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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222567/immune-biomarkers-for-the-diagnosis-of-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Ashley B Petrone, Valerie Gionis, Richard Giersch, Taura L Barr
BACKGROUND: In 2010, there were approximately 2.2 million emergency room visits associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI), with 80 percent diagnosed as mild TBI or concussion. In addition, there are a large number of TBIs, especially mild TBIs, which go either unreported by patients or initially undiagnosed by clinicians. Our team has previously identified a panel of immune-related genes that can diagnose ischemic stroke at triage, and due to shared pathophysiological mechanisms of TBI and stroke, we hypothesized that this panel of genes may also be utilized for the diagnosis of TBI...
February 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222528/comparing-approaches-to-optimize-cut-off-scores-for-short-cognitive-screening-instruments-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia
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Rónán O'Caoimh, Yang Gao, Anton Svendovski, Paul Gallagher, Joseph Eustace, D William Molloy
BACKGROUND: Although required to improve the usability of cognitive screening instruments (CSIs), the use of cut-off scores is controversial yet poorly researched. OBJECTIVE: To explore cut-off scores for two short CSIs: the Standardized Mini-Mental State Examination (SMMSE) and Quick Mild Cognitive Impairment (Qmci) screen, describing adjustments in scores for diagnosis (MCI or dementia), age (≤, >75 years), and education (<, ≥12 years), comparing two methods: the maximal accuracy approach, derived from receiver operating characteristic curves, and Youden's Index...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222518/differential-regional-distribution-of-juxtacortical-white-matter-signal-abnormalities-in-aging-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Emily R Lindemer, Douglas N Greve, Bruce Fischl, Jean C Augustinack, David H Salat
BACKGROUND: White matter signal abnormalities (WMSA) (also known as 'hyperintensities') on MRI are commonly seen in normal aging and increases have been noted in Alzheimer's disease (AD), but whether there is a spatial specificity to these increases is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To discern whether or not there is a spatial pattern of WMSA in the brains of individuals with AD that differs from those who exhibit cognitively healthy aging. METHOD: Structural MRI data from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative public database were used to quantify WMSA in 35 regions of interest (ROIs)...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222414/urinary-steroid-metabolites-in-a-case-of-florid-ectopic-cushing-s-syndrome-and-clinical-correlations
#4
Angelos Kyriacou, Karolina G Stepien, Basil Issa
A 51-year old woman was admitted with multiple cerebral, pulmonary and intra-abdominal abscesses. The combination of apparent immunosuppression, obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypokalaemia, osteoporotic fractures and bilateral shoulder avascular necrosis led to a clinical diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome (CS). This was biochemically confirmed as follows: midnight serum cortisol 4275 nmol/L (60-250), non-suppressed overnight dexamethasone suppression test, raised salivary cortisol 716 nmol/L (5-46) and ACTH 639 ng/L (0-46)...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222323/a-case-report-of-the-clear-cell-variant-of-gallbladder-carcinoma
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Ravi Maharaj, Christo Cave, Kevin Sarran, Nigel Bascombe, Dilip Dan, Wesley Greaves, Wayne A Warner
INTRODUCTION: Clear cell gallbladder carcinoma accounts for less than 1% of all gallbladder malignancies and demonstrates its unique histopathological characteristics in patients with no prior medical illness or familial predisposition. PRESENTATION OF CASE: Here we present a case of a 56-year-old female, with no prior medical conditions presented with a 2-month history of upper abdominal pain. Routine hematological and biochemical tests were unremarkable. An abdominal ultrasound revealed the presence of a gallbladder calculi, and a fundic mass while magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography revealed a 8...
January 12, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222313/cytokine-profiles-as-novel-diagnostic-markers-of-epstein-barr-virus-associated-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-in-children
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Xiu-Cui Han, Qing Ye, Wei-Ying Zhang, Yong-Min Tang, Xiao-Jun Xu, Ting Zhang
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to identify specific laboratory indices to distinguish Epstein-Barr virus-associated hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (EBV-HLH) in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective study, Th1/Th2 cytokines, including IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, TNF-α, and IFN-γ, were analyzed in patients with EBV-HLH or sepsis at the onset of disease by flow cytometry. RESULTS: IL-10, IFN-γ, IL-10/IL-6, and IFN-γ/IL-6 were higher and IL-6 was lower in EBV-HLH patients compared to sepsis patient levels...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222300/free-and-cued-selective-reminding-test-accuracy-for-alzheimer-s-and-neurodegenerative-disease-differential-diagnosis-a-large-scale-biomarker-characterized-monocenter-cohort-study-clinad
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Marc Teichmann, Stéphane Epelbaum, Dalila Samri, Marcel Levy Nogueira, Agnès Michon, Harald Hampel, Foudil Lamari, Bruno Dubois
INTRODUCTION: The International Working Group recommended the Free and Cued Selective Reminding Test (FCSRT) as a sensitive detector of the amnesic syndrome of the hippocampal type in typical Alzheimer's disease (AD). But does it differentiate AD from other neurodegenerative diseases? METHODS: We assessed the FCSRT and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) AD biomarkers in 992 cases. Experts, blinded to biomarker data, attributed in 650 cases a diagnosis of typical AD, frontotemporal dementia, posterior cortical atrophy, Lewy body disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal syndrome, primary progressive aphasias, "subjective cognitive decline," or depression...
