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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342440/the-critical-warning-sign-of-real-time-brainstem-auditory-evoked-potentials-during-microvascular-decompression-for-hemifacial-spasm
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Sang-Ku Park, Byung-Euk Joo, Seunghoon Lee, Jeong-A Lee, Jeong-Ho Hwang, Doo-Sik Kong, Dae-Won Seo, Kwan Park, Hoon-Taek Lee
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to define the critical warning sign of real-time brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP) for predicting hearing loss (HL) after microvascular decompression (MVD) for hemifacial spasm (HFS). METHODS: Nine hundred and thirty-two patients with HFS who underwent MVD with intraoperative monitoring (IOM) of BAEP were analyzed. We used a 43.9 Hz/s stimulation rate and 400 averaging trials to obtain BAEP. To evaluate HL, pure-tone audiometry and speech discrimination scoring were performed before and one week after surgery...
January 4, 2018: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341357/a-multicenter-pilot-survey-to-clarify-the-clinical-features-of-patients-with-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-in-japan
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Nobuaki Nakayama, Hayato Uemura, Yoshihito Uchida, Tomoaki Tomiya, Akio Ido, Kazuaki Inoue, Takuya Genda, Yasuhiro Takikawa, Isao Sakaida, Shuji Terai, Osamu Yokosuka, Masahito Shimizu, Hajime Takikawa, Satoshi Mochida
AIMS: To establish diagnostic criteria for acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) in Japan, a multicenter pilot survey was conducted to examine usefulness of oversea criteria in patients with chronic liver diseases manifesting acute decompensation. METHODS: Patients fulfilling the APASL, EASL or Chinese Medical Association (CMA) criteria for decompensation were enrolled from 8 institutes, and the clinical features were evaluated. RESULTS: Among 112 patients, 109 patients (97...
January 17, 2018: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341326/elevated-leukocyte-count-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-patients-with-chronic-inflammatory-demyelinating-polyneuropathy
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Ilse M Lucke, Stojan Peric, Gwen G A van Lieverloo, Luuk Wieske, Camiel Verhamme, Ivo N van Schaik, Ivana Basta, Filip Eftimov
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examination is often part of the diagnostic work-up of a patient suspected of having chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). According to the EFNS/PNS criteria, an elevated protein level without pleocytosis (leukocytes <10 cells/μl) is supportive of the diagnosis CIDP. It is unclear how many CSF leukocytes are compatible with the diagnosis CIDP and how extensive the diagnostic work-up should be in patients with a demyelinating neuropathy and pleocytosis. We performed a retrospective study at two tertiary neuromuscular referral clinics and identified 14 out of 273 (6%) patients with CIDP with elevated CSF leukocytes (≥10 cells/μl)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341263/dermoscopy-versus-reflectance-confocal-microscopy-for-the-diagnosis-of-lentigo-maligna
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E Cinotti, B Labeille, S Debarbieux, C Carrera, F Lacarrubba, A M Witkowski, E Moscarella, E Arzberger, H Kittler, P Bahadoran, S Gonzalez, P Guitera, M Agozzino, F Farnetani, R Hofmann-Wellenhof, M Ardigò, P Rubegni, L Tognetti, J Łudzik, I Zalaudek, G Argenziano, C Longo, S Ribero, J Malvehy, G Pellacani, F Cambazard, J L Perrot
BACKGROUND: Several dermoscopic and in vivo reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) diagnostic criteria of lentigo maligna (LM)/lentigo maligna melanoma (LMM) have been identified. However, no study compared the diagnostic accuracy of these techniques. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of dermoscopy and RCM for LM/LMM using a holistic assessment of the images. METHODS: 223 facial lesions were evaluated by 21 experts. Diagnostic accuracy of the clinical, dermoscopic and RCM examination were compared...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340593/the-clinical-utility-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-nasal-screening-to-rule-out-mrsa-pneumonia-a-diagnostic-meta-analysis-with-antimicrobial-stewardship-implications
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Diane M Parente, Cheston B Cunha, Eleftherios Mylonakis, Tristan T Timbrook
Background: Recent literature has highlighted MRSA nasal screening as a possible antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) tool for avoiding unnecessary empiric MRSA therapy for pneumonia, yet current guidelines recommend MRSA therapy based on risk factors. The objective of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the diagnostic value of MRSA nasal screening in MRSA pneumonia. Methods: Pubmed and EMBASE were searched from inception to November 2016 for English studies evaluating MRSA nasal screening and development of MRSA pneumonia...
January 11, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339948/update-on-functional-heartburn
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Takahisa Yamasaki, Jessica O'Neil, Ronnie Fass
The definition of functional heartburn has been refined over the years. It is currently described, based upon Rome IV criteria, as typical heartburn symptoms in the presence of normal upper endoscopy findings (including normal biopsies), normal esophageal pH testing, and a negative association between symptoms and reflux events. Functional heartburn is very common, affecting women more than men, and with reflux hypersensitivity makes up the majority of heartburn patients who fail twice-daily proton pump inhibitor therapy...
