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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324770/a-non-fatal-intoxication-and-seven-deaths-involving-the-dissociative-drug-3-meo-pcp
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Anna Johansson, Daniel Lindstedt, Markus Roman, Gunilla Thelander, Elisabet I Nielsen, Ulrica Lennborn, Håkan Sandler, Sten Rubertsson, Johan Ahlner, Robert Kronstrand, Fredrik C Kugelberg
INTRODUCTION: 3-methoxyphencyclidine (3-MeO-PCP) appeared on the illicit drug market in 2011 and is an analogue of phencyclidine, which exhibits anesthetic, analgesic and hallucinogenic properties. In this paper, we report data from a non-fatal intoxication and seven deaths involving 3-MeO-PCP in Sweden during the period March 2014 until June 2016. CASE DESCRIPTIONS: The non-fatal intoxication case, a 19-year-old male with drug problems and a medical history of depression, was found awake but tachycardic, hypertensive, tachypnoeic and catatonic at home...
March 7, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323918/elucidating-the-role-of-the-desmosome-protein-p53-apoptosis-effector-related-to-pmp-22-perp-in-growth-hormone-tumors
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Katja Kiseljak-Vassiliades, Taylor S Mills, Yu Zhang, Mei Xu, Kevin O Lillehei, B K Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, Margaret E Wierman
Purpose: Densely granulated (DG) and sparsely granulated (SG) growth hormone (GH) pituitary adenomas differ in biological behavior which may be correlated with their known differences in cytoplasmic keratin distribution and E-cadherin expression. We desired to explore candidate genes which might further explain this behavior. Methods: Exon expression microarray was performed on 21 GH tumors (10 SG and 11 DG) and 20 normal control pituitaries from autopsy. Results: Bioinformatic analyses confirmed a differential molecular signature between normal pituitary and GH tumors as well as between the GH tumor subtypes...
February 9, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323825/association-between-fatty-acid-metabolism-in-the-brain-and-alzheimer-disease-neuropathology-and-cognitive-performance-a-nontargeted-metabolomic-study
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Stuart G Snowden, Amera A Ebshiana, Abdul Hye, Yang An, Olga Pletnikova, Richard O'Brien, John Troncoso, Cristina Legido-Quigley, Madhav Thambisetty
BACKGROUND: The metabolic basis of Alzheimer disease (AD) pathology and expression of AD symptoms is poorly understood. Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids have previously been linked to both protective and pathogenic effects in AD. However, to date little is known about how the abundance of these species is affected by differing levels of disease pathology in the brain. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We performed metabolic profiling on brain tissue samples from 43 individuals ranging in age from 57 to 95 y old who were stratified into three groups: AD (N = 14), controls (N = 14) and "asymptomatic Alzheimer's disease" (ASYMAD), i...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320172/neuropathological-findings-from-an-autopsied-case-showing-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-like-neuroradiological-findings-associated-with-premedication-including-tacrolimus-for-autologous-peripheral-blood-stem-cell-transplantation
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Yuichi Hayashi, Akio Kimura, Hiroshi Nakamura, Maya Mimuro, Yasushi Iwasaki, Akira Hara, Mari Yoshida, Takashi Inuzuka
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is diagnosed based on neuroradiological findings. Typically, PRES is reversible and presents with a good outcome; however, fatal outcomes have been reported. We report an autopsied case showing PRES-like neuroradiological findings associated with premedication including tacrolimus for autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation in a 28-year-old woman with a 2-year history of acute myeloid sarcoma/acute myeloid leukemia. Neurological examination revealed disturbed consciousness, muscle weakness in all extremities, and bilaterally diminished tendon reflexes...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320035/srage-is-elevated-in-the-lungs-of-premature-infants-receiving-mechanical-ventilation
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Henry J Rozycki, Jennifer Bradley, Simon Karam
Background Soluble receptor for advanced glycation end-products (sRAGE), a soluble isoform of the RAGE receptor, is elevated in lungs from patients with acute conditions such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and bronchiolitis. This study investigated whether sRAGE is present in ventilated infants. Methods Tracheal aspirates from the first week or the fifth week of life were obtained from intubated very low birth weight subjects and analyzed by Western blot. Immunohistochemistry analysis for sRAGE was performed on paraffin-embedded lung autopsy slides from 19 other infants...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319253/heat-shock-protein-expression-in-cerebral-x-linked-adrenoleukodystrophy-reveals-astrocyte-stress-prior-to-myelin-loss
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Anna Lena Görtz, Laura A N Peferoen, Wouter H Gerritsen, Johannes M van Noort, Marianna Bugiani, Sandra Amor
AIMS: X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) is a genetic white matter disorder in which demyelination occurs due to accumulation of very long chain fatty acids. Inflammation in the brain white matter is a hallmark of the pathology of cerebral X-ALD, but the underlying pathogenic mechanisms are still largely unknown. In other inflammatory demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis, the expression of heat shock proteins (HSPs) in combination with interferon-γ (IFN-γ) has been suggested to play a prominent role in the initiation of demyelination and inflammation...
