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Constipation in elderly

Gian Marco Rosa, Danilo Baccino, Alberto Valbusa, Carolina Scala, Fabio Barra, Claudio Brunelli, Simone Ferrero
Overactive bladder (OAB) syndrome is common in the general population, particularly in elderly patients. Antimuscarinic drugs (AMs) are considered the mainstay pharmaceutical treatment of OAB whereas β3-adrenoceptor agonists, such as mirabegron, represent a good alternative. Owing to the important role of muscarinic and β3 receptors in cardiovascular (CV) tissue and to the fact that OAB patients often have CV comorbidities, the safety-profile of these drugs constitute an important challenge. Area covered: The aim of this review is to evaluate the CV effects of AMs and mirabegron in OAB...
March 15, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
Maria Angela Cerruto, Carolina D'Elia, Salvatore Siracusano, Omar Saleh, Mauro Gacci, Giovanni Cacciamani, Vincenzo De Marco, Antonio Benito Porcaro, Matteo Balzarro, Mauro Niero, Cristina Lonardi, Massimo Iafrate, Pierfrancesco Bassi, Ciro Imbimbo, Marco Racioppi, Renato Talamini, Stefano Ciciliato, Sergio Serni, Marco Carini, Paolo Verze, Walter Artibani
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) outcomes in elderly patients with different type of urinary diversion (UD), ileal conduit (IC) and ileal orthotopic neobladder (IONB), after radical cystectomy (RC) for bladder cancer, by using validated self-reported cancer-specific instruments. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 77 patients who received an IC or an IONB after RC. HR-QoL was assessed with specific and validated disease questionnaires, administered at last follow-up...
March 7, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
Andre Navarro, Josanne Vassallo, Joseph Galea
An elderly lady was diagnosed with primary hyperparathyroidism after being admitted to hospital with pyelonephritis and constipation. A sestamibi parathyroid scan demonstrated increased uptake in the upper mediastinum, suggesting an ectopic mediastinal parathyroid adenoma. The 4-mm adenoma was successfully removed through a mini-sternotomy incision using a gamma probe to identify the gland from the surrounding tissue. The patient made an uneventful recovery.
September 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
Linsheng Huang, Qi Zhu, Xiao Qu, Huanlong Qin
Chronic functional constipation is a kind of common intestinal disease that occurs in children, adults and elderly people. This disease not only causes great influence to physiological function, but also results in varying degrees of psychological barriers. At present, constipation treatments continue to rely on traditional methods such as purgative therapy and surgery. However, these approaches can disrupt intestinal function. Recent research between intestinal diseases and gut microbiota has gradually revealed a connection between constipation and intestinal flora disturbance, providing a theoretical basis for microbial treatment in chronic constipation...
January 23, 2018: Science China. Life Sciences
Alexandra Fragakis, Jerry Zhou, Haider Mannan, Vincent Ho
The low socioeconomic region of Greater Western Sydney (GWS) has higher than average rates of gastrointestinal symptoms. The relationship between prescription drug usage and constipation has not been explored. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of drug use on constipation in the elderly population of GWS (NSW, Australia). A random selection of elderly residents completed a postal questionnaire for constipation and drug use (response 30.7%). Bivariate associations between constipation and number of drug use and number of drug use with constipation adverse effect were compared...
January 29, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Sheng-Fu Chen, Hann-Chorng Kuo
OBJECTIVE: The incidence of overactive bladder (OAB) increases with age, especially in patients with central nervous system (CNS) disorders such as cerebrovascular accident (CVA) and Parkinson's disease (PD). Mirabegron is a novel medication for the treatment of OAB. The present study investigated the therapeutic effect of mirabegron on OAB patients with CNS diseases. METHODS: Patients with CVA, PD, dementia, and OAB symptoms were consecutively enrolled in the study group, and mirabegron 25 mg q...
