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Yu-Mei Zhang, Li Zhuo, Jing Hu, Gang Cui, Ling Zhang, Xiang-Lin Zhang, Wen-Ge Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate plasma-free carnitine (Fc), acylcarnitine (Ac), and total carnitine (Tc) levels in patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD), and to explore their clinical significance. METHODS: A total of 20 subjects were in the normal control group and 133 patients undergoing HD were divided into medicated (received carnitine treatment) and non-medicated groups. The medicated group was further divided into three subgroups according to Fc level: Fc = 80-199, 200-299, and ≥ 300 μmol/L...
October 19, 2016: Renal Failure
Martin D Hoffman, Kristin J Stuempfle, Taylor Valentino
BACKGROUND: Ultramarathon runners commonly believe that sodium replacement is important for prevention of muscle cramping, dehydration, hyponatremia, and nausea during prolonged continuous exercise. The purpose of this study was to measure total sodium intake to determine if these beliefs are supported. METHODS: Participants of a 161-km ultramarathon (air temperature reaching 39 °C) provided full dietary information during the race, underwent body weight measurements before and after the race, completed a post-race questionnaire about muscle cramping and nausea or vomiting during the race, and had post-race plasma sodium concentration measured...
December 2015: Sports Medicine—Open
Gouranga Santra, Rudrajit Paul, Avik Karak, Somnath Mukhopadhay
A 22 year-old lady with multi-drug-resistant pulmonary tuberculosis was on Kanamycin, Cycloserine, Ethionamide, Pyrazinamide and Moxifloxacin since more than two months. She presented with muscle cramps and carpopedal spasm. Investigation revealed hypokalemia and metabolic alkalosis. She also had hypomagnesemia, hypochloremia and hypocalciuria. Serum urea and creatinine levels were normal. Patient was treated with intravenous and oral potassium chloride. Kanamycin was stopped. Metabolic alkalosis and hypokalemia improved gradually over one month...
May 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Jesús Millán, Juan Pedro-Botet, Elisenda Climent, Joaquín Millán, Joan Rius
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Muscle symptoms, with or without elevation of creatin kinase are one of the main adverse effects of statin therapy, a fact that sometimes limits their use. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical characteristics of patients treated with statins who have complained muscle symptoms and to identify possible predictive factors. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional one-visit, non-interventional, national multicenter study including patients of both sexes over 18 years of age referred for past or present muscle symptoms associated with statin therapy was conducted...
October 4, 2016: Clínica e Investigación en Arteriosclerosis
Johannes M Just, Klaus Weckbecker, Katja S Just
BACKGROUND: Nocturnal leg cramps are painful, involuntary muscle contractions commonly seen in elderly. While mostly harmless, they can severely impair quality of life and often disrupt sleep. Adverse drug effects may be responsible for a fraction of nocturnal leg cramps but often go unrecognized, resulting in additional prescribing intended to deal with adverse effects that might be better addressed by reduction, substitution, or discontinuation of the offending agent. CASE PRESENTATION: An 87 year old female presented as outpatient in family medicine with nocturnal leg cramps which had been present for five years and increasingly burdened her quality of life...
October 1, 2016: BMC Geriatrics
Stephanie Bauer, Susan Buchanan, Irene Ryan
Several tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) are now approved for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia in chronic phase. The efficacy of these drugs has been repeatedly demonstrated, as has their tolerability in most patients. However, late and chronic toxicities become an important issue for many patients facing long-term TKI exposure. For patients on long-term imatinib, gastrointestinal events, fluid retention, muscle cramps, fatigue, and hepatotoxicity are among the most common and most clinically relevant adverse events (AEs)...
January 2016: Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology
Lawrence E Armstrong, Elaine C Lee, Douglas Casa, Evan C Johnson, Matthew S Ganio, Brendon McDermott, Jakob Vingren, Hymn M Oh, Keith H Williamson
Although case reports of exertional hyponatremia (EH) during prolonged exercise implicate retention of excess fluid, athletes with EH experience either loss, gain, or no change of body weight. Thus, the etiology and predisposing factors of EH may not be the same in all athletes. The present field investigation evaluated two unacquainted recreational cyclists (LC, 31y and AM, 39y) who began exercise with normal serum electrolytes but finished a summer 164-km ride (ambient, 34±5°C) with a serum [Na+] of 130 mmol/L...
October 6, 2016: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
Pascal Edouard, Pedro Branco, Juan-Manuel Alonso
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to analyse the incidence and characteristics of muscle injuries and hamstring muscle injuries occurred during the international athletics championships from 2007 to 2015. PATIENTS AND METHODS: National medical teams and local organizing committee physicians have collected every day all newly occurred injury whenever international championship from 2007 to 2015. Only the muscle injuries and hamstring muscle injuries, whatever gravity (cramp, contracture, rupture, avulsion), were analysed...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Pascal Edouard, Jean-Michel Serra, Pierre Hertert, Emmanuelle Cugy, Nicolas Morel, Martine Prevost, Frédéric Depiesse
OBJECTIVE: The epidemiology of injuries is the first step in the sports injuries prevention. In this context, the IAAF and EA have implemented a prospective injury follow-up during their international athletics championships since 2007, and the FFA initiated since the French championships in 2014. The aim of the study was to determine the incidence and characteristics of injuries during the French Elite championships. PATIENTS AND METHODS: During the period of the outdoor and indoor French Elite championships, all newly occurring injuries were recorded by the local medical team...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Osamu Watanabe
Voltage-gated potassium channel (VGKC) complex antibodies are auto-antibodies, initially identified in acquired neuromyotonia (aNMT; Isaacs' syndrome), which cause muscle cramps and difficulty in opening the palm of the hands. Subsequently, these antibodies were found in patients presenting with aNMT along with psychosis, insomnia, and dysautonomia, collectively termed Morvan's syndrome (MoS), and in a limbic encephalopathy (LE) patient with prominent amnesia and frequent seizures. Typical LE cases have a distinctive adult-onset, frequent, brief dystonic seizure semiology that predominantly affects the arms and ipsilateral face...
