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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634177/pneumococcal-pulmonary-valve-endocarditis
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Apostolos Vrettos, Paula Mota, James Nash, Iain Thorp, Max Baghai, Max Baghai
Pulmonary valve endocarditis is an rare type of infective endocarditis (IE). Streptococcus pneumoniae is a pathogen that is uncommonly associated with IE. A 50 year-old man was referred to us to an incidental echocardiographic finding of a pulmonary valve vegetation. He had a recent admission for drainage of a scrotal abscess from which streptococcus pneumoniae was isolated, complicated by hospital acquired pneumonia and pulmonary embolism. Analysis using Polymerase Chain Reaction of the surgically resected mass revealed signs of 16S rDNA consistent with Streptococcus pneumoniae infection...
June 20, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633709/primary-pulmonary-actinomycosis-a-retrospective-analysis-of-145-cases-in-mainland-china
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M Zhang, X-Y Zhang, Y-B Chen
OBJECTIVE: To improve our understanding of pulmonary actinomycosis. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 145 cases in mainland China was conducted. RESULTS: The male:female ratio was 2.7:1. Mean age at diagnosis was 48 years (± 12). Main symptoms were cough (87.6%), expectoration (40%), blood-stained sputum (37.2%), fever (26.9%), chest pain (24.8%) and haemoptysis (16.6%). Eighty-eight (60.7%) patients had no underlying disease. Only five patients received a correct initial diagnosis; 60 patients were misdiagnosed with lung cancer, followed by pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) and lung abscess...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629401/odontogenic-orbital-cellulitis-associated-with-cavernous-sinus-thrombosis-and-pulmonary-embolism-a-case-report
#3
D Allegrini, S Reposi, E Nocerino, A Pece
BACKGROUND: This case illustrates the importance of prompt assessment and treatment of orbital cellulitis. In fact the ocular signs and symptoms may be associated with systemic complications which should be investigated and identified as soon as possible to avoid a poor prognosis. CASE PRESENTATION: A 46-year-old white woman presented to our emergency room with proptosis, ophthalmoplegia, and conjunctival chemosis of her left eye. An ophthalmologist, having diagnosed orbital cellulitis in her left eye, suspected a cavernous sinus thrombosis...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614268/pulmonary-and-cutaneous-infection-caused-by-nocardia-farcinica-in-a-patient-with-nephrotic-syndrome-a-case-report
#4
Ning Zhu, Yuan Zhu, Yi Wang, Shaoshao Dong
RATIONALE: Nocardia species is known as conditional pathogenic bacteria. Disseminated infection caused by Nocardia species is rare and occurs primarily in immunosuppressed patients. Signs and symptoms of this infection are frequently nonspecific making early diagnosis and treatment difficult. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of subcutaneous and pulmonary nocardiosis due to Nocardia farcinica (N farcinica) in a patient with nephrotic syndrome who is undergoing long-term corticosteroid therapy...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608633/asymptomatic-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformations-in-children-with-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia
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Ashley M Gefen, Andrew J White
BACKGROUND: Children with Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) may have pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), which can lead to symptoms of shortness of breath, exercise intolerance, clubbing, cyanosis and hemoptysis. However, some patients with pulmonary AVMs may be asymptomatic, placing them at risk for complications such as stroke or brain abscess if they are not identified and treated. This study examines the incidence of signs and symptoms associated with pulmonary AVMs in children with HHT known to have pulmonary AVMs...
June 13, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607892/manifestations-of-tuberculosis-in-otorhinolaryngology-practice-a-retrospective-study-conducted-in-a-coastal-city-of-south-india
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Rithika Sriram, Kiran M Bhojwani
Tuberculosis (TB) of the head and neck has proved to be a diagnostic challenge for otorhinolarynologists around the world and is often misdiagnosed as cancer. To contribute to a better understanding of TB in the head and neck region by assessing its various manifestations, presentations, diagnostic techniques, risk factors, coexisting illnesses and treatment modalities. This was a retrospective study conducted over a 3 year period (2012-2014) in 2 hospitals in South India, among patients diagnosed to have TB of the head and neck...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588815/familial-cerebral-abscesses-caused-by-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia
#7
Pernille Mathiesen Tørring, Mathilde Faurholdt Lauridsen, Christine I Dali, Poul Erik Andersen, Lillian Bomme Ousager, Klaus Brusgaard, Anette Kjeldsen
In case of a cerebral abscess without known cause, Pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVM) screening should be performed. If PAVM(s) is identified, Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is very likely and should always be considered. This case shows the benefit of familial screening for HHT and PAVM.
