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Apparent Life Threatening

Christine Contini, Martin Jansen, Brigitte König, Filiz Markfeld-Erol, Mirjam Kunze, Stefan Zschiedrich, Ulrich Massing, Irmgard Merfort, Heinrich Prömpeler, Ulrich Pecks, Karl Winkler, Gerhard Pütz
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia is a life-threatening disease in pregnancy, and its complex pathomechanisms are poorly understood. In preeclampsia, lipid metabolism is substantially altered. In late onset preeclampsia, remnant removal disease like lipoprotein profiles have been observed. Lipid apheresis is currently being explored as a possible therapeutic approach to prolong preeclamptic pregnancies. Here, apheresis-induced changes in serum lipid parameters are analyzed in detail and their implications for preeclamptic lipid metabolism are discussed...
March 14, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
Mónica J Pajuelo, Cynthia Anticona Huaynate, Malena Correa, Holger Mayta Malpartida, Cesar Ramal Asayag, Juan R Seminario, Robert H Gilman, Laura Murphy, Richard A Oberhelman, Valerie A Paz-Soldan
BACKGROUND: Delays in receiving adequate care for children suffering from pneumonia can be life threatening and have been described associated with parents' limited education and their difficulties in recognizing the severity of the illness. The "three delays" was a model originally proposed to describe the most common determinants of maternal mortality, but has been adapted to describe delays in the health seeking process for caregivers of children under five. This study aims to explore the caregivers' perceived barriers for seeking and receiving health care services in children under five years old admitted to a referral hospital for community-acquired pneumonia in the Peruvian Amazon Region using the three-delays model framework...
March 1, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
James W Larrick, Jasmine W Larrick, Andrew R Mendelsohn
Advancing age is the biggest risk factor for development for the major life-threatening diseases in industrialized nations accounting for >90% of deaths. Alzheimer's dementia (AD) is among the most devastating. Currently approved therapies fail to slow progression of the disease, providing only modest improvements in memory. Recently reported work describes mechanistic studies of J147, a promising therapeutic molecule previously shown to rescue the severe cognitive deficits exhibited by aged, transgenic AD mice...
February 2018: Rejuvenation Research
Damian Jacob Sendler
INTRODUCTION: The intoxicated person may cause harm to others, often requiring expert evaluation for the determination of guilt. The primary aim of this study was to determine the mechanisms of mistakes that led 17 doctors accused of working under the influence of alcohol to face malpractice. We also wanted to clarify what were the legal, professional, and financial consequences - depending on specific patient outcomes. METHOD: We based analysis on the review and meta-analysis of the past forensic evaluation reports of institution-run forensics programs...
February 5, 2018: Forensic Science International
Donald A Brand, Melissa J Fazzari
OBJECTIVE: To estimate an upper bound on the risk of death after a brief resolved unexplained event (BRUE), a sudden alteration in an infant's breathing, color, tone, or responsiveness, previously labeled "apparent life-threatening event" (ALTE). STUDY DESIGN: The meta-analysis incorporated observational studies of patients with ALTE that included data on in-hospital and post-discharge deaths with at least 1 week of follow-up after hospital discharge. Pertinent studies were identified from a published review of the literature from 1970 through 2014 and a supplementary PubMed query through February 2017...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Mohammady Shahin, Oliver Gaemperli, Patrick Siegrist, Jasmina Alibegovic
Extensive left main (LM) coronary artery thrombus is a rare and life-threatening angiographic finding with usual dramatic clinical presentation including hemodynamic instability and sudden cardiac death. The proper management of a big LM thrombus extending into aorta remains a challenging issue with no clear guidelines. In the following case report we present a 45-year-old patient with no apparent risk factors for coronary artery disease who presented with acute infero-lateral ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)...
December 2017: Cardiology Research
Thomas James Stubington, Paul James
Lemierre's syndrome is a potentially life-threatening consequence of oropharyngeal and ear infections and often results in critical care admission and even intubation. Due to the multisystem manifestation, multiple teams may initially be involved in the care, some of which may be unfamiliar with the features and usual clinical course. This report describes a case in a 36-year-old woman with the classic features of internal jugular vein thrombosis and septic emboli to the lungs secondary to an oropharyngeal infection...
