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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437203/using-the-surprise-question-to-identify-those-with-unmet-palliative-care-needs-in-emergency-and-inpatient-settings-what-do-clinicians-think
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Samir A Haydar, Lisa Almeder, Lauren Michalakes, Paul K J Han, Tania D Strout
BACKGROUND: The surprise question (SQ), "Would you be surprised if this patient died within the next year?" is effective in identifying end-stage renal disease and cancer patients at high risk of death and therefore potentially unmet palliative care needs. Following implementation of the SQ in our acute care setting, we sought to explore hospital-based providers' perceptions of the tool. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate (1) providers' perceptions regarding the feasibility of SQ use in emergency and inpatient settings, (2) clinician perceptions regarding the utility of the SQ, and (3) barriers to SQ use...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417662/clinician-views-of-patient-decisional-conflict-when-deciding-between-dialysis-and-conservative-management-qualitative-findings-from-the-palliative-care-in-chronic-kidney-disease-packs-study
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Helen Noble, Kevin Brazil, Aine Burns, Sarah Hallahan, Charles Normand, Paul Roderick, Colin Thompson, Peter Maxwell, Magdi Yaqoob
BACKGROUND: Only a paucity of studies have addressed clinician perspectives on patient decisional conflict, in making complex decisions between dialysis and conservative management (renal supportive and palliative care). AIM: To explore clinician views on decisional conflict in patients with end-stage kidney disease. DESIGN: Interpretive, qualitative study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: As part of the wider National Institute for Health Research, PAlliative Care in chronic Kidney diSease study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with clinicians (nephrologists n = 12; 7 female and clinical nurse specialists n = 15; 15 female) across 10 renal centres in the United Kingdom...
April 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413896/congenital-malformations-palliative-care-and-postnatal-redirection-to-more-intensive-treatment-a-review-at-a-swiss-tertiary-center
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Ulrich Pfeifer, Deborah Gubler, Eva Bergstraesser, Dirk Bassler
PURPOSE: The so-called lethal malformations pose ethical challenges. Most affected fetuses die before or at birth. Live-born neonates commonly receive palliative care. If the postnatal course is better than expected, redirection towards more treatment may occur. We aimed to analyze this in a Swiss patient cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Over 6 years, fetal malformation was suspected in 1113 cases. We identified patients prenatally assigned to palliative care, assessed pre- and postnatal diagnoses, and outcomes...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384214/care-of-cancer-patients-at-the-end-of-life-in-a-german-university-hospital-a-retrospective-observational-study-from-2014
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Burkhard Dasch, Helen Kalies, Berend Feddersen, Caecilie Ruderer, Wolfgang Hiddemann, Claudia Bausewein
BACKGROUND: Cancer care including aggressive treatment procedures during the last phase of life in patients with incurable cancer has increasingly come under scrutiny, while integrating specialist palliative care at an early stage is regarded as indication for high quality end-of-life patient care. AIM: To describe the demographic and clinical characteristics and the medical care provided at the end of life of cancer patients who died in a German university hospital...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290769/sequencing-brain-metastases-and-opportunities-for-targeted-therapies
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Ugonma N Chukwueke, Priscilla K Brastianos
CNS metastases have long been recognized as a common and late complication of systemic malignancies. They represent the most common tumor of the brain. As outcomes and overall survival improve with better tolerated and more durable responses from therapies for systemic cancers, the incidence and prevalence of brain metastases is likely to increase. Among the most common systemic cancers leading to brain metastases include lung, melanoma, breast (triple-negative histology) and renal cell cancers. To date, there has been infrequent involvement of gastrointestinal and gynecologic malignancies; however, this may also change, reflecting improvement in overall survival and therapeutic regimens...
March 14, 2017: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284824/-report-on-chronic-dialysis-in-france-in-2016
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Société Francophone de Néphrologie Dialyse Et Transplantation
The report on dialysis in France in 2016 from the French Speaking Society of Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation (SFNDT) provides an exhaustive and documented inventory on dialysis in France. It underlines the organizations that are important in 2016 to maintain a high quality dialysis. Several measures are proposed to maintain and improve the care of dialysis in France: (1) The regulation of dialysis treatment in France must be maintained; (2) a burden of care indicator is proposed to ensure that patients requiring the most care are treated in the centers...
March 8, 2017: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169049/the-association-of-community-based-palliative-care-with-reduced-emergency-department-visits-in-the-last-year-of-life-varies-by-patient-factors
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Katrina Spilsbury, Lorna Rosenwax, Glenn Arendts, James B Semmens
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Palliative care has been shown to reduce end-of-life emergency department (ED) use. Our objective was to determine how the association of community-based palliative care with reduced ED visits in the last year of life varied by patient factors. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of 11,875 decedents who died with neoplasms, heart failure, renal failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or liver failure in Western Australia in 2009 to 2010...
