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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908608/a-hospital-based-survey-of-patients-with-severe-valvular-heart-disease-in-china
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Po Hu, Xian-Bao Liu, Jie Liang, Qi-Feng Zhu, Chao-Xia Pu, Meng-Yao Tang, Jian-An Wang
OBJECTIVES: Due to increasing aging, the epidemiology of VHD may have changed in China. This study aimed to provide contemporary information on the prevalence, distribution patterns, and etiology of severe VHD in China. METHODS: This was a retrospective survey at Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, which included all consecutive patients between 2010 and 2015. RESULTS: In all, 139,496 patients were enrolled. Among severe valve diseases, MR was the most frequent (n=946, 0...
November 25, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886796/adult-onset-still-s-disease-advances-in-the-treatment
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REVIEW
Santos Castañeda, Ricardo Blanco, Miguel A González-Gay
Adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) is a rare systemic inflammatory disorder mainly characterized by persistent high spiking fevers, evanescent rash, and joint involvement. The pathogenesis of AOSD is only partially known, but pro-inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-1, IL-6, IL-18, and IFN-γ seem to play a major role in this disorder. AOSD is at the crossroad of auto-inflammatory syndromes and autoimmune diseases. It is diagnosed by exclusion to determine the presence of high serum ferritin levels, which is usually >1000 μg/L...
April 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878698/mitral-valve-enhancement-in-a-patient-with-active-rheumatic-fever-an-uncommon-phenomenon-on-the-mri-examination-with-possible-clinical-significance
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Karthik Gadabanahalli, Venkatraman Bhat, Satya Narayana
Intense enhancement of the mitral valve is documented in a MRI examination performed on a patient with rheumatic multi-valvular disease. Patient had the elevated inflammatory markers indicating active inflammatory process. Such hitherto undocumented phenomenon may have important clinical significance in disease evaluation, thus provide a feasible option to document and follow up, active valvular involvement in patients with active rheumatic fever.
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867464/rheumatic-fever-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-a-historical-perspective
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Rachel Hajar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: Heart Views: the Official Journal of the Gulf Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843372/wissler-fanconi-syndrome-and-related-diagnoses-a-case-report
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Mustafa Q Albustani, Robert F Howard
INTRODUCTION: Wissler-Fanconi syndrome is a rare rheumatic syndrome that was first described during the 1940s in Europe. Since then, many papers have been written that cover all aspects of this syndrome, most of which are in French and German language, with only a very few in English (none of them recent). We report here a case that fulfils the criteria for Wissler-Fanconi syndrome. Under the more general descriptive umbrella of Wissler-Fanconi syndrome, our patient also fulfils the Modified Jones criteria, and the 2010 American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism (ACR/EULAR) classification criteria for rheumatoid arthritis, and was interpreted by other internists and another rheumatologist as fulfilling the Yamaguchi criteria for adult onset Still's disease...
2016: Open Access Rheumatol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836917/sugar-dental-caries-and-the-incidence-of-acute-rheumatic-fever-a-cohort-study-of-m%C3%A4-ori-and-pacific-children
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Simon Thornley, Roger J Marshall, Katie Bach, Pauline Koopu, Gary Reynolds, Gerhard Sundborn, Win Le Shwe Sin Ei
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether dental caries, as an indicator of cumulative exposure to sugar, is associated with the incidence of acute rheumatic fever and chronic rheumatic heart disease, in Māori and Pacific children aged 5 and 6 years at their first dental visit. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort study was undertaken which linked school dental service records of caries with national hospital discharge and mortality records. Cox models were used to investigate the strength of the association between dental caries and rheumatic fever incidence...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831908/diagnosing-haemophagocytic-syndrome
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REVIEW
Ethan S Sen, Colin G Steward, Athimalaipet V Ramanan
Haemophagocytic syndrome, or haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), is a hyperinflammatory disorder characterised by uncontrolled activation of the immune system. It can result from mutations in multiple genes involved in cytotoxicity or occur secondary to a range of infections, malignancies or autoimmune rheumatic diseases. In the latter case, it is also known as macrophage activation syndrome (MAS). Characteristic features are persistent fever, hepatosplenomegaly, petechial/purpuric rash, progressive cytopenias, coagulopathy, transaminitis, raised C reactive protein, falling erythrocyte sedimentation rate, hypertriglyceridaemia, hypofibrinogenaemia and extreme hyperferritinaemia often associated with multi-organ impairment...
