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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344614/do-we-need-invasive-confirmation-of-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-results
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Paweł Siastała, Jacek Kądziela, Łukasz A Małek, Mateusz Śpiewak, Katarzyna Lech, Adam Witkowski
INTRODUCTION: Coronary artery revascularization is indicated in patients with documented significant obstruction of coronary blood flow associated with a large area of myocardial ischemia and/or untreatable symptoms. There are a few invasive or noninvasive methods that can provide information about the functional results of coronary artery narrowing. The application of more than one method of ischemia detection in one patient to reevaluate the indications for revascularization is used in case of atypical or no symptoms and/or borderline stenosis...
2017: Postępy W Kardiologii Interwencyjnej, Advances in Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338481/clinical-use-and-optimal-cutoff-value-of-ca15-3-in-evaluation-of-adnexal-mass-retrospective-cohort-study-and-review-of-the-literature
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Lena Sagi-Dain, Ofer Lavie, Ron Auslander, Shlomi Sagi
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the diagnostic performance and reference values of serum cancer antigen (Ca)15-3 levels in the triage of adnexal masses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was carried out in 481 patients referred to the Gynecology Department at Carmel Medical Center due to adnexal mass between years 2005 and 2012. All patients underwent surgery with histopathologically confirmed diagnosis and routine preoperative measurements of serum Ca125 and Ca15-3...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337476/cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarker-examination-as-a-tool-to-discriminate-behavioral-variant-frontotemporal-dementia-from-primary-psychiatric%C3%A2-disorders
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Everard G B Vijverberg, Annemiek Dols, Welmoed A Krudop, Marta Del Campo Milan, Cora J Kerssens, Flora Gossink, Niels D Prins, Max L Stek, Philip Scheltens, Charlotte E Teunissen, Yolande A L Pijnenburg
INTRODUCTION: To prospectively determine the diagnostic value of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels total-tau (tau) to amyloid-β1-42 ratio (Aβ1-42) ratio (tau/Aβ1-42 ratio), phosphorylated-tau (p-tau) to tau ratio (p-tau/tau ratio), neurofilament light chain (NfL) and YKL40 in the late-onset frontal lobe syndrome, in particular for the differential diagnosis of behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) versus primary psychiatric disorders (PSY). METHOD: We included patients with a multidisciplinary 2-year-follow-up diagnosis of probable/definite bvFTD (n = 22) or PSY (n = 25), who underwent a detailed neuropsychiatric clinical examination, neuropsychological test battery, and magnetic resonance imaging at baseline...
2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335775/evaluation-of-biomarker-canine-prostate-specific-arginine-esterase-cpse-for-the-diagnosis-of-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia
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Dora Pinheiro, João Machado, Carlos Viegas, Cláudia Baptista, Estela Bastos, Joana Magalhães, Maria A Pires, Luís Cardoso, Ana Martins-Bessa
BACKGROUND: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the most common canine prostatic disorder. Although most or even all intact male dogs may develop BPH by 5-8 years of age, many show no clinical signs. Taking into account the non-specific character of clinical and ultrasonographic findings, a new diagnostic approach has recently been proposed based on the augmentation of blood canine prostate-specific arginine esterase (CPSE) in hyperplasic dogs. The aim of the present study was to verify CPSE levels in negative controls and hyperplasic dogs, considering cytological findings as the reference method and taking into account the fact that controls were middle-aged intact dogs (median of 5...
March 23, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334030/measuring-mortality-due-to-hiv-associated-tuberculosis-among-adults-in-south-africa-comparing-verbal-autopsy-minimally-invasive-autopsy-and-research-data
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Aaron S Karat, Mpho Tlali, Katherine L Fielding, Salome Charalambous, Violet N Chihota, Gavin J Churchyard, Yasmeen Hanifa, Suzanne Johnson, Kerrigan McCarthy, Neil A Martinson, Tanvier Omar, Kathleen Kahn, Daniel Chandramohan, Alison D Grant
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) aims to reduce tuberculosis (TB) deaths by 95% by 2035; tracking progress requires accurate measurement of TB mortality. International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes do not differentiate between HIV-associated TB and HIV more generally. Verbal autopsy (VA) is used to estimate cause of death (CoD) patterns but has mostly been validated against a suboptimal gold standard for HIV and TB. This study, conducted among HIV-positive adults, aimed to estimate the accuracy of VA in ascertaining TB and HIV CoD when compared to a reference standard derived from a variety of clinical sources including, in some, minimally-invasive autopsy (MIA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331372/a-glucokinase-gene-mutation-in-a-young-boy-with-diabetes-mellitus-hyperinsulinemia-and-insulin-resistance
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Andrey O Emelyanov, Elena Sechko, Ekaterina Koksharova, Igor Sklyanik, Tamara Kuraeva, Alexander Mayorov, Valentina Peterkova, Ivan Dedov
We report the case of a 12-year-old boy with a glucokinase (GCK) mutation, and diabetes with hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. For 4 years, the patient intermittently received insulin medications Actrapid HM and Protaphane HM (total dose 5 U/day), with glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels of 6.6%-7.0%. After extensive screening the patient was found to carry a heterozygous mutation (p.E256K) in GCK (MIM #138079, reference sequence NM_000162.3). Insulin therapy was replaced by metformin at 1,700 mg/day...
