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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229823/cardiovascular-complications-in-paediatric-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-saudi-arabian-patients
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Ahmad S Azhar, Omneyah Mohamed Awlia, Mohammed A Muzaffer
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence and types of cardiovascular complications in Saudi patients with paediatric-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (pSLE). METHODS: Retrospective record review of pSLE patients following from January 2014 to September 2015 at the rheumatology clinic of King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital, Jeddah. Laboratory data such as C-reactive protein (CRP), antinuclear antibodies (ANA), anti-double stranded DNA antibody (anti-dsDNA), C3 and C4 complements, were collected...
February 10, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229358/postmastectomy-radiation-therapy-and-breast-reconstruction-with-autologous-tissue
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Yasunobu Terao, Koichiro Taniguchi, Miwako Fujii, So Moriyama
Immediate breast reconstruction is an important tool for patients to accept and overcome their breast cancer, as well as for cosmetic reasons. However, its use in patients who require postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) is not yet clear. The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of PMRT and reconstruction on each other. The time of initiation of PMRT, the prognosis, and the cosmetic results were investigated in patients who underwent immediate reconstruction using autologous tissue. In the case of delayed reconstruction using autologous tissue after PMRT, radiation damage of the chest skin, design of the flap, and cosmetic results were investigated...
February 22, 2017: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228943/a-case-series-of-cholecystectomy-in-jamaican-sickle-cell-disease-patients-the-need-for-a-new-strategy
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Pierre-Anthony Leake, Marvin Reid, Joseph Plummer
: High morbidity rates related to cholecystectomy in sickle cell disease (SCD) patients have been previously reported in the region. This study serves to assess the current outcomes related to cholecystectomy in a Jamaican SCD population. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of SCD patients undergoing elective cholecystectomy at the University Hospital of the West Indies over a 6-year period was performed providing relevant information for analysis. Patients were grouped on an intention-to-treat basis into an open and laparoscopic group...
March 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228873/prostate-brachytherapy-seed-migration-to-the-heart-seen-on-cardiovascular-computed-tomographic-angiography
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Shilpa Sachdeva, Nneka S Udechukwu, Hossam Elbelasi, Kevin P Landwehr, William H St Clair, Michael A Winkler
Brachytherapy consists of placing radioactive sources into or adjacent to tumors, to deliver conformal radiation treatment. The technique is used for treatment of primary malignancies and for salvage in recurrent disease. Permanent prostate brachytherapy seeds are small metal implants containing radioactive sources of I-125, Pd-103, or Cs-131 encased in a titanium shell. They can embolize through the venous system to the lungs or heart and subsequently be detected by cardiovascular computed tomography. Cardiovascular imagers should be aware of the appearance of migrated seeds, as their presence in the chest is generally benign, so that unnecessary worry and testing are avoided...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228097/alkaloid-extracts-from-combretum-zeyheri-inhibit-the-growth-of-mycobacterium-smegmatis
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Tafadzwa Nyambuya, Ruvimbo Mautsa, Stanley Mukanganyama
BACKGROUND: Current tuberculosis regimens have failed to combat the issue of drug resistance and ethno medicines may represent a possible source of antimycobacterial agents. Combretum species are well known in African traditional medicines and used for various ailments including pneumonia, venereal diseases like syphilis, mental problems, relief of sore throats and colds, fever, and chest coughs associated with tuberculosis. Alkaloids function as either hydrogen-acceptor or hydrogen-donor in hydrogen bonding critical for the interaction between targets thus, potentiating effects of curative agents on diseases...
February 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227872/detection-of-different-types-of-noise-in-lung-sounds
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A Leal, R Couceiro, I Chouvarda, N Maglaveras, J Henriques, R Paiva, P Carvalho, C Teixeira, A Leal, R Couceiro, I Chouvarda, N Maglaveras, J Henriques, R Paiva, P Carvalho, C Teixeira, R Couceiro, P Carvalho, C Teixeira, A Leal, R Paiva, J Henriques, N Maglaveras, I Chouvarda
Lung sound signal processing has proven to be a great improvement to the traditional acoustic interpretation of lung sounds. However, that analysis can be seriously hindered by the presence of different types of noise originated in the acquisition environment or caused by physiological processes. Consequently, the diagnostic accuracy of pulmonary diseases can be severely affected, especially if the implementation of telemonitoring systems is considered. The present study is focused on the implementation of an algorithm able to identify noisy periods, either voluntarily (vocalizations, chest movement and background voices) or involuntarily produced during acquisitions of lung sounds...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226447/automatic-tissue-characterization-of-air-trapping-in-chest-radiographs-using-deep-neural-networks
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Awais Mansoor, Geovanny Perez, Gustavo Nino, Marius George Linguraru, Awais Mansoor, Geovanny Perez, Gustavo Nino, Marius George Linguraru, Geovanny Perez, Marius George Linguraru, Gustavo Nino, Awais Mansoor
Significant progress has been made in recent years for computer-aided diagnosis of abnormal pulmonary textures from computed tomography (CT) images. Similar initiatives in chest radiographs (CXR), the common modality for pulmonary diagnosis, are much less developed. CXR are fast, cost effective and low-radiation solution to diagnosis over CT. However, the subtlety of textures in CXR makes them hard to discern even by trained eye. We explore the performance of deep learning abnormal tissue characterization from CXR...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225641/a-review-of-clinical-and-imaging-findings-in-eosinophilic-lung-diseases
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Adam Bernheim, Theresa McLoud
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to review the clinical and imaging findings associated with eosinophilic lung diseases. CONCLUSION: The spectrum of eosinophilic lung diseases comprises a diverse group of pulmonary disorders that have an association with tissue or peripheral eosinophilia. These diseases have varied clinical presentations and may be associated with several other abnormalities. Characteristic imaging findings are often detected with chest radiography, and CT best shows parenchymal abnormalities...