October 24, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822380/chronic-melioidosis-presenting-with-multiple-abscesses
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Anshul Goel, Rahul Bansal, Shweta Sharma, Suman Singhal, Ashok Kumar
Melioidosis is common in Australia and Southeast Asia and is increasingly recognized in India. It presents in various forms which are difficult to identify and often mimics suppurative infections, tuberculosis, fungal infections, malignancy and systemic rheumatic diseases. Presentation may vary from local disease to disseminated abscesses, pneumonia and sepsis. Disease is common and severe in diabetics. We describe a case of diabetic man presenting with fever, septic shock, peri-articular nodules, lung opacities and multiple abscesses in muscles for the past 3 months remaining undiagnosed...
January 2016: Oxford Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821851/phenotypic-differentiation-of-streptococcus-pyogenes-populations-is-induced-by-recombination-driven-gene-specific-sweeps
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Yun-Juan Bao, B Jesse Shapiro, Shaun W Lee, Victoria A Ploplis, Francis J Castellino
Genomic recombination plays an important role in driving adaptive evolution and population differentiation in bacteria. However, controversy exists as to the effects of recombination on population diversity and differentiation, i.e., recombination is frequent enough to sweep through the population at selected gene loci (gene-specific sweeps), or the recombination rate is low without interfering genome-wide selective sweeps. Observations supporting either view are sparse. Pathogenic bacteria causing infectious diseases are promising candidates to provide observations of recombination...
November 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815733/acute-rheumatic-fever-outbreak-in-southern-central-european-country
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Urška Kočevar, Nataša Toplak, Blaž Kosmač, Luka Kopač, Samo Vesel, Natalija Krajnc, Matjaž Homan, Rina Rus, Tadej Avčin
: A decline in the incidence of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) in developed countries over the past century can be attributed to the improved public hygiene and to widespread use of antibiotics. ARF seemed to be a rare disease in southern central European country, Slovenia, up to 2010 when we noticed an increase in the number of patients with ARF. In order to assess the current incidence of ARF, we performed a retrospective study of all patients with ARF treated at the University Children's Hospital Ljubljana from January 2008 until the end of December 2014...
November 4, 2016: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801390/a-review-of-acute-rheumatic-fever-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-research-in-malaysia
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L C Hung, R Nadia
A total of 39 titles related to rheumatic fever or rheumatic heart disease in Malaysia were found with online literature search dating back to their inceptions and through 2014. Additional publications from conference journals were included. Nine papers were selected based on clinical relevance and future research implications. There were no population-based studies on the incidence or prevalence of ARF or RHD. In the 1980s, the incidence of admission due to ARF ranged from 2 to 21.1 per 100 000 paediatric admission per year...
June 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795506/tafro-syndrome-with-primary-sjogren-s-syndrome
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Nozomi Iwanaga, Kohei Harada, Yoshika Tsuji, Chieko Kawahara, Kazuhiro Kurohama, Yasumori Izumi, Shinichiro Yoshida, Keita Fujikawa, Masahiro Ito, Atsushi Kawakami, Kiyoshi Migita
  A 25-year-old woman diagnosed 1 year earlier with Primary Sjogren's syndrome was admitted to a nearby hospital with fever of unknown origin. Examination revealed anasarca, systemic lymphadenopathy, hepatosplenomegaly and high C-reactive protein level. The patient's symptoms were initially suspected to be caused by severe bacterial infection with Sjogren's syndrome flare. She was given antibiotics and prednisolone (PSL) at 50 mg/day. However, the patient developed anemia and thrombocytopenia and was transferred to our hospital for further care...
2016: Nihon Rinshō Men'eki Gakkai Kaishi, Japanese Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776916/acute-rheumatic-fever-global-persistence-of-a-preventable-disease
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Francine Bono-Neri
The persistence of acute rheumatic fever continues to be seen globally. Once thought to be eradicated in various parts of the world, the disease came back with a vengeance secondary to a lack of diligence on the part of providers. Today, the global burden of group A streptococcal infection, the culprit of the numerous sequelae manifested in acute rheumatic fever, is considerable. Although a completely preventable disease, rheumatic fever continues to exist. It is a devastating disease that involves long-term, multisystem treatment and monitoring for patients who were unsuccessful at eradicating the precipitating group A streptococcal infection...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774884/peculiarities-of-the-clinical-course-of-oxidative-protein-and-lipid-modification-in-children-with-acute-rheumatic-fever
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Sandugash Dyussenova, Bibigul Tukbekova, Saule Kizatova, V Tattigul, Karlygash Zhubanysheva, Kulzia Zhaktaeva, Saida Sadvakassova, Gulmira Serikova, V Nazym, Aiman Issayeva
Purpose was to assess the status of protein and lipid oxidative metabolism as a pathogenic link of acute rheumatic fever by measuring markers of early lesion. The analysis of lipid peroxidation and antioxidant protection indicators revealed unidirectional changes that confirm significant cellular membrane lesion. In addition, the determined changes correlated with the activity level of the pathological process while comparing the indicators of ill children in remission and during exacerbation. It was found that despite the active traditional treatment in hospitals for in-patients, a number of studied indicators did not return to normal in remission...
