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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644963/self-report-and-subjective-history-in-the-diagnosis-of-painful-neck-conditions-a-systematic-review-of-diagnostic-accuracy-studies
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REVIEW
Adam Mizer, Alexa Bachmann, Jessie Gibson, Megan Burrowbridge Donaldson
Rising healthcare costs and inherent risks with over-utilizing diagnostic imaging require a quality subjective examination to improve effectiveness and time management of physical examinations. This systematic review investigates the diagnostic accuracy of subjective history and self-report items to determine if there is significant alteration in the probability of identifying specific painful neck conditions. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines were followed. INCLUSION CRITERIA: 1) Written in the English language 2) Cervical pain with/without referred upper extremity or head pain 3) Subjective history or self-report items 4) Study designs that reported diagnostic statistics or allowed calculation of sensitivities, specificities, diagnostic odds ratios, and likelihood ratios 5) used a reference standard that has a sensitivity or specificity ≥75% or a diagnostic tool that is strongly supported in the literature where this data is not available...
June 8, 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644838/characterization-and-utilization-of-an-international-neurofibromatosis-web-based-patient-entered-registry-an-observational-study
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Mindell Seidlin, Robert Holzman, Pamela Knight, Bruce Korf, Vanessa Rangel Miller, David Viskochil, Annette Bakker
The neurofibromatoses (neurofibromatosis type 1, neurofibromatosis type 2 and schwannomatosis) are rare disorders having clinical manifestations that vary greatly from patient to patient. The rarity and variability of these disorders has made it challenging for investigators to identify sufficient numbers of patients with particular clinical characteristics or specific germline mutations for participation in interventional studies. Similarly, because the natural history of all types of neurofibromatosis (NF) is variable and unique for each individual, it is difficult to identify meaningful clinical outcome measures for potential therapeutic interventions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644837/real-world-first-line-treatment-and-overall-survival-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-without-known-egfr-mutations-or-alk-rearrangements-in-us-community-oncology-setting
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Amy P Abernethy, Ashwini Arunachalam, Thomas Burke, Caroline McKay, Xiting Cao, Rachael Sorg, David P Carbone
PURPOSE: To establish a baseline for care and overall survival (OS) based upon contemporary first-line treatments prescribed in the era before the introduction of immune checkpoint inhibitors, for people with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without common actionable mutations. METHODS: Using a nationally representative electronic health record data from the Flatiron dataset which included 162 practices from different regions in US, we identified patients (≥18 years old) newly diagnosed with stage IV NSCLC initiating first-line anticancer therapy (November 2012- January 2015, with follow-up through July 2015)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644822/the-effect-of-a-lay-led-group-based-self-management-program-for-patients-with-chronic-pain-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-the-danish-version-of-the-chronic-pain-self-management-programme
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Mimi Mehlsen, Lea Hegaard, Eva Ørnbøl, Jens Søndergaard Jensen, Per Fink, Lisbeth Frostholm
The Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Programme (CPSMP) consists of six 2½-hour weekly workshops focusing on how to manage pain in daily life. The workshops are facilitated by two workshop leaders of whom at least one must suffer from a long-term pain condition. The program is highly structured and manualized. Only few controlled trials testing the effect of CPSMP exist.Enrolled in the study were 424 adults from 19 Danish municipalities, (72% women; age: 25-93 years) with pain of any etiology and great variation in pain history (0-50 yrs)...
June 22, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644570/clinical-and-genetic-analysis-of-patients-with-cherubism
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R A Machado, H A R Pontes, F R Pires, H M Silveira, A Bufalino, R Carlos, F M Tuji, D B M Alves, A R Santos-Silva, M A Lopes, H M Capistrano, R D Coletta, F P Fonseca
OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical and genetic features of patients with cherubism. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A descriptive analysis of 14 cases from 9 different families was carried out. Clinicopathological, imaging and follow-up data were retrieved from patients' medical files and correlated with the genetic profile of each patient. Genomic DNA isolated from buccal mucosa cells was subjected to direct sequencing analysis of the SH3BP2 gene. RESULTS: Females were more affected than males (8:6), and the mean age at diagnosis was 8...
June 23, 2017: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644426/the-association-between-the-serum-levels-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-and-colorectal-cancer
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Ismar Rašić, Azra Rašić, Goran Akšamija, Svjetlana Radović, Nedžad Šehović
Aim To determine the serum levels of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) concentration and their association with the stage and histopathologic sizes of colorectal cancer (CRC). Methods One hundred and two patients with clinically diagnosed and histologically confirmed colorectal cancer ready for surgical treatment were included in the study. In each patient, preoperative peripheral venous blood samples were taken for determination of the concentration of MMP-9 using ELISA immunoassay test. Resected tumour specimens were studied pathologically according to the criteria of the TNM classification...