April 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156624/a-study-of-discrepancy-between-laboratory-calculated-and-weight-based-glomerular-filtration-rate-gfr-as-a-marker-of-renal-function-in-a-palliative-care-population
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Miriam Colleran
58 Background: Renal function is important in a palliative care population and can impact on frequently-used medications including chemotherapeutic agents, opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and neuropathic agents. In local practice, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), calculated on a presumed weight of 70kg, is displayed in laboratory results. However, the weight of palliative patients varies considerably, for example, due to cancer cachexia or malabsorption and a considerable population weigh less than 70kg...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143976/calvarial-metastasis-of-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Tabrez Suffee, Mohamed Derder, Julien Quilichini, Edouard Dezamis, Laurent Lantieri
The calvarium is an extremely unusual site of metastasis of renal cell carcinoma. We report a 62-year-old man who was enrolled for palliative medical management for an exophytic calvarial metastasis. His quality of life was greatly compromised with everyday local care and bandages due to recurrent events of infection and bleeding, limiting his social life. Surgical palliative surgery was carried out to improve the patient's quality of life. After tumour resection, the resultant defects of the calvarium and the scalp were covered by a muscular latissimus dorsi free flap and a fascia lata graft as dural substitute...
January 31, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097649/hospital-variation-in-utilization-of-life-sustaining-treatments-among-patients-with-do-not-resuscitate-orders
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Allan J Walkey, Janice Weinberg, Renda Soylemez Wiener, Colin R Cooke, Peter K Lindenauer
OBJECTIVE: To determine between-hospital variation in interventions provided to patients with do not resuscitate (DNR) orders. DATA SOURCES/SETTING: United States Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, California State Inpatient Database. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study including hospitalized patients aged 40 and older with potential indications for invasive treatments: in-hospital cardiac arrest (indication for CPR), acute respiratory failure (mechanical ventilation), acute renal failure (hemodialysis), septic shock (central venous catheterization), and palliative care...
January 18, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094071/on-nephrectomy-for-treating-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
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C González-Ruiz de León, P Pellejero-Pérez, A Quintás-Blanco, J García-Rodríguez, C Álvarez-Fernández, J M Fernández-Gómez
INTRODUCTION: Systemic treatment for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) has changed with the new therapies, and it is not clear if nephrectomy (NEP) has a survival benefit in this kind of patients. OBJECTIVE: To investigate if NEP associated to systemic treatment improves overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective, observational, descriptive study of 45 patients with diagnosis of mRCC between 2006-2014...
January 13, 2017: Actas Urologicas Españolas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065700/integrating-supportive-care-principles-into-dialysis-decision-making-a-primer-for-palliative-medicine-providers
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Alvin H Moss
Despite advances in predialysis care and dialysis technology, patients with advanced chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease continue to experience multiple comorbidities, a high symptom burden, a shortened life expectancy, and substantial physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering. Patients with acute kidney injury and end-stage renal disease, especially if they are older, often undergo prolonged hospitalizations, greater use of intensive medical treatment, and limited survival. Unfortunately, most nephrologists are not trained to conduct shared decision-making conversations to elicit patients' values, preferences, and goals for treatment and address their patients' multifactorial suffering...
March 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062420/jejunal-perforation-an-unusual-presentation-of-metastatic-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma-scc-in-an-immunosuppressed-patient
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N Hitchen, D Warnapala, R M Fisher, J Dua, P Pratsou, A Freebairn
We report the rare occurrence of a small bowel perforation secondary to a metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC). A 70-year-old woman, who had previously undergone renal transplantation, presented with severe, sudden-onset abdominal pain. She was peritonitic on initial examination, with evidence of free intra-abdominal air on radiographic imaging. During an exploratory laparotomy, she was found to have a perforated jejunum secondary to disseminated metastases seen throughout her peritoneum. Following histopathological analysis, as well as further imaging studies, the primary malignancy was eventually identified as a cSCC on her upper back...
January 6, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060152/an-elevated-low-cardiac-output-syndrome-score-is-associated-with-morbidity-in-infants-after-congenital-heart-surgery
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Kalia P Ulate, Ofer Yanay, Howard Jeffries, Harris Baden, Jane L Di Gennaro, Jerry Zimmerman
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate an empirically derived Low Cardiac Output Syndrome Score as a clinical assessment tool for the presence and severity of Low Cardiac Output Syndrome and to examine its association with clinical outcomes in infants who underwent surgical repair or palliation of congenital heart defects. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: Cardiac ICU at Seattle Children's Hospital. PATIENTS: Infants undergoing surgical repair or palliation of congenital heart defects...
