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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906037/integrated-therapy-for-hiv-and-cryptococcosis
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REVIEW
Sirawat Srichatrapimuk, Somnuek Sungkanuparph
Cryptococcosis has been one of the most common opportunistic infections and causes of mortality among HIV-infected patients, especially in resource-limited countries. Cryptococcal meningitis is the most common form of cryptococcosis. Laboratory diagnosis of cryptococcosis includes direct microscopic examination, isolation of Cryptococcus from a clinical specimen, and detection of cryptococcal antigen. Without appropriate treatment, cryptococcosis is fatal. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to treatment success...
November 29, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899037/a-comparison-of-hmgb1-concentrations-between-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-blood-in-patients-with-neurological-disease
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Lauren Elizabeth Walker, Michael Griffiths, Fiona McGill, Penelope Lewthwaite, Graeme John Sills, Andrea Jorgensen, Daniel James Antoine, Tom Solomon, Anthony Guy Marson, Munir Pirmohamed
AIMS: To determine whether a correlation exists between paired cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum levels of a novel inflammatory biomarker, HMGB1, in different neurological conditions. METHODS: HMGB1 was measured in the serum and CSF of 46 neurological patients (18 idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), 18 neurological infection/inflammation (NII) and 10 Rasmussen's encephalitis (RE)). RESULTS: Mean serum (± SD) HMGB1 levels were 1...
November 30, 2016: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895360/paediatric-external-ventricular-drains-experience-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-a-developing-country
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Abbas Qalab, Rayaan Asad, Mahnaz Hakeem, Maria Ahmed, Haque Anwar, Aneela Darbar
The aim of the study was to describe indications and complications of external ventricular drain (EVD) placement in children aged between 1 month and 16 years. This retrospective chart review was conducted at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, and comprised all children who underwent EVD placement from January 2007 to December 2014. Of the 177 patients identified, 117(66%) were males 60(34%) were girls. The overall mean age was 5.4±5.2 years. The median Glasgow Coma Scale score on presentation and discharge was 13 (interquartile range [IQR]: 7) and 15 (IQR: 4), respectively...
October 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881496/penetrating-intracranial-injury-caused-by-an-unusual-home-made-iron-pyrotechnic-device
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Slobodan Nikolić, Vladimir Živković
Herein, a potentially dangerous explosive home-made device used for fun and entertainment is described. It consists of two iron parts connected with a U-shaped thick wire: a wedge about 8 cm in length, which fits into a hollow cylinder, filled with a small amount of nitre (the mineral form of potassium nitrate). Striking the device onto a hard surface creates a spark inside it, which burns the nitre, producing a very loud bang. We are in possession of such device in our forensic museum collection. We present a case from 1937 related to the use of this explosive home-made device...
November 23, 2016: Medicine, Science, and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879538/efficacy-of-ifosfamide-cisplatin-etoposide-ice-chemotherapy-for-a-cns-germinoma-in-a-child-with-down-syndrome
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Seishiro Nodomi, Katsutsugu Umeda, Hiroo Ueno, Satoshi Saida, Hidefumi Hiramatsu, Takeshi Funaki, Yoshiki Arakawa, Takashi Mizowaki, Souichi Adachi, Toshio Heike
Intracranial germ cell tumor is sometimes associated with Down syndrome; however, no optimal treatment has been developed due to the high risk of recurrence and treatment-related mortality. Here, we report on a patient with an intracranial germinoma in the bilateral basal ganglia. The patient received 3 courses of ifosfamide-cisplatin-etoposide in combination with whole-brain irradiation (24 Gy), with no serious complications. The patient is alive and disease free 16 months after the initial diagnosis. This regimen is a feasible treatment for intracranial germ cell tumor associated with Down syndrome, although careful attention must be paid to the increased risk for severe infection...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879509/surgical-site-infections-following-the-transoral-approach-a-review-of-172-consecutive-cases
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QingShui Yin, Hong Xia, ZengHui Wu, XiangYang Ma, FuZhi Ai, Kai Zhang, JianHua Wang, Tao Zhang, ZhaoHui Bai, ZhiYun Wang
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to discuss the characteristics, treatment, and incidence of surgical site infection (SSI) following transoral approach surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: One of the primary risks associated with transoral approach surgery is postoperative SSI. Few reports exist detailing the specific circumstances, treatment options, and incidence of SSIs following transoral approach surgery in a large series of consecutive cases...
December 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879507/pedicle-screw-combined-with-lateral-mass-screw-fixation-in-the-treatment-of-basilar-invagination-and-congenital-c2-c3-fusion
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Shenglin Wang, Chao Wang, Huijie Leng, Weidong Zhao, Ming Yan, Haitao Zhou
STUDY DESIGN: Clinical evaluation of a surgical fixation technique featuring combined use of pedicle screw and lateral mass screw (LMS). OBJECTIVE: Introduction of a novel technique for the treatment of congenital C2-C3 fusion and basilar invagination (BI). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND: Posterior occipitocervical fixation using C2 pedicle screw was widely used for BI. However, in cases where BI is concurrent with congenital C2-C3 fusion, the C2 pedicles tend to be thinner than that in normal population and hence more likely to fail...
