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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346056/esophageal-leiomyoma-in-a-dog-causing-esophageal-distension-and-treated-by-transcardial-placement-of-a-self-expanding-covered-nitinol-esophageal-stent
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Elisabeth M Robin, Pascaline B Pey, Pauline de Fornel-Thibaud, Pierre H M Moissonnier, Valérie Freiche
CASE DESCRIPTION A 10-year-old spayed female Rottweiler was referred for evaluation because of a 2-month history of regurgitation and weight loss, despite no apparent change in appetite. The dog had received antiemetic and antacid treatment, without improvement. CLINICAL FINDINGS Physical examination revealed a low body condition score (2/5), but other findings were unremarkable. Diffuse, global esophageal dilatation was noted on plain thoracic radiographs, and normal motility was confirmed through videofluoroscopic evaluation of swallowing...
February 1, 2018: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336374/radiotherapy-for-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors
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REVIEW
Emine Elif Ozkan
OBJECTIVE: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are rare mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, which frequently cause intraabdominal metastases. The current standard of care is surgery for localized cases, and adjuvant imatinib is recommended for tumors with a high risk of recurrence. To date, radiotherapy has not been commonly accepted as a part of multimodality treatment approach other than palliation. However, recently published case reports and some small series suggest that radiotherapy is a valuable option for controlling locally progressive, drug-resistant disease...
January 20, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334794/a-look-at-the-progress-of-treating-pancreatic-cancer-over-the-past-20-years
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Ruediger Goess, Helmut Friess
Pancreatic cancer is known to be the deadliest of all common cancers. Despite all efforts in pancreatic cancer treatment, the five-year survival rates at diagnosis over the past 20 years have only increased from 5% to 8%. Assuming that pancreatic cancer is going to become the second most frequent cause of cancer related death in the next 20 years, we are all encouraged to treat patients in clinical trials to gain improvements in this devastating disease. Areas covered: This review will provide a summary of pancreatic cancer treatment over the last 20 years, starting with the pivotal study in 1997 which showed the superiority of gemcitabine over 5-FU in advanced pancreatic cancer and is marked as the beginning of a new era in pancreatic cancer treatment...
January 16, 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329432/cardiac-surgical-strategy-for-extremely-low-birthweight-infants-with-pulmonary-overcirculation
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Takashi Kido, Kyoichi Nishigaki, Yoichi Kawahira, Koji Kagisaki, Kazuki Tanimoto, Eiji Ehara, Yosuke Murakami
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to review the clinical outcomes of staged cardiac surgery in extremely low-birthweight infants with congenital heart disease and pulmonary overcirculation. METHODS: Six extremely low-birthweight infants with congenital heart disease and pulmonary overcirculation underwent staged cardiac surgery between 2005 and 2017. The median birthweight was 895 g (range 620-990 g), and the median gestational age was 28 weeks (range 23-31 weeks)...
January 9, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327223/one-bone-forearm-osteodesis-and-biceps-re-routing-to-correct-severe-supination-contracture-in%C3%A2-a-paediatric-patient-with-late-obstetric-brachial-plexus-palsy
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Ricardo Monreal
PURPOSE: The one-bone forearm arthrodesis has been performed to change the position of the forearm in children with fixed supination deformity due to upper extremity neurologic deficit. In this article, we present a retrospective review of children with late obstetric brachial plexus palsy who underwent palliative surgery to correct severe supination contracture by one-bone forearm osteodesis and biceps re-routing. This technique has not been described previously. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, four consecutive patients with upper extremity weakness and severe supination contracture who underwent forearm osteodesis in neutral or slight pronation and biceps re-routing...
January 12, 2018: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326400/treatment-of-cutaneous-angiosarcoma-of-the-scalp-and-face-in-the-chinese-patients-local-experience-at-a-regional-hospital-in-hong-kong
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T L Chow, W Wy Kwan, C K Kwan
INTRODUCTION: Angiosarcoma is a rare aggressive sarcoma that occurs mostly in the skin of the head and neck in the elderly population. The optimal management is dubious and most studies are from Caucasian populations. We aimed to find out the treatment and outcome of this disease in Chinese patients. METHODS: Data of patients with histopathologically verified cutaneous angiosarcoma of the head and neck during December 1997 to September 2016 were retrieved from our cancer registry...
January 12, 2018: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325948/spinal-metastasis-resulting-from-atypical-thymic-carcinoid-a-case-report
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Xinjie Wu, Yingna Qi, Feng Yang, Mingsheng Tan, Jie Lin
BACKGROUND: Thymic carcinoid with spinal metastasis is an extremely rare entity. Clinically, the tumor presents either by its endocrine manifestations or by mechanical compression of surrounding structures. However, no previous studies reported a case with neck pain, and neurological deficit as initial presentation of an atypical thymic carcinoid. METHOD: A 56-year-old non-smoking man presented with 12-month history of intermittent neck pain and 1-month history of progressive numbness and weakness of the right upper limb...
