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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324657/a-review-of-the-current-state-of-antimicrobial-susceptibility-test-methods-for-brachyspira
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Dharmasiri G R S Kulathunga, Joseph E Rubin
The re-emergence of swine dysentery (Brachyspira-associated muco-haemorrhagic colitis) since the late 2000's has illuminated diagnostic challenges associated with this genus. The methods used to detect, identify and characterize Brachyspira from clinical samples have not been standardized and laboratories frequently rely heavily on in-house techniques. Particularly concerning is the lack of standardized methods for determining and interpreting the antimicrobial susceptibility of Brachyspira spp. The integration of laboratory data into a treatment plan is a critical component of prudent antimicrobial usage, the lack of standardized methods is therefore an important limitation to the evidence based use of antimicrobials...
March 21, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323666/febrile-infant-update
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Kate Dorney, Richard G Bachur
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The approach to febrile young infants remains challenging. This review serves as an update on the care of febrile infants less than 90 days of age with a focus on the changing epidemiology of serious bacterial infection (SBI), refinement of management strategies based on biomarkers, and the development of novel diagnostics. RECENT FINDINGS: There is high variability in the emergency department management of febrile young infants without significant differences in outcomes...
March 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315606/video-ambulatory-eeg-a-good-alternative-to-inpatient-video-telemetry
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Rosalind Kandler, Athi Ponnusamy, Claire Wragg
PURPOSE: Video ambulatory EEG (V-AEEG) is a new technique which could add increased capacity for long term EEG monitoring to overstretched inpatient video telemetry (IPVT) services. We compare V-AEEG and IPVT for diagnostic efficacy, recording quality, patient acceptability and technologist time required. METHODS: Forty-one V-AEEG and 64 IPVT adult patients were included. Patients were investigated to diagnose attacks or to obtain polysomnography (PSG) prior to multiple sleep latency test (MSLT)...
February 28, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314541/risk-of-subsequent-primary-kidney-cancer-after-another-malignancy-a-population-based-study
#4
Omar Abdel-Rahman
BACKGROUND: Population-based data on the development of kidney cancer as a second malignant neoplasm following the diagnosis of other common malignancies are rare. This clinical scenario has been evaluated within the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The SEER-9 database (1973-2013) was queried using the SEER*Stat program to determine the standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) of kidney cancer development following each one of 10 common invasive malignancies (colorectal, breast, prostate, lung, thyroid, corpus uteri, urinary bladder, kidney/renal pelvis, cutaneous melanoma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma)...
February 27, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314141/assay-validation-of-the-cardiac-isoform-of-troponin-i-in-double-crested-cormorant-phalacrocorax-auritus-plasma-for-diagnosis-of-cardiac-damage
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Melissa Daigneault, Kendal E Harr, Karen M Dean, Steven J Bursian
Cardiac abnormalities, initially found in Deepwater Horizon weathered MC252 crude oil exposed Double Crested Cormorants (DCCOs) upon gross necropsy, were further investigated using echocardiography. Clinical and statistically significant changes including decreased ventricular myocardial contractility and arrhythmia were elucidated by echocardiography and interpreted by boarded cardiologists as potentially life threatening. The objective of this investigation was to initiate development of an antemortem, sensitive blood screening test for cardiac damage due to oil exposure of avian species...
March 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303585/the-effect-of-depth-of-centrifuged-synovial-fluid-on-leukocyte-esterase-test-for-periprosthetic-joint-infection
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Pakpoom Ruangsomboon, Sriprapa Chinprasertsuk, Varanya Khejonnit, Keerati Chareancholvanich
Centrifugation of aspirated synovial fluid before leukocytes esterase (LE) testing for diagnosing periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) may make blood tinged specimens interpretable. We aimed to establish the proper sampling depth of centrifuged specimens for LE testing as one diagnostic criterion and also AS-D chloroacetate esterase (CAE) staining testing as an adjunctive tool. A definite PJI knee joint group and an aseptic primary total knee arthroplasty control group were studied quasi-experimentally (N = 46)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302294/a-test-in-context-e-a-and-e-e-to-assess-diastolic-dysfunction-and-lv-filling-pressure
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Sumeet S Mitter, Sanjiv J Shah, James D Thomas
Diastolic dysfunction represents a combination of impaired left ventricular (LV) relaxation, restoration forces, myocyte lengthening load, and atrial function, culminating in increased LV filling pressures. Current Doppler echocardiography guidelines recommend using early to late diastolic transmitral flow velocity (E/A) to assess diastolic function, and E to early diastolic mitral annular tissue velocity (E/e') to estimate LV filling pressures. Although both parameters have important diagnostic and prognostic implications, they should be interpreted in the context of a patient's age and the rest of the echocardiogram to describe diastolic function and guide patient management...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301779/detection-of-bone-marrow-edema-in-nondisplaced-hip-fractures-utility-of-a-virtual-unenhanced-dual-energy-ct-application
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Trenton T Kellock, Savvas Nicolaou, Sandra S Y Kim, Sultan Al-Busaidi, Luck J Louis, Tim W O'Connell, Hugue A Ouellette, Patrick D McLaughlin
Purpose To quantify the sensitivity and specificity of dual-energy computed tomographic (CT) virtual noncalcium images in the detection of nondisplaced hip fractures and to assess whether obtaining these images as a complement to bone reconstructions alters sensitivity, specificity, or diagnostic confidence. Materials and Methods The clinical research ethics board approved chart review, and the requirement to obtain informed consent was waived. The authors retrospectively identified 118 patients who presented to a level 1 trauma center emergency department and who underwent dual-energy CT for suspicion of a nondisplaced traumatic hip fracture...
