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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100979/late-cardiac-rupture-after-amplatzer-septal-occluder-implantation
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Ahmet Arnaz, Yasemin Turkekul, Yusuf Yalcinbas, Arda Saygili, Tayyar Sarioglu
Transcatheter device implantation has become an attractive alternative to surgery in the closure of atrial septal defects in selected patients. However, it can lead to early and late sequelae, some of them life threatening. For example, 79 days before her admission to our emergency department with sudden-onset respiratory distress and respiratory arrest (leading to cardiac tamponade and rupture), a 22-year-old woman had undergone percutaneous closure of an atrial septal defect. We describe the damage and its treatment...
December 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099181/adverse-events-and-risk-factors-during-emergency-intubation-in-a-tertiary-paediatric-emergency-department
#2
Ruth M C Löllgen, Jennifer Pontin, Matthew Gow, Mary E McCaskill
BACKGROUND: Rapid sequence intubation and emergency intubation in the emergency department (ED) can be life-saving procedures, but require the appropriate skills, experience and preparation to avoid complications ranging from simple trauma to life-threatening desaturation. Only scarce data exist in the published literature on complications following emergency intubation in children and most guidelines are extrapolated from the adult population. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We reviewed all emergency intubations of patients in our tertiary paediatric ED within a 2-year period to estimate the incidence of complications and to analyse the risk factors associated with this procedure...
January 17, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098631/after-the-fall-the-tapestry-of-disturbance-and-recovery
#3
Nalini M Nadkarni
On July 3, 2015, Nalini Nadkarni, a world-renowned ecologist who had been studying the biologic processes of ecosystem disturbance and recovery, sustained a catastrophic 50-foot free-fall from the top of the rainforest canopy to the forest floor at her remote field research site. She lost consciousness in shock and sustained life-threatening injuries. Her accompanying students hiked out, radio-called 911, and the Harborview Medical Center (Seattle) Medivac team arrived 4 hours later to rescue her. Her prognosis was extremely grim; her family gathered in anticipation of her death as she underwent four operations during her 10 days in the ICU...
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096836/coronary-artery-spasm-following-on-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-with-20-months-follow-up
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Adam R Kowalówka, Marcin Malinowski, Magdalena Onyszczuk, Marek Deja
We report on a 69-year-old woman who demonstrated native coronary artery and grafted vessel spasm following on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Despite intraaortic balloon pump (IABP) insertion, electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities did not disappear. Emergency coronary angiography (CAG) was performed. The patient was successfully treated with systemic and intracoronary injection of vasodilator agents. ECG changes disappeared, with normalized and stable hemodynamic function. Intraaortic balloon pump was maintained for 48 h...
December 2016: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095957/point-of-care-ultrasound-utility-and-potential-for-high-altitude-crew-recovery-missions
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Laura A Galdamez, Jonathan B Clark, Erik L Antonsen
INTRODUCTION: Flights to high altitude can lead to exposure and unique pathology not seen in normal commercial aviation. METHODS: This paper assesses the potential for point-of-care ultrasound to aid in management and disposition of injured crewmembers from a high altitude incident. This was accomplished through a systematic literature review regarding current diagnostic and therapeutic uses of ultrasound for injuries expected in high altitude free fall and parachuting...
February 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095078/diagnosis-classification-and-therapeutic-interventions-for-sinopulmonary-aspergillosis
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Matthew William McCarthy, Daniel Aguilar-Zapata, Vidmantas Petraitis, Thomas J Walsh
Sinopulmonary aspergillosis represents a diverse collection of allergic, invasive, and chronic sinus and respiratory conditions. These diseases can affect patients with and without immune impairment and in some cases may be life-threatening. Areas Covered: We review the diagnosis, classification, and therapeutic options available to treat sinopulmonary aspergillosis and look ahead to emerging diagnostic and therapeutic options that may soon play an important role in clinical practice. Expert Commentary: Histopathology and tissue culture remain the gold standard for the diagnosis of invasive sinopulmonary aspergillosis, but several new molecular detection methods have recently emerged, including various PCR-based platforms, MALDI-TOF, and lateral flow assays...
January 17, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093994/viral-infection-and-obesity-current-status-and-future-prospective
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Sayed Sartaj Sohrab, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Richard L Atkinson, Maha M Alawi, Esam I Azhar
The association of pathogenic viruses with obesity has now been well-known in both human and animals. Globally, human obesity has become a serious problem leading to the emergence of multiple life-threatening diseases. Adenoviruses contribute a significant role in the induction of obesity by affecting various pathways. Due to impaired immunity, obese individuals are more prone to nosocomial infections leading to complications of obesity. In contrast, several other important factors contributing to human obesity are known...
