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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161090/pathophysiology-to-phenotype-in-the-asthma-of-obesity
#1
Jason H T Bates, Matthew E Poynter, Christa M Frodella, Ubong Peters, Anne E Dixon, Benjamin T Suratt
Obesity affects numerous diseases, including asthma, for reasons that remain incompletely understood. Recent research suggests that the asthma of obesity is not a single disease, and that it breaks out into at least two distinct phenotypes. One phenotype is conventional allergic asthma modulated by obesity, whereas another arises solely due to the presence of obesity. The latter is postulated to be a consequence of the chronic lung compression caused by the obese chest wall in individuals with particularly collapsible lungs...
November 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158679/treatment-of-pulmonary-hypertension-with-left-heart-disease-a-concise-review
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REVIEW
Anish Desai, Shilpa A Desouza
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is defined by a mean pulmonary artery pressure ≥ 25 mmHg, as determined by right heart catheterization. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) can no longer be considered an orphan disease given the increase in awareness and availability of new drugs. PH carries with it a dismal prognosis and leads to significant morbidity and mortality. Symptoms can range from dyspnea, fatigue and chest pain to right ventricular failure and death. PH is divided into five groups by the World Health Organization (WHO), based on etiology...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157382/diagnostic-imaging-and-newer-modalities-for-thoracic-diseases-pet-computed-tomographic-imaging-and-endobronchial-ultrasound-for-staging-and-its-implication-for-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Sarah J Counts, Anthony W Kim
Modalities to detect and characterize lung cancer are generally divided into those that are invasive [endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), esophageal ultrasound (EUS), and electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENMB)] versus noninvasive [chest radiography (CXR), computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)]. This chapter describes these modalities, the literature supporting their use, and delineates what tests to use to best evaluate the patient with lung cancer...
January 2018: PET Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156147/electromagnetic-navigational-bronchoscopy-versus-ct-guided-percutaneous-sampling-of-peripheral-indeterminate-pulmonary-nodules-a-cohort-study
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Kavita M Bhatt, Yasmeen K Tandon, Ruffin Graham, Charles T Lau, Jason K Lempel, Joseph T Azok, Peter J Mazzone, Erika Schneider, Nancy A Obuchowski, Michael A Bolen
Purpose To compare the diagnostic yield and complication rates of electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopic (ENB)-guided and computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous tissue sampling of lung nodules. Materials and Methods Retrospectively identified were 149 patients sampled percutaneously with CT guidance and 146 patients who underwent ENB with transbronchial biopsy of a lung lesion between 2013 and 2015. Clinical data, incidence of complications, and nodule pathologic analyses were assessed through electronic medical record review...
November 20, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153560/distribution-and-determinants-of-qrs-rotation-of-black-and-white-persons-in-the-general-population
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Ronald J Prineas, Zhu-Ming Zhang, Cladd E Stevens, Elsayed Z Soliman
BACKGROUND: The prevalence and determinants of QRS transition zones are not well established. METHODS: We examined the distributions of Normal, clockwise (CW) and counterclockwise (CCW)) QRS transition zones and their relations to disease, body size and demographics in 4624 black and white men and women free of cardiovascular disease and major ECG abnormalities enrolled in the NHANES-III survey. RESULTS: CW transition zones were least observed (6...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152423/foodborne-botulism-i-only-had-nacho-cheese-a-case-report
#6
Saad A Choudhry, Muhammad Jahanzaib Anwar, Muhammad Afzal, Abdul Shah
A 32-year-old female presented to the emergency department with complaints of diplopia, followed by dyspnea, chest tightness, congestion, and dysphagia. The patient was resuscitated and initial investigations were done. Within a few hours of the admission, she started developing signs of respiratory failure and was intubated and placed on the mechanical ventilator. The patient denied any ingestion of exotic food, shellfish, raw meat, or raw fish. The patient also denied traveling to any exotic place or recent camping trips...
September 8, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151513/a-favorable-response-to-levetiracetam-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma
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Shinya Sakata, Sho Saeki, Yasuhiro Terasaki, Yoshihiro Natori, Kazuhiko Fujii
Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is a rare cancer, and there are no standard-of-care treatments for patients with metastatic ACC. We herein report a patient with lung metastasis of ACC who achieved a favorable response to levetiracetam. A 52-year-old Japanese man was admitted to our hospital because of multiple lung metastases of ACC. We performed first-line chemotherapy with cisplatin plus gemcitabine, and subsequently oral S-1 as second-line chemotherapy, which resulted in disease progression. The patient developed symptomatic epilepsy and received levetiracetam (250 mg twice daily)...
