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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550270/a-quantitative-evaluation-of-pleural-effusion-on-computed-tomography-scans-using-b-spline-and-local-clustering-level-set
#1
Lei Song, Jungang Gao, Sheng Wang, Youmin Guo
Estimation of the pleural effusion's volume is an important clinical issue. The existing methods cannot assess it accurately when there is large volume of liquid in the pleural cavity and/or the patient has some other disease (e.g. pneumonia). In order to help solve this issue, the objective of this study is to develop and test a novel algorithm using B-spline and local clustering level set method jointly, namely BLL. The BLL algorithm was applied to a dataset involving 27 pleural effusions detected on chest CT examination of 18 adult patients with the presence of free pleural effusion...
May 24, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549816/subtypes-of-stage-iv-ovarian-cancer-response-to-treatment-and-patterns-of-disease-recurrence
#2
Amy Jamieson, Peter Sykes, Lois Eva, Cecile Bergzoll, Bryony Simcock
BACKGROUND: To compare three different patterns of stage IV epithelial ovarian cancer; pleural effusion, parenchymal metastases and extra-abdominal lymph node metastases with treatment response and pattern of disease recurrence, and correlate treatment modality with outcome. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of FIGO stage IV epithelial ovarian cancer diagnosed between 2008 and 2012 in three gynaecologic oncology centres in New Zealand. RESULTS: 124 patients were analysed, 58 had pleural effusions, 38 parenchymal metastases, and 28 extra-abdominal lymph nodes...
May 23, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541140/chest-ultrasound-findings-in-pulmonary-tuberculosis
#3
Paolo Agostinis, Roberto Copetti, Laura Lapini, Geraldo Badona Monteiro, Augusto N'Deque, Aldo Baritussio
In resource-limited countries, the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is based on clinical findings, chest radiography and the demonstration of acid-fast bacilli in sputum. Few data are available on the use of ultrasound (US) to diagnose pulmonary TB. Chest US was performed in patients with lung TB from a rural African setting, to look for signs of the disease and to clarify the role US may have in the diagnosis of pulmonary TB. Sixty adult patients diagnosed with lung TB underwent chest US. All patients had abnormal findings...
January 1, 2017: Tropical Doctor
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539863/pulmonary-aspergillosis-as-opportunistic-mycoses-in-a-cohort-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-patients-report-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-north-india
#4
Ravinder Kaur, Bhanu Mehra, Megh Singh Dhakad, Ritu Goyal, Richa Dewan
OBJECTIVE: The incidence of pulmonary aspergillosis in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected persons is rising. This study was designed to determine the prevalence of pulmonary aspergillosis in a cohort of HIV-positive patients (n = 71) presenting with lower respiratory tract infection at a tertiary care medical center in India. METHODS: Sputum samples were collected, and potassium hydroxide mount, cultural characteristics, and lactophenol cotton blue preparations were employed to aid in the identification of Aspergillus species...
April 2017: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539742/neutralization-of-inflammation-by-inhibiting-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-secretory-phospholipase-a2-by-ethanol-extract-of-boerhaavia-diffusa-l
#5
Aladahalli S Giresha, Siddanakoppalu N Pramod, A D Sathisha, K K Dharmappa
BACKGROUND: Inflammation is a normal and necessary prerequisite to healing of the injured tissues. Inflammation contributes to all disease process including immunity, vascular pathology, trauma, sepsis, chemical, and metabolic injuries. The secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) is a key enzyme in the production of pro-inflammatory mediators in chronic inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and asthma. The sPLA2 also contribute to neuroinflammatory disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Crohn's disease...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538219/molecular-alterations-in-patients-with-pulmonary-adenocarcinoma-presenting-with-malignant-pleural-effusion-at-the-first-diagnosis
#6
Erika F Rodriguez, Maryam Shabihkhani, Jamal Carter, Zahra Maleki
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to report cytologic and molecular features of pulmonary adenocarcinoma patients presenting with a malignant pleural effusion at the first diagnosis. STUDY DESIGN: Patients who had a cytopathologic diagnosis conclusive for lung adenocarcinoma for the first time on their pleural fluid specimen, and molecular testing done, were studied. The control group consisted of patients with a malignant pleural effusion that developed during disease progression...
May 25, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537918/cryoablation-combined-with-allogenic-natural-killer-cell-immunotherapy-improves-the-curative-effect-in-patients-with-advanced-hepatocellular-cancer
#7
Mao Lin, Shuzhen Liang, Xiaohua Wang, Yinqing Liang, Mingjie Zhang, Jibing Chen, Lizhi Niu, Kecheng Xu
In this study, the clinical efficacy of cryosurgery combined with allogenic natural killer cell immunotherapy for advanced hepatocellular cancer was evaluated. From October 2015 to March 2017, we enrolled 61 patients who met the enrollment criteria and divided them into two groups: 1) the simple cryoablation group (Cryo group, n = 26); and 2) the cryoablation combined with allogenic natural killer cells group (Cryo-NK group, n = 35), the safety and short-term effects were evaluated firstly, then the median progression-free survival, response rate and disease control rate were assessed...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536682/a-case-of-intramural-coronary-amyloidosis-associated-with-hemodialysis
#8
Faisal M Huq Ronny, George Kleinman, Paul James Kurtin, John Thomas Fallon
Dialysis-related amyloidosis predominantly occurs in osteo-articular structures and dialysis-related amyloid (DRA) substances also deposit in extra-articular tissues. Clinical manifestations of DRA include odynophagia, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, intestinal obstruction, kidney stones, myocardial dysfunction, and subcutaneous tumors. The pathological characteristics of DRA in the heart of hemodialysis patients have rarely been reported. We report the case of a 73-year-old female with a history of cerebral palsy and end-stage renal disease status post two failed renal transplants who had been on hemodialysis for 30 years...
