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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932335/multicentre-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial-of-oral-anticoagulation-with-apixaban-in-systemic-sclerosis-related-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-the-sphinx-study-protocol
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Alicia Calderone, Wendy Stevens, David Prior, Harshal Nandurkar, Eli Gabbay, Susanna M Proudman, Trevor Williams, David Celermajer, Joanne Sahhar, Peter K K Wong, Vivek Thakkar, Nathan Dwyer, Jeremy Wrobel, Weng Chin, Danny Liew, Margaret Staples, Rachelle Buchbinder, Mandana Nikpour
INTRODUCTION: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a severe and costly multiorgan autoimmune connective tissue disease characterised by vasculopathy and fibrosis. One of the major causes of SSc-related death is pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), which develops in 12-15% of patients with SSc and accounts for 30-40% of deaths. In situ thrombosis in the small calibre peripheral pulmonary vessels resulting from endothelial dysfunction and an imbalance of anticoagulant and prothrombotic mediators has been implicated in the complex pathophysiology of SSc-related PAH (SSc-PAH), with international clinical guidelines recommending the use of anticoagulants for some types of PAH, such as idiopathic PAH...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932159/fulminant-clostridium-perfringens-sepsis-in-kidney-transplant-a-case-report
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P Mihaylov, J A Powelson, W C Goggins
BACKGROUND: Infections, particularly urinary tract infections, and cardiovascular accidents are the main causes of morbidity and mortality during the 1st year after kidney transplantation (KT). Bacteria and viruses, such as Escherichia coli, Enteroccoci, and Polyoma BK virus are common in the 1st 6 months, so they are controlled routinely. On the other hand, Clostridium perfringens infection is a rare life-threatening condition, associated with a high mortality rate especially in the transplant population, that is not controlled routinely...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931031/round-table-discussion
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Susan Winter, Neil R M Buist, Nicola Longo, Saro H Armenian, Gary Lopaschuk, Anna Wasilewska
The 1st International Carnitine Working Group concluded with a round table discussion addressing several areas of relevance. These included the design of future studies that could increase the amount of evidence-based data about the role of carnitine in the treatment of fatty acid oxidation defects, for which substantial controversy still exists. There was general consensus that future trials on the effect of carnitine in disorders of fatty acid oxidation should be randomized, double-blinded, multicentered and minimally include the following diagnoses: medium-chain acyl coenzyme A (CoA) dehydrogenase deficiency, very long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency, long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency and mitochondrial trifunctional protein deficiency...
December 9, 2016: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930916/depressiveness-measured-with-beck-depression-inventory-in-patients-with-psoriasis
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Daniel Pietrzak, Aldona Pietrzak, Dorota Krasowska, Marta Makara-Studzińska, Agata Madej, Maja Baranowska, Andrzej Borzęcki
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to identify demographic and clinical factors predisposing to depressiveness during the course of psoriasis. METHOD: The study included 239 patients with psoriasis (15-76 years, 31.8% of women) and 123 healthy controls (17-74 years, 32.5% of women). Dependent variable in the analysis was Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) score. Explanatory variables included: age, sex, marital status, education, occupational activity, body mass index (BMI), systolic and diastolic blood pressure, history of smoking, average number of smoked cigarettes, skin lesions visible to others, comorbidities, including arterial hypertension and arthritis, number of previous hospitalizations and family history of psoriasis...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928449/severe-asymptomatic-coronary-obstruction-in-chronic-hemodialysed-patient-a-case-report
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Voiculeț C, Zara O, Văcăroiu I, Bogeanu C, Tiron T, Turcu F, Aron G, Ciocâlteu A
Introduction. Arterial stiffness and vascular calcifications are independent predictors of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 5D population. According to the guidelines, patients on renal replacement therapy represent a very high cardiovascular risk class. Case report. We report the case of a 67-year-old hypertensive male patient, known with CKD stage 5D on hemodialysis (three times per week), secondary bone mineral disease, admitted for progressive right leg pain...
