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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548632/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-inflammatory-parameters-including-neopterin-in-the-setting-of-pneumonia-copd-and-acute-exacerbations
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Alex Pizzini, Fabian Lunger, Amra Sahanic, Nada Nemati, Dietmar Fuchs, Günter Weiss, Katharina Kurz, Rosa Bellmann-Weiler
Acute exacerbations and community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) are severe complications in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this study, we analyzed inflammatory parameters in serum including C-reactive protein (CRP), procalcitonin (PCT), and serum neopterin (NPT) to determine their potential to differentiate between patients with CAP+COPD and with acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) without pneumonia. 102 (39 women and 63 men) patients were included in this retrospective study, of whom 48 presented with CAP without underlying COPD, 20 with CAP+COPD and 34 with AECOPD...
June 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546776/economic-burden-of-hospitalizations-of-medicare-beneficiaries-with-heart-failure
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Meredith Kilgore, Harshali K Patel, Adrian Kielhorn, Juan F Maya, Pradeep Sharma
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the costs associated with the hospitalization and the cumulative 30-, 60-, and 90-day readmission rates in a cohort of Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure (HF). METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational study based on data from the national 5% sample of Medicare beneficiaries. Inpatient data were gathered for Medicare beneficiaries with at least one HF-related hospitalization between July 1, 2005, and December 31, 2011...
2017: Risk Management and Healthcare Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545851/sex-specific-risk-of-emergency-department-revisits-and-early-readmission-following-myocardial-infarction
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Magnus Lundbäck, Danijela Gasevic, Eric Rullman, Toralph Ruge, Axel C Carlsson, Martin J Holzmann
BACKGROUND: Readmissions within 30days after hospitalization have been introduced as a measure of quality of care. There is a paucity of data regarding sex-specific risk of early readmissions after myocardial infarction (MI). OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between sex and revisits to the emergency department (ED), and readmissions after MI. METHODS: All patients with chest pain, diagnosed with MI at the Karolinska University Hospital during 2011 and 2012 were included...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540033/use-of-repeated-intravenous-ketamine-therapy-in-treatment-resistant-bipolar-depression-with-suicidal-behaviour-a-case-report-from-spain
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Álvaro López-Díaz, José Luis Fernández-González, José Evaristo Luján-Jiménez, Sara Galiano-Rus, Luis Gutiérrez-Rojas
The rapidly-acting antidepressant properties of ketamine are a trend topic in psychiatry. Despite its robust effects, these are ephemeral and can lead to certain adverse events. For this reason, there is still a general concern around the off-label use of ketamine in clinical practice settings. Nonetheless, for refractory depression, it should be an indication to consider. We report the case of a female patient admitted for several months due to a treatment-resistant depressive bipolar episode with chronic suicidal behaviour...
April 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536228/clostridium-difficile-extraintestinal-abscess-a-rare-complication
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Vamsi Krishna Kantamaneni, Krishna C Gurram, Abhijit Kulkarni
Extraintestinal Clostridium difficile is rare. A 74-year-old man with a history of ulcerative colitis presented after a fall. Trauma work-up showed liver cirrhosis. Two days later he developed abdominal pain, distension, diarrhoea and leucocytosis. Stool tested positive for C. difficile CT abdomen showed pancolitis with toxic megacolon. Total abdominal colectomy and ileostomy with a rectal stump was performed. He was discharged, but was readmitted with sepsis. CT abdomen showed a 10.4×7.2 cm fluid collection in the pelvis...
May 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535198/transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-for-recurrent-valsalva-sinus-re-dissection-and-severe-aortic-regurgitation-shortly-after-surgery-for-type-a-aortic-dissection
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Elena Caporali, Giovanni Pedrazzini, Stefanos Demertzis, Enrico Ferrari
Delayed aortic regurgitation following Valsalva sinus re-dissection is a well-known complication that can occur at any time after surgery for type-A aortic dissection without root replacement. We describe a case of acute type-A dissection in an 81-year-old lady successfully treated with aortic valve resuspension and ascending aorta replacement with a 28-mm vascular graft. A month later, the patient was readmitted for worsening heart failure and a transthoracic echocardiogram showed severe aortic regurgitation secondary to non-coronary Valsalva sinus re-dissection and non-coronary aortic valve leaflet prolapse also confirmed at computed tomography scan...
May 23, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534189/national-trends-in-bariatric-surgery-2012-2015-demographics-procedure-selection-readmissions-and-cost
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Scott Kizy, Cyrus Jahansouz, Michael C Downey, Nathanael Hevelone, Sayeed Ikramuddin, Daniel Leslie
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery is widely accepted as the best treatment for obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and the sleeve gastrectomy (SG) have become the predominant bariatric procedures in the USA over the last several years, although the most recent trends in selection are unknown. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to assess selection trends, readmission rates, and cost of bariatric procedures in the USA from 2012 to 2015...