January 2017: Autopsy & case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536345/viroimmunotherapy-of-thoracic-cancers
#9
REVIEW
Alexander S Dash, Manish R Patel
Thoracic cancers, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), small cell lung cancer (SCLC), and malignant pleural mesothelioma (MM), cause the highest rate of cancer mortality worldwide. Most of these deaths are as a result of NSCLC; however, prognoses for the other two diseases remain as some of the poorest of any cancers. Recent advances in immunotherapy, specifically immune checkpoint inhibitors, have begun to help a small population of patients with advanced lung cancer. People who respond to these immune therapies generally have a durable response and many see dramatic decreases in their disease...
January 4, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534018/hyperthermic-intrathoracic-chemotherapy-with-cisplatin-for-ovarian-cancer-with-pleural-metastasis
#10
Su Youn Jun, Yang Ki Seok, Tomoyasu Kato, Da Som Chun, Yoon Hee Lee, Gun Oh Chong, Yoon Soon Lee, Young Lae Cho, Dae Gy Hong
Intrathoracic metastasis of ovarian cancer has poor prognosis regardless of treatment modality. Recent development of surgical techniques and the new concept of direct infusion of chemotherapeutic agents with hyperthermia could help with the treatment of disseminated diseases in ovarian cancer. Using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and intracavitary chemotherapy with hyperthermia, we tried hyperthermic intrathoracic chemotherapy for a case of stage IV high-grade serous ovarian cancer with pleural metastasis...
May 2017: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533908/ascites-refractory-ascites-and-hyponatremia-in-cirrhosis
#11
Brett Fortune, Andres Cardenas
Ascites is the most common complication related to cirrhosis and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Ascites is a consequence of the loss of compensatory mechanisms to maintain the overall effective arterial blood volume due to worsening splanchnic arterial vasodilation as a result of clinically significant portal hypertension. In order to maintain effective arterial blood volume, vasoconstrictor and antinatriuretic pathways are activated, which increase overall sodium and fluid retention...
May 2017: Gastroenterology Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533875/-management-of-spontaneous-pneumothorax-about-138-cases
#12
Bouchra Habibi, Leila Achachi, Sohaib Hayoun, Mohammed Raoufi, Laila Herrak, Mustapha El Ftouh
Pneumothorax is a collection of air in the pleural cavity. We conducted a retrospective study of patients with spontaneous pneumothorax in the Department of Pneumology at the Ibn Sina Hospital in Rabat (2009-2011) with the aim to determine the epidemiological, clinical, radiological, therapeutic and evolutionary manifestation of spontaneous pneumothorax. The study involved 138 patients: 128 men and 10 women (17-83 years), with an average age of 44.5 +/- 17.4 years and sex ratio of 12/8. 81.2% of patients were smokers...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533473/u-s-food-and-drug-administration-approval-summary-pembrolizumab-for-the-treatment-of-recurrent-or-metastatic-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-with-disease-progression-on-or-after-platinum-containing-chemotherapy
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Erin Larkins, Gideon M Blumenthal, Weishi Yuan, Kun He, Rajeshwari Sridhara, Sriram Subramaniam, Hong Zhao, Chao Liu, Jingyu Yu, Kirsten B Goldberg, Amy E McKee, Patricia Keegan, Richard Pazdur
On August 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA injection, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ) for treatment of patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) with disease progression on or after platinum-containing chemotherapy. Approval was based on the objective response rate (ORR) and duration of response (DoR) in a cohort of patients in a nonrandomized multi-cohort trial (KEYNOTE-012) that included 174 patients with recurrent or metastatic HNSCC who had disease progression on or after platinum-containing chemotherapy...
May 22, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530073/-red-herring-complaints-in-an-eighteen-years-old-female-with-a-hydatid-cyst-of-the-lung
#14
Nasser Nadim
Brain and eye hydatid cysts are early symptomatic, as opposed to those developing in other organs, including lungs, where they remain asymptomatic through adolescence, even to adulthood, due to their slow growth. Hence, discovering that patients have lung hydatid cyst occurs, frequently, during random chest imaging. Up to thirty percent of pulmonary echinococcal cysts may rupture spontaneously, after chest or abdominal trauma. The main lung hydatidosis complaints, such as dyspnea and chest pain, are caused by the reduction of the functional area of the lung, expectoration of the tapeworm cystoides into the bronchial tree, or by compression of surrounding structures...