October 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928378/sixth-nerve-palsy-in-paediatric-intracranial-hypertension
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Julia E Reid, Rachel E Reem, Shawn C Aylward, David L Rogers
The purpose of this study was to report the incidence and describe the characteristics of sixth cranial nerve (CN VI) palsy in paediatric patients with intracranial hypertension (IH). A retrospective chart review of central Ohio children diagnosed with IH over the 3-year period from 2010 to 2013 was conducted. IH without identifiable cause was defined as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), whereas IH with identifiable pathologic aetiology was deemed secondary intracranial hypertension (SIH). A subset of patients with CN VI palsy was identified...
February 2016: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927781/genetic-variants-associated-with-circulating-parathyroid-hormone
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Cassianne Robinson-Cohen, Pamela L Lutsey, Marcus E Kleber, Carrie M Nielson, Braxton D Mitchell, Joshua C Bis, Karen M Eny, Laura Portas, Joel Eriksson, Mattias Lorentzon, Daniel L Koller, Yuri Milaneschi, Alexander Teumer, Stefan Pilz, Maria Nethander, Elizabeth Selvin, Weihong Tang, Lu-Chen Weng, Hoi Suen Wong, Dongbing Lai, Munro Peacock, Anke Hannemann, Uwe Völker, Georg Homuth, Matthias Nauk, Federico Murgia, Jack W Pattee, Eric Orwoll, Joseph M Zmuda, Jose Antonio Riancho, Myles Wolf, Frances Williams, Brenda Penninx, Michael J Econs, Kathleen A Ryan, Claes Ohlsson, Andrew D Paterson, Bruce M Psaty, David S Siscovick, Jerome I Rotter, Mario Pirastu, Elizabeth Streeten, Winfried März, Caroline Fox, Josef Coresh, Henri Wallaschofski, James S Pankow, Ian H de Boer, Bryan Kestenbaum
Parathyroid hormone (PTH) is a primary calcium regulatory hormone. Elevated serum PTH concentrations in primary and secondary hyperparathyroidism have been associated with bone disease, hypertension, and in some studies, cardiovascular mortality. Genetic causes of variation in circulating PTH concentrations are incompletely understood. We performed a genome-wide association study of serum PTH concentrations among 29,155 participants of European ancestry from 13 cohort studies (n=22,653 and n=6502 in discovery and replication analyses, respectively)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927710/adrenocortical-carcinoma-an-unusual-cause-of-secondary-hypertension
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Daniel Veron Esquivel, Fernando Batiz, Alfonso Farias Vega, Perla A Carrillo Gonzalez
We present the case of a female patient aged 39 years who was admitted to our hospital due to hypertension, severe hypokalaemia and metabolic alkalosis; physical examination was remarkable for plethoric moon face, centripetal obesity and bilateral lower extremity oedema. She was admitted for intravenous potassium replacement and further assessment of hypertension and associated clinical findings. Laboratory testing showed increased levels of aldosterone, renin, cortisol, testosterone and androstenedione. An abdominal CT revealed a large mass in the right adrenal gland with hepatic involvement...
December 7, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927206/atrial-septostomy-and-disease-targeting-therapy-in-pulmonary-hypertension-secondary-to-neurofibromatosis
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George Giannakoulas, Panagiotis Savvoulidis, Vasilios Grosomanidis, Sophia-Anastasia Mouratoglou, Haralambos Karvounis, Stavros Hadjimiltiades
BACKGROUND: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a rare multisystem genetic disorder. During the course of the disease it can be rarely complicated with pulmonary hypertension (PH) which confers a dismal prognosis. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe the case of a 57-year-old female patient with NF1 complicated by severe precapillary PH despite dual disease-specific oral combination therapy. The patient was treated with initial atrial septostomy followed by administration of high-dose subcutaneous treprostinil with a favorable medium-term clinical and hemodynamic response...