January 8, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324681/ppoma-review-epidemiology-aetiopathogenesis-prognosis-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Thais Ligiero Braga, Ralph Santos-Oliveira
Generally, pancreatic polypeptide-secreting tumor of the distal pancreas (PPoma) is classified as a rare tumor, and may occur sporadically or be associated in families or with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (NEM 1). It grows slowly, reaching large dimensions at the time of diagnosis and the symptomatology is fundamentally due to the mass effect, causing either non-specific abdominal pain or symptoms suggestive of obstruction of the pancreatic or biliary duct. Therefore, when detected, they are usually malignant, with metastases mainly in the liver...
January 11, 2018: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324212/managing-patients-with-oligometastatic-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Sarah Jo Stephens, Michael J Moravan, Joseph K Salama
Metastatic lung cancer has long been considered incurable, with the goal of treatment being palliation. However, a clinically meaningful number of these patients with limited metastases (approximately 25%) are living long term after definitive treatment to all sites of active disease. These patients with so-called oligometastatic disease likely represent a distinct clinical group who may possess a more indolent biology compared with their more widely metastatic counterparts. Hellman and Weichselbaum proposed the existence of the oligometastatic state, on the basis of the spectrum theory of cancer spread...
January 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316996/a-randomised-trial-of-early-palliative-care-for-maternal-stress-in-infants-prenatally-diagnosed-with-single-ventricle-heart-disease
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Hayley S Hancock, Ken Pituch, Karen Uzark, Priya Bhat, Carly Fifer, Maria Silveira, Sunkyung Yu, Suzanne Welch, Janet Donohue, Ray Lowery, Ranjit Aiyagari
Children with single-ventricle disease experience high mortality and complex care. In other life-limiting childhood illnesses, paediatric palliative care may mitigate maternal stress. We hypothesised that early palliative care in the single-ventricle population may have the same benefit for mothers. In this pilot randomised trial of early palliative care, mothers of infants with prenatal single-ventricle diagnoses completed surveys measuring depression, anxiety, coping, and quality of life at a prenatal visit and neonatal discharge...
January 10, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315736/dosing-oxaliplatin-in-a-haemodialysis-patient-with-metastatic-rectum-cancer-monitored-by-free-platinum-concentrations
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I R F van Berlo-van de Laar, W J Brummelhuis, A L T Imholz, J H Schellens, A D R Huitema, F G A Jansman
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Oxaliplatin in combination with fluorouracil and folinic acid is one of the preferred chemotherapeutic options in the treatment of metastatic rectum cancer. However, oxaliplatin is contraindicated in patients with a creatinine clearance <30 mL/min and dosing guidelines in patients on haemodialysis have not been established. CASE SUMMARY: A 77-year-old haemodialysis patient with metastatic rectum cancer was treated with FOLFOX and bevacizumab (oxaliplatin 70 mg/m2 , folinic acid 200 mg/m2 , 5-FU 340 mg/m2 bolus and 2040 mg/m2 continuous infusion during 44 hours and bevacizumab 5 mg/kg) every three weeks...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313655/lung-cancer-management
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Timothy F Mott
Lung cancer management that is individualized for age, comorbidities, cancer type, cancer stage, and patient preference has long been a cornerstone of management. New to this realm of individualized management are the emerging biologic therapies, immunotherapies, and targeted therapies for non-small-cell lung cancer provided by advances in genetics and molecular medicine. These techniques have led to a new field of precision medicine based on the unique molecular characteristics of a specific patient and the specific cancer...
January 2018: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312753/review-of-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-survival-after-talc-pleurodesis-or-surgery
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REVIEW
Emanuela Taioli, Maaike van Gerwen, Meredith Mihalopoulos, Gil Moskowitz, Bian Liu, Raja Flores
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive tumor and the prognosis is still dismal despite the various proposed multimodal treatment plans. Currently, new palliative treatments, such as talc pleurodesis, are being explored besides traditional surgery. This review reports survival rates after talc pleurodesis in comparison to surgery in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. A systematic literature search yielded 49 articles eligible for this review. The mean survival in the talc pleurodesis group was 14 months compared to 17 and 24 months for the pleurectomy decortication (P/D) group and extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) group, respectively...
December 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310561/endotoxin-activity-in-neonates-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-cohort-study
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Zaccaria Ricci, Simona Benegni, Cristiana Garisto, Isabella Favia, Roberta Haiberger, Luca Di Chiara
BACKGROUND: Endotoxemia in pediatric cardiac surgical patients is poorly understood. The endotoxin activity assay (EAA) levels were examined in neonates undergoing cardiac surgery in order to assess their reference levels and their association with other pre-, intra-, and postoperative risk factors for gut hypoperfusion. We finally observed if refeeding was associated with modification of endotoxin levels. METHODS: In a prospective cohort study, neonates undergoing surgery for correction or palliation were enrolled...
