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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318212/multiple-myeloma-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Thomas C Michels, Keith E Petersen
Multiple myeloma accounts for 1.6% of all cancer cases and approximately 10% of hematologic malignancies in the United States. In 2015, an estimated 28,850 new cases of multiple myeloma were diagnosed in the United States, and the disease caused more than 11,000 deaths. Patients older than 65 years account for 85% of those diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and there is a twofold increased incidence in blacks compared with whites. Patients may present with bone pain or with symptoms that are often nonspecific, such as nausea, vomiting, malaise, weakness, recurrent infections, and weight loss...
March 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317614/snap-tests-for-pancreatitis-in-dogs-and-cats-snap-canine-pancreatic-lipase-and-snap-feline-pancreatic-lipase
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REVIEW
Panagiotis G Xenoulis, Jörg M Steiner
A clinical diagnosis of pancreatitis in dogs and cats can be challenging. Several diagnostic modalities have been evaluated over the years for the diagnosis of canine and feline pancreatitis, but most of these modalities have been shown to be of limited clinical use because of poor performance, limited availability, or because they are invasive, or all of these. Assays for the measurement of pancreatic lipase (PL) immunoreactivity [Specific canine PL (Spec cPL) in dogs and Specific feline PL (Spec fPL) in cats] were first developed approximately 15 years ago, and studies have shown that they are currently the serum tests of choice for the evaluation of canine and feline patients, respectively, suspected of having pancreatitis...
December 2016: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317343/clinical-implications-of-serum-n-glycan-profiling-as-a-diagnostic-and-prognostic-biomarker-in-germ-cell-tumors
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Takuma Narita, Shingo Hatakeyama, Tohru Yoneyama, Shintaro Narita, Shinichi Yamashita, Koji Mitsuzuka, Toshihiko Sakurai, Sadafumi Kawamura, Tatsuo Tochigi, Ippei Takahashi, Shigeyuki Nakaji, Yuki Tobisawa, Hayato Yamamoto, Takuya Koie, Norihiko Tsuchiya, Tomonori Habuchi, Yoichi Arai, Chikara Ohyama
Serum biomarker monitoring is essential for management of germ-cell tumors (GCT). However, not all GCT are positive for conventional tumor markers. We examined whether serum N-glycan-based biomarkers can be applied for detection and prognosis in patients with GCT. We performed a comprehensive N-glycan structural analysis of sera from 54 untreated GCT patients and 103 age-adjusted healthy volunteers using glycoblotting methods and mass spectrometry. Candidate N-glycans were selected from those with the highest association; cutoff concentration values were established, and an N-glycan score was created based on the number of positive N-glycans present...
March 20, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316175/-diagnostic-value-of-combining-serum-soluble-st2-and-interleukin-33-for-heart-failure-patients-with-preserved-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
#4
N S Luo, H F Zhang, P M Liu, Y Q Lin, T C Huang, Y Yang, J F Wang
Objective: Diagnostic efficacy of serum markers is low for heart failure patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (HF-pEF) as compared to heart failure patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction.We sought to explore the diagnostic value of serum levels of soluble ST2 (sST2) combined with interleukin-33 (IL-33) for the diagnosis of HF-pEF in this study. Methods: A total of 376 patients with HF-pEF (HF group), 376 matched-control patients without heart failure who shared similar clinical characteristics (non-HF group) were included in the study...
March 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
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/28315036/diagnosing-chronic-pancreatitis
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REVIEW
Ahmad Anaizi, Phil A Hart, Darwin L Conwell
Diagnosing CP can range from routine in those with severe disease and obvious calcifications on CT imaging to elusive in those patients with early changes in CP. The workup of suspected CP should follow a progressively noninvasive to more invasive STEP-wise approach in a patient with a suspicious clinical presentation and risk factors that raise their pretest probability of disease. After a thorough history and physical examination, basic laboratories should be obtained such as lipase, amylase, metabolic panel, and indirect PFTs (fecal elastase-1, serum trypsin)...
March 17, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306536/molecular-defects-identified-by-whole-exome-sequencing-in-a-child-with-atypical-mucopolysaccharidosis-iiib
#7
Qingwen Zeng, Yanjie Fan, Lili Wang, Zhuo Huang, Xuefan Gu, Yongguo Yu
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidosis IIIB (MPS IIIB) is a genetic disease characterized by mutations in the NAGLU gene, deficiency of α-N-acetylglucosaminidase, multiple congenital malformations and an increased susceptibility to malignancy. Because of the slow progressive nature of this disease and its atypical symptoms, the misdiagnosis of MPS IIIB is not rare in clinical practice. This misdiagnosis could be avoided by using next-generation sequencing (NGS) techniques, which have been shown to have superior performance for detecting mutations underlying rare inherited disorders in previous studies...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306366/serum-osmolal-gap-in-clinical-practice-usefulness-and-limitations
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George Liamis, Theodosios D Filippatos, Angelos Liontos, Moses S Elisaf
BACKGROUND: Although serum osmolal gap can be a useful diagnostic tool, clinicians are not familiar with its use in clinical practice. OBJECTIVES: The review presents in a series of questions-answers and under a clinical point of view the current data regarding the use of osmolal gap. DISCUSSION: The definition and the best formula used for the calculation of osmolal gap, the main causes of increased osmolal gap with or without increased anion gap metabolic acidosis, as well as the role of concurrent lactic acidosis or ketoacidosis are presented under a clinical point of view...