December 7, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926645/association-between-sleep-disordered-breathing-and-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy-and-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Francesca L Facco, Corette B Parker, Uma M Reddy, Robert M Silver, Matthew A Koch, Judette M Louis, Robert C Basner, Judith H Chung, Chia-Ling Nhan-Chang, Grace W Pien, Susan Redline, William A Grobman, Deborah A Wing, Hyagriv N Simhan, David M Haas, Brian M Mercer, Samuel Parry, Daniel Mobley, Shannon Hunter, George R Saade, Frank P Schubert, Phyllis C Zee
OBJECTIVE: To estimate whether sleep-disordered breathing during pregnancy is a risk factor for the development of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, nulliparous women underwent in-home sleep-disordered breathing assessments in early (6-15 weeks of gestation) and midpregnancy (22-31 weeks of gestation). Participants and health care providers were blinded to the sleep test results...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924759/sudden-cardiac-death-in-south-india-incidence-risk-factors-and-pathology
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Uma N Srivatsa, K Swaminathan, K Sithy Athiya Munavarah, Ezra Amsterdam, K Shantaraman
BACKGROUND: Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a major cause of mortality secondary to coronary artery disease (CAD) in the industrialized societies. Although South Asians have a high prevalence of CAD, the frequency and underlying pathology of SCD among this population are unknown. METHODS: Medical records of consecutive patients presenting with unexplained sudden death (USD) in a tertiary care center were reviewed. Patients with trauma, violent deaths, positive toxicology and non-cardiac pathology were excluded to determine sudden cardiac death (SCD)...
July 2016: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921256/impact-of-bridging-income-generation-with-group-integrated-care-bigpic-on-hypertension-and-diabetes-in-rural-western-kenya
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Sonak D Pastakia, Simon M Manyara, Rajesh Vedanthan, Jemima H Kamano, Diana Menya, Benjamin Andama, Cleophas Chesoli, Jeremiah Laktabai
BACKGROUND: Rural settings in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) consistently report low participation in non-communicable disease (NCD) treatment programs and poor outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to assess the impact of the implementation of a patient-centered rural NCD care delivery model called Bridging Income Generation through grouP Integrated Care (BIGPIC). DESIGN: The study prospectively tracked participation and health outcomes for participants in a screening event and compared linkage frequencies to a historical comparison group...
December 5, 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920215/plasma-nt-probnp-mirrors-the-deleterious-cardiovascular-and-renal-continuum-in-hypertension
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Pierre-Yves Courand, Brahim Harbaoui, Clément Bècle, Carine Mouly-Bertin, Pierre Lantelme
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were (a) to test the ability of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) to detect subclinical target organ damage (TOD) denoted by left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), aortic stiffness or renal damage and (b) to test its reproducibility in two different conditions in an ancillary study. METHODS: The study included 837 patients (50.9% men) with hypertension aged 50 ± 24 years with a median 24-h ambulatory blood pressure (BP) of 148/90 mmHg...
