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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927205/rare-neurosurgical-complications-of-epidural-injections-an-8-yr-single-institution-experience
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Gabriel A Smith, Jonathan Pace, Madeleine Strohl, Anand Kaul, Salim Hayek, Jonathan P Miller
BACKGROUND: Neurosurgical complications from epidural injections have rarely been reported. OBJECTIVE: To define the spectrum of complications from these procedures in order to identify risk factors and strategies for prevention. METHODS: A prospectively maintained database of 14 247 neurosurgical admissions over 8 yr was screened to identify patients who had suffered procedural complications associated with 1182 cervical and 4617 lumbar interlaminar epidural injection procedures performed at a single institution...
April 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927193/timing-of-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-with-non-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-a-swedeheart-study
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Daniel Lindholm, Joakim Alfredsson, Oskar Angerås, Felix Böhm, Fredrik Calais, Sasha Koul, Bo Lagerqvist, Henrik Renlund, Giovanna Sarno, Christoph Varenhorst
Aims: Although routine invasive management is recommended in NSTEMI patients, the optimal timing of the procedure is not defined. The aim of this study was to assess outcomes in relation to timing of PCI in NSTEMI patients. Methods and results: This was an observational, prospective, multicentre cohort study from the SWEDEHEART registry including all Swedish PCI centres. We included 40 494 consecutive PCI-treated patients who were admitted to any coronary care unit from 2006 to 2013...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927185/the-contribution-of-the-composite-of-clinical-process-indicators-as-a-measure-of-hospital-performance-in-the-management-of-acute-coronary-syndromes-insights-from-the-concordance-registry
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Bernadette Aliprandi-Costa, James Sockler, Leonard Kritharides, Lucy Morgan, Lan-Chi Snell, Janice Gullick, David Brieger, Isuru Ranasinghe
Aims: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a costly condition for health service provision yet variation in the delivery of care between hospitals persists. A composite measure of adherence with evidence-based clinical-process indicators (CPIs) could better inform hospital performance reporting and clinical outcomes in the management of ACS. Methods: Data on 7444 ACS patients from 39 Australian hospitals were used to derive a hospital-specific composite quality score by calculating mean adherence to 14 evidence-based CPIs...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927174/has-invasive-management-for-acute-coronary-syndromes-become-more-risk-appropriate-pooled-results-of-five-australian-registries
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Amera Halabi, Derek P Chew, Matthew Horsfall, Karice Huyn, Andrew MacIsaac, Craig Juergens, John Amerena, Jamie Rankin, John French, David Brieger
Background: Despite being recommended in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) guidelines, the use of invasive management within specific risk groups continues to be debated. This study examines the change in the use of invasive management in ACS by patient risk and the associated change in mortality within Australia over the last 17 years. Methods: Pooled cohorts derived from five ACS registries (ACACIA, CONCORDANCE, GRACE, Snapshot-ACS, and Predict) spanned from 1999 to 2015...
April 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925525/determinants-of-low-risk-of-asthma-exacerbation-during-pregnancy
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Zarqa Ali, Lisbeth Nilas, Charlotte Suppli Ulrik
BACKGROUND: Assessment of asthma control every 4-6 weeks during pregnancy is recommended to reduce risk of exacerbation, and by that improve outcome. OBJECTIVE: To identify determinants of pregnancies with low risk of asthma exacerbation. METHODS: All pregnant women enrolled into the Management of Asthma during Pregnancy (MAP) program at Hvidovre Hospital since 2007. Assessment of asthma control, adjustment of treatment, spirometry and measurement of exhaled nitric oxide (FE NO) were performed, and baseline characteristics and exacerbation history was collected at enrolment...
