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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913978/case-series-study-of-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
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Ana I Aller-García, Carmen Castro-Méndez, Ana Alastruey-Izquierdo, Elena M Marín-Martínez, Ismail Zakariya-Yousef Breval, Carmen Couto-Caro, Juan C López-Marín, Nicolás Peña-Griñán, Maite Ruiz de Pipaon, Ana M Romero-Mejías, Estrella Martín-Mazuelos
Diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is challenging. The objective of the study was to assess the value of microbiological tests to the diagnosis of IPA in the absence of non-specific radiological data. A retrospective study of 23 patients with suspicion of IPA and positivity of some microbiological diagnostic tests was performed. These tests included conventional microbiological culture, detection of Aspergillus galactomannan (GM) antigen and in some patients (1 → 3)-β-D-glucan (BDG) and Aspergillus fumigatus DNA using the LightCycler(®) SeptiFast test...
December 2, 2016: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913867/comparison-of-different-concepts-for-interpretation-of-chromosomal-aberrations-in-urothelial-cells-detected-by-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization
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Johannes Mischinger, Lutz Philipp Guttenberg, Jörg Hennenlotter, Georgios Gakis, Stefan Aufderklamm, Steffen Rausch, Eva Neumann, Jens Bedke, Stefan Kruck, Christian Schwentner, Arnulf Stenzl, Tilman Todenhöfer
PURPOSE: Urine fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) has become a broadly used marker for noninvasive detection of bladder cancer (BC). However, it has been discussed whether the interpretation algorithm proposed by the manufacturer could be improved. Aim of the present study was to compare alternative evaluation strategies of FISH for detection of BC. METHODS: We included 1048 patients suspicious for BC, who underwent urine FISH examination before cystoscopy (diagnostic cohort)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913849/targeted-next-generation-sequencing-reveals-mody-in-up-to-6-5-of-antibody-negative-diabetes-cases-listed-in-the-norwegian-childhood-diabetes-registry
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Bente B Johansson, Henrik U Irgens, Janne Molnes, Paweł Sztromwasser, Ingvild Aukrust, Petur B Juliusson, Oddmund Søvik, Shawn Levy, Torild Skrivarhaug, Geir Joner, Anders Molven, Stefan Johansson, Pål R Njølstad
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: MODY can be wrongly diagnosed as type 1 diabetes in children. We aimed to find the prevalence of MODY in a nationwide population-based registry of childhood diabetes. METHODS: Using next-generation sequencing, we screened the HNF1A, HNF4A, HNF1B, GCK and INS genes in all 469 children (12.1%) negative for both GAD and IA-2 autoantibodies and 469 antibody-positive matched controls selected from the Norwegian Childhood Diabetes Registry (3882 children)...
December 2, 2016: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913818/-amyloid-positron-emission-tomography-with-18-%C3%A2-f-florbetaben-in-the-diagnostic-workup-of-dementia-patients
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S Schönecker, C Prix, T Raiser, N Ackl, E Wlasich, G Stenglein-Krapf, E Mille, M Brendel, O Sabri, M Patt, H Barthel, P Bartenstein, J Levin, A Rominger, A Danek
BACKGROUND: To this day the definite diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease still relies on post-mortem histopathological detection of neurofibrillary tangles and beta-amyloid deposits. Amyloid positron emission tomography (PET) is a new diagnostic tool that enables the in vivo quantification of pathological beta-amyloid deposits. The aim of the current study was to evaluate to what extent (18)F-florbetaben-PET (FBB-PET) influences the diagnosis of patients with dementia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Imaging with FBB-PET was performed on 33 patients from our outpatient department for cognitive neurology...
