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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430307/the-incidence-and-risk-factors-of-coronary-steal-after-ipsilateral-avf-in-patients-with-a-coronary-artery-bypass-graft
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Sanghyun Ahn, Ahram Han, Song-Yi Kim, Chanjoong Choi, Sang-Il Min, Jongwon Ha, Ho Young Hwang, Ki-Bong Kim, Seung-Kee Min
OBJECTIVE: Ipsilateral arteriovenous fistula (AVF) may cause symptoms of coronary steal in patients who had undergone coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) using internal thoracic artery. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the adverse effects of ipsilateral AVF to CABG, including the incidence of coronary steal, and to analyze the risk factors for coronary steal. METHODS: Between 2000 and 2013, a total of 25 patients undergoing hemodialysis via upper extremity AVF, ipsilateral to the preexisting CABG, were reviewed retrospectively...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429135/clinical-characteristics-of-patients-with-suspected-cardiac-chest-pain-and-angiographically-normal-coronary-arteries-in-a%C3%A2-secondary-care-hospital
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T S de Lange, R Y G Tijssen, P Damman, P F M M van Bergen
BACKGROUND: An important number of patients with suspected cardiac chest pain have non-obstructive coronary artery disease. Our purpose was to describe the clinical characteristics of patients with normal or near-normal coronary arteries in routine cardiological practice in a secondary care hospital. METHODS: In 2013, consecutive patients referred for invasive coronary angiography with suspected cardiac chest pain were analysed at a single-centre (Westfriesgasthuis, Hoorn, the Netherlands)...
April 20, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426137/hydroxyurea-hydroxycarbamide-for-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Sarah J Nevitt, Ashley P Jones, Jo Howard
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common inherited diseases worldwide. It is associated with lifelong morbidity and a reduced life expectancy. Hydroxyurea (hydroxycarbamide), an oral chemotherapeutic drug, ameliorates some of the clinical problems of SCD, in particular that of pain, by raising fetal haemoglobin. This is an update of a previously published Cochrane Review. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of hydroxyurea therapy in people with SCD (all genotypes), of any age, regardless of setting...
April 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420670/confirmed-early-myocardial-rupture-in-a-patient-with-pulseless-electrical-activity-pea-following-late-presentation-of-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Baskar Sekar, Joe Martins, Sanjiv Petkar
A 69 year old male, an ex-smoker, was admitted with ongoing chest pain of 11 hours duration. Past medical history included treated hypertension and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. He delayed seeking medical attention as he assumed the pain to be due to indigestion and kept taking antacids without much symptomatic relief. Clinical examination on arrival was unremarkable. Admission 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG) was diagnostic of a recent anterolateral myocardial infarction (MI) (Figure 1a). Bedside trans-thoracic echocardiogram (TTE) confirmed an established anterolateral MI (Video 1, Figure 1b)...
April 18, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419740/pulmonary-hypertension-associated-with-combined-fibrosing-mediastinitis-and-bronchial-anthracofibrosis-a-retrospective-analysis-in-a-single-chinese-hospital
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Yan Xu, Wenbing Xu, Yongjian Liu, Xinlun Tian, Kaifeng Xu, Juhong Shi, Mengzhao Wang, Baiqiang Cai, Min Peng
INTRODUCTION: Both fibrosing mediastinitis (FM) and bronchial anthracofibrosis (BAF) are unique diseases. The combined appearance of FM and BAF is extremely rare. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical features of patients with coexisting FM and BAF. METHOD: Between January 2003 and December 2015, a total of eight patients were diagnosed at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital as having combined FM and BAF. The clinical presentations, radiographic features, and bronchoscopic findings of the eight patients were reviewed...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416358/non-gated-high-pitch-computed-tomography-aortic-angiography-myocardial-perfusion-defects-in-patients-with-suspected-aortic-dissection
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Li-Ting Huang, Shih-Hung Chan, Chia-Chang Chuang, Yi-Shan Tsai
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic value of first-pass myocardial perfusion defects visualised in non-gated high-pitch computed tomography angiography (CTA) in patients admitted to the emergency department (ED) for suspected aortic dissection. METHODS: We recruited 174 ED patients who underwent high-pitch CTA of the aorta because of suspected aortic dissection. We divided these patients into two groups (diseased and control groups) based on whether their clinical data fulfilled the third universal definition of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), specifically an increase in cardiac troponin (cTn) with at least one of the following: (a) symptoms of ischemia; (b) new ST-segment-T wave (ST-T) changes or new left bundle branch block (LBBB); (c) development of pathological Q wave; (d) new loss of viable myocardium or new regional wall motion abnormality; or (e) identification of an intracoronary thrombus by angiography or autopsy...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416007/disseminated-alveolar-echinococcosis-resembling-metastatic-malignancy-a-case-report
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Laura Caire Nail, Ezequiel Rodríguez Reimundes, Christelle Weibel Galluzzo, Dan Lebowitz, Yasmine Lucile Ibrahim, Johannes Alexander Lobrinus, François Chappuis