August 1, 2017: Medicinski Glasnik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644389/chronic-respiratory-infection-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-what-is-the-role-of-antibiotics
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REVIEW
Marc Miravitlles, Antonio Anzueto
Chronic infections are associated with exacerbation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The major objective of the management of these patients is the prevention and effective treatment of exacerbations. Patients that have increased sputum production, associated with purulence and worsening shortness of breath, are the ones that will benefit from antibiotic therapy. It is important to give the appropriate antibiotic therapy to prevent treatment failure, relapse, and the emergence of resistant pathogens...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644338/committee-opinion-no-706-sexual-health
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Sexuality involves a broad range of expressions of intimacy and is fundamental to self-dentification, with strong cultural, biologic, and psychologic components. Obstetrician-gynecologists often are consulted by patients about sexual health and are in a unique position to open a dialogue on sexual health issues. Several obstacles to frank conversations with patients about sexual health exist, including a lack of adequate training and confidence in the topic, a perception that there are few treatment options, a lack of adequate clinical time to obtain a sexual history, patients' reluctance to initiate the conversation, and the underestimation of the prevalence of sexual dysfunction...
July 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644331/committee-opinion-no-706-summary-sexual-health
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Sexuality involves a broad range of expressions of intimacy and is fundamental to self-dentification, with strong cultural, biologic, and psychologic components. Obstetrician-gynecologists often are consulted by patients about sexual health and are in a unique position to open a dialogue on sexual health issues. Several obstacles to frank conversations with patients about sexual health exist, including a lack of adequate training and confidence in the topic, a perception that there are few treatment options, a lack of adequate clinical time to obtain a sexual history, patients' reluctance to initiate the conversation, and the underestimation of the prevalence of sexual dysfunction...
July 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644313/unique-clinical-features-of-los-angeles-grade-d-esophagitis-suggest-that-factors-other-than-gastroesophageal-reflux-contribute-to-its-pathogenesis
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Anh D Nguyen, Stuart J Spechler, Monique N Shuler, Rhonda F Souza, Kerry B Dunbar
BACKGROUND: The Los Angeles (LA) grade of reflux esophagitis (A to D) is assumed to reflect severity of the underlying gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Thus, LA-D esophagitis patients might be expected to have the most conditions predisposing to GERD (eg, obesity, hiatal hernia), and the highest frequency of GERD symptoms. GOALS: The main goal of this study is to compare clinical features of patients with the most severe (LA-D) and mildest (LA-A) grades of esophagitis...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644261/is-intravenous-thrombolysis-safe-and-effective-in-central-retinal-artery-occlusion-a-critically-appraised-topic
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Oana M Dumitrascu, Joanne F Shen, Madhavi Kurli, Maria I Aguilar, Lisa A Marks, Bart M Demaerschalk, Dean M Wingerchuk, Cumara B O'Carroll
BACKGROUND: Central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) is a neurological and ophthalmologic emergency associated with poor visual recovery. There is a dilemma regarding the appropriate treatment, as formal guidelines are lacking. Despite being considered an ocular equivalent of cerebral infarction, the time window of intravenous (IV) thrombolysis administration for maximum efficacy and safety in CRAO remains uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To critically assess the current evidence regarding the safety and effectiveness of IV thrombolysis in the treatment of patients with CRAO...
July 2017: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644256/cluster-like-headache-secondary-to-focal-cervical-myelitis
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Dong-Eun Kim, Ji-Yun Park, Hyeonuk Ha, Geum-Jin Yoon, Bang-Hoon Cho, Seung-Han Lee
BACKGROUND: Cluster headache (CH) is characterized by attacks of severe periorbital pain associated with autonomic symptoms. As with other forms of primary headache, structural lesions should be excluded, particularly if the headache presents with an atypical pattern. CASE: We report a 41-year-old woman who had no previous history of primary headache and showed a poor response to medication for CH. The patient was finally diagnosed as secondary headache with CH feature due to focal myelitis at the cervical level of the spinal cord...
July 2017: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644216/what-do-pas-need-to-know-about-prescription-drug-monitoring-programs
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Geoffrey A Mospan, Austin Lucas
As controlled-substance abuse continues to increase in the United States, clinicians find themselves on the front lines of this epidemic. State-operated prescription drug monitoring programs are a valuable resource that prescribers can use to see patients' controlled substance history. Despite some limitations, these programs have been shown to be an effective method in reducing overdose deaths and the supply of controlled substances in the community.
July 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644212/worsening-atrioventricular-conduction-after-hospital-discharge-in-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-undergoing-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-the-horizons-ami-trial
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Ioanna Kosmidou, Björn Redfors, Thomas McAndrew, Monica Embacher, Roxana Mehran, José M Dizon, Ori Ben-Yehuda, Gary S Mintz, Gregg W Stone
BACKGROUND: The chronic effects of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) on the atrioventricular conduction (AVC) system have not been elucidated. This study aimed to evaluate the incidence, predictors, and outcomes of worsened AVC post-STEMI in patients treated with a primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PATIENTS AND METHODS: The current analysis included patients from the HORIZONS-AMI trial who underwent primary PCI and had available ECGs...
