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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930178/diagnostic-value-of-endotracheal-aspirates-sonication-on-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-microbiologic-diagnosis
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Laia Fernández-Barat, Ana Motos, Otavio T Ranzani, Gianluigi Li Bassi, Elisabet Aguilera Xiol, Tarek Senussi, Chiara Travierso, Chiara Chiurazzi, Francesco Idone, Laura Muñoz, Jordi Vila, Miquel Ferrer, Paolo Pelosi, Francesco Blasi, Massimo Antonelli, Antoni Torres
Microorganisms are able to form biofilms within respiratory secretions. Methods to disaggregate such biofilms before utilizing standard, rapid, or high throughput diagnostic technologies may aid in pathogen detection during ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) diagnosis. Our aim was to determine if sonication of endotracheal aspirates (ETA) would increase the sensitivity of qualitative, semi-quantitative, and quantitative bacterial cultures in an animal model of pneumonia caused by Pseudomonasaeruginosa or by methicillin resistant Staphylococcusaureus (MRSA)...
September 20, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929396/prevalence-of-echinococcus-granulosus-taeniasis-in-stray-dogs-in-the-region-of-constantine-north-east-algeria
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K Kohil, M C Benchikh El Fegoun, M Gharbi
In North Africa, the domestic dog is regarded as the main reservoir for infection by Echinococcus granulosus of domestic livestock and man. In Algeria, there is very little data on the rate of infestation of dogs, while the prevalence of E. granulosus in the definitive host is a very reliable marker of the potential risk of transmission of cystic tapeworm to humans and livestock. To find out this information, a survey was conducted to assess the prevalence of infection with E. granulosus in stray dogs in the region of Constantine (North-East Algeria)...
September 20, 2017: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929003/fatal-cobalt-toxicity-after-a-non-metal-on-metal-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Rinne M Peters, Pax Willemse, Paul C Rijk, Mels Hoogendoorn, Wierd P Zijlstra
This case illustrates the potential for systemic cobalt toxicity in non-metal-on-metal bearings and its potentially devastating consequences. We present a 71-year-old male with grinding sensations in his right hip following ceramic-on-ceramic total hip arthroplasty (THA). After diagnosing a fractured ceramic liner, the hip prosthesis was revised into a metal-on-polyethylene bearing. At one year postoperatively, X-rays and MARS-MRI showed a fixed reversed hybrid THA, with periarticular densities, flattening of the femoral head component, and a pattern of periarticular metal wear debris and pseudotumor formation...
2017: Case Reports in Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927324/parasagittal-meningioma-a-not-so-benign-entity
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Roger W Byard
While the majority of intracranial meningiomas have an indolent clinical course, sudden and unexpected death may rarely occur. Two cases are reported to demonstrate rapid clinical deterioration resulting in death in individuals with large, grade I, parasagittal meningiomas. Case 1 was a 46-year-old man with a history of headaches and epilepsy who suddenly collapsed and died. A large right frontal parasagittal meningioma with haemorrhage had compressed the brain and lateral ventricle, causing tonsillar herniation...
January 1, 2017: Medicine, Science, and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926821/autopsies-in-the-elderly-erzurum-study
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Ozge Timur, Pinar Tosun Tasar, Merve Gulsah Ulusoy, Azem Irez, Filiz Yildirim, Dogan Nasir Binici, Sevnaz Sahin, Ahmet Nezih Kok
INTRODUCTION: Clinical and forensic autopsies are the best methods for determining cause of death. The aim of this study was to determine demographic and etiologic characteristics in geriatric forensic cases analyzed in Erzurum, Turkey. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Autopsy reports and prosecution documents of decedents aged 65 and older autopsied in the Morgue Specialization Department of the Forensic Medicine Institute, Erzurum Division between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2015 were screened retrospectively...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926779/cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-associated-injuries-in-still-newborns-infants-and-toddlers-in-a-german-forensic-collective
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B Ondruschka, C Baier, M Siekmeyer, C Buschmann, J Dreßler, M Bernhard
INTRODUCTION: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may lead to injuries. Forensic experts are sometimes confronted with claims that fatal injuries were caused by chest compressions during CPR rather than by assaults. We want to answer, how often CPR-associated injuries are present in younger children and if they may mimic injuries caused by abuse. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All autopsy records of the Institute of Legal Medicine in Leipzig, Germany in a 6-year study period were used (2011-2016)...
September 12, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926347/laryngohyoid-fractures-in-fatal-nonhomicidal-falls-from-a-height
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Hüseyin Eş, Muhammed Feyzi Şahin, Erdinç Özdemir
In cases of fall from a height, the presence of laryngohyoid fracture or bleeding at autopsy constitutes a suspicion of strangulation before trauma in these types of cases. This study has aimed to investigate the incidence of laryngohyoid fractures in nonhomicidal fall from height cases, and their relationship with age, sex, height of fall, body mass index, and other injuries.A total of 170 cases proven to be nonhomicidal falls from height with certain witnesses and evidences in 4683 autopsy cases in 2013 were included in this study...
