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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914161/streptococcus-agalactiae-native-valve-endocarditis-uncommon-presentation-of-multiple-myeloma
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Ana Pinho Oliveira, Anne Delgado, Cláudia Martins, Pedro Gama
Adults with chronic immunosuppressive conditions are at an increased risk for Streptococcus agalactiae endocarditis, which is typically characterized by acute onset, presence of large vegetations, rapid valvular destruction and frequent complications. We report a rare case of a 74 years old man presenting with fever, renal infarction, ischemic stroke and uveitis. Infective endocarditis was diagnosed and Streptococcus agalactiae was isolated in blood cultures. A multiple myeloma Ig G-K was also diagnosed. The infective endocarditis was successfully treated with a course of benzylpenicillin and gentamicin...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914160/infectious-postpartum-sacroiliitis-the-importance-and-difficulty-of-early-diagnosis
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Emídio Vale-Fernandes, Fedra Rodrigues, Carla Monteiro, Luís Carvalho
The sacroiliitis accounts for about 1.5% - 10% of all cases of septic arthritis and it is strongly associated with gynaecological infections, pelvic trauma or drug abuse (3.4% - 12.8% of cases occur during the postpartum period). Early diagnosis is difficult because the symptoms are nonspecific in pregnancy and in the postpartum period, making the delay of treatment a serious risk of irreversible damage to the joint and development of post-infectious complications. The authors describe the case of a 37-year-old puerperal woman presented to hospital, weeks after urgent caesarean section, with endometritis, post-anesthetic epidural hematoma and secondary infectious postpartum sacroiliitis...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914156/-intratechal-chemotherapy-treatment-through-an-ommaya-reservoir-catheter-for-meningeal-carcinomatosis-a-single-centre-experience
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José Pedro Lavrador, Nuno Simas, Edson Oliveira, Manuel Herculano Carvalho
INTRODUCTION: Meningeal carcinomatosis is defined as tumour cells infiltration of leptomeninges and subarachnoid space. It is normally related with poor survival (2 - 5 months). The best multidisciplinary treatment for this condition is a matter of discussion. Patient's condition and the natural history of the disease should be considered in the decision making process. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective cohort analysis of patients submitted to Ommaya Reservoir placement due to systemic solid tumour meningeal carcinomatosis between 2006 and 2014...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914131/the-role-of-pharmacomechanical-endovascular-intervention-for-iliofemoral-vein-thrombosis-compared-to-conventional-anticoagulation-therapy
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In Sub Kim, Won Min Jo
Although anticoagulation therapy is the primary treatment for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), it has not been associated with the rapid recanalization of the venous occlusion. Moreover, it is associated with long-term disability due to post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). In contrast, pharmacomechanical endovascular intervention (PMI) results in more rapid clinical improvement in DVT patients, but there are few reports on its long-term outcomes. This retrospective study evaluated the clinical effectiveness of PMI compared to conventional anticoagulation therapy (ACA) for acute and subacute iliofemoral DVT...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914117/endoresection-with-adjuvant-ruthenium-brachytherapy-for-selected-uveal-melanoma-patients-the-tuebingen-experience
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Daniela Süsskind, Carina Dürr, Frank Paulsen, Theodor Kaulich, Karl U Bartz-Schmidt
PURPOSE: To evaluate the treatment of selected patients with uveal melanoma with endoresection and adjuvant ruthenium brachytherapy. METHODS: Thirty-five patients with uveal melanoma not suitable for ruthenium plaque monotherapy were treated with endoresection and adjuvant ruthenium brachytherapy between January 2001 and October 2013. Recurrence-free survival, globe retention, course of visual acuity (VA), occurrence of therapy-related complications and metastasis-free and overall survival were analysed retrospectively...
December 3, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914063/episweep-computationally-driven-reengineering-of-therapeutic-proteins-to-reduce-immunogenicity-while-maintaining-function
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Yoonjoo Choi, Deeptak Verma, Karl E Griswold, Chris Bailey-Kellogg
Therapeutic proteins are yielding ever more advanced and efficacious new drugs, but the biological origins of these highly effective therapeutics render them subject to immune surveillance within the patient's body. When recognized by the immune system as a foreign agent, protein drugs elicit a coordinated response that can manifest a range of clinical complications including rapid drug clearance, loss of functionality and efficacy, delayed infusion-like allergic reactions, more serious anaphylactic shock, and even induced auto-immunity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914029/mid-term-results-and-responsiveness-predictors-after-two-step-single-anastomosis-duodeno-ileal-bypass-with-sleeve-gastrectomy
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José M Balibrea, Ramón Vilallonga, Marta Hidalgo, Andreea Ciudin, Óscar González, Enric Caubet, Andrés Sánchez-Pernaute, José M Fort, Manel Armengol-Carrasco
BACKGROUND: In patients with insufficient weight loss after sleeve gastrectomy (SG) or in super obese individuals, among many surgical options available, a single-anastomosis duodeno-ileal bypass (SADI) after SG (SADI-S) could be considered. Due to the limited information available about the use of SADI as a second-step procedure, the objective of this study was to evaluate the mid-term results and responsiveness of SADI after sleeve gastrectomy. METHODS: We present prospective data from 30 consecutive patients with a mean BMI of 40...
