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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668068/epidemiology-risk-factors-and-outcomes-of-invasive-aspergillosis-in-solid-organ-transplant-recipients-in-the-swiss-transplant-cohort-study
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D Neofytos, O Chatzis, D Nasioudis, E Boely Janke, T Doco Lecompte, C Garzoni, C Berger, A Cussini, K Boggian, N Khanna, O Manuel, N J Mueller, C van Delden
BACKGROUND: There is lack of recent multicenter epidemiological data on invasive aspergillosis (IA) among solid organ transplant recipient (SOTr) in the mold-acting antifungal era. We describe the epidemiology and outcomes of IA in a contemporary cohort of SOTr using the Swiss Transplant Cohort Study. METHODS: All consecutive SOTr with proven or probable IA between 01.05.2008 and 31.12.2014 were included. A case-control study to identify IA predictors was performed: 1-case was matched with 3-controls based on SOT type, transplant center, and time post-SOT...
April 18, 2018: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667356/early-identification-of-acute-heart-failure-at-the-time-of-presentation-do-natriuretic-peptides-make-the-difference
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Martin Möckel, Stephan von Haehling, Jörn O Vollert, Jan C Wiemer, Stefan D Anker, Alan Maisel
BACKGROUND: The early identification of patients with acute heart failure (AHF) is challenging as many other diseases lead to a clinical presentation with dyspnea. AIM: The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of natriuretic peptides at common HF study cut-offs on the diagnosis of patients with dyspnea at admission. METHODS AND RESULTS: For this post hoc analysis, we analysed n = 726 European Union (EU) patients from the prospective BACH (Biomarkers in Acute Heart Failure) study...
April 18, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666934/quo-vadis-do-immunotherapies-have-a-role-in-glioblastoma
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REVIEW
Sylvia C Kurz, Patrick Y Wen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: More effective therapies for glioblastoma are urgently needed. Immunotherapeutic strategies appear particularly promising and are therefore intensively studied. This article reviews the current understanding of the immunosuppressive glioblastoma microenvironment, discusses the rationale behind various immunotherapies, and outlines the findings of several recently published clinical studies. RECENT FINDINGS: The results of CheckMate-143 indicated that nivolumab is not superior to bevacizumab in patients with recurrent glioblastoma...
April 18, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666815/endobronchial-ultrasound-transbronchial-needle-aspiration-ebus-tbna-a-diagnostic-challenge-for-mediastinal-lesions
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REVIEW
Duilio Divisi, Gino Zaccagna, Mirko Barone, Francesca Gabriele, Roberto Crisci
Lung cancer is one of the most frequent neoplastic diseases. To date, most lung cancer is diagnosed at an advanced stage, making it difficult to choose the diagnostic and therapeutic strategy. Surgical resection represents the best therapeutic solution. However, the best results are obtained only in the early stages of the disease. Lymph node involvement conditions the treatment (surgical or non-surgical approach). Mediastinoscopy is an effective and widely used method for mediastinal staging but does not allow us to reach many mediastinal lymph nodes...
March 2018: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666724/in-vitro-fertilization-using-luteinizing-hormone-releasing-hormone-injections-resulted-in-healthy-triplets-without-increased-attack-rates-in-a-hereditary-angioedema-case
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Ceyda Tunakan Dalgıç, Fatma Düşünür Günsen, Gökten Bulut, Emine Nihal Mete Gökmen, Aytül Zerrin Sin
Hereditary angioedema due to C1-inhibitor deficiency (C1-INH-HAE) is a rare, autosomal dominant disorder. The management of pregnant patients with C1-INH-HAE is a challenge for the physician. Intravenous plasma-derived nanofiltered C1-INH (pdC1INH) is the only recommended option throughout pregnancy, postpartum, and breastfeeding period. In order to increase pregnancy rates, physicians use fertilization therapies increasing endogen levels of estrogens. Therefore, these techniques can provoke an increase in the number and severity of edema attacks in C1-INH-HAE...
2018: Case Reports in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666711/creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-presenting-as-expressive-aphasia-and-nonconvulsive-status-epilepticus
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Hafiz B Mahboob, Kazi H Kaokaf, Jeremy M Gonda
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), the most common form of human prion diseases, is a fatal condition with a mortality rate reaching 85% within one year of clinical presentation. CJD is characterized by rapidly progressive neurological deterioration in combination with typical electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and positive cerebrospinal spinal fluid (CSF) analysis for 14-3-3 proteins. Unfortunately, CJD can have atypical clinical and radiological presentation in approximately 10% of cases, thus making the diagnosis often challenging...
2018: Case Reports in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666690/small-cell-neuroendocrine-carcinoma-of-the-cervix-masquerading-as-a-cervical-fibroid-report-of-a-rare-entity
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Mukta Pujani, Kanika Singh, Varsha Chauhan, Raina Chawla, Rashmi Ahuja
Primary neuroendocrine tumours of the cervix are extremely rare, with an incidence of only 0.5-1%; as such, these entities can present a clinical and diagnostic challenge. Small-cell neuroendocrine carcinomas of the cervix are highly aggressive tumours that have a tendency to metastasise. We report a 44-year-old woman who presented to the Gynaecology Clinic of the Employees State Insurance Corporation Medical College & Hospital, Faridabad, India, in 2016 with menorrhagia . Based on a clinical examination, she was provisionally diagnosed with a cervical fibroid...
