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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814589/ureaplasma-parvum-causing-life-threatening-disease-in-a-susceptible-patient
#1
Alexander Korytny, Roni Nasser, Yuval Geffen, Tom Friedman, Mical Paul, Nesrin Ghanem-Zoubi
A 56-year-old man with lymphoma developed orchitis followed by septic arthritis of his right glenohumeral joint. Synovial fluid cultures were negative but PCR amplification test was positive forUreaplasmaparvum. The patient was treated with doxycycline. Two and a half years later, the patient presented with shortness of breath and grade III/IV diastolic murmur on auscultation. Echocardiography revealed severely dilated left heart chambers, severe aortic regurgitation and several mobile masses on the aortic valve cusps suspected to be vegetations...
August 16, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808648/traumatic-arteriovenous-malformation-of-the-superficial-temporal-artery
#2
Mahmoud Omrani Fard, Omid Yousofnejad, Mohammadbagher Heydari
Most of the vascular lesions on head and neck soft tissue are congenital, but a rare cause can be trauma. A 23-year-old man came to our clinic with a wide pulsatile tortuous mass in the left temporofrontal area. That mass was appeared since 10 years ago. Ten years before his coming to our clinic, he had a blunt trauma in that area. After that, a small wound appeared there and healed gradually. In clinical examination, mass was large and pulsatile, and a fine murmur was detected from it. In paraclinical examination, computed tomography scan with intravenous contrast and sonography revealed a vascular mass with arteriovenous (AV) fistula in soft tissue only in that area...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808511/large-endocardial-rheumatoid-nodules-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#3
Allen Vantrease, Christopher Trabue, James Atkinson, Paul McNabb
Rheumatoid nodules occur frequently in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and are the most common cutaneous manifestation of the disease. Although uncommon, rheumatoid nodules may also occur on cardiac valves, where they may be large and clinically significant. They may embolize and cause stroke. They may cause regurgitant murmurs, or they may result in valvular destruction. Echocardiographically, they may mimic an atrial myxoma or appear as a vegetation. We present a patient with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis who developed an acute embolic stroke; he had peripheral stigmata of infective endocarditis on physical examination and echocardiography revealed a mitral valve vegetation...
July 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800832/knowledge-of-appropriate-outpatient-pediatric-echocardiogram-ordering-in-primary-care-physicians-and-trainees
#4
Sean M Lang, Joshua A Daily, Micheal R FitzGerald, Xinyu Tang, Thomas H Best, James M Robbins, R Thomas Collins
Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for the initial use of outpatient pediatric echocardiography were established to aid all clinicians in the evaluation of children with possible heart disease, and limit low diagnostic yield studies. We sought to (1) assess PCPs' and trainees' awareness of the AUC document; (2) compare their knowledge of appropriate echocardiogram ordering with that of pediatric cardiologists; and (3) identify additional medical and nonmedical factors affecting PCP echocardiogram ordering. An online survey with clinical scenarios derived from the AUC guidelines was distributed to PCPs and trainees in Arkansas, and pediatric cardiologists from Arkansas Children's Hospital and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794364/an-ineffective-differential-diagnosis-of-infective-endocarditis-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-after-streptococcal-skin-and-soft-tissue-infection
#5
Tetsuya Suzuki, Momoko Mawatari, Toshihiko Iizuka, Tatsuya Amano, Satoshi Kutsuna, Yoshihiro Fujiya, Nozomi Takeshita, Kayoko Hayakawa, Norio Ohmagari
We herein report the case of a 68-year-old woman with a skin and soft tissue infection at her extremities. The blood culture results were positive for Streptococcus pyogenes, and we started treatment using ampicillin and clindamycin, although subsequent auscultation revealed a new-onset heart murmur. We therefore suspected rheumatic heart disease and infective endocarditis. The case met both the Jones criteria and the modified Duke criteria. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed vegetation on the aortic valve, although the pathological findings were also compatible with both rheumatic heart disease and infective endocarditis...