2017: International Medical Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328259/follow-up-study-on-fetal-ct-radiation-dose-in-japan-validating-the-decrease-in-radiation-dose
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Osamu Miyazaki, Hideaki Sawai, Takahiro Yamada, Jun Murotsuki, Gen Nishimura
OBJECTIVE: In 2011, we collected data on fetal CT radiation dose to determine the diagnostic reference level (DRL); however, continuous evaluation of the DRL is necessary. The hypothesis of this study is that the fetal CT radiation dose has decreased, and we predict a widespread use of iterative reconstruction (IR). We also predict that the national decrease in exposure is because of the DRL reported as a result of the previous national study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Various testing protocols from each site were summarized as part of the study results...
April 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327296/local-diagnostic-reference-levels-for-intraoral-dental-radiography-in-the-public-hospitals-of-cyprus
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Stelios Christofides, Elina Pitri, Marios Lampaskis, Christos Papaefstathiou
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine local DRLs for children and adults undergoing intraoral dental examinations at the intraoral radiology units of the public hospitals in Cyprus. METHODS: Measurements were made on all the twenty intraoral X-ray units of the public hospitals in Cyprus with the intention to establish the local DRLs for all the possible intraoral X-ray examinations for children and adults. All units are film based. The measurements were made by a Dose Area Product (DAP) meter (GAMMEX RMI 841-RD) placed at the surface of the dental unit's X-ray shaping cone (FSD 20cm)...
November 2016: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315907/can-preoperative-cea-and-ca19-9-serum-concentrations-suggest-metastatic-disease-in-colorectal-cancer-patients
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Milica Stojkovic Lalosevic, Sanja Stankovic, Mirjana Stojkovic, Velimir Markovic, Ivan Dimitrijevic, Jovan Lalosevic, Jelena Petrovic, Marija Brankovic, Aleksandra Pavlovic Markovic, Zoran Krivokapic
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to investigate the efficiency of preoperative serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and carbohydrate cancer antigen (CA19-9) levels for diagnosing synchronous liver metastases and lymph node in colorectal carcinoma (CRC) patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 300 patients with histologically diagnosed CRC were included in this study between May 2014 and March 2015. The data were obtained prospectively from patient's medical records: medical history, demographics, tumor location, differentiation (grade), depth of the tumor (T), lymph node metastases (N), distant metastases (M), lymphatics, venous and perineural invasion, and disease stage...
March 20, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315411/extrauterine-choriocarcinoma-in-the-fallopian-tube-following-infertility-treatment-implications-for-the-management-of-early-detected-ectopic-pregnancies
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Seung Chik Jwa, Shigeru Kamiyama, Hisako Takayama, Yoshimitsu Tokunaga, Tetsuro Sakumoto, Masahiro Higashi
Extrauterine choriocarcinoma in the fallopian tube is highly rare and is often diagnosed and treated as an ectopic tubal pregnancy. A 34-year old woman who initially became pregnant after infertility treatment using ovulation induction with clomiphene citrate and intrauterine insemination was later diagnosed as having an extrauterine choriocarcinoma in the left fallopian tube. Because of a suspicion of left ectopic tubal pregnancy by ultrasonographic findings and high levels of beta human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG; 7054...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306349/utility-of-critical-items-within-the-recognition-memory-test-and-word-choice-test
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Laszlo A Erdodi, Bradley T Tyson, Christopher A Abeare, Brandon G Zuccato, Jaspreet K Rai, Kristian R Seke, Sanya Sagar, Robert M Roth
This study was designed to examine the clinical utility of critical items within the Recognition Memory Test (RMT) and the Word Choice Test (WCT). Archival data were collected from a mixed clinical sample of 202 patients clinically referred for neuropsychological testing (54.5% male; mean age = 45.3 years; mean level of education = 13.9 years). The credibility of a given response set was psychometrically defined using three separate composite measures, each of which was based on multiple independent performance validity indicators...
March 17, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302133/activin-b-is-a-novel-biomarker-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-cfs-me-diagnosis-a-cross-sectional-study
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Brett A Lidbury, Badia Kita, Donald P Lewis, Susan Hayward, Helen Ludlow, Mark P Hedger, David M de Kretser
BACKGROUND: Investigations of activin family proteins as serum biomarkers for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). CFS/ME is a disease with complex, wide-ranging symptoms, featuring persistent fatigue of 6 months or longer, particularly post exertion. No definitive biomarkers are available. METHODS: A cross-sectional, observational study of CFS/ME patients fulfilling the 2003 Canadian Consensus Criteria, in parallel with healthy non-fatigued controls, was conducted...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302091/development-of-a-test-that-measures-real-time-her2-signaling-function-in-live-breast-cancer-cell-lines-and-primary-cells
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Yao Huang, David J Burns, Benjamin E Rich, Ian A MacNeil, Abhijit Dandapat, Sajjad M Soltani, Samantha Myhre, Brian F Sullivan, Carol A Lange, Leo T Furcht, Lance G Laing
BACKGROUND: Approximately 18-20% of all human breast cancers have overexpressed human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). Standard clinical practice is to treat only overexpressed HER2 (HER2+) cancers with targeted anti-HER2 therapies. However, recent analyses of clinical trial data have found evidence that HER2-targeted therapies may benefit a sub-group of breast cancer patients with non-overexpressed HER2. This suggests that measurement of other biological factors associated with HER2 cancer, such as HER2 signaling pathway activity, should be considered as an alternative means of identifying patients eligible for HER2 therapies...