December 2, 2016: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913526/update-from-the-latest-who-classification-of-mpns-a-user-s-manual
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Francesco Passamonti, Margherita Maffioli
The 2016 multiparameter World Health Organization (WHO) classification for Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) integrates clinical features, morphology, and genetic data to diagnose polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET), and primary myelofibrosis (PMF). The main novelties are: (1) the reduction of the hemoglobin (Hb) level threshold to diagnose PV, now established at 16.5 g/dL for men and 16 g/dL for women (based on the identification of MPN patients with PV-consistent bone marrow [BM] features and a Hb level lower than that established in the 2008 WHO classification for PV); (2) the recognition of prefibrotic/early PMF, distinguishable from ET on the basis of BM morphology, an entity having a higher tendency to develop overt myelofibrosis or acute leukemia, and characterized by inferior survival; (3) the central role of BM morphology in the diagnosis of ET, prefibrotic/early PMF, PMF, and PV with borderline Hb values; megakaryocyte number and morphology (typical in ET, atypical in both PMF forms) accompanied by a new distinction of reticulin fibrosis grade in PMF (grade 1 in prefibrotic/early PMF and grade 2-3 in PMF) constitute diagnostic criteria; and (4) the inclusion of all mutually exclusive MPN driver mutations (JAK2, CALR, and MPL) as major diagnostic criteria in ET and PMF; 10% to 15% of these patients are triple negative, and in these cases the search for an additional clonal marker (eg, mutations in ASXL1, EZH2, TET2, IDH1/IDH2, SRSF2, and SF3B1) is warranted...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913464/new-challenges-in-evaluating-anemia-in-older-persons-in-the-era-of-molecular-testing
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David P Steensma
Anemia is common in older persons, and often remains unexplained despite a thorough clinical history, physical examination, and focused laboratory testing, including marrow aspiration, biopsy, and karyotyping. The advent of molecular genetic testing panels in hematology clinical practice has complicated the evaluation of older patients with unexplained anemia. While the presence of a somatic mutation provides evidence of clonal hematopoiesis and may support a diagnosis of a hematologic neoplasm such as one of the myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), with rare exceptions, individual mutations are not strongly associated with one specific diagnosis, nor are they by themselves diagnostic of neoplasia...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913009/quantitative-changes-in-late-gadolinium-enhancement-at-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-in-the-early-phase-of-acute-myocarditis
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Enrico Ammirati, Francesco Moroni, Paola Sormani, Angelica Peritore, Angela Milazzo, Giuseppina Quattrocchi, Manlio Cipriani, Fabrizio Oliva, Cristina Giannattasio, Maria Frigerio, Alberto Roghi, Paolo G Camici, Patrizia Pedrotti
BACKGROUND: The presence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) at cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has diagnostic and prognostic value in patients with acute myocarditis (AM). Aim of our study was to quantify the changes in LGE extension (LGE%) early after AM and evaluate its relations with biventricular function and morphology. METHODS: We investigated 76 consecutive patients with AM (acute onset of chest pain/heart failure/ventricular arrhythmias not explained by other causes, and raised troponin) that met CMR criteria based on myocardial oedema at T2-weighted images and LGE on post-contrast images at median time of 6days from onset of symptoms...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912990/cancer-rehabilitation-an-overview-of-current-need-delivery-models-and-levels-of-care
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REVIEW
Andrea L Cheville, Karen Mustian, Kerri Winters-Stone, David S Zucker, Gail L Gamble, Catherine M Alfano
The relevance of cancer rehabilitation as a public health issue grows steadily as cancer incidence, survival, and mean patient age increase. Reported rates of physical impairment and disability are already high, prior to the anticipated influx of aged cancer survivors. Despite the high prevalence of cancer-related disablement, treatment rates, even for readily remediable physical impairments, are as low as 1-2%. In addition to low referral rates, a challenge to patient-centric cancer rehabilitation is a fractured system that requires multiple visits to a range of specialists to address even a single issue, and cancer survivors generally have several...