August 10, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770696/left-main-coronary-artery-atresia-in-a-child-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#6
Tomohiro Hayashi, Kenji Waki, Yoshio Arakaki
Congenital atresia of the left coronary artery is a very rare condition. We report a case of a 13-year-old boy who was followed-up at our outpatient clinic from 6 months of age because of heart murmur. He had no symptoms for more than 10 years, and his left ventricular contraction was normal. Exercise electrocardiogram was performed at 7 and 10 years of age, and ST depression was not observed. He presented with chest pain and syncope on exertion at the ages of 11 and 12 years, respectively, and ST depression on exercise electrocardiogram was detected for the first time at 13 years of age...
August 3, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764870/heart-murmur-detection-based-on-wavelet-transformation-and-a-synergy-between-artificial-neural-network-and-modified-neighbor-annealing-methods
#7
Gholamhossein Eslamizadeh, Ramin Barati
Early recognition of heart disease plays a vital role in saving lives. Heart murmurs are one of the common heart problems. In this study, Artificial Neural Network (ANN) is trained with Modified Neighbor Annealing (MNA) to classify heart cycles into normal and murmur classes. Heart cycles are separated from heart sounds using wavelet transformer. The network inputs are features extracted from individual heart cycles, and two classification outputs. Classification accuracy of the proposed model is compared with five multilayer perceptron trained with Levenberg-Marquardt, Extreme-learning-machine, back-propagation, simulated-annealing, and neighbor-annealing algorithms...
May 2017: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762298/cardiac-myxoma-clinical-characteristics-surgical-intervention-intra-operative-challenges-and-outcome
#8
Mahmoud Abu Abeeleh, Suhayl Saleh, Emad Alhaddad, Moaath Alsmady, Musa Alshehabat, Zuhair Bani Ismail, Islam Massad, Amjad Bani Hani, Sami Abu Halaweh
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this retrospective study were to characterize the clinical presentation, diagnostic findings, surgical approaches, intra-operative challenges and complications following the surgical treatment of cardiac myxoma in two of the largest referral hospitals in Jordan. METHODS: Medical records of all patients presented to the cardiology department during the period between 1984 and 2016 were reviewed. Criteria for inclusion in the study were: (1) patients who were presented for cardiac evaluation due to symptoms suggestive of a primary cardiac problem, (2) completed medical records, including results of echocardiography suggestive of intra-cardiac occupying mass, (3) the surgical operation was undertaken and intra-operative data was available, (4) a histological diagnosis of myxoma was available and (5) the discharge status and follow-up data were available for at least 2 years after initial surgery...
July 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759513/importance-of-early-detection-and-cardiovascular-surgical-intervention-in-marfan-syndrome
#9
Rita DelloStritto, Steve Branham, Christina Chemmachel, Jayna Patel, Dayna Skolkin, Salima Gilani, Klever Uleanya
Marfan syndrome is an autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder that affects multiple systems, including the skeletal, ligamentous, oculofacial, pulmonary, abdominal, neurological, and cardiovascular systems. Cardiovascular complications, which involve the aorta and aortic valve, contribute most significantly to patient morbidity and mortality. A literature review was conducted on pathophysiology of the disease and recommendations for early diagnosis and treatment. Diagnosis largely relies on clinical features and a thorough history...
July 2017: Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758641/dropconnected-neural-networks-trained-on-time-frequency-and-inter-beat-features-for-classifying-heart-sounds
#10
Edmund Kay, Anurag Agarwal
OBJECTIVE: Automatic heart sound analysis has the potential to improve the diagnosis of valvular heart diseases in the primary care phase, as well as in countries where there is neither the expertise nor the equipment to perform echocardiograms. An algorithm has been trained, on the PhysioNet open-access heart sounds database, to classify heart sounds as normal or abnormal. APPROACH: The heart sounds are segmented using an open-source algorithm based on a hidden semi-Markov model...
