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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779226/phenotypic-characterization-of-enzymatic-activity-of-clinical-dermatophyte-isolates-from-animals-with-and-without-skin-lesions-and-humans
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Sebastian Gnat, Dominik Łagowski, Aneta Nowakiewicz, Przemysław Zięba
AIMS: The pathogenesis of dermatophytoses is associated with the secretion of enzymes degrading the infected tissue components. Although many studies on enzymatic activity of dermatophytes have been conducted over the years, there have been no concrete proposals on construction of the profile of enzymes characteristic of individual species, genus, or ecological types of dermatophytes. The aim of this study was to assess the capability of clinical dermatophyte isolates from both symptomatic and asymptomatic animals and humans to produce different enzymes...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779123/pulmonary-valve-replacement-after-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
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REVIEW
Hideki Tatewaki, Akira Shiose
In this review article, we describe pulmonary valve replacement (PVR) late after repaired Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). Since the introduction of surgical intervention for patients with TOF in 1945, surgical management of TOF has dramatically improved early survival with mortality rates, less than 2-3%. However, the majority of these patients continue to experience residual right ventricular outflow tract pathology, most commonly pulmonary valve regurgitation (PR). The patients are generally asymptomatic during childhood and adolescence and, however, are at risk for severe PR later which can result in exercise intolerance, heart failure, arrhythmias, and sudden death...
May 19, 2018: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778864/plaque-morphology-as-predictor-of-late-plaque-events-in-patients-with-asymptomatic-type-2-diabetes-a-long-term-observational-study
#3
David A Halon, Idit Lavi, Ofra Barnett-Griness, Ronen Rubinshtein, Barak Zafrir, Mali Azencot, Basil S Lewis
OBJECTIVES: We used coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) to determine plaque characteristics predicting individual late plaque events precipitating acute coronary syndromes (ACS) in a cohort of asymptomatic type 2 diabetic patients. BACKGROUND: In patients with coronary artery disease, CTA plaque characteristics may predict mid-term patient events. METHODS: Asymptomatic patients with diabetes 55 to 74 years of age with no history of coronary artery disease (N = 630) underwent baseline 64-slice CTA and detailed plaque level analysis...
May 11, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778859/diagnosis-of-nonischemic-stage-b-heart-failure-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-optimal-parameters-for-prediction-of-heart-failure
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Ying Wang, Hong Yang, Quan Huynh, Mark Nolan, Kazuaki Negishi, Thomas H Marwick
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to identify whether impaired global longitudinal strain (GLS), diastolic dysfunction (DD), or left atrial enlargement (LAE) should be added to stage B heart failure (SBHF) criteria in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. BACKGROUND: SBHF is a precursor to clinical heart failure (HF), and its recognition justifies initiation of cardioprotective therapy. However, original definitions of SBHF were based on LV hypertrophy and impaired ejection fraction...
May 11, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778768/prevalence-of-g6pd-deficiency-and-associated-haematological-parameters-in-children-from-botswana
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Thato Motshoge, Grace Ababio, Larysa Aleksenko, Sajini Souda, Charles Waithaka Muthoga, Naledi Mutukwa, Leabaneng Tawe, Pleasure Ramatlho, Lesego Gabaitiri, Simon Chihanga, Tjantilili Mosweunyane, Shimeles Hamda, Kentse Moakofhi, Davies Ntebela, Elias Peloewetse, Loeto Mazhani, Jeffrey M Pernica, John Read, Isaac K Quaye, Giacomo Maria Paganotti
Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is commonly seen in malaria endemic areas as it is known to confer a selective advantage against malaria. Recently, we reported a high proportion of asymptomatic reservoir of Plasmodium vivax in Botswana, that calls for intervention with primaquine to achieve radical cure of vivax malaria. Considering that individuals with this enzyme deficiency are at risk of haemolysis following primaquine treatment, assessment of the population for the relative frequency of G6PD deficiency is imperative...