January 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993826/minimal-change-disease-associated-with-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#15
REVIEW
Halil Yildiz, Stoian Ioana Andreea, Delphine Hoton, Jean Cyr Yombi
A 77-year-old man with a history of asbestos exposure was admitted to our internal medicine division for generalised weakness, fatigue, loss of weight, night sweats and difficulty for breathing since 3 months. Clinical examination revealed left fine crackles and bilateral leg oedema. Blood test showed elevated C reactive protein level at 142 mg/L, lactate dehydrogenase level at 421 UI, creatinine level at 5.75 mg/dL. Serum albumin level at 30 g/L, urinalysis showed significant proteinuria at 6.4 g/L...
December 19, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986693/cautious-use-and-optimal-dose-of-morphine-for-relieving-malignant-pain-in-a-complex-patient-with-multiple-comorbidities
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Vinod Kumar, Rakesh Garg, Nishkarsh Gupta, Sachidanand Jee Bharati
Oral morphine remains the drug of choice for the management of severe pain due to cancer as per WHO ladder of analgesia. Providing adequate pain relief in palliative care settings for pain due to cancer is challenging. Options become limited in cases of associated systemic comorbidities such as renal dysfunction, hypoproteinaemia, anaemia. Patients with renal dysfunction and other comorbidities may develop drug overdose due to abnormal pharmacokinetics. Renal dysfunction affects the pharmacokinetics of morphine by altering its absorption, metabolism and clearance...
December 16, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863475/spanish-modified-version-of-the-palliative-care-outcome-scale-symptoms-renal-cross-cultural-adaptation-and-validation
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Daniel Gutiérrez-Sánchez, Juan P Leiva-Santos, Rosa Sánchez-Hernández, Domingo Hernández-Marrero, Antonio I Cuesta-Vargas
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a high symptoms burden that is related to a poor health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and high costs of care. Validated instruments may be useful for assessing the symptoms and monitoring outcomes in these patients. The Palliative care Outcome Scale-Symptoms Renal (POS-S Renal) is a patient-reported outcome measure for assessing symptoms in CKD stage 4-5. This study is the first cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric analysis of this clinical tool...
November 18, 2016: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861375/trends-of-do-not-resuscitate-consent-and-hospice-care-utilization-among-noncancer-decedents-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-taiwan-between-2010-and-2014-a-hospital-based-observational-study
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Hsiao-Ting Chang, Ming-Hwai Lin, Chun-Ku Chen, Pesus Chou, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Shinn-Jang Hwang
Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) and hospice care are not only applied to cancer patients but also to patients with noncancer progressive illness. However, the trends of DNR consent and hospice utilization are not well explored for noncancer patients. This study aimed to explore the trends of DNR consent and hospice care utilization among noncancer decedents in a tertiary hospital in Taiwan. We analyzed the Death and Hospice Palliative Care Database from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan. The Death and Hospice Palliative Care Database contains information including patient sex, major diagnosis, admission date, date of death, age at death, department at discharge, status of DNR consent, and status of hospice care of patients who died in the Taipei Veterans General Hospital...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806150/patterns-of-care-in-hospitalized-vascular-surgery-patients-at-end-of-life
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Dale G Wilson, Sheena K Harris, Heidi Peck, Kyle Hart, Enjae Jung, Amir F Azarbal, Erica L Mitchell, Gregory J Landry, Gregory L Moneta
Importance: There is limited literature reporting circumstances surrounding end-of-life care in vascular surgery patients. Objective: To identify factors driving end-of-life decisions in vascular surgery patients. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this cohort study, medical records were reviewed for all vascular surgery patients at a tertiary care university hospital who died during their hospitalization from 2005 to 2014. Main Outcomes and Measures: Patient, family, and hospitalization variables potentially important to influencing end-of-life decisions...
February 1, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791232/treatment-of-advanced-renal-cell-carcinoma-recent-advances-and-current-role-of-immunotherapy-surgery-and-cryotherapy
#20
REVIEW
Alessia Mennitto, Elena Verzoni, Giuseppina Calareso, Carlo Spreafico, Giuseppe Procopio
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the 10th most common cancer in Western countries. The prognosis of metastatic disease is unfavorable but may be different according to several risk factors, such as histology and clinical features (Karnofsky performance status, time from nephrectomy, hemoglobin level, neutrophils and thrombocytes count, lactate dehydrogenase and calcium serum value, sites and extension of the disease). In this review, we focused on some recent developments in the use of immunotherapy, surgery and cryotherapy in the treatment of advanced disease...
January 21, 2017: Tumori
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