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Christopher A Caulfield, John Stephens, Zarina Sharalaya, Jeffrey P Laux, Carlton Moore, Daniel E Jonas, Edmund A Liles
OBJECTIVES: To describe the characteristics and outcomes of patients discharged from the emergency department (ED) by hospitalist physicians. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study at a tertiary academic medical center. METHODS: We used consultation Current Procedural Technology codes to identify patients discharged from the ED after referral for hospitalist admission from April 2011 to April 2014. We report patient demographics and primary diagnoses...
March 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Israel Ugalde, Ibrar Anjum, Saberio Lo Presti, Alfonso Tolentino
Acute coronary syndrome usually presents with retrosternal chest pain, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and jaw and arm pain. Some patients only present with neck, epigastric, or ear discomfort. A 47-year-old male with a history of hypertension and coronary artery disease presented to the emergency department complaining of bilateral otalgia. He never felt chest pain, jaw pain, nausea, diaphoresis, or shortness of breath. He had a history of 2 acute coronary events and had a stress test 2 months prior to admission, which was unremarkable...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Alessio Campisi, Andrea Dell'Amore, Domenica Giunta, Stefano Congiu, Niccolò Daddi, Giampiero Dolci
Primary spontaneous pneumothorax has been defined as the disease of the 'young and healthy'. There are multiple possible therapies and in recent years, surgery has evolved towards the use of the uniportal thoracoscopic approach. The objective of our study is to describe and present an innovative approach to access to the thoracic cavity in patients with spontaneous pneumothorax. The surgery was performed using a single access of 20 mm at the level of the 8th intercostal space. For the isolation and suspension of any dystrophic area, we use a 'loop' of non-absorbable braided suture inserted through the IV intercostal space and successive wedge resection using an endoscopic 10 mm mechanical stapler...
2018: Journal of Visualized Surgery
Massimo Osvaldo Jaus, Annarita Forcione, Alessandro Gonfiotti, Francesco Carleo, Alessia Raffaella De Massimi, Luigi Carbone, Marco Di Martino, Giuseppe Cardillo
Nowadays the treatment of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that invades the chest wall is still questioned. The classic approach is a lobectomy that requires chest wall resection through thoracotomy, but thanks to the progress in the field of thoracoscopic surgery, this procedure can be performed by video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Major advances have been made in recent years both in the surgical technique associated with thoracoscopy and in the instrumentation available today. This has allowed the use of thoracoscopic technique even in advanced disease...
2018: Journal of Visualized Surgery
Takako Miyamae, Takuma Hara, Aki Hanaya, Yumi Tani, Takayuki Kishi, Hisashi Yamanaka
A 10-year-old girl manifested persistent fever, skin rash, leg pain, fatigue, and joint pain. Based on muscle weakness, elevated muscle-derived enzymes, magnetic resonance imaging, and skin biopsy results, the diagnosis was juvenile idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (JIIM). Chest CT was normal; the anti-melanoma differentiation-associated protein-5 (anti-MDA5) autoantibody was positive. Initial manifestations subsided after prednisolone (PSL) and methotrexate treatment. After the PSL dosage was decreased, the patient presented with metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint pain and swelling in both index fingers, synovial fluid, and signals on power Doppler ultrasound...
2018: Case Reports in Rheumatology
Tatiana Marcela Pérez, Sandra Milena García, Martha Lucía Velasco, Angela Paola Sánchez
Interrupted aortic arch is an extremely rare congenital malformation representing about 1% of congenital heart disease. Early symptoms usually occur early in the neonatal period and clinical deterioration is often rapid and long-term prognosis is limited. Nonetheless, this condition has been identified later in adult life in rare cases. We report a case in an adult male with absence of hypertension history and no further cardiac compromise, with a severe posterior chest pain alongside dyspnea and sweating. Computed tomography angiography revealed interrupted aortic arch type A, bivalve aorta, hemopericardium, aortic dissection Stanford A, and important collateral circulation...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Bastien Provost, Gilles Missenard, Ciprian Pricopi, Olaf Mercier, Sacha Mussot, Dominique Fabre, Nathaniel Langer, Olivier Mir, Cécile Le Pechoux, Philippe Dartevelle, Elie Fadel
BACKGROUND: Radiotherapy has long been the treatment of choice for local control of Ewing sarcoma of the chest wall (ESCW). However, there is debate regarding the use of surgery versus RT. Our objective was to identify risk factors that may affect long-term outcomes of non-metastatic ESCW all treated with preoperative chemotherapy followed by en-bloc resection and adjuvant Chemotherapy or Chemoradiation. METHODS: Between 1996 and 2014, 30 patients with a median age of 25 years (SD +/-8...