January 30, 2018: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
Yoshinori Ozono, Kenji Nagata, Satoru Hasuike, Hisayoshi Iwakiri, Kenichi Nakamura, Mai Tsuchimochi, Yuri Yamada, Yuka Takaishi, Mitsue Sueta, Tadashi Miike, Yoshihiro Tahara, Shojiro Yamamoto, Kotaro Shide, Tomonori Hidaka, Yoko Kubuki, Kazunori Kusumoto, Toshimasa Ochiai, Junya Kato, Naoto Komada, Shuichi Hirono, Kazuo Kuroki, Masafumi Shigehira, Kazuya Shimoda
AIM: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a regimen containing sofosbuvir (SOF) and ledipasvir (LDV) in Japanese patients aged ≥ 75 years with hepatitis C genotype 1. METHODS: This multicenter, retrospective study consisted of 246 Japanese patients with HCV genotype 1 at nine centers in Miyazaki prefecture in Japan. Demographic, clinical, virological, and adverse effects (AE)-related data obtained during and after SOF/LDV therapy were collected from medical records...
December 28, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
Yuda Handaya, Agung Maryanto, Marijata
Constipation is a digestive disorder that often occurs in the elderly; its main cause is bowel motility disorder. Treatments for patients with chronic constipation include pharmacotherapy, diet changes, and surgery if other therapies do not offer satisfactory results. We describe 4 patients, 2 men (70 and 65 years old) and 2 women (75 and 66 years old), who were diagnosed with chronic constipation (slow transit constipation) and treated with conventional therapy, but did not improve. For that reason, side-to-side ileosigmoidostomy shunting surgery was performed...
December 2017: Annals of Coloproctology
Aulia Rizka, Siti Setiati, Aida Lydia, Esthika Dewiasty
BACKGROUND: Nigella sativa (NS) seed extract shows diuretic activity, inhibits sympathetic nervous system overactivity and increases the production of Nitric Oxide in in vivo studies, thus it has a potential use as an adjuvant antihypertensive for elderly population. This study aimed to determine the effect of Nigella sativa seed extract to systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) of elderly patients with hypertension. METHODS: a double-blind, randomized controlled trial was conducted on elderly subjects with hypertension in three outpatient clinics in Cipto Mangunkusumo National Hospital Jakarta Indonesia from June to September 2011...
October 2017: Acta Medica Indonesiana
Yuta Yamazaki, Yasunori Otowa, Shunsuke Kusano, Koichi Nakajima, Shinsuke Satake, Yoshisada Yamasaki
Obturator hernia (OH) is a rare cause of bowel obstruction. Although several surgical approaches, including the laparoscopic approach, have been reported to date, a standard approach for treating OH has not been established. A 101-year-old woman who presented with constipation and vomiting was admitted to our hospital. CT revealed an incarcerated small bowel within the left obturator foramen, and a diagnosis of left-sided incarcerated OH with small bowel ileus was made. With the patient under general anesthesia, exploratory laparoscopy was performed; we identified an OH with an incarcerated small bowel, which was judged viable after hernia reduction...
January 8, 2018: Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery
Søren Kabell Nissen, Morten Roos Stenberg, Jesper Ryg
This case report presents an old hemiparetic male admitted to hospital from nursing home due to dark-coloured emesis. Transdermal buprenorphine 5 mcg/h had been instigated without laxatives in the preceding month. Upon arrival, an enlarged tense abdomen was found. A CT-scan dem-on-strated a 19 cm wide faecal colon impaction. Limited effect of enemas and endoscopic disimpaction resulted in surgery. The patient died shortly after discharge. The case stresses the prevention of constipation when using opioids; in particular in immobilized patients...
December 18, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Brett Sydney Bernstein, Rory George Callan, Darryl Ethan Bernstein, Tom Pampiglione
A 91-year-old female presented to the Emergency Department with a 10-day history of constipation and abdominal pain. Abdominal examination was normal and rectal examination showed faecal loading. A phosphate enema was given and the patient was admitted. Overnight, the patient's GCS dropped from 15/15 to 3/15 and an arterial blood gas showed a lactate of 8 mmol/L (1.5 on admission). Abdomen remained soft throughout. A CT scan showed a large amount of free air and free fluid within the abdomen and pelvis, highly suspicious for perforation...
December 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
Osamu Yokoyama, Hidetomi Yamagami, Shintaro Hiro, Shinichi Hotta, Masaki Yoshida
OBJECTIVE: To assess fesoterodine treatment in elderly women with overactive bladder with and without hypertension. METHODS: Data for 2527 elderly women with overactive bladder symptoms, including urgency urinary incontinence, were pooled from 10 double-blind, placebo-controlled fesoterodine studies. RESULTS: A total of 1523 elderly women (60.3%) had a history of hypertension, and 1004 women (39.7%) had no hypertension history. Overactive bladder symptoms, mean bodyweight and mean body mass index at baseline were significantly higher in women with overactive bladder and hypertension versus those without hypertension (P < 0...