September 19, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924623/the-effectiveness-of-pharmacist-provided-telephonic-medication-therapy-management-on-emergency-department-utilization-in-home-health-patients
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Stephanie A Gernant, Margie E Snyder, Heather Jaynes, Jason M Sutherland, Alan J Zillich
BACKGROUND: Preventable emergency department (ED) use may be targeted with interventions for improving the medication use process, as medication misadventures and non-adherence frequently cause preventable ED utilization. One intervention that could prevent ED visits is Medication Therapy Management (MTM). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a telephonic medication therapy management (MTM) service on reducing emergency department utilization within a Medicare insured home health population...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy Technology: JPT: Official Publication of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924498/habitat-suitability-density-relationship-in-an-endangered-woodland-species-the-case-of-the-blue-chaffinch-fringilla-polatzeki
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Luis M Carrascal, Ángel C Moreno, Alejandro Delgado, Víctor Suárez, Domingo Trujillo
BACKGROUND: Understanding constraints to the distribution of threatened species may help to ascertain whether there are other suitable sectors for reducing the risks associated with species that are recorded in only one protected locality, and to inform about the suitability of other areas for reintroduction or translocation programs. METHODS: We studied the Gran Canaria blue chaffinch (Fringilla polatzeki), a habitat specialist endemic of the Canary Islands restricted to the pine forest of Inagua, the only area where the species has been naturally present as a regular breeder in the last 25 years...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924066/-factors-contributing-to-surgical-intervention-for-subacute-subdural-hematoma-enlargement-in-patients-with-mild-head-injuries
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Yosuke Akamatsu, Tohru Sasaki, Masayuki Kanamori, Shinsuke Suzuki, Hiroshi Uenohara, Teiji Tominaga
Delayed neurological deterioration following mild head injury(MHI)usually occurs within 24 hours. However, some cases require delayed surgical evacuation of an acute subdural hematoma(ASDH), owing to subacute progressive hematoma enlargement. This study aimed to determine radiological or clinical parameters associated with surgical intervention in ASDH cases in which surgery was not initially considered necessary. From 2010 to 2015, 64 patients were non-surgically treated for ASDH following MHI. We evaluated the various outcomes of eventual surgical ASDH evacuation after the first 48 hours following injury, due to hematoma enlargement and clinical deterioration...
September 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923640/pregnancy-after-liver-transplantation-risks-and-outcomes
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A Baskiran, S Karakas, V Ince, M Kement, F Ozdemir, O Ozsay, K Kutluturk, V Ersan, C Koc, B Barut, S Yilmaz
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of liver transplant recipients who became pregnant after transplantation. METHODS: The clinical data of all patients who underwent liver transplantation between January 2007 and December 2016 in our liver transplantation institute were reviewed. The following data were analyzed: indications for transplantation, recipient age at the beginning of pregnancy, the interval between transplantation and pregnancy, maternal and fetal complications, type of delivery, the health condition of neonates, and modifications in immunosuppressive therapy...
October 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923562/intralesional-injection-of-collagenase-clostridium-histolyticum-may-increase-the-risk-of-late-onset-penile-fracture
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Jonathan A Beilan, Jared J Wallen, Adam S Baumgarten, Kevin N Morgan, Justin L Parker, Rafael E Carrion
INTRODUCTION: The use of intralesional injection of collagenase Clostridium histolyticum (CCH) has become a valid treatment option in the management of Peyronie's disease (PD). Multiple studies have shown the drug's safety and efficacy. However, sparse literature exists on the utility of the injection protocol's 14-day "observation period," in which patients are instructed to abstain from all sexual activity. AIM: To summarize the contemporary literature and report on our series of patients treated with CCH in an effort to explore the effectiveness of the postinjection observation period...
September 8, 2017: Sexual Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923561/update-on-the-safety-of-phosphodiesterase-type-5-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-erectile-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Faysal A Yafi, Ira D Sharlip, Edgardo F Becher
INTRODUCTION: Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5Is) have demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). Although historically found to have limited drug-related adverse events, emerging data have suggested that PDE5Is might be associated with melanoma or recurrence of prostate cancer after radical prostatectomy. AIM: To summarize the literature on the safety of PDE5Is. METHODS: A literature review was performed through PubMed from 1990 through 2016 regarding ED...
September 8, 2017: Sexual Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923394/a-contemporary-phone-based-cardiac-coaching-program-evolution-and-cross-cultural-utility
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Peita Price, Mark Tacey, Voula Koufariotis, Daniela Stramandinoli, Ruth Vincent, Leeanne Grigg, Dominica Zentner
BACKGROUND: The Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) Cardiac Coach Program at Royal Melbourne Hospital has evolved to include a Greek and Italian service, developed in response to the diverse local community and supported by evidence that Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups both perceive health and respond to health care services and information, differently. This paper aims to evaluate if a phone-based cardiac coaching program can be adapted to the Greek and Italian populations using the English cohort as a comparator...
August 14, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923225/randomized-clinical-trials-in-colon-and-rectal-cancer
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REVIEW
Atif Iqbal, Thomas J George
Surgery remains the mainstay of treatment for colon and rectal cancers. Colon cancer outcomes have improved with laparoscopic techniques, enhanced recovery pathways, and adjuvant chemotherapy. Adjuvant 5-fluorouracil with or without oxaliplatin in stage III and possibly high-risk stage II colon cancer is associated with improved survival. Multimodality management of rectal cancer continues to evolve; total mesorectal excision is the cornerstone. Oncologic results do not support the use of laparoscopic resection in rectal cancer...
