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Multi organ failure

Syed M Hasan, Nida N Ahmed, Zunirah Ahmed, Allan Seibert
Amyloidosis is a rare disorder with a wide spectrum of presentations and anomalies. It is subdivided into 2 broad categories based on protein deposition; primary and secondary amyloidosis. It can present as a single-organ involvement or as a diffuse infiltrative multi-organ process. Isolated hepatic amyloidosis presentation is a rare phenomenon that develops due to insoluble amyloid deposition in liver. Its clinical presentation is usually vague and ranges from mild hepatomegaly with elevated liver enzymes to acute liver failure and hepatic rupture...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Maro Ohanian, Ana Tari Ashizawa, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Naveen Pemmaraju, Tapan Kadia, Elias Jabbour, Farhad Ravandi, Gautam Borthakur, Michael Andreeff, Marina Konopleva, Miranda Lim, Sherry Pierce, Susan O'Brien, Yesid Alvarado, Srdan Verstovsek, William Wierda, Hagop Kantarjian, Jorge Cortes
BACKGROUND: Activating mutations of tyrosine kinases are common in leukaemias. Oncogenic tyrosine kinases use the growth factor receptor-bound protein 2 (Grb2) for signal transduction, leading to activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) 1 and MAPK3 (ERK2 and ERK1). We hypothesised that inhibition of Grb2 would suppress ERK1 and ERK2 activation and inhibit leukaemia progression. To inhibit Grb2, a liposome-incorporated antisense oligodeoxynucleotide that blocks Grb2 protein expression, BP1001, was developed...
March 14, 2018: Lancet Haematology
Maroua Eid, Olivier Fouquet, Cédric Darreau, Marc Pierrot, Achille Kouatchet, Alain Mercat, Christophe Baufreton
INTRODUCTION: Necrotizing fasciitis represents a life-threatening infectious condition that causes spreading necrotisis of superficial fascia and subcutaneous cellular tissues. We describe the case of a patient diagnosed with septic and toxic shocks leading to multiple organ failure successfully treated with a combination of extracorporeal life support, continuous renal replacement therapy, and a hemoadsorption device. METHODS: A 41-year-old patient presented with necrotizing fasciitis and multi-organ failure...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Raed M Almannie, Waleed H Alkhamis
Rectus sheath hematoma is a collection of blood in the sheath of rectus abdominis muscle due to an injury of one of the epigastric vessels or the muscle itself. It is a rare condition that could be caused by the use of anticoagulant injections. We report a 60-year-old lady who received enoxaparin injection on the lower abdomen. Subsequently, she developed bladder perforation secondary to rectus sheath hematoma and was diagnosed using CT angiography scan. Exploratory laparotomy was performed and bleeding was controlled with bladder wall repair...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
James B Leonard, Kashif M Munir, Hong K Kim
Metoclopramide (MCP) is a commonly used anti-emetic in the emergency department (ED). Its use is generally well tolerated; although infrequent adverse reactions such as extrapyramidal reactions or tardive dyskinesia are reported. However, many ED providers are not familiar with the potentially life-threatening hypertensive emergency that can be precipitated by MCP administration in patients with pheochromocytoma. A previously healthy 36-year-old woman presented to the ED with headache and nausea. She developed acute hypertensive emergency (acute agitation, worsening headache, chest pain and wide complex tachycardia) when her blood pressure (BP) increased to 223/102mmHg (initial BP, 134/86mmHg) after receiving intravenous MCP...
March 5, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Li Liu, Xuyan Zhang, Sizhou Feng
Epstein-Barr virus related post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders (EBV-PTLDs) are rare but potentially fatal complications of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), characterized by uncontrolled proliferation of EBV-infected lymphocytes. The most frequent risk factors include T cell depletion of graft, HLA mismatch, severe graft versus host disease (GVHD), EBV sero-mismatch (recipient-/donor+) and so on. EBV-PTLDs commonly manifest as fever and lymphadenopathy and may rapidly progress to multi-organ failure and even death...
