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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640782/perioperative-venous-thromboembolism-a-review
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Ronald J Gordon, Frederick W Lombard
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a significant problem in the perioperative period, increasing patient morbidity, mortality, and health care costs. It is also considered the most preventable of the major postoperative complications. Despite widespread adoption of prophylaxis guidelines, it appears that morbidity from the disease has not substantially changed within the past 2 decades. It is becoming clear that current prophylaxis efforts are not sufficient. Using more potent anticoagulants may decrease the incidence of VTE, but increase the risk for bleeding and infection...
June 20, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624924/evaluation-of-hepatic-fibrosis-a-review-from-the-society-of-abdominal-radiology-disease-focus-panel
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Jeanne M Horowitz, Sudhakar K Venkatesh, Richard L Ehman, Kartik Jhaveri, Patrick Kamath, Michael A Ohliger, Anthony E Samir, Alvin C Silva, Bachir Taouli, Michael S Torbenson, Michael L Wells, Benjamin Yeh, Frank H Miller
Hepatic fibrosis is potentially reversible; however early diagnosis is necessary for treatment in order to halt progression to cirrhosis and development of complications including portal hypertension and hepatocellular carcinoma. Morphologic signs of cirrhosis on ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) alone are unreliable and are seen with more advanced disease. Newer imaging techniques to diagnose liver fibrosis are reliable and accurate, and include magnetic resonance elastography and US elastography (one-dimensional transient elastography and point shear wave elastography or acoustic radiation force impulse imaging)...
June 17, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591103/treatment-of-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-older-adults-now-and-the-future
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Musa Yilmaz, Hagop Kantarjian, Elias Jabbour
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is an uncommon disease with poor outcomes in older patients. Although intensive chemotherapy can induce complete responses in older patients, the mortality rate is unacceptably high. The 5-year survival rate for patients achieving a remission ranges from 17% to 23%. ALL is usually more aggressive in older patients, and these patients' reduced functional capacity renders them less able to tolerate treatment. The need for less-intensive, more-efficient treatment modalities in this population of frail and high-risk patients is evident...
April 2017: Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology: H&O
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588176/evaluation-of-bcr-abl-gene-rearrangement-among-bangladeshi-chronic-myeloid-leukaemia-patients
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T F Dipta, A Datta, A Tarif, M A Mottalib, A M Yunus, M A Muttalib, S Choudhury, M A Islam
Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) is a clonal myeloproloferative disorder. Presence of molecular translocation t (9; 22) in CML patients can be confirmed by Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). Among haematological malignancies CML is the commonest leukaemia of adults in Asia. Despite this, there are very few studies published from Bangladesh, documenting the frequency of bcr-abl fusion transcripts. So, we would like to perform this observational study to evaluate bcr-abl fusion transcripts and demographic status among RT-PCR positive chronic phase CML patients at BIRDEM & other two centers of Dhaka city, Bangladesh where patients admitted from different districts of Bangladesh in the period of January 2010 to June 2012...
April 2017: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582329/update-in-the-management-of-pediatric-psoriasis
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Jennifer Aileen Ang Tangtatco, Irene Lara-Corrales
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Psoriasis is a multifactorial, chronic, inflammatory skin disease that may represent a therapeutic challenge in children. This review aims to provide a framework for the management of pediatric psoriasis, emphasizing in new insights and considerations for management. It will focus on new disease associations and innovative treatment modalities that challenge current approach of psoriasis in children. RECENT FINDINGS: There is an increasing body of literature both in adults and in children linking psoriasis with different comorbidities...
June 2, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580040/pseudo-prune-belly-syndrome-diagnosis-revealed-by-imaging-a-case-report-and-brief-review
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Hemal Grover, Sanjay Sethi, Jatin Garg, Amrit Pal Ahluwalia
BACKGROUND: Prune Belly Syndrome (PBS) is a rare entity, usually found in male neonates. It comprises complex urinary tract anomalies, bilateral undescended testis and absence of anterior abdominal wall muscles. Patients with unilateral abdominal wall deficiency, unilateral undescended testis and female neonates with abdominal wall laxity are classified as Pseudo Prune Belly syndrome (PPBS). Reports on PPBS do not highlight the radiological and imaging characteristics of this syndrome and the current literature on the role of newer imaging modalities, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), remains relatively sparse...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574828/targeting-erk-enhances-the-cytotoxic-effect-of-the-novel-pi3k-and-mtor-dual-inhibitor-vs-5584-in-preclinical-models-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Changwen Ning, Min Liang, Shuang Liu, Guan Wang, Holly Edwards, Yang Xia, Lisa Polin, Gregory Dyson, Jeffrey W Taub, Ramzi M Mohammad, Asfar S Azmi, Lijing Zhao, Yubin Ge
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a deadly disease in urgent need of newer therapeutic modalities. Majority of patients with PDAC have mutations in KRAS, which unfortunately remains an ineffectual target. Our strategy here is to target KRAS downstream effectors PI3K and mTOR. In this study, we investigated the antitumor efficacy of the novel PI3K and mTOR dual inhibitor VS-5584 in PDAC. Our data shows that PI3K/mTOR dual inhibition causes ERK activation in all tested PDAC cell lines. Although the MEK inhibitor GSK1120212 could abrogate VS-5584-induced ERK activation, it did not substantially enhance cell death in all the cell lines tested...
