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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143619/diagnostic-accuracy-of-tests-to-detect-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-and-meta-analysis
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Ali Amini, Olivia Varsaneux, Helen Kelly, Weiming Tang, Wen Chen, Debrah I Boeras, Jane Falconer, Joseph D Tucker, Roger Chou, Azumi Ishizaki, Philippa Easterbrook, Rosanna W Peeling
BACKGROUND: Chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection is characterised by the persistence of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). Expanding HBV diagnosis and treatment programmes into low resource settings will require high quality but inexpensive rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) in addition to laboratory-based enzyme immunoassays (EIAs) to detect HBsAg. The purpose of this review is to assess the clinical accuracy of available diagnostic tests to detect HBsAg to inform recommendations on testing strategies in 2017 WHO hepatitis testing guidelines...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143441/cellular-aging-dynamics-after-acute-malaria-infection-a-12-month-longitudinal-study
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Muhammad Asghar, Victor Yman, Manijeh Vafa Homann, Klara Sondén, Ulf Hammar, Dennis Hasselquist, Anna Färnert
Accelerated cellular aging and reduced lifespan have recently been shown in birds chronically infected with malaria parasites. Whether malaria infection also affects cellular aging in humans has not been reported. Here, we assessed the effect of a single acute Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection on cellular aging dynamics in travelers prospectively followed over one year in Sweden. DNA and RNA were extracted from venous blood collected at the time of admission and repeatedly up to one year. Telomere length was measured using real-time quantitative PCR, while telomerase activity and CDKN2A expression were measured by reverse transcriptase (RT)-qPCR...
November 16, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143147/-esc-guidelines-2017-on-peripheral-arterial-diseases-summary-of-the-most-important-recommendations-and-innovations
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C Espinola-Klein
The current European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines on peripheral arterial diseases include recommendations on diagnostics and treatment of atherosclerotic manifestations in peripheral arteries. Because of the high coincidence of atherosclerosis in different arterial territories, screening for other atherosclerotic lesions is necessary in patients with clinical symptoms in one vascular bed. Consistent treatment of cardiovascular risk factors is important in all patients with peripheral atherosclerosis...
November 15, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138677/oxidative-stress-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Vassilios Liakopoulos, Stefanos Roumeliotis, Xenia Gorny, Evangelia Dounousi, Peter R Mertens
Hemodialysis (HD) patients are at high risk for all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events. In addition to traditional risk factors, excessive oxidative stress (OS) and chronic inflammation emerge as novel and major contributors to accelerated atherosclerosis and elevated mortality. OS is defined as the imbalance between antioxidant defense mechanisms and oxidant products, the latter overwhelming the former. OS appears in early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD), advances along with worsening of renal failure, and is further exacerbated by the HD process per se...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138017/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-enhance-the-hypotensive-effects-of-propofol-by-increasing-nitric-oxide-production
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Gustavo H Oliveira-Paula, Lucas C Pinheiro, Graziele C Ferreira, Waynice N P Garcia, Riccardo Lacchini, Luis V Garcia, Jose E Tanus-Santos
Propofol anesthesia is usually accompanied by hypotension. Studies have shown that the hypotensive effects of propofol increase in patients treated with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi). Given that both propofol and ACEi affect nitric oxide (NO) signaling, the present study tested the hypothesis that ACEi treatment induces pronounced hypotensive responses to propofol by increasing NO bioavailability. In this study we evaluated 65 patients, divided into three groups: hypertensive patients chronically treated with ACEi (HT-ACEi; n=21), hypertensive patients treated with other antihypertensive drugs instead of ACEi, such as angiotensin II receptor blockers, β-blockers or diuretics (HT; n=21) and healthy normotensive subjects (NT; n=23)...
November 11, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132859/lymphedema-diagnostic-workup-and-management
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REVIEW
Ayman A Grada, Tania J Phillips
Lymphedema is a localized form of tissue swelling resulting from excessive retention of lymphatic fluid in the interstitial compartment. It is caused by impaired lymphatic drainage. Lymphedema is a chronic progressive disease with serious physical and psychosocial implications. It can be challenging to diagnose, especially in obese patients and in those with coexisting venous disease. We performed PubMed and Google Scholar searches of the English-language literature (1966-2017) using the terms lymphedema, lymphedema management, and lymphatic complications...
December 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132463/-serum-levels-of-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-in-children-with-tic-disorders
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Hong-Hua Li, Bing Wang, Ling Shan, Cheng-Xin Wang, Fei-Yong Jia
OBJECTIVE: To examine serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in children with tic disorders (TD) and to explore the relationship between vitamin D level and TD. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-two children who were diagnosed with TD between November 2016 and May 2017 were enrolled as the TD group, including 8 cases of Tourette syndrome, 32 cases of chronic TD, and 92 cases of transient TD. One hundred and forty-four healthy children served as the control group. Peripheral venous blood samples were collected from each child...
