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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036956/-the-diagnostic-value-of-neuron-specific-enolase-central-nervous-system-specific-protein-and-interleukin-6-in-sepsis-associated-encephalopathy
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Q Feng, L Wu, Y H Ai, S Y Deng, M L Ai, L Huang, Z Y Liu, L N Zhang
Objective: To investigate the diagnostic value of neuron-specific enolase(NSE), central nervous system specific protein(S100β), interleukin-6(IL-6) in sepsis-associated encephalopathy(SAE). Methods: Clinical data of patients admitted to ICU and diagnosed with sepsis were collected from January 2015 to June 2016 in Xiangya Hospital, Central South University. SAE was defined as cerebral dysfunction in the presence of sepsis that also fulfilled the exclusion criteria. The acute physiology and chronic health score (APACHE Ⅱ), sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA), NSE, S100β, IL-6, ICU stay time and 28-day mortality were compared between the two groups...
October 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034866/the-health-effects-of-aluminum-exposure
#2
Katrin Klotz, Wobbeke Weistenhöfer, Frauke Neff, Andrea Hartwig, Christoph van Thriel, Hans Drexler
BACKGROUND: Aluminum is regularly taken up with the daily diet. It is also used in antiperspirants, as an adjuvant for vaccination, and in desensitization procedures. In this review, we present the scientifically documented harmful effects of aluminum on health and the threshold values associated with them. METHODS: This review is based on publications retrieved by a selective search of the PubMed and SCOPUS databases on the topic of aluminum in connection with neurotoxicity, Alzheimer's disease, and breast cancer, as well as on the authors' personal experience in occupational and environmental medicine...
September 29, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034746/clinical-characteristics-of-acute-fatty-liver-of-pregnancy-in-a-tertiary-indonesian-hospital
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Muhammad Ilham Aldika Akbar, Indah Mayang Sari, Aditiawarman, Erry Gumilar Dachlan, Gustaaf Dekker
Acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP) is a rare, often autosomal recessive disorder with a major risk for maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity. In order to achieve a more favorable outcome, awareness of its clinical signs and symptoms and early recognition are of pivotal importance. Over a 5-year period 18 patients were diagnosed with AFLP (one twin, 19 babies). The most common sign and symptoms were jaundice, hypoglycemia, nausea and vomiting, encephalopathy, and hypertension. Abnormal laboratory test results included: elevated total/ conjugated (direct) bilirubin, AST, ALT, PT, APTT, creatinine, leukocyte count, and hypoalbuminemia...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034137/valproic-induced-hyperammonemic-encephalopathy-in-a-known-case-of-epilepsy
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Syed F Imam, Omair Ul Haq Lodhi, Rizwan Zafar, Saneeya Nasim, Waseem T Malik
Valproic acid, a broad-spectrum anticonvulsant drug, commonly causes elevated ammonia levels, which is usually asymptomatic in most cases. On rare occasions, potentially fatal hyperammonemia-induced encephalopathy can occur. We present a case of a 24-year-old female who presented to the emergency department with status epilepticus that was being managed with valproic acid. Further workup was done because of prolonged postictal state, which revealed increased ammonia levels; she was eventually diagnosed with valproic-induced hyperammonemic encephalopathy...
August 10, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032949/correction-of-hyperleucinemia-in-msud-patients-on-leucine-free-dietary-therapy
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Anna I Scott, Kristina Cusmano-Ozog, Gregory M Enns, Tina M Cowan
PURPOSE: Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD) is a rare disorder of branched-chain amino acid catabolism associated with encephalopathy from accumulation of leucine. Leucine is closely monitored during normal growth and particularly during acute illness. As most hospitals do not have access to rapid plasma amino acid quantification, the initial management is often empirical. A model describing the reduction of plasma leucine in hyperleucinemic patients on leucine-free formula would help to guide management and optimize testing frequency...
October 5, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032616/a-survey-on-hematology-oncology-pediatric-aieop-centres-the-challenge-of-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome
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Daniele Zama, Pietro Gasperini, Massimo Berger, Mariagrazia Petris, Maria D De Pasquale, Simone Cesaro, Maria E Guerzoni, Elena Mastrodicasa, Francesca Savina, Ottavio Ziino, Valentina Kiren, Paola Muggeo, Rosa M Mura, Fraia Melchionda, Giulio A Zanazzo
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is one of the most common neurological complications in hematology-oncology pediatric patients. Despite an increasingly recognized occurrence, no clear consensus exists regarding how best to manage the syndrome, because most cases of PRES have reported in single case reports or small series. Aim of this paper is to identify incidence, clinical features, management and outcome of PRES in a large series of hematology-oncology pediatric patients METHODS: The cases of PRES occurred in twelve centres of the Italian Association of Pediatric Haematology and Oncology were reported RESULTS: 124 cases of PRES in 112 pediatric patients were recorded with an incidence of 2...