October 19, 2016: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764241/campomanesia-adamantium-peel-extract-in-antidiarrheal-activity-the-ability-of-inhibition-of-heat-stable-enterotoxin-by-polyphenols
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Caroline Honaiser Lescano, Ivan Pires de Oliveira, Tiago Zaminelli, Débora da Silva Baldivia, Luan Ramos da Silva, Mauro Napolitano, Camila Bitencourt Mendes Silvério, Nilton Lincopan, Eliana Janet Sanjinez-Argandoña
Campomanesia adamantium (Myrtaceae) is a medicinal plant distributed in Brazilian Cerrado. Different parts of this plant are used in popular medicine for treatment of several diseases like fever, diarrhea, hypercholesterolemia and rheumatism. The aim of this work was to evaluate the inhibition of heat-stable enterotoxin type A (STa) by gallic acid present in the peel of C. adamantium fruit and assays to assess the antidiarrheal activity, anti-inflammatory and cytotoxic properties of peel extract using the T84 cell line model...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753898/os-01-07-clinical-importance-of-collagen-metabolism-markers-in-rheumatic-heart-valve-disease-in-indian-subpopulation
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Tanima Banerjee, Somaditya Mukherjee, Sudip Ghosh, Monodeep Biswas, Santanu Datta, Sanjib Pattari, Shelly Chatterjee, Arun Bandyopadhyay
OBJECTIVE: Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), a chronic acquired heart disorder results from Acute Rheumatic Fever. RHD is mostly prevalent in developing nations which is mainly diagnosed by transthoracic echocardiography. Till date, there is no biochemical marker for disease management. In the present study we aim to investigate whether mitral valve remodeling contributes to altered levels of circulating biomarkers of collagen metabolism in rheumatic heart disease. DESIGN AND METHOD: The study involved RHD subjects with before and after valve replacement surgery which includes age and sex matched controls...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27740893/coccidioidomycosis-surgical-issues-and-implications
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Joseph D Forrester, Haiwei Henry Guo, Thomas G Weiser
BACKGROUND: Coccidioidomycosis, commonly called "valley fever," "San Joaquin fever," "desert fever," or "desert rheumatism," is a multi-system illness caused by infection with Coccidioides fungi (C. immitis or C. posadasii). This organism is endemic to the desert Southwest regions of the United States and Mexico and to parts of South America. The manifestations of infection occur along a spectrum from asymptomatic to mild self-limited fever to severe disseminated disease. METHODS: Review of the English-language literature...
December 2016: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737955/vascular-graft-infections-mycotic-aneurysms-and-endovascular-infections-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
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Walter R Wilson, Thomas C Bower, Mark A Creager, Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, Patrick T O'Gara, Peter B Lockhart, Rabih O Darouiche, Basel Ramlawi, Colin P Derdeyn, Ann F Bolger, Matthew E Levison, Kathryn A Taubert, Robert S Baltimore, Larry M Baddour
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 15, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733129/comparative-m-protein-analysis-of-streptococcus-pyogenes-from-pharyngitis-and-skin-infections-in-new-zealand-implications-for-vaccine-development
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Deborah A Williamson, Pierre R Smeesters, Andrew C Steer, Julie Morgan, Mark Davies, Philip Carter, Arlo Upton, Stephen Y C Tong, John Fraser, Nicole J Moreland
BACKGROUND: Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) are responsible for a significant disease burden amongst Māori and Pacific populations in New Zealand (NZ). However, contemporary data are lacking regarding circulating group A Streptococcal (GAS) strains in NZ. Such information is important in guiding vaccine development. METHODS: GAS isolates from April to June 2015 were recovered from skin and pharyngeal samples from children living in areas of high social deprivation in Auckland, NZ, a significant proportion of which are Māori or Pacific...
October 12, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730795/do-legal-issues-deserve-space-in-specialty-medical-journals
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Neeraj Nagpal
Physicians and Internists in India have tended to brush under the carpet legal issues affecting their profession. Of concern to all Physicians is the judgment in a recent case where the NCDRC has stated that if MD Medicine Physicians write Physician & Cardiologist on their letterhead it is Quackery. What is MD Medicine degree holder in India qualified and trained to treat ? These are issues which need debate and that can only be initiated once we recognize that there is a problem. Either an MD Medicine is a cardiologist or he is not...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
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