July 31, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752928/retrospective-evaluation-of-and-risk-factor-analysis-for-presumed-fluid-overload-in-cats-with-urethral-obstruction-11-cases-2002-2012
#11
Cassandra J Ostroski, Kenneth J Drobatz, Erica L Reineke
OBJECTIVE: To describe patient characteristics, treatment, and outcome in male cats with urethral obstruction (UO) and fluid overload (FO), and to determine risk factors for the development of FO. DESIGN: Retrospective case-control study from 2002-2012. ANIMALS: Eleven client-owned cats with UO that developed respiratory distress secondary to suspected FO and 51 control cats with UO without FO. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Medical records of cats with UO and FO were identified...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747418/a-complication-of-meningitis-and-infective-endocarditis-due-to-streptococcus-pyogenes
#12
Kosuke Inoue, Akiyoshi Hagiwara, Akio Kimura, Norio Ohmagari
We described a rare case of meningitis and infective endocarditis (IE) due to Streptococcus pyogenes. An 80-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with unconsciousness. Glasgow Coma Scale was E1V3M5. We diagnosed her with acute meningitis due to S. pyogenes and started treatment using ceftriaxone. In spite of the improvement of her unconscious state, she developed a new-onset systolic murmur on day 13, and echocardiography revealed severe mitral valve regurgitation with vegetation. Therefore, we also diagnosed her with IE and continued the antibiotics for 6 weeks after we confirmed the negative blood cultures...
July 26, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734621/use-of-n-butyl-cyanoacrylate-to-reduce-left-to-right-shunting-of-an-abdominal-arteriovenous-malformation-in-a-dog
#13
B D Eason, D F Hogan, C Lim, M J Hogan
A 9-month old castrated male Labradoodle presented to the cardiology service at Purdue University for evaluation of a low-grade murmur. Physical examination, thoracic radiography, and echocardiography were strongly supportive of an extracardiac left-to-right shunt. Subsequent evaluation with nuclear scintigraphy and computed tomography angiography revealed a large, complex arteriovenous malformation within the cranial abdomen. Staged interventional attenuation of the shunt was performed using n-butyl cyanoacrylate that resulted in a reduction in echocardiographic and nuclear scintigraphy derived shunt estimation...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725332/thyrotoxic-valvulopathy-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#14
Keniel Pierre, Sushee Gadde, Bassam Omar, G Mustafa Awan, Christopher Malozzi
We report a 42-year-old female who was admitted for abdominal pain, and also endorsed dyspnea, fatigue and chronic palpitations. Past medical history included asthma, patent ductus arteriosus repaired in childhood and ill-defined thyroid disease. Physical examination revealed blood pressure of 136/88 mm Hg and heart rate of 149 beats per minute. Cardiovascular exam revealed an irregularly irregular rhythm, and pulmonary exam revealed mild expiratory wheezing. Abdomen was tender. Electrocardiogram revealed atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response which responded to intravenous diltiazem...
June 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720136/bilateral-multiple-pulmonary-artery-aneurysms-associated-with-cavitary-pulmonary-tuberculosis-a-case-report
#15
Pedro Pallangyo, Frederick Lyimo, Smita Bhalia, Hilda Makungu, Bashir Nyangasa, Flora Lwakatare, Pal Suranyi, Mohamed Janabi
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary artery aneurysms constitute <1% of aneurysms occurring in the thoracic cavity. Congenital cardiac defects are responsible for the majority (>50%) of cases, however, pulmonary artery aneurysm is a rare sequelae of pulmonary tuberculosis reported in about 5% of patients with chronic cavitary tuberculosis on autopsy. The natural history of this potentially fatal condition remains poorly understood and guidelines for optimal management are controversial. CASE PRESENTATION: A 24-year-old man, a nursing student of African descent, was referred to us from an up-country regional hospital with a 4-week history of recurrent episodes of breathlessness, awareness of heartbeats and coughing blood 3 weeks after completing a 6-month course of anti-tuberculosis drugs...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719480/a-rare-pediatric-case-of-posttraumatic-pseudoaneurysm-case-report-and-literature-review
#16
Ada Gu, April J Kam
Posttraumatic pseudoaneurysms are extremely rare in pediatric populations. In many cases, pseudoaneurysms may be confused with abscesses, epidermoid cysts, arteriovenous fistula, foreign objects, and ganglion cysts, as well as tumors. They are associated with distinguishing findings of "pulsatile mass, a palpable thrill, and an audible to-and-fro murmur" (1), which can be confirmed by various imaging techniques. In this report, we describe the case of a 4-year-old boy who presented to the pediatric emergency department 3 weeks after falling and subsequently getting cut by glass...