September 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
Michael Behringer, Volker Spieth, Johannes Caspar Konrad Montag, Steffen Willwacher, Molly Leigh McCourt, Joachim Mester
OBJECTIVE: A low cramp threshold frequency (CTF) is associated with an increased cramp susceptibility. Recent data indicate that the CTF can be substantially increased by a cramp training consisting of electrically induced muscle cramps (EIMCs). This study investigated if four cramp training sessions induce sustained effects on the CTF. METHODS: In ten healthy male subjects, EIMCs were induced in the gastrocnemius medialis of one leg (intervention leg, IL) twice a week, while the opposite leg served as control leg (CL)...
September 19, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Kate Fife, Robert Herd, Susan Lalondrelle, Ruth Plummer, Amy Strong, Sarah Jones, John T Lear
Basal cell carcinomas are the most common form of skin cancer. Some develop into advanced cases not suitable for standard therapy. Vismodegib is the first-in-class oral hedgehog pathway inhibitor (which is dysregulated in 90% of basal cell carcinomas), and has demonstrated efficacy for advanced disease in clinical trials. An UK expert panel met to discuss management strategies for adverse events associated with vismodegib (most commonly taste disturbances, muscle cramps and alopecia). Managing patient expectations and implementing treatment breaks were considered important strategies...
September 19, 2016: Future Oncology
E Randy Eichner
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September 2016: Current Sports Medicine Reports
Nicholas J Silvestri, Gil I Wolfe, David Lacomis, Mark B Bromberg
The Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is one of the few neuropathies well known to the general public, in part because of its association with swine flu vaccinations in 1976. GBS has again reached the general public with its possible association with Zika virus. The virus, borne by infected Aedes aegypti mosquitos, is being linked to birth defects when pregnant women are bitten and infected. There are early reports also linking GBS to Zika infection, which could expose a wider range of infected people to the neuropathy...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
Martin D Hoffman, Theodore L Bross, R Tyler Hamilton
OBJECTIVE: Because inappropriate recommendations about hydration during exercise appear widespread and potentially dangerous, we assessed the quality of a sampling of information currently available to the public on the Internet. METHODS: Internet searches using the Google search engine were conducted using the terms "hydration," "hydration guidelines," "drinking fluids" and "drinking guidelines" combined with "and exercise." From the first 50 websites for each search phrase, duplicates were removed yielding 141 unique websites that were categorized by source and examined for specific hydration related information and recommendations...
August 22, 2016: Physician and Sportsmedicine
L Yu, H B Wang, X J Huang, Q Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the impact of Glivec related side effects on daily life in Chinese patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in the chronic phase (CP). METHODS: From May to November in 2014, anonymous questionnaires were distributed to adult CML patients who were receiving tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) treatment in China. The impact of TKI related side effects on daily life were assessed by the score of 1 (no impact) to 5 (high impact) from patient self- report...
July 2016: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Hubert Maisonneuve, Juliette Chambe, Chloé Delacour, Joris Muller, Fabien Rougerie, Dagmar M Haller, Michel Leveque
BACKGROUND: Cramps are involuntary painful muscle contractions that mainly affect older people. Cramps may cause severe pain and sleep disturbance. Little information exists on the prevalence and the main features of cramps in primary care settings. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence and the main features of cramps among primary care patients aged 60 years and older. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 516 patients aged 60 years and older in a cross-sectional study at 25 general practices in Alsace - France between October 2011 and March 2012...
2016: BMC Family Practice
Gustavs Latkovskis, Vita Saripo, Emma Sokolova, Dana Upite, Ilona Vanaga, Ugis Kletnieks, Andrejs Erglis
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Statin-induced myopathy (SIM) has been partially attributed to deficiency of dolichol and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). We aimed to test the safety and efficacy of plant polyprenols in combination with CoQ10 for alleviation of SIM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In an open-label, one-center prospective pilot study patients with SIM received conifer-tree needle polyprenols (4mg/day) and CoQ10 (100mg/day) for 8 weeks. Symptoms and safety were evaluated according to symptom severity score (0-10), creatine kinase (CK) levels, exercise test, dynamometry, complete blood count, clinical biochemistry and electrocardiography...
2016: Medicina
Najla El Jurdi, Mark Bankoff, Andreas Klein, Muhammad W Saif
Imatinib (Gleevec; STI-571) is a tyrosine-kinase inhibitor (TKI) used in the treatment of multiple cancers, most notably Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) as well as gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). The most common adverse effects with imatinib include superficial edema, muscle cramps, musculoskeletal pain, rash, fatigue, headache, and gastrointestinal side effects. Less frequent side effects include pancytopenia, febrile neutropenia, flushing, and liver function test abnormalities...
2016: Curēus
Qian Zheng, Lan Chu, Liming Tan, Hainan Zhang
Facial onset sensory and motor neuronopathy (FOSMN) is a recently defined slowly progressive motor neuron disorder. It is characterized by facial onset sensory abnormalities which may spread to the scalp, neck, upper trunk and extremities, followed by lower motor neuron deficits. Bulbar symptoms, such as dysarthria and dysphagia, muscle weakness, cramps and fasciculations, can present later in the course of the disease. We search the PubMed database for articles published in English from 2006 to 2016 using the term of "Facial onset sensory and motor neuronopathy"...
July 29, 2016: Neurological Sciences
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