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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898796/transjugular-biopsy-case-report-of-inferior-vena-cava-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-intracardiac-extension
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Laurence Weinberg, Diana Abu-Ssaydeh, Chris Macgregor, Jason Wang, Clarence Wong, Manfred Spanger, Vijayragavan Muralidharan
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) can be established with near certainty by correlating radiological imaging with clinical presentation. However, in the absence of diagnostic certainty, biopsy of liver tissue is mandatory for optimal management. We present our management of a patient with advanced liver disease who presented with an IVC mass extending into the right atrium, with co-existing liver lesions not meeting criteria for an imaging diagnosis of HCC. CASE PRESENTATION: A 62-year-old male with Child-Pugh C liver cirrhosis presented with decompensated liver failure...
September 5, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889811/cardiovascular-ct-for-evaluation-of-single-ventricle-heart-disease-risks-and-accuracy-compared-with-interventional-findings
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B Kelly Han, Marnie Huntley, David Overman, Dawn Witt, David Dassenko, Ross F Garberich, John R Lesser
OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the risk and image quality from cardiovascular CT in patients across all stages of single-ventricle palliation, and to define accuracy by comparing findings with intervention and surgery. METHODS: Consecutive CT scans performed in patients with single-ventricle heart disease were retrospectively reviewed at a single institution. Diagnosis, sedation needs, estimated radiation dose, and adverse events were recorded. Anatomical findings, image quality (1-4, 1=optimal), and discrepancy compared with interventional findings were determined...
September 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880142/-an-elderly-couple-dies-of-natural-causes-on-the-same-day
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S Zwart, E H E Vermeijlen
BACKGROUND: A 77-year-old woman died of metastatic colorectal cancer. On that same day, her 82-year-old husband, who had stayed in bed next to her during the last days of her life, also died. CASE DESCRIPTION: We describe their two separate trajectories to death: anticipated dying and unexpected death with diagnostic uncertainty. We analysed the general practitioner's role in this scenario. Existential suffering was partly the reason for commencing palliative sedation for the husband after his wife had died...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864877/clinical-assessment-and-management-of-delirium-in-the-palliative-care-setting
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Shirley Harvey Bush, Sallyanne Tierney, Peter Gerard Lawlor
Delirium is a neurocognitive syndrome arising from acute global brain dysfunction, and is prevalent in up to 42% of patients admitted to palliative care inpatient units. The symptoms of delirium and its associated communicative impediment invariably generate high levels of patient and family distress. Furthermore, delirium is associated with significant patient morbidity and increased mortality in many patient populations, especially palliative care where refractory delirium is common in the dying phase. As the clinical diagnosis of delirium is frequently missed by the healthcare team, the case for regular screening is arguably very compelling...
September 1, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832240/-was-it-worth-it-intrathecal-analgesia-for-cancer-pain-a-qualitative-study-exploring-the-views-of-family-carers
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Nishi Patel, Melanie Huddart, Helen Makins, Theresa Mitchell, Jane L Gibbins, Juan Graterol, Deborah Stevens, Paul Perkins
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal drug delivery is known to reduce pain in patients where conventional systemic analgesia has been ineffective or intolerable. However, there is little information regarding the effects of intrathecal drug delivery on quality of life and function in those with advanced, incurable cancer. AIM: Retrospective exploration of the views of bereaved carers regarding the physical and psychosocial effects of external tunnelled intrathecal drug delivery in patients with advanced incurable cancer...
August 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807643/-use-of-subcutaneous-route-for-comfort-care%C3%A2-in-neonatal-palliative-population-systematic-review-and-survey-of-practices-in-france
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N Pouvreau, J Tandonnet, O Tandonnet, L Renesme
INTRODUCTION: Subcutaneous hydration (hypodermoclysis) and drug administration is a widely used method of analgesic therapy in adult palliative care medicine. Very little is known about its use in neonatal medicine. Evidence-based guidelines do not exist due to a lack of data. In this study, the advantages of subcutaneous analgesic therapy in terms of comfort in neonatal palliative care situations were investigated. METHODS: This report details the results of a systematic review associated with a survey in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and pediatric palliative care departments (PPCTs) in France...
