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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432580/corneal-melting-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-treated-with-a-tectonic-reinforcing-corneolimbal-graft-an-interventional-case-series
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Eitan Livny, Michael Mimouni, Irit Bahar, Yair Molad, Assaf Gershoni, Israel Kremer
PURPOSE: Corneal melting with perforation is a severe ophthalmic complication of autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. It requires urgent medical management in order to maintain the integrity of the globe and preserve vision. Treating this complication by penetrating keratoplasty is problematic due to the high rate of recurrence of corneal melting as well as other complications. We describe the use of a tectonic fresh-tissue corneolimbal covering graft. METHODS: An interventional case series including three patients that presented to our tertiary center between 2000 and 2015 with corneal melting and perforation, secondary to rheumatoid arthritis...
April 21, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432483/what-s-in-a-gold-standard-in-defence-of-randomised-controlled-trials
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Marius Backmann
The standardised randomised clinical trial (RCT) has been exceedingly popular in medical research, economics, and practical policy making. Recently, RCTs have faced criticism. First, it has been argued by John Worrall that we cannot be certain that our sample is not atypical with regard to possible confounding factors. I will argue that at least in the case of medical research, we know enough about the relevant causal mechanisms to be justified to ignore a number of factors we have good reason not to expect to be disruptive...
April 21, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432386/is-a-routine-chest-x-ray-necessary-in-every-patient-after-percutaneous-ct-guided-lung-biopsy-a-retrospective-review-of-278-cases
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Shayandokht Taleb, Hamed Jalaeian, Nickolas Frank, Jafar Golzarian, Donna D'Souza
PURPOSE: To determine the rate, clinical significance, and predictors of delayed pneumothorax after CT-guided lung biopsy. METHODS: Medical and imaging records of all patients who underwent CT-guided lung biopsy between January 1, 2012, and January 9, 2015, were reviewed. "Early pneumothorax" was defined as one visualized on CT scan at the time of biopsy, "delayed pneumothorax" as one discovered on the first follow-up chest X-ray (CXR), and "clinically significant pneumothorax" as one requiring chest tube placement...
April 21, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432194/diagnostic-value-of-prehospital-ecg-in-acute-stroke-patients
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Tobias Bobinger, Bernd Kallmünzer, Markus Kopp, Natalia Kurka, Martin Arnold, Stefan Heider, Stefan Schwab, Martin Köhrmann
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the diagnostic yield of prehospital ECG monitoring provided by emergency medical services in the case of suspected stroke. METHODS: Consecutive patients with acute stroke admitted to our tertiary stroke center via emergency medical services and with available prehospital ECG were prospectively included during a 12-month study period. We assessed prehospital ECG recordings and compared the results to regular 12-lead ECG on admission and after continuous ECG monitoring at the stroke unit...
April 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432166/the-lazarus-phenomenon-spontaneous-cardioversion-after-termination-of-resuscitation-in-a-scottish-hospital
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Benjamin Spowage-Delaney, Christopher T Edmunds, Jamie G Cooper
A 66-year-old man suffered a ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest after an episode of chest pain. Despite advanced life support, his condition deteriorated; the situation was considered irrecoverable and resuscitation was discontinued. The patient was observed for about 5 min with irregular agonal gasping respirations evident but no palpable pulse. A gradual increase in the regularity of breathing pattern heralded the return of spontaneous circulation. An inferior myocardial infarction was diagnosed. Primary percutaneous coronary intervention was performed...
April 21, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431995/robot-assisted-laparoscopic-urachal-excision-in-children
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Haris Ahmed, Adam S Howe, Lori L Dyer, Ronnie G Fine, Jordan S Gitlin, Richard N Schlussel, Paul F Zelkovic, Lane S Palmer
OBJECTIVE: To report the first exclusively pediatric series of robot-assisted urachal remnant excisions in children. MATERIALS & METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of all children who underwent robot-assisted excision of urachal remnants from 2010 to 2016. For the procedure, a 3-port approach was performed in all cases. Excision of the urachus was performed, along with partial cystectomy if there was clear or suspected bladder involvement. Outcomes and complications were reviewed...
