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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139189/clostridium-difficile-infection-in-hospitalized-octogenarian-patients
#1
Anca Trifan, Irina Girleanu, Carol Stanciu, Egidia Miftode, Camelia Cojocariu, Ana-Maria Singeap, Catalin Sfarti, Stefan Chiriac, Tudor Cuciureanu, Oana Stoica
AIM: To evaluate the risk factors and outcome of Clostridium difficile infection in hospitalized octogenarian patients. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of risk factors and outcome of C. difficile infection in hospitalized octogenarians was carried out at two academic centers in Romania from January 2014 to September 2016. Demographic, clinical and laboratory characteristics; antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors use in-hospital and 2 months before admission; comorbidities; length of hospital stay; treatment; and outcome were carefully collected from the patients' medical charts and compared with those from octogenarians hospitalized during the same period...
November 15, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105687/-early-and-mid-term-results-of-the-transapical-aortic-valve-symetis-acurate-ta-a-viable-solution-in-high-risk-patients-with-severe-vascular-disease
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Giuseppe Rescigno, Maria Giovanna Fratesi, Carlo Aratari, Stefano Moretti, Filippo Capestro, Massimiliano Serenelli, Luca Piangerelli, Anca Delca, Gian Piero Perna, Alessandro Capucci, Marco Di Eusanio
BACKGROUND: Aortic valve stenosis is the most common valvular disease in the elderly. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation represents a viable alternative to conventional aortic valve replacement. In our Department, the transapical approach is the preferred method in patients with severe peripheral vascular disease. The aim of this study was to analyze the early and midterm results of Symetis Acurate TA implantation in our series. METHODS: From June 2013 to January 2017, 21 patients with severe peripheral vascular disease (11 male, mean age 78 ± 2...
October 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099655/multimarker-assessment-of-diastolic-dysfunction-in-metabolic-syndrome-patients
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Mihaela Mocan, Florin Anton, Șoimița Suciu, Rodica Răhăian, Sorin Nicu Blaga, Anca Daniela Fărcaș
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) has been associated with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) with preserved systolic function. This study aims at identifying the predictive factors for LVDD in MetS patients. METHODS: The studied group comprised 72 consecutive hospitalized patients (2010-2011) diagnosed with MetS based on AHA/NHLBI/IDF 2009 definition, free of cardiovascular disease (36.11% males, age 59.19 ± 5.26 years), who underwent echocardiographic examination...
November 3, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090032/the-psychological-abuse-of-the-elderly-a-silent-factor-of-cardiac-decompensation
#4
Adina Carmen Ilie, Anca Iuliana Pîslaru, Ioana Dana Alexa, Adriana Pancu, Ovidiu Gavrilovici, Aliona Dronic
Abuse of the elderly is a major issue debated worldwide. The most commonly identified form of abuse is the physical abuse. It is also the most frequently studied in the medical literature. However, at least six types of elder abuse are identified, and physical abuse is found in a small proportion of the cases. The consequences of abuse are frequent and, by prolonging hospitalizations, they will be associated with high costs of medical services, and patient's lack of self-confidence which, in time, may lead to social isolation, somatization, anxiety, depression, and suicide attempts...
June 2017: Mædica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983650/-eosinophilic-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-churg-strauss-syndrome
#5
REVIEW
A Jerrentrup, T Müller, J Mariss, S Dylla
This article presents the case of a patient with dyspnea, a history of poorly controlled asthma, sinonasal polyposis, blood eosinophilia and transient pulmonary infiltrates. The autoantibodies antinuclear antibodies, cytoplasmic anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (c-ANCA) and perinuclear anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (p-ANCA) were negative. These symptoms are typical for eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA, alternatively known as Churg-Strauss syndrome). The delay between onset and diagnosis in this case was several years...
