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Marcelo A Queiroz, Felipe de Galiza Barbosa, Carlos Alberto Buchpiguel, Giovanni Guido Cerri
The new technology of PET/MRI is a prototype of hybrid imaging, allowing for the combination of molecular data from PET scanning and morphofunctional information derived from MRI scanning. Recent advances regarding the technical aspects of this device, especially after the development of MRI-compatible silicon photomultipliers of PET, permitted an increase in the diagnostic performance of PET/MRI translated into dose reduction and higher imaging quality. Among several clinical applications, PET/MRI gains ground initially in oncology, where MRI per se plays an essential role in the assessment of primary tumors (which is limited in the case of PET/CT), including prostate, rectal and gynecological tumors...
January 2018: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Nivethitha Ilangkovan, Christian Backer Mogensen, Hans Mickley, Annmarie Touborg Lassen, Jess Lambrechtsen, Niels Peter Ronnow Sand, Rasmus Albiniussen, Jørgen Byg, Flemming Hald, Mette Hjortdal Grønhøj, Axel Diederichsen
OBJECTIVES: To examine and compare the prevalence of coronary artery calcification (CAC) and the frequency of cardiac events in a background population and a cohort of patients with non-specific chest pain (NSCP) who present to an emergency or cardiology department and are discharged without an obvious reason for their symptom. DESIGN: A double-blinded, prospective, observational cohort study that measures both CT-determined CAC scores and cardiac events after 1 year of follow-up...
March 3, 2018: BMJ Open
Wadi Mawad, Luc L Mertens
Cardiac imaging is central to today's pediatric cardiology practice not only to diagnose structural congenital defects and delineate cardiac and extracardiac anatomy but also for determining the hemodynamic impact of the structural defects and acquired pediatric diseases. Not so long ago, clinicians had to heavily rely on angiography as the main cardiac imaging modality to visualize the heart. Particularly, the development of echocardiography in the 1970s and 1980s together with the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) resulted in a non-invasive diagnostic revolution with diagnostic catheterization becoming obsolete apart for very specific indications...
February 21, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Nakul Katyal, Amanda Korzep, Christopher Newey
Central venous catheter (CVC) insertion is extensively utilized in Intensive Care Units for evaluation of hemodynamic status, administration of intravenous drugs, and for providing nutritional support in critically ill patients. Unfortunately, CVC use is associated with complications including lung injury, bleeding, infection, and thrombosis. We present a patient with an acute ischemic stroke from an inadvertently placed CVC into the right common carotid artery. A 57-year-old male presented to our institution for left hemiplegia and seizures 2 days after a CVC was placed...
January 2018: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
S Çetin, G Heper, M G Vural, T Hazirolan, F Tanrikulu, E Gülhan
Pericardial cysts are rare and benign lesions of the heart. They are usually asymptomatic and diagnosed incidentally on echocardiography or chest X-ray. In this report, we present an extremely rare case of a symptomatic giant pericardial cyst (11.6 cm × 10.6 cm × 8 cm) of a 55-year-old male patient who was admitted to our cardiology clinic. A thoracic computed tomography (CT) in 2013 revealed a giant pericardial cyst. However, at that time, the patient was asymptomatic and follow-up was recommended. Recent thoracic CT and magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated a significantly growing feature of this cyst with impending possible complications...
January 2018: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
Alessia Peli, Luca Camoni, Valentina Zilioli, Rexhep Durmo, Mattia Bonacina, Francesco Bertagna, Barbara Paghera, Raffaele Giubbini
BACKGROUND: Myocardial perfusion imaging is a well-established diagnostic tool in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease. Numerous clinical trials have shown that attenuation correction (AC) in single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) improves the diagnostic accuracy of myocardial perfusion imaging over non-AC SPECT, differentiating between scar and attenuation artifacts. We have previously shown that attenuation artifacts produce an overestimation of the size of inferior infarcts in the male population...
April 2018: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Ümit Yaşar Sinan, Burcu Dirlik Serim, Rukiye Yıldırım, Özge Çetinarslan, Mehmet Serdar Küçükoğlu
Infective endocarditis (IE) is an infectious disease that affects the endothelium of the large intrathoracic vessels, heart valves, and intra-cardiac foreign body material. A 20-year-old woman was admitted to the cardiology department with complaints of fever and palpitations. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a bicuspid aortic valve, aortic root enlargement, and aortic coarctation. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed a bicuspid aortic valve, but there was no vegetation. Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus was identified on a blood culture...