December 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861371/chronic-lymphocytic-inflammation-with-pontine-perivascular-enhancement-responsive-to-steroids-clippers-with-intracranial-epstein-barr-virus-infection-a-case-report
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Yue Ma, Xiaolong Sun, Wen Li, Yi Li, Tao Kang, Xiai Yang, Wen Jiang
BACKGROUND: Chronic lymphocytic inflammation with pontine perivascular enhancement responsive to steroids (CLIPPERS) is an inflammatory disorder in the central nervous system (CNS) with distinct clinical, radiological, and pathological features. The pathophysiology of CLIPPERS still remains unclear and the reports are quite few. Although the radiological lesions were reported to be located predominantly in the pons, brachium pontis, and cerebellum, other adjacent structures such as the white matter and spinal cord were very recently reported as involved regions in CLIPPERS...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857924/a-case-of-intracranial-wooden-foreign-body-mimicking-pneumocephalus
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Dong Han Kim, Eun Suk Park, Han Yu Seong, Jun Bum Park, Soon Chan Kwon, Hong Bo Sim, In Uk Lyo
Intracranial wooden foreign bodies are rare. In addition, such objects are difficult to identify with conventional radiographic techniques, such as X-ray radiography or brain computed tomography. A 48-year-old man presented to our emergency room with a headache. Even though he had a history of trauma, he had no external wounds and showed no neurological deficits at the initial examination. He was initially diagnosed with trauma-related pneumocephalus. He developed a delayed intracranial infection and underwent surgery to remove the wooden foreign body...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855706/human-class-i-major-histocompatibility-complex-alleles-determine-central-nervous-system-injury-versus-repair
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Bharath Wootla, Aleksandar Denic, Jens O Watzlawik, Arthur E Warrington, Laurie J Zoecklein, Louisa M Papke-Norton, Chella David, Moses Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: We investigated the role of human HLA class I molecules in persistent central nervous system (CNS) injury versus repair following virus infection of the CNS. METHODS: Human class I A11(+) and B27(+) transgenic human beta-2 microglobulin positive (Hβ2m(+)) mice of the H-2 (b) background were generated on a combined class I-deficient (mouse beta-2 microglobulin deficient, β2m(0)) and class II-deficient (mouse Aβ(0)) phenotype. Intracranial infection with Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus (TMEV) in susceptible SJL mice results in acute encephalitis with prominent injury in the hippocampus, striatum, and cortex...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852701/bai1-orchestrates-macrophage-inflammatory-response-to-hsv-infection-implications-for-oncolytic-viral-therapy
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Chelsea M Bolyard, Walter Hans Meisen, Yeshavanth Banasavadi-Siddegowda, Jayson Hardcastle, Ji Young Yoo, Eric S Wohleb, Jeffrey Wojton, Jun-Ge Yu, Samuel Dubin, Maninder Khosla, Bo Xu, Jonathon G Smith, Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge, Pete Pow-Anpongkul, Flavia Pichiorri, Jianying Zhang, Matthew Old, Dan Zhu, Erwin G Van Meir, Jonathan Godbout, Michael A Caligiuri, Jianhua Yu, Balveen Kaur
PURPOSE: Brain Angiogenesis Inhibitor (BAI1) facilitates phagocytosis, and bacterial pathogen clearance by macrophages; however, its role in viral infections is unknown. Here we examined the role of BAI1, and its N-terminal cleavage fragment (Vstat120) in antiviral macrophage responses to oncolytic herpes simplex virus (oHSV). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Changes in infiltration and activation of monocytic and microglial cells after treatment of glioma-bearing mice brains with a control (rHSVQ1) or Vstat120-expressing (RAMBO) oHSV was analyzed using flow cytometry...
November 9, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845572/post-craniotomy-intracranial-infection-in-patients-with-brain-tumors-a-retrospective-analysis-of-5723-consecutive-patients
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Zhong-Hua Shi, Ming Xu, Yong-Zhi Wang, Xu-Ying Luo, Guang-Qiang Chen, Xin Wang, Tao Wang, Ming-Zhong Tang, Jian-Xin Zhou
AIM: To determine the risk factors for and the incidence, outcomes, and causative pathogens of post-craniotomy intracranial infection (PCII) in patients with brain tumors. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed of 5723 patients with brain tumors who were surgically treated between January 2012 and December 2013 in Beijing Tiantan Hospital. The patients' demographics, pathohistological diagnoses, surgical procedures, postoperative variables, causative pathogens, and outcomes were evaluated...