January 3, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Gábor Tóth, Gábor László Sándor, Andrea Gyenes, Jeannette Tóth, Berthold Seitz, Zoltán Zsolt Nagy, Nóra Szentmáry
To summarize actual knowledge on epidemiology, etiology, pathology, clinical apparence and treatment of ocular surface squamous neoplasias. We summarize up-to-date literature on conjunctival intraepithelial neoplasia and invasive squamous cell carcinoma and present some own cases. Ocular surface squamous neoplasia is the most common malignant ocular surface tumor and the third most common ocular malignancy following malignant melanoma and lymphoma. In spite of its low malignant potential, in advanced stages it may reduce visual acuity significantly or even the eye globe has to be removed...
December 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
Alberto Alvarez-Perea, Luciana Kase Tanno, María L Baeza
Anaphylaxis is defined as a severe life-threatening generalized or systemic hypersensitivity reaction characterized by rapidly developing airway and/or circulation problems. It presents with very different combinations of symptoms and apparently mild signs and can progress to fatal anaphylactic shock unpredictably. The difficulty in recognizing anaphylaxis is due, in part, to the variability of diagnostic criteria, which in turn leads to a delay in administration of appropriate treatment, thus increasing the risk of death...
2017: Clinical and Translational Allergy
Raffaele Piumelli, Riccardo Davanzo, Niccolò Nassi, Silvia Salvatore, Cinzia Arzilli, Marta Peruzzi, Massimo Agosti, Antonella Palmieri, Maria Giovanna Paglietti, Luana Nosetti, Raffaele Pomo, Francesco De Luca, Alessandro Rimini, Salvatore De Masi, Simona Costabel, Valeria Cavarretta, Anna Cremante, Fabio Cardinale, Renato Cutrera
Five years after the first edition, we have revised and updated the guidelines, re-examining the queries and relative recommendations, expanding the issues addressed with the introduction of a new entity, recently proposed by the American Academy of Pediatrics: BRUE, an acronym for Brief Resolved Unexplained Events. In this manuscript we will use the term BRUE only to refer to mild, idiopathic cases rather than simply replace the acronym ALTE per se.In our guidelines the acronym ALTE is used for severe cases that are unexplainable after the first and second level examinations...
December 12, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
Savannah Mwesigwa, Joann M Moulds, Alice Chen, Jonathan Flanagan, Vivien A Sheehan, Alex George, Neil A Hanchard
BACKGROUND: Hyperhemolysis syndrome (HHS) is an uncommon, but life-threatening, transfusion-related complication of red blood cell transfusion. HHS has predominantly been described in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) and is difficult to diagnose and treat. The pathogenesis of HHS, including its occurrence in only a subset of apparently susceptible individuals, is poorly understood. We undertook whole-exome sequencing (WES) of 12 SCD-HHS patients to identify shared genetic variants that might be relevant to the development of HHS...
December 6, 2017: Transfusion
Mazou N Temgoua, Joel Noutakdie Tochie, Jean Jacques Noubiap, Valirie Ndip Agbor, Celestin Danwang, Francky Teddy A Endomba, Njinkeng J Nkemngu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a life-threatening condition common after major surgery. Although the high incidence (0.3-30%) and mortality rate (16.9-31%) of PE in patients undergoing major surgical procedures is apparent from findings of contemporary observational studies, there is a lack of a summary and meta-analysis data on the epidemiology of postoperative PE in this same regard. Hence, we propose to conduct the first systematic review to summarise existing data on the global incidence, determinants and case fatality rate of PE following major surgery...
December 4, 2017: Systematic Reviews
Grace McMacken, Roger G Whittaker, Teresinha Evangelista, Angela Abicht, Marina Dusl, Hanns Lochmüller
BACKGROUND: Congenital myasthenic syndrome with episodic apnoea (CMS-EA) is a rare but potentially treatable cause of apparent life-threatening events in infancy. The underlying mechanisms for sudden and recurrent episodes of respiratory arrest in these patients are unclear. Whilst CMS-EA is most commonly caused by mutations in CHAT, the list of associated genotypes is expanding. METHODS: We reviewed clinical information from 19 patients with CMS-EA, including patients with mutations in CHAT, SLC5A7 and RAPSN, and patients lacking a genetic diagnosis...