March 15, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
James L Januzzi, Sunil Suchindran, Adrian Coles, Maros Ferencik, Manesh R Patel, Udo Hoffmann, Geoffrey S Ginsburg, Pamela S Douglas
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to examine associations between concentrations of high-sensitivity troponin I (hsTnI) (measured by using a single-molecule counting method) and obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) in 1,844 stable, symptomatic outpatients with suspected CAD randomized to undergo coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) in the PROMISE (Prospective Multicenter Imaging Study for Evaluation of Chest Pain) trial. BACKGROUND: Elevated concentrations of hsTnI are associated with CAD in patients with myocardial infarction...
March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Sriram Venigalla, David M Guttmann, Varsha Jain, Sonam Sharma, Gary M Freedman, Jacob E Shabason
BACKGROUND: The acceptance of hypofractionated radiotherapy in treating breast cancer in the breast conservation therapy setting has stimulated interest in hypofractionated postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT). We assessed national trends and patterns of utilization of hypofractionated PMRT. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Women 18 years of age or older with breast cancer treated with mastectomy and PMRT to the chest wall with or without regional lymph nodes from 2004 to 2014 were identified from the National Cancer Database...
February 21, 2018: Clinical Breast Cancer
Ramez N Eskander, James Kauderer, Krishnansu S Tewari, Robert S Mannel, Robert E Bristow, David M O'Malley, Stephen C Rubin, Gretchen E Glaser, Chad A Hamilton, Keiichi Fujiwara, Warner K Huh, Frederick Ueland, Jean-Marie Stephan, Robert A Burger
PURPOSE: We sought to determine the level of concordance among surgeons' assessment of residual disease (RD) and pre-treatment computed tomography (CT) findings among women who underwent optimal surgical cytoreduction for advanced stage ovarian cancer. METHODS: This is a post-trial ad hoc analysis of a phase 3 randomized clinical trial evaluating the impact of bevacizumab in primary and maintenance therapy for patients with advanced stage ovarian cancer following surgical cytoreduction...
March 14, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
Alexis Leonard, Nihal Godiwala, Nicole Herrera, Robert McCarter, Matthew Sharron, Emily Riehm Meier
Acute chest syndrome (ACS) is a leading cause of mortality in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). Systemic corticosteroids decrease ACS severity, but the risk of readmission for vaso-occlusive crises (VOC) has limited their use. The efficacy of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) as a safer alternative is currently unknown. An observational, historic cohort study compared patients with SCD with ACS who received ICS at admission (ICS) to those who did not (non-ICS). Outcome measures included rates of transfusion, oxygen requirement, BiPAP initiation, PICU transfer, intubation, readmission, hospital cost, and length of stay...
March 7, 2018: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
Francine Cl Tan, Jonathan Yap, John C Allen, Olivia Tan, Swee Yaw Tan, David B Matchar, Terrance Sj Chua
INTRODUCTION: Patients referred for chest pain from primary care have increased, along with demand for outpatient cardiology consultations. We evaluated 'Triage Protocol' that implements standardised diagnostic testing prior to patients' first cardiology consultation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Under the 'Triage Protocol', patients referred for chest pain were pretriaged using a standardised algorithm and subsequently referred for relevant functional diagnostic cardiology tests before their initial cardiology consultation...
