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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329582/cyclosporine-in-toxic-epidermal-necrolysis-a-brief-review-of-the-emerging-therapeutic-modality
#1
Piyush Kumar, Nilay Kanti Das
Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) is a severe life-threatening adverse drug reaction that predominantly involve the skin and mucous membranes, and is associated with high mortality (25-35% or even higher) and with various long term sequelae. There is no universally accepted treatment for TEN, but key elements of management include rapid diagnosis, identification and interruption of the culprit drug, evaluation of the prognosis using SCORTEN, specialized supportive care ideally in an intensive care unit, and consideration of immunomodulating agents...
October 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328696/enterocolitis-in-a-child-with-hirschsprung-disease
#2
Alexander W D Guillaume, Andrew C Miller, Michael C Nguyen
Hirschsprung disease is a congenital abnormality that can be surgically corrected. However, Hirschsprung-associated enterocolitis can be a life-threatening sequela. Very little has been published in the emergency medicine literature about the risk of enterocolitis and shock in patients with a history of Hirschsprung disease. We describe the case of a 6-month-old male infant with a history of multiple surgeries for Hirschsprung disease who presented to the emergency department with a seemingly benign viral gastrointestinal illness...
March 21, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328693/a-giant-pseudoaneurysm-mimicking-retropharyngeal-abscess-in-a-child
#3
Rijuneeta Gupta, Sourabha K Patro, Neha Chauhan, Ajay Kumar
Pseudoaneurysms of the cervical internal carotid artery are rare and usually result from trauma, infection, or rarely spontaneously. They harbor potential risk of life-threatening hemorrhage and warrant immediate management. Endovascular treatment in the form of stent placement and coiling is a well established technique for dealing with both intracranial and extracranial pseudoaneurysms. We present a case of a child who presented with fever, neck swelling, dysphagia, and respiratory distress in emergency for which clinical diagnosis of a neck abscess was made...
March 21, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325756/a-novel-role-for-myeloid-cell-specific-neuropilin-1-in-mitigating-sepsis
#4
Xiaoyan Dai, Imoh Okon, Zhaoyu Liu, Yue Wu, Huaiping Zhu, Ping Song, Ming-Hui Zou
Sepsis-typically caused by an uncontrolled and amplified host systemic inflammatory response to microbial infection-is a life-threatening complex clinical disorder and remains a major cause of infection-related deaths in the intensive care unit. Emerging evidence suggests that neuropilin 1 (Nrp1), an originally defined coreceptor for class 3 semaphorins and VEGF, plays important roles in the immune system; however, the function and regulation of macrophage Nrp1 in host immune defense against bacterial infection remain unknown...
March 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325090/using-stents-in-the-management-of-malignant-bowel-obstruction-the-current-situation-and-future-progress
#5
Alessandro Fugazza, Piera Alessia Galtieri, Alessandro Repici
The use of self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) has been considered an effective and safe alternative to emergency surgery as bridge to surgery or for palliation in advanced colorectal cancer even though more recent data have raised concerns on both early and long-term outcomes when patients are treated with bridge to surgery indications. Areas covered: A comprehensive literature review of articles on endoscopic management of malignant bowel obstruction was performed. Indication, technique, outcomes, benefits and risks of these treatments in acute malignant colonic obstruction were reviewed...
March 22, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320320/antiviral-activity-of-pha767491-against-human-herpes-simplex-virus-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#6
Jue Hou, Zili Zhang, Qiang Huang, Jun Yan, Xiaohu Zhang, Xiaoliang Yu, Guihua Tan, Chunfu Zheng, Feng Xu, Sudan He
BACKGROUND: Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a common human pathogen that causes a variety of diseases, including oral-labial, genital lesions and life-threatening encephalitis. The antiviral nucleoside analogues such as acyclovir are currently used in anti-HSV therapies; however, clinical overuse of these drugs has led to the emergence of drug-resistant viral strains. Hence, there is an urgent need to develop new anti-HSV agents. METHODS: To identify novel anti-HSV-1 compounds, we screened the LOPAC small scale library of 1280 bioactive compounds to identify inhibitors of HSV-1-induced necroptosis...
March 20, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318461/the-event-chain-of-survival-in-the-context-of-music-festivals-a-framework-for-improving-outcomes-at-major-planned-events
#7
Adam Lund, Sheila Turris
Despite the best efforts of event producers and on-site medical teams, there are sometimes serious illnesses, life-threatening injuries, and fatalities related to music festival attendance. Producers, clinicians, and researchers are actively seeking ways to reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with these events. After analyzing the available literature on music festival health and safety, several major themes emerged. Principally, stakeholder groups planning in isolation from one another (ie, in silos) create fragmentation, gaps, and overlap in plans for major planned events (MPEs)...