March 16, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301584/diagnostic-accuracy-and-added-value-of-dual-energy-subtraction-radiography-compared-to-standard-conventional-radiography-using-computed-tomography-as-standard-of-reference
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Katharina Martini, Marco Baessler, Stephan Baumueller, Thomas Frauenfelder
PURPOSE: To retrospectively evaluate diagnostic performance of dual-energy subtraction radiography (DESR) for interpretation of chest radiographs compared to conventional radiography (CR) using computed tomography (CT) as standard of reference. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 199 patients (75 female, median age 67) were included in this institutional review board (IRB)-approved clinical trial. All patients were scanned in posteroanterior and lateral direction with dual-shot DE-technique...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301193/an-illustration-of-the-effects-of-fluctuations-in-test-information-on-measurement-error-the-attenuation-of-effect-sizes-and-diagnostic-reliability
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Brian P O'Connor
Measurement precision often fluctuates across latent trait continuums. Plots of test information are typically provided in item response theory (IRT) investigations, but the numerical values for test information are not readily interpretable. This article draws attention to the important, nonlinear relationships between test information, location-specific standard errors of measurement, and location-specific reliability. It provides a method for examining the attenuation in effect sizes (correlations) that is caused by fluctuating levels of measurement error...
March 16, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297627/clinical-and-technical-aspects-of-genomic-diagnostics-for-precision-oncology
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Yuri Sheikine, Frank C Kuo, Neal I Lindeman
The emergence of precision medicine has been predicated on significant recent advances in diagnostic technology, particularly the advent of next-generation sequencing (NGS). Although the chemical technology underlying NGS is complex, and the computational biology expertise required to build systems to facilely interpret the results is highly specialized, the variables involved in designing and deploying a genomic testing program for cancer can be readily understood and applied by understanding several basic considerations...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297296/development-of-a-universal-medical-x-ray-imaging-phantom-prototype
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Annemari Groenewald, Willem A Groenewald
Diagnostic X-ray imaging depends on the maintenance of image quality that allows for proper diagnosis of medical conditions. Maintenance of image quality requires quality assurance programs on the various X-ray modalities, which consist of projection radiography (including mobile X-ray units), fluoroscopy, mammography, and computed tomography (CT) scanning. Currently a variety of modality-specific phantoms are used to perform quality assurance (QA) tests. These phantoms are not only expensive, but suitably trained personnel are needed to successfully use them and interpret the results...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292284/is-bulpa-criteria-suitable-for-the-diagnosis-of-probable-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-critically-ill-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-comparative-study-with-eortc-msg-and-icu-criteria
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Linna Huang, Hangyong He, Jingjing Jin, Qingyuan Zhan
BACKGROUND: Three diagnostic criteria have been proposed used for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) diagnosis, namely EORTC/ MSG criteria, Bulpa criteria and intensive care unit (ICU) criteria. The Bulpa criteria were proposed to diagnose IPA in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients specially. Our aim is to verify that whether the Bulpa criteria are the most suitable for diagnosing probable IPA in critically ill COPD patients compared with the other two criteria. METHODS: We included critically ill COPD patients admitted to the ICU from April 2006 to August 2013...
March 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287012/low-sensitivity-of-implant-sonication-when-screening-for-infection-in-revision-surgery
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Floor M Van Diek, Christiaan G M Albers, Miranda L Van Hooff, Jacques F Meis, Jon H M Goosen
Background and purpose - Prosthetic-joint infection (PJI) is the most serious complication of arthroplasty, and accurate identification of a potentially responsible microorganism is essential for successful antibiotic treatment. We therefore determined the diagnostic accuracy of sonication and compared it with tissue culture as a screening tool in detecting prosthetic joint infection in revision arthroplasty. Patients and methods - 252 consecutive revision arthroplasty cases were enrolled. These cases were determined as being suspected or unsuspected of having infection according to standard criteria...
