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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709052/colon-cancer-metastasis-to-the-thyroid-gland-a-case-report
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M I Coelho, M N Albano, C E Costa Almeida, L S Reis, N Moreira, C M C Almeida
INTRODUCTION: Thyroid metastases from colorectal cancer are uncommon and few cases are described in literature. CASE PRESENTATION: A 64-year-old female patient presented with an asymptomatic right cervical nodule with a rapid growth six years after sigmoidectomy for cancer and two years after resection of colorectal lung metastases. Increased CA 19.9 was identified and a thoracoabdominal CT scan revealed the onset of new metastatic bilateral pulmonary lesions. Neck ultrasonography showed a suspicious nodule in the right thyroid lobe, and Fine-needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) of the nodule lead to the diagnosis of colorectal cancer metastasis...
June 28, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705229/brugada-syndrome-in-a-patient-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-case-report
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Anusha Battineni, Rohit Gummi, Naresh Mullaguri, Raghav Govindarajan
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a fatal neuromuscular disorder characterized by progressive death of the upper and lower motor neurons in the central nervous system. Patients with this disease die mostly as a result of respiratory failure; however, owing to prolonged survival through assisted ventilation, cardiovascular causes are increasingly responsible for mortality. We report what is to the best of our knowledge the first case of type 2 Brugada syndrome causing ventricular tachyarrhythmia and cardiac arrest in a patient with upper limb onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685809/follow-up-after-intensive-care-treatment-a-questionnaire-survey-of-intensive-care-aftercare-in-denmark
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C K W Kjer, S Estrup, L M Poulsen, O Mathiesen
BACKGROUND: Rehabilitation efforts after treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU) are termed intensive care aftercare. It includes both early in-hospital follow-up after ICU-discharge and late follow-up after hospital discharge. This study aims to investigate the current ICU-aftercare activities in Denmark. METHODS: We conducted an electronic questionnaire survey, which was distributed by e-mail to the heads of all 31 general ICUs in Denmark. Specialized ICUs were not included...
July 7, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675111/outcomes-of-tracheostomy-with-concomitant-and-delayed-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-in-the-neuroscience-critical-care-unit
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Christa O'Hana S Nobleza, Vinciya Pandian, Ravirasmi Jasti, David H Wu, Marek A Mirski, Romergryko G Geocadin
BACKGROUND: In patients with severe neurologic conditions, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is typically performed either alone or with a tracheostomy. The characteristics and outcomes of patients receiving PEG concomitantly with a tracheostomy (CTPEG) and those receiving delayed PEG (DPEG) after a tracheostomy were compared. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study in a 24-bed neuroscience critical care unit (NCCU) at a tertiary care hospital. Consecutive patients admitted to the NCCU from April 2007 to July 2013 who underwent percutaneous tracheostomy and gastrostomy by the percutaneous tracheostomy team were included and grouped according to the timing of PEG placement: CTPEG versus DPEG...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673655/peak-inspiratory-flow-as-predictor-for-tracheotomy
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M Lesnik, J J Sanchez-Guerrero, O De Crouy Chanel, C Hervé, J Guerlain, S Périé
OBJECTIVES: Quantitative evaluation of upper airway obstruction cannot be commonly performed under acute dyspnea, especially in head and neck cancer (HNC); the decision whether or not to perform airway control surgery may be difficult to reach. Peak inspiratory flow (PIF) has been previously demonstrated to be a useful tool to decide on decannulation after HNC surgery. The aim of the present study was to assess the role of PIF as a standardized non-invasive tool in quantifying severe inspiratory dyspnea requiring emergency tracheostomy...
June 30, 2017: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658198/professional-responsibility-consensus-and-conflict-a-survey-of-physician-decisions-for-the-chronically-critically-ill-in-neonatal-and-pediatric-intensive-care-units
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Miriam C Shapiro, Pamela K Donohue, Sapna R Kudchadkar, Nancy Hutton, Renee D Boss
OBJECTIVE: To describe neonatologist and pediatric intensivist attitudes and practices relevant to high-stakes decisions for children with chronic critical illness, with particular attention to physician perception of professional duty to seek treatment team consensus and to disclose team conflict. DESIGN: Self-administered online survey. SETTING: U.S. neonatal ICUs and PICUs. SUBJECTS: Neonatologists and pediatric intensivists...
June 27, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647928/pre-procedural-ultrasonography-for-tracheostomy-in-critically-ill-patients-a-prospective-study
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Ella Even-Tov, Itzhak Koifman, Vladimir Rozentsvaig, Leonid Livshits, Peter Gilbey
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) has become a standard technique for critically ill patients who require long-term ventilation. The most common early post-operative complication is bleeding related to anatomical variation in vasculature. The procedure is performed at the patient's bedside unless this is deemed unsafe and then the accepted alternative is open tracheostomy in the operating room. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the use of pre-procedural ultrasound to aid in the decision of whether PDT in critical care patients should be performed at the patient's bedside or by open surgical tracheostomy...