March 20, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317631/lactic-acidosis-a-rare-oncological-emergency-in-solid-tumors-at-presentation
#8
Ranjit Nair, Usman Shah
Lactic acidosis is a potentially life-threatening complication characterized by accumulation of blood lactate resulting in low arterial pH. The majority of lactic acidosis in malignancies are reported in association with hematologic malignancies. It may result from an imbalance between lactate production and hepatic lactate utilization, but the exact pathophysiology is far more complex than what we can fathom from current micromolecular studies. We report a case of a 71-year-old male with metastatic lung cancer presenting with fatal lactic acidosis in the absence of liver involvement...
April 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317221/psychological-and-clinical-correlates-of-posttraumatic-growth-in-cancer-a-systematic-and-critical-review
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REVIEW
Anna Casellas-Grau, Cristian Ochoa, Chiara Ruini
OBJECTIVE: To describe major findings on posttraumatic growth (PTG) in cancer, by analyzing its various definitions, assessment tools, and examining its main psychological and clinical correlates. Methods A search in relevant databases (PsycINFO, Pubmed, ProQuest, Scopus and Web of Science) was performed using descriptors related to the positive reactions in cancer. Articles were screened by title, abstract and full-text. RESULTS: Seventy-two met the inclusion criteria...
March 20, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316844/aspergillus-pericarditis-with-tamponade-in-a-renal-transplant-patient
#10
Sylvia Biso, Rapeepat Lekkham, Antoinette Climaco
Aspergillus pericarditis is a rare and life-threatening infection in immunosuppressed patients. It has nonspecific clinical manifestations that often mimic other disease entities especially in patients who have extensive comorbidities. Diagnosis is oftentimes delayed and rarely done antemortem. A high degree of suspicion in immunocompromised patients is necessary for evaluation and timely diagnosis. This is a case of Aspergillus pericarditis with cardiac tamponade in a renal transplant patient with liver cirrhosis...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303514/euglycemic-ketosis-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-on-sglt2-inhibitor-therapy-an-emerging-problem-and-solutions-offered-by-diabetes-technology
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A Pfützner, D Klonoff, L Heinemann, N Ejskjaer, J Pickup
Diabetic ketoacidosis is an infrequent but life-threatening acute complication of diabetes, affecting predominantly patients with type 1 diabetes, children, and pregnant women, where ketosis is usually associated with marked hyperglycemia. Recently, an increasing number of cases have been reported of euglycemic diabetic ketoacidosis in patients with type 2 diabetes receiving sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor treatment in routine practice. There is a minor, but not negligible diabetic ketoacidosis risk associated with this drug class, which was not seen in randomized clinical trials...
March 17, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303181/seasonal-home-range-dynamics-and-sex-differences-in-habitat-use-in-a-threatened-coastal-marsh-bird
#12
Jaan R Kolts, Susan B McRae
A comprehensive understanding of spatiotemporal ecology is needed to develop conservation strategies for declining species. The king rail (Rallus elegans) is a secretive marsh bird whose range historically extended across the eastern United States. Inland migratory populations have been greatly reduced with most remaining populations inhabiting the coastal margins. Our objectives were to determine the migratory status of breeding king rails on the mid-Atlantic coast and to characterize home range size, seasonal patterns of movement, and habitat use...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303104/mathematical-modeling-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-colonization-invasive-infection-and-treatment
#13
Elisa Domínguez-Hüttinger, Neville J Boon, Thomas B Clarke, Reiko J Tanaka
Streptococcus pneumoniae (Sp) is a commensal bacterium that normally resides on the upper airway epithelium without causing infection. However, factors such as co-infection with influenza virus can impair the complex Sp-host interactions and the subsequent development of many life-threatening infectious and inflammatory diseases, including pneumonia, meningitis or even sepsis. With the increased threat of Sp infection due to the emergence of new antibiotic resistant Sp strains, there is an urgent need for better treatment strategies that effectively prevent progression of disease triggered by Sp infection, minimizing the use of antibiotics...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303064/accessory-left-gastric-artery-aneurysms-in-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#14
Toshihide Tomosugi, Takuji Takahashi, Yoshihisa Kawase, Koichi Yoshida, Shogo Hayashi, Takefumi Sugiyama, Mitsuya Shimizu, Michita Shoka, Kohichi Sawaki, Eiji Onishi, Naomi Hayashi, Hidenobu Matsushita, Osamu Okochi
Aneurysm formation is a potential complication of granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), previously known as Wegener's granulomatosis. It is a very rare complication, but immediate diagnosis and therapy should be performed because an aneurysm can be life-threatening if it ruptures. An accessory left gastric artery (ALGA) is also a rare variant gastric artery that may obtain its blood supply from the left hepatic artery and left gastric artery. We herein describe a 57-year-old Japanese man who was diagnosed with GPA complicated by aneurysm rupture in an ALGA...