February 18, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222229/leg-ulcers-caused-by-genetic-disease-prolidase-deficiency
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F Bertolini
I have just read the new guidelines for diagnostics and treatment of venus leg ulcers pubblished by the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 2016; 30: 1843-1875 (1), and I think that at this time it would be useful to also include leg ulcers caused by genetic disease "prolidase deficiency" in the differential diagnosis. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 21, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222084/african-american-women-s-recollected-experiences-of-adherence-to-breast-cancer-treatment
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Sue P Heiney, DeAnne K Hilfinger Messias, Tisha M Felder, Kenneth W Phelps, Jada C Quinn
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To explore African American women's recollected experiences of breast cancer treatment.
. RESEARCH APPROACH: Qualitative description and narrative analysis.
. SETTING: South Carolina Oncology Associates, an outpatient oncology clinic serving rural and urban populations.
. PARTICIPANTS: 16 African American women with breast cancer previously enrolled in the control arm (n = 93) of a completed randomized, controlled trial...
March 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221316/a-66-year-old-man-with-neck-pain
#10
Dayna Jaynstein
Neck pain is a fairly common complaint among patients in the ED. The differential diagnosis is broad, from musculoskeletal causes to potentially life-threatening causes. Providers need to have a good understanding of when the complaint of neck pain requires more diagnostic investigation, even in a patient with chronic neck pain.
March 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221280/the-elusive-diagnosis-of-adolescent-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Michelino Mancini
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease affecting multiple systems, and its various symptoms are often mistaken for other diseases. This case report describes a 15-year-old girl who presented to the emergency department with complaints of diffuse abdominal pain, facial swelling, joint pain, low-grade fever, and rash. An initial autoimmune process was suspected, and, with prompt referral, a diagnosis of SLE was confirmed. This case report and discussion review the difficulty of diagnosing SLE and the importance of maintaining autoimmune diseases, such as SLE, on an emergency physician's differential...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221217/interobserver-reproducibility-among-gynecologic-pathologists-in-diagnosing-heterologous-osteosarcomatous-component-in-gynecologic-tract-carcinosarcomas
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Ankur R Sangoi, Malti Kshirsagar, Andres A Roma, Andrew E Horvai, Mamatha Chivukula, Lora H Ellenson, Oluwole Fadare, Ann K Folkins, Karuna Garg, Krisztina Hanley, Teri A Longacre, Jacqueline Haas, W Glenn McCluggage, Jesse K McKenney, Marisa R Nucci, Esther Oliva, Kay J Park, Vinita Parkash, Charles M Quick, Joseph T Rabban, Joanne K L Rutgers, Robert Soslow, Russell Vang, Anna Yemelyanova, Charles Zaloudek, Andrew H Beck
Distinguishing hyalinized stroma from osteoid production by a heterologous osteosarcomatous component can be challenging in gynecologic tract carcinosarcomas. As heterologous components in a carcinosarcoma may have prognostic and therapeutic implications, it is important that these are recognized. This study examines interobserver reproducibility among gynecologic pathologists in the diagnosis of osteosarcomatous components, and its correlation with expression of the novel antibody SATB2 (marker of osteoblastic differentiation) in these osteosarcomatous foci...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221211/a-rare-case-of-ck20-ck7-double-negative-merkel-cell-carcinoma
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Mary D Le, Luke H OʼSteen, David S Cassarino
The authors present a case of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) with unique immunohistochemical staining characteristics. A 57-year-old woman presented with a firm 0.3 cm tan papule on her left nasal-labial fold that was reportedly increasing in size and bleeding. She had a history of multiple head and neck actinic keratoses, papillary thyroid carcinoma, and a family history of an uncle with melanoma. The clinical differential diagnosis was "non-melanoma skin cancer." Histological examination showed a markedly atypical-appearing basaloid neoplasm, present mostly in the dermis, with focal pagetoid spread into the epidermis...
