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Otto Mauro Dos Santos-Rosa, Henrique Simonsen Lunardelli, Marcelo Augusto Fontenelle Ribeiro-Junior
Background: The pyogenic liver abscess has an incidence of 1.1/1,000 habitants. Mortality can reach 100%. The use of less invasive procedures diminish morbidity and hospital stay. Aim: Identify risk factors in patients who underwent percutaneous drainage guided by ultrasound as treatment. Method: Were analyzed 10 patients submitted to the method. Epidemiological characteristics, laboratory markers and imaging exams (ultrasound and CT) were evaluated...
July 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
D Peng, X S Li, C J Zhang, K W Yang, Q Tang, L Zhang, X T Yu, Z S He, L Q Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impacts of clinical, pathological, and laboratory factors on oncological outcomes of patients with T3N0M0 renal cell carcinoma. METHODS: The clinical data, laboratory exam results, and follow-up outcomes of 182 patients with T3N0M0 renal cell carcinoma who underwent nephrectomy from 2007 to 2012 in Peking University First Hospital were retrospectively collected. The 5-year cancer-specific survival and 5-year recurrence-free survival of all the patients were calculated using Kaplan-Meier method, and the statistical significance between the survival curves were compared using the Log-rank test...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
K Thorsen, J A Søreide, K Søreide
BACKGROUND: Perforated peptic ulcer (PPU) is a surgical emergency associated with high short-term mortality. However, studies on long-term outcomes are scarce. Our aim was to investigate long-term survival after surgery for PPU. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A population-based, consecutive cohort of patients who underwent surgery for PPU between 2001 and 2014 was reviewed, and the long-term mortality was assessed. Survival was investigated by univariate analysis (log-rank test) and displayed using Kaplan-Meier survival curves...
October 12, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
Fesih Aktar, Safak Aktar, Ilyas Yolbas, Recep Tekin
BACKGROUND: Snakebites are an emergency medical condition and require rapid treatment procedures in children. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to present an overview of the demographic characteristics, clinical presentations, laboratory findings, severity, and complications that developed in pediatric patients due to snakebites. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 151 children with snakebite were enrolled in the study. All patients had a history of snakebite obtained between June 2006 and August 2015 retrospectively...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Hidetoshi Matsui, Shigemichi Iwae, Yuji Hirayama, Koichiro Yonezawa, Jun Shigeji
Bazex syndrome is a rare paraneoplastic dermatosis. The underlying malignancy frequently is squamous cell carcinoma of the upper aerodigestive tract or cervical lymph nodes from an unknown primary site. We report a 63-year-old man with squamous cell carcinoma of cervical lymph nodes from an unknown primary site. He developed a mass on the right side of his neck, cutaneous lesions diagnosed as Bazex syndrome, hypoalbuminemia, and severe ascites. Right neck dissection was performed. After neck dissection, not only the cutaneous lesions, but also the severe hypoalbuminemia and severe ascites were improved...
May 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
Mahesh R Sigdel, Mukunda P Kafle, Dibya Singh Shah
BACKGROUND: The current standard for induction phase treatment of lupus nephritis is steroid combined with mycophenolate mofetil or pulse intravenous cyclophosphamide (IVC). The lowest dose of IVC recommended for induction therapy is that used in the Euro-Lupus Trial. It is not known whether same cumulative dose of IVC would be effective when given over six months. METHODS: We carried out a prospective, observational study on 41 patients of biopsy-proven lupus nephritis (class III, IV, V or mixed)...
October 7, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Meer M Chisthi, Rakhi S Nair, Krishnakumar G Kuttanchettiyar, Induprabha Yadev
PURPOSE OF STUDY: Hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy is attributed to injury or ischemia to parathyroid glands. Transient hypocalcemia in thyroidectomy when parathyroids are preserved is not adequately explained. Release of calcitonin and hypoalbuminemia are two proposed reasons. Primary objective of this study was to find the change in calcitonin in the postoperative period after total thyroidectomy. Secondarily, hypocalcemia and its correlation with calcitonin, albumin, and parathormone were also studied...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Lenche Neloska, Katerina Damevska, Andjelka Nikolchev, Lidija Pavleska, Biljana Petreska-Zovic, Milenko Kostov
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is common in elderly and is a risk factor for pressure ulcers. AIM: The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of malnutrition in geriatric and palliative patients hospitalised in long-term care facility, and to examine the influence of nutritional status on the prevalence of pressure ulcers (PU). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Descriptive, observational and cross-sectional study including 2099 patients admitted to the Hospital during a 24 month period (January 2013 to December 2014)...