May 17, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778277/interpretation-of-acid-%C3%AE-glucosidase-activity-in-creatine-kinase-elevation-a-case-of-becker-muscular-dystrophy
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Yoshiki Oitani, Akihiko Ishiyama, Motomichi Kosuga, Kentaro Iwasawa, Ayako Ogata, Fumiko Tanaka, Eri Takeshita, Yuko Shimizu-Motohashi, Hirofumi Komaki, Ichizo Nishino, Torayuki Okuyama, Masayuki Sasaki
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of Pompe disease is sometimes challenging because it exhibits clinical similarities to muscular dystrophy. CASE: We describe a case of Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) with a remarkable reduction in activity of the acid α-glucosidase (GAA) enzyme, caused by a combination of pathogenic mutation and polymorphism variants resulting in pseudodeficiency in GAA. The three-year-old boy demonstrated asymptomatic creatine kinase elevation. Neither exon deletion nor duplication was detected on multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) of DMD...
May 16, 2018: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778194/pathogenicity-of-blood-orf-virus-isolates-in-the-development-of-dairy-goat-contagious-pustular-dermatitis
#7
Hong-Yu Cheng, Wei-Juan Li, Xing-Ming Li, Qin-Lei Fan, Xi-Dian Tang, Ming-Jie Liu, Wen-Tao Ma, De-Kun Chen
Contagious pustular dermatitis is an exanthematous zoonotic disease caused by the orf virus. Pandemic outbreaks of this disease cause great economic losses, while the pathogenesis of this disease still remains obscure. In this study, blood samples were collected from 628 asymptomatic goats across China for PCR-based virus detection. We detected the orf virus in the blood of asymptomatic goats. Moreover, the orf virus obtained from the blood of infected goats was infectious and induced typical symptoms of contagious pustular dermatitis after inoculation of uninfected dairy goats...
June 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778042/reliability-and-validity-of-the-dymus-questionnaire-for-the-assessment-of-dysphagia-in-multiple-sclerosis-greek-version-and-proposed-modification
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Athanasia Printza, Maria Kalaitzi, Christos Bakirtzis, Ioannis Nikolaidis, Hariklia Proios, Nikolaos Grigoriadis
BACKGROUND: Recent research confirmed that at least a third of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are suffering from swallowing difficulties. Dysphagia is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and has profound impact on physical ability and quality of life. Dysphagia related complications can be prevented through an effective screening protocol. The Dysphagia in Multiple Sclerosis (DYMUS) questionnaire is the first dysphagia questionnaire developed specifically for patients with MS...
May 10, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777911/deficiency-in-gnrh-receptor-trafficking-due-to-a-novel-homozygous-mutation-causes-idiopathic-hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism-in-three-prepubertal-siblings
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Rui Zhang, Siyuan Linpeng, Zhuo Li, Yingxi Cao, Hu Tan, Desheng Liang, Lingqian Wu
Idiopathic hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (IHH) is characterized by low levels of gonadotropins and delayed or absent sexual development. Most of the patients are diagnosed in late adolescence or early adulthood. Determining the diagnosis of IHH in prepubertal patients can be challenging. Making a timely, correct diagnosis has important clinical implications. Here we aimed to identify the genetic cause of IHH in three prepubertal siblings from a Chinese Han family and give appropriate treatment advice. Using whole exome sequencing (WES), we identified a novel homozygous GNRHR mutation (NM_000406; c...
May 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777890/cortical-activation-changes-in-hirayama-disease-following-anterior-cervical-decompression-and-fusion
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Hongli Wang, Yiwei Wu, Jian Song, Jianyuan Jiang, Feizhou Lu, Xiaosheng Ma, Xinlei Xia
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury may cause cortical reconstruction. We, therefore, explored thechanges in cortical activation before and after anterior cervical decompression and fusion surgery in patients with Hirayama disease (HD). METHODS: 17 HD cases were performed anterior cervical decompression and fusion surgery. BOLD-fMRI scan was performed preoperatively, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year after surgery. Activated voxels were compared between both hands after adjusting for head motion, slice timing, spatial normalization and image smoothing...