January 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
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
Marisa Lubbers, Adriaan Coenen, Marcel Kofflard, Tobias Bruning, Bas Kietselaer, Tjebbe Galema, Marc Kock, Andre Niezen, Marco Das, Marco van Gent, Ewout-Jan van den Bos, Leon van Woerkens, Paul Musters, Suze Kooij, Fay Nous, Ricardo Budde, Miriam Hunink, Koen Nieman
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, and safety of a tiered, comprehensive cardiac computed tomography (CT) protocol in comparison with functional testing. BACKGROUND: Although CT angiography accurately rules out coronary artery disease (CAD), incorporation of CT myocardial perfusion imaging as part of a tiered diagnostic approach could improve the clinical value and efficiency of cardiac CT in the diagnostic work-up of patients with angina pectoris...
December 8, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Si Eun Lee, Kyunghwa Han, Jin Hur, Young Jin Kim, Hye-Jeong Lee, Yoo Jin Hong, Dong Jin Im, Byoung Wook Choi
OBJECTIVES: The application of SYNTAX score II based on coronary CT angiography (CCTA) for selecting further treatment options has not been studied. This study aimed to investigate the diagnostic performance of CCTA combined with SYNTAX score II for selecting the revascularization method compared with invasive coronary angiography (ICA) based on 2014 European Society of Cardiology (ESC)/European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) guidelines. METHODS: From January-May 2011, 160 patients who underwent both CCTA and ICA within 30 interval days were included...
December 8, 2017: European Radiology
Mohamed Marwan, Stephan Achenbach, Grigorios Korosoglou, Axel Schmermund, Steffen Schneider, Oliver Bruder, Jörg Hausleiter, Stephen Schroeder, Sebastian Barth, Sebastian Kerber, Alexander Leber, Werner Moshage, Jochen Senges
Cardiac computed tomography permits quantification of coronary calcification as well as detection of coronary artery stenoses after contrast enhancement. Moreover, cardiac CT offers high-resolution morphologic and functional imaging of cardiac structures which is valuable for various structural heart disease interventions and electrophysiology procedures. So far, only limited data exist regarding the spectrum of indications, image acquisition parameters as well as results and clinical consequences of cardiac CT examinations using state-of-the-art CT systems in experienced centers...
December 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Joshua Pepper, Ciara Fenton, Howard Brydon
Cardiac manifestations of subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) are well-documented phenomena that can complicate the treatment of this devastating condition. Here, we present a case of SAH presenting as complete heart block on initial assessment, an extremely rare event.A 53-year-old woman presented with a witnessed fall, sustaining a mild head injury. She denied any symptoms of SAH. Initial ECG revealed complete heart block, for which the patient was accepted under the cardiology team. For completion, a CT head scan was requested, this demonstrated significant SAH blood load in an aneurysmal rather than traumatic pattern...
November 30, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
Sergio Susmallian, Asnat Raziel
BACKGROUND A Bochdalek hernia (BH) is a rare congenital condition consisting of a posterolateral defect in the diaphragm. A para-esophageal hernia (PEH) is a rare variant of hiatus hernia. BH and PEH may present with gastric volvulus or incarceration, requiring emergency treatment. Minimally invasive surgery is the preferred treatment, particularly for elderly patients and patients with comorbidities. The occurrence of BH with concomitant PEH is a very rare event. We describe a case of an octogenarian patient with BH and concomitant PEH treated laparoscopically...
November 29, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
S Herrmann, N A Kraus, S Frantz
Cardiovascular diseases are common; therefore, adequate and guideline-based diagnostics and treatment are essential. In addition to an electrocardiogram (ECG) and (treadmill) exercise tests, echocardiography plays the pivotal role in functional cardiac testing. It is permanently available at the bedside and has a high diagnostic accuracy; however, examinations such as cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) as well as nuclear medical imaging, e.g. single proton emission CT (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) are becoming more and more common in clinical practice...