October 15, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031613/pathogenic-mutations-of-the-human-mitochondrial-citrate-carrier-slc25a1-lead-to-impaired-citrate-export-required-for-lipid-dolichol-ubiquinone-and-sterol-synthesis
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Homa Majd, Martin S King, Anthony C Smith, Edmund R S Kunji
Missense mutations of the human mitochondrial citrate carrier, encoded by the SLC25A1 gene, lead to an autosomal recessive neurometabolic disorder characterised by neonatal-onset encephalopathy with severe muscular weakness, intractable seizures, respiratory distress, and lack of psychomotor development, often resulting in early death. Here, we have measured the effect of all twelve known pathogenic mutations on the transport activity. The results show that nine mutations abolish transport of citrate completely, whereas the other three reduce the transport rate by more than 70%, indicating that impaired citrate transport is the most likely primary cause of the disease...
October 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029866/optic-chiasm-involvement-with-concurrent-typical-wernicke-encephalopathy-magnetic-resonance-findings-a-case-report
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Chad J Mackay, Vu T Tran, Yao Chen
The variable clinical presentation of Wernicke encephalopathy often complicates interpretation. Prompt and accurate diagnosis relies on a constellation of typical and atypical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings, which are not always simultaneously present. Our case demonstrates concurrent presentation of all typical Wernicke encephalopathy MRI findings with additional signal abnormalities involving the optic chiasm and optic tract. We suggest that optic pathway involvement may be considered among several atypical MRI manifestations, reinforcing the prompt diagnosis of the potentially life-threatening encephalopathy...
September 14, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026570/calypso-s-spell-accidental-near-fatal-thiacloprid-intoxication
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Patrick Zuercher, Daniel Gerber, Nadia Schai, Matthias Nebiker, Stefan König, Joerg C Schefold
Acute life-threatening intoxications with insecticides are rare. We report a case of accidental near-fatal thiacloprid intoxication with mass spectrometry-based analytical confirmation. The initial clinical presentation resembled imminent brain death and/or severe postanoxic encephalopathy. Prolonged supportive treatment resulted in full recovery underlining intoxication as an important differential diagnosis in unclear coma.
October 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026534/recent-advances-in-hepatic-encephalopathy
#10
REVIEW
Victoria Liere, Gurkarminder Sandhu, Sharon DeMorrow
Hepatic encephalopathy describes the array of neurological alterations that occur during acute liver failure or chronic liver injury. While key players in the pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy, such as increases in brain ammonia, alterations in neurosteroid levels, and neuroinflammation, have been identified, there is still a paucity in our knowledge of the precise pathogenic mechanism. This review gives a brief overview of our understanding of the pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy and then summarizes the significant recent advances made in clinical and basic research contributing to our understanding, diagnosis, and possible treatment of hepatic encephalopathy...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026340/economic-impact-of-the-use-of-rifaximin-550-mg-twice-daily-for-the-treatment-of-overt-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-italy
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Daniela Paola Roggeri, Alessandro Roggeri
PURPOSE: Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is associated with a reduced survival, an increased risk of hospitalization for recurrences, and a reduced health-related quality of life. The purpose of the present economic analysis was to evaluate the impact on the Italian National Health Service (INHS) expenditure of the treatment with rifaximin 550 mg twice daily (Tixteller(®)/Tixtar(®)) for the reduction of the recurrences of overt HE, with respect to the current treatment approach. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Costs associated with patients treated with rifaximin 550 mg twice daily were estimated considering the reduction in hospitalizations for HE recurrences revealed by registrative clinical trial (-50%) applied to the hospitalization rate (42...
2017: Hepatic Medicine: Evidence and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026055/childhood-lead-poisoning-an-overview
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REVIEW
K L Hon, C K Fung, A Kc Leung
Childhood lead poisoning is a major public health concern in many countries. In 2015, the Hong Kong SAR Government and its citizens faced a major public health crisis due to the presence of lead in the drinking water of a number of public housing estates. Fortunately, no child was diagnosed with lead poisoning that required treatment with chelation. Lead is a ubiquitous, naturally occurring material that exists in air, dust, soil, and water. It is also widely present in industrial products including petrol, paints, ceramics, food cans, candies, cosmetics, traditional remedies, batteries, solder, stained glass, crystal vessels, ammunition, ceramic glazes, jewelry, and toys...
October 13, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025962/therapeutic-hypothermia-in-acute-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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James Collis
Therapeutic hypothermia is already widely acknowledged as an effective neuroprotective intervention, especially within the acute care setting in relation to conditions such as cardiac arrest and neonatal encephalopathy. Its multifactorial mechanisms of action, including lowering metabolic rate and reducing acute inflammatory cellular processes, ultimately provide protection for central nervous tissue from continuing injury following ischaemic or traumatic insult. Its clinical application within acute traumatic spinal cord injury would therefore seem very plausible, it having the potential to combat the pathophysiological secondary injury processes that can develop in the proceeding hours to days following the initial injury...