March 13, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283150/making-the-most-of-in%C3%A2-vitro-tests-to-diagnose-food-allergy
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Alexandra F Santos, Helen A Brough
Various in vitro tests assess different aspects of the underlying immune mechanism of IgE-mediated food allergy. Some can be used for diagnostic purposes; specific IgE to allergen extracts is widely available; specific IgE to allergen components is used in most specialist centers, and the basophil activation test is becoming increasingly used clinically. IgE to allergen peptides, T-cell assays, allergen-specific/total IgE ratios, and allergen-specific IgG4/IgE ratios are currently reserved for research. Different factors can modulate the likelihood of IgE-mediated food allergy of a given allergy test result, namely, the patients' age, ethnicity, previous allergic reaction to the identified food, concomitant atopic conditions, and geographical location, and need to be taken into account when interpreting the allergy test results in the clinic...
March 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282372/automated-fluorescent-miscroscopic-image-analysis-of-ptbp1-expression-in-glioma
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Behiye Kaya, Evgin Goceri, Aline Becker, Brad Elder, Vinay Puduvalli, Jessica Winter, Metin Gurcan, José Javier Otero
Multiplexed immunofluorescent testing has not entered into diagnostic neuropathology due to the presence of several technical barriers, amongst which includes autofluorescence. This study presents the implementation of a methodology capable of overcoming the visual challenges of fluorescent microscopy for diagnostic neuropathology by using automated digital image analysis, with long term goal of providing unbiased quantitative analyses of multiplexed biomarkers for solid tissue neuropathology. In this study, we validated PTBP1, a putative biomarker for glioma, and tested the extent to which immunofluorescent microscopy combined with automated and unbiased image analysis would permit the utility of PTBP1 as a biomarker to distinguish diagnostically challenging surgical biopsies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282065/fundus-autofluorescence-imaging-systematic-review-of-test-accuracy-for-the-diagnosis-and-monitoring-of-retinal-conditions
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REVIEW
G K Frampton, N Kalita, L Payne, J L Colquitt, E Loveman, S M Downes, A J Lotery
We conducted a systematic review of the accuracy of fundus autofluorescence (FAF) imaging for diagnosing and monitoring retinal conditions. Searches in November 2014 identified English language references. Sources included MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, Web of Science, and MEDION databases; reference lists of retrieved studies; and internet pages of relevant organisations, meetings, and trial registries. For inclusion, studies had to report FAF imaging accuracy quantitatively. Studies were critically appraised using QUADAS risk of bias criteria...
March 10, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271693/comparison-of-the-novel-oxa-48-and-kpc-k-set-assay-and-blue-carba-test-for-the-detection-of-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-using-pcr-as-a-reference-method
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Fatma Erdem, Ayham Abulaila, Zerrin Aktas, Oral Oncul
BACKGROUND: Rapid, simple, and accurate laboratory detection of carbapenemases is very important for proper antibiotic therapy and infection control. METHODS: In this study, carbapenem-nonsusceptible Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) isolates were used to evaluate the performance of a new lateral flow immunochromatographic (IC) assay, the OXA-48 and KPC K-SeT assay, and modified Blue-Carba test (BCT) for the rapid detection of OXA-48 carbapenemase in comparison with polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification...
March 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271412/clinical-value-of-hyperemic-left-ventricular-systolic-function-in-vasodilator-stress-testing
#19
Venkatesh L Murthy, Sharmila Dorbala
Exercise results in increased left ventricular contractility in normal individuals. Similar changes can also be seen with vasodilator stress. This article discusses the physiologic basis of these changes as well as reviews the clinical data supporting the use of these parameters for diagnostic and prognostic evaluation. Methodologic limitations as well as other concomitant pathologic processes which may confound interpretation of stress-induced changes in LVEF are also reviewed.
March 7, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271087/comparison-of-pediatric-and-general-orthopedic-surgeons-approaches-in-management-of-developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip-and-flexible-flatfoot-the-road-to-clinical-consensus
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Ramin Haj Zargarbashi, Hirbod Nasiri Bonaki, Shayan Abdollah Zadegan, Taghi Baghdadi, Mohammad Hossein Nabian, Mehdi Ramezan Shirazi
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) and flatfoot are common pediatric orthopedic disorders, being referred to and managed by both general and pediatric orthopedic surgeons, through various modalities. Our study aimed to evaluate their consensus and perspective disagreements in terms of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches of the mentioned deformities. Forty participants in two groups of general orthopedic surgeons (GOS) (n=20) and pediatric orthopedic surgeons (POS) (n=20), were asked to answer an 8-item questionnaire on DDH and flexible flatfoot...
January 2017: Archives of Bone and Joint Surgery
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