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Evidence-based physical diagnosis

Liying Ying, Xiaomin Chen, Lai Har Wu, Jing Shu, Xiangli Wu, Alice Yuen Loke
PURPOSE: Couples as dyads suffer from the diagnosis of infertility and related treatment. These couples commonly experience emotional and physical pain and tension in their marital lives. The purpose of this study is to report on the process of developing a potentially feasible and effective complex intervention for couples undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment in China. METHODS: The Medical Research Council (MRC) framework for developing and evaluating the complex intervention was adopted to guide the development of the Partnership and Coping Enhancement Programme (PCEP)...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Amar U Kishan, Percy Lee
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the second most common solid malignancy in the United States of America, and the leading cause of cancer-related mortality. Nearly 15% of patients present with early-stage disease, for which the standard of care is lobectomy. However, the median age at diagnosis ranges from 65 to 74 years, and many patients have significant comorbidities that preclude surgical treatment. Previously, the standard of care for these patients was definitive radiotherapy (RT) with conventional fractionation (i...
October 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Maria Claudia Rodríguez, Perla Villamor, Tatiana Castillo
INTRODUCTION: Pain is a disease by itself and it's a public health concern of major implication in children, not just because of the emotional component of the child and his family, but also due to the potential morbidity and mortality involving it. A proper assessment of pain it's a challenge in the pediatric population, due to their lack of understanding and verbalization of hurt. Additionally, a satisfactory treatment of pediatric pain can be arduous due to a lack of clinical knowledge, insufficient pediatric research, and the fear to opioid side effects and addiction...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
T R J Nicholson, V Voon
Functional neurologic disorder (FND), also known as conversion disorder, is common and often associated with a poor prognosis. It has been relatively neglected by research and as such there is a conspicuous lack of evidence-based treatments. Physical and psychologic therapies are the main treatment modalities, over and above reassurance and sensitive explanation of the diagnosis. However there are two other historic treatments that have seen a recent resurgence of interest and use. The first is electric stimulation, which was initially pioneered with direct stimulation of nerves but now used indirectly (and therefore noninvasively) in the form of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
W Curt Lafrance, R Ranieri, A S Blum
This chapter describes the evaluation process for the diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), which is determined based on concordance of the composite evidence available, including historic and physical exam findings, seizure semiology, and ictal/interictal electroencephalogram (EEG). No single clinical feature is pathognomonic of PNES. The diagnosis of PNES can be at times challenging, such as when seizure documentation on video-EEG cannot be readily achieved. A multicomponent approach to the diagnosis of PNES, with use of all available evidence, may facilitate diagnosis and then care of patients with PNES...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Heinrich Ebner, Francesco Stillo, Gaetano Lanza, Nicola Mangialardi, Giovanni B Agus, Marco Apperti, Eugenio Bernardini, Marcello Bernardini, Benedetto Bernardo, Giuseppe Bianchini, Roberto Bisacci, Stefano Camparini, Nicola Chiulli, Domenico Corda, Aldo Crespi, Antonio De Fiores, Roberto Di Mitri, Walter Dorigo, Juliane A Ebner, Guglielmo Emanuelli, Francesco Ferrara, Giuseppe Genovese, Elena Giacomelli, Benedetta Giannasio, Bruno Gossetti, Mirko Guerra, Vincenzo Mattaliano, Antonello Musiani, Olindo Pieroni, Riccardo Piccioli, Massimo Pisacreta, Carlo Pratesi, Sonia Ronchey, Gennaro Quarto, Antonio Sellitti, Giovanni M Spinelli, Enzo Strati, Antonio Tori, Marco Viani, Pierluigi Zolesio
Phlebology is not a specialty for its own in Italy. Phlebological patients are treated by vascular and general surgeons, dermatologists, phlebologists, angiologists, internists and even general practitioners. Even tough guidelines present a series of recommendations based on evidence-based medicine, guidelines may also be a tool to unify the diagnostic and therapeutic approach in a vast medical field like phlebology. Since vascular surgeons and phlebologists are particularly involved in phlebology-related pathologies the scientific societies of the Italian Society of Phlebology (SIF) and the Italian Society for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (SICVE) decided to cooperate for the preparation of phlebo-lymphological guidelines...
