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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900548/predictors-of-response-to-corticosteroids-for-dyspnea-in-advanced-cancer-patients-a-preliminary-multicenter-prospective-observational-study
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Masanori Mori, Akemi Naito Shirado, Tatsuya Morita, Kenichiro Okamoto, Yoshinobu Matsuda, Yoshihisa Matsumoto, Hirohide Yamada, Hiroki Sakurai, Etsuko Aruga, Keisuke Kaneishi, Hiroaki Watanabe, Takashi Yamaguchi, Takuya Odagiri, Shuji Hiramoto, Hiroyuki Kohara, Naoki Matsuo, Hideki Katayama, Tomohiro Nishi, Takashi Matsui, Satoru Iwase
PURPOSE: Although corticosteroids can relieve dyspnea in advanced cancer patients, factors predicting the response remain unknown. We aimed to explore potential factors predicting the response to corticosteroids for dyspnea in advanced cancer patients. METHODS: In this preliminary multicenter prospective observational study, we included patients who had metastatic or locally advanced cancer, were receiving specialized palliative care services, and had a dyspnea intensity of ≥3 on a 0-10 Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) (worst during the last 24 h)...
November 29, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899718/postoperative-delirium-after-liver-transplantation-is-associated-with-increased-length-of-stay-and-lower-survival-in-a-prospective-cohort
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Sonja Beckmann, Maria Schubert, Hanna Burkhalter, Philipp Dutkowski, Sabina De Geest
INTRODUCTION: Although postoperative delirium (POD) is a common in-hospital complication associated with negative outcomes, evidence in liver transplantation (LT) is scarce. OBJECTIVE: We examined the incidence and duration of POD, its impact on outcomes and health-care utilization, and described predisposing and precipitating factors favoring POD development. DESIGN: This prospective cohort study included adults undergoing transplantation in a tertiary hospital...
November 28, 2016: Progress in Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891735/hyperammonemia-in-ornithine-transcarbamylase-deficient-recipients-following-living-donor-liver-transplantation-from-heterozygous-carrier-donors
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Tri Hening Rahayatri, Hajime Uchida, Kengo Sasaki, Takanobu Shigeta, Yoshihiro Hirata, Hiroyuki Kanazawa, Vidyadhar Mali, Akinari Fukuda, Seisuke Sakamoto, Mureo Kasahara
Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD) is a urea cycle disorder of X-linked inheritance, affecting the detoxification of excess nitrogen and leading to hyperammonemia (hyper-NH3 ). Living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) has been applied for the treatment of OTCD. This case series retrospectively reviewed two OTCD patients who experienced hyper-NH3 following LDLT. The first case was a 5-year-old girl who had onset of OTCD at 2 years of age. Ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) enzyme activity was 62% for the donor and 15% for the recipient...
November 28, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887981/predictors-of-mortality-in-the-critically-ill-cirrhotic-patient-is-the-model-for-end-stage-liver-disease-enough
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Alagappan Annamalai, Megan Y Harada, Melissa Chen, Tram Tran, Ara Ko, Eric J Ley, Miriam Nuno, Andrew Klein, Nicholas Nissen, Mazen Noureddin
BACKGROUND: Critically ill cirrhotics urgently require liver transplantation but are at high risk for perioperative mortality. The Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score, recently updated to incorporate serum sodium, estimates survival probability in patients with cirrhosis but needs further evaluation in the critically ill. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the predictive power of intensive care unit (ICU) admission MELD scores and identify clinical risk factors associated with increased mortality...