June 21, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644209/an-atypical-case-of-paracentral-acute-middle-maculopathy
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Cheryl Haskes, Shannon Santapaola, Jordan Zinn
PURPOSE: This is a case presentation of paracentral acute middle maculopathy in a 33-year-old white man with borderline hyperlipidemia. Paracentral acute middle maculopathy was originally thought to be a variant of acute macular neuroretinopathy; however, it is now generally accepted that these two conditions are separate disease entities. The etiology, evolution, and pathophysiology of acute macular neuroretinopathy and paracentral acute middle maculopathy are discussed, as well as current diagnostic techniques...
June 21, 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644177/a-case-of-intravesical-bacillus-calmette-guerin-related-endophthalmitis-and-retinitis-confirmed-with-retinal-biopsy
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Alison Huggins, Murtaza Adam, David Ehmann, Ralph C Eagle, Barry Malloy, Sunir J Garg
PURPOSE: To present a rare case of bilateral endogenous chorioretinitis and unilateral endophthalmitis due to Mycobacterium bovis in a patient who received intravesical bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) treatment. METHODS: We present a case of a single male patient with bilateral endogenous chorioretinitis due to Mycobacterium bovis in a patient who received intravesical BCG, an attenuated strain of M. bovis widely used to treat superficial bladder cancer. The patient underwent intravitreal tap, vitrectomy, and chorioretinal biopsy with histologic examination...
June 20, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644176/conn-syndrome-presenting-as-central-retinal-vein-occlusion
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Alp Atik, Dennis Wilson, Rohan W Essex
PURPOSE: To describe a case of central retinal vein occlusion in a young patient presenting with symptomatic malignant hypertension because of Conn syndrome. METHODS: Single interventional case report. RESULTS: A 44-year-old man presented with a 1-day history of headache and vision loss in his right eye on a background of malignant hypertension. He was diagnosed with right central retinal vein occlusion. Further investigation of his malignant hypertension revealed Conn syndrome because of an aldosterone-secreting adenoma in the left adrenal gland...
June 20, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644158/radiology-case-of-the-month-idiopathic-cd4-lymphocytopenia
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Chris Malone, Neel D Gupta, Amit Kothari, Enrique Palacios, Harold Neitzschman
A 39 year-old male with a history of diabetes, retinitis pigmentosa, and genital warts presented with intractable occipital headaches accompanied with nausea and vomiting. The patient had markedly depressed CD4 counts. Furthermore the patient tested negative for HIV and HTLV 1/2 and had normal immunoglobulin levels. During hospital course the patient underwent a lumbar puncture and multiple imaging exams, including both CT and MR. Except for occasional nausea and vomiting controlled by therapeutic lumbar punctures, phenergan, and dilaudid the patient's hospital course was uncomplicated...
May 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644156/clinical-case-of-the-month-a-57-year-old-man-with-an-axillary-mass
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Palak Desai, Andrew Myers, Brian Boulmay, Fred A Lopez
A 57-year-old man presented to the surgical oncology clinic with a mildly tender mass under his right arm. Four years prior, the patient had a melanoma removed from his right shoulder along with an ipsilateral right axillary sentinel lymph sampling. Computed tomography (CT) scan was negative for metastatic disease at that time. The patient did not undergo completion axillary node dissection and was lost to follow-up. The patient was originally from Australia, did not tan but reported multiple sunburns before age 18...
May 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644146/association-between-fibrinogen-level-and-the-severity-of-coronary-stenosis-in-418-male-patients-with-myocardial-infarction-younger-than-35-years-old
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Xiong-Yi Gao, Bing-Yang Zhou, Min-Zhou Zhang, Xi Zhao, Ping Qing, Cheng-Gang Zhu, Na-Qiong Wu, Yuan-Lin Guo, Ying Gao, Xiao-Lin Li, Yao Wang, Geng Liu, Qian Dong, Li-Heng Guo, Jian-Jun Li
Fibrinogen (Fib) is a useful marker for predicting the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) in adult population. However, whether Fib can be a predictor for the presence and severity of CAD in very young MI patients (≤35 years old) remains to be determined. A total of 418 males from 61,863 patients with MI who were under 35 years old were sequentially recruited in our study. The patients were divided into two main groups and three subgroups according to coronary angiograph and Gensini score (GS) system: no coronary artery stenosis (group A), the results of the coronary artery stenosis (group B); low GS, intermediate GS and high GS...
June 20, 2017: Oncotarget
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