August 11, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792784/improved-pain-control-in-terminally-ill-cancer-patients-by-introducing-low-dose-oral-methadone-in-addition-to-ongoing-opioid-treatment
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Per Fürst, Staffan Lundström, Pål Klepstad, Sara Runesdotter, Peter Strang
BACKGROUND: Cancer pain is often not well controlled and there is a need for improved treatment strategies. Methadone exhibits unique properties among opioids and recent reports show promising results from adding a low dose of methadone to regular opioid therapy. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of oral low-dose methadone added to regular scheduled opioids in terminally ill patients with complex cancer-related pain. DESIGN: This was a retrospective chart review...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771478/patients-in-palliative-care-development-of-a-predictive-model-for-anxiety-using-routine-data
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Sonja Hofmann, Stephanie Hess, Carsten Klein, Gabriele Lindena, Lukas Radbruch, Christoph Ostgathe
INTRODUCTION: Anxiety is one of the most common psychological symptoms in patients in a palliative care situation. This study aims to develop a predictive model for anxiety using data from the standard documentation routine. METHODS: Data sets of palliative care patients collected by the German quality management benchmarking system called Hospice and Palliative Care Evaluation (HOPE) from 2007 to 2011 were randomly divided into a training set containing two-thirds of the data and a test set with the remaining one-third...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735270/subcutaneous-levetiracetam-for-the-management-of-seizures-at-the-end-of-life
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Anna Elizabeth Sutherland, John Curtin, Victoria Bradley, Olivia Bush, Maggie Presswood, Victoria Hedges, Katrien Naessens
OBJECTIVES: To report the results of a combined case series analysis of subcutaneous levetiracetam (Keppra) for the management of seizures in palliative care patients. METHODS: A comprehensive literature review on the use of subcutaneous levetiracetam was performed, and these data were combined with a prospective observational audit of its use in terminal care undertaken in a regional palliative care network. RESULTS: 7 papers were identified from the literature review-four case reports and three observational case series-reporting on a total of 53 cases where subcutaneous levetiracetam was administered...
July 22, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707846/palliative-sedation-ethical-aspects
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Guido Miccinesi, Augusto Caraceni, Marco Maltoni
Palliative sedation (PS), the medical act of decreasing a patient's awareness to relieve otherwise intractable suffering, is considered by some commentators to be controversial because of its consequences on residual survival and/or quality of life, and to be inappropriate for treating pure existential suffering. We will argue that PS must be always proportional, i.e. controlling refractory symptoms while keeping the loss of personal values (communication, affective relationships, care relationship) as low as possible, and that imminence of death is necessary too, from an ethical point of view, if a deep and continuous sedation (DCS) is proposed...
July 12, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679640/palliative-sedation-with-propofol-for-an-adolescent-with-a-dnr-order
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Liza-Marie Johnson, Joel Frader, Joanne Wolfe, Justin N Baker, Doralina L Anghelescu, John D Lantos
Death from cancer is often painful. Usually, the pain can be relieved in ways that allow patients to remain awake and alert until the end. Sometimes, however, the only way to relieve pain is to sedate patients until they are unconscious. This method has been called palliative sedation therapy. Palliative sedation therapy is controversial because it can be misunderstood as euthanasia. We present a case in which an adolescent who is dying of leukemia has intractable pain. Experts in oncology, ethics, pain management, and palliative care discuss the trade-offs associated with different treatment strategies...
August 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662627/continuous-palliative-sedation-for-existential-distress-a-survey-of-canadian-palliative-care-physicians-views
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Anna Voeuk, Cheryl Nekolaichuk, Robin Fainsinger, Ann Huot
BACKGROUND: Palliative sedation can be used for refractory symptoms during end-of-life care. However, continuous palliative sedation (CPS) for existential distress remains controversial due to difficulty determining when this distress is refractory. OBJECTIVES: The aim was to determine the opinions and practices of Canadian palliative care physicians regarding CPS for existential distress. METHODS: A survey focusing on experience and views regarding CPS for existential distress was sent to 322 members of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians...
January 2017: Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602377/end-of-life-care-in-the-treatment-of-heart-failure-in-older-adults
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REVIEW
John Arthur McClung
Heart failure presents unique challenges to the clinician who desires to provide excellent and humane care near the end of life. Accurate prediction of mortality in the individual patient is complicated by a chronic disease that is punctuated by recurrent acute episodes and sudden death. Health care providers continue to have difficulty communicating effectively with terminally ill patients and their caregivers regarding end-of-life care preferences, all of which needs to occur earlier rather than later. This article also discusses various means of providing palliative care, and specific issues regarding device therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and palliative sedation with concurrent discussion of the ethical ramifications and pitfalls of each...