January 16, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090817/coronary-or-ventricular-rupture-after-blunt-chest-trauma-a-clinical-dilemma
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Anton Sabashnikov, Guido Michels, Javid Fatullayev, Kaveh Eghbalzadeh, Mohamed Zeriouh, Stephan Baldus, Jens Wippermann, Thorsten Wahlers, Navid Madershahian
Cardiac rupture (CR) is one of the most serious and life-threatening complications of blunt chest trauma (BCT) usually associated with high mortality. Moreover, its diagnosis and treatment strategies may be extremely challenging for clinicians due to various anatomical localisations of the tear. Whereas most injuries fall under the category of right atrial ruptures, left ventricular lesions represent a rare type of this injury, with greater mortality, particularly in cases of multi-chamber injuries. However, not only cardiac chamber or great vessel ruptures may occur as a result of BCT; a growing number of reports also describe BCT-induced isolated coronary artery injuries, including ruptures...
January 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087089/point-of-care-ultrasound-diagnosis-of-posterior-sternoclavicular-joint-dislocation
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Rachel R Bengtzen, Ryan C Petering
BACKGROUND: Posterior sternoclavicular dislocations can be challenging diagnostically, as traumatic force often happens to the lateral shoulder rather than directly to the sternoclavicular joint. Shoulder radiographs do not illustrate the sternoclavicular joint well, and can miss the diagnosis. This injury, however, has the potential for life-threatening complications due to proximity of mediastinal structures that might also be injured. CASE REPORT: The following case illustrates a delayed diagnosis of posterior sternoclavicular dislocation...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081260/comparative-genome-sequencing-reveals-within-host-genetic-changes-in-neisseria-meningitidis-during-invasive-disease
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Johanna Klughammer, Marcus Dittrich, Jochen Blom, Vera Mitesser, Ulrich Vogel, Matthias Frosch, Alexander Goesmann, Tobias Müller, Christoph Schoen
Some members of the physiological human microbiome occasionally cause life-threatening disease even in immunocompetent individuals. A prime example of such a commensal pathogen is Neisseria meningitidis, which normally resides in the human nasopharynx but is also a leading cause of sepsis and epidemic meningitis. Using N. meningitidis as model organism, we tested the hypothesis that virulence of commensal pathogens is a consequence of within host evolution and selection of invasive variants due to mutations at contingency genes, a mechanism called phase variation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080994/global-food-and-fibre-security-threatened-by-current-inefficiencies-in-fungal-identification
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REVIEW
Pedro W Crous, Johannes Z Groenewald, Bernard Slippers, Michael J Wingfield
Fungal pathogens severely impact global food and fibre crop security. Fungal species that cause plant diseases have mostly been recognized based on their morphology. In general, morphological descriptions remain disconnected from crucially important knowledge such as mating types, host specificity, life cycle stages and population structures. The majority of current fungal species descriptions lack even the most basic genetic data that could address at least some of these issues. Such information is essential for accurate fungal identifications, to link critical metadata and to understand the real and potential impact of fungal pathogens on production and natural ecosystems...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080988/medical-mycology-and-fungal-immunology-new-research-perspectives-addressing-a-major-world-health-challenge
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REVIEW
Neil A R Gow, Mihai G Netea
Fungi cause more than a billion skin infections, more than 100 million mucosal infections, 10 million serious allergies and more than a million deaths each year. Global mortality owing to fungal infections is greater than for malaria and breast cancer and is equivalent to that owing to tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. These statistics evidence fungal infections as a major threat to human health and a major burden to healthcare budgets worldwide. Those patients who are at greatest risk of life-threatening fungal infections include those who have weakened immunity or have suffered trauma or other predisposing infections such as HIV...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079659/suspected-malignant-hyperthermia-in-the-setting-of-hypothermic-circulatory-arrest-for-type-a-aortic-dissection-repair-a-case-report
#13
Bryant Bunting, Joshua Knight, Stephen M McHugh
Malignant Hyperthermia (MH) is a life-threatening biochemical process of hypermetabolism brought about in susceptible individuals by a triggering drug or event. Type A aortic dissections are surgical emergencies requiring cardiopulmonary bypass and frequently deep hypothermic circulatory arrest. We present a case of suspected MH in a patient undergoing emergent repair of a type A aortic dissection. Upon arrival at our institution, the patient had multiple signs of MH. However, no known triggering agent had been administered...