March 20, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318658/sudden-death-in-athletes
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Domenico Corrado, Alessandro Zorzi
Competitive sports activity is associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiovascular death (SCD) in adolescents and young adults with clinically silent cardiovascular disorders. While in middle-aged/senior athletes atherosclerotic coronary artery disease accounts for the vast majority of SCDs, in young athletes the spectrum of substrates is wider and includes inherited (cardiomyopathies) and congenital (anomalous origin of coronary arteries) structural heart diseases. Inherited ion channel diseases have been implicated in SCDs occurring with an apparently normal heart at autopsy...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317115/increased-lung-weights-in-drug-related-fatalities
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Heather I-Hsuan Chen, Joyce deJong
This study is of autopsy data for potential validation as to whether increased weights of the lungs support toxic effects of drugs as the cause of death. This retrospective study compared data from 133 deaths resulting from the toxic effects of drugs with previously reported normal lung weights (Toxicol Mech Methods, 22, 2012, 159; Am J Forensic Med Pathol 33, 2012, 368). The lung weights and their standard errors were used in a two-sample independent t-test comparing the average drug-related death weight to the average control weights...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315694/incorporation-of-autopsy-case-based-learning-into-phd-graduate-education-a-novel-approach-to-bridging-the-bench-to-bedside-gap
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Erin G Brooks, Joanne M Thornton, Erik A Ranheim, Zsuzsanna Fabry
Given the current rapid expansion of biological knowledge and the challenges of translating that knowledge into clinical practice, finding effective methods of teaching graduate students clinical medicine concepts has become even more critical. The utility of autopsy in medical student and resident education has been well-established. Multiple studies have reported it to be a helpful means of teaching anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical problem-solving skills, and medical diagnostic techniques. While various models of training Ph...
March 15, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315148/a-case-of-cardiac-tamponade-due-to-an-isolated-abscess-in-the-ascending-aorta-of-a-pregnant-woman-with-a-history-of-intravenous-substance-abuse
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Brandy Shattuck, John Livingstone
We describe the case of a 23-year-old white female, 10-12 weeks pregnant, with a history of intravenous drug use and a recently diagnosed pneumonia, who was found deceased in her bed after a night of sleep. Although postmortem serum toxicology tested positive for alprazolam, tetrahydrocannabinol, and morphine, the ultimate cause of death was determined to be cardiac tamponade secondary to an isolated abscess in the ascending aorta. The patient had several risk factors for aortic rupture and cardiac tamponade including intravenous drug use, pneumonia, and pregnancy...