March 9, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Abhishek De, Murlidhar Rajagopalan, Aarti Sarda, Sudip Das, Projna Biswas
Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) syndrome, is also known as drug induced hypersensitivity syndrome and by various other names. It is now recognised as one of the severe cutaneous adverse reaction (SCAR) and can be potentially life-threatening. Historically, it was most frequently linked with phenytoin and was initially described as phenytoin hypersensitivity syndrome. However, it was later found to be caused by various other medications. Anticonvulsants and sulfonamides are the most common offender...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Dermatology
C Randall Harrell, Bojana Simovic Markovic, Crissy Fellabaum, Aleksandar Arsenijevic, Valentin Djonov, Vladislav Volarevic
BACKGROUND: Pericytes are multipotent cells present in every vascularized tissue in the body. Despite the fact that they are well-known for more than a century, pericytes are still representing cells with intriguing properties. This is mainly because of their heterogeneity in terms of definition, tissue distribution, origin, phenotype and multi-functional properties. The body of knowledge illustrates importance of pericytes in the regulation of homeostatic and healing processes in the body...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Science
Hasan Alghetaa, Amira Mohammed, Muthanna Sultan, Philip Busbee, Angela Murphy, Saurabh Chatterjee, Mitzi Nagarkatti, Prakash Nagarkatti
Staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) is a potent superantigen produced by Staphylococcus aureus that triggers a strong immune response, characterized by cytokine storm, multi-organ failure, and often death. When inhaled, SEB can cause acute lung injury (ALI) and respiratory failure. In this study, we investigated the effect of resveratrol (RES), a phytoallexin, on SEB-driven ALI and mortality in mice. We used a dual-exposure model of SEB in C3H/HeJ mice, which caused 100% mortality within the first 5 days of exposure, and treatment with RES resulted in 100% survival of these mice up to 10 days post-SEB exposure...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
P Nambiar, E Cober, L Johnson, K D Brizendine
Invasive fusariosis in solid organ transplant is uncommon and usually presents as localized infection with favorable outcomes compared to hematologic malignancies or bone marrow transplants. We report the first case of Fusarium osteomyelitis in a patient following multi-visceral transplant and review Fusarium in organ transplant recipients and Fusarium bone and joint infections. Our case underscores the importance of early recognition and multidisciplinary approach to treatment and highlights potential failure to eradicate with amphotericin B monotherapy...
March 7, 2018: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Cahit Kural, Mehmet Ilker Ozer, Mehmet Can Ezgu, Royal Mehtiyev, Soner Yasar, Ahmet Murat Kutlay, Mehmet Kadri Daneyemez, Onder Onguru, Ersin Erdogan, Yusuf Izci
Intracranial aspergillosis is a rare infectious disease of the central nervous system with high mortality rates. Our aim is to present 3 cases of intracranial aspergillosis who were surgically treated with intracavitary amphotericin B administration. First case was a 21-year-old male patient. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation treatment was performed because of aplastic anemia and vocal cord paralysis developed 10 days after treatment. Multiple aspergillosis abscesses were observed in the cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Lajos Szentgyorgyi, Chloe Shepherd, Ken W Dunn, Peter Fawcett, Julian M Barker, Paul Exton, Marc O Maybauer
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is one of the most frequent forms of extracorporeal life support (ECLS) and can be used as rescue therapy in patients with severe respiratory failure resulting from burns and/or smoke inhalation injury. Experience and literature on this treatment option is still very limited, consequently results are varied. We report a retrospective analysis of our experience with veno-venous (VV) ECMO in burn patients. All five patients, three male and two female (age: 28-37 years) had flame type burns and smoke inhalation injury...
February 27, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Louise A Kenny, Fabrizio DeRita, Mohamed Nassar, John Dark, Louise Coats, Asif Hasan
The single ventricle patient population comprises the most complex cohort presenting to the cardiac transplant team, in terms of demographics, anatomic substrate, and unique physiology. It is also the most rapidly growing diagnostic group presenting for heart transplantation. In this manuscript, we aim to describe the changing landscape of transplantation in single ventricle conditions through reflection on our own institution's practice and experience, alongside contemporary literature review. Single ventricle patients are heterogeneous in terms of age, anatomic diagnosis and physiology according to surgical stage of repair...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Laura Katharina Schenk, Hermann Pavenstädt, Philipp Kümpers
ANAMNESIS:  In winter, a 37-year old male patient consulted our outpatient clinic complaining about fever, malaise and headache. He had returned from vacation in Thailand 14 days earlier. EXAMINATIONS:  Clinical findings, laboratory examinations and apparative diagnostics revealed a pulmo-renal syndrom accompagnied by multi-organ failure. DIAGNOSIS:  Finally, we could confirm that our patient suffered from leptospirosis. TREATMENT:  The patient received a penicillin-based antibiotic treatment...