May 22, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532710/early-hospital-readmission-among-hemodialysis-patients-in-the-united-states-is-associated-with-subsequent-mortality
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Laura C Plantinga, Laura King, Rachel E Patzer, Janice P Lea, John M Burkart, Jason M Hockenberry, Bernard G Jaar
Dialysis providers in the United States may soon be held accountable for their patients' 30-day hospital readmissions. However, few studies have evaluated the timing of readmissions, which determines the window in which dialysis providers could act to prevent readmission. We therefore examined the timing of readmissions of hemodialysis patients in the United States and its association with mortality among 285,795 prevalent adult Medicare-primary hemodialysis patients from a national registry. Patients had at least one hospitalization in 2010-2013 (first index) and survived for 30 days or more...
May 20, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530779/predictive-factors-for-early-hospital-readmission-and-1-year-mortality-in-elder-patients-following-surgical-treatment-of-a-hip-fracture
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Hakan Sofu, Hanifi Üçpunar, Yalkın Çamurcu, Serda Duman, Mehmet Nuri Konya, Sarper Gürsu, Vedat Şahin
BACKGROUND: Early hospital readmission after surgically treated hip fracture is a common entity, often involving an adverse event and causing strains on an already overburdened healthcare system. The main purposes of the present study were to determine the 30-day readmission rate, analyze the predictive factors for early hospital readmissions, and assess 1-year mortality following surgical treatment of hip fracture in elderly patients. Retrospective case-control study. METHODS: In total, 517 patients with a mean age of 74 years were evaluated...
May 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530118/readmission-to-intensive-care-unit-incidence-risk-factors-resource-use-and-outcomes-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Carolina R Ponzoni, Thiago D Corrêa, Roberto R Filho, Ary Serpa Neto, Murillo Sc Assunção, Andreia Pardini, Guilherme Pp Schettino
RATIONALE: Readmission to intensive care unit (ICU) is associated with poor clinical outcomes, increased length of ICU and hospital stay and higher costs. Nevertheless, knowledge on epidemiology of ICU readmissions, risk factors and attributable outcomes are restricted to developed countries. OBJECTIVES: Determine the effect of ICU readmissions on in-hospital mortality, incidence of ICU readmissions, identify predictors of ICU readmissions and hospital mortality and compare resource use and outcomes between readmitted and nonreadmitted patients in a developing country...
May 21, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523732/long-term-respiratory-outcomes-after-primary-total-correction-for-tetralogy-of-fallot-and-absent-pulmonary-valve-in-patient-with-respiratory-symptoms
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Takaya Hoashi, Toru Iwasa, Koji Kagisaki, Masatoshi Shimada, Kenichi Kurosaki, Isao Shiraishi, Hajime Ichikawa
OBJECTIVE: To review long-term respiratory outcomes for tetralogy of Fallot and absent pulmonary valve (TOF/APV) in respiratory symptomatic populations. METHODS: Of 25 consecutive patients undergoing primary total correction for TOF/APV between 1987 and 2016, Sixteen patients (64%) with a preoperative respiratory disturbance were enrolled. The median age at operation was 1.9 months old, including 4 neonates and 12 infants. Ten patients (62.5%) preoperatively necessitated mechanical ventilator support...
May 19, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522915/ninety-day-readmissions-after-inpatient-cholecystectomy-a-5-year-analysis
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Alba Manuel-Vázquez, Raquel Latorre-Fragua, Carmen Ramiro-Pérez, Aylhin López-Marcano, Farah Al-Shwely, Roberto De la Plaza-Llamas, José Manuel Ramia
AIM: To determine the incidence of readmission after cholecystectomy using 90 d as a time limit. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all patients undergoing cholecystectomy at the General Surgery and Digestive System Service of the University Hospital of Guadalajara, Spain. We included all patients undergoing cholecystectomy for biliary pathology who were readmitted to hospital within 90 d. We considered readmission to any hospital service as cholecystectomy-related complications...
April 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521439/arteriovenous-malformation-and-thyroid-metastasis-from-underlying-renal-cell-carcinoma-an-unusual-presentation-of-malignancy-a-case-report
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H J Albandar, E S Roberto, J R H See, J H Sabiers
Renal Clear Cell Carcinoma (RCC) comprises over 80% of renal malignancies in adults. Thyroid gland metastasis is rare in RCC. Few studies have described cases of RCC mistaken for benign arteriovenous malformation (AVM). To the best of our knowledge, an AVM arising from underlying RCC metastasis to the brain has not yet been reported. The current study presents a case of RCC metastasis to the thyroid gland, with an AVM identified to be a result of metastatic involvement in the brain. A 45-year-old African-American female presented with left-sided weakness, slurred speech, facial droop and seizure...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516154/wbc-associates-with-readmission-following-cystectomy
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Andrew G McIntosh, Tianyu Li, Timothy Ito, Jason Mannion, Mark Dziemianowicz, Nikhil Waingankar, Mohammed Haseebuddin, David Y T Chen, Richard E Greenberg, Rosalia Viterbo, Alexander Kutikov, Robert G Uzzo, Marc C Smaldone, Philip H Abbosh
Background: Radical cystectomy is associated with perioperative complication rates exceeding 50% in some series. Readmission rates are increasingly used as a surgical quality metric. White blood cell count is a crude surrogate for physiologic processes which may reflect postoperative complications leading to readmission. Objective: We assessed the association between final white blood cell count at discharge and risk of readmission following radical cystectomy. Methods: Records on 477 patients undergoing radical cystectomy from 2006-2013 were reviewed...
