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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638939/-consequences-of-autopsies-for-the-living-causes-of-death-in-the-clinical-diagnosis-septic-and-toxic-shock
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L Ozretić, A Schwindowski, H-P Dienes, R Büttner, U Drebber, J W U Fries
BACKGROUND: There is reason to believe that the diagnosis of septic and toxic shock, as indicated on the death certificate, cannot be confirmed as the cause of death without autopsy and subsequent histological analysis. The external examination of the corpse can therefore not represent the sole basis for a reliable statement about the infection status of a corpse, e. g. as a prerequisite for embalming. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The validity of autopsy in determining septic and toxic shock as the cause of death is demonstrated in 7 exemplary cases...
June 21, 2017: Der Pathologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638723/low-dose-methotrexate-in-sickle-cell-disease-a-pilot-study-with-rationale-borrowed-from-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Silvia R Brandalise, Rosemary Assis, Angelo B A Laranjeira, José Andrés Yunes, Pedro O de Campos-Lima
BACKGROUND: Inflammation is a major feature of sickle cell disease (SCD). Low-dose methotrexate (MTX) has long been used in chronic inflammatory diseases. This pilot study examined the MTX effect on acute vaso-occlusive pain crises (VOC) in SCD patients. METHODS: Fourteen adults on hydroxyurea with severe and refractory VOC received one intramuscular injection of 10 mg of MTX per week for 12 weeks. A single weekly dose of 5 mg of leucovorin was administered orally 48 h after each MTX injection...
2017: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630253/cold-induced-thermogenesis-and-inflammation-associated-cold-seeking-behavior-are-represented-by-different-dorsomedial-hypothalamic-sites-a-three-dimensional-functional-topography-study-in-conscious-rats
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Samuel P Wanner, M Camila Almeida, Yury P Shimansky, Daniela L Oliveira, Justin R Eales, Cândido C Coimbra, Andrej A Romanovsky
In the past, we showed that large electrolytic lesions of the dorsomedial hypothalamus (DMH) promoted hypothermia in cold-exposed restrained rats, but attenuated hypothermia in rats challenged with a high dose of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in a thermogradient apparatus. The goal of this study was to identify the thermoeffector mechanisms and DMH representation of the two phenomena and, hence, understand how the same lesion could produce two opposite effects on body temperature. We found that the permissive effect of large electrolytic DMH lesions on cold-induced hypothermia was due to suppressed thermogenesis...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613410/a-case-of-q-fever-after-liver-transplantation
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Lindsay A Petty, Helen S Te, Kenneth Pursell
Coxiella burnetii, the causative agent of Q fever, is a zoonosis that causes both acute and chronic disease in humans. Few cases have been reported in solid organ transplants, and this case highlights the need to include Q fever in the differential diagnosis for fever of unknown origin in solid organ transplant hosts. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
June 14, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600002/diagnostic-yield-of-fdg-pet-ct-in-fever-of%C3%A2-unknown-origin-a-systematic-review-meta-analysis-and-delphi-exercise
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T Bharucha, A Rutherford, S Skeoch, A Alavi, M Brown, J Galloway
AIM: To perform a systematic review, meta-analysis and Delphi exercise to evaluate diagnostic yield of combined 2-[(18)F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose (FDG) positron-emission tomography and computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) in fever of unknown origin (FUO). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four databases were searched for studies of FDG-PET/CT in FUO 1/1/2000-1/12/2015. Exclusions were non-English language, case reports, non-standard FDG radiotracer, and significant missing data...
June 7, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586777/patients-with-fever-of-unknown-origin-and-splenomegaly-diagnostic-value-of-splenectomy-and-preoperative-risk-factors-suggestive-of-underlying-lymphomas
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Lu Zhang, Wei Zhang, Huacong Cai, Xinxin Cao, Miao Chen, Jian Li, Tienan Zhu, Minghui Duan, Shujie Wang, Bing Han, Daobin Zhou
BACKGROUND: We reviewed patients with fever of unknown origin (FUO) and splenomegaly and assessed the diagnostic value of splenectomy and measured risk factors suggestive of an underlying lymphoma. METHODS: FUO patients (n = 83) who had splenomegaly and underwent splenectomy were enrolled into this retrospective single-center study. Clinical presentations were documented and risk factors suggestive of an underlying lymphoma were tested. RESULTS: Seventy-four patients (89...