March 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221126/imported-leptospira-licerasiae-infection-in-traveler-returning-to-japan-from-brazil
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Motoyuki Tsuboi, Nobuo Koizumi, Kayoko Hayakawa, Shuzo Kanagawa, Norio Ohmagari, Yasuyuki Kato
We describe a case of intermediate leptospirosis resulting from Leptospira licerasiae infection in a traveler returning to Japan from Brazil. Intermediate leptospirosis should be included in the differential diagnosis for travelers with fever returning from South America. This case highlights the need for strategies that detect pathogenic and intermediate Leptospira species.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221116/fungal-contamination-of-methylprednisolone-causing-recurrent-lumbosacral-intradural-abscess
#15
Jaclyn J Renfrow, Mark B Frenkel, Wesley Hsu
Fungal meningitis transmitted through injections of methylprednisolone contaminated with Exserohilum rostratum affected 753 persons and caused 61 deaths in the United States in 2012. We report a case of infection recurrence after 24-months with the unique manifestation of an intradural fungal abscess. Fungal disease should remain on the differential diagnosis list for previously exposed patients.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220958/contrast-enhanced-harmonic-endoscopic-ultrasonography-for-differential-diagnosis-of-submucosal-tumors-of-the-upper-gastrointestinal-tract
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Ken Kamata, Mamoru Takenaka, Masayuki Kitano, Shunsuke Omoto, Takeshi Miyata, Kosuke Minaga, Kentaro Yamao, Hajime Imai, Toshiharu Sakurai, Tomohiro Watanabe, Naoshi Nishida, Takaaki Chikugo, Yasutaka Chiba, Haruhiko Imamoto, Takushi Yasuda, Andrea Lisotti, Pietro Fusaroli, Masatoshi Kudo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: To evaluate contrast-enhanced harmonic endoscopic ultrasonography (CH-EUS) for the differential diagnosis of submucosal tumors (SMT) of the upper gastrointestinal tract. METHODS: Between June 2008 and May 2015, 157 consecutive patients with submucosal lesions of the upper gastrointestinal tract were evaluated by CH-EUS. This was a single-center retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data in a registry. The data from 73 patients who later underwent surgical resection were analyzed in this study...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220745/is-it-possible-to-differentiate-tuberculous-and-cryptococcal-meningitis-in-hiv-infected-patients-using-only-clinical-and-basic-cerebrospinal-fluid-characteristics
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J E Vidal, E J F Peixoto de Miranda, J Gerhardt, M Croda, D R Boulware
BACKGROUND: Tuberculous and cryptococcal meningitis (TBM and CM) are the most common causes of opportunistic meningitis in HIVinfected patients from resource-limited settings, and the differential diagnosis is challenging. OBJECTIVE: To compare clinical and basic cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) characteristics between TBM and CM in HIV-infected patients. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted of clinical, radiological and laboratory records of 108 and 98 HIV-infected patients with culture-proven diagnosis of TBM and CM, respectively...
January 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220742/calcific-uraemic-arteriolopathy-calciphylaxis-in-patients-on-renal-replacement-therapy
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S Sebastian, H F Jordaan, J W Schneider, M R Moosa, M R Davids
BACKGROUND: Calcific uraemic arteriolopathy (calciphylaxis) is an unusual and potentially fatal condition characterised by small-vessel calcification and ischaemic skin necrosis. It mainly affects patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on haemodialysis, but may rarely occur in the absence of ESRD in conditions such as primary hyperparathyroidism, malignancy, alcoholic liver disease and connective tissue disease. METHODS: We reviewed the records of all patients diagnosed with calciphylaxis while on renal replacement therapy at Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, between 1990 and 2014, to describe its presentation, course and final outcome...
January 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220683/analysis-of-distinct-long-noncoding-rna-transcriptional-fingerprints-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#19
Xiang Yu, Yang Lin, Wu Sui, Yanfen Zou, Zhongchuan Lv
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the most aggressive and lethal malignancies with the worst prognosis. Recent studies have demonstrated that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play critical roles in tumorigenesis and cancer progression. However, the expression pattern and roles of lncRNAs in the development of PDAC remain unknown. Herein, we globally analyzed the lncRNA expression profile in human PDAC and non-tumor tissues using four independent public microarray datasets from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO)...
February 21, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220492/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-intratympanic-gadolinium-helps-differentiate-vestibular-migraine-from-m%C3%A3-ni%C3%A3-re-disease
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Wenfang Sun, Ping Guo, Tongli Ren, Wuqing Wang
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To study the differential diagnosis of vestibular migraine (VM) and Ménière disease (MD) by using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of intratympanic gadolinium. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. METHODS: Definite MD patients (n = 30) and definite or probable VM patients (n = 30) were included, and the two groups were age and sex matched. Three-dimensional real inversion recovery (3D-real-IR) MRI was performed 24 hours after bilateral intratympanic gadolinium to assess the presence and degree of endolymphatic hydrops (EH)...
February 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
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