April 27, 2017: Bladder Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515825/late-presentation-of-aortic-aneurysm-and-dissection-following-cardiac-catheterization
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Abimbola Shofu, G Mustafa Awan, Bassam Omar, Ghazanfar Qureshi
We report a 63-year-old female with hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and prior pacemaker insertion for atrial fibrillation with symptomatic bradycardia, who was admitted with substernal chest pressure and diaphoresis. Her electrocardiogram revealed atrial fibrillation with demand ventricular pacing and her cardiac biomarkers were negative for acute coronary syndrome. Echocardiogram revealed normal left ventricular systolic function and normal aortic root diameter. Coronary angiography revealed 60-70% obtuse marginal lesion, otherwise mild disease...
April 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509578/the-burden-of-hepatorenal-syndrome-among-commercially-insured-and-medicare-patients-in-the-united-states
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J Bradford Rice, Alan G White, Philip Galebach, Kevin M Korenblat, Aneesha Wagh, Belinda Lovelace, George J Wan, Khurram Jamil
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the characteristics healthcare resource utilization (HCRU), and costs, from the payer perspective, of hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) patients covered by commercial and Medicare insurance. Mortality was assessed as a secondary outcome. METHODS: Patients were identified from claims databases of commercially-insured (OptumHealth Care Solutions, Inc.) in 1998-2014 and Medicare beneficiaries in 2009-2013 (5% Standard Analytic Files). At the time of their first inpatient admission ("index date") with an HRS diagnosis (ICD-9 code 572...
May 16, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508012/rehabilitation-of-discharged-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-are-new-strategies-needed
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Lars Morsø, Morten Sall Jensen, Christian von Plessen, Peter Qvist
BACKGROUND: Rehabilitation after hospital stay implies several benefits for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); still few patients are referred and participate in rehabilitation programs. We conducted a case study to investigate the effects of interventions targeting the referral, uptake, and completion for a program of early rehabilitation in the primary health-care sector. METHODS: We undertook targeted initiatives to make patients participate in an individualized rehabilitation program with gradual increased intensity...
January 2017: Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501866/clinical-factors-associated-with-readmission-among-patients-with-lower-limb-cellulitis
#18
Amit Garg, Jonathan Lavian, Gloria Lin, Cristina Sison, Michael Oppenheim, Bonnie Koo
BACKGROUND: There is substantial allocation of resources directed towards evaluation and management of lower limb cellulitis (LLC) in the acute care setting. Readmission for LLC is poorly understood, and there is little evidence with which to identify patients at risk for readmission. OBJECTIVE: To describe demographics, comorbidities, admission vital signs, and laboratory markers of infection among patients with LLC who are readmitted, and to investigate which among these factors is associated with readmission...
May 13, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499710/impact-of-prealbumin-on-mortality-and-hospital-readmission-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure
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Jonathan Franco, Francesc Formiga, Joan-Carles Trullas, P Salamanca Bautista, Alicia Conde, Luis Manzano, Raúl Quirós, Álvaro González Franco, Alejandro Martín Ezquerro, Manuel Montero-Pérez-Barquero
BACKGROUND: Prealbumin is a maker of nutritional status and inflammation of potential prognostic value in acute heart failure (HF). The aim of this study is to evaluate if low prealbumin levels on admission predict mortality and readmissions in patients with acute HF. METHOD: We conducted a prospective observational cohort study including 442 patients hospitalized for acute HF. Patients were classified in two groups according to prealbumin levels: "normal" prealbumin (>15mg) and "low" prealbumin (≤15mg/dL)...
May 9, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498922/outpatient-vs-inpatient-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-a-population-level-analysis-of-outcomes-and-cost
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David A Purger, Arjun V Pendharkar, Allen L Ho, Eric S Sussman, Lingyao Yang, Manisha Desai, Anand Veeravagu, John K Ratliff, Atman Desai
BACKGROUND: Outpatient anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a promising candidate for US healthcare cost reduction as several studies have demonstrated that overall complications are relatively low and early discharge can preserve high patient satisfaction, low morbidity, and minimal readmission. OBJECTIVE: To compare clinical outcomes and associated costs between inpatient and ambulatory setting ACDF. METHODS: Demographics, comorbidities, emergency department (ED) visits, readmissions, reoperation rates, and 90-d charges were retrospectively analyzed for patients undergoing elective ACDF in California, Florida, and New York from 2009 to 2011 in State Inpatient and Ambulatory Databases...
May 11, 2017: Neurosurgery
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