December 2, 2016: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914024/laparoscopic-hepatectomy-for-hcc-in-elderly-patients-risks-and-feasibility
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Bruno Amato, Giovanni Aprea, Davide De Rosa, Marco Milone, Lorenza di Domenico, Maurizio Amato, Rita Compagna, Mario Santoro, Louis Banka Johnson, Alessandro Sanguinetti, Andrea Polistena, Nicola Avenia
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) appears to be safe and effective as open liver resection (OLR) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, studies comparing LLR with ORL in elderly patients are limited. The purpose of this study is to compare the clinical outcomes of LLR versus OLR for HCC in elderly patients. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was made comparing laparoscopic (n = 11) and open (n = 18) liver resections in elderly patients performed at the University of Naples "Federico II" between January 2010 and December 2014...
December 2, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914016/ms-ms-assisted-design-of-sequence-controlled-synthetic-polymers-for-improved-reading-of-encoded-information
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Laurence Charles, Gianni Cavallo, Valérie Monnier, Laurence Oswald, Roza Szweda, Jean-François Lutz
In order to improve their MS/MS sequencing, structure of sequence-controlled synthetic polymers can be optimized based on considerations regarding their fragmentation behavior in collision-induced dissociation conditions, as demonstrated here for two digitally encoded polymer families. In poly(triazole amide)s, the main dissociation route proceeded via cleavage of the amide bond in each monomer, hence allowing the chains to be safely sequenced. However, a competitive cleavage of an ether bond in a tri(ethylene glycol) spacer placed between each coding moiety complicated MS/MS spectra while not bringing new structural information...
December 2, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913981/the-challenges-of-anaesthesia-and-pain-relief-in-hip-fracture-care
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Rachel Cowan, Jun Hao Lim, Terence Ong, Ashok Kumar, Opinder Sahota
The care of the older person with hip fracture is complicated by their comorbid condition, limited physiological reserve, cognitive impairment and frailty. Two aspects of hip fracture management that have received considerable attention are how best to manage the pain associated with it and the ideal mode of anaesthesia. Existing literature has reported on the suboptimal treatment of pain in this orthogeriatric cohort. With recent advancements in medical care, a number of options have emerged as alternatives to conservative systemic analgesia...
December 3, 2016: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913953/neuroinflammation-induced-downregulation-of-hippocampacal-neuregulin-1-erbb4-signaling-in-the-parvalbumin-interneurons-might-contribute-to-cognitive-impairment-in-a-mouse-model-of-sepsis-associated-encephalopathy
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Rong Gao, Mu-Huo Ji, Da-Peng Gao, Run-Hua Yang, Shao-Gang Zhang, Jian-Jun Yang, Jin-Chun Shen
Sepsis-associated encephalopathy (SAE) is a common complication associated with poor prognosis in septic patients, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. We hypothesized that disturbed neuregulin 1 (NRG1)-ErbB4 signaling in the parvalbumin interneurons was involved in sepsis-induced cognitive impairment in a mouse model of SAE. The SAE model was induced by cecal ligation/perforation (CLP). Animals were randomly divided into the following six groups: sham + vehicle group, sham + NRG1 group, CLP + vehicle group, CLP + NRG1 group, CLP + NRG1 + AG1478 (ErbB4 inhibitor) group, and CLP + minocycline group...
December 2, 2016: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913945/the-effect-of-prophylactic-central-neck-dissection-on-locoregional-recurrence-in-papillary-thyroid-cancer-after-total-thyroidectomy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-pcnd-for-the-locoregional-recurrence-of-papillary-thyroid-cancer
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Wenjing Zhao, Lei You, Xianming Hou, Shaobo Chen, Xiaoxia Ren, Ge Chen, Yupei Zhao
BACKGROUND: The use of prophylactic central neck dissection (pCND) for papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) without clinical evidence of nodal metastasis (cN0) remains controversial. This study was designed to examine whether pCND for PTC affected locoregional recurrence (LRR). METHODS: A systematic review was performed to compare the LRR between patients with PTC who underwent total thyroidectomy (TT) and pCND and those who underwent TT alone. The primary outcome was LRR...
December 2, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913863/-multifocal-intraocular-lens-miol-surgery-in-young-non-presbyopic-ametropes-reasonable-and-safe
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A Frings, J Steinberg, S J Linke, V Druchkiv, T Katz
BACKGROUND: Refractive lens exchange and implantation of a multifocal intraocular lens (MIOL) is mainly advised for ametropes with presbyopia. Non-presbyopic young ametropes who wish spectacle-independence are usually treated with corneal refractive surgery or phakic lenses. OBJECTIVES: This retrospective case series aimed to analyse the refractive and subjective satisfaction outcome after MIOL surgery in both eyes of non-presbyopic ametropes where other treatment options were not possible...