April 18, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431807/rhabdomyosarcoma-of-the-maxillofacial-region-in-children-and-adolescents-report-of-9-cases-and-literature-review
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Ioannis Iatrou, Nadia Theologie-Lygidakis, Ourania Schoinohoriti, Fotis Tzermpos, Anna-Maria Vessala
OBJECTIVE: To review clinical presentation, histology, treatment and survival for pediatric maxillofacial rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) and evaluate the role of surgical treatment. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of medical charts. METHODS: Files of patients, treated for primary maxillofacial RMS from 1997 to 2016, were examined for clinical presentation, staging, histology, treatment protocol and complications, recurrence and final outcome...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431508/association-between-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-duration-and-one-month-neurological-outcomes-for-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Masahiro Kashiura, Yuichi Hamabe, Akiko Akashi, Atsushi Sakurai, Yoshio Tahara, Naohiro Yonemoto, Ken Nagao, Arino Yaguchi, Naoto Morimura
BACKGROUND: The duration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an important factor associated with the outcomes for an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. However, the appropriate CPR duration remains unclear considering pre- and in-hospital settings. The present study aimed to evaluate the relationship between the CPR duration (including both the pre- and in-hospital duration) and neurologically favorable outcomes 1-month after cardiac arrest. METHODS: Data were utilized from a prospective multi-center cohort study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients transported to 67 emergency hospitals between January 2012 and March 2013 in the Kanto area of Japan...
April 21, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431507/antimicrobial-prophylaxis-outside-the-operating-theatre-an-audit-in-a-university-hospital
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Jan W T Deelen, Caroline E Visser, Jan M Prins, Reinier M van Hest
BACKGROUND: The prophylactic use of antimicrobial agents to prevent infections in non-surgical situations has hardly been investigated. We investigate the extent, indications and appropriateness of antimicrobial prophylaxis given outside the operating room in a tertiary care hospital. METHODS: Four point-prevalence surveys were conducted in which all inpatients on that day were screened for the use of prophylactic antimicrobials: medical prophylaxis, prophylaxis around non-surgical interventions and surgical prophylaxis given on the ward...
April 21, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431493/pan-intestinal-capsule-endoscopy-in-patients-with-postoperative-crohn-s-disease-a-pilot-study
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Johannes Hausmann, Renate Schmelz, Jens Walldorf, Natalie Filmann, Stefan Zeuzem, Jörg G Albert
BACKGROUND: Patients are at increased risk of disease recurrence after surgical treatment of Crohn's disease. Endoscopic detection of postoperative, ileo-colonic inflammation is well established, but the potential of pan-intestinal endoscopy is yet unknown. METHODS: This prospective multicenter pilot study assessed the value of pan-intestinal capsule endoscopy using a colon capsule endoscope for the detection of inflammatory recurrence of Crohn´s disease. Patients who had been operatively treated for Crohn´s disease were included...
April 21, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431419/creation-and-validation-of-an-automated-algorithm-to-determine-postoperative-ventilator-requirements-after-cardiac-surgery
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Eilon Gabel, Ira S Hofer, Nancy Satou, Tristan Grogan, Richard Shemin, Aman Mahajan, Maxime Cannesson
BACKGROUND: In medical practice today, clinical data registries have become a powerful tool for measuring and driving quality improvement, especially among multicenter projects. Registries face the known problem of trying to create dependable and clear metrics from electronic medical records data, which are typically scattered and often based on unreliable data sources. The Society for Thoracic Surgery (STS) is one such example, and it supports manually collected data by trained clinical staff in an effort to obtain the highest-fidelity data possible...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431271/investigation-of-pathology-malpractice-claims-in-china-from-2002-2015
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Yuan Li, Dong Gao, Meng Tu, Ying-Zhen Luo, Zhen-Hua Deng
OBJECTIVE: To examine pathology-related medical claims in China and identify the most common errors to result in such claims. METHOD: A retrospective analysis was performed of 71 forensic evaluation reports carried out in two Chinese institutes of forensic medicine between 2002 and 2015 due to suspicion of medical malpractice. The judicial outcomes of each case were also reviewed when available. RESULTS: Of 71 cases, 54 cases had judicial outcomes...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431157/agreement-between-renal-prescribing-references-and-determination-of-prescribing-appropriateness-in-hospitalised-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Niamh Allen, John O'Regan, Edwina Payne-Danson, Lise Mentre, Dawn Davin, Peter Lavin, Tamasine Grimes
Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a risk factor for adverse drug events. The clinical significance of discordance between renal prescribing references is unknown. Aim: We determined the prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) in CKD, measured agreement between two prescribing references, and assessed potential for harm consequent to PIP. Design: Single-centre observational study. Methods: A random sample of hospitalised patients with CKD were grouped according to baseline CKD stage (3, 4, or 5)...
April 18, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431087/a-method-for-learning-a-sparse-classifier-in-the-presence-of-missing-data-for-high-dimensional-biological-datasets
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Kristen Severson, Brinda Monian, J Christopher Love, Richard D Braatz
Motivation: This work addresses two common issues in building classification models for biological or medical studies: learning a sparse model, where only a subset of a large number of possible predictors is used, and training in the presence of missing data. This work focuses on supervised generative binary classification models, specifically linear discriminant analysis (LDA). The parameters are determined using an expectation maximization algorithm to both address missing data and introduce priors to promote sparsity...