November 15, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831626/-non-fatal-case-of-h1n1-influenza-encephalopathy-in-a-pediatric-patient
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María Del Carmen Valdivia-Tapia, Nilton Yhuri Carreazo
A 2-year-old girl presented with fever, catarrhal symptoms, and focal right hemispheric seizures that persisted and led to signs of intracranial hypertension. An influenza A H1N1 infection was confirmed via polymerase chain reaction analysis of a nasopharyngeal swab. The patient, who was not treated with oseltamavir, has responded favorably to supportive measures.
July 2016: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818191/corticosteroids-for-the-management-of-severe-intracranial-hypertension-in-meningoencephalitis-caused-by-cryptococcus-gattii-a-case-report-and-review
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R-A Maciel, L-S Ferreira, F Wirth, P-D Rosa, M Aves, E Turra, L-Z Goldani
Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome in meningitis caused by Cryptococcus gattii in immunocompetent patients after initiation of antifungal therapy appears to be the result of paradoxical antifungal treatment-induced clinical deterioration due to improved local immune responses to cryptococcal organisms. Recent anecdotal reports have suggested a favorable clinical response to corticosteroids in select patients with C. gattii central nervous system (CNS) infections. In this report, we describe a 65-year-old patient with meningoencephalitis caused by C...
November 3, 2016: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816347/cerebral-venous-thrombosis
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José Manuel Ferro, Patrícia Canhão, Diana Aguiar de Sousa
Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) has an incidence of 1.32/100,000/years in high-income countries, and higher in middle- and low-income countries. CVT is more frequent in infants and children young adults and females, especially during pregnancy/puerperium. CVT are now being diagnosed with increasing frequency because of the increased awareness and higher use of magnetic resonance imaging (MR) for investigating patients with acute and subacute headaches and new onset seizures. CVT rarely present as a stroke syndrome...
November 2, 2016: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815693/bacterial-endocarditis-and-cerebrovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Brian Silver, Réza Behrouz, Scott Silliman
Cerebrovascular complications of endocarditis occur in 25-70% of patients with infective endocarditis. The cornerstone of treatment is early initiation of antibiotic treatment, which significantly reduces the risk of embolization after 1 week of treatment. In general, thrombolysis and anticoagulation of these patients should be avoided, while antiplatelet therapy may be considered in those with other indications. Endovascular treatment of acute septic emboli is uncertain, but a few case reports have demonstrated benefit...
December 2016: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801381/clinical-evolution-of-cerebral-coenurosis-from-invasive-to-chronic-infection-in-sheep-and-a-goat
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Maria Antonietta Evangelisti, Antonio Varcasia, Roberta Deiana, Rosanna Zobba, Eraldo Sanna Passino, Antonio Scala, Valentino Melosu, Anna Paola Pipia, Claudia Tamponi, Maria Lucia Manunta
This survey describes the evolution in vivo of Coenurus cerebralis in small ruminants. At presentation, neurological signs and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) features were suggestive of multifocal or diffuse inflammatory reaction. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) captured the transition between the invasive and quiescent phase of the infection, revealing the concurrent presence of meningitis and small cysts. During the quiescent phase, in all animals, neurological symptoms disappeared, and cerebrospinal fluid was unremarkable while cysts grew progressively...
October 31, 2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27800523/invasive-aspergillus-sinusitis-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
John M Humphrey, Thomas J Walsh, Roy M Gulick
Invasive Aspergillus (IA) sinusitis is a life-threatening opportunistic infection in immunocompromised individuals, but it is uncommon in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. To gain a better understanding of the characteristics of IA sinusitis in this population, we present a unique case of chronic IA sinusitis in an HIV-infected patient taking antiretroviral therapy and review the literature summarizing published cases of invasive aspergillosis of the paranasal (n = 41) and mastoid (n = 17) sinuses in HIV-infected individuals...
September 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798497/recent-advances-in-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-tuberculous-meningitis
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Nguyen T H Mai, Guy E Thwaites
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Tuberculous meningitis is a devastating infection that is hard to diagnose and treat. We have reviewed tuberculous meningitis original research published within the past 18 months, selecting studies which we consider have most advanced knowledge. RECENT FINDINGS: We review advances in diagnostic methods, anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy, and the common complications of tuberculous meningitis. New commercial molecular diagnostic tests, such as GeneXpert MTB/RIF, have an important role in tuberculous meningitis diagnosis, but as with all other available tests, they lack sensitivity and cannot rule out the disease...
October 27, 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796023/-clinical-manifestations-in-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-adpkd
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Giovanni Piscopo, Giovanna Capolongo
ADPKD is a systemic disorder, associated with numerous extrarenal manifestations, including polycystic liver disease (PCLD) and other gastrointestinal manifestations, as well as pancreatic cysts, diverticular disease, inguinal and ventral hernias which play a significant role in disease burden, particularly in the advanced stage of ADPKD. In most cases the natural history of ADPKD goes through a long period of stability followed by a progressive decline in renal function. The coexistence of hypertension, cyst infections and nephrolithiasis can influence and accelerate the progression of kidney failure...
September 2016: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
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