November 22, 2016: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884494/consensus-conference-on-tips-management-techniques-indications-contraindications
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Stefano Fagiuoli, Raffaele Bruno, Wilma Debernardi Venon, Filippo Schepis, Francesco Vizzutti, Pierluigi Toniutto, Marco Senzolo, Paolo Caraceni, Francesco Salerno, Paolo Angeli, Roberto Cioni, Alessandro Vitale, Maurizio Grosso, Andrea De Gasperi, Gennaro D'Amico, Alfredo Marzano
The trans jugular intrahepatic Porto systemic shunt (TIPS) is no longer viewed as a salvage therapy or a bridge to liver transplantation and is currently indicated for a number of conditions related to portal hypertension with positive results in survival. Moreover, the availability of self-expandable polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-covered endoprostheses has dramatically improved the long-term patency of TIPS. However, since the last updated International guidelines have been published (year 2009) new evidence have come, which have open the field to new indications and solved areas of uncertainty...
October 29, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876616/protocol-for-three-parallel-multi-site-stepped-care-effectiveness-studies-for-unhealthy-alcohol-use-in-hiv-positive-patients
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E Jennifer Edelman, Stephen A Maisto, Nathan B Hansen, Christopher J Cutter, James Dziura, Lynn E Fiellin, Patrick G O'Connor, Roger Bedimo, Cynthia Gibert, Vincent C Marconi, David Rimland, Maria C Rodriguez-Barradas, Michael S Simberkoff, Amy C Justice, Kendall J Bryant, David A Fiellin
Unhealthy alcohol use is common among HIV-positive patients, yet effective evidence-based treatments are rarely provided in clinical settings providing HIV care. Further, given patient variability in response to initial treatments, stepped care approaches may be beneficial. We describe the rationale, aims and study design for the current StartingTreatment forEthanol inPrimary care Trials (STEP Trials); three parallel randomized controlled effectiveness trials being conducted in five Infectious Disease Clinics...
November 20, 2016: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873446/the-first-two-years-of-activity-of-a-specialized-organ-procurement-centre-report-of-an-innovative-approach-to-improve-organ-donation
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Pierre Marsolais, Philippe Durand, Emmanuel Charbonney, Karim Serri, Anne-Marie Lagacé, Francis Bernard, Martin Albert
The number of patients requiring organ transplants continues to outgrow the number of organs donated each year. In an attempt to improve the organ donation process and increase the number of organs available, we created a specialized multidisciplinary team within a specialized Organ Procurement Centre (OPC) with dedicated intensive care unit beds and operating rooms. The OPC was staffed with ICU nurses, operating room nurses, organ donor management ICU physicians and multidisciplinary staff. All organ donors within a designated geographic area were transferred and managed within the OPC...
November 22, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865895/intensive-care-unit-acquired-pneumonia-due-to-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-with-and-without-multidrug-resistance
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Laia Fernández-Barat, Miquel Ferrer, Francesca De Rosa, Albert Gabarrús, Mariano Esperatti, Silvia Terraneo, Mariano Rinaudo, Gianluigi Li Bassi, Antoni Torres
OBJECTIVE: Pseudomonas aeruginosa often presents multi-drug resistance (MDR) in intensive care unit (ICU)-acquired pneumonia (ICUAP), possibly resulting in inappropriate empiric treatment and worse outcomes. We aimed to identify patients with ICUAP at risk for these pathogens in order to improve treatment selection and outcomes. METHODS: We prospectively assessed 222 consecutive immunocompetent ICUAP patients confirmed microbiologically. We determined the characteristics, risk factors, systemic inflammatory response and outcomes of P...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851332/1697-a-rare-cause-of-decompensated-liver-failure-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Vrinda Trivedi, Teng Moua
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December 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848147/hepatitis-a-virus-genotype-ia-infected-patient-with-marked-elevation-of-aspartate-aminotransferase-levels
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Yoshifumi Miura, Tatsuo Kanda, Shin Yasui, Koji Takahashi, Yuki Haga, Reina Sasaki, Masato Nakamura, Shuang Wu, Shingo Nakamoto, Makoto Arai, Tsutomu Nishizawa, Hiroaki Okamoto, Osamu Yokosuka
We describe a case of acute liver failure (ALF) without hepatic encephalopathy with marked elevation of aminotransferase due to hepatitis A, according to the revised Japanese criteria of ALF. This liver biopsy of the patient showed compatible to acute viral hepatitis and she immediately recovered without intensive care. She had no comorbid disorders. Of interest, phylogenetic tree analysis using almost complete genomes of hepatitis A virus (HAV) demonstrated that the HAV isolate from her belonged to the HAV subgenotype IA strain and was similar to the HAJFF-Kan12 strain (99% nucleotide identity) or FH1 strain (98% nucleotide identity), which is associated with severe or fulminant hepatitis A...