September 16, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926346/coprophagic-asphyxiation-in-an-intellectually-disabled-woman
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Stephanie LeeAnne Erickson, Aaron David Gambrell, James Fulcher, Michael Ward
The ingestion of one's own feces is referred to as coprophagia. In this report, the author discusses a case of coprophagia-associated death in a 36-year-old woman. The woman had a history of intellectual disability, bipolar disorder, and schizoaffective disorder and was living in a group home. At autopsy, examination of the upper airway revealed 4 distinct spherical boli of impacted fecal matter in the oral cavity and pharynx. Death was attributed to asphyxia due to aspiration of stool bolus during an episode of coprophagia...
September 19, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924110/bloody-bronchial-cast-formation-due-to-alveolar-hemorrhage-associated-with-h1n1-influenza-infection
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Yohei Okada, Asami Okada, Hiromichi Narumiya, Ryoji Iiduka, Kanade Katsura
A previously healthy 55-year-old man with H1N1 influenza A presented with severe respiratory failure and cardiac arrest. Following the return of spontaneous circulation, venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation was required to maintain oxygenation. On day 2, bronchoscopy revealed a bloody bronchial cast obstructing the right main bronchus. A pathological examination revealed that it was composed of intrabronchial and intra-alveolar hemorrhagic tissue. Unfortunately, the patient died due to severe brain ischemia; a subsequent autopsy revealed marked alveolar hemorrhage...
September 15, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923551/cardiac-melanoma-retrospective-review-of-a-rare-disease-at-the-mayo-clinic-1988-2015
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Chung Sang Tse, Nicholas Tan, Dame Idossa, Roger Click
BACKGROUND: Melanoma metastasizing to the heart (cardiac melanoma) is a rare entity that has been described only in autopsy studies or isolated pre-mortem case reports. We aim to better characterize cardiac melanoma, and describe its presenting features, imaging findings, and disease course with a case series collected over nearly 30years. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of all patients diagnosed with cardiac melanoma at the Mayo Clinic from 1988 to 2015...
September 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922444/cholangiocarcinoma-in-wilson-s-disease-a-case-report
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Dániel Németh, Anikó Folhoffer, Gábor Smuk, Béla Kajtár, Tamás Tornóczky, Ferenc Szalay
It has been suggested that hepatobiliary carcinomas are less frequent in Wilson's disease (WD) than in liver diseases of other etiology. However, the protective role of copper against malignancies is debated. Only a few cases of cholangiocarcinoma (CCC) in WD have been published. Here we report on a case of a 47-year-old male H1069Q homozygous, Kayser-Fleischer ring positive WD patient with a low ceruloplasmin level who was followed up and treated with chelating agents throughout nine years. The patient presented with neurological symptoms and liver cirrhosis at diagnosis...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919595/a-case-of-hepatorenal-syndrome-and-abdominal-compartment-syndrome-with-high-renal-congestion
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Hiroteru Kamimura, Takayuki Watanabe, Tomoyuki Sugano, Nao Nakajima, Junji Yokoyama, Kenya Kamimura, Atsunori Tsuchiya, Masaaki Takamura, Hirokazu Kawai, Takashi Kato, Gen Watanabe, Satoshi Yamagiwa, Shuji Terai
BACKGROUND Hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) is a reversible renal impairment that occurs in patients with acute liver failure and advanced liver cirrhosis. HRS is due to a renal vasoconstriction that results from extreme vasodilatation. It is therefore a functional disorder, not associated with structural kidney damage. On the other hand, end-stage liver diseases are often complicated by massive ascites. Massive ascites may cause abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS), which includes impairment of renal blood flow, but there are no reports indicating that kidney lesions caused by ACS may pathologically contribute to end-stage liver diseases...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919116/global-regional-and-national-age-sex-specific-mortality-for-264-causes-of-death-1980-2016-a-systematic-analysis-for-the-global-burden-of-disease-study-2016
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BACKGROUND: Monitoring levels and trends in premature mortality is crucial to understanding how societies can address prominent sources of early death. The Global Burden of Disease 2016 Study (GBD 2016) provides a comprehensive assessment of cause-specific mortality for 264 causes in 195 locations from 1980 to 2016. This assessment includes evaluation of the expected epidemiological transition with changes in development and where local patterns deviate from these trends. METHODS: We estimated cause-specific deaths and years of life lost (YLLs) by age, sex, geography, and year...
