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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427367/determinants-of-delayed-care-seeking-for-tb-suggestive-symptoms-in-seru-district-oromiya-region-ethiopia-a-community-based-unmatched-case-control-study
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Robel Yirgu, Firaol Lemessa, Selamawit Hirpa, Abraham Alemayehu, Eveline Klinkenberg
BACKGROUND: Early tuberculosis (TB) case finding and adequate chemotherapy are essential for interrupting disease transmission and preventing complications due to delayed care seeking. This study was undertaken in order to provide insights into the magnitude and determinants of patient delay. METHODS: The study was conducted in rural Seru district, employing a population based unmatched case-control study design. The WHO standardized TB screening tool was used to identify presumptive TB cases among the district population ages > 15 years...
April 20, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416755/efficacy-and-safety-of-braf-inhibition-alone-versus-combined-braf-and-mek-inhibition-in-melanoma-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Mengdong Liu, Xuekang Yang, Jiaqi Liu, Bin Zhao, Weixia Cai, Yan Li, Dahai Hu
Recent clinical studies have shown that combination therapy of BRAF and MEK inhibition provides more survival benefit than BRAF inhibition monotherapy. However, the adverse events due to BRAF and MEK inhibitors impact the physical comfort and social life of patients. Thus, in this study we have undertaken a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to compare the efficacy and adverse events risk between monotherapy and combination therapy. We identified the relevant studies by searching PubMed, EMBASE and Google scholar databases, between the year January 2000 and May 2016...
February 23, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414684/who-shot-the-cannonballs-extensive-lung-metastases-in-a-39-year-old-man
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D Sommerhalder, J Blondin
CASE: A 39 year-old man presented to the emergency department complaining of a cough of 2 months in duration. He also complained of weight loss of 20 pounds in two months and night sweats over the same period. An x-ray of the chest was performed and revealed innumerable lung nodules and masses. Computed tomography of the chest and abdomen were subsequently performed which confirmed the masses, but imaging did not reveal an obvious primary source. A testicular exam was performed but no obvious abnormalities were noted...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414677/a-rare-case-of-tropical-pyomysitis-acquired-on-vacation-in-a-healthy-male
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K Poole, T Tran
INTRODUCTION: Pyomyositis has traditionally been considered a tropical disease. Increasing prevalence has been observed in more northern climates, especially with HIV, immunosuppression, and IV drug abuse as predisposing factors. Pyomyositis has the tendency to mimic other conditions, such as muscle contusion, necrotizing fasciitis, or septic arthritis. The rarity of this disease and non-specificity of its symptoms often lead to delay in appropriate diagnosis and treatment. CASE: 24-year-old man, seen 2 days prior in orthopedics clinic and the Emergency Department for persistent gluteal pain thought to be due to right-sided sciatica, was admitted following worsening pain, diffuse generalized weakness with polyarthralgias and myalgias These symptoms were associated with night sweats, shaking chills, and difficulty walking...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414675/case-report-of-sarcoidosis-as-a-great-mimicker-in-various-populations
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C Bowe, F Jenssen, A Espinoza
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of sarcoidosis varies as much as 1-40 cases per 100,000 depending on region and population. Sarcoid typically occurs in people younger than 50 years old, with a peak incidence with ages between 20 and 40 years old. African Americans are 3 times more likely to develop sarcoidosis than Caucasian Americans, and woman are more likely than men to develop sarcoidosis in any ethnic group; nonetheless, it remains a valid differential across any population. CASE: A 32 year old Hispanic man presented to the Emergency Department with night sweats, fatigue, and 35 pound unintentional weight loss over the last several weeks...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414669/a-case-of-hepatosplentic-t-cell-lymphoma-a-rare-aggressive-tumor-of-the-young
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S Cingam, S Patel, N Koshy
INTRODUCTION: Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma (HSTCL); is an unusual entity first described in 1990 that predominantly affects middle-aged men and is classified by WHO under peripheral T-cell lymphomas. We present a 26-year-old man with HSCTL treated with a non-CHOP regimen. CASE: A 26 year old immigrant from Cameroon without significant past medical history presented with abdominal discomfort that was first noted 1 month prior at which time he was elbowed in abdomen during a basketball game...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399929/xanthogranulomatous-pyelonephritis-presenting-as-acute-pleuritic-chest-pain-a-case-report
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Justin Chow, Rameez Kabani, Kirstie Lithgow, Magdalena A Sarna
BACKGROUND: Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis is a rare and serious manifestation of chronic kidney inflammation that can be life-threatening if not recognized and treated appropriately, often with antibiotics and surgery. Affected patients are most commonly females in their fifth or sixth decade of life with a background of obstructive uropathy, nephrolithiasis, or recurrent urinary tract infections who present with vague nonspecific symptoms. CASE PRESENTATION: A 43-year-old woman of Russian ethnicity with a history of nephrolithiasis presented to our emergency department with new left-sided pleuritic chest pain amid a 6-week history of constitutional symptoms including fevers, night sweats, and 7 kg of weight loss...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352636/unicentric-castleman-s-disease-associated-with-end-stage-renal-disease-caused-by-amyloidosis
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Eray Eroglu, Ismail Kocyigit, Aydin Unal, Murat Hayri Sipahioglu, Hulya Akgun, Leylagul Kaynar, Bulent Tokgoz, Oktay Oymak
Castleman's disease (CD), also known as angiofolicular lymph node hyperplasia, is a rare heterogenous group of lymphoproliferative disorders. Histologically, it can be classified as hyaline vascular type, plasma cell type, or mixed type. Clinically two different subtypes of the CD are present: Unicentric and multicentric. Unicentric CD is generally asymptomatic and associated with hyaline vascular type, and its diagnoses depend on the localized lymphadenopathy on examination or imaging studies. However, multicentric CD presents with generalized lymphadenopathy and systemic symptoms including malaise, fever, night sweats, weight loss, and it is associated with the plasma cell type and mix type...