June 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588332/diaphragmatic-hernia-in-a-pet-chinchilla-chinchilla-lanigera
#8
Jessica Aymen, Isabelle Langlois, Isabelle Lanthier
A 10-year-old pet chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera) was referred for ultrasound investigation of a thoracic mass. The mass was initially believed to be a pulmonary abscess or tumor based on radiographs and ultrasound. Cytological examination suggested the presence of a gastrointestinal structure in the thorax, and necropsy revealed a true diaphragmatic hernia subdividing the stomach into thoracic and abdominal portions.
June 2017: Canadian Veterinary Journal. la Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580216/septic-thrombophlebitis-of-the-internal-jugular-vein-a-case-of-lemierre-s-syndrome
#9
Adam Alperstein, Raymond M Fertig, Matthew Feldman, Daniel Watford, Susan Nystrom, Guesly Delva, Salman Muddassir
An 18-year-old gentleman with a history of recurrent tonsillitis presented to the emergency room complaining of worsening sore throat. He was found to have a peritonisillar abscess, and imaging revealed a non-occlusive left internal jugular vein thrombosis. Lemierre's syndrome is a rare, potentially fatal condition characterized by internal jugular vein thrombosis with septicemia following an acute oropharyngeal infection. While anticoagulation is the mainstay of treatment of deep venous thromboembolism (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), the use of therapy is controversial in septic thrombophlebitis...
May 2017: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580068/mucoepidermoid-carcinoma-of-the-airways-in-a-young-adult-male
#10
Maarten Horst, Mirthe Dekker, Sicco Braak
Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) of the airways is a rare entity most often found in young patients. We present a case of a 23 year old patient with symptoms of pneumonia, which progresses to a pulmonary abscess within a week. Diagnostic work-up reveals an endobronchial obstruction by a pedunculated low grade MEC. A literature review is provided and radiological appearances are described.
February 2017: Journal of Radiology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578477/prevalence-of-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia-in-patients-operated-for-cerebral-abscess-a-retrospective-cohort-analysis
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L Larsen, C R Marker, A D Kjeldsen, F R Poulsen
It is well described that patients with pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) and Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) have an increased risk of cerebral abscess (CA). However, as both CA and HHT are rare, the proportion of patients with CA who are diagnosed with HHT has not been previously described. A retrospective study was carried out of all patients treated surgically for CA between January 1995 and September 2014 at the Department of Neurosurgery, Odense University Hospital. The cases were then cross-referenced with the Danish HHT database...
June 3, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573444/lung-lesions-during-fever-of-unknown-origin
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Renata Krupa, Tadeusz M Zielonka, Malgorzata Hadzik-Blaszczyk, Kazimierz A Wardyn, Katarzyna Zycinska
Fever of unknown origin (FUO) remains one of the most difficult diagnostic challenges. The causes of FUO can be various diseases located in different organs. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence and nature of pulmonary lesions during FUO. One hundred and sixty one patients with FUO participated in this prospective study. We performed a detailed comprehensive history, physical examination, and a wide spectrum of tests. The most common causes of FUO were infections (39%), autoimmune conditions (28%), and neoplasms (17%)...
June 2, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549477/surgical-and-survival-outcomes-of-lung-cancer-patients-with-intratumoral-lung-abscesses
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Keiji Yamanashi, Norihito Okumura, Ayuko Takahashi, Takashi Nakashima, Tomoaki Matsuoka
BACKGROUND: Intratumoral lung abscess is a secondary lung abscess that is considered to be fatal. Therefore, surgical procedures, although high-risk, have sometimes been performed for intratumoral lung abscesses. However, no studies have examined the surgical outcomes of non-small cell lung cancer patients with intratumoral lung abscesses. The aim of this study was to investigate the surgical and survival outcomes of non-small cell lung cancer patients with intratumoral lung abscesses...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545570/the-feasibility-of-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-ceus-in-the-diagnosis-of-non-cardiac-thoracic-disorders-of-dogs-and-cats
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N Linta, M Baron Toaldo, G Bettini, A Cordella, M Quinci, P Pey, V Galli, M Cipone, A Diana
BACKGROUND: This study describes the feasibility of Contrast Enhanced Ultrasonography (CEUS) in the diagnostic work-up of non-cardiac thoracic disorders of small animals. The second aim is to assess the usefulness of CEUS as a direct guide for sample procedures. RESULTS: Forty animals, 28 dogs and 12 cats, were included in the study. Thoracic disorders included 23 pulmonary lesions [primary carcinoma (14), lymphoma (1), sarcoma (1), histiocytic sarcoma (1), abscess (1) and pneumonia (5)] and 17 mediastinal lesions [lymphoma (8), thymoma (3), mesothelioma (1), melanoma (1), carcinomatous lymphadenopathy (1), mixsosarcoma (1), lipoma (1), and abscess (1)]...
