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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141266/-impact-of-abdominal-ultrasound-on-the-identification-of-the-site-of-infection-in-the-emergency-department-analysis-whether-it-makes-sense-to-perform-abdominal-ultrasound-examination-for-the-identfication-of-the-site-of-infection-if-medical-history-and-clinical
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Barbara Werkmeister, Julia Langgartner, Doris Schacherer, Arno Mohr
Introduction A very high number of patients presenting in emergency departments suffer from an unknown infection or rather fever. If diagnostic imaging is necessary ultrasound can be performed. Whether ultrasound is superior to medical history and clinical examination considering the significantly enhanced technology in recent years and hence has to be performed in patients without abdominal symptoms with non-obvious focus cannot be answered by review of the literature. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relevance of abdominal ultrasound in the determination of the site of infection and to analyse whether an abdominal ultrasound for the identification of the source of infection is dispensable in patients in whom history and clinical examination do not indicate an abdominal focus...
November 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141265/-hbv-infections-in-germany-health-care-costs-in-a-real-life-setting
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Jona Theodor Stahmeyer, Hans Becker, Anna Lena Orlemann, Christian Krauth, Michael P Manns, Heiner Wedemeyer
Background An estimated 500 000 people are infected with hepatitis B in Germany, inducing an enormous burden on infected patients and the health care system. The aim of our study was to estimate the real-life costs of treating hepatitis B and to analyze sociodemographic factors. Methods We conducted a retrospective, non-interventional, single-center study from 07/2009 to 12/2012. Information on health care delivery was extracted from patient records. Besides that, a questionnaire survey regarding sociodemographic parameters and quality of life of HBV-infected patients was performed...
November 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141071/usefulness-of-total-12-lead-qrs-voltage-as-a-clue-to-diagnosis-of-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis-severe-enough-to-warrant-orthotopic-heart-transplant
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William C Roberts, Tiffany M Becker, Shelley A Hall
Importance: Severe heart failure caused by cardiac sarcoidosis is difficult to diagnosis without biopsy. Objective: To assess whether total electrocardiographic 12-lead QRS voltage may be a clue to diagnosis. Design, Setting, Participants: Case-series study with cases collected at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, from January 13, 2005, to January 24, 2017. The clinical records of 16 patients with severe heart failure caused by cardiac sarcoidosis were studied...
November 15, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141063/novel-treatment-using-low-dose-naltrexone-for-lichen-planopilaris
#4
Lauren C Strazzulla, Lorena Avila, Kristen Lo Sicco, Jerry Shapiro
<p>Lichen planopilaris (LPP) is a variant of lichen planus that affects the scalp causing scarring hair loss. Patients also frequently experience symptoms of scalp itch, pain, and burning. To date, there are no long-term remittive nor curative therapies available. Low-dose naltrexone has anti-inflammatory properties and has recently been described in the context of treating autoimmune conditions. This retrospective medical record review describes four LPP patients treated with low-dose (3 milligrams per day) naltrexone...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140941/phenotype-and-management-of-infantile-onset-inflammatory-bowel-disease-experience-from-a-tertiary-care-center-in-china
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Ziqing Ye, Ying Zhou, Ying Huang, Yuhuan Wang, Junping Lu, Zifei Tang, Shijian Miao, Kuiran Dong, Zhinong Jiang
BACKGROUND: Infantile-onset inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) comprises rare and clinically severe disorders. We examined the phenotypes and genetic causes of patients with infantile-onset IBD from a tertiary medical center. METHODS: We enrolled 38 patients with infantile-onset IBD and applied standardized treatment with medical, surgical, and supportive care. Targeted sequencing and whole-exome sequencing were performed. Clinical data were retrieved from medical records...
December 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140940/rapid-infliximab-infusion-in-children-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-multicenter-north-american-experience
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Wael El-Matary, Dana M H Dykes, Laura Bauman, Abdul Elkadri, Matthew W Carroll, Marisa R Izaguirre, Jennifer deBruyn, Charles M Samson, Alisa Muniz Crim, Sabina Ali, Andrew Grossman
BACKGROUND: Infliximab (IFX) infusion may lead to development of anti-IFX antibodies, and subsequent infusion reactions (IRs). The safety of rapid IFX infusion administered over 60 minutes has been under-investigated in children with inflammatory bowel disease. In a multicenter study, the frequency and nature of rapid infusion-associated IRs were examined. METHODS: The medical records of all consecutive children with inflammatory bowel disease receiving rapid IFX infusions between January 2014 and December 2016 were reviewed...
December 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140904/reconstruction-of-microtias-with-constricted-ear-features-a-22-year-experience
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Chul Park, Jung Youl Park
BACKGROUND: The surgical correction of 'microtias with constricted ear features' has remained a challenge due to the variable shape and large volume of the remnant cartilage and skin involved. In order to clarify how this remnant cartilage and skin should be treated, we have reviewed and analyzed cases operated at our Center. METHODS: A total of 167 cases of Microtia with Constricted Ear Features, operated from 1992 to 2014, were included in the study. They were reviewed through medical records and photographs, analysis of surgical methods, and postoperative outcomes...
