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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213028/-acute-cholecystitis-due-to-microscopic-polyangiitis-a-case-report
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Masaya Kotsuka, Tadashi Tsukamoto, Akishige Kanazawa, Sadatoshi Shimizu, Yoshitaka Nakajima, Shintaro Kodai, Shigeaki Komatsu
A 78-year-old man with chief complaints of cough and lower limb numbness was admitted to our hospital. Serum myeloperoxidase-antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody titer (MPO-ANCA) was elevated (48.8U/ml), and a diagnosis of microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) was made. After admission, the patient developed a fever and right upper quadrant pain. Ultrasonography and computed tomography revealed an acute cholecystitis of unknown cause, and laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed. Histopathological examination of the resected gallbladder revealed necrotizing vasculitis along with the infiltration of eosinophils, lymphocytes, and plasma cells around the small arteries in the muscular layer of the gallbladder, which are characteristics of MPA...
2017: Nihon Shokakibyo Gakkai Zasshi, the Japanese Journal of Gastro-enterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204366/assessment-of-diabetic-polyneuropathy-in-zanzibar-comparison-between-traditional-methods-and-an-automated-point-of-care-nerve-conduction-device
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Elinor C Vogt, Marianne Øksnes, Faiza Suleiman, Buthayna Ali Juma, Hrafnkell B Thordarson, Ola Ommedal, Eirik Søfteland
Aim: Scant information is available about the prevalence of diabetic polyneuropathy, as well as the applicability of screening tools in sub-Saharan Africa. We aimed to investigate these issues in Zanzibar (Tanzania). Methods: One hundred consecutive diabetes patients were included from the diabetes clinic at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital. Clinical characteristics were recorded. Further, we investigated: a) self-reported numbness of the lower limbs, b) ten-point monofilament test, c) the Sibbald 60-s Tool and d) nerve conduction studies (NCS, using an automated handheld point-of-care device, the NC-stat DPNCheck)...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical & Translational Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201206/combined-treatment-of-diabetic-nephropathy-with-alprostadil-and-calcium-dobesilate
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Lili Qin, Wenjun Qin, Jianfei Wang, Lin Lin
This study investigated the effects of alprostadil combined with calcium dobesilate on the treatment of diabetic nephropathy. We recruited 80 patients with diabetic nephropathy, who were randomly divided into experimental (n=40) and control (n=40) groups. Patients received high-quality low-protein diabetic diet intervention and subcutaneous injection of insulin to adjust blood glucose, combined with antihypertensive, antiplatelet drugs, and other comprehensive treatments. The control group received alprostadil and the experimental group received alprostadil combined with calcium dobesilate...
November 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199527/diversity-in-clinical-manifestations-and-imaging-features-of-neurosyphilis-obstacles-to-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-report-of-3-cases
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Hui Liu, Zong-Bo Zhao, Nian-Xing You
OBJECTIVE: To explore the clinical manifestations and imaging features of neurosyphilis and to discuss the obstacles in the diagnosis and treatment of neurosyphilis. METHODS: We present this case study involving 3 cases of definite neurosyphilis, focusing on their clinical data. RESULTS: Case 1 is a patient with numb and weak left lower limb. Case 2 showed slow reaction and dementia behaviors including worse memory and the decrease of calculation and orientation ability in this patient...
December 2, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177261/performance-and-safety-profile-of-regadenoson-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-first-experience-in-greece
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John Koutsikos, George Angelidis, Athanasios Zafeirakis, Ioannis Mamarelis, Merkourios Vogiatzis, Eliverta Ilia, Kyriakos Lazaridis, Nikolaos Demakopoulos
OBJECTIVE: MPI can provide valuable information in the investigation of patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease. The stress component of the studies can be conducted with regadenoson, which was approved for clinical use in Greece in 2016. We investigated the performance and safety profile of regadenoson MPI based on our 7 months institutional experience. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We studied 96 consecutive patients (59 males, 37 females, mean age 70...