December 5, 2016: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919350/identification-and-characterization-of-severe-familial-hypercholesterolemia-in-patients-presenting-for-cardiac-catheterization
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Barak Zafrir, Chen Shapira, Gil Lavie, David A Halon, Moshe Y Flugelman
BACKGROUND: Patients with severe familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) are often unrecognized despite typical presentation. The introduction of PCSK9 inhibitors opens new therapeutic options and emphasizes the need for identification of severe FH patients. OBJECTIVES: The objective was identification, characterization, and management of severe FH patients by screening of cardiac catheterization (CC) database. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of CC database from 2002 to mid-2015 was performed for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) ≥130 mg/dL (n = 2383)...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913427/intermittent-hypoxia-during-recovery-from-neonatal-hyperoxic-lung-injury-causes-long-term-impairment-of-alveolar-development-a-new-rat-model-of-bpd
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Anastasiya Mankouski, Crystal Kantores, Mathew J Wong, Julijana Ivanovska, Amish Jain, Eric J Benner, Stanley N Mason, A Keith Tanswell, Richard L Auten, Robert P Jankov
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is a chronic lung injury characterized by impaired alveologenesis that may persist into adulthood. Rat models of BPD using varying degrees of hyperoxia to produce injury either cause early mortality or spontaneously recover following removal of the inciting stimulus, thus limiting clinical relevance. We sought to refine an established rat model induced by exposure to 60% O2 from birth by following hyperoxia with intermittent hypoxia (IH). Rats exposed from birth to air or 60% O2 until day 14 were recovered in air with or without IH (FiO2 = 0...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906814/prevalence-and-visual-outcome-of-glaucoma-with-uveitis-in-a-thai-population
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Kessara Pathanapitoon, Sarunya Smitharuck, Paradee Kunavisarut, Aniki Rothova
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to report on the prevalence of uveitic secondary glaucoma (USG) and ocular hypertension in patients with uveitis in Thailand, and to identify factors associated with the development of USG and its visual outcome. DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study. METHODS: We included 174 consecutive uveitis patients (237 affected eyes) visiting the Ophthalmology Department of Chiang Mai University Hospital, Thailand, from January 2013 to March 2013...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905648/-a-new-fetal-death-classification-system
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Alfredo Ovalle, Ariel Fuentes, Valentina Chacón, Carolina Espinoza, Rodrigo González, Manuel Ramos, Jorge Geraldo, Letsy Osses, Elena Kakarieka
BACKGROUND: Stillbirth is the mayor contributor to perinatal mortality. AIM: To report a system for classification of fetal deaths. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of 29,916 births with 258 fetal deaths that occurred in a public hospital. Data were obtained from audit reports of stillbirths. The method for classification “obstetric condition relevant to the death” was applied, based on obstetric and placental pathological findings analyzed exclusively by a single obstetrician and a single pathologist...
August 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904988/acute-visual-loss-and-intraretinal-hemorrhages-associated-to-energy-drink-consumption
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Christina W Pagano, Max Wu, Lihteh Wu
PURPOSE: To report the association of acute visual loss secondary to intraretinal hemorrhages and energy drink consumption. METHODS: Case report and literature review. RESULTS: A 48-year-old hypertensive man developed an elevation in systemic blood pressure, tachycardia, and acute visual loss secondary to intraretinal hemorrhages shortly after drinking several cans of energy drinks. CONCLUSION: High consumption of energy drinks may lead to intraretinal hemorrhages and acute visual loss...
December 1, 2016: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904864/nephrotic-range-proteinuria-and-peripheral-edema-in-a-child-not-only-idiopathic-nephrotic-syndrome
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Valentina Dolcemascolo, Marina Vivarelli, Manuela Colucci, Francesca Diomedi-Camassei, Rossella Piras, Marta Alberti, Francesco Emma
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is defined by the simultaneous occurrence of hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and acute kidney injury due to thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) mainly occurring in renal and cerebral microvessels. Although the most common cause of HUS in children is Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, atypical forms in which Shiga toxin is not the trigger may occur. Research over the last few years has shown that complement dysregulation secondary to mutations of genes coding for proteins involved in the regulation of the alternative pathway of complement account for most forms of atypical HUS (aHUS)...
September 2016: Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904001/reninoma-masked-by-the-use-of-an-angiotensin-receptor-blocker
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Min Jung Kim, Joo Hui Kim, Il Young Kim, Dong Won Lee, Soo Bong Lee
Reninoma is a tumor that secretes excessive renin and is a rare cause of secondary hypertension. We report a case of reninoma with delayed diagnosis in a 33-year-old woman taking an angiotensin receptor blocker. During angiotensin receptor blocker medication, she had exhibited no electrolyte abnormality. The angiotensin receptor blocker was stopped for pregnancy planning purposes, and subsequent hypokalemia was observed. Abdominal computed tomography showed an enhanced round mass in the right kidney. Right partial nephrectomy was performed and the renal mass was removed...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases
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