October 5, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864843/pupillary-autonomic-dysfunction-in-patients-with-anca-associated-vasculitis
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Philipp Moog, O Eren, S Kossegg, K Valda, A Straube, M Grünke, H Schulze-Koops, M Witt
OBJECTIVE: To assess autonomic function by infrared dynamic pupillometry in patients with ANCA-vasculitis (AAV) in correlation to autonomic symptoms, disease specific clinical parameters and cardiovascular reflex tests. METHODS: Patients with AAV and healthy controls underwent pupillometry at rest and after sympathetic stimulation (cold pressor test). Three parasympathetic parameters (amplitude, relative amplitude, maximum constriction velocity) and one sympathetic parameter (late dilatation velocity) were assessed...
December 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709761/central-nervous-system-involvement-in-eosinophilic-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-churg-strauss-report-of-26-patients-and-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Raphaël André, Vincent Cottin, Jean-Luc Saraux, Gilles Blaison, Boris Bienvenu, Pascal Cathebras, Robin Dhote, Aurélie Foucher, Helder Gil, Joëlle Lapoirie, David Launay, Valentine Loustau, François Maurier, Edouard Pertuiset, Thierry Zénone, Jörg Seebach, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, Xavier Puéchal, Luc Mouthon, Loïc Guillevin, Benjamin Terrier
BACKGROUND: Although peripheral nervous system involvement is common in eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA), central nervous system (CNS) manifestations are poorly described. This study aimed to describe CNS involvement in EGPA. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This retrospective, observational, multicenter study included patients with EGPA and CNS involvement affecting cranial nerves, brain and/or spinal cord. We also undertook a systematic literature review...
September 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566800/serum-soluble-st2-and-diastolic-dysfunction-in-hypertensive-patients
#8
Anca Daniela Farcaş, Florin Petru Anton, Cerasela Mihaela Goidescu, Iulia Laura Gavrilă, Luminiţa Animarie Vida-Simiti, Mirela Anca Stoia
BACKGROUND: Echocardiographic evaluation of left ventricular (LV) structural and functional alterations in hypertension has some limitations, potentially overcome by using biomarkers. ST2, a prognostic biomarker for heart failure and myocardial infarction patients, was less studied in hypertension. AIM: To analyze the relationship between serum ST2 levels and diastolic dysfunction (DD) in hypertension. METHOD: We enrolled 88 hypertensive outpatients (average age 65 years, 69...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535618/granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-in-tunisia
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I Ben Ghorbel, N Belfeki, N Baouendi, T Ben Salem, M H Houman
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is more frequent in Northern rather than Southern countries. Very few studies have been conducted in Africa. We have performed a retrospective descriptive study including clinical and laboratory profiles of 30 Tunisian GPA patients seen at the department of Internal Medicine of the University Hospital of la Rabta from 2000 to 2014. Mean age at initial GPA diagnosis was 46±12 years, and the average number of months between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis was 25. Seventeen (56%) were male, and 13 (44%) were female...
May 22, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528869/temporary-removal-pure-membranous-lupus-nephritis-description-of-a-cohort-of-150-patients-and-review-of-the-literature
#10
Lucía Silva-Fernández, Teresa Otón, Anca Askanase, Patricia Carreira, Francisco Javier López-Longo, Alejandro Olivé, Íñigo Rúa-Figueroa, Javier Narváez, Esther Ruiz-Lucea, Mariano Andrés, Enrique Calvo, Francisco Toyos, Juan José Alegre-Sancho, Eva Tomero, Carlos Montilla, Antonio Zea, Esther Uriarte, Jaime Calvo-Alén, Carlos Marras, Víctor M Martínez-Taboada, María Ángeles Belmonte-López, José Rosas, Enrique Raya, Gema Bonilla, Mercedes Freire, José María Pego-Reigosa, Isabel Millán, Adwoa Hughes-Morley
The publisher regrets that this article has been temporarily removed. A replacement will appear as soon as possible in which the reason for the removal of the article will be specified, or the article will be reinstated. The full Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal can be found at: https://www.elsevier.com/about/our-business/policies/article-withdrawal.
