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Anna M Randi, Mike A Laffan
The recent discovery that von Willebrand factor (VWF) regulates blood vessel formation has opened a novel perspective on the function of this complex protein. VWF was discovered as a key component of haemostasis, capturing platelets at sites of endothelial damage and synthesized in megakaryocytes and endothelial cells (EC). In recent years, novel functions and binding partners have been identified for VWF. The finding that loss of VWF in EC results in enhanced, possibly dysfunctional angiogenesis is consistent with the clinical observations that in some patients with Von Willebrand disease (VWD), vascular malformations can cause severe gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Kathryn F Flack, Jay Desai, Jennifer M Kolb, Prapti Chatterjee, Lars C Wallentin, Michael Ezekowitz, Salim Yusuf, Stuart Connolly, Paul Reilly, Martina Brueckmann, John Ilgenfritz, James Aisenberg
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding in patients receiving anticoagulation agents can be caused by occult malignancies. We investigated the proportions and features of major GI bleeding (MGIB) events related to occult GI cancers in patients receiving anticoagulation therapy. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Randomized Evaluation of Long Term Anticoagulant Therapy study (conducted between December 2005 and March 2009 in 951 clinical centers in 44 countries worldwide), which compared the abilities of dabigatran vs warfarin to prevent stroke and systemic embolism in 18,113 patients with atrial fibrillation...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Lee M Bass, Stanley Kim, Riccardo Superina, Saeed Mohammad
Portal hypertension secondary to portal vein obstruction following liver transplant occurs in 5%-10% of children. Jejunal varices are uncommon in this group. We present a case series of children with significant GI blood loss, negative upper endoscopy, and jejunal varices detected by CE. Case series of patients who had CE for chronic GI blood loss following liver transplantation. Three patients who had their initial transplants at a median age of 7 months were identified at our institution presenting at a median age of 8 years (range 7-16 years) with a median Hgb of 2...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Matthias Buechter, Alisan Kahraman, Paul Manka, Guido Gerken, Christoph Jochum, Ali Canbay, Alexander Dechêne
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Portal hypertension (PH) is a common complication of chronic liver disease and results in esophageal and gastric variceal bleeding, which is associated with a high mortality rate. Measurement of the hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) is considered the gold standard for diagnosing PH and estimating the risk of varices and bleeding. In contrast, upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy (UGE) can reliably demonstrate the presence of varices and bleeding. Both measures are invasive, and HVPG is mainly restricted to tertiary centers...
October 19, 2016: Digestion
Snehal R Patel, Shivank Madan, Omar Saeed, Mohammed Algodi, Anne Luke, Marc Gibber, Daniel J Goldstein, Ulrich P Jorde
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine whether the nasal mucosa can serve as a surrogate for evaluating arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) related gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding in patients supported by continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (CF LVADs). BACKGROUND: Bleeding from the mucosal surfaces of GI tract, particularly AVMs, is the most common complication of CF LVAD support. The pathophysiology of AVM formation during CF LVAD support is of critical interest yet poorly understood; in large part because of the length and accessibility of the GI tract...
September 29, 2016: JACC. Heart Failure
Prashant R Rao, Bhushan D Thombre, Ajit Patel, Anurag Dandekar, Rajinder Singh, Rajeev M Joshi
Arterial pseudoaneurysms are relatively rare complications of the vascular system. Many cases may remain asymptomatic for a lifetime only to be discovered incidentally, whereas others may cause fatal hemorrhage. Majority of cases present with local compressive symptoms. Rarely, it has been implicated as an etiology for gastrointestinal (GI) bleed by eroding into an adjacent bowel, with splanchnic pseudoaneurysm being more commonly responsible as compared to peripheral ones. Although rare, they are an important consideration because of the high mortality rate...
October 2016: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Neeraj Nagpal
Physicians and Internists in India have tended to brush under the carpet legal issues affecting their profession. Of concern to all Physicians is the judgment in a recent case where the NCDRC has stated that if MD Medicine Physicians write Physician & Cardiologist on their letterhead it is Quackery. What is MD Medicine degree holder in India qualified and trained to treat ? These are issues which need debate and that can only be initiated once we recognize that there is a problem. Either an MD Medicine is a cardiologist or he is not...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
A Philips, A Mani, Loomba V
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Simon Ho, Bo Liu, Raul Loya, Ibrahim Koury
Aortoenteric fistulas (AEFs) are deadly, abnormal connections between the aorta and gastrointestinal (GI) tract. While secondary aortoenteric fistulas (SAEFs) are more common and arise after aortic reconstruction, primary aortoenteric fistulas (PAEFs) are generally caused by abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). PAEFs may present with self-limited GI bleeds called "herald bleeds," and the fistula often goes undiagnosed until patients undergo laparotomy for a massive GI bleed. We describe a case of a PAEF in a 79-year-old man with known AAA...
September 1, 2016: Curēus
Ken Okumura, Masatsugu Hori, Norio Tanahashi, A John Camm
Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) is a risk factor for stroke in elderly patients. Although warfarin has been used to prevent AF-associated stroke for more than 50 years, non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) including dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban recently have been developed to overcome the disadvantages of warfarin. Based on the results of NOAC clinical trials, Savelieva and Camm made recommendations regarding selection of NOACs in patients with nonvalvular AF. Recent accumulating evidence indicates that NOACs work differently in Asian and non-Asian individuals...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
Daniel O'Dea, Jacqueline Whetteckey, Naitee Ting
INTRODUCTION: In the pivotal RE-LY trial, dabigatran etexilate (DE) at the dose of 150-mg twice daily (BID), significantly reduced total stroke and ischemic stroke compared with warfarin in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), while the 110-mg BID dose had efficacy equivalent to warfarin, and major bleeds were significantly reduced. Both DE regimens were generally well tolerated; however, approximately 4% of the patients discontinued treatment with DE due to gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort...