BACKGROUND: Alveolar echinococcosis is a potentially lethal zoonosis caused by larval forms of the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis. Humans are aberrant intermediate hosts who become infected by ingestion of egg-contaminated food or water or via physical contact with domestic or wild animals that carry the parasite in their small intestine. In humans, the disease usually affects the liver and can spread to other organs causing metastatic infiltration. In this report, we describe an advanced presentation of human alveolar echinococcosis mimicking metastatic malignancy...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414682/a-left-main-coronary-artery-thrombus-presenting-as-a-non-st-elevation-mi
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U Ezema, D Daberkow, T Delord, L Guidry, N R Sells
INTRODUCTION: Left main coronary artery (LMCA); thrombus with an acute myocardial infarction identified with coronary angiography is a clinically rare condition with an extremely high mortality rate. We present a case of LMCA thrombus that presented as a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI);. CASE: A 45-year-old woman with a history of tobacco use and hyperlipidemia presented with a complaint of 10/10 "hard pain" across her chest radiating to her left shoulder and breast which woke her from sleep...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414661/delayed-presentation-of-tuberour-sclerosis-complex-in-adult-women
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J Manalac, S Sadd, G Akoghlanian, T Benoit-Clark
INTRODUCTION: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC); is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by the formation of hamartomatous lesions in multiple organs, with a birth incidence of around one in 10,000. Although it usually manifests itself in early life, we present a case of an adult woman who we diagnosed with TSC. CASE: A 27 year old woman presented to Emergency Department with worsening right flank pain and progressive dyspnea. Physical examination findings revealed Shagreen patches and multiple angiomyolipomas of the skin...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413775/an-interesting-case-of-mycoplasma-pneumonia-associated-multisystem-involvement-and-diffuse-alveolar-hemorrhage
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Rashmi Mishra, Edison Cano, Sindhaghatta Venkatram, Gilda Diaz-Fuentes
Severe mycoplasma pneumonia is a rare entity with only 0.5-2% of cases having a fulminant course. We present a 74-year-old woman with hypertension, diabetes mellitus and remote history of marginal zone B-cell lymphoma admitted with abdominal pain and diarrhea of 1-2 days associated with body-aches, dyspnea, dry cough and weight loss for 2-3 weeks. On physical exam, she was febrile, tachypneic, tachycardic and hypoxic on room air. Chest examination revealed diffuse crackles and end-expiratory wheezes. Laboratory tests showed anemia, acute-on-chronic kidney injury and hyaline casts and epithelial cells in the urine analysis...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413557/c2-primary-leiomyoma-in-an-immunocompetent-woman-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Mohana Rao Patibandla, Madhukar T Nayak, A K Purohit, Megha Uppin, Sundaram Challa, Gokul Chowdary Addagada, Manisha Nukavarapu
Clinical case report and review of the literature. This is the first case of primary leiomyoma in an immunocompetent woman without previous history of uterine leiomyoma being reported in the literature to the best of our knowledge. Leiomyoma, a type of smooth muscle cell tumor, involving the vertebra is extremely rare. There were very few primary leiomyoma in patients with AIDS or in the immune-suppressed patients. This 48-year-old female came with H/o neck pain, weakness and bladder retention. On examination, tone increased in all four limbs, power on the right side of the limbs 4/5, power on the left upper limb 0/5, lower limb 3/5, left plantar was up going, decreased sensation over the left second cervical vertebra (C2) dermatome and all modalities decreased below C2...
January 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412430/incremental-prognostic-value-of-stress-echocardiography-with-carotid-ultrasound-for-suspected-cad
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Shahram Ahmadvazir, Benoy N Shah, Konstantinos Zacharias, Roxy Senior
OBJECTIVES: This study hypothesized that ischemia and atherosclerosis assessment by ultrasound (US) may provide incremental prognostic information in patients with new-onset chest pain who do not have coronary artery disease (CAD). BACKGROUND: The clinical significance of atherosclerosis assessment by carotid US in patients undergoing stress echocardiography (SE) in such patients is unknown. METHODS: Consecutive patients with suspected angina but no history of CAD underwent simultaneous SE and US prospectively to assess myocardial ischemia and carotid plaque burden (CPB), respectively...
April 7, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410698/spontaneous-chylothorax-revealing-a-mediastinal-and-abdominal-lymph-node-tuberculosis
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Jihen Ben Amar, Haifa Zaibi, Besma Dahri, Hichem Aouina
Chylothorax is a rare manifestation of tuberculosis. We report a case of spontaneous chylothorax due to tuberculosis. A 62-year-old woman was admitted with fever, chest pain and dyspnea. Chest and abdominal computed tomography revealed a fluid collection with necrotic mediastinal and abdominal lymph nodes. Biopsy of lymph nodes by mediastinoscopy. The patient was treated with anti-tuberculosis medication. He is clinically improved and his pleural effusion also completely resolved.
April 2017: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406279/update-on-the-clinical-utility-of-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-in-stable-angina-pectoris
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Shaw H Kueh, Christopher Naoum
Over the last decade, coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) has emerged as a valuable non-invasive imaging modality with excellent diagnostic performance compared to invasive coronary angiography (ICA) for identifying patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Beyond the diagnosis of CAD, CCTA also provides valuable prognostic information. While patients with normal CCTA have excellent long-term prognosis, among those with CAD, increasing CAD extent and severity is associated with increased cardiovascular event risk over both medium- and long-term follow-up in both men and women...