March 17, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314981/time-trends-in-incidence-rates-of-venous-thromboembolism-in-a-large-cohort-recruited-from-the-general-population
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Nadia Arshad, Trond Isaksen, John-Bjarne Hansen, Sigrid K Brækkan
Changes in the incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) during the last two decades have not been extensively studied. Therefore, we studied time trends in the incidence rates (IRs) of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in a cohort of 26,855 subjects, aged 25-97 years, enrolled in the Tromsø study in 1994/1995. The subject were followed-up throughout 2012, and all symptomatic, objectively confirmed, incident VTEs were identified using multiple sources (hospital discharge-, radiology procedure- and autopsy registry) and validated by review of medical records...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314255/anti-metastatic-efficacy-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-tcm-ginsenoside-conjugated-to-a-vefgr-3-antibody-on-human-gastric-cancer-in-an-orthotopic-mouse-model
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Xiaojun Dai, Dongmei Liu, Moxiang Liu, Xiaochun Zhang, Weiming Wang, Feng Jin, Yayun Qian, Xuanyi Wang, Jingjing Zhao, Yongjian Wu, Fangfang Xiong, N A Chang, Y U Sun, Zhijian Yang, Robert M Hoffman, Yanqing Liu
Background/Aim: The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), VEGFR-3 antibody-conjugated ginsenoside Rg3nanoemulsion (VRIN), targeting lymphangiogenesis, on the inhibition of tumor growth and metastasis in an orthotopic mouse model of human gastric cancer. Materials and Methods: An orthotopic nude-mouse model of gastric cancer was established with the red fluorescent protein (RFP)-expressing human gastric cancer cell line NUGC-4-RFP. The tumor-bearing mice were treated with vehicle (0...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304357/clinical-prediction-of-suicide-and-undetermined-death-a-pseudo-prospective-clinical-and-medico-legal-study-of-substance-abusers
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Louise Brådvik, Mats Berglund, Arne Frank, Peter Löwenhielm
This study examines aspects of prediction of suicide and death of undetermined intent. We investigated all consecutive, autopsied patients between 1993 and 1997 who had been in contact with the Addiction Centre in Malmö from 1968 onwards. The staff was asked, shortly after autopsy but before they knew of the manner of death, if they thought the patient had committed suicide. The case records were blindly evaluated, and toxicological autopsy findings for alcohol in blood samples investigated. The specificity of prediction was 83% and significantly more often correct than the sensitivity, which was only 45% for suicide and for suicide/death of undetermined intent (93% versus 39%)...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304301/modeling-the-relationships-among-late-life-body-mass-index-cerebrovascular-disease-and-alzheimer-s-disease-neuropathology-in-an-autopsy-sample-of-1-421-subjects-from-the-national-alzheimer-s-coordinating-center-data-set
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Michael L Alosco, Jonathan Duskin, Lilah M Besser, Brett Martin, Christine E Chaisson, John Gunstad, Neil W Kowall, Ann C McKee, Robert A Stern, Yorghos Tripodis
The relationship between late-life body mass index (BMI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) is poorly understood due to the lack of research in samples with autopsy-confirmed AD neuropathology (ADNP). The role of cerebrovascular disease (CVD) in the interplay between late-life BMI and ADNP is unclear. We conducted a retrospective longitudinal investigation and used joint modeling of linear mixed effects to investigate causal relationships among repeated antemortem BMI measurements, CVD (quantified neuropathologically), and ADNP in an autopsy sample of subjects across the AD clinical continuum...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304101/the-value-of-prenatal-ultrasonographic-diagnosis-of-diastematomyelia
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Qiuju Wei, Ailu Cai, Xintian Wang, Xiaoguang Wang, Limei Xie
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the value of prenatal ultrasonographic diagnosis of diastematomyelia, and to provide a basis for the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of fetal diastematomyelia. METHODS: Four fetuses with suspected diastematomyelia based on prenatal ultrasonography are presented. Detailed prenatal ultrasonography was performed to examine spinal cord abnormalities. The region of interest-based spine sagittal plane was defined and 3D volumetric scans were performed, as needed...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303659/invasive-characterization-of-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-patients-with-peripheral-arterial-disease-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy-intravascular-ultrasound
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Amr E Abbas, Sibin K Zacharias, James A Goldstein, Ivan D Hanson, Robert D Safian
OBJECTIVES: We describe the characteristics of atherosclerotic plaque in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) using near-infrared spectroscopy-intravascular ultrasound (NIRS-IVUS) BACKGROUND: Imaging and autopsy studies have described atherosclerotic plaque in different vascular beds, including varying degrees of lipid, fibrosis, and calcification. Recently, NIRS has been validated as an accurate method for detecting lipid-core plaque (LCP) in the coronary circulation. Invasive evaluation of plaque composition using NIRS-IVUS has not been reported in different peripheral arterial circulations...