February 2018: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
Marjolaine Morgand, Alexandre Leclercq, Mylène M Maury, Hélène Bracq-Dieye, Pierre Thouvenot, Guillaume Vales, Marc Lecuit, Caroline Charlier
OBJECTIVES: Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) is a foodborne human pathogen responsible for severe infection, including septicemia, neurolisteriosis, maternal-fetal and focal infections. Little is known about Lm-associated respiratory tract or lung infections. METHODS: Retrospective study of culture-proven cases of Lm pleural infections and pneumonia reported to the French National Reference Center for Listeria from January 1993 to August 2016. RESULTS: Thirty-eight consecutive patients with pleural infection (n=32), pneumonia (n=5), or both (n=1) were studied...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Aiko Ogawa, Yukari Takahashi, Hiromi Matsubara
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD) and pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis (PCH) are rare causes of pulmonary hypertension. Although diagnosis is based on pathological findings, an early diagnosis is crucial because of poor prognosis compared to other types of pulmonary hypertension. Furthermore, vasodilators may cause fatal pulmonary edema in patients with PVOD/PCH. This study aimed to identify specific characteristics for patients with PVOD/PCH to clinically diagnose PVOD/PCH...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
Norichika Iga, Hideyuki Nishi, Nobukazu Fujimoto, Takumi Kishimoto
BACKGROUND: Few studies have focused on the management of secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (SSP) as a complication of pneumoconiosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical features and therapeutic course of SSP associated with silicosis. METHODS: Between April 2005 and March 2015, 17 patients with silicosis underwent chest tube drainage for SSP in our institution. We retrospectively analyzed patient characteristics, type of treatment, clinical course, rate of recurrence, and survival time, and compared them with those of 30 patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) during the same period...
March 2018: Respiratory Investigation
Matthew T Koroscil, Andrew Skabelund
Introduction: Blastomyces dermatitidis is a dimorphic fungus endemic to the Mississippi River valley. We describe a rare case of chronic pulmonary blastomycosis complicated by large pulmonary cavitation in a young service member who was misdiagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis. Case Presentation: A 25-year-old active duty male presented to his primary care provider with complaints of hemoptysis, fatigue, weight loss, and fever. Computed tomography chest with contrast identified a large cavitary lesion in the right upper lobe (RUL)...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Jonathan H Chung, Justin M Oldham, Steven M Montner, Rekha Vij, Ayodeji Adegunsoye, Aliya N Husain, Imre Noth, David A Lynch, Mary E Strek
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic significance of CT patterns that cannot be classified according to current idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) guidelines and of specific findings of the inconsistent with usual interstitial pneumonitis (UIP) pattern. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Subjects with a multidisciplinary diagnosis of interstitial lung disease who had undergone surgical lung biopsy and chest CT within 1 year of each other were included in the study...
March 16, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Frantisek Nehaj, Juraj Sokol, Michal Mokan, Veronika Jankovicova, Frantisek Kovar, Marianna Kubaskova, Stanislav Mizera, Marian Mokan
The patient database at the First Department of Internal Medicine in Martin, the Central Slovak Institute for Cardiac and Vascular Diseases in Banska Bystrica, and the National Slovak Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Bratislava was searched to identify patients with benign tumors of the heart seen during the 5-year period between 2011 and 2016. Forty-one patients with primary cardiac myxomas were identified and their medical records were reviewed for details pertaining to presenting symptoms, staging modalities, treatment approaches, and outcomes...
2018: BioMed Research International
Seema Shetty, Shashikiran Umakanth, Bhawani Manandhar, Pankaj Bahadur Nepali
Leprosy and tuberculosis (TB) are endemic to India, however, their coinfection is not frequently encountered in clinical practice. Here, we report a 32-year-old female patient who presented with a history of high-grade intermittent fever, cough and painless skin lesions since a month, along with bilateral claw hand (on examination). The haematological profile was suggestive of anaemia of chronic disease, chest radiograph showed consolidation, sputum smears were positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and skin slit smear confirmed leprosy...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Shudan Wang, Noam Broder, Paula Marchetta, Johannes Nowatzky
A 46-year-old Hispanic man presented with fever, genital ulcers, left eye redness and chest pain. Physical examination was notable for a healed oral ulcer and scrotal ulcers, and bilateral superficial thrombophlebitis. He was found to have new-onset pancytopenia. CT of the chest showed pericardial and pleural effusions and rapidly progressing inflammation of the aortic arch and ascending vessels. Although the patient had Behcet's disease (BD)-like symptoms, pancytopenia could not be explained by the diagnosis, prompting a bone marrow biopsy which showed myelodysplastic syndrome...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
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