May 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550869/achalasia
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Saleem Islam
Achalasia is a rare neurogenic motility disorder of the esophagus, occurring in approximately 0.11 cases per 100,000 children. The combination of problems (aperistalsis, hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter (LES), and lack of receptive LES relaxation) results in patients having symptoms of progressive dysphagia, weight loss, and regurgitation. Treatment modalities have evolved over the past few decades from balloon dilation and botulinum toxin injection to laparoscopic Heller myotomy and endoscopic myotomy...
April 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548989/imaging-adult-patients-with-fontan-circulation
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Salil Ginde, Benjamin H Goot, Peter C Frommelt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Survival after the Fontan procedure for palliation of single ventricle congenital heart disease has improved. However, adults with Fontan circulation are at risk for several complications including heart failure, thromboembolism, and protein-losing enteropathy. This review discusses the role of noninvasive imaging for surveillance and early detection of anatomic and functional abnormalities of the Fontan circulation that can impact the risk for Fontan failure over time...
May 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535526/home-hemodialysis-what-is-old-is-new-again
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Peter G Kerr, Juli Jaw
Home hemodialysis (HD) is undergoing a resurgence. A major driver of this is economics, however, providers are also encouraged by a combination of excellent patient outcomes and patient experiences as well as the development of newer technologies that offer ease of use. Home HD offers significant advantages in flexible scheduling and the practical implementation of extended hours dialysis. This paper explores the reasons why home HD is making a comeback and strives to offer approaches to improve the uptake of this dialysis modality...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533803/use-of-ultrasound-in-image-guided-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-enumerations-and-arguments
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REVIEW
Susovan Banerjee, Tejinder Kataria, Deepak Gupta, Shikha Goyal, Shyam Singh Bisht, Trinanjan Basu, Ashu Abhishek
Inherently, brachytherapy is the most conformal radiotherapeutic technique. As an aid to brachytherapy, ultrasonography (USG) serves as a portable, inexpensive, and simple to use method allowing for accurate, reproducible, and adaptive treatments. Some newer brachytherapy planning systems have incorporated USG as the sole imaging modality. Ultrasonography has been successfully used to place applicator and dose planning for prostate, cervix, and anal canal cancers. It can guide placement of brachytherapy catheters for all other sites like breast, skin, and head and neck cancers...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529414/comparison-of-efficacy-of-autologous-platelet-rich-fibrin-versus-saline-dressing-in-chronic-venous-leg-ulcers-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Anirudh Somani, Reena Rai
BACKGROUND: Venous leg ulcer is a chronic condition, and various treatment modalities are available. Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is one of the newer modalities and it contains fibroblast growth factor (GF), vascular endothelial GF, angiopoitin and platelet-derived GF which enhances the wound healing. Hence, we conducted a randomised controlled trial to compare the efficacy of PRF versus saline dressing in chronic venous leg ulcers. AIM: This study aims to compare the efficacy of autologous PRF with saline dressing in patients with chronic venous leg ulcer and to compare the mean reduction in ulcer area at the end of 4 weeks...
January 2017: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527481/rethinking-anatomy-how-to-overcome-challenges-of-medical-education-s-evolution
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REVIEW
Bruno Guimarães, Luís Dourado, Stanislav Tsisar, José Miguel Diniz, Maria Dulce Madeira, Maria Amélia Ferreira
INTRODUCTION: Due to scientific and technological development, Medical Education has been readjusting its focus and strategies. Medical curriculum has been adopting a vertical integration model, in which basic and clinical sciences coexist during medical instruction. This context favours the introduction of new complementary technology-based pedagogical approaches. Thus, even traditional core sciences of medical curriculum, like Anatomy, are refocusing their teaching/learning paradigm...