March 17, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303910/automated-protein-biomarker-analysis-on-line-extraction-of-clinical-samples-by-molecularly-imprinted-polymers
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Cecilia Rossetti, Magdalena A Świtnicka-Plak, Trine Grønhaug Halvorsen, Peter A G Cormack, Börje Sellergren, Léon Reubsaet
Robust biomarker quantification is essential for the accurate diagnosis of diseases and is of great value in cancer management. In this paper, an innovative diagnostic platform is presented which provides automated molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction (MISPE) followed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) for biomarker determination using ProGastrin Releasing Peptide (ProGRP), a highly sensitive biomarker for Small Cell Lung Cancer, as a model. Molecularly imprinted polymer microspheres were synthesized by precipitation polymerization and analytical optimization of the most promising material led to the development of an automated quantification method for ProGRP...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302374/a-novel-biochemical-marker-for-community-acquired-pneumonia-ischemia-modified-albumin
#10
Mustafa Bolatkale, Mustafa Duger, Gözde Ülfer, Çağdaş Can, Ahmet Cagdas Acara, Türkan Yiğitbaşı, Ekrem Cengiz Seyhan, Mehtap Bulut
INTRODUCTION: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a frequent cause of hospitalization and a leading cause of mortality worldwide. Early diagnosis and the initiation of appropriate antibiotic therapy are essential to reduce pneumonia-related morbidity and mortality. CRP is a well-established biomarker in many clinical settings, but has been traditionally considered not specific enough to be a useful guide in the diagnostic process of pneumonia. There is still a need for more specific and practical markers in CAP for diagnosis...
March 10, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302271/risk-stratification-model-for-30-day-heart-failure-readmission-in-a-multiethnic-south-east-asian-community
#11
Kui Toh Gerard Leong, Lai Yin Wong, Khin Chaw Yu Aung, Michael Macdonald, Yan Cao, Sheldon Lee, Wai Leng Chow, Sanjay Doddamani, Arthur Mark Richards
There are limited accurate 30-day heart failure (HF) readmission risk scores using readily available clinical patient information on a well-defined HF cohort. We analyzed 1,475 admissions discharged from our hospital with a primary diagnosis of HF between 2010 and 2012. HF diagnostic criteria included satisfying clinical Framingham criteria, elevated serum N-terminal pro-natriuretic peptide, and evidence of cardiac dysfunction on transthoracic echocardiography. The patients were randomly divided into 2 groups; 60% were used as the derivation cohort and 40% as the validation cohort...
February 10, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302204/-a-preliminary-study-of-retinoblastoma-related-serum-tumor-markers
#12
Zhi-Ping Liu, Ke-Ying Zhou, Li-Li Chen, Zhi-Hui Xiao, Yan-Zhao Chen
OBJECTIVE: To screen out retinoblastoma (RB)-related serum tumor markers by measuring the levels of serum alpha fetoprotein (AFP), carcino-embryonic antigen (CEA), neuron-specific enolase (NSE), carbohydrate antigen 125 (CA125), carbohydrate antigen 153 (CA153), carbohydrate antigen 199 (CA199), and carbohydrate antigen 724 (CA724) in children with RB. METHODS: The levels of seven serum tumor markers (AFP, CEA, NSE, CA125, CA153, CA199, and CA724) were determined in 20 children with RB and 20 healthy children (control) using a chemiluminescent immunoassay...