2017: Acta Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573444/lung-lesions-during-fever-of-unknown-origin
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Renata Krupa, Tadeusz M Zielonka, Malgorzata Hadzik-Blaszczyk, Kazimierz A Wardyn, Katarzyna Zycinska
Fever of unknown origin (FUO) remains one of the most difficult diagnostic challenges. The causes of FUO can be various diseases located in different organs. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence and nature of pulmonary lesions during FUO. One hundred and sixty one patients with FUO participated in this prospective study. We performed a detailed comprehensive history, physical examination, and a wide spectrum of tests. The most common causes of FUO were infections (39%), autoimmune conditions (28%), and neoplasms (17%)...
June 2, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555378/-a-59-year-old-woman-with-upper-abdominal-pain-and-fever
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J B M Christ, A Tannapfel, G Kukuk, K Schlottmann, C Straßburg, A Schneidewind
A 59-year-old woman suffered from fever and upper abdominal pain. The computed tomography (CT) scan revealed a liver lesion. Conventional imaging techniques (CT, magnetic resonance imaging, contrast-enhanced ultrasonography) did not allow for a consistent diagnosis. Fine needle biopsy of the liver lesion was performed. Histologically, fibrotic inflammation was found and an inflammatory pseudotumor (IPT) diagnosed. Despite treatment with steroids and antibiotics, the size of the IPT increased; thus, surgical resection was necessary...
May 29, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542463/insights-into-reston-virus-spillovers-and-adaption-from-virus-whole-genome-sequences
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César G Albariño, Lisa Wiggleton Guerrero, Harley M Jenks, Ayan K Chakrabarti, Thomas G Ksiazek, Pierre E Rollin, Stuart T Nichol
Reston virus (family Filoviridae) is unique among the viruses of the Ebolavirus genus in that it is considered non-pathogenic in humans, in contrast to the other members which are highly virulent. The virus has however, been associated with several outbreaks of highly lethal hemorrhagic fever in non-human primates (NHPs), specifically cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) originating in the Philippines. In addition, Reston virus has been isolated from domestic pigs in the Philippines. To better understand virus spillover events and potential adaption to new hosts, the whole genome sequences of representative Reston virus isolates were obtained using a next generation sequencing (NGS) approach and comparative genomic analysis and virus fitness analyses were performed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509136/primary-hepatic-leiomyosarcoma-in-a-patient-with-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease
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Takashi Iida, Tamaki Maeda, Yoshifumi Amari, Takatomi Yurugi, Yoshitane Tsukamoto, Fumitaka Nakajima
Primary hepatic leiomyosarcoma is an extremely rare tumor. The diagnosis is difficult, and its etiologic factors have not been clarified. A 63-year-old woman with numerous cysts in her kidneys and liver was diagnosed with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). Several members of her family also had ADPKD. She underwent treatment with tolvaptan to inhibit cyst growth and slow the decline in kidney function. Eight months after the start of the therapy, she was hospitalized with fatigue and fever of unknown origin...
May 2017: CEN Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507590/epithelioid-hemangioendothelioma-presenting-as-fever-of-unknown-origin
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Natalia Vallianou, Aris Kollas, Nikos Schizas, Elina Theodorakopoulou, Elli Tripodaki, Christina Vourlakou, Ileanna Mani, Nikos Ziras
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April 1, 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491193/indium-111-labeled-leukocyte-accumulation-in-extremity-soft-tissue-sarcoma
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Victor Fong, Lester Johnson
Nuclear medicine labeled leukocyte whole-body scintigraphy is commonly used to identify a source of infection in a patient with fever of unknown origin. White blood cells can also localize to other sites of inflammation, including sometimes tumors. A patient with a large myxofibrosarcoma in his left forearm was scanned due to chronic low-grade fever and persistent leukocytosis. This case demonstrates focal white blood cell activity in an extremity soft tissue sarcoma.
June 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473914/isolated-splenic-abscess-in-brucellosis
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Sreenivasa Rao Sudulagunta, Monica Kumbhat, Mahesh Babu Sodalagunta, Aravinda Settikere Nataraju, Shiva Kumar Bangalore Raja
Brucellosis is a zoonotic infectious disease, which can attack any organ of the body but mainly involves lymphoreticular system. Our case report describes isolated splenic abscess diagnosed in a 50-year-old individual who is a milk vendor by occupation and has the habit of consuming raw milk. He was admitted with pain abdomen, high-grade fever with chills, generalized malaise, night sweats and weight loss. Ultrasound and computerized tomography of the abdomen showed splenomegaly and hypodense, nonenhancing lesion measuring 3...
February 2017: Oxford Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465978/infective-endocarditis-of-the-left-main-to-right-atrial-coronary-cameral-fistula
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Ramesh Chandra Mishra, Ramachandra Barik, Amar Narayana Patnaik
A 7-year-old female child presented with pyrexia of unknown origin. She had received an empirical regimen of antibiotic for possible endocarditis. Evaluation included multiple imaging supports and blood culture. She had left main coronary artery to right atrium coronary cameral fistula, restricted patent ductus arteriosus, vegetation at the right atrial exit of fistula and negative blood culture. Ongoing fever more than 2 weeks, oscillating vegetation in the echo and histopathological evidence of healing vegetation suggested definite diagnosis of infective endocarditis...