December 2017: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339316/diagnosis-and-management-of-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders-an-update
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REVIEW
Alice Bruscolini, Marta Sacchetti, Maurizio La Cava, Magda Gharbiya, Massimo Ralli, Alessandro Lambiase, Armando de Virgilio, Antonio Greco
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD) are a group of autoimmune conditions characterized by inflammatory involvement of the optic nerve, spinal cord and central nervous system. Novel evidence showed a key role of autoantibodies against aquaporin-4 immunoglobulin G (AQP4 IgG) in the pathogenesis of NMOSD and, recently, new classification and diagnostic criteria have been adopted to facilitate an earlier identification and improve the management of these conditions. Diagnosis of NMOSD is currently based on clinical, neuroimaging and laboratory features...
January 12, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339271/early-increase-in-complement-terminal-pathway-activation-marker-sc5b-9-is-predictive-for-the-development-of-thrombotic-microangiopathy-after-stem-cell-transplantation
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Orsolya Horváth, Krisztián Kállay, Dorottya Csuka, Blanka Mező, György Sinkovits, Csaba Kassa, Anita Stréhn, Katalin Csordás, János Sinkó, Zoltán Prohászka, Gergely Kriván
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation- (HSCT-) associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA) is a multifactorial complication, and its prediction is largely unresolved.Our aim was to analyze changes of complement profile after HSCT in order to identify potential markers of TA-TMA development. Thirty- three consecutive pediatric patients (9.6 ± 4.4 years old) were included in this study who underwent allogeneic HSCT due to malignant (n=17) or non malignant (n=16) indications. Graft versus host disease (GVHD) was diagnosed using Glucksberg criteria, viral reactivation was monitored, five different TA-TMA diagnostic criteria were applied and all important clinical and laboratory parameters of TA-TMA activity were registered...
January 12, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339059/moving-toward-rapid-and-low-cost-point-of-care-molecular-diagnostics-with-a-repurposed-3d-printer-and-rpa
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Kamfai Chan, Pui-Yan Wong, Chaitanya Parikh, Season Wong
Traditionally, the majority of nucleic acid amplification-based molecular diagnostic tests are done in centralized settings. In recent years, point-of-care tests have been developed for use in low-resource settings away from central laboratories. While most experts agree that point-of-care molecular tests are greatly needed, their availability as cost-effective and easy-to-operate tests remains an unmet goal. In this article, we discuss our efforts to develop a recombinase polymerase amplification reaction-based test that will meet these criteria...
January 12, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338973/asthma-copd-overlap-a-portuguese-survey
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E Padrão, D Araújo, A Todo Bom, C Robalo Cordeiro, J Correia de Sousa, J Cardoso, M Morais-Almeida, R Costa, F Pavão, R B Leite, A Marques
INTRODUCTION: The overlap between asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (ACO) has been discussed for many years but clinical recommendations for this entity have been diverse. This study is intended to reach a consensus on diagnosis, treatment and patient orientation for ACO, within the Portuguese medical community. METHODS: This study was conducted by a multidisciplinary panel of experts from three distinct medical specialties (Pulmonology, Family Medicine and Immunoallergology)...
January 12, 2018: Revista Portuguesa de Pneumologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338820/preoperative-evaluation-of-the-grade-and-stability-of-osteochondritis-dissecans-of-the-knee-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Cui Ren, Ning Lang, Wen Chen, Hui Shu Yuan
Objective To assess the diagnostic performance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the grading of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the knee.Methods Totally 47 patients with OCD of the knee confirmed by arthroscopy were retrospectively enrolled in this study.The OCD lesions were classified into four stages according to classification system of the International Cartilage Repair Society.Two radiologists analyzed all MRI findings independently,and the results were compared with those of arthroscopy.Sensitivity,specificity,and accuracy were calculated...
December 20, 2017: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338746/cost-of-diabetes-mellitus-in-africa-a-systematic-review-of-existing-literature
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REVIEW
Chipo Mutyambizi, Milena Pavlova, Lumbwe Chola, Charles Hongoro, Wim Groot
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing recognition that non communicable diseases impose large economic costs on households, societies and nations. However, not much is known about the magnitude of diabetes expenditure in African countries and to the best of our knowledge no systematic assessment of the literature on diabetes costs in Africa has been conducted. The aim of this paper is to capture the evidence on the cost of diabetes in Africa, review the methods used to calculate costs and identify areas for future research...
January 16, 2018: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338720/manual-exchange-transfusion-for-severe-imported-falciparum-malaria-a-retrospective-study
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Jinfeng Lin, Xiaoying Huang, Gang Qin, Suyan Zhang, Weiwei Sun, Yadong Wang, Ke Ren, Junxian Xu, Xudong Han
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of exchange transfusion in patients with severe imported falciparum malaria. Twelve patients who met the diagnostic criteria for severe malaria were treated with exchange transfusion 14 times according to a conventional anti-malarial treatment. This study evaluated the efficacy of exchange transfusion for severe imported falciparum malaria. METHODS: Clinical data of severe imported falciparum malaria patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Nantong Third People's Hospital from January 2007 to December 2016 were investigated in this retrospective study...