November 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131449/mechanical-power-sheath-mediated-recanalization-and-lead-implantation-in-patients-with-venous-occlusion-technique-and-results
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Olivier A Witte, Ahmet Adiyaman, Marnix W van Bemmel, Jaap Jan J Smit, Abdul Ghani, Anand R Ramdat Misier, Arif Elvan, Peter Paul Hm Delnoy
INTRODUCTION: Chronic venous occlusion hampers lead revisions and upgrades in patients with a cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). This can make cardiothoracic surgery, venoplasty or contra-lateral implantation of leads with tunneling necessary. A technique using venous recanalization may be a preferred alternative. We assessed the efficacy and safety of this new technique. METHODS AND RESULTS: From 2009-2016 all consecutive patients planned for lead revision or upgrade with known chronic venous occlusion were studied...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129802/treatment-of-paget-schroetter-syndrome-with-a-three-stage-approach-including-thoracoscopic-rib-resection-at-the-second-stage
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Osman Mahmoud, Eero Sihvo, Jari Räsänen, Leena Vikatmaa, Pirkka Vikatmaa, Maarit Venermo
OBJECTIVE: Young, active persons may suffer lifelong consequences of subclavian vein thrombosis, but the best treatment options remain unclear. On introduction of more active pharmacomechanical thrombus removal and thoracoscopic rib resection in our institution, we planned a diagnostic and treatment protocol and aimed to analyze the early, midterm, and intermediate-term results. METHODS: The study included 72 patients who were diagnosed with an upper limb deep venous thrombosis and underwent phlebography between 2006 and 2013...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129005/chronic-overdrainage-syndrome-pathophysiological-insights-based-on-icp-analysis-a-case-based-review
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REVIEW
Laura V Sainz, Konstantin Hockel, Martin U Schuhmann
INTRODUCTION: Chronic overdrainage affects shunted patients producing a variety of symptoms that may be misdiagnosed. The best known symptoms are so-called shunt-related headaches. There is mounting evidence that changes in cerebrospinal venous system dynamics are a key factor to the pathophysiology of chronic overdrainage syndrome. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: We report the case of a 29-year-old woman with a shunt since the postnatal period suffering from chronic but the most severe intermittent headache attacks, despite an open shunt and with unchanged ventricular width during attacks...
November 11, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123633/efficiency-of-a-new-combined-laser-therapy-in-patients-with-trophic-ulcers-of-lower-extremities-and-chronic-venous-insufficiency
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Sergey Vladimirovich Moskvin, Aleksandr Vladimirovich Geynitz, Evgeniy Valer'yevich Askhadulin
Introduction: Treating patients with trophic ulcers (TUs) of venous etiology (VE) is a complicated socio-medical and economic problem. One of the ways to increase treatment efficiency can be a complex therapy, including combined laser action. Methods: The objective of this study was a comparative evaluation of the efficiency of traditional treatment methods in patients with chronic venous diseases of C6 class, and combined laser therapy (LT) according to a new method by LASMIK® device. External exposure was conducted on the 1-4 affected area during one session for 2 minutes per zone (pulsed mode, light pulse duration of 100-130 ns, wavelength 635 nm, by a matrix emitter consisting of eight laser diodes with a surface area of 8 cm2, at a distance of up to 7 cm, pulsed power 40 W)...
2017: Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121303/treatment-of-chronic-venous-ulcers-with-topical-sevoflurane-a-retrospective-clinical-study
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A Imbernon-Moya, F J Ortiz-de Frutos, M Sanjuan-Alvarez, I Portero-Sanchez, R Merinero-Palomares, V Alcazar
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October 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120855/the-application-of-l-prp-in-aids-patients-with-crural-chronic-ulcers-a-pilot-study
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Agata Cieslik-Bielecka, Rafał Skowroński, Magdalena Jędrusik-Pawłowska, Marcin Pierchała
Nonhealing wounds or skin ulcerations are the result of insufficient repair and destruction of a local healing potential. Opportunistic infections which cause a lot of ulcer complications influence the worsening general condition of patients with AIDS, ultimately leading to death. The chronicity of the condition and poor results of conventional therapy have prompted the search for new methods of treatment. We have examined venous or arteriovenous insufficiency-related extensive crural ulcers in AIDS patients...
November 6, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120684/managing-exudate-and-maceration-in-venous-leg-ulceration-within-the-acute-health-setting
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Annemarie Brown
Exudate has beneficial effects in normal wound healing but detrimental consequences for chronic wounds. Practitioners need to identify and treat its cause, and manage the exudate and prevent if from damaging periwound skin. Management involves dressings of the most appropriate absorbency and other products, and avoiding maceration of periwound skin; compression therapy is the gold standard treatment for treating oedema and venous leg ulceration. Nurses in acute settings may not have the skills to implement or maintain compression therapy; this article is intended for nurses who may have to manage these patients temporarily while they are admitted to secondary care and may not have the skills...