June 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405137/pleural-tuberculosis-following-infliximab-therapy-for-ankylosing-spondylitis
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V S Gokul Krishnan, Sharath Madhyastha, Kusugodlu Ramamoorthi, Raviraj V Acharya, Vinaya Gopalaswamy
We present a case of pleural tuberculosis (TB) in a patient on infliximab for ankylosing spondylitis. A 36-year-old male presented to our hospital with low back ache of inflammatory type along with multiple symmetric inflammatory type of joint pain. Further clinical examination, laboratory and radiological investigations were suggestive of ankylosing spondylitis. He was initially treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs but citing poor response it was decided to initiate biologic therapy using infliximab (antitumor necrosis factor-alpha)...
January 2017: Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402696/chronic-cough-and-an-atypical-peripheral-pattern-on-chest-imaging-a-case-report-secondary-to-suspected-drug-onset
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Ronnie Alas, Mark Tony Williams, Ghiam Yamin, Mohsen Rofoogaran
INTRODUCTION: Chronic eosinophilic pneumonia (CEP) is an uncommon interstitial lung disease with nonspecific symptoms that is a diagnostic and treatment challenge. The exact pathology is unknown and putatively involves a complex inflammatory cascade associated with the abnormal accumulation of eosinophils. Our patient had a history of adult-onset asthma after initiating TNF-inhibitor therapy. CEP coexisting with asthma has been reported, but never linked to the use of a TNF-inhibitor-as we report here...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400920/accuracy-of-gestalt-perception-of-acute-chest-pain-in-predicting-coronary-artery-disease
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Cláudio Marcelo Bittencourt das Virgens, Laudenor Lemos, Márcia Noya-Rabelo, Manuela Campelo Carvalhal, Antônio Maurício Dos Santos Cerqueira Junior, Fernanda Oliveira de Andrade Lopes, Nicole Cruz de Sá, Jéssica Gonzalez Suerdieck, Thiago Menezes Barbosa de Souza, Vitor Calixto de Almeida Correia, Gabriella Sant'Ana Sodré, André Barcelos da Silva, Felipe Kalil Beirão Alexandre, Felipe Rodrigues Marques Ferreira, Luís Cláudio Lemos Correia
AIM: To test accuracy and reproducibility of gestalt to predict obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with acute chest pain. METHODS: We studied individuals who were consecutively admitted to our Chest Pain Unit. At admission, investigators performed a standardized interview and recorded 14 chest pain features. Based on these features, a cardiologist who was blind to other clinical characteristics made unstructured judgment of CAD probability, both numerically and categorically...
March 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400292/is-takotsubo-syndrome-a-benign-condition
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EDITORIAL
Maria I Drakopoulou, Michael A Gatzoulis
Takotsubo syndrome has emerged as a unique form of acute myocardial injury associated with chest pain or dyspnea, new ST-T segment abnormalities, serum cardiac enzyme release, distinctive transient regional myocardial dysfunction and absence of significant coronary disease at coronary angiography. The initial diagnosis of Takotsubo syndrome at the emergency room is challenging and although its clinical manifestations usually spontaneously resolve over time, it is not always a disease with benign course. Future prospective studies may be helpful to explore the clinical features and prognostic markers for the outcome of patients diagnosed with Takotsubo syndrome...
April 8, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399929/xanthogranulomatous-pyelonephritis-presenting-as-acute-pleuritic-chest-pain-a-case-report
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Justin Chow, Rameez Kabani, Kirstie Lithgow, Magdalena A Sarna
BACKGROUND: Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis is a rare and serious manifestation of chronic kidney inflammation that can be life-threatening if not recognized and treated appropriately, often with antibiotics and surgery. Affected patients are most commonly females in their fifth or sixth decade of life with a background of obstructive uropathy, nephrolithiasis, or recurrent urinary tract infections who present with vague nonspecific symptoms. CASE PRESENTATION: A 43-year-old woman of Russian ethnicity with a history of nephrolithiasis presented to our emergency department with new left-sided pleuritic chest pain amid a 6-week history of constitutional symptoms including fevers, night sweats, and 7 kg of weight loss...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399647/%C3%AE-blockers-cocaine-and-the-unopposed-%C3%AE-stimulation-phenomenon
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John R Richards, Judd E Hollander, Edward A Ramoska, Fareed N Fareed, I Charles Sand, María Manuela Izquierdo Gómez, Richard A Lange
Cocaine abuse remains a significant worldwide health problem. Patients with cardiovascular toxicity from cocaine abuse frequently present to the emergency department for treatment. These patients may be tachycardic, hypertensive, agitated, and have chest pain. Several pharmacological options exist for treatment of cocaine-induced cardiovascular toxicity. For the past 3 decades, the phenomenon of unopposed α-stimulation after β-blocker use in cocaine-positive patients has been cited as an absolute contraindication, despite limited and inconsistent clinical evidence...
May 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
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