March 17, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302996/spinal-cord-ischemia-secondary-to-epidural-metastasis-from-small-cell-lung-carcinoma
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Hirotoshi Yasui, Naoya Ozawa, Satoshi Mikami, Kenji Shimizu, Takahiro Hatta, Nami Makino, Mayu Fukushima, Satoshi Baba, Yasushi Makino
BACKGROUND Spinal cord ischemia is an uncommon event that is mainly caused by dissociation of the ascending aorta as a complication after aortic surgery. Spinal arteries can develop collateral circulation; therefore, the frequency of spinal infarction is about 1% of that in the brain. Few cases of spinal cord ischemia developing in the course of lung cancer have been reported. CASE REPORT We presented the case of a 56-year-old man with small cell lung carcinoma, cT4N2M1a (stage IV). He was treated with irradiation and 2 courses of platinum and etoposide combination chemotherapy...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302247/symptomatic-fetal-type-cardiac-rhabdomyoma
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Seyma Kayali, Vehbi Dogan, Ilker Ertugrul, Senem Ouml Zg Uuml R, Utku Arman Ouml R Uuml N, Selmin Karademir, Nil Uuml Fer Arda, Murat Ko Ccedil
Rhabdomyomas are the most common primary cardiac tumors, especially seen during early periods of childhood. Fetaltype rhabdomyoma is a benign tumor described almost always in extracardiac locations. Although the natural history of the cardiac rhabdomyoma is to regress, the behaviour of the fetal-type rhabdomyomas when present in the heart is unknown with respect to its infrequency. Herein, we report a hemodynamically unstable female neonate with a single large intra-cardiac mass unresponsive to medical treatment, who underwent surgery...
March 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301662/brain-metastases-in-newly-diagnosed-breast-cancer-a-population-based-study
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Allison M Martin, Daniel N Cagney, Paul J Catalano, Laura E Warren, Jennifer R Bellon, Rinaa S Punglia, Elizabeth B Claus, Eudocia Q Lee, Patrick Y Wen, Daphne A Haas-Kogan, Brian M Alexander, Nancy U Lin, Ayal A Aizer
Importance: Population-based estimates of the incidence and prognosis of brain metastases at diagnosis of breast cancer are lacking. Objective: To characterize the incidence proportions and median survivals of patients with breast cancer and brain metastases at the time of cancer diagnosis. Design, Setting, and Participants: Patients with breast cancer and brain metastases at the time of diagnosis were identified using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database of the National Cancer Institute...
March 16, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300911/cutaneous-metastasis-as-the-first-manifestation-of-occult-malignant-breast-neoplasia
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Ellem Tatiani de Souza Weimann, Erica Bruder Botero, Cinthia Mendes, Marcel Alex Soares Dos Santos, Rafael Fantelli Stelini, Caroline Romanelli T Zelenika
Cutaneous metastases from primary internal malignancies represent 0.7-9% of patients with cancer. We report a 65-year-old female patient referred for evaluation of normochromic papules on the trunk and upper limbs that had been present for three months. A skin biopsy revealed diffuse cutaneous infiltration by small round cell tumors. Immunohistochemistry was positive for AE1/AE3, CK7, estrogen receptor and mammaglobin. The final diagnosis was cutaneous metastasis of occult breast cancer, since the solid primary tumor was not identified...
September 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
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