November 11, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140750/postlicensure-safety-surveillance-of-congenital-anomaly-and-miscarriage-among-pregnancies-exposed-to-quadrivalent-human-papillomavirus-vaccine
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Lina S Sy, Kristin I Meyer, Nicola P Klein, Chun Chao, Christine Velicer, T Craig Cheetham, Bradley K Ackerson, Jeff M Slezak, Harpreet S Takhar, John Hansen, Kamala Deosaransingh, Kai-Li Liaw, Steven J Jacobsen
Limited safety data are available on inadvertent exposure to quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine (4vHPV) during pregnancy. We conducted a descriptive observational postlicensure safety surveillance study in Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Northern California to assess congenital anomaly and miscarriage among pregnancies exposed to 4vHPV. Using electronic medical records, we identified women who received a dose of 4vHPV between August 2006 and March 2008 within 30 days preconception or any time during a possible pregnancy...
November 15, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140748/paramedic-initiated-home-care-referrals-and-use-of-home-care-and-emergency-medical-services
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Amol A Verma, John Klich, Adam Thurston, Jordan Scantlebury, Alex Kiss, Gayle Seddon, Samir K Sinha
OBJECTIVE: We examined the association between paramedic-initiated home care referrals and utilization of home care, 9-1-1, and Emergency Department (ED) services. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of individuals who received a paramedic-initiated home care referral after a 9-1-1 call between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Home care, 9-1-1, and ED utilization were compared in the 6 months before and after home care referral...
November 15, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140554/factors-associated-to-oral-health-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-diabetes
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Sylvie Azogui-Lévy, Rosemary Dray-Spira, Sarah Attal, Agnes Hartemann, Fani Anagnostou, Jean Azerad
AIMS: Oral pathologies are prevalent in diabetes, and they may affect the quality of life and patient's perception of their oral health. The aim of this study was to investigate the factors associated to oral health-related quality of life of patients with diabetes. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted involving 316 patients visiting a hospital diabetic unit. Sociodemographic, oral and medical care data were recorded, and a General Oral Health Assessment Index (GOHAI) questionnaire was completed...
November 15, 2017: Australian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140276/clinical-profile-associated-with-adverse-childhood-experiences-the-advent-of-nervous-system-dysregulation
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Jorina Elbers, Cynthia R Rovnaghi, Brenda Golianu, Kanwaljeet J S Anand
BACKGROUND: We report the prevalence of children with multiple medical symptoms in a pediatric neurology clinic, describe their symptom profiles, and explore their association with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 100 consecutive patients from an outpatient pediatric neurology clinic. Patients were included if they were ≥5 years old and reported ≥4 symptoms that were unexplained for ≥3-months. Symptom profiles across six functional domains were recorded: (1) executive dysfunction, (2) sleep disturbances, (3) autonomic dysregulation, (4) somatization, (5) digestive symptoms, and (6) emotional dysregulation...
November 15, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140118/-11-c-choline-pet-ct-for-detection-and-localization-of-parathyroid-adenomas
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Ahmad Parvinian, Erica L Martin-Macintosh, Ajit H Goenka, Jolanta M Durski, Brian P Mullan, Brad J Kemp, Geoffrey B Johnson
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy of (11)C-choline PET/CT for the detection of parathyroid adenomas by retrospectively reviewing a large patient population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this single-institution retrospective study, 7088 (11)C-choline PET/CT scans performed of 2933 men with prostate cancer from January 2005 through February 2016 were evaluated. Patients with suspected parathyroid adenomas were identified through a review of the electronic medical record and relevant imaging...
November 15, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139559/associations-among-tooth-loss-systemic-inflammation-and-antibody-titers-to-periodontal-pathogens-in-japanese-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease
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N Aoyama, J-I Suzuki, N Kobayashi, T Hanatani, N Ashigaki, A Yoshida, Y Shiheido, H Sato, M Minabe, Y Izumi, M Isobe
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: It is well known that there is a strong relationship between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Tooth loss reflects an end-stage condition of oral diseases, such as periodontitis. Infection with specific periodontal pathogens is known as a possible factor that influences development of CVD. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between the number of residual teeth and systemic inflammatory conditions in patients with CVD. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We divided 364 patients with CVD into four groups, according to the number of residual teeth: (i) ≥20 teeth; (ii) 10-19 teeth; (iii) 1-9 teeth; and (iv) edentulous...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139255/-association-rules-analysis-for-exploring-combined-medication-characteristics-of-fufang-kushen-injection-real-world-study-based-on-49-597-cases
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Yin Zhang, Yan-Ming Xie, Yan-Nan Li, Chang Zhang, Cen Chen, Yan Zhuang
The present study aimed to analyze the association rules of Fufang Kushen injection in combined medications in the real world based on electrical medical records in hospital information system, and provide reference for its reasonable clinical application. The electrical medical records of the hospitalized patients using Fufang Kushen injection were extracted to analyze the frequency distribution characteristics in combined application with Western medicine, and analyze the specific association rules between these combinations by using Apriori algorithm...