June 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583487/considerations-for-the-successful-decannulation-of-the-pediatric-patient-a-single-surgeon-s-experience
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Jonathan T Maslan, Kenneth R Feehs, Daniel J Kirse
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the steps and interventions necessary for successful decannulation of the chronic pediatric tracheostomy patient. METHODS: This retrospective review analyzed one surgeon's (DJK) pediatric tracheostomy decannulation methods and results at a tertiary academic medical center over a thirteen-year period, from October 2002 through November 2015. It also examined which tests and procedures were conducted on patients prior to their successful decannulation...
July 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506407/intraoperative-neuromonitoring-in-thyroid-surgery-is-the-two-staged-thyroidectomy-justified
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Pietro Giorgio Calò, Fabio Medas, Giovanni Conzo, Francesco Podda, Gian Luigi Canu, Claudio Gambardella, Giuseppe Pisano, Enrico Erdas, Angelo Nicolosi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) in predicting postoperative nerve function during thyroid surgery and its consequent ability to assist the surgeon in intraoperative decision making. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 2365 consecutive patients were submitted to thyroidectomy by the same surgical team. Group A included 1356 patients (2712 nerves at risk) in whom IONM was utilized, and Group B included 1009 patients (2018 nerves at risk) in whom IONM was not utilized...
May 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484927/ethical-and-legal-considerations-in-the-management-of-an-unbefriended-patient-in-a-vegetative-state
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Alexandra Lloyd-Smith Sequeira, Ariane Lewis
BACKGROUND: Patients without surrogates are referred to as "unbefriended." Because these patients do not have representatives to assist with medical decision-making, patient autonomy and self-determination, fundamental concepts of American healthcare, are jeopardized. METHODS: We present a case of an unbefriended patient in a vegetative state and discuss the ethical and legal complications associated with management of unbefriended patients. RESULTS: An unbefriended patient was admitted to our hospital with a cardiac arrest in the setting of an intracerebral hemorrhage...
May 8, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479121/ethical-considerations-and-palliative-care-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-review
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REVIEW
V Danel-Brunaud, L Touzet, L Chevalier, C Moreau, D Devos, S Vandolaeghe, L Defebvre
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is not a curable disease, but it is treatable. By definition, much of the care provided to ALS patients is palliative, even though active life-sustaining strategies are available to prolong survival. Healthcare professionals must develop communication skills that help patients cope with the inexorable progression of the disease and the inevitability of death. Symptomatic treatments as well as respiratory insufficiency and nutritional life-sustaining therapies must be regularly evaluated as the disease progresses, without losing sight of the burden placed on the patient's non-professional caregivers...
May 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467581/can-we-make-an-early-do-not-resuscitate-decision-in-severe-burn-patients
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Yücel Yüce, Hakan Ahmet Acar, Kutlu Hakan Erkal, Erhan Tuncay
BACKGROUND: The present study was conducted to examine topic of issuing early do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order at first diagnosis of patients with severe burn injuries in light of current law in Turkey and the medical literature. DNR requires withholding cardiopulmonary resuscitation in event of respiratory or cardiac arrest and allowing natural death to occur. It is frequently enacted for terminal cancer patients and elderly patients with irreversible neurological disorders. METHODS: Between January 2009 and December 2014, 29 patients (3...
March 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457142/decision-making-for-tracheostomy-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-als-a-retrospective-study
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Piero Ceriana, Sara Surbone, Daniele Segagni, Annia Schreiber, Annalisa Carlucci
BACKGROUND: ALS patients should discuss the issue of tracheostomy before the onset of terminal respiratory failure. While the process of shared decision-making is desirable, there are few data on the practical application of this real-life situation. AIM OF THE STUDY: To determine how a decision-making process is actually carried out, we analysed the episodes of acute respiratory failure preceding tracheostomy. METHODS: We studied the charts of a group of ALS patients after tracheostomy...
April 29, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447274/classification-and-regression-tree-model-for-predicting-tracheostomy-in-patients-with-traumatic-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Dae-Sang Lee, Chi-Min Park, Keumhee Chough Carriere, Joonghyun Ahn
PURPOSE: In patients with cervical spinal cord injury (CSCI), respiratory compromise and the need for tracheostomy are common. The purpose of this study was to identify common risk factors for tracheostomy following traumatic CSCI and develop a decision tree for tracheostomy in traumatic CSCI patients without pulmonary function test. METHODS: Data of 105 trauma patients with CSCI admitted in our institution from April, 2008 to February, 2014 were retrospectively analyzed...