November 20, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150126/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Juan José Santos Mateo, María Sabater Molina, Juan Ramón Gimeno Blanes
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common inherited cardiovascular disease. It is characterized by increased ventricular wall thickness and is highly complex due to its heterogeneous clinical presentation, several phenotypes, large number of associated causal mutations and broad spectrum of complications. It is caused by mutations in sarcomeric proteins, which are identified in up to 60% of cases of the disease. Clinical manifestations of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy include shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations and syncope, which are related to the onset of diastolic dysfunction, left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, ischemia, atrial fibrillation and abnormal vascular responses...
November 14, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149883/serum-concentrations-of-krebs-von-den-lungen-6-surfactant-protein-d-and-matrix-metalloproteinase-2-as-diagnostic-biomarkers-in-patients-with-asbestosis-and-silicosis-a-case-control-study
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Changjiang Xue, Na Wu, Xue Li, Meihua Qiu, Xuqin Du, Qiao Ye
BACKGROUND: Asbestosis and silicosis are progressive pneumoconioses characterized by interstitial fibrosis following exposure to asbestos or silica dust. We evaluated the potential diagnostic biomarkers for these diseases. METHODS: The serum concentrations of Krebs von den Lungen-6 (KL-6), surfactant protein D (SP-D), and matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), MMP-7, and MMP-9 were measured in 43 patients with asbestosis, 45 patients with silicosis, 40 dust-exposed workers (DEWs) without pneumoconiosis, and 45 healthy controls (HCs)...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148182/reliability-validity-and-minimal-detectable-change-of-computerised-respiratory-sounds-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Ana Oliveira, Susan Lage, João Rodrigues, Alda Marques
INTRODUCTION: Computerised respiratory Sounds (CRS) are closely related to the movement of air within the tracheobronchial tree, and are promising outcome measures in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, CRS measurement properties have been poorly tested. OBJECTIVE: To assess the reliability, validity, and the minimal detectable changes (MDC) of CRS in patients with stable COPD. METHODS: Fifty patients (36♂, 67...
November 17, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147894/chest-x-ray-prior-to-thyroidectomy-is-it-really-needed
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Alexandra Mikhael, Rushad Patell, Michael Tabet, James Bena, Eren Berber, Christian Nasr
BACKGROUND: Chest X-ray (CXR) prior to thyroid surgery continues to be routinely obtained at some institutions despite the lack of evidence for its utility. This study aimed to determine the utility of preoperative CXR in patients undergoing thyroidectomy at a single institution. METHODS: In total, 594 thyroidectomy patients were included in the study. Demographics, CXR findings, anesthesia records and pathologic data were assessed. We investigated whether difficult intubation or cancer stage correlated with the presence of CXR abnormalities...
November 16, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147472/recurrent-dyspnea-and-wheezing-pulmonary-function-test-and-dynamic-computed-tomography-may-unfold-the-diagnosis-of-tracheobronchomalacia
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REVIEW
Ashish Kumar Roy, Moni Roy, Ghaly Kerolus
Tracheomalacia patients often present with nonspecific symptoms like cough, wheezing and dyspnea. Tracheomalacia diagnosis is usually attributed to alternative common conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive lung disease. Certain maneuvers, like forced expiration, or recumbent position may elicit subtle signs of tracheomalacia. Ordering novel pulmonary function testing in sitting upright and supine positions may provide additional clues to suspect tracheomalacia, which can be confirmed by either dynamic chest tomography or bronchoscopy...