February 22, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225341/patterns-of-drug-resistance-among-patients-with-tuberculous-pleural-effusion-in-greece
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V Anastasakos, V Skouras, C Moschos, S Tsikrika, S Karabela, I Marinou, E Vogiatzakis, K Konstantinou, A Papavasiliou, I Kalomenidis
SETTING: Data on the relationship between pleural tuberculosis (TB) and anti-tuberculosis drug resistance are scarce. OBJECTIVE: To determine the patterns of drug resistance among pleural Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates in Greece and the incidence of tuberculous pleural effusion (TPE) among patients with multidrug-resistant (MDR) or extensively drug-resistant (XDR) pulmonary TB. DESIGN: Drug susceptibility testing (DST) results recorded in the database of the National Reference Centre for Tuberculosis in Athens, Greece, over a 9-year period (2003-2011) were reviewed...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225339/latent-tuberculous-infection-in-household-contacts-of-multidrug-resistant-and-newly-diagnosed-tuberculosis
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G J Fox, N T Anh, N V Nhung, N T Loi, N B Hoa, L T Ngoc Anh, N K Cuong, T N Buu, G B Marks, D Menzies
BACKGROUND: Differences in the prevalence of latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) and tuberculosis (TB) disease among contacts of patients with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and drug-susceptible TB are not well understood. OBJECTIVE: To compare the prevalence of tuberculin skin test (TST) positivity in household contacts of patients with MDR-TB and in contacts of patients never previously treated for TB ('new TB'). DESIGN: Consecutive patients with MDR-TB and their household contacts at nine urban district clinics in Viet Nam were screened for TB and LTBI, and followed up for 6 months...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224927/an-age-and-sex-specific-gene-expression-score-is-associated-with-revascularization-and-coronary-artery-disease-insights-from-the-prospective-multicenter-imaging-study-for-evaluation-of-chest-pain-promise-trial
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Deepak Voora, Adrian Coles, Kerry L Lee, Udo Hoffmann, James A Wingrove, Brian Rhees, Lin Huang, Susan E Daniels, Mark Monane, Steven Rosenberg, Svati H Shah, William E Kraus, Geoffrey S Ginsburg, Pamela S Douglas
BACKGROUND: Identifying predictors of coronary artery disease (CAD)-related procedures and events remains a priority. METHODS: We measured an age- and sex-specific gene expression score (ASGES) previously validated to detect obstructive CAD (oCAD) in symptomatic nondiabetic patients in the PROMISE trial. The outcomes were oCAD (≥70% stenosis in ≥1 vessel or ≥50% left main stenosis on CT angiography [CTA]) and a composite endpoint of death, myocardial infarction, revascularization, or unstable angina...
February 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224400/multimodality-imaging-of-pediatric-airways-disease-indication-and-technique
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Nicola Stagnaro, Francesca Rizzo, Michele Torre, Giuseppe Cittadini, GianMichele Magnano
Congenital and acquired airway anomalies represent a relatively common albeit diagnostic and therapeutic challenge, even for the most skilled operators in dedicated centers. Airway malformations encompass a wide spectrum of pathologies involving the larynx, trachea and bronchi, esophagus, mediastinal vessels. These developmental lesions are often isolated but the association of two or more anomalies is not infrequent. From the traditional chest X-ray to the newest applications of Optical Coherence Tomography, non- or mini-invasive diagnostic techniques represent useful tools to integrate invasive procedures...
February 21, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224348/a-need-to-reconsider-guidelines-on-management-of-primary-spontaneous-pneumothorax
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Jiyoon Yoon, Parthipan Sivakumar, Kevin O'Kane, Liju Ahmed
BACKGROUND: The key guidelines in the management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) include the 2010 British Thoracic Society (BTS) Pleural Disease guideline and 2001 American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Consensus Statement. Current recommendations are dependent on radiographic measures which differ between these two guidelines. The aim of this study is to compare size classification of PSP cases, according to BTS and ACCP guidelines, and to evaluate guideline compliance...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224233/decrease-in-small-pulmonary-vessels-on-chest-computed-tomography-in-light-smokers-without-copd-an-early-change-but-correlated-with-smoking-index
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Shinji Saruya, Tsuneo Yamashiro, Shin Matsuoka, Shoichiro Matsushita, Kunihiro Yagihashi, Yasuo Nakajima
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the amount of smoking and the cross-sectional area (CSA) of small pulmonary vessels in light smokers without a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS: This retrospective study was approved by our institutional review board, which waived the need for informed consent from patients. The study included 34 current smokers without COPD, who were defined as light smokers based on their smoking history (≤25 pack years)...