May 25, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532916/spinal-intramedullary-tuberculosis-with-concurrent-supra-and-infratentorial-intracranial-disease-in-a-9-month-old-boy-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#15
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Michael George Zaki Ghali, Visish M Srinivasan, C J Kim, Archana Malik
Tuberculous involvement of the spinal cord parenchyma is an exceedingly rare clinical entity; even more so is concurrent intracranial tuberculosis (TB). Spinal intramedullary TB presents with a characteristic subacute myelopathy, with slowly progressive paraplegia, sensory deficits, and/or bowel and bladder dysfunction. Diagnosis is strongly suspected with a clinical history of known TB in conjunction with characteristic findings on magnetic resonance imaging. Management involves multi-agent antitubercular chemotherapy without or with operative intervention...
May 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528008/-role-of-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-in-pulmonary-infections
#16
REVIEW
C Padoin
Pulmonary infections are common and caused by a wide range of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. They consist of lower respiratory tract infections with community and hospital acquired acute pneumonia, bronchitis, lung abscess, fungal infections and tuberculosis. The management of these infections should be based on guidelines that take into account the microorganisms most frequently involved as a basis for empirical treatment, with identification of causative microorganisms allowing targeted treatments...
May 17, 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522783/splenic-abcesses-as-infectious-complication-following-127-implantation-of-left-ventricular-asssist-device-case-report
#17
Sławomir Gajda, Anna M Szczepanik, Grzegorz Religa, Andrzej Misiak, Andrzej B Szczepanik
Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is one of the modern management therapies in patients with advanced heart failure, and it serves as a bridge to heart transplantation or even as destination therapy. However, it is burdened with a high risk of thromboembolic, hemorrhagic, and infectious complications despite prophylactic management. Splenic abscesses, as septic complications following implantation of mechanical ventricular support, have not yet been described in the literature. We report of a patient with severe left ventricular insufficiency (NYHA II/III), pulmonary hypertension, and arrhythmia who underwent implantation of the Heart Ware® pump for left ventricular support with simultaneous tricuspidvalvoplasty, as a bridge therapy to heart transplantation...
February 28, 2017: Polski Przeglad Chirurgiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518128/an-in-vitro-caseum-binding-assay-that-predicts-drug-penetration-in-tuberculosis-lesions
#18
Jansy P Sarathy, Hsin-Pin Ho Liang, Danielle Weiner, Jacqueline Gonzales, Laura E Via, Véronique Dartois
The eradication of tuberculosis disease requires drug regimens that can penetrate the multiple layers of complex pulmonary lesions. Drug distribution in the caseous cores of cavities and lesions is especially crucial because they harbor subpopulations of drug-tolerant bacteria also commonly referred to as persisters. Existing methods for the measurement of drug penetration in tuberculosis lesions involve costly and time-consuming in vivo pharmacokinetic studies coupled to bioanalytical or imaging techniques...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496525/il-10-and-il-10-receptor-mutations-in-very-early-onset-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#19
REVIEW
Lei Zhu, Tingting Shi, Chengdi Zhong, Yingde Wang, Michael Chang, Xiuli Liu
Very early onset inflammatory bowel disease (VEO-IBD) is a unique disease entity with a complex genetic susceptibility in affected patients. Next-generation gene sequencing techniques have revealed various monogenetic mutations contributing to the pathogenesis of VEO-IBD, including interleukin 10 (IL-10) and IL-10 receptor (IL-10R) mutations. In this article, we reviewed the features of and effective therapeutic options for VEO-IBD with IL-10 and/or IL-10R mutations. The IL-10 signal pathway inhibits the release of several key cytokines and thereby has a significant anti-inflammatory effect in the gastrointestinal tract...
April 2017: Gastroenterology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478966/a-rare-case-of-multiple-brain-abscess-and-probably-disseminated-phaeohyphomycosis-due-to-cladophialophora-bantiana-in-an-immunosuppressed-individual-from-india
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S Lahiri Mukhopadhyay, A Mahadevan, V H Bahubali, R Dawn Bharath, A R Prabhuraj, S Maji, N Siddaiah
Cladophialophora bantiana, a dematiaceous neurotropic mold causes rare and lethal brain abscess, commonly in immunocompetent hosts. We report a rare and probably a case of disseminated infection with this black mold in an immunosuppressed individual from India. A 55-year-old diabetic male presented with severe headache, blurred-vision, behavioural abnormalities, eye-pain and ear-discharge. He was undergoing treatment for hypertension, prostatomegaly and obstructive pulmonary disease. He was on steroids for the past six years for uveitis...
May 3, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
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