February 2017: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911313/challenges-in-screening-and-recruitment-for-a-neuroimaging-study-in-cognitively-impaired-geriatric-inpatients
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Ivayla Apostolova, Catharina Lange, Anna Roberts, Hans Joachim Igel, Anja Mäurer, Stephanie Liese, Melanie Estrella, Vikas Prasad, Elisabeth Stechl, Gernot Lämmler, Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen, Ralph Buchert
BACKGROUND: Neuroimaging-based biomarkers have the potential to improve etiological diagnosis of cognitive impairment in elderly inpatients. However, there is a relative lack of studies on neuroimaging-based biomarkers in hospitalized geriatric patients, as the vast majority of neuroimaging studies in dementia have focused on memory clinic outpatients. An important aspect of study planning is a priori estimation of the rate of screen failures. OBJECTIVE: To report on the rate and causes of screen failures in a prospective study on the utility of neuroimaging (PET, MRI) for the etiological diagnosis of newly manifested cognitive impairment in acutely hospitalized geriatric patients...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911122/an-update-on-the-use-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-analysis-as-a-diagnostic-tool-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Matteo Gastaldi, Elisabetta Zardini, Diego Franciotta
Intrathecal B-lymphocyte activation is a hallmark of multiple sclerosis (MS), a multi-factorial inflammatory-demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. Such activation has a counterpart in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) oligoclonal IgG bands (OCB), whose diagnostic role in MS has been downgraded within the current McDonald's criteria. With a theoretico-practical approach, the authors review the physiopathological basis of the CSF dynamics, and the state-of-the-art of routine CSF analysis and CSF biomarkers in MS...
December 2, 2016: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910252/memory-performance-on-the-story-recall-test-and-prediction-of-cognitive-dysfunction-progression-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-dementia
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Jong-Hwan Park, Hyuntae Park, Sang Wuk Sohn, Sungjae Kim, Kyung Won Park
AIM: To determine the factors that influence diagnosis and differentiation of patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's dementia (AD) by comparing memory test results at baseline with those at 1-2-year follow up. METHODS: We consecutively recruited 23 healthy participants, 44 MCI patients and 27 patients with very mild AD according to the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Diseases and Stroke/Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorder Association criteria for probable Alzheimer's disease and Petersen's clinical diagnostic criteria...
December 1, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910139/characterization-of-patients-with-chronic-pulmonary-aspergillosis-according-to-the-new-escmid-ers-ecmm-and-idsa-guidelines
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Helmut J F Salzer, Jan Heyckendorf, Barbara Kalsdorf, Thierry Rolling, Christoph Lange
Recently, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) in cooperation with the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM) published guidelines for the diagnosis of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). Both guidelines, however, carry significant differences. We retrospectively applied the diagnostic recommendations on a patient cohort of 71 previously diagnosed CPA patients in order to compare both guidelines...
December 1, 2016: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909868/dental-age-estimation-in-the-living-after-completion-of-third-molar-mineralization-new-data-for-gustafson-s-criteria
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M Timme, W H Timme, A Olze, C Ottow, S Ribbecke, H Pfeiffer, R Dettmeyer, A Schmeling
There is a need for dental age estimation methods after completion of the third molar mineralization. Degenerative dental characteristics appear to be suitable for forensic age diagnostics beyond the 18th year of life. In 2012, Olze et al. investigated the criteria studied by Gustafson using orthopantomograms. The objective of this study was to prove the applicability and reliability of this method with a large cohort and a wide age range, including older individuals. For this purpose, 2346 orthopantomograms of 1167 female and 1179 male Germans aged 15 to 70 years were reviewed...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909801/increasing-the-sensitivity-of-mri-for-the-detection-of-multiple-sclerosis-lesions-by-long-axial-coverage-of-the-spinal-cord-a-prospective-study-in-119-patients
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Michael O Breckwoldt, Johann Gradl, Stefan Hähnel, Thomas Hielscher, Brigitte Wildemann, Ricarda Diem, Michael Platten, Wolfgang Wick, Sabine Heiland, Martin Bendszus
Diagnostic imaging criteria of multiple sclerosis (MS) include the spatial and temporal dissemination of cerebral and/or spinal cord lesions. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the method of choice for initial diagnosis and follow-up disease monitoring. Current guidelines for spinal MRI recommend sagittal imaging of the spinal cord and lesion confirmation on axial planes if lesions are detected. Sagittal imaging is, however, hampered by technical (e.g. partial volume effects, motion artifacts) and anatomical (e...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909541/validation-of-the-has-bled-tool-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-receiving-rivaroxaban