August 2016: Minerva Cardioangiologica
Simon Décary, Philippe Ouellet, Pascal-André Vendittoli, François Desmeules
Clinicians often rely on physical examination tests to guide them in the diagnostic process of knee disorders. However, reliability of these tests is often overlooked and may influence the consistency of results and overall diagnostic validity. Therefore, the objective of this study was to systematically review evidence on the reliability of physical examination tests for the diagnosis of knee disorders. A structured literature search was conducted in databases up to January 2016. Included studies needed to report reliability measures of at least one physical test for any knee disorder...
September 23, 2016: Manual Therapy
Jennifer S Scherer, Sara A Combs, Frank Brennan
Maintenance dialysis patients experience a high burden of physical and emotional symptoms that directly affect their quality of life and health care utilization. In this review, we specifically highlight common troublesome symptoms affecting dialysis patients: insomnia, restless legs syndrome, and uremic pruritus. Epidemiology, pathophysiology, and evidence-based current treatment are reviewed with the goal of providing a guide for diagnosis and treatment. Finally, we identify multiple additional areas of further study needed to improve symptom management in dialysis patients...
September 29, 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Simon Décary, Philippe Ouellet, Pascal-André Vendittoli, Jean-Sébastien Roy, François Desmeules
INTRODUCTION: More evidence on diagnostic validity of physical examination tests for knee disorders is needed to lower frequently used and costly imaging tests. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a systematic review of systematic reviews (SR) and meta-analyses (MA) evaluating the diagnostic validity of physical examination tests for knee disorders. METHODS: A structured literature search was conducted in five databases until January 2016. Methodological quality was assessed using the AMSTAR...
August 5, 2016: Physical Therapy in Sport
C J Phythian, P J Cripps, D Grove-White, E Michalopoulou, J S Duncan
In sheep, the diagnosis of foot lesions is routinely based on physical examination of the hoof. Correct diagnosis is important for the effective treatment, prevention and control of both infectious and non-infectious causes of lameness. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the level of inter-observer agreement for clinical examination of ovine foot lesions. Eight observers of varying experience, training and occupation performed foot examinations on a total of 1158 sheep from 38 farms across North England and Wales...
October 2016: Veterinary Journal
Kun Yang, Lixin Tao, Gehendra Mahara, Yan Yan, Kai Cao, Xiangtong Liu, Sipeng Chen, Qin Xu, Long Liu, Chao Wang, Fangfang Huang, Jie Zhang, Aoshuang Yan, Zhao Ping, Xiuhua Guo
The quadratic inference function (QIF) method becomes more acceptable for correlated data because of its advantages over generalized estimating equations (GEE). This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between platelet indices and blood pressure using QIF method, which has not been studied extensively in real data settings.A population-based longitudinal study was conducted in Beijing from 2007 to 2012, and the median of follow-up was 6 years. A total of 6515 cases, who were aged between 20 and 65 years at baseline and underwent routine physical examinations every year from 3 Beijing hospitals were enrolled to explore the association between platelet indices and blood pressure by QIF method...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Heidi D Klepin
Determining who is fit or unfit for standard treatments among older adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remains a challenge. However, available evidence can provide guidance on strategies to assess and categorize fitness. Evidence is strongest to guide identification of "frail" older adults at the time of diagnosis based on performance status, physical function, and comorbidity. Many older adults, with adequate performance status and comorbidity burden, however, may be better characterized as "vulnerable"...
September 28, 2016: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
Michael W Rich, Deborah A Chyun, Adam H Skolnick, Karen P Alexander, Daniel E Forman, Dalane W Kitzman, Mathew S Maurer, James B McClurken, Barbara M Resnick, Win K Shen, David L Tirschwell
The incidence and prevalence of most cardiovascular disorders increase with age, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and major disability in adults aged 75 and older. Despite the effect of CVD on quality of life, morbidity, and mortality in older adults, individuals aged 75 and older have been markedly underrepresented in most major cardiovascular trials, and virtually all trials have excluded older adults with complex comorbidities, significant physical or cognitive disabilities, frailty, or residence in nursing homes and assisted living facilities...