September 15, 2016: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Rostislav Horacek, Barbora Krnacova, Jan Prasko, Klara Latalova
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine the impact of somatic illnesses, electrolyte imbalance, red blood cell count, hypotension, and antipsychotic and opioid treatment on the duration of delirium in Central Intensive Care Unit for Surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients who were admitted to the Department of Central Intensive Care Unit for Surgery in the University Hospital Olomouc from February 2004 to November 2008 were evaluated using Riker sedation-agitation scale...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Anne Helene Køstner, Christian Kersten, Thyra Löwenmark, Karin A Ydsten, Reetta Peltonen, Helena Isoniemi, Caj Haglund, Ulf Gunnarsson, Bengt Isaksson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Systemic inflammation has been associated with poor survival in several tumor types, but has been less extensively studied in resectable metastatic disease. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prognostic role of CRP in colorectal cancer patients with liver metastases (CRLM) compared to conventional tumor- and patient-related clinicopathological features as well as other indicators of the systemic inflammatory response (SIR). METHODS: A multinational retrospective study of 492 CRLM patients undergoing potentially curative resection of liver metastases between 1999 and 2009...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Chao-Wei Lee, Hsin-I Tsai, Chang-Mu Sung, Chun-Wei Chen, Shu-Wei Huang, Wen-Juei Jeng, Tsung-Han Wu, Kun-Ming Chan, Ming-Chin Yu, Wei-Chen Lee, Miin-Fu Chen
Despite advances in surgical technique and medical care, liver resection for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains a high-risk major operation. The present study evaluated the risk factors for early mortality after hepatectomy.We retrospectively reviewed records of patients undergoing liver resection for HCC between 1983 and 2015. A point score (Risk Assessment for early Mortality (RAM) score) for hepatectomy was developed based on multivariate analyses.Three hundred eighty-three patients (11.3%) expired within 6 months after the operation...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Yi-Yun Weng, De-Hao Yang, Mei-Zi Qian, Mao-Mao Wei, Fang Yin, Jia Li, Xiang Li, Ying Chen, Zhang-Na Ding, Yi-Bo He, Xu Zhang
Serum albumin (S-Alb) is a widely used biomarker of nutritional status and disease severity in patients with autoimmune diseases. We investigated the correlation between S-Alb and the severity of myasthenia gravis (MG).A total number of 166 subjects were recruited in the study. Subjects were divided into 3 groups (T1 to T3) by S-Alb levels: T1: 21.1 to 38.4 g/L, T2: 38.5 to 41.5 g/L, T3: 41.6 to 48.9 g/L. Regression analysis was performed to determine the correlation of initial albumin concentrations and the severity of disease of MG...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Philip H Li, Vincent C Cheng, Terence Yip, Desmond Y Yap, Sing-Leung Lui, Wai K Lo
♦ Background: Acinetobacter spp. is an important cause of peritoneal dialysis (PD)-related peritonitis, but studies on Acinetobacter peritonitis have been scarce. In view of the rising concern of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter (CRA) and multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter (MDRA) infections, we conducted this study on the incidence of Acinetobacter peritonitis and the impact of CRA and MDRA on its outcome. ♦ Methods: We retrospectively evaluated the clinical characteristics, prevalence, antibiotic sensitivity patterns, outcomes, and factors associated with treatment failure over the past 16 years in our patients with Acinetobacter PD-related peritonitis...