July 17, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718893/association-between-maternal-vascular-murmur-and-the-small-for-gestational-age-fetus-with-abnormal-umbilical-artery-doppler-flow
#17
Diana Riknagel, Richard Farlie, Morten Hedegaard, Peter Humaidan, Johannes J Struijk
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between maternal vascular murmurs (MVMs) and fetal growth restriction (defined as small-for-gestational-age [SGA] fetus) and abnormal Doppler pulsatility index (PI) of the uterine and/or umbilical arteries. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of women aged 18 years or older with a singleton pregnancy at 28-34 weeks was conducted at Regional Hospital Viborg, Denmark, between May 1 and August 1, 2013. Ultrasound fetal biometry was performed and the Doppler PI of the umbilical and uterine arteries was determined...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697825/-screening-and-follow-up-for-congenital-heart-disease-in-children-aged-0-3-years-in-rural-areas-of-chongqing-china
#18
Lei Zhang, Mei-Yu An, Bing Zhu, Wan-Dong Shen, Shu-Jiang Tan, Xiao-Juan Ji, Jie Tian, Xiao-Yan Liu
OBJECTIVE: To examine the incidence of congenital heart disease (CHD) in children aged 0-3 years in the rural areas of Chongqing, and to determine the suitable "screening-diagnosis-follow-up" system and screening indicators for CHD in these areas. METHODS: Children aged 0-3 years from rural areas of the Fuling Disctrict of Chongqing were selected by cluster sampling. Using the "screening-diagnosis-evaluation system" employed at the levels of village/town, district/county, and province/city, the children were screened for seven indicators, i...
July 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697788/anatomic-histopathologic-and-echocardiographic-features-in-a-dog-with-an-atypical-pulmonary-valve-stenosis-with-a-fibrous-band-of-tissue-and-a-patent-ductus-arteriosus
#19
Hakyoung Yoon, Jaehwan Kim, Sang-Soep Nahm, Kidong Eom
BACKGROUND: Congenital pulmonary valve stenosis and patent ductus arteriosus are common congenital heart defects in dogs. However, concurrence of atypical pulmonary valve stenosis and patent ductus arteriosus is uncommon. This report describes the anatomic, histopathologic, and echocardiographic features in a dog with concomitant pulmonary valve stenosis and patent ductus arteriosus with atypical pulmonary valve dysplasia that included a fibrous band of tissue. CASE PRESENTATION: A 1...
July 11, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681443/evaluation-of-the-congenital-supravalvular-aortic-stenosis-by-different-imaging-modalities
#20
Ahmet Guner, Nuri Havan, Sabahattin Gunduz, Taylan Akgun, Busra Guvendi, Gokhan Kahveci
A 36-year-old female was admitted to hospital exhibiting chest pain, dyspnea, and a heart murmur on the right upper sternal border, radiating to both carotid arteries. The blood pressure of the patient's right arm exceeded the pressure in the left by 25 mm Hg (Coanda effect). In spite of laboratory results that did not fall outside the expected range, the left ventricle was revealed to be hypertrophic following electrocardiography. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a severe supravalvular aortic stenosis (SVAS) with a peak Doppler velocity of 6...
July 6, 2017: Echocardiography
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