April 26, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425577/postoperative-hemorrhage-and-hospital-revisit-after-transoral-robotic-surgery
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Joseph Zenga, Jasmina Suko, Dorina Kallogjeri, Patrik Pipkorn, Brian Nussenbaum, Ryan S Jackson
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To investigate the incidence and complications related to postoperative hemorrhage (POH) after transoral robotic surgery (TORS). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review of the State Inpatient Database (SID), the State Ambulatory Surgery Database (SASD), and the State Emergency Department Database (SEDD) from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. METHODS: Patients were identified from the SID, SASD, and SEDD for the states of Florida, New York, and California from 2005 to 2013 who had an International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition code for a surgical procedure on the upper aerodigestive tract associated with a code for robotic-assisted surgery...
April 20, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419746/factors-for-postoperative-complications-following-pressure-ulcer-operation-stepwise-multiple-logistic-regression-analysis
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Hyun Ho Han, Jun Gul Ko, Jong Won Rhie
Patients with pressure ulcers are generally older, have a long hospital stay and often have a variety of comorbidities. The decision to perform surgery for pressure ulcer management can be difficult because of concerns about the risk of postoperative complications. The aim of this study was to analyse the relationship between comorbid conditions and surgical outcomes in order to guide patient selection for pressure ulcer surgery. In 57 patients, data on age, defect size, operating time, hospital stay, body mass index, surgical site, mobility state, cardiac ischaemic history, diabetes, renal failure, ventilator dependency, tracheostomy state, use of haemodilution therapy and cancer were evaluated using stepwise multiple logistic regression analysis to determine the relationships between variables...
April 17, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395275/tracheostomy-extubation-reintubation-airway-management-decisions-in-intubated-stroke-patients
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Corinna Steidl, Julian Boesel, Sonja Suntrup-Krueger, Silvia Schoenenberger, Faisal Al-Suwaidan, Tobias Warnecke, Jens Minnerup, Rainer Dziewas
BACKGROUND: Both delayed and premature extubation increase complication rate, the need for tracheostomy (TT), the duration of intensive care unit stay, and mortality. In this study, we therefore investigated factors associated with primary TT and predictors for extubation failure (EF) in a sample of severely affected ventilated stroke patients. METHODS: One hundred eighty five intubated stroke patients were prospectively analyzed in this observational study. Patients not meeting predefined clinical and respiratory extubation criteria received a TT...
April 11, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157753/discussing-life-sustaining-therapy-with-surrogate-decision-makers
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David Y Hwang
Clinicians caring for patients with severe stroke in intensive care units often grapple with requests from surrogate decision makers for life-prolonging treatment that members of the care team may believe to be futile. An example is a surrogate decision maker's request to place a tracheostomy and feeding tube in a patient who, in the clinical judgment of the neurocritical care team, is very unlikely to recover interactive capacity. This article presents a case, discusses definitions of medical futility, and summarizes recommended steps for mediating conflict regarding potentially inappropriate treatment...
February 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075489/cough-augmentation-techniques-for-extubation-or-weaning-critically-ill-patients-from-mechanical-ventilation
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REVIEW
Louise Rose, Neill Kj Adhikari, David Leasa, Dean A Fergusson, Douglas McKim
BACKGROUND: There are various reasons why weaning and extubation failure occur, but ineffective cough and secretion retention can play a significant role. Cough augmentation techniques, such as lung volume recruitment or manually- and mechanically-assisted cough, are used to prevent and manage respiratory complications associated with chronic conditions, particularly neuromuscular disease, and may improve short- and long-term outcomes for people with acute respiratory failure. However, the role of cough augmentation to facilitate extubation and prevent post-extubation respiratory failure is unclear...
January 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066609/association-between-post-sternotomy-tracheostomy-and-deep-sternal-wound-infection-a-retrospective-analysis
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Yi-Chin Tsai, Kevin Phan, Andrie Stroebel, Livia Williams, Lisa Nicotra, Lesley Drake, Elizabeth Ryan, James McGree, Peter Tesar, Kiran Shekar
BACKGROUND: Tracheostomy has traditionally been used as a means of facilitated mechanical ventilation in patients requiring respiratory management following cardiac surgery. However in the clinical setting, the advantages of tracheostomy has been questioned by concerns surrounding evidence of its association with increased risk of deep sternal wound infections (DSWI). The present study sought to evaluate retrospectively our experience with post-sternotomy tracheostomy among cardiac surgery patients and association with DSWI...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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