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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227565/limited-utility-of-routine-chest-x-ray-in-initial-evaluation-of-neutropenic-fever-in-patients-with-haematological-diseases-undergoing-chemotherapy
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Ortis Estacio, Zoe Loh, Amy Baker, Geoff Chong, Andrew Grigg, Leonid Churilov, Eliza A Hawkes
BACKGROUND: Routine chest X-Ray (CXR) is recommended for neutropenic fever(NF) management however its role is relatively understudied in haematology patients. METHODS: Retrospective, single-centre analysis of haematology patients admitted with NF between January 2011-December 2015. Baseline demographics, treatment details and outcomes were collected from electronic patient records. CXRs underwent independent radiology review. Primary endpoints were proportion of NF episodes in which CXR detected a probable chest infection in the absence of respiratory symptoms/signs, and/or resulted in a change in antibiotic management...
December 11, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223478/phase-ii-trial-of-veliparib-in-patients-with-previously-treated-brca-mutated-pancreas-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Maeve A Lowery, David P Kelsen, Marinela Capanu, Sloane C Smith, Jonathan W Lee, Zsofia K Stadler, Malcolm J Moore, Hedy L Kindler, Talia Golan, Amiel Segal, Hannah Maynard, Ellen Hollywood, MaryEllen Moynahan, Erin E Salo-Mullen, Richard Kinh Gian Do, Alice P Chen, Kenneth H Yu, Laura H Tang, Eileen M O'Reilly
PURPOSE: BRCA-associated cancers have increased sensitivity to poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors (PARPis). This single arm, non-randomised, multicentre phase II trial evaluated the response rate of veliparib in patients with previously treated BRCA1/2- or PALB2-mutant pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC). METHODS: Patients with stage III/IV PDAC and known germline BRCA1/2 or PALB2 mutation, 1-2 lines of treatment, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group 0-2, were enrolled...
December 7, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223104/improvement-of-relative-survival-in-elderly-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-emerging-from-population-based-cancer-registries-in-switzerland-between-2001-and-2013
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Annatina Schnegg-Kaufmann, Anita Feller, Helen Baldomero, Alicia Rovo, Markus G Manz, Michael Gregor, Anna Efthymiou, Mario Bargetzi, Urs Hess, Olivier Spertini, Yves Chalandon, Jakob R Passweg, Georg Stussi, Volker Arndt, Nicolas Bonadies
Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) is a rare and heterogeneous haematological malignancy with increasing incidence in the elderly. We performed a population-based, observational analysis of AML cases reported to the Cantonal Cancer Registries in Switzerland. Data was aggregated by the National Institute for Epidemiology and Cancer Registration and stratified for the two time periods 2001-2007 and 2008-2013. Overall, 2351 new AML cases were registered with a stable age-standardised incidence rate (3.0 [95 CI: 2.8-3...
December 6, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221652/-acyclovir-resistant-perineal-hsv-infection-revealing-chronic-lymphoid-leukaemia
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E A Casassa, P Nicol, R Viraben, C Gaudin, C Bulai Livideanu, C Mengelle, L Lamant, F Fortenfant, C Paul, M P Konstantinou
BACKGROUND: Chronic HSV infection is a cause of chronic perineal ulcerations. We report a case of a chronic and refractory HSV infection revealing chronic lymphoid leukaemia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: An 85-year-old woman with an 8-month history of chronic perineal ulcerations was referred to our dermatology department. She had no previous medical history of herpes infection. Skin biopsies ruled out carcinoma but were consistent with HSV infection. A local swab was positive for HSV2...
December 5, 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218835/-we-just-follow-the-patients-lead-healthcare-professional-perspectives-on-the-involvement-of-teenagers-with-cancer-in-decision-making
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Emma Day, Louise Jones, Richard Langner, L Caroline Stirling, Rachael Hough, Myra Bluebond-Langner
PURPOSE: We report on an in-depth interview and participant observation study that uses data from multiple sources to determine how the involvement of teenagers with leukaemia is understood and enacted in healthcare. In this article, we investigate healthcare professionals' (HCP) views of teenagers' involvement in decisions about their care and treatment for leukaemia. METHODS: We conducted participant observation at 98 multi-disciplinary meetings and 95 open-ended, semi-structured interviews and informal conversations with clinical teenage cancer teams at one UK tertiary referral centre...