February 27, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515848/coronary-artery-disease-detection-limitations-of-stress-testing-in-left-ventricular-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Ritin Bomb, Senthil Kumar, Anand Chockalingam
Incidental diagnosis of left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVD) is common in clinical practice. The prevalence of asymptomatic LVD (Ejection Fraction, EF < 50%) is 6.0% in men and 0.8% in women and is twice as common as symptomatic LVD. The timely and definitive exclusion of an ischemic etiology is central to optimizing care and reducing mortality in LVD. Advances in cardiovascular imaging provide many options for imaging of patients with left ventricular dysfunction. Clinician experience, patient endurance, imaging modality characteristics, cost and safety determine the choice of testing...
April 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515589/spectrum-of-pulmonary-valve-morphology-and-its-relationship-to-pulmonary-trunk-in-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Binita R Chacko, George K Chiramel, Leena R Vimala, Devi A Manuel, Elizabeth Joseph, K Reka
BACKGROUND: Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is a complex congenital heart disease with anatomic variations. Although the pulmonary valve in TOF is abnormal, it has not been studied well, especially on newer imaging modalities such as multidetector computed tomography (CT), which gives excellent anatomic detail. AIMS: The aim of this study was to assess the morphology of pulmonary valve in TOF on CT and evaluate its association with the degree of hypoplasia of infundibulum and pulmonary trunk...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511478/recognition-of-small-airways-obstruction-in-asthma-and-copd-the-road-less-travelled
#16
REVIEW
Desh Deepak, Akhila Prasad, Swapndeep Singh Atwal, Kshitij Agarwal
The small airways, once regarded as the silent zone in the air conducting system of the lungs are now known to be one of the initial sites of involvement in diseases like asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Identification of the involvement of distal airways in these diseases is often difficult to assess, clinically as well as by conventional pulmonary function tests and therefore, usually remains undiscovered in early stages. Early recognition of their involvement in asthma and COPD and timely management may reduce long term morbidity in these conditions...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509807/treatment-of-retroperitoneal-sarcoma-current-standards-and-new-developments
#17
Winan J van Houdt, Shane Zaidi, Christina Messiou, Khin Thway, Dirk C Strauss, Robin L Jones
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Retroperitoneal sarcomas are rare tumors and with complex treatment. In this manuscript we give an overview of current standards in treatment of this disease and discuss new developments. RECENT FINDINGS: Surgery with complete resection of the primary tumor is still the only curative modality. The role of preoperative radiotherapy is not clear and is currently being investigated in a clinical trial. Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy is not the standard of care but can be considered occasionally when complete resection is uncertain...
July 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507913/role-of-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-in-lung-transplantation
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REVIEW
Kelly E Hathorn, Walter W Chan, Wai-Kit Lo
Lung transplantation is one of the highest risk solid organ transplant modalities. Recent studies have demonstrated a relationship between gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and lung transplant outcomes, including acute and chronic rejection. The aim of this review is to discuss the pathophysiology, evaluation, and management of GERD in lung transplantation, as informed by the most recent publications in the field. The pathophysiology of reflux-induced lung injury includes the effects of aspiration and local immunomodulation in the development of pulmonary decline and histologic rejection, as reflective of allograft injury...
April 24, 2017: World Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504359/changing-the-paradigm-for-diagnostic-mri-in-pediatrics-don-t-hold-your-breath
#19
Melissa M Masaracchia, Michael J Tsapakos, Nancy J McNulty, Michael L Beach
Increasingly complex pediatric patients and improvements in technology warrant reevaluation of the risk associated with anesthesia for diagnostic imaging. Although magnetic resonance imaging is the imaging modality of choice for children given the potentially harmful effects of computerized tomography-associated ionizing radiation, we dare to suggest that certain patients would benefit from the liberalization of our current standard. Incorporating the use of newer computerized tomography technology may improve safety for those that are already at higher risk for adverse events...
May 15, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501087/the-role-of-radiotherapy-in-localized-esophageal-and-gastric-cancer
#20
REVIEW
John Ng, Percy Lee
Multimodality management has become a core treatment principle for locally advanced esophageal, gastroesophageal junction (GEJ), and gastric cancer. Radiotherapy serves an important role for optimizing patient outcomes. This article reviews the evolving role of radiotherapy in the multidisciplinary management of esophageal, GEJ, and gastric cancer, summarizing the results of recent clinical trials leading to contemporary accepted treatment approaches. A major theme is the evidence supporting the role of radiotherapy in combined modality management, particularly the trend toward its delivery in the neoadjuvant setting...
June 2017: Hematology/oncology Clinics of North America
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