May 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777882/factors-predicting-hypocalcemia-after-total-thyroidectomy-a-retrospective-cohort-analysis
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Claudius Falch, Jan Hornig, Moritz Senne, Manuel Braun, Alfred Konigsrainer, Andreas Kirschniak, Sven Muller
BACKGROUND: Hypocalcemia after total thyroidectomy is the most frequent complication resulting in prolongation of hospitalisation. Therefore we aimed to analyse clinical risk factors predictive for hypocalcemia and its long term persistence after total thyroidectomy. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of patients undergoing total thyroidectomy from 2005 until 2013. Outcome measures were initial postoperative hypocalcemia defined as serum calcium below 2.0 mmol/l after total thyroidectomy within 48 h and persistent hypocalcemia defined as serum calcium below 2...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777608/osteocalcin-value-to-identify-subclinical-atherosclerosis-over-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-ascvd-risk-score-in-middle-aged-and-elderly-chinese-asymptomatic-men
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Yiting Xu, Xiaojing Ma, Qin Xiong, Xueli Zhang, Yun Shen, Yuqian Bao
BACKGROUND: Our study examined whether osteocalcin contributed to identifying carotid intima-media thickness (C-IMT) over the atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk score. METHODS: We recruited 618 middle-aged and elderly men from communities in Shanghai. Serum osteocalcin levels were determined using an electrochemiluminescence immunoassay. C-IMT was measured by ultrasonography. RESULTS: The study included 245 men with low ASCVD risk and 373 men with moderate-to-high ASCVD risk...
May 19, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777547/tacrolimus-induced-asymptomatic-thrombotic-microangiopathy-diagnosed-by-laboratory-tests-in-pig-to-rhesus-corneal-xenotransplantation-a-case-report
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Jong-Min Kim, Jaeyoung Kim, Se-Hyun Choi, Jun-Seop Shin, Byoung-Hoon Min, Won Young Jeong, Ga-Eul Lee, Min-Sun Kim, Seeun Kwon, Mee Kum Kim, Chung-Gyu Park
Tacrolimus-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA) is a rare complication. TA-TMA is characterized by microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and organ damage due to thrombus. We report asymptomatic TA-TMA diagnosed by laboratory tests in pig-to-rhesus corneal xenotransplantation. Corneal transplantation had been conducted from a wild-type SNU miniature pig to a rhesus macaque. The veterinary records were retrospectively reviewed in this case. The immunosuppressive regimen consisted of rituximab, basiliximab, and IVIg as inductive therapies, and steroids with tacrolimus (0...
May 18, 2018: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777543/acquired-digital-fibrokeratoma-review-of-its-clinical-and-dermoscopic-features-and-differential-diagnosis
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REVIEW
Shawn Shih, Amor Khachemoune
Acquired digital fibrokeratoma (ADFK) is a rare, benign, fibrous tumor that most often occurs on fingers. It may resemble a rudimentary supernumerary digit and is often misdiagnosed as another common benign condition, such as common wart. It is typically asymptomatic and occurs as a solitary nodule less than 1 cm in diameter. Oftentimes ADFK shares clinical and/or histologic resemblance with other benign and malignant cutaneous conditions so it is crucial that careful examination is undertaken. In this article, we will discuss the clinical presentation, epidemiology, etiology, dermoscopic and histologic findings, management, and differential diagnoses for ADFK, with the hope that this review will facilitate timely diagnosis and management for this distinct condition...
May 19, 2018: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777402/a-national-study-of-the-use-of-asymptomatic-systemic-imaging-for-surveillance-following-breast-cancer-treatment-aft-01
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Jessica R Schumacher, Heather B Neuman, George J Chang, Benjamin D Kozower, Stephen B Edge, Menggang Yu, David J Vanness, Yajuan Si, Elizabeth A Jacobs, Amanda B Francescatti, Patricia A Spears, Jeffrey Havlena, Taiwo Adesoye, Daniel McKellar, David Winchester, Elizabeth S Burnside, Caprice C Greenberg
BACKGROUND: Although not guideline recommended, studies suggest 50% of locoregional breast cancer patients undergo systemic imaging during follow-up, prompting its inclusion as a Choosing Wisely measure of potential overuse. Most studies rely on administrative data that cannot delineate scan intent (prompted by signs/symptoms vs. asymptomatic surveillance). This is a critical gap as intent is the only way to distinguish overuse from appropriate care. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to assess surveillance systemic imaging post-breast cancer treatment in a national sample accounting for scan intent...