December 8, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218389/primary-prophylaxis-of-invasive-fungal-infections-in-patients-with-haematological-malignancies-2017-update-of-the-recommendations-of-the-infectious-diseases-working-party-agiho-of-the-german-society-for-haematology-and-medical-oncology-dgho
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REVIEW
Sibylle C Mellinghoff, Jens Panse, Nael Alakel, Gerhard Behre, Dieter Buchheidt, Maximilian Christopeit, Justin Hasenkamp, Michael Kiehl, Michael Koldehoff, Stefan W Krause, Nicola Lehners, Marie von Lilienfeld-Toal, Annika Y Löhnert, Georg Maschmeyer, Daniel Teschner, Andrew J Ullmann, Olaf Penack, Markus Ruhnke, Karin Mayer, Helmut Ostermann, Hans-H Wolf, Oliver A Cornely
Immunocompromised patients are at high risk of invasive fungal infections (IFI), in particular those with haematological malignancies undergoing remission-induction chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) or myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and recipients of allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT). Despite the development of new treatment options in the past decades, IFI remains a concern due to substantial morbidity and mortality in these patient populations. In addition, the increasing use of new immune modulating drugs in cancer therapy has opened an entirely new spectrum of at risk periods...
December 7, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217908/a-novel-method-for-pain-relief-in-chronic-pancreatitis-an-old-drug-in-a-new-pack-a-controlled-study
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Aswini Kumar Pujahari
Most of pain-relieving agents in chronic pancreatitis are nonspecific and unpredictable. Omeprazole induces hypergastrinemia due to reduced gastric acidity. Raised serum gastrin, in turn, modulates to reduce secretin level. Secretin is responsible for secretion of almost 80 % bicarbonate-rich pancreatic juice from the ductular epithelium without affecting enzyme output. It is a prospective randomized study in patients with CT-confirmed chronic pancreatitis. The control group got the standard care and 60 mg of omeprazole twice daily was added to the test group...
December 2017: Indian Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217729/bone-marrow-solid-core-biopsy-needle-a-critical-assessment-of-the-utility-benefits-and-limitations-of-the-instruments-employed-in-current-day-haematology-and-oncology
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REVIEW
Anwarul Islam
The optimal clinical evaluation of the bone marrow requires an examination of air-dried and well-stained films of the aspirated tissue along with a histopathological evaluation of adequately processed and properly stained core biopsy specimens. A bone marrow evaluation can be essential in establishing a diagnosis, determining the efficacy of treatment in haematological disorders and to monitor haematological status of patients following bone marrow/stem cell transplantation. It is also an essential component of the staging process for newly diagnosed malignancies...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216784/evaluation-of-peripheral-serotonin-content-and-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-function-as-potential-markers-for-life-long-recurrent-depressive-disorder-by-using-methodological-improvements
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Boris Aleksovski, Antoni Novotni, Viktorija Vujović, Vladimir Rendevski, Nensi Manusheva, Violeta Neceva, Ana Filipce, Aleksandar Risteski, Vasko Aleksovski, Icko Gjorgoski
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the role and the relations between peripheral platelet serotonin content, blood plasma serotonin concentration and the function of platelet α2-adrenergic receptors (α2-AR) as potential state or trait biomarkers for recurrent depressive disorder (RDD). METHODS: 26 drug-free patients with life-long RDD and 31 healthy controls were included in the study. Several methodological improvements in blood collection and platelet isolation were implemented following the present standards in Haematology and Light transmission aggregometry...