May 18, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523319/amyloidosis-a-rare-cause-of-refractory-heart-failure-in-a-young-female
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Irina Iuliana Costache, Claudia Florida Costea, Mihai Danciu, Victor Vlad Costan, Viviana Aursulesei, Gabriela FlorenŢa Dumitrescu, Mihaela Dana Turliuc, Anca Sava
Cardiac amyloidosis may occur in any type of systemic amyloidosis. The clinical picture is often characterized by restrictive cardiomyopathy. We report the case of a 41-year-old female patient admitted to the Department of Cardiology with clinical signs of right heart failure: congested jugular veins, hepatomegaly, peripheral edema, ascites associated with atrial fibrillation, low values of arterial blood pressure and oliguria. Echocardiographic findings were helpful for the diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis: enlarged atrial cavities, normal size ventricles, thickened ventricular septum and posterior left ventricle wall with normal left ventricular ejection fraction, mitral and tricuspid regurgitation...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487867/non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-after-rituximab-treatment-for-membranous-nephropathy
#12
Wisit Cheungpasitporn, Stephen L Kopecky, Ulrich Specks, Kharmen Bharucha, Fernando C Fervenza
Rituximab is an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody frequently used for the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and anti-neutrophilic cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis. In addition, rituximab has recently been increasingly used as an off-label treatment in a number of inflammatory and systemic autoimmune diseases. It is advised that rituximab infusion may cause infusion reactions and adverse cardiac effects including arrhythmia and angina, especially in patients with prior history of cardiovascular diseases...
2017: Journal of Renal Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414663/not-another-acs-rule-out
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S Preston, R Nelson, M Watts, D Smith, T Dewenter, D Spruill
CASE: A 50 year old African-American woman with diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia presented with progressively worsening retro-sternal chest pain, exacerbated by activity and relieved by rest. She also endorsed a thirty-pound unintentional weight loss, and dysphagia. She was dysarthric with left-sided Bell's Palsy and a palpable left axillary lymph node. She had been evaluated at several hospitals in the previous months for similar typical chest pain. Her troponin values were normal, and an EKG showed T-wave inversions in leads I and aVL...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251013/antiproteinase-3-positive-eosinophilic-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-presenting-with-heart-failure-and-intraventricular-thrombosis
#14
Dan Zhu, Yiming Luo, Xiangyuan Liu, Lingyun Zu
Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) is a rare systemic vasculitis commonly with cardiac complications. We describe a case of anti-PR3 ANCA-positive EGPA complicated by congestive heart failure and intraventricular thrombosis. Interestingly, the thrombus was resolved rapidly with steroid and cyclophosphamide in the setting of interrupted anticoagulation. To the best of our knowledge, we report the first case of anti-PR3 positive EGPA with extensive cardiac involvement. Our patient had overlapping features with previously studied ANCA-positive and ANCA-negative EGPA cases...
2017: Case Reports in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225490/clinical-characteristics-and-outcome-of-spanish-patients-with-anca-associated-vasculitides-impact-of-the-vasculitis-type-anca-specificity-and-treatment-on-mortality-and-morbidity
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Roser Solans-Laqué, Guadalupe Fraile, Monica Rodriguez-Carballeira, Luis Caminal, Maria J Castillo, Ferran Martínez-Valle, Luis Sáez, Juan J Rios, Xavier Solanich, Joaquim Oristrell, Francisco Pasquau, Eva Fonseca, Monica Zamora, Jose L Callejas, Begoña Frutos, Monica Abdilla, Patricia Fanlo, Isabel García-Sánchez, Miguel López-Dupla, Bernardo Sopeña, Almudena Pérez-Iglesias, Josep A Bosch
The aim of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics of ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAV) at presentation, in a wide cohort of Spanish patients, and to analyze the impact of the vasculitis type, ANCA specificity, prognostic factors, and treatments administered at diagnosis, in the outcome.A total of 450 patients diagnosed between January 1990 and January 2014 in 20 Hospitals from Spain were included. Altogether, 40.9% had granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), 37.1% microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), and 22% eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA)...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180206/multiple-cardiac-complications-after-adjuvant-therapy-for-breast-cancer-the-importance-of-echocardiography-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#16
Adriana Luminita Gurghean, Ilinca Savulescu-Fiedler, Anca Mihailescu
Cardiovascular complications induced by adjuvant cancer therapies may become symptomatic after many years, being responsible for increased morbidity and mortality in long-term survivors. We report a case of a 54-year old female admitted for severe heart failure induced by myocardial and valvular damage after postoperative adjuvant therapy for left breast cancer 6 years ago. Her recent history revealed nonST elevation myocardial infarction in the absence of significant cardiovascular risk factors. Transthoracic echocardiography, tissue Doppler imaging and speckle-tracking imaging revealed severe biventricular systolic dysfunction, severe mitral and tricuspid regurgitation and severe pulmonary hypertension...
