Leomar Y Ballester, Jason T Huse, Guilin Tang, Gregory N Fuller
Until recently, the diagnosis of brain tumors was primarily based on microscopic examination of hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stained tissue sections. The updated World Health Organization (WHO) classification of tumours of the central nervous system (CNS) incorporates genetic alterations into the classification system, with the goal of creating more homogenous disease categories with greater prognostic value. Hence, under the new classification system the diagnosis of diffuse gliomas incorporates the evaluation of mutations in the IDH1 and IDH2 genes and simultaneous deletion of chromosomes 1p and 19...
May 23, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549882/trends-in-the-use-of-laboratory-tests-for-the-diagnosis-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-and-association-with-incidence-rates-in-quebec-canada-2010-2014
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C Bogaty, S Lévesque, C Garenc, C Frenette, D Bolduc, L-A Galarneau, C Lalancette, V Loo, C Tremblay, M Trudeau, J Vachon, M Dionne, J Villeneuve, J Longtin, Y Longtin
BACKGROUND: Several Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) surveillance programs do not specify laboratory strategies to use. We investigated the evolution in testing strategies used across Quebec, Canada, and its association with incidence rates. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of 95 hospitals by surveys conducted in 2010 and in 2013-2014. The association between testing strategies and institutional CDI incidence rates was analyzed via multivariate Poisson regressions...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549868/the-impact-of-fatigue-on-satisfaction-of-search-in-chest-radiography
#15
Elizabeth A Krupinski, Kevin S Berbaum, Kevin M Schartz, Robert T Caldwell, Mark T Madsen
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: To assess the nature of the satisfaction of search (SOS) effect in chest radiography when observers are fatigued; determine if we could replicate recent findings that have documented the nature of the SOS effect to be due to a threshold shift rather than a change in diagnostic accuracy as in earlier film-based studies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nearing or at the end of a clinical workday, 20 radiologists read 64 chest images twice, once with and once without the addition of a simulated pulmonary nodule...
May 23, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549723/tracheobronchomalacia
#16
Abhishek Biswas, Michael A Jantz, P S Sriram, Hiren J Mehta
The term tracheobronchomalacia refers to excessively compliant and collapsible central airways leading to symptoms. Although seen as a coexisting condition with various other pulmonary condition, it may cause symptoms by itself. The condition is often misdiagnosed as asthma, bronchitis or just chronic cough due to a lack of specific pathognomonic history and clinical findings. The investigation revolves around different modes of imaging, lung function testing and usually confirmed by flexible bronchoscopy. The treatment widely varies based on the cause, with most cases treated conservatively with non-invasive ventilation...
May 23, 2017: Disease-a-month: DM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549721/comparison-of-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-and-rapid-chemiluminescent-analyser-in-the-detection-of-myeloperoxidase-and-proteinase-3-autoantibodies
#17
Phillippa A Pucar, Carolyn A Hawkins, Katrina L Randall, Candice Li, Euan McNaughton, Matthew C Cook
Antibodies to myeloperoxidase (MPO) and proteinase 3 (PR3) are vital in the diagnosis and management of ANCA-associated vasculitis. A chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA; Quanta Flash) provides MPO and PR3 antibody results in 30 minutes, which is much faster than enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). We compared the performance of ELISA (Orgentec) and CLIA (Quanta Flash) for MPO and PR3 antibody quantitation on 303 samples, comprising 196 consecutive samples received in a single diagnostic laboratory over a 3 month period, and 107 samples collected from 42 known vasculitis patients over a 40 month period...
May 23, 2017: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549386/newly-developed-dilute-russell-s-viper-venom-reagents-for-lupus-anticoagulant-detection-with-improved-specificity
#18
G W Moore, M Peyrafitte, C Dunois, J Amiral
Background Dilute Russell's viper venom time (dRVVT) is indispensible in lupus anticoagulant (LA) detection yet commercial reagents from different suppliers perform variably, no gold standard assays exist and therapeutic anticoagulation interference is problematic. Objective The objective of this study was to compare a new formulation dRVVT with two currently available dRVVTs. Materials and methods Life Diagnostics (LD) dRVVT and Stago PTT-LA were routinely used for lupus anticoagulant detection, plus Taipan snake venom time/ecarin time (TSVT/ET) for patients on warfarin or rivaroxaban...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549361/-leukocyte-esterase-as-a-diagnostic-tool-for-an-infectious-disease-of-the-knee
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S U Ceja-Picazo, S Fuentes-Figueroa, A H Rivera-Villa, A R Hernández-Salgado, R Torres-González, A M Pérez, J A Hernández-García, J M Pérez-Atanasio
BACKGROUND: Articular infection is an orthopedic challenge due to its difficult diagnosis and devastating results. Various diagnostic studies exist: culture, ESR, CRP, count of leukocytes, among others, but none is specific, they all take more than 30 minutes to complete, and require complex infrastructure. In this study, we determine the sensitivity and specificity of the leukocyte esterase for detection of an infectious process joint in Mexican population. MATERIAL AND METHODS: During November 2015 to April 2016, we obtained synovial fluid from two groups of patients: one with a diagnosis of synovial joint infection with or without implant, and the control group, without infection but with degenerative pathology of the knee...
November 2016: Acta Ortopédica Mexicana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549330/impact-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-on-oral-health
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Ana Cristina de Oliveira Solis, Álvaro Cabral Araújo, Felipe Corchs, Marcio Bernik, Érica Panzani Duran, Cláudio Silva, Francisco Lotufo-Neto
BACKGROUND: The stress experienced as an intense and traumatic event can increase the odds of orofacial pain, affect the biomechanics of masticatory system and compromise the periodontal health. This study was conducted to investigate the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on oral health. METHODS: A case-control study with a convenience sample was designed. Probing pocket depth (PPD), clinical attachment level (CAL), bleeding on probing, and plaque were recorded at 6 sites per tooth...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
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