November 15, 2016: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842769/drug-induced-acute-liver-failure
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Shahid Habib, Obaid S Shaikh
Drug-induced acute liver failure (ALF) disproportionately affects women and nonwhites. It is most frequently caused by antimicrobials and to a lesser extent by complementary and alternative medications, antiepileptics, antimetabolites, nonsteroidals, and statins. Most drug-induced liver injury ALF patients have hepatocellular injury pattern. Cerebral edema and intracranial hypertension are the most serious complications of ALF. Other complications include coagulopathy, sepsis, metabolic derangements, and renal, circulatory, and respiratory dysfunction...
February 2017: Clinics in Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830927/observational-clinical-study-on-organ-dysfunction-associated-with-dosing-of-antibiotics-in-a-paediatric-intensive-care-unit
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Sascha Tafelski, Alexander Gratopp, Florian Richter, Sylvia Kramer, Claudia Spies, Klaus D Wernecke, Irit Nachtigall
BACKGROUND: Medication errors are of concern especially in paediatric patients. This study investigates impact of dosing errors of antibiotics on outcome in critically ill paediatric patients. METHODS: Retrospective study including all consecutive patients admitted to one university paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in 2010 with length of PICU stay >24hrs, age <18 years and antibiotic therapy. Antibiotic dosages were evaluated for compliance with recommended dosing individually adapted for bodyweight, age and organ function...
November 10, 2016: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814824/acr-appropriateness-criteria-%C3%A2-stage-i-breast-carcinoma
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Phan Tuong Huynh, Sergy V Lemeshko, Mary C Mahoney, Mary S Newell, Lisa Bailey, Lora D Barke, Carl D'Orsi, Jennifer A Harvey, Mary K Hayes, Peter M Jokich, Su-Ju Lee, Constance D Lehman, Martha B Mainiero, David A Mankoff, Samir B Patel, Handel E Reynolds, M Linda Sutherland, Bruce G Haffty
Stage I breast carcinoma is classified when an invasive breast carcinoma is ≤2 cm in diameter (T1), with no regional (axillary) lymph node metastases (N0) and no distant metastases (M0). The most common sites for metastases from breast cancer are the skeleton, lung, liver, and brain. In general, women and health care professionals prefer intensive screening and surveillance after a diagnosis of breast cancer. Screening protocols include conventional imaging such as chest radiography, bone scan, ultrasound of the liver, and MRI of brain...
November 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807020/miliary-tuberculosis-in-an-immunocompetent-male-with-a-fatal-outcome
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Louise Dunphy, Elizabeth Keating, T Parke
A man aged 33 years, born in Nepal, but resident in the UK for 7 years presented to the emergency department with a 4-day history of general malaise, fever (temperature 38.6°C) and a non-productive cough. His medical history was unremarkable and no high-risk behaviour was identified. Clinical examination confirmed decreased air entry bilaterally with bibasal crackles. He was tachycardic, with a heart rate of 120 bpm. Further investigation with a 12-lead ECG confirmed supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) which was terminated with vagal manoeuvres...