February 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Massimo Radin, Luca Bertero, Dario Roccatello, Savino Sciascia
The hypereosinophilic syndrome is a rare disease characterized by the association between high absolute eosinophil count and eosinophil-mediated organ damage. We describe a case of a 70-year-old male with an absolute eosinophil count of 2130 cells/µL. Clinical symptoms and signs included the following: severe asthenia, axonal sensitive motor neuropathy, basal pleural effusion with signs of hypoventilation on chest radiography, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as severe diarrhea, weight loss (-10 kg in 6 months), abdominal pain, and vomiting...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Byuk Sung Ko, Kyuseok Kim, Sung-Hyuk Choi, Gu Hyun Kang, Tae Gun Shin, You Hwan Jo, Seung Mok Ryoo, Jin Ho Beom, Woon Yong Kwon, Kap Su Han, Han Sung Choi, Sung Phil Chung, Gil Joon Suh, Tae Ho Lim, Won Young Kim
BACKGROUND: Septic shock can be defined both by the presence of hyperlactatemia and need of vasopressors. Lactate levels should be measured after volume resuscitation (as per the Sepsis-3 definition). However, currently, no studies have evaluated patients who have been excluded by the new criteria for septic shock. The aim of this study was to determine the clinical characteristics and prognosis of these patients, based on their lactate levels after initial fluid resuscitation. METHODS: This observational study was performed using a prospective, multi-center registry of septic shock, with the participation of 10 hospitals in the Korean Shock Society, between October 2015 and February 2017...
February 24, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
S I Alam, M A Hossain, M Aftabuddin, M A Hye, M K Mondal
The aim of the study was to describe the characteristics of patients admitted to intensive care unit and their outcome in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Bangladesh. This retrospective, descriptive study was conducted in the intensive care unit of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) from January 2016 to June 2016. Data was retrieved from hospital records of all admitted patients regarding age, gender, admission source, reason for admission, length of ICU stay, requirement of mechanical ventilation, number of organ failure and their outcome...
January 2018: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
Zachary S Wallace, Arezou Khosroshahi, Mollie D Carruthers, Cory A Perugino, Hyon Choi, Corrado Campochiaro, Emma L Culver, Frank Cortazar, Emanuel Della-Torre, Mikael Ebbo, Ana Fernandes, Luca Frulloni, Philip Hart, Omer Karadag, Shigeyuki Kawa, Mitsuhiro Kawano, Myung-Hwan Kim, Marco Lanzillotta, Shoko Matsui, Kazuichi Okazaki, Jay H Ryu, Takako Saeki, Nicolas Schleinitz, Paula Tanasa, Hisanori Umehara, George Webster, Wen Zhang, John H Stone
OBJECTIVE: IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) can cause fibro-inflammatory lesions in nearly any organ, leading to organ dysfunction and failure. The IgG4-RD Responder Index (RI) was developed to help investigators assess the efficacy of treatment in a structured manner. We sought to validate the RI in a multi-national investigation. METHODS: The RI guides investigators through assessments of disease activity and damage in 25 domains, incorporating higher weights for disease manifestations that require treatment urgently or that worsen despite treatment...
February 18, 2018: Arthritis Care & Research
Miguel Verdelho, Rui Perdigoto, João Machado, Élia Mateus, Paulo Marcelino, Rui Pereira, Philip Fortuna, Luís Bagulho, Luís Bento, Francisco Ribeiro, Fernando Nolasco, Américo Martins, Eduardo Barroso
Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a syndrome characterized by an acute deterioration of a patient with cirrhosis, frequently associated with multi-organ failure and a high short-term mortality rate. We present a retrospective study that aims to characterize the presentation, evolution, and outcome of patients diagnosed with ACLF at our center over the last 3 years, with a comparative analysis between the group of patients that had ACLF precipitated by infectious insults of bacterial origin and the group of those with ACLF triggered by a nonbacterial infectious insult; the incidence of acute kidney injury and its impact on the prognosis of ACLF was also analyzed...
January 2018: GE Portuguese Journal of Gastroenterology
Ning Li, Qingcheng Duan, Weidan Zhang
The risk factors and coping strategies of severe community-acquired pneumonia (SCAP) in chemotherapy induction period of acute leukemia were investigated. Eighty-six patients with CAP in chemotherapy induction period of acute leukemia in Dezhou Hospital from March 2014 to February 2017 were selected and divided into observation group (SCAP group, n=45) and control group (non-SCAP group, n=41) according to the acute physiology and chronic health evolution II (APACHE II) score. The blood, sputum, nasopharyngeal secretion and pleural effusion samples were collected from patients in both groups, and the samples were detected for pathogens, followed by the analysis of relevant factors...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
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