August 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139096/the-modified-frailty-index-and-30-day-adverse-events-in-oncologic-neurosurgery
#15
Brett E Youngerman, Alfred I Neugut, Jingyan Yang, Dawn L Hershman, Jason D Wright, Jeffrey N Bruce
The modified frailty index (mFI) is emerging as a leading measure for preoperative risk assessment using routinely available medical record data. Our objective was to determine if mFI predicts morbidity and mortality in the diverse national cohort of patients undergoing neurosurgery for intracranial neoplasms. We identified patients in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program who underwent oncologic neurosurgery procedures between 2008 and 2012. The mFI, ranging from 0 to 1, was calculated as the proportion of 11 possible risk factors present...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139025/coagulopathy-in-zellweger-spectrum-disorders-a-role-for-vitamin-k
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Sara Zeynelabidin, Femke C C Klouwer, Joost C M Meijers, Monique H Suijker, Marc Engelen, Bwee Tien Poll-The, C Heleen van Ommen
INTRODUCTION: Zellweger spectrum disorders (ZSDs) are caused by an impairment of peroxisome biogenesis, resulting in multiple metabolic abnormalities. This leads to a range of symptoms, including hepatic dysfunction and coagulopathy. This study evaluated the incidence and severity of coagulopathy and the effect of vitamin K supplementation orally and IV in ZSD. METHODS: Data were retrospectively retrieved from the medical records of 30 ZSD patients to study coagulopathy and the effect of vitamin K orally on proteins induced by vitamin K absence (PIVKA-II) levels...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139017/short-term-and-long-term-outcomes-of-a-vocational-rehabilitation-program-for-patients-with-acquired-brain-injury-in-the-netherlands
#17
Caroline H van Dongen, Paulien H Goossens, Inge E van Zee, Kirsten N Verpoort, Thea P M Vliet Vlieland, Judith M van Velzen
Purpose To describe short-term and long-term work status after a vocational rehabilitation (VR) program in patients with acquired brain injury (ABI) in the Netherlands. Methods Patients with ABI who participated in a VR program between 2007 and 2010 were included in this study. The 4-month VR program included a multidisciplinary assessment, three meetings with all stakeholders and reintegration with coaching on the job. Short-term results at the end of the VR program were based on data extracted from medical records...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138901/-which-factors-are-associated-with-the-use-of-potentially-inadequate-medications-pim-in-the-elderly-results-from-the-german-health-interview-and-examination-survey-degs1
#18
Heinz G Endres, Petra Kaufmann-Kolle, Hildtraud Knopf, Petra A Thürmann
BACKGROUND: Recent studies demonstrate a relationship between the prescription of potentially inappropriate medications (PIM) for patients 65 years or older and an increased risk for adverse events, in particular hospitalisations. The RKI conducted DEGS1-Survey ("German health interview and examination survey for adults") provides a representative sample of the target population to identify determinants for PIM use. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine characteristics of older persons in Germany, who currently use PIM, and if there are subpopulations among older persons with a particularly high PIM use...
November 14, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138653/the-incidence-of-first-line-antiretroviral-treatment-changes-and-related-factors-among-hiv-infected-sex-workers-in-nairobi-kenya
#19
Frank Ndaks Ndakala, Julius Otieno Oyugi, Margaret Ng'wono Oluka, Joshua Kimani, Georg Martin Norbert Behrens
Introduction: In many settings, several factors including adverse drug reactions and clinical failure can limit treatment choices for combined antiretroviral therapy (cART). The aim of the study was to describe the incidence of first-line cART changes and associated factors in a cohort of Kenyan sex workers. Methods: This was a retrospective review of medical records collected from 2009 to 2013. The review included records of HIV-infected patients aged ≥ 18 years, who received either stavudine or zidovudine or tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-based regimens...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138540/a-qualitative-study-exploring-issues-related-to-medication-management-in-residential-aged-care-facilities
#20
Mariani Ahmad Nizaruddin, Marhanis-Salihah Omar, Adliah Mhd-Ali, Mohd Makmor-Bakry
Background: Globally, the population of older people is on the rise. As families are burdened with the high cost of care for aging members, demand is increasing for medical care and nursing homes. Thus, medication management is crucial to ensure that residents in a care center benefit and assist the management of the care center in reducing the burden of health care. This study is aimed to qualitatively explore issues related to medication management in residential aged care facilities (RACFs)...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
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