November 8, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119061/emla-anaesthetic-cream-for-debridement-of-burns-a-study-of-plasma-concentrations-of-lidocaine-and-prilocaine-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Stefan Lillieborg, Leif Aanderud
The lidocaine-prilocaine cream (EMLA(TM)) effectively reduces the pain from debridement of chronic leg ulcers. Studies have demonstrated that when applied to leg ulcers, plasma concentrations of the local anaesthetics are well below the threshold for CNS toxicity. However, there are minimal pharmacokinetic data available from EMLA application to burn wounds. This study evaluated EMLA cream for debridement of burns with regard to plasma concentrations of lidocaine and prilocaine, and reviewed the published literature on safety and efficacy of lidocaine-prilocaine applied epicutaneously to burns...
2017: International Journal of Burns and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118492/association-of-ocular-findings-and-outcome-in-cerebral-venous-thrombosis
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Samira Yadegari, Alireza Keshtkar Jafari, Elham Ashrafi
BACKGROUND: Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is a potentially life-threatening underdiagnosed disease. Headache is a common but nonspecific finding in CVT. Other features such as ocular finding can assist to correct diagnosis, but their frequency in CVT has not been previously evaluated. The aim of this study is to evaluate the ocular symptoms and signs in CVT and their association with outcome. METHODS: The demographic, clinical, laboratory, radiological, and outcome data were collected and analyzed from patients referred to a tertiary hospital during 6 years...
September 2017: Oman Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115714/deep-vein-thrombosis-in-pediatric-patients
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REVIEW
Julie Jaffray, Guy Young
Due to advances in caring for critically ill children and those with chronic diseases, rates of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are increasing in children. Risk factors consist of central venous catheters, chronic medical conditions, thrombophilia, and various medications. Compression Doppler ultrasonography is the method most commonly used to diagnose DVT, and patients will usually present with pain and swelling of the affected limb. Anticoagulation via subcutaneous injection is the most common treatment regime for children with DVT, and the new, direct oral anticoagulants are currently under investigation...
November 8, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115626/influence-of-androgen-on-myocardial-apoptosis-and-expression-of-myocardial-ir-and-irs%C3%A2-1-in-chronic-heart-failure-rat-models
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Yu Wang, Yang Hu, Zhaoping Zeng, Yinghua Li, Huipeng Su, Yiwei Li, Ruiping Wang, Mingqian Zhang, Yongli Yang, Jie Deng
The present study aimed to investigate the effect of androgens on chronic heart failure (CHF) in a rat model. A total of 120 Sprague Dawley male rats were randomly divided into the following groups: (A) sham operation group, (B) castrated group, (C) heart failure (HF) group, (D) castrated + HF group, and (E) castrated + HF + testosterone (T) replacement therapy group. There were 20 rats in group A, and 25 rats in the other groups. Surgical castration was performed on groups B, D and E, and T replacement therapy was administered to group E...
November 8, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114315/intracranial-hypotension-associated-cerebral-swelling-following-cranioplasty-report-of-two-cases
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Masashi Nomura, Takahiro Ota, Mitsugu Ishizawa, Shinsuke Yoshida, Takayuki Hara
Cranioplasty is a comparatively simple neurosurgical procedure, and fatal complications are rare. This report describes two cases of critical brain swelling after otherwise uneventful cranioplasty. Both cases had subarachnoid hemorrhage and extremely similar clinical courses. They underwent decompressive craniotomy and clipping in the acute phase and had cranioplasty in the chronic phase, resulting in serious cerebral swelling and death. Deep venous sinus thrombosis was revealed in the autopsy for one case...
October 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113006/transjugular-portal-vein-recanalization-with-creation-of-intrahepatic-portosystemic-shunt-pvr-tips-in-patients-with-chronic-non-cirrhotic-non-malignant-portal-vein-thrombosis
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Christoph Klinger, Bettina Riecken, Arthur Schmidt, Andrea De Gottardi, Benjamin Meier, Jaime Bosch, Karel Caca
Purpose To determine safety and efficacy of transjugular portal vein recanalization with creation of intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (PVR-TIPS) in patients with chronic non-cirrhotic, non-malignant portal vein thrombosis (PVT). Methods This retrospective study includes 17 consecutive patients with chronic non-cirrhotic PVT (cavernous transformation n = 15). PVR-TIPS was indicated because of variceal bleeding (n = 13), refractory ascites (n = 2), portal biliopathy with recurrent cholangitis (n = 1), or abdominal pain (n = 1)...
November 7, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
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