January 2018: Journal of Neurology
Sean P Kane, Elliott Cohen
Hydrochlorothiazide has been shown to cause rare, but serious non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. We present a case report of a patient with apparent septic shock and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) requiring life-sustaining veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO). Upon further review of the literature and the chronology of the patient's presentation, her condition was most likely due to an immune-mediated reaction to hydrochlorothiazide. This represents the first case, to our knowledge, of such a severe reaction to hydrochlorothiazide supported with ECMO therapy...
November 1, 2017: Perfusion
Hector Gorbea, Enid J Garcia-Rivera, Hilda Torres, Olga D Lorenzi, Aidsa Rivera, Renee L Galloway, Tyler M Sharp
Leptospirosis is an emerging bacterial zoonosis that is endemic but underrecognized throughout the tropics. Through prospective surveillance for acute febrile illness (AFI) among patients who presented to the emergency department of a hospital located in an urban region of Puerto Rico, four patients with laboratory-confirmed leptospirosis were identified. All patients had signs and symptoms of AFI, including fever, headache, and dehydration. Three patients had leukocytosis with thrombocytopenia and were admitted to the hospital...
November 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Anne Straily, F Scott Dahlgren, Amy Peterson, Christopher D Paddock
Background: Q fever is a worldwide zoonosis caused by Coxiella burnetii. In some persons, particularly those with cardiac valve disease, infection with C. burnetii can cause a life-threatening infective endocarditis. There are few descriptive analyses of Q fever endocarditis in the United States. Methods: Q fever case report forms submitted during 1999-2015 were reviewed to identify reports describing endocarditis. Cases were categorized as confirmed or probable using criteria defined by the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)...
November 13, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Juan Li, Donald C Vinh, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Anne Puel
It has been estimated that there are at least 1.5 million fungal species, mostly present in the environment, but only a few of these fungi cause human disease. Most fungal diseases are self-healing and benign, but some are chronic or life-threatening. Acquired and inherited defects of immunity, including breaches of mucocutaneous barriers and circulating leukocyte deficiencies, account for most severe modern-day mycoses. Other types of infection typically accompany these fungal infections. More rarely, severe fungal diseases can strike otherwise healthy individuals...
November 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
P Chandrasekharan, M Rawat, A M Reynolds, K Phillips, S Lakshminrusimha
OBJECTIVE: To study the impact of implementing a protocol to standardize the duration of observation in preterm infants with apnea/bradycardia/desaturation spells before hospital discharge on length of stay (LOS) and readmission rates. STUDY DESIGN: A protocol to standardize the duration of in-hospital observation for preterm infants with apnea, bradycardia and desaturation spells who were otherwise ready for discharge was implemented in December 2013. We evaluated the impact of this protocol on the LOS and readmission rates of very low birth weight infants (VLBW)...
January 2018: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
Diana K Coleman, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Syncope is an event that causes a transient loss of consciousness (LOC) secondary to global cerebral hypoperfusion. The transient nature of the event can make diagnosis in the emergency department (ED) difficult, as symptoms have often resolved by time of initial presentation. The symptoms and presentation of syncope are similar to many other conditions, which can lead to difficulty in establishing a diagnosis in the ED. OBJECTIVE: This review evaluates patients presenting with a history concerning for possible syncope, mimics of syncope, and approach to managing syncope mimics...
January 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Madalena Coutinho Cruz, Ramiro Sá Carvalho, Pedro Modas Daniel, Rui Cruz Ferreira
Anaphylaxis is life-threatening and should be addressed urgently. Its treatment is not without side effects and an accurate diagnosis must be made to prevent potential harm by the wrongful use of medication. A 46-year-old woman with hypertension treated with angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) presented to the emergency department with non-pitting oedema of the face and limbs. A hasty diagnosis of anaphylaxis was made and intravenous adrenaline administered. The patient developed a myocardial infarction caused by coronary artery spasm that required invasive intervention...
October 2017: Romanian Journal of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
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