March 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
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/28299183/challenges-in-microbiological-diagnosis-of-invasive-aspergillus-infections
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REVIEW
Alexandre Alanio, Stéphane Bretagne
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) has been increasingly reported in populations other than the historical hematology patients and there are new questions about the performance of microbiological tools. Microscopy and culture have been completed by biomarkers, either antigens or DNA, and in blood or respiratory specimens or both. First studied in hematology, the antigen galactomannan performance in serum is low in other patient populations where the pathophysiology of the infection can be different and the prevalence of IA is much lower...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298808/diagnostic-value-of-autoantibodies-against-ezrin-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#15
Lan Li, Ming Liu, Jian-Bang Lin, Xin-Bin Hong, Wen-Xia Chen, Hong Guo, Li-Yan Xu, Yi-Wei Xu, En-Min Li, Yu-Hui Peng
Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), one of the most common malignancies worldwide, is a highly aggressive and homogeneous entity occurring in esophageal squamous epithelium, and a reliable noninvasive test for early detection is needed. A recent study showed that serum autoantibodies against Ezrin could be detected in patients with pancreatic cancer. Here, we assessed whether autoantibodies against Ezrin could have diagnostic relevance for early ESCC. We analyzed autoantibodies against Ezrin in sera of 98 normal controls and 149 patients with ESCC...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298047/development-of-a-prediction-rule-for-diagnosing-postoperative-meningitis-a-cross-sectional-study
#16
Olga Helena Hernández Ortiz, Héctor Iván García García, Fabián Muñoz Ramírez, Juan Sebastián Cardona Flórez, Bladimir Alejandro Gil Valencia, Salvador Ernesto Medina Mantilla, María Juliana Moreno Ochoa, Jorge Eliécer Sará Ochoa, Fabián Jaimes
OBJECTIVE Diagnosing nosocomial meningitis (NM) in neurosurgical patients is difficult. The standard CSF test is not optimal and when it is obtained, CSF cultures are negative in as many as 70% of cases. The goal of this study was to develop a diagnostic prediction rule for postoperative meningitis using a combination of clinical, laboratory, and CSF variables, as well as risk factors (RFs) for CNS infection. METHODS A cross-sectional study was performed in 4 intensive care units in Medellín, Colombia. Patients with a history of neurosurgical procedures were selected at the onset of febrile symptoms and/or after an increase in acute-phase reactants...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297803/-correlation-of-liver-stiffness-measured-by-fibrotouch-and-fibroscan-with-ishak-fibrosis-score-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
#17
G F Chen, J Ping, H T Gu, Z M Zhao, Y Zhou, F Xing, Y Y Tao, Y P Mu, P Liu, C H Liu
Objective: To investigate the correlation of liver stiffness measured by FibroTouch (FT) and FibroScan (FS) with Ishak fibrosis score in patients with chronic hepatitis B. Methods: A total of 313 patients with chronic hepatitis B who visited Department of Liver Cirrhosis in Shuguang Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine from November 2014 to May 2016 were enrolled. All the patients underwent liver biopsy, and FT and FS were used to determine liver stiffness measurement (LSM)...
February 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296720/usefulness-of-afp-afp-l3-and-pivka-ii-and-their-combinations-in-diagnosing-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#18
Sang Joon Park, Jae Young Jang, Soung Won Jeong, Young Kyu Cho, Sae Hwan Lee, Sang Gyune Kim, Sang-Woo Cha, Young Seok Kim, Young Deok Cho, Hong Soo Kim, Boo Sung Kim, Suyeon Park, Hae In Bang
Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), Lens culinaris-agglutinin-reactive fraction of AFP (AFP-L3), and protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II) are widely used as tumor markers for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study compared the diagnostic values of AFP, AFP-L3, and PIVKA-II individually and in combination to find the best biomarker or biomarker panel.Seventy-nine patients with newly diagnosed HCC and 77 non-HCC control patients with liver cirrhosis were enrolled. AFP, AFP-L3, and PIVKA-II were measured in the same serum samples using microchip capillary electrophoresis and a liquid-phase binding assay on an automatic analyzer...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296664/histomorphology-and-immunophenotype-of-eczematous-skin-lesions-revisited-skin-biopsies-are-not-reliable-in-differentiating-allergic-contact-dermatitis-irritant-contact-dermatitis-and-atopic-dermatitis
#19
Verena G Frings, Almut Böer-Auer, Kristine Breuer
Lesions of allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), irritant contact dermatitis (ICD), and atopic dermatitis (AD) share similar clinical features and thus, their diagnosis can be challenging. The aim of this study was to reassess histopathology and immunophenotyping properties to distinguish between ACD, ICD, and AD. Charts of patients with eczema, who had undergone complete routine diagnostic workup (skin biopsies, patch tests, skin prick tests, and respectively or serum IgE levels), were reviewed. Thirty-five skin biopsy specimens of 28 patients (mean age 64 ± 15 years; ♀ = 13 ♂ = 15) with clear diagnosis of ACD (n = 15), ICD (n = 6), or AD (n = 14) were analyzed...
March 10, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295528/serum-soluble-interleukin-2-receptor-level-is-more-sensitive-than-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-or-lysozyme-for-diagnosis-of-sarcoidosis-and-may-be-a-marker-of-multiple-organ-involvement
#20
Chuyen Thi Hong Nguyen, Naotomo Kambe, Izumi Kishimoto, Ikuko Ueda-Hayakawa, Hiroyuki Okamoto
Skin lesions in sarcoidosis are often the initial symptoms that enable the dermatologist to be the first to diagnose this granulomatosis. However, diagnosis is sometimes very problematic. In 2015, the diagnostic criteria for sarcoidosis were updated in Japan, with elevated serum soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R) replacing negative tuberculin reaction. Therefore, we assessed the clinical utility of sIL-2R compared with two other common markers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) and lysozyme, in patients who visited the dermatology clinic...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
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