January 16, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338291/indications-for-surgical-repair-of-type-1-laryngeal-cleft
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Craig E Berzofsky, Tali Lando, Sandra Ettema, Jennifer Nelson, Gayle Woodson
OBJECTIVES: Type 1 laryngeal cleft (T1LC) is a congenital deficiency in the posterior glottis, resulting in a communication between the hypopharynx and glottis. No consensus treatment paradigm exists for timing and criteria for patient selection for surgical repair. Our goal is to assess whether patient characteristics can help predict improvement after surgery. METHODS: After Institutional Review Board exemption, a retrospective chart review was performed for patients undergoing surgery to diagnose a T1LC...
January 1, 2018: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337780/efficacy-and-safety-of-sodium-picosulfate-magnesium-citrate-for-bowel-preparation-in-a-physically-disabled-outpatient-population-a-randomized-endoscopist-blinded-comparison-with-ascorbic-acid-enriched-polyethylene-glycol-solution-plus-bisacodyl-the-pico-movi
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Elisabeth M H Mathus-Vliegen, Karin van der Vliet, Inge J Wignand-van der Storm, John S Stadwijk
BACKGROUND: Because of its volume, adequate bowel preparation remains problematic in physically unfit patients. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare a small-volume sodium picosulfate/magnesium citrate preparation with a 2-L ascorbic acid-enriched polyethylene glycol solution plus bisacodyl. DESIGN: This study has a noninferiority design, assuming that ascorbic acid-enriched polyethylene glycol solution plus bisacodyl is 70% efficacious in achieving an Ottawa score ≤7 and accepting a difference in success rate of <15% with a target enrollment of 146 patients per group...
February 2018: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337414/proliferative-leukoplakia-proposed-new-clinical-diagnostic-criteria
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Alessandro Villa, Reshma S Menon, Alexander R Kerr, Fabio De Abreu Alves, Andres Guollo, David Ojeda, Sook B Woo
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to characterize proliferative verrucous leukoplakia (PVL) from a clinical and histopathologic standpoint and suggest an updated classification. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Records of patients seen at three oral medicine centers with a clinical diagnosis of PVL were reviewed for clinical and histopathologic features, and malignant transformation (MT). RESULTS: There were 42 patients (median age: 69 years [range:36-88]; 35 females)...
January 16, 2018: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336979/prostate-magnetic-resonance-imaging-the-truth-lies-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder
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Joseph C Riney, Nabeel E Sarwani, Shehzad Siddique, Jay D Raman
PURPOSE: To determine the diagnostic accuracy and interobserver variability of radiologic interpretation of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed for surgical planning before prostatectomy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The records of 233 men undergoing prostatectomy with presurgical multiparametric 3T surface body coil MRI were reviewed. All initial films were read by a fellowship-trained body radiologist provided with relevant clinical information. A senior radiologist then reread all pelvic MRIs blinded to the initial interpretation with findings from both readings compared to final pathology...
January 11, 2018: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335322/identifying-patterns-of-communication-in-patients-attending-memory-clinics-a-systematic-review-of-observations-and-signs-with-potential-diagnostic-utility
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Cate Bailey, Norman Poole, Daniel J Blackburn
BACKGROUND: Subjective cognitive complaints are commonly encountered in primary care and often result in memory clinic referral. However, meta-analyses have shown that such concerns do not consistently correspond to objective memory impairment or predict future dementia. Memory clinic referrals are increasing, with greater proportions of patients attending who do not have dementia. Studies of interaction during memory clinic assessments have identified conversational profiles that can differentiate between dementia and functional disorders of memory...
January 15, 2018: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335081/-expression-of-vascular-intercellular-adhesion-molecule-1-and-its-significance-in-children-with-bronchiolitis
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Xiao-Ming Zhang, Hai-Tao Zhu, Ming Chang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the expression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) in serum and induced sputum supernatant in children with bronchiolitis, as well as its role in the pathogenesis of bronchiolitis in children. METHODS: A total of 67 children with bronchiolitis who were diagnosed and hospitalized between July 2015 and January 2017 were enrolled. According to the diagnostic criteria, these children were divided into mild group with 22 children, moderate group with 24 children, and severe group with 21 children...
January 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335080/-clinical-characteristics-of-refractory-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-pneumonia-in-children
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Jiang-Jiang Xu, Lin-Hua Shu
OBJECTIVE: To provide a basis for early diagnosis and treatment of refractory Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia (RMPP) in children by comparing the clinical characteristics of RMPP and general Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia (MPP). METHODS: Children with MPP hospitalized between October 2015 and December 2016 were selected as study subjects. According to the diagnostic criteria, children were divided into RMPP group (n=152) and MPP group (n=551). The differences between the two groups in the basic situation, clinical manifestations, infection parameters and myocardial enzymes were compared...
January 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
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