November 2, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777895/hypoxic-hepatitis-a-review-and-clinical-update
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Najeff Waseem, Po-Hung Chen
Hypoxic hepatitis (HH), also known as ischemic hepatitis or shock liver, is characterized by a massive, rapid rise in serum aminotransferases resulting from reduced oxygen delivery to the liver. The most common predisposing condition is cardiac failure, followed by circulatory failure as occurs in septic shock and respiratory failure. HH does, however, occur in the absence of a documented hypotensive event or shock state in 50% of patients. In intensive care units, the incidence of HH is near 2.5%, but has been reported as high as 10% in some studies...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766283/term-neonate-with-liver-laceration-obstructive-uropathy-and-ascites-secondary-to-extravasation-of-total-parenteral-nutrition-a-complication-of-malpositioned-umbilical-venous-catheter
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Olubukunola Adesanya, Mubariz Naqvi
We report a rare, but serious, complication of a malpositioned umbilical venous catheter in a term male infant who developed laceration, hematoma, and necrosis of liver, ascites, and left-sided obstructive uropathy secondary to extravasation of total parenteral nutrition. Abdominal paracentesis confirmed the presence of parenteral nutrition in the peritoneal cavity. Although, the umbilical venous catheterization is a common intravenous access used in neonatal intensive care units, judicious continued monitoring of its use should be practiced to avoid serious complications...
2016: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27765437/pyogenic-liver-abscess-a-retrospective-study-of-105-cases-in-an-emergency-department-from-east-china
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Li Liu, Wanjun Chen, Xiaoye Lu, Keji Zhang, Changqing Zhu
BACKGROUND: Pyogenic liver abscesses have become common in emergency departments (EDs) in recent years in Shanghai, China due to a variety of risk factors contributory to the disease. OBJECTIVE: To review our experience in managing pyogenic liver abscesses to aid in the current management of this complex condition. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted to collect and analyze information from adult patients diagnosed with liver hepatic abscesses who were admitted to Ren Ji Hospital during the period from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2015...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763575/optimal-treatment-of-hepatic-encephalopathy
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Sanath Allampati, Kevin D Mullen
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a complex neuropsychiatric syndrome associated with decompensated liver disease. The spectrum of disease ranges from trivial abnormalities in complex decision-making and prolonged reaction time to coma in its most severe form. The very initial stages, recently termed covert hepatic encephalopathy, can only be diagnosed with the help of neuropsychiatric testing, while the later and more severe forms, termed overt hepatic encephalopathy, can be diagnosed clinically. Management of HE is very critical as it can dramatically increase morbidity and mortality...
December 2016: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759843/septic-pulmonary-embolism-requiring-critical-care-clinicoradiological-spectrum-causative-pathogens-and-outcomes
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Deng-Wei Chou, Shu-Ling Wu, Kuo-Mou Chung, Shu-Chen Han, Bruno Man-Hon Cheung
OBJECTIVES: Septic pulmonary embolism is an uncommon but life-threatening disorder. However, data on patients with septic pulmonary embolism who require critical care have not been well reported. This study elucidated the clinicoradiological spectrum, causative pathogens and outcomes of septic pulmonary embolism in patients requiring critical care. METHODS: The electronic medical records of 20 patients with septic pulmonary embolism who required intensive care unit admission between January 2005 and December 2013 were reviewed...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759741/acute-kidney-injury-in-liver-transplant-candidates-a-position-paper-on-behalf-of-the-liver-intensive-care-group-of-europe
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Paolo Angeli, Dimitri Bezinover, Gianni Biancofiore, Anja Bienholz, James Findlay, Catherine Paugam Burtz, Koen Reyntjens, Tetsuro Sakai, Fuat H Saner, Dana Tomescu, Gebhard Wagener, Emmanuel Weiss
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is associated with high perioperative mortality. A series of AKI research breakthroughs are worth mentioning. First, in 2003, serum and urine biomarkers specific to AKI were identified. These biomarkers have contributed to early detection, prevention, and treatment of AKI. In 2004, AKI severity was defined with the Risk, Injury, Failure, Loss, and End-stage kidney disease (RIFLE) criteria, which was developed by the International Consensus Conference Workgroup of the Acute Dialysis Quality Initiative...
October 19, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
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