January 2018: Der Internist
Fabio Sperandii, Emanuele Guerra, Eliana Tranchita, Carlo Minganti, Chiara Lanzillo, Antonia Nigro, Federico Quaranta, Attilio Parisi, Mauro DI Roma, Luciano Maresca, Federica Fagnani, Leonardo Calò
BACKGROUND: Congenital coronary anomalies (CCAs) and coronary artery disease (CAD) arouse intense scientific and clinical interest in sports medicine and sports cardiology medical communities because of their potential to trigger sudden cardiac death (SCD) in athletes. Exercise stress testing represent the first instrumental assessment to evaluate electrocardiographic changes during effort. Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is an advanced accurate noninvasive imaging modality for excluding CAD and abnormalities of origin and course of coronary vessels...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Ebubekir Gündeş, Durmuş Ali Çetin, Ulaş Aday, Hüseyin Çiyiltepe, Kamuran Cumhur Değer, Orhan Uzun, Aziz Serkan Senger, Erdal Polat, Mustafa Duman
BACKGROUND: This study presents the relationship between mortality and spontaneous rectus sheath hematoma (RSH) in inpatients receiving anticoagulant and antiaggregant treatment for cardiac pathology at cardiology and cardiovascular surgery clinics. METHODS: Within the scope of our study, the cases of 27 patients who were diagnosed with spontaneous RSH between January 2010 and December 2015 at Kartal Kosuyolu High Speciality Training and Research Hospital were retrospectively evaluated...
November 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
C Kuate-Tegueu, J J Dongmo-Tajeuna, J Doumbe, Y Mapoure-Njankouo, G Noubissi, V D P Djientcheu
BACKGROUND: High blood pressure (HBP) is common at acute phase of stroke. It may reflect untreated or uncontrolled hypertension before stroke, or it may relate to stress response. The present study was designed to compare current American Stroke Association (ASA) guidelines with actual prescribing patterns for management of HBP at the acute phase of stroke, in a tertiary care Hospital in Douala, Cameroon. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in the Cardiology and Neurology department of the Douala Laquintinie Hospital...
November 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Alastair J Moss, Renzo Pessotto, Andrew D Flapan
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A retired 59-year-old woman presented to the cardiology clinic concerned with cardiac pulsations that were visible on her chest wall. These were not associated with dyspnoea, syncope or chest discomfort.Of note, 8 years previously, she complained of recurrent nocturnal diaphoresis and 5 kg weight loss. Blood sampling at that time revealed a microcytic anaemia, reactive thrombocytosis and raised inflammatory markers (erythrocyte sedimentation rate 99 mm/hour, C-reactive protein 161 mg/L)...
November 3, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Cihangir Kaymaz, Bülent Mutlu, M Serdar Küçükoğlu, Barış Kaya, Bahri Akdeniz, Burçak Kılıçkıran Avcı, Enbiya Aksakal, Mehmet Akbulut, Zehra Atılgan Arıtürk, Sümeyye Güllülü, Gülten Aydoğdu Taçoy, Meral Kayıkçıoğlu, Sanem Nalbantgil, Cihan Örem, Hatice Betül Erer, Murat Yüce, Necip Ermiş, Omaç Tüfekçioğlu, Mesut Demir, Mehmet Birhan Yılmaz, Mehmet Güngör Kaya, Hakan Kültürsay, Zeki Öngen, Lale Tokgözoğlu
OBJECTIVE: The present study was designed to evaluate the characteristics of pulmonary hypertension (PH) and adult cardiology practice patterns for PH in our country. METHODS: We evaluated preliminary survey data of 1501 patients with PH (females, 69%; age, 44.8±5.45) from 20 adult cardiology centers (AdCCs). RESULTS: The average experience of AdCCs in diagnosing and treating patients with PH was 8.5±3.7 years. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) was the most frequent group (69%) followed by group 4 PH (19%), group 3 PH (8%), and combined pre- and post-capillary PH (4%)...
October 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Hanping Wang, Juhong Shi, Hongrui Liu, Yeye Chen, Yining Wang, Wenze Wang, Li Zhang
Angiosarcoma with pulmonary metastasis is a rare, fatal disease that often presents with multiple pulmonary nodules and diffuse alveolar hemorrhage. We herein review the detailed clinical characteristics of pulmonary metastatic angiosarcoma and determine a reasonable diagnostic strategy.The medical records of 11 patients with pulmonary angiosarcoma were reviewed.The mean age of the patients was 45.7 years (range, 30-71 years). All patients were male. The most common symptom was hemoptysis (8/11). Common initial misdiagnoses were tuberculosis (5/11), vasculitis (2/11), nontuberculous infectious disease (1/11), and constrictive pericarditis (1/11)...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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