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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227290/postoperative-thrombocytopenia-why-you-should-consider-antiplatelet-therapy
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Andres O Raso Vasquez, Miklos D Kertai, Manuel L Fontes
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review addresses the role of platelets in perioperative ischemic complications involving the brain, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract, and long-term survival in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. Importantly, findings of several recent clinical studies will be discussed with emphasis on platelet activation and leukocyte inflammatory responses as important mediators of vascular microthrombosis and ischemic injury. RECENT FINDINGS: Our recent findings suggest that in some patients, the hemostatic balance during and after surgery may shift toward a hypercoagulable state and contribute to acute organ failure...
December 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227167/diagnosis-of-platelet-function-disorders-a-standardized-rational-and-modular-flow-cytometric-approach
#2
Oliver Andres, Katja Henning, Gabriele Strauß, Annerose Pflug, Georgi Manukjan, Harald Schulze
A high proportion of patients with mucocutaneous bleeding diathesis and suspected inherited or acquired platelet disorder remain without diagnosis even after comprehensive laboratory testing. Since flow cytometry allows investigation of resting and activated platelets on the single cell level by requiring only minimal amounts of blood, this method has become an important assay within the diagnostic algorithm, especially in pediatrics. We therefore developed a standardized and modular flow cytometric approach that contributes to clarify impaired platelet function in a rational step-by-step manner...
December 11, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226949/thrombolysis-for-acute-upper-extremity-deep-vein-thrombosis
#3
REVIEW
Joshua Feinberg, Emil Eik Nielsen, Janus C Jakobsen
BACKGROUND: About 5% to 10% of all deep vein thromboses occur in the upper extremities. Serious complications of upper extremity deep vein thrombosis, such as post-thrombotic syndrome and pulmonary embolism, may in theory be avoided using thrombolysis. No systematic review has assessed the effects of thrombolysis for the treatment of individuals with acute upper extremity deep vein thrombosis. OBJECTIVES: To assess the beneficial and harmful effects of thrombolysis for the treatment of individuals with acute upper extremity deep vein thrombosis...
December 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225673/update-on-hepatitis-c-and-implications-for-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Jeffrey J Post
Mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis C virus infection occurs in a significant minority of cases and the diagnosis, treatment and cure of hepatitis C virus infection with direct acting antivirals prior to pregnancy can eliminate this risk in almost all cases. Women with hepatitis C virus infection have increased risks of adverse events in pregnancy and poor perinatal outcomes for their children, although the contribution of hepatitis C virus per se is difficult to determine. Altering the mode of delivery does not reduce mother to child transmission of hepatitis C virus infection, although avoidance of fetal scalp electrodes and other potential high risk procedures is recommended during pregnancy and delivery...
December 2017: Obstetric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224658/management-of-acute-lower-gastrointestinal-bleeding
#5
Ethan J Speir, R Mitchell Ermentrout, Jonathan G Martin
Acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGIB), defined as hemorrhage into the gastrointestinal tract distal to the ligament of Treitz, is a major cause of morbidity and mortality among adults. Overall, mortality rates are estimated between 2.4% and 3.9%. The most common etiology for LGIB is diverticulosis, implicated in approximately 30% of cases, with other causes including hemorrhoids, ischemic colitis, and postpolypectomy bleeding. Transcatheter visceral angiography has begun to play an increasingly important role in both the diagnosis and treatment of LGIB...
December 2017: Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224652/primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-at-centers-with-and-without-on-site-surgical-support-insights-from-the-blue-cross-blue-shield-of-michigan-cardiovascular-consortium-bmc2
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Majed Afana, Hitinder S Gurm, Milan Seth, Kathleen M Frazier, Sheryl Fielding, Gerald C Koenig
BACKGROUND: Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) is being increasingly performed nationally at sites without on-site cardiac surgery; however, recent guidelines only provide a Class IIa recommendation for this practice. The state of Michigan has permitted PPCI without on-site surgery under a closely monitored system that mandates auditing of all procedures and quarterly feedback on quality and outcomes. This study sought to compare outcomes of patients undergoing PPCI at centers with and without on-site surgery in the state of Michigan...
January 2018: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224649/efficacy-and-safety-of-potent-platelet-p2y12-receptor-inhibitors-in-elderly-versus-nonelderly-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Giuseppe Tarantini, Daisuke Ueshima, Gianpiero D'Amico, Giulia Masiero, Giuseppe Musumeci, Gregg W Stone, Sorin J Brener
BACKGROUND: The use of the potent oral P2Y12 inhibitors prasugrel and ticagrelor in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) has a favorable net clinical effect compared with clopidogrel and is recommended as first-line therapy. However, the impact of these agents on ischemic and bleeding events in elderly ACS patients is not well defined. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of articles comparing potent P2Y12 inhibitors to clopidogrel in elderly and nonelderly patients (defined according to each study) with ACS in terms of efficacy (composite of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, or stroke) and safety (major bleeding) end points...