October 2017: Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923109/the-outcome-of-prostate-cancer-patients-treated-with-curative-intent-strongly-depends-on-survival-after-metastatic-progression
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Mariarosa Pascale, Che Ngwa Azinwi, Barbara Marongiu, Gianfranco Pesce, Flavio Stoffel, Enrico Roggero
BACKGROUND: Five-year survival in patients with localized prostate cancer (PCa) is nearly 100%, but metastatic disease still remains incurable. Clinical management of metastatic patients has become increasingly complex as novel therapeutic strategies have emerged. This study aims at evaluating the impact of the first metastatic progression on the outcome of PCa patients treated with curative intent. METHODS: The analysis was conducted using data of 913 cases of localized PCa diagnosed between 2000 and 2014...
September 18, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923097/impact-of-perioperative-nutritional-status-on-the-outcome-of-abdominal-surgery-in-a-sub-saharan-africa-setting
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Christian Gael Mambou Tebou, Mazou N Temgoua, Agnès Esiene, Blondel Oumarou Nana, Jean Jacques Noubiap, Eugène Sobngwi
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is a clinical condition of multifactorial etiologies and it is associated with several adverse outcomes. In high-income countries, malnutrition has been described as a determinant of delayed wound healing, surgical site infections and mortality in the postoperative period. There is limited information available regarding the outcome of surgery in malnourished patients in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: A cross-sectional analytic study was carried out between March and August 2014 in the visceral surgery and the emergency departments of the Yaounde Central Hospital in Cameroon...
September 18, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922710/paediatric-mild-head-injury-is-routine-admission-to-a-tertiary-trauma-hospital-necessary
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Krishna Tallapragada, Ratna Soundarya Peddada, Mark Dexter
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that children with isolated linear skull fractures have excellent clinical outcomes and low risk of surgery. We wish to identify other injury patterns within the spectrum of paediatric mild head injury, which need only conservative management. Children with low risk of evolving neurosurgical lesions could be safely managed in primary hospitals. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed all children with mild head injury (i.e. admission Glasgow coma score 13-15) and skull fracture or haematoma on a head computed tomography scan admitted to Westmead Children's Hospital, Sydney over the years 2009-2014...
September 18, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922692/phosphodiesterase-4-inhibitors-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#17
REVIEW
Jimmy Chong, Bonnie Leung, Phillippa Poole
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with cough, sputum production or dyspnoea and a reduction in lung function, quality of life and life expectancy. Apart from smoking cessation, there are no other treatments that slow lung function decline. Roflumilast and cilomilast are oral phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitors proposed to reduce the airway inflammation and bronchoconstriction seen in COPD. This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 2011 and updated in 2013...
September 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921763/implementation-and-preliminary-clinical-outcomes-of-a-pharmacist-managed-venous-thromboembolism-clinic-for-patients-treated-with-rivaroxaban-post-emergency-department-discharge
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Baely M DiRenzo, Daren M Beam, Jeffrey A Kline, Karishma S Deodhar, Christina M Davis, Zachary A Weber, Todd A Walroth
OBJECTIVE: To describe the implementation, work flow, and differences in outcomes between a pharmacist-managed clinic for the outpatient treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) using rivaroxaban versus care by a primary care provider. INTERVENTIONS: Patients in the studied health system that are diagnosed with low-risk VTE in the emergency department are often discharged without hospital admission. These patients are treated with rivaroxban and follow up either in a pharmacist-managed VTE clinic or with their primary care provider...
September 16, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921478/interstitial-pneumonia-with-autoimmune-features-an-additional-risk-factor-for-ards
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Giacomo Grasselli, Beatrice Vergnano, Maria Rosa Pozzi, Vittoria Sala, Gabriele D'Andrea, Vittorio Scaravilli, Marco Mantero, Alberto Pesci, Antonio Pesenti
BACKGROUND: Interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features (IPAF) identifies a recently recognized autoimmune syndrome characterized by interstitial lung disease and autoantibodies positivity, but absence of a specific connective tissue disease diagnosis or alternative etiology. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical presentation, diagnostic workup and management of seven critically ill patients who met diagnostic criteria for IPAF. We compared baseline characteristics and clinical outcome of IPAF patients with those of the population of ARDS patients admitted in the same period...
September 18, 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921036/long-term-outcomes-and-predictors-of-failure-after-surgery-for-stage-iv-apical-pelvic-organ-prolapse
#20
Brian J Linder, Sherif A El-Nashar, Alain A Mukwege, Amy L Weaver, Michaela E McGree, Deborah J Rhodes, John B Gebhart, Christopher J Klingele, John A Occhino, Emanuel C Trabuco
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study was to compare outcomes after uterosacral ligament suspension (USLS) or sacrocolpopexy for symptomatic stage IV apical pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and evaluate predictors of prolapse recurrence. METHODS: The medical records of patients managed surgically for stage IV apical POP from January 2002 to June 2012 were reviewed. A follow-up survey was sent to these patients. The primary outcome, prolapse recurrence, was defined as recurrence of prolapse symptoms measured by validated questionnaire or surgical retreatment...
September 18, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
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