October 12, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024730/effects-of-therapeutic-hypothermia-on-the-gut-microbiota-and-metabolome-of-infants-suffering-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy-at-birth
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C Watkins, K Murphy, S Yen, I Carafa, C A O'Shea, E A Vercoe, R P Ross, C Stanton, C A Ryan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 9, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024626/a-patient-with-gluten-encephalopathy-presenting-with-neuropsychiatric-symptoms
#15
Iqra Arshad, Athar Javeed, Ubaid Ullah
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 9, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023711/alteration-of-sphingolipid-metabolism-as-a-putative-mechanism-underlying-lps-induced-bbb-disruption
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Rajkumar Vutukuri, Robert Brunkhorst, Roxane-Isabelle Kestner, Lena Hansen, Nerea Ferreiros Bouzas, Josef Pfeilschifter, Kavi Devraj, Waltraud Pfeilschifter
Septic encephalopathy with confusion and agitation occurs early during sepsis and contributes to the severity of the disease. A decrease of the sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) blood levels has been shown in patients and in animal models of sepsis. The lipid mediator S1P is known to be involved in endothelial barrier function in a context-dependent manner. We utilized LPS injected mice as a model for septic encephalopathy and first performed tracer permeability assays to assess the BBB breakdown in vivo. At time points corresponding to the BBB breakdown post LPS injection, we aimed to characterize the regulation of the sphingolipid signaling pathway at the blood-brain barrier (BBB) during sepsis...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023665/clinician-s-guide-to-genes-associated-with-rett-like-phenotypes-investigation-of-a-danish-cohort-and-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Bitten Schönewolf-Greulich, Anne-Marie Bisgaard, Rikke S Møller, Morten Dunø, Karen Brøndum-Nielsen, Simran Kaur, Nicole J Van Bergen, Sebastian Lunke, Stefanie Eggers, Cathrine Jespersgaard, John Christodoulou, Zeynep Tümer
The differential diagnostics in Rett syndrome has evolved with the development of next generation sequencing based techniques and many patients have been diagnosed with other syndromes or variants in newly described genes where the associated phenotype(s) is yet to be fully explored. The term Rett-like refers to phenotypes with distinct overlapping features of Rett syndrome where the clinical criteria are not completely fulfilled. In this paper we have combined a review of Rett-like disorders with data from a Danish cohort of 35 patients with Rett-like phenotypes emphasizing the diagnostic overlap with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome with SMC1A variants, and epileptic encephalopathies for example due to STXBP1 variants...
October 10, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023586/reduced-resting-state-connectivity-and-gray-matter-volume-correlate-with-cognitive-impairment-in-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy
#18
Raquel García-García, Álvaro Javier Cruz-Gómez, Alba Mangas-Losada, Amparo Urios, Cristina Forn, Desamparados Escudero-García, Elena Kosenko, Juan Fermín Ordoño, Joan Tosca, Remedios Giner-Durán, Miguel Angel Serra, César Avila, Vicente Belloch, Vicente Felipo, Carmina Montoliu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is associated with cognitive alterations and changes in connectivity. We assessed the relationship of the abnormalities of resting-state functional connectivity (rs-FC) and gray matter (GM) volume with different cognitive alterations and biochemical parameters associated to MHE. METHODS: Thirty-nine cirrhotic patients (26 without and 13 with MHE) and 24 controls were widely cognitive assessed with a battery of psychometric tests...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022151/comparative-safety-of-targeted-therapies-for-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-between-elderly-and-younger-patients-a-study-using-the-international-pharmacovigilance-database
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Amandine Gouverneur, Pauline Claraz, Marine Rousset, Mickaël Arnaud, Annie Fourrier-Réglat, Antoine Pariente, Thomas Aparicio, Ghada Miremont-Salamé, Pernelle Noize
BACKGROUND: Metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) is increasingly treated using targeted therapies. Post-marketing safety of these agents is understudied, especially in the elderly. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare, according to age, the adverse drug reactions (ADRs) of targeted therapies used for mCRC in real life. PATIENTS AND METHODS: An extraction of VigiBase, which contains World Health Organization individual case safety reports (ICSRs), was performed...
October 11, 2017: Targeted Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020023/the-continuous-reaction-time-test-for-minimal-hepatic-encephalopathy-validated-by-a-randomized-controlled-multi-modal-intervention-a-pilot-study
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M M Lauridsen, S Mikkelsen, T Svensson, J Holm, C Klüver, J Gram, H Vilstrup, O B Schaffalitzky de Muckadell
BACKGROUND: Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is clinically undetectable and the diagnosis requires psychometric tests. However, a lack of clarity exists as to whether the tests are in fact able to detect changes in cognition. AIM: To examine if the continuous reaction time test (CRT) can detect changes in cognition with anti-HE intervention in patients with cirrhosis and without clinically manifest hepatic encephalopathy (HE). METHODS: Firstly, we conducted a reproducibility analysis and secondly measured change in CRT induced by anti-HE treatment in a randomized controlled pilot study: We stratified 44 patients with liver cirrhosis and without clinically manifest HE according to a normal (n = 22) or abnormal (n = 22) CRT...
2017: PloS One
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