March 16, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286984/an-international-menopause-society-study-of-vasomotor-symptoms-in-bangkok-and-chiang-mai-thailand
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I Sriprasert, T Pantasri, W Piyamongkol, A Suwan, S Chaikittisilpa, D Sturdee, P Gupta, M S Hunter
OBJECTIVES: To examine relationships between location, demographics, lifestyle, beliefs, and experience of hot flushes and night sweats (HFNS) amongst women living in two cities in Thailand. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of peri- and postmenopausal women, aged 45-55 years, from Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Participants completed questionnaires (demographics, health, HFNS (prevalence, frequency and problem-rating) and beliefs about menopause). A sub-sample of women from each location was interviewed...
April 2017: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283875/prevalence-and-correlates-of-patient-reported-symptoms-and-comorbidities-in-breast-cancer-survivors-at-a-tertiary-center
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Moaath Mustafa Ali, Machelle Moeller, Lisa Rybicki, Halle C F Moore
PURPOSE: Survivorship care is an essential component in the management of cancer patients. Optimal delivery of survivorship care requires an understanding of patient concerns and factors associated with treatment-related symptoms and comorbidities. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study evaluating 34 patient-reported conditions (symptoms and comorbidities) as well as self-reported health habits of stage 0-III breast cancer patients using a questionnaire completed at the time of the initial survivorship visit (SV)...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268125/mycobacterium-branderi-infection-case-report-and-literature-review-of-an-unusual-and-difficult-to-treat-non-tuberculous-mycobacterium
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Shannon L Turvey, Gregory J Tyrrell, Cristina Hernandez, Dima Kabbani, Karen Doucette, Carlos Cervera
A 67-year-old man with significant smoking history presented with fever, unintentional weight loss, night sweats, productive cough, and progressive dyspnea. Multiple respiratory specimens grew Mycobacterium branderi. Computed tomography scanning of the chest revealed a cavitary right upper lung lesion. Bronchoscopy and thoracoscopic biopsy were negative for malignancy but showed necrotizing granulomatous inflammation, which was culture negative. Due to clinical and radiologic progression despite therapy with clarithromycin, ethambutol and moxifloxacin, the lesion was surgically resected and the patient's symptoms resolved...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264655/screening-in-maternity-to-ascertain-tuberculosis-status-smats-study
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Edward Broughton, Samson Haumba, Marianne Calnan, Sandile Ginindsa, Rosanna Jeffries, Gugu Maphalala, Sikhathele Mazibuko, Munamato Mirara, Surbhi Modi, Pasipamire Munyaradzi, Peter Preko, Batsabile Simelane
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of tuberculosis is difficult among pregnant women because the signs and symptoms of the disease, such as fatigue, shortness of breath, sweating, cough, and mild fever are similar to some manifestations of pregnancy. It is particularly challenging among HIV-infected women as symptoms are often masked or atypical. Currently, WHO recommends a standard four-symptom screening tool for pregnant and lactating women. There is evidence from South Africa that this screening tool (which, despite complex symptomology in this population, recommends identification of patients with weight loss, fever, current cough and night sweats), may be missing true active TB cases...
March 6, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260598/the-efficacy-of-acupuncture-on-menopausal-symptoms-acom-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-study
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Kamma Sundgaard Lund, John Brodersen, Volkert Siersma, Frans Boch Waldorff
INTRODUCTION: Around 75% of menopausal women experience hot flushes (HF) and 10-20% of all postmenopausal women find this very distressing. The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture on moderate-to-severe menopausal symptoms in general and HF in particular. METHODS: An un-blinded randomised trial (cross-over) with 1:1 allocation to early (intervention) versus late (control) acupuncture. The included women suffer from moderate-to-severe HF and will receive a weekly treatment during five consecutive weeks in the following predefined acupuncture points: CV-3, CV-4, LR-8, SP-6, SP-9...