December 2, 2016: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913802/combined-use-of-a-pconus-and-a-solitaire-stent-report-of-two-cases
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Pervinder Bhogal, Marta Aguilar Pérez, Rosa Martinez Moreno, Marcin Miś, Maciej Miś, Hans Henkes
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to report our initial experience of the use of the pCONus neck protection device in conjunction with the Solitaire AB stent to assist in the endovascular management of complex intracranial aneurysms with arteries arising from both the neck and the dome of the aneurysm. METHODS: Two patients with unruptured aneurysms underwent elective endovascular management of their aneurysms, one arising from the middle cerebral artery bifurcation and one from the anterior communicating artery...
December 2, 2016: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913799/involvement-of-recipient-transplant-coordinators-in-transplant-outpatient-clinics-in-japan-current-status-and-transplant-physician-s-thoughts-on-follow-up-clinics
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Kuniko Hagiwara, Natsuko Seto, Yasuko Shimizu, Shiro Takahara
CONTEXT: Transplant recipients require long-term immunosuppressive therapy, so continued medical follow-up is necessary for long-term survival. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the current role of recipient transplant coordinators (RTCs) in the outpatient care of organ transplant recipients in Japan. METHODS: We sent a questionnaire survey to doctors in transplant facilities affiliated with the Japan Society for Transplantation probing attitudes on the role of RTCs in outpatient clinics...
December 2, 2016: Progress in Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913777/risk-factors-for-major-bleeding-in-the-seattle-ii-trial
#16
Immad Sadiq, Samuel Z Goldhaber, Ping-Yu Liu, Gregory Piazza
Ultrasound-facilitated, catheter-directed, low-dose fibrinolysis minimizes the risk of intracranial bleeding compared with systemic full-dose fibrinolytic therapy for pulmonary embolism (PE). However, major bleeding is nevertheless a potential complication. We analyzed the 150-patient SEATTLE II trial of submassive and massive PE patients to describe those who suffered major bleeding events following ultrasound-facilitated, catheter-directed, low-dose fibrinolysis and to identify risk factors for bleeding. Major bleeding was defined as GUSTO severe/life-threatening or moderate bleeds within 72 hours of initiation of the procedure...
December 1, 2016: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913750/congenital-heart-block-and-immune-mediated-sensorineural-hearing-loss-possible-cross-reactivity-of-immune-response
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C Bason, I Pagnini, A Brucato, S Maestroni, A Puccetti, C Lunardi, R Cimaz
Immune-mediated sensorineural hearing loss may complicate systemic autoimmune diseases. We have previously reported the presence of antibodies directed against inner ear antigens in patients with Cogan syndrome, a disease characterized by sudden hearing loss and interstitial keratitis. Such autoantibodies cross-react with an epitope of SSA/Ro60 protein. Anti-Ro/SSA antibodies in pregnant women cross the placenta and reach the fetal tissues inducing an immune-mediated damage of the cardiac conduction system...
December 2, 2016: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913738/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
#18
Elena Dolmatova, Kasra Moazzami, Thomas P Cocke, Elie Elmann, Pranay Vaidya, Arthur F Ng, Kumar Satya, Rajeev L Narayan
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement can experience severe perioperative complications leading to hemodynamic instability and death. Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation can be used to provide cardiorespiratory support during this time. METHODS: From 2012 to 2015, of 247 patients who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement, 6 (2.42%) required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support. Their mean age was 82 ± 7...
December 2, 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913737/postinfarction-ventricular-septal-rupture-closure-without-ventriculotomy
#19
Dai Kawashima, Satoru Maeba, Masahiro Saito, Minoru Ono
Postinfarction ventricular septal rupture is a life-threatening complication of acute myocardial infarction. Although some novel techniques of ventricular septal rupture closure have been introduced, they involve ventriculotomy, a procedure that can cause a degree of impairment of the incised ventricle. We describe a case in which we closed a ventricular septal rupture through the tricuspid valve, without ventriculotomy.
December 2, 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913736/additional-effects-of-topical-tranexamic-acid-in-on-pump-cardiac-surgery
#20
Noppon Taksaudom, Sophon Siwachat, Apichat Tantraworasin
OBJECTIVE: Postoperative bleeding after cardiac surgery is commonly associated with hyperfibrinolysis. This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of topical tranexamic acid in addition to intravenous tranexamic acid in reducing bleeding in cardiac surgery cases. METHODS: From July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, 82 patients who underwent elective on-pump cardiac surgery were randomized into a tranexamic acid group and a placebo group. In the tranexamic acid group, 1 g of tranexamic acid dissolved in 100 mL of normal saline solution was poured into the pericardium during sternal closure; the placebo group had 100 mL of saline only...
December 2, 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
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