January 2018: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224506/aav5-factor-viii-gene-transfer-in-severe-hemophilia-a
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Savita Rangarajan, Liron Walsh, Will Lester, David Perry, Bella Madan, Michael Laffan, Hua Yu, Christian Vettermann, Glenn F Pierce, Wing Y Wong, K John Pasi
Background Patients with hemophilia A rely on exogenous factor VIII to prevent bleeding in joints, soft tissue, and the central nervous system. Although successful gene transfer has been reported in patients with hemophilia B, the large size of the factor VIII coding region has precluded improved outcomes with gene therapy in patients with hemophilia A. Methods We infused a single intravenous dose of a codon-optimized adeno-associated virus serotype 5 (AAV5) vector encoding a B-domain-deleted human factor VIII (AAV5-hFVIII-SQ) in nine men with severe hemophilia A...
December 9, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224408/oral-anticoagulation-therapy-upon-discharge-in-hospitalized-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Devada Singh-Franco, Genevieve Hale, Robin J Jacobs
OBJECTIVES: Availability of direct oral anticoagulants and CHA2DS2VASc/HAS-BLED scoring tools underscore the importance of appropriate and safe use of oral anticoagulation therapy (OACT). The purpose of this study was to evaluate stroke prevention pharmacotherapy in adult patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) discharged from a large, community-based hospital. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted using a de-identified data collection sheet for data extraction (demographics, admitting diagnosis, OACT prior to admission and at discharge, concomitant medications that could increase bleed risk and/or acid-suppressive therapies)...
December 11, 2017: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224364/new-anticoagulants-for-venous-thromboembolism-and-atrial-fibrillation-what-the-future-holds
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Gerasimos Dimitropoulos, S M Zubair Rahim, Alexandra Sophie Moss, Gregory Y H Lip
Introduction The field of anticoagulation has seen impressive progress over the last decade. The introduction of the Non Vitamin K Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) has revolutionized practice surrounding thromboprophylaxis, treatment of thromboembolic disease and stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the search for the "holy grail" of anticoagulation, an agent that combines optimal efficacy with minimal bleeding diathesis, continues. Areas covered In this paper we aim to summarize the current evidence from pre-clinical studies and early phase clinical trials, presenting the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties as well as the safety and efficacy profiles of the most important antithrombotic agents in development...
December 9, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224301/-application-of-bispectral-index-monitoring-in-sedation-and-analgesia-for-flexible-bronchoscopy
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S R Fang, Y J Liu, N J Su, Y Shu, W Gu
Objective: To investigate the feasibility of using bispectral index monitoring in sedation and analgesia for bronchoscopy. Methods: Totally 285 patients admitted to the Respiratory Medicine Department of Nanjing First Hospital for bronchoscopy between June 2016 and December 2016 were assigned, according to their own wishes, into a conscious sedation group (171 cases receiving local anesthesia and conscious sedation, 89 males, 82 females, mean age 59±10 years) and a control group (114 cases undergoing local anesthesia, 59 males, 55 females, average age 61±12 years)...
December 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224263/-strategies-for-the-prevention-and-control-of-bleeding-due-to-vascular-injury-in-thoracoscopic-lung-surgery
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J D Mei, Q Pu, L Ma, C W Liu, L X Liu
The technique of thoracoscopic lung surgery has gradually matured. Nowadays, thoracoscope is recommended as the most preferred approach for surgical treatment of early stage non-small cell lung cancer in different guidelines. However, there are still some cases of accidential major bleeding due to vascular injury during thoracoscopic lung surgery. The wall of the hilum vessels is relatively thin. These vessels often involve a great portion of the cardiac output blood flow. Once the injury happened, the emergent condition may be life-threatening due to massive blood loss...
December 1, 2017: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224261/-current-situation-and-prospect-of-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-tuberous-sclerosis-related-renal-angiomyolipoma
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H Z Li, Y S Zhang
Tuberous sclerosis complex is an autosomal dominant disease involving multiple organs and multiple systems. The main manifestation is renal angiomyolipoma in the kidney. It is the most common cause of death in adults, because of its high incidence, rapid growth and bleeding. The incidence of this disease is low and the cognition is not enough, so the diagnosis and treatment are lack of standardization. Recently, the expert consensus of the diagnosis and treatment of tuberous sclerosis related renal angiomyolipoma has been established in China...
December 1, 2017: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224239/personalized-stepwise-vascular-control-during-complex-hepatectomy-involving-hepatocaval-confluence
#14
Lei Dou, Zong-Ping Yu, Hui-Yuan Yang, Ji Ran, Yi-Fa Chen, Xiao-Ping Chen
BACKGROUND: This study introduces an innovative stepwise vascular control technique to address the high risk of massive bleeding from main hepatic veins and the retro-hepatic inferior vena cava during hepatectomy involving hepatocaval confluence. METHODS: From January 2010 to July 2016, 80 patients underwent stepwise vascular occlusion during complex liver resection involving hepatocaval confluence. Relevant clinical data were collected and compared with those obtained in parallel studies...