January 11, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078377/advances-in-imaging-and-management-trends-of-traumatic-aortic-injuries
#14
Prashant Nagpal, Brian F Mullan, Indrani Sen, Sachin S Saboo, Ashish Khandelwal
Acute traumatic aortic injury (ATAI) is a life-threatening injury. CT is the imaging tool of choice, and the knowledge of direct and indirect signs of injury, grading system, and current management protocol helps the emergency radiologist to better identify and classify the injury and provide additional details that can impact management options. Newer dual-source CT technology with ultrafast acquisition speed has also influenced the appropriate protocol for imaging in patients with suspected ATAI. This review highlights the imaging protocol in patients with blunt trauma, CT appearance and grading systems of ATAI, management options, and the role of the multidisciplinary team in the management of these patients...
January 11, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078172/gastric-rupture-in-pregnancy-case-series-from-a-tertiary-institution-in-rwanda-and-review-of-the-literature
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David Ntirushwa, Stephen Rulisa, Febronie Muhorakeye, Lisa Bazzett-Matabele, Theogene Rurangwa, Maria Small
Background Gastric rupture is a rare, life-threatening condition during pregnancy. Case study We present three cases of gastric perforation during pregnancy and the puerperium. The first patient presented with gastric perforation 4 days following an uncomplicated cesarean delivery for obstetric indications. She initially complained of epigastric pain; however, those symptoms resolved. She later demonstrated worsening abdominal distension, intra-abdominal free fluid, and signs of peritonitis. At laparotomy, an ascariasis-associated gastric rupture was diagnosed...
October 2016: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074692/goodsam-how-digital-networks-can-revolutionise-care-in-life-threatening-emergencies
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January 2017: Perspectives in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069418/splenic-artery-aneurysm-rupture-in-pregnancy
#17
Joshua Jacobson, Chad Gorbatkin, Stacey Good, Scott Sullivan
CASE PRESENTATION: A pregnant woman at 22+5/7weeks gestation presented to the emergency department (ED) from an outpatient clinic, hypotensive after experiencing a syncopal episode. On arrival to the ER she was tachycardic, tachypneic and complaining of abdominal pain. A bedside FAST was performed and noted free fluid in the abdomen. Subsequent CT obtained noted the rare but life-threatening diagnosis of ruptured splenic artery aneurysm that resulted in emergent transfer to the operating room with OB/GYN and general surgery...
December 15, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069096/validation-of-a-new-ent-emergencies-course-for-first-on-call-doctors
#18
C Swords, M E Smith, J D Wasson, A Qayyum, J R Tysome
BACKGROUND: First-on-call ENT cover is often provided by junior doctors with limited ENT experience; yet, they may have to manage life-threatening emergencies. An intensive 1-day simulation course was developed to teach required skills to junior doctors. METHODS: A prospective, single-blinded design was used. Thirty-seven participants rated their confidence before the course, immediately following the course and after a two-month interval. Blinded assessors scored participant performance in two video-recorded simulated scenarios before and after the course...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067687/a-case-of-toxic-breast-feeding
#19
Megan L Schultz, Mark Kostic, Sigmund Kharasch
Opiates are frequently prescribed postpartum for pain relief after cesarean delivery, episiotomies, and headaches. It is estimated that greater than 30% of breast-feeding mothers in the United States are prescribed opiates for pain relief associated with childbirth. Many opiates are readily transferred to human milk, although life-threatening events are rare. We report a 6-day-old breast-feeding infant whose mother was taking hydromorphone for pain relief from a cesarean delivery and whose clinical course was suggestive of opiate toxicity...
January 6, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067671/a-fatal-case-of-coin-battery-ingestion-in-an-18-month-old-child-case-report-and-literature-review
#20
Francesco Ventura, Sara Candosin, Rosario Barranco, Alessandro Bonsignore, Luisa Andrello, Luca Tajana, Antonio Osculati
The ingestion of extraneous substances is quite common in clinical practice; it usually befalls in the pediatric age, mostly between 6 months and 6 years. In most cases, complications do not emerge, and the prognosis is considered favorable. However, when a case of battery ingestion occurs, serious adverse events may develop. The ingestion of these components is a potential life-threatening event for children.In this article, we report the case of an 18-month-old child who died from hemorrhagic shock due to an aortoesophageal fistula caused by a 20 mm lithium button battery lodged in the esophagus...
January 7, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
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