December 10, 2017: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
Ylva Böttiger, Kari Laine, Tuomas Korhonen, Janne Lähdesmäki, Tero Shemeikka, Margaretha Julander, Maria Edlert, Marine L Andersson
PURPOSE: The aims of this study are to describe the development of PHARAO (Pharmacological Risk Assessment Online), a decision support system providing a risk profile for adverse events, associated with combined effects of multiple medicines, and to present data from a pilot study, testing the use, functionality, and acceptance of the PHARAO system in a clinical setting. METHODS: About 1400 substances were scored in relation to their risk to cause any of nine common and/or serious adverse effects...
March 2018: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Anita M Loughlin, Qing Qiao, Anthony P Nunes, Peter Öhman, Stephen Ezzy, Laura Yochum, C Robin Clifford, Robert Gately, David D Dore, John D Seeger
AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness and tolerability of exenatide once weekly (EQW) compared with basal insulin (BI) among injectable-drug-naïve patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) who are elderly or have renal impairment (RI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Initiators of EQW and BI with T2DM were identified for the period 2012 to 2015 within a US electronic health record database and matched by propensity score. Matched EQW and BI initiators aged ≥65 years or who had RI were compared...
November 30, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
Adrien Brocard, Sofia Da Silva, Maurice Giroud, Alain Putot, Patrick Manckoundia
Although step-2 analgesics (S2A) are recommended when step-1 analgesics (S1A) are ineffective or in cases of moderate to severe pain, their efficacy varies. This study evaluated the place attributed by general practitioners (GPs) to S2A in the treatment of nociceptive pain in elderly persons (EP). Descriptive, transversal and declarative study conducted among GPs in Burgundy. In total, 115 GPs took part in the survey. Among these, 60.8% had at least one consultation/day for pain. After paracetamol, which was systematically preferred, 56...
December 1, 2017: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
Vito Domenico Corleto, Giulio Antonelli, Chiara Coluccio, Lucia D'Alba, Emilio di Giulio
Colonoscopy is a crucial diagnostic instrument for colorectal cancer screening and an adequate bowel preparation is definitely decisive for the success of the procedure. Especially in elderly patients, bowel cleansing is considered a big issue, because it is often poorly tolerated for many reasons (like inability to swallow large volume of liquids or unlikable taste); this can cause a suboptimal preparation that may lead to miss a neoplastic lesion. There is relatively little data about how to improve preparation tolerability...
November 16, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Shoaib Junejo, Yasir Ali, Sandeep Singh Lubana, Sandeep S Tuli
BACKGROUND Amyloidosis is the extracellular tissue deposition of plasma proteins, which after conformational changes, forms antiparallel beta pleated sheets of fibrils. Amyloid light-chain (AL) is a type of amyloidosis that is due to deposition of proteins derived from immunoglobulin (Ig) light chains. Gastrointestinal tract (GIT) involvement most often found in amyloid A (AA) amyloidosis type. There have been no reports of obstructive GIT AL amyloid patients having monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS)...
November 25, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
Richard Shek-Kwan Chang, Yuen Kwun Wong
BACKGROUND: Most of the neuromuscular disorders (NMDs) have poor prognosis and lead to various symptoms amendable to palliative care. However, the suitable time of referral is uncertain. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted to describe the trajectories of NMDs. Early death within one year after NMD diagnosis was set as the outcome. Total of 86 adult NMD patients were recruited in a university hospital. Demographic variable including gender, age at diagnosis and early-onset symptoms including dyspnea, dysphagia, loss of mobility, constipation, mood and sleep disorders, and pain were correlated with the outcome...
September 29, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
Gisèle Pickering, Elodie Martin, Florence Tiberghien, Claire Delorme, Gérard Mick
BACKGROUND: Pain localization is one of the hallmarks for the choice of first-line treatment in neuropathic pain. This literature review has been conducted to provide an overview of the current knowledge regarding the etiology and pathophysiology of localized neuropathic pain (LNP), its assessment and the existing topical pharmacological treatments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Literature review was performed using Medline from 2010 to December 2016, and all studies involving LNP and treatments were examined...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
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