September 27, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Julia E Noel, Caroline C Jeffery, Edward Damrose
OBJECTIVE: Imaging plays a critical role in the evaluation of patients presenting with unilateral vocal fold paresis or paralysis of unknown etiology. In those with idiopathic unilateral vocal fold paralysis (iUVFP), there is no consensus regarding the need or timing of repeat imaging. This study seeks to establish the rate of delayed detection of alternate etiologies for these patients to determine if and when imaging should be repeated. METHODS: Retrospective chart review was conducted identifying patients at our institution with vocal fold movement impairment between 1998 and 2014...
September 26, 2016: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
Lin Shi
According to the seventh report of Joint National Committee (JNC 7), hypertensive emergency (HE), a kind of hypertensive crisis, is defined as a sudden and abrupt elevation in blood pressure so as to cause acute target organ dysfunctions, including central nervous system, cardiovascular system or kidneys. Patients with HE require immediate reduction in markedly elevated blood pressure. Currently, there are no international guidelines for children HE, so the JNC definition is commonly used. Hypertensive emergency in children is rare but a life-threatening emergency...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Gavin Giovannoni, Helmut Butzkueven, Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, Jeremy Hobart, Gisela Kobelt, George Pepper, Maria Pia Sormani, Christoph Thalheim, Anthony Traboulsee, Timothy Vollmer
INTRODUCTION: We present international consensus recommendations for improving diagnosis, management and treatment access in multiple sclerosis (MS). Our vision is that these will be used widely among those committed to creating a better future for people with MS and their families. METHODS: Structured discussions and literature searches conducted in 2015 examined the personal and economic impact of MS, current practice in diagnosis, treatment and management, definitions of disease activity and barriers to accessing disease-modifying therapies (DMTs)...
September 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Shun-Chiao Chang, Wei Wang, An Pan, Richard N Jones, Ichiro Kawachi, Olivia I Okereke
OBJECTIVE: To assess racial variation in depression risk factors and symptom trajectories among older women. METHODS: Using Nurses' Health Study data, participants (29,483 non-Hispanic white and 288 black women) aged 60 years or older, free of depression in 2000, were followed until 2012. Data on race and risk factors, selected a priori, were obtained from biennial questionnaires. Incident depression was defined as depression diagnosis, antidepressant use, or presence of severe depressive symptoms...
November 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Sjors Klompmaker, Desley van Zoggel, Ammara A Watkins, Mariam F Eskander, Jennifer F Tseng, Marc G Besselink, A James Moser
OBJECTIVE: To assess current nationwide case selection factors for minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy (MIDP) and identify actual risk factors for adverse outcomes compared with open distal pancreatectomy (ODP). BACKGROUND: Patient selection criteria that predict outcomes after MIDP remain unknown. As a result, widespread adoption of this surgical technique may have been delayed and its potential benefits possibly under-exploited. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of elective ODP and MIDP performed at 106 centers in 2014, using the pancreas-targeted American College of Surgeons' National Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) database...
September 6, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Tessho Maruyama, Toshiyuki Nakasone, Akira Matayoshi, Akira Arasaki
As advances in the medical field have resulted in increased life expectancy, performing surgery under general anesthesia in elderly patients has become an important issue. A 99-year-old Okinawan female was admitted to the hospital presenting with pain in the tongue. Following physical examination, a clinical diagnosis of early stage tongue cancer (T2N0Mx) was confirmed. Early stage tongue cancer is particularly easy to access for surgical resection. By contrast, later stages of tongue cancer are associated with pain, dysphagia and throat obstruction...
September 2016: Oncology Letters
Lawrence E Armstrong, Stavros A Kavouras, Neil P Walsh, William O Roberts
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the review is to provide recommendations to improve clinical decision-making based on the strengths and weaknesses of commonly used hydration biomarkers and clinical assessment methods. RECENT FINDINGS: There is widespread consensus regarding treatment, but not the diagnosis of dehydration. Even though it is generally accepted that a proper clinical diagnosis of dehydration can only be made biochemically rather than relying upon clinical signs and symptoms, no gold standard biochemical hydration index exists...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
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