April 18, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431065/cha2ds2-vasc-score-and-blood-biomarkers-to-identify-patients-with-atrial-high-rate-episodes-and-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Paulina Wakula, Benjamin Neumann, Jens Kienemund, Eva Thon-Gutschi, Tatjana Stojakovic, Martin Manninger, Daniel Scherr, Hubert Scharnagl, Martin Kapl, Burkert Pieske, Frank R Heinzel
Aims: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is often asymptomatic but nonetheless harmful. We evaluated the performance of disease-related blood biomarkers and CHA2DS2-VASc score to discriminate for PAF in patients with continuous rhythm monitoring. Methods and Results: Clinical data and blood samples were obtained from patients with dual-chamber pacemakers selected according to the absence (no_AHRE) or presence of Atrial High-Rate Episodes (AHRE) >6 min in recent device history (case-control approach)...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431040/prospective-assessment-of-pain-and-comfort-in-chronic-pain-patients-undergoing-interventional-pain-management-procedures
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Thomas Simopoulos, Daniel Leffler, Sheila Barnett, Devon Campbell, Shu Jing Lian, Jatinder S Gill
Objective.:  Interventional pain management procedures have an important role in the management of chronic pain. The present study seeks to identify the proportion of patients who experience severe pain during pain procedures either with or without sedation. There is then an attempt to identify any association of high pain levels with factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, preprocedure pain level, procedure type, tobacco use, and baseline pharmaceuticals taken for both pain and/or mood disorder management...
April 18, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431026/minimally-invasive-sacroiliac-joint-fusion-radiofrequency-denervation-and-conservative-management-for-sacroiliac-joint-pain-6-year-comparative-case-series
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Vicente Vanaclocha, Juan Manuel Herrera, Nieves Sáiz-Sapena, Marlon Rivera-Paz, Francisco Verdú-López
BACKGROUND: Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain is an under-recognized condition. Substantial information supports the safety and effectiveness of SIJ fusion (SIJF). Long-term follow-up after SIJF has not been reported. OBJECTIVE: To determine responses to conservative management (CM), SIJ denervation, and SIJF in patients with SIJ pain unresponsive to CM. METHODS: Retrospective study with long-term (up to 6 yr) follow-up of 137 patients with SIJ pain seen in an outpatient neurosurgery clinic who received either CM (n = 63), sacroiliac denervation (n = 47), or minimally invasive SIJF (n = 27)...
April 20, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431025/1h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-of-live-human-sperm
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S Reynolds, S J Calvert, M N Paley, A A Pacey
STUDY QUESTION: Can 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) be used to obtain information about the molecules and metabolites in live human spermatozoa? SUMMARY ANSWER: Percoll-based density gradient centrifugation (DGC) followed by a further two washing steps, yielded enough sperm with minimal contamination (<0.01%) from seminal fluid to permit effective MRS which detected significant differences (p < 0.05) in the choline/glycerophosphocholine, lipid and lactate regions of the 1H MRS spectrum between sperm in the pellet and those from the 40/80% interface...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431008/diabetes-mellitus-as-the-major-risk-factor-for-mucormycosis-in-mexico-epidemiology-diagnosis-and-outcomes-of-reported-cases
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Dora E Corzo-León, Luis D Chora-Hernández, Ana P Rodríguez-Zulueta, Thomas J Walsh
Mucormycosis is an emerging infectious disease with high rates of associated mortality and morbidity. Little is known about the characteristics of mucormycosis or entomophthoromycosis occurring in Mexico. A search strategy was performed of literature published in journals found in available databases and theses published online at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) library website reporting clinical cases or clinical case series of mucormycosis and entomophthoromycosis occurring in Mexico between 1982 and 2016...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430999/repurposing-quantiferon-for-detection-of-neutralizing-ifn-%C3%AE-autoantibodies-in-patients-with-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-infections
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Isabelle Suárez, Clara Lehmann, Henning Gruell, Jessica Graeb, Matthias Kochanek, Gerd Fätkenheuer, Georg Plum, Annelies van Wengen, Esther van de Vosse, Pia Hartmann, Leif G Hanitsch, Jan Rybniker
Nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections due to autoantibodies targeting IFN-γ are an emerging medical problem. However, case finding is hampered due to highly complex diagnostic procedures not available in routine laboratories. We show that QuantiFERON assays can be exploited as a simple screening tool that may facilitate adequate and timely treatment.
April 20, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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