September 28, 2016: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
G Sonpavde, G R Pond, A J Templeton, E D Kwon, J S De Bono
BACKGROUND: Despite palliative benefits and PSA responses, the objective clinical impact of daily oral prednisone (P) for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) is unknown. We performed a pooled analysis of control arms of randomized trials that either did or did not administer single-agent P to evaluate its impact on overall survival (OS) and toxicities. METHODS: Individual patient data from control arms of randomized trials of men with mCRPC who received placebo or P+placebo post docetaxel were eligible for analysis...
September 27, 2016: Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
Yuichi Sagara, Satoshi Shinozaki, Tomonori Yano, Hirotsugu Sakamoto, Yoshikazu Hayashi, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Hironori Yamamoto
The over-the-scope clip (OTSC) system is a new technology that enables closure of fistulae which cannot be closed with a conventional clip. A 57-year-old woman had long-term hypoalbuminemia, edema and general malaise. Peroral double-balloon endoscopy (DBE) showed a jejuno-sigmoid fistula and blind loop syndrome of the jejunum and ileum, because ingested food bypassed the ileum through the fistula. She was advised to undergo surgical closure of the fistula, but she refused the procedure. For 7 years following DBE, repeat courses of antibiotics were required to treat bacterial overgrowth due to blind loop syndrome...
September 23, 2016: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Connie M Rhee, Amy S You, Tara Koontz Parsons, Amanda R Tortorici, Rachelle Bross, David E St-Jules, Jennie Jing, Martin L Lee, Debbie Benner, Csaba P Kovesdy, Rajnish Mehrotra, Joel D Kopple, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh
BACKGROUND: Inadequate protein intake and hypoalbuminemia, indicators of protein-energy wasting, are among the strongest mortality predictors in hemodialysis patients. Hemodialysis patients are frequently counseled on dietary phosphorus restriction, which may inadvertently lead to decreased protein intake. We hypothesized that, in hypoalbuminemic hemodialysis patients, provision of high-protein meals during hemodialysis combined with a potent phosphorus binder increases serum albumin without raising phosphorus levels...
September 22, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Ahmed N F Neamat-Allah, Hend M El Damaty
AIM: Respiratory tract infections are considered the major problem of equine worldwide. Strangles is an infectious and highly contagious respiratory bacterial disease of equine caused by Streptococcus equi. This study is aimed to evaluate some clinical and epidemiological investigation associated with strangles and to study the hematological and biochemical changes in 20 Arabian horse naturally infected with S. equi during the disease and after 10 days from treatment by procaine penicillin with benzathine penicillin...
August 2016: Veterinary World
Iman H Bassyouni, Samar Fawzi, Tamer A Gheita, Rasha H Bassyouni, Aml S Nasr, Samah A El Bakry, Naglaa Afifi
A triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (TREM-1) is a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily with an established role in innate and adaptive immune response. We aimed to determine the plasma concentrations and clinical association of sTREM-1 in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) patients. Plasma from 79 SLE patients and 35 normal healthy subjects were assayed for sTREM-1 and IL-6 levels using Enzyme Linked Immunosorbant Assay (ELISA). The clinical disease characteristics and serological data were prospectively assessed...
September 20, 2016: Immunological Investigations
A Dasgupta
Mycophenolic acid (MPA) is an immunosuppressant requiring therapeutic drug monitoring. Although immunoassays are commercially available, there is significant positive bias using this approach when compared to high-performance liquid chromatography or LC combined with mass spectrometry (LC/MS) or tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). Positive bias is due to variable cross-reactivity of MPA acyl glucuronide with antibodies traditionally used in immunoassay formats. As can be expected, the magnitude of bias varies considerably...
2016: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
Takashi Kido, Hiroyuki Nishi, Koichi Toda, Takayoshi Ueno, Toru Kuratani, Masayuki Sakaki, Toshiki Takahashi, Yoshiki Sawa
OBJECTIVE: To identify the predictive factors for responders to tolvaptan, a novel vasopressin type 2 receptor antagonist for fluid management after cardiovascular surgery. METHODS: Between January 2013 and May 2014, 113 patients were treated with tolvaptan for fluid management after cardiovascular surgery. As indicators for the effects of tolvaptan, change in bodyweight during the tolvaptan administration period and correlations with perioperative factors were assessed...
September 19, 2016: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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