November 27, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163346/paroxysmal-symptoms-as-the-first-manifestation-of-multiple-sclerosis-mimicking-a-transient-ischemic-attack-a-report-of-two-cases
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Yao Zhang, Siyuan Fan, Fei Han, Yan Xu
Paroxysmal symptoms are unusual manifestations of multiple sclerosis (MS). When presented as the first clinical manifestation, paroxysmal symptoms may easily be mistaken for transient ischemic attack (TIA). Previously, several cases of MS that reported with paroxysmal symptoms were misdiagnosed as TIA. Here, we report two additional cases, focusing on the clinical characteristics of paroxysmal symptoms in MS. Both cases had paroxysmal symptoms as their first manifestation; one presented with transient dizziness, left face numbness, and right limb weakness, and the other presented with episodic lightheadedness, blurred vision, nausea, palpitations, and tremulousness upon standing...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145457/association-between-environmental-noise-and-subjective-symptoms-related-to-cardiovascular-diseases-among-elderly-individuals-in-japan
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Kenichi Azuma, Iwao Uchiyama
Noise in housing environments may increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs); however, the most significant sources of noise among elderly individuals remain poorly understood. A nationwide cross-sectional study comprised of 6,181 elderly people (age ≥ 65 years) was conducted using a web-based self-reported questionnaire in 2014. Questions pertaining to CVD-related subjective symptoms within the past year addressed symptoms of chest pain, disturbances in pulse, acute impaired tongue movement, limb paralysis, and foot pain or numbness during walking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125442/long-term-outcomes-after-surgical-treatment-of-pediatric-neurogenic-thoracic-outlet-syndrome
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Jennifer Hong, Jared M Pisapia, Zarina S Ali, Austin J Heuer, Erin Alexander, Gregory G Heuer, Eric L Zager
OBJECTIVE Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (nTOS) is an uncommon compression syndrome of the brachial plexus that presents with pain, sensory changes, and motor weakness in the affected limb. The authors reviewed the clinical presentations and outcomes in their series of pediatric patients with surgically treated nTOS over a 6-year period. METHODS Cases of nTOS in patients age 18 years or younger were extracted for analysis from a prospective database of peripheral nerve operations. Baseline patient characteristics, imaging and neurophysiological data, operative findings, and outcomes and complications were assessed...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119724/evaluation-of-first-line-bismuth-containing-7-day-concomitant-quintuple-therapy-for-helicobacter-pylori-eradication
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Jianfang Ye, Junbo Hong, Yin Zhu, Yong Xie, Xu Shu, Lingyu Luo, Chuan Xie, Zhenhua Zhu, Nonghua Lu
BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori infection is difficult to cure, mainly due to antibiotic resistance. We performed a trial to determine the efficacy and safety of a bismuth-containing 7-day concomitant quintuple regimen for the eradication of H. pylori. METHODS: Conducted from August 2015 to February 2016 at First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, this prospective trial enrolled 70 untreated H. pylori-positive patients. Patients received 7-day quintuple therapy consisting of bismuth subcitrate 220 mg, esomeprazole 20 mg, clarithromycin 500 mg, amoxicillin 1 g, and metronidazole 400 mg, each twice daily...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113155/poems-syndrome-presentation-with-progressive-weakness-in-upper-and-lower-limbs-a-case-report
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Chuang-Jie Cao, Cheng-Yun Dou, Ke-Hua Zhou, Jin-Bo Liu, Hong Lai
Polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, M proteins, and skin changes (POEMS) syndrome is a rare variant of plasma cell disorders with multiple systemic manifestations. A 50-year-old female patient presented with progressive weakness in her upper and lower limbs; tingling, numbness and burning in her feet; polyneuropathy (demyelinating in the majority of cases of POEMS syndrome); monoclonal plasma cell disorder (typicallyλ-restricted in cases of POEMS syndrome); sclerotic lesions on the spine and pelvis; organomegaly, including hepatomegaly, splenomegaly and lymphadenopathy; edema; pleural effusion; adrenal, thyroidal, pituitary, gonadal and pancreatic endocrinopathy; skin changes, including hyperpigmentation, dry skin and hypertrichosis; thrombocytosis; pulmonary hypertension; low vitamin B12 and weight loss...
November 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108922/use-of-erlotinib-and-thalidomide-in-advanced-nsclc-patients-with-acquired-resistance-to-erlotinib-a-pilot-study
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Gen-He Wang, Peng-Fei Wu, Long-Hui Zhang, Ping Fang, Yong Chen, Gang Zuo, Yi-Qing Wu, Shu-Hong Wang, Guo-Ping Sun
Evidences suggested that combined blockade of the VEGF and EGFR pathways can improve the treatment efficacy of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In our previously clinical practice, we observed that thalidomide, a potent VEGF inhibitor, can significantly decrease the tumor size of one EGFR-TKI resistance patient with lung cancer cachexia. In this pilot study, we tried to assess the efficacy and toxicity of the combination therapy of erlotinib and thalidomide in advanced NSCLC patients with acquired resistance to erlotinib...
October 18, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071898/-distribution-of-press-sensitive-acupoints-in-patients-with-tinnitus
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Mei-Qi Ji, Shan-Shan Tian, Dai Liu, Wei Zhang, Jie-Ping Xie, Ya-Li Zhang, Chun-Hua Li, Yan Gao
OBJECTIVE: To explore the regularity of distribution of press-sensitive acupoints on the body surface in tinnitus patients, so as to provide evidence for selecting suitable acupuncture points in the treatment of tinnitus. METHODS: Sixty-three cases of tinnitus patients (from 25 to 75 years in age) were recruited in the present study. The patient was asked to take a sitting, supine and prone position, successively, and the operator used the thumb to moderately press the subject's head, neck, back, four limbs below the knee- and elbow joints along the three Hand- and three Foot-yang and yin meridians...