December 7, 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212355/the-utility-of-contrast-enhanced-hypodense-sign-for-the-diagnosis-of-pulmonary-invasive-mold-disease-in-patients-with-haematological-malignancies
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Claudia Sassi, Marta Stanzani, Russell E Lewis, Giancarlo Facchini, Alberto Bazzocchi, Michele Cavo, Giuseppe Battista
OBJECTIVE: The hypodense sign (HyS) on CT imaging is highly suggestive of pulmonary invasive mould disease (IMD) in patients with haematological malignancies, but its diagnostic utility has not been systematically evaluated on contrast-enhanced CT. The objective of this study was to compare the diagnostic performance of the HyS to other common CT findings in a cohort of haematology patients with proven, probable or possible IMD based on EORTC/MSG criteria. METHODS: We analyzed the diagnostic performance of the HyS to other common CT signs among 127 neutropenic patients with haematological malignancies submitted to both noncontrast-enhanced and contrast-enhanced CT scans of the lungs, including CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA)...
December 7, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210058/development-and-internal-validation-of-the-simplified-mortality-score-for-the-intensive-care-unit-sms-icu
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A Granholm, A Perner, M Krag, P B Hjortrup, N Haase, L B Holst, S Marker, M O Collet, A K G Jensen, M H Møller
BACKGROUND: Intensive care unit (ICU) mortality prediction scores deteriorate over time, and their complexity decreases clinical applicability and commonly causes problems with missing data. We aimed to develop and internally validate a new and simple score that predicts 90-day mortality in adults upon acute admission to the ICU: the Simplified Mortality Score for the Intensive Care Unit (SMS-ICU). METHODS: We used data from an international cohort of 2139 patients acutely admitted to the ICU and 1947 ICU patients with severe sepsis/septic shock from 2009 to 2016...
December 6, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208210/evaluation-of-the-delta-neutrophil-index-from-an-automated-blood-cell-analyser-in-septic-dogs
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R Troìa, C Agnoli, S Calipa, S Segalina, E Murgia, M Gruarin, F Dondi, M Giunti
Immature granulocytes (IG) are a marker of severe inflammatory states in human beings and animals, and have been linked to a diagnosis of sepsis and poor prognosis. The delta neutrophil index (DNI), automatically calculated by a haematological analyser, provides an estimate of circulating IG. In particular, an increased DNI value has been associated with the severity of sepsis, and mortality, in critically ill human beings. The aims of this study were to determine the DNI reference interval (RI) in healthy dogs, and to evaluate its diagnostic and prognostic significance in dogs with sepsis...
December 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207767/clinical-utility-of-blood-cell-histogram-interpretation
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REVIEW
E T Arun Thomas, S Bhagya, Abdul Majeed
An automated haematology analyser provides blood cell histograms by plotting the sizes of different blood cells on X-axis and their relative number on Y-axis. Histogram interpretation needs careful analysis of Red Blood Cell (RBC), White Blood Cell (WBC) and platelet distribution curves. Histogram analysis is often a neglected part of the automated haemogram which if interpreted well, has significant potential to provide diagnostically relevant information even before higher level investigations are ordered...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207722/thalassaemia-trait-with-gaucher-disease-a-diagnostic-dilemma
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Jyoti Ramnath Kini, Saraswathy Sreeram, Anupama Hegde, Sowmini Kamath, Radha Ramachandra Pai
Gaucher Disease is an autosomal recessive disease caused by the accumulation of glucocerebrosidase due to deficiency in lysosomal glucocerebrosidase. Thalassaemia trait is asymptomatic and is usually an incidental diagnosis. Both thalassaemia and Gaucher disease can have similar haematologic manifestations and hence, their coexistence causes diagnostic dilemma. Our patient presented at one-and-a-half years with weakness, pallor, failure to thrive and massive hepatosplenomegaly. Clinical examination and history pointed to a lipid storage disease...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207709/isolation-of-the-rare-opportunistic-yeast-saprochaete-capitata-from-clinical-samples-experience-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-southern-india-and-a-brief-review-of-the-literature
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Umabala Pamidimukkala, Anuradha Kancharla, Sukanya Sudhaharan, Sadashivudu Gundeti, Surendra Mandarapu, Vamsi Krishna Nagalla, Sree Bhushan Raju, Sandhya Devi Karanam
Introduction: Saprochaete capitata (Teleomorph: Magnusiomyces capitatus) is a ubiquitous yeast found in environmental sources such as soil, water, air, plants and dairy products. It is also a part of the normal microbial flora in humans. The yeast is being increasingly reported as an opportunistic pathogen, especially in patients in the haemato-oncology setting, the infection being often mistakenly diagnosed as invasive candidiasis. Aim: To review the epidemiological, clinical and microbiological features of six patients admitted in our hospital over a period of 10 years (from January 2007 to December 2016), from whom Saprochaete capitata was isolated...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206098/monoclonal-b-cell-lymphocytosis-not-the-same-as-b-cell-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia
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Maya Svenningsen, Laura L Herborg, Peter Hokland, Maja Ludvigsen
INTRODUCTION: Depending on the location and the extent of disease, mature B-cell disorders can be divided into 
benign monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (MBL), chronic 
lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). Whereas SLL is characterised by its location outside the blood stream, MBL is distinguished from CLL by a monoclonal B-cell count below 5 × 109/l. Due to its low tendency to transform into CLL, correct diagnosis of MBL is essential. We hypothesised that this might not always be the case...