March 16, 2017: BMC Cancer
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/28297688/-a-case-of-a-pituitary-adenoma-diagnosed-as-carney-complex-syndrome-in-an-older-female-patient
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Ai Okamoto, Daisuke Wajima, Rinsei Tei, Yasushi Shin, Misato Inoue, Shuta Aketa, Taiji Yonezawa
Carney complex syndrome is an autosomal dominant familial tumor syndrome first described by Carney et al. in 1985. The diagnostic criteria include endocrine hyperactivity and spotty skin pigmentation. A 73-year-old woman with cerebral infarction was referred to our department because her brain magnetic resonance imaging(MRI)revealed a pituitary tumor. Her blood tests revealed elevated levels of growth hormone(GH), thyroid stimulating hormone(TSH), and insulin-like growth factor-1(IGF-1). We suspected the presence of a GH-secreting tumor and performed the operation...
March 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297330/using-daily-diagnostic-quality-images-to-validate-planning-margins-for-prostate-interfractional-variations
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Wen Li, Andrew Vassil, Andrew Godley, Lama Muhieddine Mossolly, Qingyang Shang, Ping Xia
The purpose of this study is to use the same diagnostic-quality verification and planning CTs to validate planning margin account for residual interfractional variations with image-guided soft tissue alignment of the prostate. For nine prostate cancer patients treated with IMRT to 78 Gy in 39 fractions, daily verification CT-on-rails images of the first seven and last seven fractions (n=126) were retrospectively selected for this study. On these images, prostate, bladder, and rectum were delineated by the same attending physician...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297291/evaluation-of-dose-area-product-of-common-radiographic-examinations-towards-establishing-a-preliminary-diagnostic-reference-levels-pdrls-in-southwestern-nigeria
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Nnamdi N Jibiri, Christopher J Olowookere
In Nigeria, a large number of radiographic examinations are conducted yearly for various diagnostic purposes. However, most examinations carried out do not have records of doses received by the patients, and the employed exposure parameters used are not documented; therefore, adequate radiation dose management is hindered. The aim of the present study was to estimate the dose-area product (DAP) of patients examined in Nigeria, and to propose regional reference dose levels for nine common examinations (chest PA, abdomen AP, pelvis AP, lumbar AP, skull AP, leg AP, knee AP, hand AP, and thigh AP) undertaken in Nigeria...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295159/first-and-second-trimester-serum-tests-with-and-without-first-trimester-ultrasound-tests-for-down-s-syndrome-screening
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REVIEW
S Kate Alldred, Yemisi Takwoingi, Boliang Guo, Mary Pennant, Jonathan J Deeks, James P Neilson, Zarko Alfirevic
BACKGROUND: Down's syndrome occurs when a person has three copies of chromosome 21 (or the specific area of chromosome 21 implicated in causing Down's syndrome) rather than two. It is the commonest congenital cause of mental disability. Non-invasive screening based on biochemical analysis of maternal serum or urine, or fetal ultrasound measurements, allows estimates of the risk of a pregnancy being affected and provides information to guide decisions about definitive testing.  Before agreeing to screening tests, parents need to be fully informed about the risks, benefits and possible consequences of such a test...
March 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295158/first-trimester-ultrasound-tests-alone-or-in-combination-with-first-trimester-serum-tests-for-down-s-syndrome-screening
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REVIEW
S Kate Alldred, Yemisi Takwoingi, Boliang Guo, Mary Pennant, Jonathan J Deeks, James P Neilson, Zarko Alfirevic
BACKGROUND: Down's syndrome occurs when a person has three, rather than two copies of chromosome 21; or the specific area of chromosome 21 implicated in causing Down's syndrome. It is the commonest congenital cause of mental disability and also leads to numerous metabolic and structural problems. It can be life-threatening, or lead to considerable ill health, although some individuals have only mild problems and can lead relatively normal lives. Having a baby with Down's syndrome is likely to have a significant impact on family life...
March 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290763/psychosocial-risk-factors-and-treatment-of-new-onset-and-recurrent-depression-during-the-post-partum-period
#20
Pirjo Kettunen, Jukka Hintikka
BACKGROUND: When developing maternity care services, it is important to know how psychosocial factors affect the course of post-partum depression (PPD), and how depressed mothers are treated. AIMS: The aim of this study is to assess how adverse childhood experiences, poor present support and violence, and low socioeconomic status (SES) associate with PPD, specifically in new onset and recurrent post-partum depression. The second aim is to assess the treatment received for PPD...
March 14, 2017: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry
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