October 5, 2016: Cardiology and Therapy
Minoru Tomizawa, Fuminobu Shinozaki, Rumiko Hasegawa, Yoshinori Shirai, Yasufumi Motoyoshi, Takao Sugiyama, Shigenori Yamamoto, Naoki Ishige
The present study aimed to identify novel predictors of upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding by assessing change ratios of blood test variables. Records of 1,023 patients (431 men and 592 women) who underwent endoscopy between October 2014 and September 2015 at the National Hospital Organization Shimoshizu Hospital (Yotsukaido, Japan) were retrospectively analyzed. Patients whose blood test variables for the time-point of endoscopy and three months previously were available were enrolled and subsequently categorized into a group with and another one without upper GI bleeding (n=32 and 84, respectively), and the respective change ratios were calculated for each group...
October 2016: Biomedical Reports
Hamid Tavakkoli, Mehdi Zobeiri, Mansour Salesi, Mohammad Hossein Sanei
Wegener's granulomatosis is an uncommon inflammatory disease that manifests as vasculitis, granulomatosis, and necrosis. It usually involves the upper and lower respiratory tracts and kidneys. Although it may essentially involve any organ, gastrointestinal (GI) involvement is notably uncommon. A 20-year-old male patient presented with epigastric pain, vomiting, hematemesis, and melena. On physical examination, he was pale. There was no abdominal tenderness or organomegaly. Upper GI endoscopy revealed dark blue-colored infiltrative lesions in prepyloric area...
July 2016: Middle East Journal of Digestive Diseases
Navin L Kumar, Aaron J Cohen, Jennifer Nayor, Brian L Claggett, John R Saltzman
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines advise that upper endoscopy be performed within 24 hours of presentation in patients with acute nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB). However, the role of urgent endoscopy (< 12 hours) is controversial. AIM: Our aim was to assess whether patients admitted with acute nonvariceal UGIB with lower-risk versus high-risk bleeding have different outcomes with urgent compared with non-urgent endoscopy. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted of patients admitted to an academic hospital with nonvariceal UGIB...
September 29, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Ralph Kamel, Talal Seoud, Teniola Oluwadamilola, Michael Karass, Emily Grossniklaus, Gabriela Oprea-Ilies, Daniel A Goldstein, Sanjay Jain
Choriocarcinoma, a nonseminomatous germ cell tumor, is a rare type of testicular malignancy that tends to occur in young males. It is, however, exceedingly rare for choriocarcinoma to involve the GI tract. In this article, we present a rare case of a 31-year-old male, diagnosed with choriocarcinoma of the left testes, along with several metastases to distant sites. The patient presented with headaches and severe lower GI bleeding due to metastases to the GI tract, which was eventually controlled with systemic chemotherapy, while requiring several units of packed RBCs during his admission to the hospital...
2016: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
Ido Mizrahi, Rana Eltawil, Nadav Haim, Sami A Chadi, Bo Shen, Tolga Erim, Giovanna DaSilva, Steven D Wexner
BACKGROUND: The over-the-scope clip (OTSC) is a novel endoscopic tool that enables non-surgical management of gastrointestinal (GI) defects. The aim of this study was to report our experience with OTSC for patients with GI defects. METHODS: A prospectively maintained IRB-approved institutional database was queried for all patients treated with OTSC from 2012 to 2015. Primary outcome was the clinical success of the OTSC for the individual indication. Secondary outcome was the number of additional procedures needed following OTSC...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Zeinab Kadkhoda, Aliakbar Amirzargar, Zahra Esmaili, Mahdi Vojdanian, Solmaz Akbari
BACKGROUND: Periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) share a number of clinical and pathologic features, one of which is the presence of the tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α)-induced bone resorption that is involved in the pathogenesis of both. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of TNF-α blockade on periodontal conditions in patients with active RA. METHOD: The periodontal statuses of 36 patients (26 females, 10 males) diagnosed with active RA were evaluated both before and after anti-TNF-α therapy...
September 2016: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
Jae-Seong Lee, Gi-Youn Hong, Byung-Joon Park, Hyejin Hwang, Rayon Kim, Tae-Eung Kim
We present a case of retained placenta accreta treated by high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation followed by hysteroscopic resection. The patient was diagnosed as submucosal myoma based on ultrasonography in local clinic. Pathologic examination of several pieces of tumor mass from the hysteroscopic procedure revealed necrotic chorionic villi with calcification. HIFU was performed using an ultrasound-guided HIFU tumor therapeutic system. The ultrasound machine had been used for real-time monitoring of the HIFU procedure...
September 2016: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Dennis M Jensen, Jeffrey Gornbein, Marine Camus-Duboc
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 22, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Joseph M Jacob, Clint Cary, Song Jiang, Richard S Foster, Michael G House
OBJECTIVE: To describe patient characteristics and outcomes after duodenal repair during PC-RPLND and to identify treatment and management patterns METHODS: The Indiana University Testis Cancer Database was used to identify all patients who underwent simultaneous partial duodenectomy and PC-RPLND from 1983 to 2013. Patient records were reviewed to describe patient and tumor characteristics, type of duodenal restoration, postoperative management and complications. RESULTS: Of the 2,223 PC-RPLND performed during the study period, 39 patients were identified who underwent simultaneous duodenectomy with one patient requiring 2 duodenal procedures for a total of 40 duodenal procedures...
September 19, 2016: Urology
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