December 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205277/clinical-and-genetic-factors-are-associated-with-pain-and-hospitalisation-rates-in-sickle-cell-anaemia-in-cameroon
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Ambroise Wonkam, Khuthala Mnika, Valentina J Ngo Bitoungui, Bernard Chetcha Chemegni, Emile R Chimusa, Collet Dandara, Andre P Kengne
We aimed to investigate the clinical and genetic predictors of painful vaso-occlusive crises (VOC) in sickle cell disease (SCD) in Cameroon. Socio-demographics, clinical variables/events and haematological indices were acquired. Genotyping was performed for 40 variants in 17 pain-related genes, three fetal haemoglobin (HbF)-promoting loci, two kidney dysfunctions-related genes, and HBA1/HBA2 genes. Statistical models using regression frameworks were performed in R® . A total of 436 hydoxycarbamide- and opioid-naïve patients were studied; median age was 16 years...
December 3, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205270/severe-multiple-sclerosis-reactivation-during-prolonged-lymphopenia-after-dimethyl-fumarate-discontinuation
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C Zecca, C G Antozzi, V Torri Clerici, M Ferrazzini, R E Mantegazza, S Rossi, C Gobbi
BACKGROUND: Delayed-release dimethyl fumarate (DMF) treatment can be associated with reduced lymphocyte and leucocyte counts, which might persist after DMF discontinuation. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the case of a patient with severe disease reactivation despite prolonged lymphopenia after DMF discontinuation. We describe the frequency and impact of prolonged lymphopenia after DMF discontinuation at two tertiary MS centres. A 36-year-old female patient with multiple sclerosis was switched to DMF after 14 years of treatment with interferon beta-1a...
December 3, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203305/infectious-complications-in-paediatric-patients-treated-with-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Maria José Santiago-Lozano, Marta Lucía Barquín-Conde, Lucía Fuentes-Moreno, Roberto Manuel León-Vela, Lucas Madrid-Vázquez, Amelia Sánchez-Galindo, Jesús López-Herce Cid
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to analyse the incidence, treatment and evolution of infections in children treated with ECMO. METHODS: A retrospective study based on a prospective database was performed. Children under the age of 18 years treated with ECMO from September 2006 to November 2015 were included. The patients' clinical characteristics were collected, together with ECMO technique, cultures and treatment of infection. RESULTS: One hundred patients with a median age of 11 months were analysed...
December 1, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201472/severe-cytomegalovirus-reactivation-in-patient-with-low-grade-non-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-after-standard-chemotherapy
#20
Lena Modvig, Ciaran Boyle, Katie Randall, Anton Borg
Clinically significant cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation is not uncommon in patients with severe immunodeficiency secondary to underlying medical disorders or following aggressive immunosuppressive therapy. However, it is less frequently found in patients with low-grade haematological malignancies after nonintensive chemotherapy. We treated a patient at our centre for stage IVB follicular lymphoma with standard chemotherapy who successively developed CMV colitis associated with a CMV viral load of >3 million copies/ml...
2017: Case Reports in Hematology
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