November 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526059/severe-polyserositis-induced-by-the-13-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-a-case-report
#15
Pierre Tawfik, Elie Gertner, Charlene E McEvoy
BACKGROUND: The United States Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends administration of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in series with the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine for prevention of pneumonia in the elderly. Reports of autoimmune or auto-inflammatory diseases as a result of pneumococcal vaccination, especially pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, are extremely rare. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of severe serositis in a 75-year-old Caucasian woman complicated by pericardial and pleural effusions in the setting of recent 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine vaccination and no other obvious etiology...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525199/-pleuroperitoneal-communication-pleural-effusion-subsequent-to-the-initiation-of-peritoneal-dialysis-about-a-case
#16
E De Plaen, A Therasse, E Lebrun, F Mestrez, L Binet, J Lemaitre
We report the case of a patient with pleural effusion occurring after initiation of a peritoneal dialysis. This phenomenon is favoured by the existence of a pleuroperitoneal communication. The latter is described at the origin of other diseases like catamenial pneumothorax and pleural effusion in connection with cirrhotic ascites. We describe this rare complication of peritoneal dialysis in order to draw attention of nephrologists, pulmonologists and surgeons.
2017: Revue Médicale de Bruxelles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523164/a-clinical-study-of-efficacy-of-polyglycolic-acid-sleeve-after-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-bullectomy-for-primary-spontaneous-pneumothorax
#17
Duo Zhang, Jinbai Miao, Xiaoxing Hu, Bin Hu, Hui Li
BACKGROUND: Primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) is a common disease in thoracic surgery, and a prolonged postoperative air leakage is the most frequent and troublesome early complication after video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) bullectomy. This study aimed to explore the efficacy of polyglycolic acid (PGA) sleeve in preventing postoperative air leakage after a VATS bullectomy for PSP. METHODS: This study was a prospectively randomised clinical study. The patients who underwent a VATS bullectomy were continuously enrolled from January 2015 to June 2016 in the Beijing Chaoyang Hospital and were randomly assigned to the experimental and control groups...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521033/lymph-node-metastases-in-thymic-malignancies-a-chinese-alliance-for-research-in-thymomas-retrospective-database-analysis%C3%A2
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Zhitao Gu, Yucheng Wei, Jianhua Fu, Lijie Tan, Peng Zhang, Yongtao Han, Chun Chen, Renquan Zhang, Yin Li, Keneng Chen, Hezhong Chen, Yongyu Liu, Youbing Cui, Yun Wang, Liewen Pang, Zhentao Yu, Xinming Zhou, Yangchun Liu, Yi Shen, Wentao Fang
OBJECTIVES: Lymphatic involvement is believed to be relatively rare in thymic epithelial tumours. The incidence and prognostic significance of nodal metastases are still unclear. The goal of this study was to define the incidence and prognostic relevance of nodal metastasis in patients with thymic epithelial tumours, using a nationwide retrospective database of the Chinese Alliance for Research in Thymomas. METHODS: Patients who underwent upfront surgical resection without preoperative therapy were enrolled for the study...
May 18, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516038/detection-of-fusobacterium-nucleatum-in-culture-negative-brain-abscess-by-broad-spectrum-bacterial-16s-rrna-gene-pcr
#19
Catherine Chakvetadze, Anastasia Purcarea, Aurelia Pitsch, Jonathan Chelly, Sylvain Diamantis
BACKGROUND: Fusobacterium nucleatum is a strict anaerobic microorganism commensal to the human oropharynx and gastrointestinal tract, which causes a wide spectrum of human diseases and it is an important pathogen in abscesses. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the case of a previously healthy 64-year-old woman with multiple abscesses due to Fusobacterium nucleatum, involving liver, pleura and brain. Fusobacterium was not recovered from blood cultures nor from culture of hepatic, pleural and brain drain fluid...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515919/programmed-death-ligand-1-expression-is-associated-with-fibrosarcomatous-transformation-of-dermatofibrosarcoma-protuberans
#20
Kenji Tsuchihashi, Hitoshi Kusaba, Yuichi Yamada, Yuta Okumura, Hozumi Shimokawa, Masato Komoda, Keita Uchino, Tomoyasu Yoshihiro, Nobuhiro Tsuruta, Fumiyasu Hanamura, Kyoko Inadomi, Mamoru Ito, Kosuke Sagara, Michitaka Nakano, Kenta Nio, Shuji Arita, Hiroshi Ariyama, Kenichi Kohashi, Ryuji Tominaga, Yoshinao Oda, Koichi Akashi, Eishi Baba
Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is a locally invading tumor, characterized by the presence of the collagen type I α 1 (COL1A1)-platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) β fusion gene. We herein report the case of a 31-year-old man with a history of resection of an abdominal wall DFSP. The patient presented with chest pain and a computed tomography scan revealed a large mass in the posterior mediastinum and another mass in the right lung. The mediastinal mass was a sarcomatous lesion expressing the COL1A1-PDGFβ fusion gene, suggesting that it represented a metastasis of the DFSP following fibrosarcomatous (FS) transformation...
May 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
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