December 10, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223431/international-trends-in-clinical-characteristics-and-oral-anticoagulation-treatment-for-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-garfield-af-orbit-af-i-and-orbit-af-ii-registries
#15
Benjamin A Steinberg, Haiyan Gao, Peter Shrader, Karen Pieper, Laine Thomas, A John Camm, Michael D Ezekowitz, Gregg C Fonarow, Bernard J Gersh, Samuel Goldhaber, Sylvia Haas, Werner Hacke, Peter R Kowey, Jack Ansell, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Gerald Naccarelli, James A Reiffel, Alexander Turpie, Freek Verheugt, Jonathan P Piccini, Ajay Kakkar, Eric D Peterson, Keith A A Fox
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in the world. We aimed to provide comprehensive data on international patterns of AF stroke prevention treatment. METHODS: Demographics, comorbidities, and stroke risk of the patients in the GARFIELD-AF (n=51,270), ORBIT-AF I (n=10,132), and ORBIT-AF II (n=11,602) registries were compared (overall N=73,004 from 35 countries). Stroke prevention therapies were assessed among patients with new-onset AF (≤6 weeks). RESULTS: Patients from GARFIELD-AF were less likely to be white (63% vs 89% for ORBIT-AF I and 86% for ORBIT-AF II) or have coronary artery disease (19% vs 36% and 27%), but had similar stroke risk (85% CHA2DS2-VASc ≥2 vs 91% and 85%) and lower bleeding risk (11% with HAS-BLED ≥3 vs 24% and 15%)...
December 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223010/pelvic-abscess-complicating-sigmoid-colon-perforation-by-migrating-intrauterine-device-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Omar Toumi, Houssem Ammar, Abdessalem Ghdira, Amine Chhaidar, Wided Trimech, Rahul Gupta, Randa Salem, Jamel Saad, Ibtissem Korbi, Mohamed Nasr, Faouzi Noomen, Mondher Golli, Khadija Zouari
INTRODUCTION: Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are commonly used as a contraceptive method. However, they may cause rare but potentially serious complications such as migration through the uterine wall and gastrointestinal perforation. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a case of a 26-year woman, carrying an IUD for 2 years, who presented to the emergency with pelvic pain with breakthrough bleeding. Abdominal imaging revealed the presence of two devices the first of which was located in the uterine cavity and the other in the wall of the sigmoid colon associated with a 5-centimeter pelvic collection...
October 27, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222322/inferior-vena-cava-filter-use-and-patient-safety-legacy-or-science
#17
REVIEW
William Geerts, Rita Selby
There has been a dramatic increase in vena cava filter (VCF) use over the past 20 years in the absence of evidence that filters provide a net patient benefit or are required in most cases. This increase is largely attributable to the availability of retrievable filters and expanded indications, particularly as primary prophylaxis in patients thought to be at high risk of pulmonary embolism. Substantial variability in VCF use, unrelated to patient clinical factors, has been shown between hospitals, from region to region, and among various countries...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222321/thrombectomy-and-thrombolysis-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-postthrombotic-syndrome
#18
REVIEW
Suresh Vedantham
Postthrombotic syndrome (PTS) is a frequent complication of lower-extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT), occurring in approximately 40% of patients despite the use of anticoagulant therapy. PTS causes significant impairment of patients' health-related quality of life, and no evidence-based therapies have been consistently effective. Catheter-directed thrombolysis and thrombectomy have been shown to remove acute thrombus, and it has been hypothesized they could prevent or reduce PTS. However, because these procedures can be associated with complications, mainly bleeding, randomized trial data are needed to determine when they should be used...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222320/anticoagulation-with-vads-and-ecmo-walking-the-tightrope
#19
REVIEW
Leslie Raffini
The evolution of devices for mechanical circulatory support (MCS), including ventricular assist devices (VADs) for patients with heart failure and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for patients with acute cardiac or respiratory failure, has improved survival for subsets of critically ill children and adults. The devices are intricate and complex, allowing blood to bypass the heart or lungs (or both). As blood flows through these artificial devices, normal hemostasis is disrupted, coagulation is promoted, and in the absence of anticoagulation, a thrombus may form in the device, resulting in device failure or embolic stroke...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222310/novel-alternate-hemostatic-agents-for-patients-with-inhibitors-beyond-bypass-therapy
#20
REVIEW
Margaret V Ragni
Inhibitor formation is among the most severe complications of hemophilia treatment. With a cumulative incidence of ∼30% in those with severe hemophilia A and ∼3% in those with severe hemophilia B, inhibitors are caused by a T-cell response directed against infused coagulation factor; these inhibitors neutralize factor VIII or IX activity and disrupt normal hemostasis. Inhibitor patients become unresponsive to standard factor treatment and, as an alternative, use bypass treatment (eg, recombinant factor VIIa or factor VIII inhibitor bypass activity)...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
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