July 2017: Heart Failure Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601143/psychiatric-and-palliative-care-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Stephanie M Harman
Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on patients with serious illness and their families. In the intensive care unit (ICU), palliative care encompasses core skills to support patients and their families throughout their ICU course and post-ICU stays. Psychiatric symptoms are common among patients approaching the end of life and require particular attention in the setting of sedating medications, typically used when patients require ventilators and other life-sustaining treatments. For patients with preexisting severe mental illness who have a concurrent serious medical illness, a palliative psychiatric approach can address complex symptom management and support ethical and value-based shared decision making...
July 2017: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580858/suboptimal-palliative-sedation-in-primary-care-an-exploration
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Peter Pype, Inge Teuwen, Fien Mertens, Marij Sercu, An De Sutter
OBJECTIVES: Palliative sedation is a therapeutic option to control refractory symptoms in terminal palliative patients. This study aims at describing the occurrence and characteristics of suboptimal palliative sedations in primary care and at exploring the way general practitioners (GPs) experience suboptimal palliative sedation in their practice. METHODS: We conducted a mixed methods study with a quantitative prospective survey in primary care and qualitative semi-structured interviews with GPs...
June 5, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506099/propofol-based-palliative-sedation-to-treat-antipsychotic-resistant-agitated-delirium
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Alfredo Covarrubias-Gómez, Maria López Collada-Estrada
Delirium is a common problem in terminally ill patients that is associated with significant distress and, hence, considered a palliative care emergency. The three subtypes of delirium are hyperactive, hypoactive, and mixed, depending on the level of psychomotor activity and arousal disturbance. When agitated delirium becomes refractory in the setting of imminent dying, the agitation may be so severe that palliative sedation (PS) is required. Palliative sedation involves the administration of sedative medications with the purpose of reducing level of consciousness for patients with refractory suffering in the setting of a terminal illness...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501039/symptomatic-control-in-end-of-life-patients
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REVIEW
Mariana Alves, Rita Abril, Isabel Galriça Neto
End-of-life patients present a variety of symptoms that cause suffering for them and their respective families. Health professionals throughout their university, internship and medical careers are ill-prepared to manage and improve the quality of life of these patients. This article aims to provide basic skills in the symptomatic management of end-of-life patients, focusing in particular on the control of pain, dyspnoea, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and anorexia. It also aims to draw attention to basic concepts of control concerning refractory symptoms and palliative sedation...
January 31, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475406/a-survey-of-hospice-and-palliative-care-clinician-s-experiences-and-attitudes-regarding-the-use-of-palliative-sedation
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Samuel Maiser, Karen Estrada-Stephen, Natasha Sahr, Jonathan Gully, Sean Marks
BACKGROUND: A variety of terms and attitudes surround palliative sedation (PS) with little research devoted to hospice and palliative care (HPC) clinicians' perceptions and experiences with PS. These factors may contribute to the wide variability in the reported prevalence of PS. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to better identify hospice and palliative care (HPC) clinician attitudes toward, and clinical experiences with palliative sedation (PS). METHODS: A 32-question survey was distributed to members of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (n = 4678)...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469334/clinical-profile-of-pediatric-oncology-patients-treated-by-external-beam-radiotherapy-an-institutional-experience
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Virender Suhag, B S Sunita, Pankaj Vats, Arti Sarin, A K Singh, Mayuri Jain
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric tumors are a heterogeneous group of malignant conditions requiring multimodal treatment, and management of such cases is at time challenging. We present the clinical profile of pediatric cancer patients who received radiation, either alone or as adjuvant to surgery and chemotherapy; in prophylactic, radical or palliative clinical setting. AIM: This study was envisaged to review our experience of pediatric oncology cases, their clinical and morphological profile, dosage schedule of radiotherapy, and the therapy induced complications...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456907/bispectral-index-monitoring-in-cancer-patients-undergoing-palliative-sedation-a-preliminary-report
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Edith Monreal-Carrillo, Silvia Allende-Pérez, David Hui, Maria-Fernanda García-Salamanca, Eduardo Bruera, Emma Verástegui
INTRODUCTION: Continuous palliative sedation (PS) is currently titrated based on clinical observation; however, it is often unclear if patients are still aware of their suffering. The aim of this prospective study is to characterize the level of consciousness in patients undergoing PS using Bispectral Index (BIS) monitoring. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We enrolled consecutive patients with refractory symptoms requiring PS. We documented the level of sedation using Ramsay Sedation Scale (RSS) and BIS at 0, 2, 4, 6, 12, and 24 h during the first day of PS and examined their degree of association...
April 29, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
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