February 2018: Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666085/challenges-of-assessing-response-to-therapy-in-non-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-of-the-bone
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Megan Rose Paul, Dennis John Kuo
A 17-year-old male adolescent was diagnosed with diffuse large B cell lymphoma arising from the right humeral head. The lymphoma was found to be isolated to the bone, with a very small extraosseous component. After completion of a standard chemotherapy regimen, the Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) became PET negative but the CT and MRI appeared mostly unchanged in appearance, suggesting refractory disease. Repeat biopsy confirmed that no lymphoma remained, and he was in complete remission...
April 17, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29664798/pouch-volvulus-in-patients-having-undergone-restorative-proctocolectomy-for-ulcerative-colitis-a-case-series
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Rachel M Landisch, Paul M Knechtges, Mary F Otterson, Kirk A Ludwig, Timothy J Ridolfi
BACKGROUND: Restorative proctocolectomy with IPAA improves quality of life in patients with medically refractory ulcerative colitis. Although bowel obstruction is common, pouch volvulus is rare and described only in case reports. Diagnosis can be challenging, resulting in delayed care and heightened morbidity. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to delineate the symptoms and successful management strategies used in patients with IPAA volvulus that result in pouch salvage...
April 16, 2018: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29664389/cerebrospinal-fluid-immunoglobulins-as-potential-biomarkers-of-chikungunya-encephalitis
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Marzia Puccioni-Sohler, Luiz Claudio Farias, Mauro Jorge Cabral-Castro, Mariano G Zalis, Rosangela S Kalil, Maria Cecília F Salgado
Chikungunya virus causes fever and severe polyarthritis or arthralgia and is associated with neurologic manifestations that are sometimes challenging to diagnose. We demonstrate intrathecal synthesis of chikungunya antibodies in a patient with a history of acute infection complicated by encephalitis. The specificity of the intracerebral immune response supports early chikungunya-associated encephalitis diagnosis.
May 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29664113/peripartum-management-of-hla-alloimmune-platelet-refractoriness
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Jeremy Ryan Peña, Leanna Sudhof, Barbara O'Brien
BACKGROUND: Platelet (PLT) refractoriness presents a challenging problem for transfusion support, especially in the perioperative setting, where there is urgency for human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-compatible units, yet identification and provision of compatible PLT concentrates requires time. CASE REPORT: A 22-year-old G3P1 woman with thrombocytopenia due to aplastic anemia, likely autoimmune, presented in her third trimester for peripartum care and newly diagnosed HLA alloimmune PLT refractoriness...
April 17, 2018: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663283/eeg-artifact-versus-subclinical-status-epilepticus-in-a-patient-following-cardiac-arrest
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Jean E Cibula, Daniel S Demos, Brenda G Fahy
BACKGROUND: A challenge in ICU EEG interpretation is identifying subclinical status epilepticus versus patterns on the ictal-interictal continuum versus other repetitive patterns. In the electrically noisy intensive care unit, identifying and eliminating interference and artifact allow accurate diagnoses from the EEG, avoiding unnecessary treatment or sedation. METHODS: We present a case during Impella (Abiomed Inc, Danvers, MA) continuous flow left ventricular assist device use where the EEG artifact was initially misinterpreted as seizure by the resident and treated as status epilepticus because of the "focal" sharply contoured repetitive pattern...
April 16, 2018: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662913/high-rate-of-missed-lateral-meniscus-posterior-root-tears-on-preoperative-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Aaron J Krych, Isabella T Wu, Vishal S Desai, Naveen S Murthy, Mark S Collins, Daniel B F Saris, Bruce A Levy, Michael J Stuart
Background: Lateral meniscus posterior root tears (LMPRTs), if left untreated, can cause devastating effects to the knee, with rapid articular cartilage degeneration and loss of the meniscus as a secondary stabilizer. Detection and surgical repair of these defects have been linked to favorable outcomes, but preoperative identification of LMPRTs continues to be challenging. Purpose: To determine the rate of LMPRTs diagnosed preoperatively on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in a consecutive series of arthroscopically confirmed LMPRTs...
April 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661713/review-with-novel-markers-facilitates-precise-categorization-of-41-cases-of-diagnostically-challenging-undifferentiated-small-round-cell-tumors-a-clinicopathologic-immunophenotypic-and-molecular-analysis
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Isidro Machado, Akihiko Yoshida, María Gema Nieto Morales, Lucas Faria Abrahão-Machado, Samuel Navarro, Julia Cruz, Javier Lavernia, Antonina Parafioriti, Piero Picci, Antonio Llombart-Bosch
BACKGROUND: Despite extensive immunohistochemical (IHC) and molecular studies combined with morphologic findings, a group of round/ovoid cell tumors histologically similar to Ewing sarcomas (ES) but lacking EWSR1-rearrangements may remain unclassifiable. DESIGN: We retrospectively analyzed 41 Ewing-like tumors (formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded) previously determined as negative or non-informative for EWSR1-rearrangements by FISH and/or RT-PCR. A new histopathology revision and additional IHC and molecular analyses were carried out in order to investigate whether additional IHC and/or molecular testing in combination with the morphological findings may help in reaching a definitive diagnosis...