January 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309720/radical-multimodality-therapy-for-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma
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REVIEW
Omar Abdel-Rahman, Zeinab Elsayed, Hadeer Mohamed, Mostafa Eltobgy
BACKGROUND: Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an almost always fatal tumour, for which palliative platinum-based chemotherapy is currently the standard treatment. Multimodal therapeutic strategies incorporating surgery, radiation therapy or photodynamic therapy and chemotherapy have been recommended for selected patients but there is no consensus about their effectiveness. OBJECTIVES: To assess the benefits and harms of radical multimodal treatment options (including radical surgery ± radical radiotherapy ± photodynamic therapy ± systemic therapy) compared to each other or to palliative treatments, for people with malignant pleural mesothelioma...
January 8, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307515/clinical-outcome-and-long-term-survival-of-150%C3%A2-consecutive-patients-with-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-a-comprehensive-analysis-by-the-world-health-organization-2010-grading-classification
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Ben-Yuan Deng, Fei Liu, Si-Neng Yin, An-Ping Chen, Lin Xu, Bo Li
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its grading system for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETs) in 2010 into three main group, which has not been widely and comprehensively evaluated. We aimed to validate the clinical valve of this system associated with the clinical outcome and long-term survival when applied to PNETs, which were rare and heterogeneous. METHODS: We retrospectively collected and analyzed the data of 150 consecutive patients with PNETs who underwent a resection...
January 4, 2018: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307356/management-spinal-metastases
#17
Anick Nater, Arjun Sahgal, Michael Fehlings
Due to a worldwide increase of cancer incidence and a longer life expectancy of patients with metastatic cancer, a rise in the incidence of symptomatic vertebral metastases has been observed. Metastatic spinal disease is one of the most dreaded complications of cancer as it is not only associated with severe pain, but also with paralysis, sensory loss, sexual dysfunction, urinary and fecal incontinency when the neurologic elements are compressed. Rapid diagnosis and treatment have been shown to improve both the quality and length of remaining life...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300861/asanguineous-priming-of-miniaturized-paediatric-cardiopulmonary-bypass-circuits-for-congenital-heart-surgery-independent-predictors-associated-with-transfusion-requirements-and-effects-on-postoperative-morbidity
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Wolfgang Boettcher, Matthias Redlin, Frank Dehmel, Katharina Graefe, Mi-Young Cho, Helmut Habazettl, Marian Kukucka
OBJECTIVES: In paediatric cardiac surgery, body weight-adjusted miniaturized cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) circuits within a comprehensive blood-sparing approach can reduce transfusion requirements. Haemodilution resulting from mixing the patient's blood with a CPB crystalloid solution may be reduced to the extent that asanguineous priming becomes possible. Therefore, we adopted asanguineous priming in our clinical routine. Our goal was to report the effects of asanguineous priming on transfusion requirements, clinical features associated with transfusion and effects on in-hospital morbidity...
January 2, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299662/the-association-between-intraoperative-fluid-intake-and-postoperative-complications-in-patients-undergoing-radical-cystectomy-with-an-enhanced-recovery-protocol
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Soroush T Bazargani, Saum Ghodoussipour, Beverly Tse, Gus Miranda, Jie Cai, Anne Schuckman, Siamak Daneshmand, Hooman Djaladat
PURPOSE: To evaluate the association between intraoperative fluid intake and postoperative complications in patients who underwent radical cystectomy (RC) for bladder cancer with an enhanced recovery protocol. METHODS: 287 patients underwent open RC with enhanced recovery protocol (ERAS) from 2012 to 2016. 107 were excluded; non-urothelial (30), palliative (37), had adjunct procedures or not-consented (40). We prospectively evaluated intraoperative fluid intake (crystalloid, colloid and blood) and correlated with length of stay, 30- and 90-day complications...
January 3, 2018: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290485/tricuspid-valve-adaptation-during-the-first-interstage-period-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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Timothy Colen, Shelby Kutty, Richard B Thompson, Edythe Tham, Andrew S Mackie, Ling Li, Dongngan T Truong, Michiko Maruyama, Jeffrey F Smallhorn, Nee Scze Khoo
BACKGROUND: Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) is an important risk factor for morbidity and mortality in hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), yet the evolution of tricuspid valve (TV) dysfunction in HLHS is poorly understood. This study sought to examine changes in TV function in HLHS between the first two stages of surgical palliation and to determine the mechanism of TR at the time of stage two surgery-bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis (BCPA). METHODS: We prospectively investigated 44 infants at two time points-prior to Norwood-Sano (T1 - median age 5...
December 29, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
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