October 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461685/intravascular-large-b-cell-lymphoma-presenting-as-fever-of-unknown-origin-and-diagnosed-by-random-skin-biopsies-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Horacio di Fonzo, Damian Contardo, Diego Carrozza, Paola Finocchietto, Adriana Rojano Crisson, Cecilia Cabral, Maria de Los Angeles Juarez
BACKGROUND Intravascular lymphoma (IVL) is a rare lymphoproliferative disorder characterized by the proliferation of large B lymphoma cells within the lumen of small-caliber blood vessels. Clinical features are nonspecific, presenting as a systemic disease with fever and may be life-threatening. Antemortem diagnosis is difficult but may be made with biopsies of affected tissues or with random skin biopsies. CASE REPORT We report the case of a 66-year-old white woman presenting with fever of unknown origin (FUO) who developed neurologic, pulmonary, and hematologic manifestations...
May 2, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457513/fatal-disseminated-histoplasmosis-presenting-as-fuo-in-an-immunocompetent-italian-host
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Alessandro Bonsignore, Giulio Fraternali Orcioni, Rosario Barranco, Francesco De Stefano, Jean Louis Ravetti, Francesco Ventura
Histoplasmosis is a relatively rare infectious disease endemic to certain geographic areas such as East Africa, eastern and central United States, western Mexico, Central and South America. Disseminated histoplasmosis has been reported mainly in immunocompromised hosts and in AIDS patients. In this paper we report on a fatal case of undiagnosed disseminated histoplasmosis presenting as fever of unknown origin (FUO) in a 43-year-old Italian woman who, although splenectomized 5years earlier due to a motor vehicle accident, was otherwise immunocompetent...
March 2017: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437150/cost-of-cancer-related-neutropenia-or-fever-hospitalizations-united-states-2012
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Eric Tai, Gery P Guy, Angela Dunbar, Lisa C Richardson
PURPOSE: Neutropenia and subsequent infections are life-threatening treatment-related toxicities of chemotherapy. Among patients with cancer, hospitalizations related to neutropenic complications result in substantial medical costs, morbidity, and mortality. Previous estimates for the cost of cancer-related neutropenia hospitalizations are based on older and limited data. This study provides nationally representative estimates of the cost of cancer-related neutropenia hospitalizations...
June 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427379/novel-mutation-identified-in-severe-early-onset-tumor-necrosis-factor-receptor-associated-periodic-syndrome-a-case-report
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Suhas M Radhakrishna, Amy Grimm, Lori Broderick
BACKGROUND: Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor-Associated Periodic Syndrome (TRAPS) is the second most common heritable autoinflammatory disease, typically presenting in pre-school aged children with fever episodes lasting 1-3 weeks. Systemic symptoms can include rash, myalgia, ocular inflammation, and serositis. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we report an unusual presentation of TRAPS in a 7 month old girl who presented with only persistent fever. She was initially diagnosed with incomplete Kawasaki Disease and received IVIG and infliximab; however, her fevers quickly recurred...
April 20, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422850/tuberculosis-associated-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-with-initial-presentation-of-fever-of-unknown-origin-in-a-general-hospital-an-analysis-of-8-clinical-cases
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Yun Zhang, Guangyu Liang, Hongli Qin, Yuanjie Li, Xuejun Zeng
The study aimed to investigate the clinical features and prognoses of patients with tuberculosis (TB) who had secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH).Patients first presenting with fever of unknown origin, who were ultimately diagnosed with TB-associated secondary HLH, were assessed retrospectively. We summarized and analyzed clinical manifestations, laboratory examinations, diagnoses, treatments, and prognoses of patients using clinical data, outpatient follow-up, and telephone follow-up in combination with literature review...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404984/giant-iliopsoas-abscess-caused-by-morganella-morganii
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Mikio Nakajima, Masamitsu Shirokawa, Yasuhiko Miyakuni, Tomotsugu Nakano, Hideaki Goto
BACKGROUND While uncommon, iliopsoas abscesses can become the underlying cause of a fever of unknown origin. Even in such cases, it is considered rare for an iliopsoas abscess to extend into the subcutaneous space. CASE REPORT A 74-year-old woman with a history of schizophrenia was referred to our hospital with a high-grade fever. The patient was unaware of her febrile status prior to admission. There was no previous hospital admission. Examination revealed a non-tender mass in the lower right back that the patient had been aware of for approximately 1 month...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
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