2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145457/association-between-environmental-noise-and-subjective-symptoms-related-to-cardiovascular-diseases-among-elderly-individuals-in-japan
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Kenichi Azuma, Iwao Uchiyama
Noise in housing environments may increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs); however, the most significant sources of noise among elderly individuals remain poorly understood. A nationwide cross-sectional study comprised of 6,181 elderly people (age ≥ 65 years) was conducted using a web-based self-reported questionnaire in 2014. Questions pertaining to CVD-related subjective symptoms within the past year addressed symptoms of chest pain, disturbances in pulse, acute impaired tongue movement, limb paralysis, and foot pain or numbness during walking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145337/partial-resection-and-reconstruction-of-the-sternum-for-treatment-of-metachronous-sternal-metastasis-of-thyroid-carcinoma-a-case-report
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Hong-Jing Lan, Zhi-Qiang Wu, Dong-Ge Gong, Wang-Yong Zheng, Yun Jin
RATIONALE: Metachronous sternal metastasis of thyroid carcinoma was a rare disease. There was no consensus in the treatment for bone metastasis after the initial thyroid carcinoma surgery. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 53-year-old female patient was hospitalized due to recurrent dull chest pains, with a history of radical right side thyroid carcinoma 4 years ago. On examination, there was an irregular mass on the lower left half of the sternum. Computerized tomography scan showed sternal bone destruction with a soft tissue mass...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145324/a-rare-case-of-merkel-cell-carcinoma-presenting-as-a-giant-intra-thoracic-mass-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#15
Feng-Wei Kong, Miao Zhang, Heng Wang, Cun-Tao Lu, Wen-Bin Wu, Yuan-Yuan Liu
RATIONALE: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an aggressive neuroendocrine-derived cutaneous cancer. Ectopic or single metastatic MCC located in thorax is extremely rare; meanwhile, its definite management has not been elucidated yet. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 64-year-old female patient with a giant mass located in her left thorax was presented for stuffy pain of left chest for 6 months and fever for half a month. She underwent radical resection of vulvar MCC 10 years ago...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145318/an-unusual-cause-of-fever-of-unknown-origin-with-enlarged-lymph-nodes-relapsing-polychondritis-a-case-report
#16
Wei Liu, Hongli Jiang, Han Jing, Bing Mao
INTRODUCTION: Fever of unknown origin (FUO) is a common initial presentation leading to a diagnostic challenge. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 3-month history of moderate-to-high fever was reported in an otherwise healthy 54-year-old man. Enhanced computed tomography (CT) scans of his chest showed a remarkable progressive enlargement of bilateral cervical, supraclavicular, hilar, and mediastinal lymph nodes within 2 weeks. Bronchofibroscopy manifested obvious luminal stenosis with swelling, thick pale mucosa, and disappearing of structures of trachea cricoid cartilage, followed by a 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography-computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) with intense symmetric FDG uptake in larynx, tracheobronchial tree, and hilar, mediastinal, and axillary lymph nodes being demonstrated...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145311/pulmonary-hypertension-as-a-manifestation-of-mitochondrial-disease-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#17
Shan Xu, Xiaoling Xu, Jisong Zhang, Kejing Ying, Yuquan Shao, Ruifeng Zhang
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial diseases are a group of multisystem heterogeneous diseases caused by pathologic dysfunction of the mitochondrial respiratory chain. A wide range of clinical expression has been described. However, pulmonary hypertension has rarely been described in association with mitochondrial disease until the past decade, and there is no currently recognized treatment for the pulmonary hypertension complicated with mitochondrial disorder. PATIENT CONCERNS: We reported the case of a 15-year-old boy who presented with shortness of breath and exercise limitation after a cold, and the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension was confirmed by right heart catheter...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145292/recurrent-spinal-primitive-neuroectodermal-tumor-with-brain-and-bone-metastases-a-case-report
#18
Frank Chen, Shyh-Shin Chiou, Sheng-Fung Lin, Ann-Shung Lieu, Yi-Ting Chen, Chih-Jen Huang
RATIONALE: Primary spinal primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) is relatively rare in all age groups, and the prognosis in most cases of spinal PNETs appears to be poor, with a median patient survival of 1 to 2 years. We present a case with recurrent spinal PNET with brain and bone metastases that was successfully treated by multimodality treatment. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 14-year-old teenage girl had suffered from progressive left upper back pain with bilateral lower legs weakness and numbness for 1 year...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142817/an-unusual-case-of-aortic-right-atrium-fistula-a-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-challenge
#19
Maria Chiara Todaro, Alessandro Aprile, Adriana Ravera, Gaetano Senatore
An aorta-to-right atrium (RA) fistula is an anomalous communication between the ascending or descending thoracic aorta and the RA. In this report, we describe a case of an idiopathic aortic root-to-RA fistula occasionally found during a coronary angiography performed in a young patient admitted for acute chest pain with evidence of multivessel coronary artery disease. The anatomical peculiarity of this fistulous communication is that it gave origin to collateral vessels furnishing the inferolateral wall of the left ventricle...
October 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142570/assessment-of-work-related-asthma-cases-our-three-year-experience
#20
Ayse Coskun Beyan, Nur Safak Alici, Arif Cimrin
Objective: Work-related asthma (WRA) is one of the most common occupational diseases. In this study, we aimed to review diagnosing procedures and the characteristics of patients who were diagnosed with WRA. Methods: Between November 2013 and June 2016; 214 patients were referred to our clinic with WRA suspicion by an occupational health specialist, personal visit, chest disease specialists [61 (28%), 51 (23%), and 102 (47%) respectively]. Occupational history, functional and radiological assessment, skin prick test, PEF monitoring were done...
September 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
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