February 2017: Nagoya Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301915/emerging-role-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-in-the-management-of-heparin-induced-thrombocytopenia
#15
Phu Ngoc Tran, Minh-Ha Tran
Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia with thrombosis (HITT) are rare but potentially limb- and life-threatening complications of heparin therapy. Continuation of heparin or low-molecular-weight heparin is contraindicated due to platelet activation in the presence of (heparin-dependent) HIT antibodies. Primary treatment options currently include argatroban, fondaparinux, or bivalirudin. However, the parenteral administration routes and interference of argatroban with traditional coagulation markers complicate management...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301871/a-unified-model-of-the-hierarchical-and-stochastic-theories-of-gastric-cancer
#16
REVIEW
Yanjing Song, Yao Wang, Chuan Tong, Hongqing Xi, Xudong Zhao, Yi Wang, Lin Chen
Gastric cancer (GC) is a life-threatening disease worldwide. Despite remarkable advances in treatments for GC, it is still fatal to many patients due to cancer progression, recurrence and metastasis. Regarding the development of novel therapeutic techniques, many studies have focused on the biological mechanisms that initiate tumours and cause treatment resistance. Tumours have traditionally been considered to result from somatic mutations, either via clonal evolution or through a stochastic model. However, emerging evidence has characterised tumours using a hierarchical organisational structure, with cancer stem cells (CSCs) at the apex...
March 16, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300487/parental-spirituality-in-life-threatening-pediatric-cancer
#17
David B Nicholas, Maru Barrera, Leeat Granek, Norma Mammone D'Agostino, Jenny Shaheed, Laura Beaune, Eric Bouffet, Beverley Antle
This study addressed parental spirituality in the context of pediatric cancer with a poor prognosis. Drawing upon previous research implementing a longitudinal grounded theory design examining parental hope, 35 parents were interviewed regarding their experiences with an emergent description of the role of spirituality in parents' daily lives. Spirituality included religious beliefs and practices, notions of a higher force or cosmos, relationship with a divine being, as well as elements emerging from meaning-making and relationships...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299719/the-non-coding-transcriptome-of-prostate-cancer-implications-for-clinical-practice
#18
REVIEW
Irene V Bijnsdorp, Martin E van Royen, Gerald W Verhaegh, Elena S Martens-Uzunova
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men. Despite extensive research, the molecular mechanisms underlying PCa initiation and progression remain unclear, and there is increasing need of better biomarkers that can distinguish indolent from aggressive and life-threatening disease. With the advent of advanced genomic technologies in the last decade, it became apparent that the human genome encodes tens of thousands non-protein-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) with yet to be discovered function...
March 15, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295949/portosystemic-shunt-as-a-bridge-to-liver-transplantation-in-infants-a-comparison-of-two-techniques
#19
Dor Yoeli, N Thao N Galván, Daniel J Ashton, Kayla R Kumm, Michael L Kueht, Ellen D Witte, Tamir A Miloh, Ronald T Cotton, Abbas Rana, Christine A O'Mahony, John A Goss
Portosystemic shunts can serve as a bridge to liver transplantation in patients with end-stage liver disease by providing portal decompression to treat life-threatening variceal bleeding and prevent recurrent episodes until an organ becomes available. The conventional TIPS procedure, however, is technically challenging to perform in infants due to the small size of their intrahepatic vasculature. We report two cases of emergent creation of portosystemic shunts as a bridge to liver transplantation in infants with life-threatening variceal bleeding using a conventional TIPS technique in the first case and a percutaneous DIPS technique in the other...
March 13, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292662/cytomegalovirus-duodenitis-associated-with-life-threatening-duodenal-hemorrhage-in-an-immunocompetent-patient-a-case-report
#20
Lucy Shen, David Youssef, Suzan Abu-Abed, Sangita K Malhotra, Kenneth Atkinson, Elena Vikis, George Melich, Shawn MacKenzie
INTRODUCTION: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is known to be opportunistic in immunocompromised patients. However, there have been emerging cases of severe CMV infections found in immunocompetent patients. Gastrointestinal (GI) CMV disease is the most common manifestation affecting immunocompetent patients, with duodenal involvement being exceedingly rare. Presented is a case of an immunocompetent patient with life-threatening bleeding caused by CMV duodenitis, requiring surgical intervention. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 60-year-old male with history of disseminated Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) bacteremia and aortic valve infective endocarditis, presented with life-threatening upper GI hemorrhage...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
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