May 17, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777291/growth-of-asymptomatic-intracranial-fusiform-aneurysms-incidence-and-risk-factors
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Jusun Moon, Young Dae Cho, Dong Hyun Yoo, Jeongjun Lee, Hyun-Seung Kang, Won-Sang Cho, Jeong Eun Kim, Li Zhang, Moon Hee Han
PURPOSE: Growth of intracranial fusiform aneurysms (IFA) may become clinically problematic through a mass effect or rupture. We investigated the growth rate and factors contributing to growth in asymptomatic untreated IFA. METHOD: As a retrospective review, we assessed patients diagnosed with asymptomatic IFA between August 2000 and September 2014, all untreated. No acute or symptomatic dissecting lesions were considered. Clinical and serial angiographic follow-up data were analyzed, defining growth as expansion > 2 mm in one or more dimensions...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777207/clinical-progression-and-metachronous-paragangliomas-in-a-large-cohort-of-sdhd-germline-variant-carriers
#17
Berdine L Heesterman, Lisa M H de Pont, Andel Gl van der Mey, Jean-Pierre Bayley, Eleonora Pm Corssmit, Frederik J Hes, Berit M Verbist, Peter Paul G van Benthem, Jeroen C Jansen
Although it is well established that paternally transmitted germline variants in SDHD are associated with multifocal paragangliomas and lifelong follow-up is generally advised, the risk of metachronous lesions is presently unknown. In a large Dutch cohort of SDHD variant carriers, we studied the development of new paragangliomas, and the evolution of symptoms and cranial nerve impairment. Recurrent event analysis and the Kaplan-Meier product limit estimator were used to study the risk of new lesions. The relation between several predictors and development of new symptoms was assessed using logistic regression...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777092/seroprevalence-of-brucellosis-in-butchers-veterinarians-and-slaughterhouse-workers-in-hamadan-western-iran
#18
Mojgan Mamani, Mohammad Mehdi Majzoobi, Fariba Keramat, Nesa Varmaghani, Abbas Moghimbeigi
BACKGROUND: Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease caused by Brucella species via infected domestic animals. In endemic areas, certain occupations such as veterinarians, butchers, and slaughterhouse workers are considered high risk regarding brucellosis. We evaluated the seroprevalence of brucellosis in high-risk occupations in Hamadan, West of Iran. STUDY DESIGN: a cross-sectional study. METHODS: Overall, 218 participants from 2014 to 2015 were enrolled...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Research in Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776957/sudden-death-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-observations-from-the-current-as-registry
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Tomohiko Taniguchi, Takeshi Morimoto, Hiroki Shiomi, Kenji Ando, Norio Kanamori, Koichiro Murata, Takeshi Kitai, Yuichi Kawase, Chisato Izumi, Takao Kato, Katsuhisa Ishii, Kazuya Nagao, Yoshihisa Nakagawa, Mamoru Toyofuku, Naritatsu Saito, Kenji Minatoya, Takeshi Kimura
BACKGROUND: The annual incidence of sudden death has been reported to be low (<1%/year) in asymptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS), and there is a paucity of data on the risk factors of sudden death in patients with severe AS. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated the incidence and risk factors of sudden death during the median follow-up period of 1334 days in the Contemporary Outcomes After Surgery and Medical Treatment in Patients With Severe Aortic Stenosis (CURRENT AS) registry enrolling 3815 consecutive patients with severe AS between 2003 and 2011...
May 18, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776798/changes-in-chlamydia-prevalence-and-duration-of-infection-estimated-from-testing-and-diagnosis-rates-in-england-a-model-based-analysis-using-surveillance-data-2000-15
#20
Joanna Lewis, Peter J White
BACKGROUND: Chlamydia screening programmes have been implemented in several countries, but the effects of screening on incidence, prevalence, and reproductive sequelae remain unclear. In England, despite increases in testing with the rollout of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP; 2003-08), prevalence estimated in 10-yearly population-based surveys was similar before (1999-2001) and after (2010-12) the programme. However, the precision of these previous estimates was limited by the low numbers of infections...
May 15, 2018: Lancet. Public Health
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