September 16, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917824/parkinson-s-disease-susceptibility-variants-and-severity-of-lewy-body-pathology
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Michael G Heckman, Koji Kasanuki, Nancy N Diehl, Shunsuke Koga, Alexandra Soto, Melissa E Murray, Dennis W Dickson, Owen A Ross
INTRODUCTION: Meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have established common genetic risk factors for clinical Parkinson's disease (PD); however, associations between these risk factors and quantitative neuropathologic markers of disease severity have not been well-studied. This study evaluated associations of nominated variants from the most recent PD GWAS meta-analysis with Lewy body disease (LBD) subtype (brainstem, transitional, or diffuse) and pathologic burden of LB pathology as measured by LB counts in five cortical regions in a series of LBD cases...
September 11, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916532/comparison-of-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-persons-with-primary-age-related-tauopathy
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Lilah M Besser, John F Crary, Charles Mock, Walter A Kukull
OBJECTIVE: To conduct a clinicopathologic study to characterize clinical and neuropathologic features associated with cognitive impairment in participants with no neuritic amyloid plaques (primary age-related tauopathy [PART] definite) and sparse neuritic plaques (amyloid sparse). METHODS: Using the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center database, we identified 377 individuals who were PART definite (n = 170) or amyloid sparse (n = 207), clinically examined within 1 year of death, and autopsied at 1 of 26 National Institute on Aging-funded Alzheimer's Disease Centers...
September 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916405/love-death-a-retrospective-and-prospective-follow-up-mortality-study-over-45-years
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Lena Lange, Barbra Zedler, Marcel A Verhoff, Markus Parzeller
BACKGROUND: Although sexual activity can cause moderate stress, it can cause natural death in individuals with pre-existing illness. The aim of this study was to identify additional pre-existing health problems, sexual practices, and potential circumstances that may trigger fatal events. METHODS: This medicolegal postmortem, retrospective, and prospective study is based on data of autopsies performed at the Institute of Legal Medicine of the University hospital, Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915131/body-mass-index-and-saltwater-drowning
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Roger W Byard
Comparison of body mass index (BMI) was undertaken between 30 cases of salt water drowning and 30 age- and sex-matched controls randomly selected from the autopsy files of Forensic Science SA, Adelaide, Australia, during the period 2000 to 2017. The age range of drowning cases and controls was 18 to 80 (average, 49) years, with a male to female ratio of 19:11. The BMIs of the drowning cases ranged from 15.5 to 37.5 (average, 25.4; median, 23). The control cases had higher BMIs ranging from 22.9 to 44.3 (average, 29...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915130/dolichoectasia-of-vertebrobasilar-arteries-as-a-cause-of-hydrocephalus-and-ischemic-cerebral-stroke
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Miodrag Zdravković, Milos Kostov, Sladjana Petrovic, Jovana Zdravkovic
INTRODUCTION: Dolichoectasia of vertebrobasilar artery is a rare vasculopathy, which is characterized by ectasia, elongation, and tortuosity of the basilar artery. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 85-year-old man was referred to the Clinic of Neurology with sudden-onset coma. A brain computed tomography scan showed remarkable fusiform dilatation with elongation of basilar artery, with compressive effect on brain stem. Autopsy confirmed existence of vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia, with organized old thrombus and partially with recent occlusive thrombosis...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915129/atypical-exit-wound-in-high-voltage-electrocution
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Jamshid Parakkattil, Shanmugam Kandasamy, Siddhartha Das, Gerard Pradeep Devnath, Vinod Ashok Chaudhari, Kusa Kumar Shaha
Electrocution fatality cases are difficult to investigate. High-voltage electrocution burns resemble burns caused by other sources, especially if the person survives for few days. In that case, circumstantial evidence if correlated with the autopsy findings helps in determining the cause and manner of death. In addition, the crime scene findings also help to explain the pattern of injuries observed at autopsy. A farmer came in contact with a high-voltage transmission wire and sustained superficial to deep burns over his body...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914998/clinicopathological-characteristics-of-distant-metastases-of-adenocarcinoma-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-urothelial-carcinoma-an-autopsy-study-of-older-japanese-patients
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Yoko Matsuda, Atsuko Seki, Keisuke Nonaka, Mototsune Kakizaki, Tan Wang, Junko Aida, Naoshi Ishikawa, Yuta Nakano, Daita Kaneda, Tadayuki Takata, Junko Takahashi-Fujigasaki, Shigeo Murayama, Kaiyo Takubo, Toshiyuki Ishiwata, Motoji Sawabe, Tomio Arai
AIM: We aimed to clarify the characteristics of malignancies in older adults focusing on distant metastasis in the whole body. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 7710 cases of autopsies (4011 men, 3699 women, median age of 80 years), and analyzed the characteristics of metastasis of adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and urothelial carcinoma in each organ. RESULTS: The total number of cases with adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma or urothelial carcinoma was 2856, and most of them were adenocarcinomas...
September 15, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
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