December 25, 2016: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068038/upper-limb-sensory-impairments-after-stroke-self-reported-experiences-of-daily-life-and-rehabilitation
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Håkan Carlsson, Gunvor Gard, Christina Brogårdh
OBJECTIVE: To describe stroke survivors' experiences of sensory impairment in the upper limb, the influence of such impairment on daily life, coping strategies used, and sensory training for the affected hand. DESIGN: A qualitative study with a content analysis approach. SUBJECTS: Fifteen post-stroke patients interviewed individually. RESULTS: Five categories emerged from the data: "Changed and varied perception of the sensation"; "Affected movement control"; "Problems using the hand in daily life"; "Various strategies to cope with upper limb disability"; and "Lack of sensory training"...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057458/support-needs-of-people-living-with-mycobacterium-ulcerans-buruli-ulcer-disease-in-a-ghana-rural-community-a-grounded-theory-study
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Alex Effah, Steven J Ersser, Ann Hemingway
INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium ulcerans (also known as Buruli ulcer) disease is a rare skin disease which is prevalent in rural communities in the tropics mostly in Africa. Mortality rate is low, yet morbidity and consequent disabilities affect the quality of life of sufferers. AIMS: The aim of this paper is to use the grounded theory method to explore the support needs of people living with the consequences of Buruli ulcer in an endemic rural community in Ghana...
October 23, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049915/adult-primary-cervical-extra-osseous-ewing-s-sarcoma-a-case-report-and-short-literature-review
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Haytham Eloqayli
INTRODUCTION: Primary spinal epidural extraskeletal Ewing's sarcoma (EES) is extremely rare, with a peak incidence in the second decade of life. EES in old people is challenging to treat due to the lack of specific guidelines. In this paper, I present a unique case of adult primary cervical epidural EES with a 13-month follow-up. A short literature review of the therapeutic approaches and prognosis is also presented. PRESENTATION OF CASE: I present a case of a 49-year old male patient who presented with right upper limb pain, numbness, hand grip weakness, and hyperreflexia of 3 months duration...
October 12, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045967/-early-surgical-treatment-of-multi-segmet-intramedullary-cervical-spinal-cord-ependymoma
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C C Ma, G Z Lin, Z Y Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the early clinical treatment and prognosis of multi-segment intramedullary cervical ependymoma. METHODS: Twenty patients with multi-segment (more than 3 segments) intramedullary spinal ependymoma (McCormic grade I) were microsurgically treated with assistance of intraoperative neuroelectrophysiological monitoring. None of them received postoperative radiotherapy. Preoperatively all the patients underwent MRI examination and their neurologically function was assessed by McCormic classification method...
October 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036002/multimodal-imaging-in-klippel-tr%C3%A3-naunay-weber-syndrome-clinical-photography-computed-tomoangiography-infrared-thermography-and-99mtc-phytate-lymphoscintigraphy
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Su Wan Kim, Heesung Song
We report the case of a 19-year-old man who presented with a 12-year history of progressive fatigue, feeling hot, excessive sweating, and numbness in the left arm. He had undergone multimodal imaging and was diagnosed as having Klippel-Trénaunay-Weber syndrome (KTWS). This is a rare congenital disease, defined by combinations of nevus flammeus, venous and lymphatic malformation, and hypertrophy of the affected limbs. Lower extremities are affected mostly. Conventional modalities for evaluating KTWS are ultrasonography, CT, MRI, lymphoscintigraphy, and angiography...
October 13, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987836/successful-surgical-resection-of-spinal-artery-aneurysms-report-of-three-cases
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Yanming Ren, Min He, Chao You, Jin Li
BACKGROUND: Spinal artery aneurysms (SAAs) are extremely rare lesions that can occur in isolation or associated with vascular malformations. Herein, we present three unusual cases of SAAs, and discuss imaging, diagnosis and surgical management strategies. CASE DESCRIPTION: The first case was a 57-year-old woman who presented with sudden onset of severe headache. Spinal angiography demonstrated an isolated anterior spinal artery (ASA) aneurysm at the level of craniocervical junction...
October 4, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984782/chiari-type-i-malformation-with-occult-tethered-cord-syndrome-in-a-child-a-case-report
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Yuan Zhou, Lin Zhu, Yixing Lin, Huilin Cheng
RATIONALE: Chiari type I malformation (CM1) and occult tethered cord syndrome (OTCS) are considered to be malformations associated with subtle structural abnormalities of the terminal filum. Few studies have reported patients with CM1 and OTCS. Treatment strategy for patients of CM1 associated with OTCS is controversial. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 14-year-old child was admitted with intermittent pain and numbness in the right upper limb. And he had urinary frequency, neck pain, back pain, and numbness simultaneously...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979169/severe-neuropsychiatric-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-successfully-treated-with-rituximab-an-alternative-to-standard-of-care
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Elisabetta Chessa, Matteo Piga, Alberto Floris, Alessandro Mathieu, Alberto Cauli
Demyelinating syndrome secondary to systemic lupus erythematosus (DS-SLE) is a rare encephalomyelitis burden with a high risk of disability and death. We report on a 49-year-old Caucasian woman with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) complicated by severe cognitive dysfunction, brainstem disease, cranial nerve palsies, weakness and numbness in limbs and multiple discrete magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) areas of damage within the white matter of semioval centers, temporal lobe, external capsule, claustrum, subinsular regions and midbrain...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
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