February 21, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223945/toward-respiratory-assessment-using-depth-measurements-from-a-time-of-flight-sensor
#15
Charles Sharp, Vahid Soleimani, Sion Hannuna, Massimo Camplani, Dima Damen, Jason Viner, Majid Mirmehdi, James W Dodd
Introduction: There is increasing interest in technologies that may enable remote monitoring of respiratory disease. Traditional methods for assessing respiratory function such as spirometry can be expensive and require specialist training to perform and interpret. Remote, non-contact tracking of chest wall movement has been explored in the past using structured light, accelerometers and impedance pneumography, but these have often been costly and clinical utility remains to be defined. We present data from a 3-Dimensional time-of-flight camera (found in gaming consoles) used to estimate chest volume during routine spirometry maneuvres...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223817/emergency-thoracic-ultrasound-and-clinical-risk-management
#16
Maria Concetta Interrigi, Francesca M Trovato, Daniela Catalano, Guglielmo M Trovato
PURPOSE: Thoracic ultrasound (TUS) has been proposed as an easy-option replacement for chest X-ray (CXR) in emergency diagnosis of pneumonia, pleural effusion, and pneumothorax. We investigated CXR unforeseen diagnosis, subsequently investigated by TUS, considering its usefulness in clinical risk assessment and management and also assessing the sustainability of telementoring. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This observational report includes a period of 6 months with proactive concurrent adjunctive TUS diagnosis telementoring, which was done using freely available smartphone applications for transfer of images and movies...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222988/thirty-day-and-90-day-hospital-readmission-after-outpatient-upper-extremity-hemodialysis-access-creation
#17
Jeffrey J Siracuse, Nishant K Shah, Matthew R Peacock, Georges Tahhan, Jeffrey A Kalish, Denis Rybin, Mohammad H Eslami, Alik Farber
OBJECTIVE: Patients with end-stage renal disease have multiple comorbidities and are at increased risk for postoperative complications and resource utilization. Our goal was to determine the rate and causes of 30-day and 90-day hospital readmissions after the creation of outpatient hemodialysis access. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all outpatient upper extremity hemodialysis access creations performed at our medical center from 2008 to 2015. Readmission was defined as any inpatient status admission ≤30 and 90 days...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222269/restoring-cftr-function-reduces-airway-bacteria-and-inflammation-in-people-with-cystic-fibrosis-and-chronic-lung-infections
#18
Katherine B Hisert, Sonya L Heltshe, Christopher Pope, Peter Jorth, Xia Wu, Rachael M Edwards, Matthew Radey, Frank J Accurso, Daniel J Wolter, Gordon Cooke, Ryan J Adam, Suzanne Carter, Brenda Grogan, Jan L Launspach, Seamas C Donnelly, Charles Gallagher, James E Bruce, David Stoltz, Michael J Welsh, Lucas R Hoffman, Edward F McKone, Pradeep K Singh
RATIONALE: Previous work indicates that ivacaftor improves CFTR activity and lung function in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) and G551D-CFTR mutations, but does not reduce density of bacteria or markers of inflammation in the airway. These findings raise the possibility that infection and inflammation may progress independently of CFTR activity once CF lung disease is established. OBJECTIVES: To better understand the relationship between CFTR activity, airway microbiology and inflammation, and lung function in subjects with CF and chronic airway infections...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221262/recent-advances-in-computed-tomographic-technology-cardiopulmonary-imaging-applications
#19
Azadeh Tabari, Roberto Lo Gullo, Venkatesh Murugan, Alexi Otrakji, Subba Digumarthy, Mannudeep Kalra
Cardiothoracic diseases result in substantial morbidity and mortality. Chest computed tomography (CT) has been an imaging modality of choice for assessing a host of chest diseases, and technologic advances have enabled the emergence of coronary CT angiography as a robust noninvasive test for cardiac imaging. Technologic developments in CT have also enabled the application of dual-energy CT scanning for assessing pulmonary vascular and neoplastic processes. Concerns over increasing radiation dose from CT scanning are being addressed with introduction of more dose-efficient wide-area detector arrays and iterative reconstruction techniques...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221192/lymphoma-and-lactic-acidosis
#20
John W McKay, Dominique Delbeke, Martin P Sandler
A 39-year-old man presented with new onset of sinus congestion, shortness of breath, and diaphoresis. His laboratory tests were notable for hypercalcemia and lactic acidosis. A CT scan of the head demonstrated mild paranasal disease. CT scan of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis demonstrated omental caking with lymphadenopathy and a thickened loop of bowel in the left upper quadrant suggestive of lymphoma. All abdominal lesions seen in the CT were intensely F-FDG avid with diffuse uptake in the bone marrow. There was markedly decreased F-FDG uptake in both the brain and liver...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
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