January 31, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065613/anca-negative-churg-strauss-syndrome-presenting-as-acute-multiple-cerebral-infarcts-a-case-report
#17
Klearchos Psychogios, Ilias Evmorfiadis, Spyros Dragomanovits, Athanasios Stavridis, Konstantinos Takis, Loukas Kaklamanis, Pantelis Stathis
Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA, previously named Churg-Strauss syndrome) is a form of necrotizing vasculitis occurring in patients with asthma and eosinophilia. Ischemic stroke is a relatively rare complication of the disease. We report a case of a 63-year-old woman with multiple embolic infarcts, hypereosinophilia (for >7 years), and skin rash. Elevated cardiac enzymes and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging were consistent with endomyocarditis. The simultaneous presence of history of asthma, sinusitis, hypereosinophilia, and vasculitis led to the diagnosis of EGPA...
March 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002315/a-case-report-and-literature-review-of-churg-strauss-syndrome-presenting-with-myocarditis
#18
REVIEW
Lu Qiao, Dengfeng Gao
BACKGROUND: Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS) is a multisystem disorder characterized by asthma, prominent peripheral blood eosinophilia, and vasculitis signs. CASE SUMMARY: Here we report a case of CSS presenting with acute myocarditis and heart failure and review the literature on CSS with cardiac involvement. A 59-year-old man with general fatigue, numbness of limbs, and a 2-year history of asthma was admitted to the department of orthopedics. Eosinophilia, history of asthma, lung infiltrates, peripheral neurological damage, and myocarditis suggested the diagnosis of CSS...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931223/pattern-and-prognostic-value-of-cardiac-involvement-in-patients-with-late-onset-pompe-disease-a-comprehensive-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-approach
#19
Matthias Boentert, Anca Florian, Bianca Dräger, Peter Young, Ali Yilmaz
BACKGROUND: Pompe disease is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by deficiency of the lysosomal α-1,4-glucosidase leading to accumulation of glycogen in target tissues with progressive organ failure. While the early infantile-onset form is characterized by early severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with cardiac and respiratory failure, clinically relevant cardiomyopathy seems to be uncommon in patients with late-onset Pompe disease, and the prevalence and nature of myocardial abnormalities are still to be clarified...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885316/bartonella-endocarditis-and-pauci-immune-glomerulonephritis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#20
REVIEW
Jillian E Raybould, Alison L Raybould, Megan K Morales, Misbah Zaheer, Michael S Lipkowitz, Joseph G Timpone, Princy N Kumar
Among culture-negative endocarditis in the United States, Bartonella species are the most common cause, with Bartonella henselae and Bartonella quintana comprising the majority of cases. Kidney manifestations, particularly glomerulonephritis, are common sequelae of infectious endocarditis, with nearly half of all Bartonella patients demonstrating renal involvement. Although a pauci-immune pattern is a frequent finding in infectious endocarditis-associated glomerulonephritis, it is rarely reported in Bartonella endocarditis...
September 2016: Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: IDCP
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