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Gorman Ew, Perkel D, Dennis D, Yates J, Heidel Re, Wortham D
Background: Atrial fibrillation (Afib) patients are at an increased risk of stroke. Patients at moderate to high risk of stroke typically receive antithrombotics, placing them at an increased risk of bleeding. The HAS-BLED tool has been validated in Afib patients receiving warfarin for prediction of major bleeding events. Although HAS-BLED has been researched in patients receiving warfarin, this tool has not been validated with the novel anticoagulant rivaroxaban. Methods: The trial design was retrospective case-control approved by the Institutional Review Board at University of Tennessee Medical Center...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909532/ajmaline-challenge-to-unmask-infrahisian-disease-in-patients-with-recurrent-and-unexplained-syncope-preserved-ejection-fraction-with-or-without-conduction-abnormalities-on-surface-ecg
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Francesco Pentimalli, Luca Bacino, Matteo Ghione, Giambattista Siri, Massimo Gazzarata, Paolo Bellotti
Background: Pharmacological challenge with class I antiarrhythmic drug is a recommended diagnostic test in patients with unexplained syncope only in the presence of bundle branch block, when non-invasive tests have failed to make the diagnosis. Its role in patients with minor or no conduction disturbances on 12-leads ECG has not been evaluated yet. It is also not clear which are the values of His-Ventricular interval to be considered diagnostic. We sought to evaluate the role of ajmaline challenge in unmasking the presence of an infrahisian disease in patients with recurrent and unexplained syncope, regardless of the existence of conduction disturbances on surface ECG...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908898/clinically-useful-screen-for-borderline-personality-disorder-in-psychiatric-out-patients
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Mark Zimmerman, Matthew D Multach, Kristy Dalrymple, Iwona Chelminski
A total of 3674 psychiatric out-patients were evaluated with a semi-structured diagnostic interview for DSM-IV borderline personality disorder (BPD). The affective instability criterion had a sensitivity of 92.8%, higher than the sensitivities of the other eight BPD criteria. The negative predictive value of the affective instability criterion was 99%. We recommend that clinicians screen for BPD in the same way that they screen for other psychiatric disorders: by enquiring about a single feature of the disorder (i...
December 1, 2016: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908493/diagnostic-accuracy-of-the-kampala-trauma-score-using-estimated-abbreviated-injury-scale-scores-and-physician-opinion
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Andrew Gardner, Paa Kobina Forson, George Oduro, Barclay Stewart, Nkechi Dike, Paul Glover, Ronald F Maio
BACKGROUND: The Kampala Trauma Score (KTS) has been proposed as a triage tool for use in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This study aimed to examine the diagnostic accuracy of KTS in predicting emergency department outcomes using timely injury estimation with Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) score and physician opinion to calculate KTS scores. METHODS: This was a diagnostic accuracy study of KTS among injured patients presenting to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital A&E, Ghana...
November 21, 2016: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908400/low-hepatic-copper-content-and-pnpla3-polymorphism-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-patients-without-metabolic-syndrome
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Albert Friedrich Stättermayer, Stefan Traussnigg, Elmar Aigner, Christian Kienbacher, Ursula Huber-Schönauer, Petra Steindl-Munda, Andreas Stadlmayr, Friedrich Wrba, Michael Trauner, Christian Datz, Peter Ferenci
INTRODUCTION: The pathogenesis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is multifactorial including metabolic, genetic (e.g. PNPLA3 [patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing 3 gene]), viral factors and drugs. Besides, there is evidence for a role of copper deficiency. Aim of the study was to evaluate the role of hepatic copper content, PNPLA3 in NAFLD patients with and without metabolic syndrome (MetS). METHODS: One-hundred seventy-four NAFLD patients, who underwent liver biopsy for diagnostic work-up, were studied...
January 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908353/the-risk-continuum-of-atherosclerosis-and%C3%A2-its-implications-for-defining-chd-by%C3%A2-coronary-angiography
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REVIEW
Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Valentin Fuster
Patients undergoing coronary angiography for suspected coronary heart disease who are found to have coronary atherosclerotic disease with <50% diameter stenosis may carry a risk of adverse cardiac events similar to that in patients with single-vessel obstructive disease. Yet clinical practice guidelines offer no direction for managing symptomatic patients with nonobstructive coronary atherosclerosis because current diagnostic criteria for coronary heart disease are not met. Accordingly, secondary preventive measures are not endorsed, and their role is not defined in this setting...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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