November 29, 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661666/pseudo-wellens-syndrome-and-intermittent-left-bundle-branch-block-in-a-case-of-acute-cholecystitis
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Steffen Grautoff, Martin Balog, Guenther Winde
We present a case of a 54-year-old male patient who was admitted to our Emergency Department (ED) with localized epigastric pain. Inflammation markers, ultrasound, and CT scan were inconsistent with an initial diagnosis of cholecystitis. However, there was additional evidence of cholecystolithiasis. The ECG showed new anterior biphasic T waves typical for a Wellens' type A ECG. Additionally, the patient had an intermittent left bundle branch block (LBBB). The diagnostic challenges in differentiating possible diagnoses will be described, to which in this case, were either acute cholecystitis or acute coronary syndrome (ACS)...
April 7, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661051/association-between-inflammatory-potential-of-diet-and-odds-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-among-iranian-women
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Nitin Shivappa, James R Hébert, Mahdieh Akhoundan, Parvin Mirmiran, Bahram Rashidkhani
BACKGROUND: The possible relationship between diet-related inflammation and the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) requires further investigation, especially in non-Western populations. We examined the association between dietary inflammatory index (DII) scores and GDM in a case-control study conducted in Iran. METHODS: This study included 122 GDM cases and 266 controls hospitalized for acute non-neoplastic diseases. Cases were pregnant women aged 18-40 years, who visited major general hospitals in different regions of Tehran...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660998/annals-express-the-challenge-of-improving-the-diagnostic-yield-from-metanephrine-testing-in-suspected-phaeochromocytoma-and-paraganglioma
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Intan Nureslyna Samsudin, Michael M Page, Kirsten Hoad, Paul Chubb, Melissa Gillett, Paul Glendenning, Samuel Vasikaran
BACKGROUND: Plasma free metanephrines (PFM) or urinary fractionated metanephrines (UFM) are the preferred biochemical tests for the diagnosis of phaeochromocytoma and paraganglioma (PPGL). Borderline increased results should be followed up to either exclude or confirm diagnosis. METHODS: We extracted all PFM and UFM results reported by our laboratory over a 6-month period from the laboratory information system. We categorised patients with borderline increased results according to whether follow-up testing had been performed as suggested in the initial laboratory report...
January 1, 2018: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660664/nano-flow-vs-standard-flow-which-is-the-more-suitable-lc-ms-method-for-quantifying-hepcidin-25-in-human-serum-in-routine-clinical-settings
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Jérôme Vialaret, Alexia Picas, Constance Delaby, Pauline Bros, Sylvain Lehmann, Christophe Hirtz
Hepcidin-25 peptide is a biomarker which is known to have considerable clinical potential for diagnosing iron-related diseases. Developing analytical methods for the absolute quantification of hepcidin is still a real challenge, however, due to the sensitivity, specificity and reproducibility issues involved. In this study, we compare and discuss two MS-based assays for quantifying hepcidin, which differ only in terms of the type of liquid chromatography (nano LC/MS versus standard LC/MS) involved. The same sample preparation, the same internal standards and the same MS analyzer were used with both approaches...
April 10, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660392/prevalence-of-uncorrected-refractive-errors-among-school-age-children-in-the-school-district-of-philadelphia
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Eileen L Mayro, Lisa A Hark, Eric Shiuey, Michael Pond, Linda Siam, Tamara Hill-Bennett, Judie Tran, Nitasha Khanna, Marlee Silverstein, James Donaghy, Tingting Zhan, Ann P Murchison, Alex V Levin
PURPOSE: To determine the prevalence and severity of uncorrected refractive errors in school-age children attending Philadelphia public schools. METHODS: The Wills Eye Vision Screening Program for Children is a community-based pediatric vision screening program designed to detect and correct refractive errors and refer those with nonrefractive eye diseases for examination by a pediatric ophthalmologist. Between January 2014 and June 2016 the program screened 18,974 children in grades K-5 in Philadelphia public schools...
April 13, 2018: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659973/the-diagnostic-challenge-of-acquired-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-in-children-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#20
Elise Schapkaitz, Tanya Marié Schickerling
Acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare disease in children. Despite advances in diagnosis and treatment, acquired TTP remains a challenging disease due to the lack of a simple diagnostic test and the variable response to plasma exchange. Herein, we describe a case of a 5-year-old of black ethnicity boy who presented with a sudden onset of fatigue and body aches. Laboratory investigations revealed a thrombotic microangiopathic manifestation. TTP was diagnosed, and plasma exchange and corticosteroids were initiated, with an excellent response...
April 12, 2018: Laboratory Medicine
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