March 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257424/symptom-screening-rules-to-identify-active-pulmonary-tuberculosis-findings-from-the-zambian-south-african-tuberculosis-and-hiv-aids-reduction-zamstar-trial-prevalence-surveys
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M M Claassens, C van Schalkwyk, S Floyd, H Ayles, N Beyers
BACKGROUND: High tuberculosis (TB) burden countries should consider systematic screening among adults in the general population. We identified symptom screening rules to be used in addition to cough ≥2 weeks, in a context where X-ray screening is not feasible, aiming to increase the sensitivity of screening while achieving a specificity of ≥85%. METHODS: We used 2010 Zambia South Africa Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Reduction (ZAMSTAR) survey data: a South African (SA) training dataset, a SA testing dataset for internal validation and a Zambian dataset for external validation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249887/gastric-malignancy-presenting-as-a-neck-swelling-to-the-otorhinolaryngologists-a-case-of-internal-jugular-venous-thrombosis
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James Richardson-May, James Rogers, Thomas Parker
A woman aged 69 years presented with a 2-week history of left-sided neck swelling, dysphagia and night sweats. CT revealed an internal jugular venous thrombosis, multiple pulmonary emboli and gastric thickening. Endoscopy found a haemorrhagic fundal polypoidal tumour; biopsies diagnosed a gastric adenocarcinoma, Lauren's intestinal type. She was managed with radiotherapy and low molecular weight heparin.
March 1, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243433/a-rare-case-of-fusobacterium-necrophorum-liver-abscesses
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Faris Hannoodi, Hussam Sabbagh, Zain Kulairi, Sarwan Kumar
Liver abscesses are an uncommon disease that can present with vague symptoms. Fusobacterium necrophorum causing liver abscesses is a rare condition and only a few cases have been reported. An 88-year-old female presented to her primary care physician with one week of fevers, night sweats, chills, fatigue and vague right upper quadrant abdominal pain. She denied nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and unintentional weight loss. A computed tomography scan of the abdomen showed two liver abscesses in the right lobe as well as extensive diverticulosis...
January 11, 2017: Clinics and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237947/hypercalcaemia-caused-by-active-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-an-elderly-person-without-fever-or-pulmonary-symptoms
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Shogo Hanai, Takashi Shinzato, Daiki Inazu, Yasuharu Tokuda
Many diseases can cause hypercalcaemia, including primary hyperparathyroidism, cancer, drugs and granulomatous diseases. A nursing home resident aged 81 years was admitted because of altered mental status. The patient did not have fever, cough, sputum or night sweat. Hypercalcaemia was identified as a cause of the consciousness disturbance. Chest radiograph showed no acute process. Laboratory workups revealed elevated serum levels of 1,25-(OH)2 vitamin D3 and positive T-spot test. Microscopic examination of the suctioned sputum identified acid-fast bacilli, which was confirmed as Mycobactrium tuberculsosis Tuberculosis should be considered as the important cause of hypercalcaemia since early diagnosis and treatment is recommended for preventing its outbreak among people with close contacts with patients...
February 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231077/association-of-genetic-variation-in-the-tachykinin-receptor-3-locus-with-hot-flashes-and-night-sweats-in-the-women-s-health-initiative-study
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Carolyn J Crandall, JoAnn E Manson, Chancellor Hohensee, Steve Horvath, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Erin S LeBlanc, Mara Z Vitolins, Rami Nassir, Janet S Sinsheimer
OBJECTIVE: Vasomotor symptoms (VMS, ie, hot flashes or night sweats) are reported by many, but not all, women. The extent to which VMS are genetically determined is unknown. We evaluated the relationship of genetic variation and VMS. METHODS: In this observational study, we accessed data from three genome-wide association studies (GWAS) (SNP Health Association Resource cohort [SHARe], WHI Memory Study cohort [WHIMS+], and Genome-Wide Association Studies of Treatment Response in Randomized Clinical Trials [GARNET] studies, total n = 17,695) of European American, African American, and Hispanic American postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 years at baseline in the Women's Health Initiative Study...
March 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225431/menopause-and-big-data-word-adjacency-graph-modeling-of-menopause-related-chacha-data
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Janet S Carpenter, Doyle Groves, Chen X Chen, Julie L Otte, Wendy R Miller
OBJECTIVE: To detect and visualize salient queries about menopause using Big Data from ChaCha. METHODS: We used Word Adjacency Graph (WAG) modeling to detect clusters and visualize the range of menopause-related topics and their mutual proximity. The subset of relevant queries was fully modeled. We split each query into token words (ie, meaningful words and phrases) and removed stopwords (ie, not meaningful functional words). The remaining words were considered in sequence to build summary tables of words and two and three-word phrases...
February 20, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217253/miliary-tuberculosis-infection-during-hepatitis-c-treatment-with-sofosbuvir-and-ledipasvir-plus-ribavirin
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Maria Pilar Ballester-Ferré, Fernando Martínez, Natalia Garcia-Gimeno, Francisco Mora, Miguel A Serra
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is one of the main causes of chronic liver disease worldwide. In the last 5 years, treatment for HCV infection has experienced a marked development. In 2014, the use of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir with or without concomitant weight-based ribavirin was approved with a very significant increase in the sustained virological response. However, new side effects have been associated. We report the first case of an HCV infected patient treated for 12 wk with the combination of sofosbuvir/ledipasvir plus ribavirin who developed a miliary tuberculosis (TB) infection while on therapy...
January 28, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
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